LOCATION - Regina High School, Iowa City
GAME TIME - 7:00
RADIO/TV - The BearCast will be on the play-by-play call. If you cannot be at the game, let us bring the game to you on your computer or smartphone. On your computer, the stream will appear here on the home page of the website. On iOS and Android devices, download the Mixlr app (iOS | Android) and search for "West Branch Football."
Tune in to the BearCast at 6:30 for the pregame, as Steven Grace and Mike Quinlan will be on the call live. “The Coach” Jarod Tylee will roam the sidelines, offering in game analysis and halftime/postgame interviews.
For print media, the Cedar Rapids Gazette, the West Branch Times, YourPrepSports.com, and WestBranch.Football will be at the the game.
SOCIAL MEDIA - If you cannot be at the game or chose not to listen via the web, and want up-to-date game action and statistics, follow the Bears on Twitter at @WBBearsFootball or like/follow the West Branch Football page on Facebook for updates.
RANKINGS - Regina is ranked #3 in all polls. The Bears enter the rankings for the first time all season, at #10 in the Des Moines Register. Both teams have already qualified for postseason play.
THE LAST TIME THESE TWO TEAMS PLAYED - (2019) Regina pulled away from the Bears late and secured a quarterfinal playoff victory in West Branch, 30-20.
REGINA enters week 7 after having a week off due to an opponent cancelling their season. So, you can look at it two ways: we'd like to play or we can shore up some things and prepare for West Branch. My guess, it was the latter. Another season, another strong Regal squad, Led by two signal callers (Jack Tierney and Gentry Dumont), and a new RB (Levi Daniel), Regina's offense is just ho-hum and pressing forward. Tierney is the far better runner of the duo. Daniel leads the team with just shy of 600 yards rushing in four actual games played. But, up front is where the Regals will win games. Their offense goes as the big guys go…and it's been going rather well.
KEEP AN EYE ON: Aiden Udell. He is a monster on both sides of the ball.
WEST BRANCH will face a ranked opponent for the third time this season. They have faced some challenges this season, but none had as much on the line as this one. A district title is on the line. RB Andy Henson is coming off a career high 226 yard rushing performance. That means the WB front five have done a pretty solid job as well. Sophomore DB Cale Seydel and Holden Arnaman have really helped shore things up for a stingy Bear defense. QB Carver Boelk has really been hitting a stride in his game by game growth ON the field. Drake Berry, Logan Wright, and their DL/LB friends will play a pivotal role for the visiting team on Friday.
QUOTABLE: “This is a game you work for beginning in August. You love to suit up for opportunities like this one. To be qualified for the postseason tournament is a fantastic honor for this group." – Head Coach Butch Pedersen