Highlights: West Branch defeats Bellevue to open District play

The Bears move to 5-0 overall and get their first district win.

In what is believed to be the first game in West Branch Football history to be played on a Thursday, the Bears welcomed to town district foe, the Bellevue Comets. The Bears and Comets opened District 4 play Thursday night at the Little Rose Bowl, looking for the same fireworks these two teams have shot off the past few years in what has come to be a pretty big game on each team's schedule. Thursday did not disappoint.

Scoring a combined 80 points and racking up over 850 yards, each team came out firing on all cylinders in a race to the finish line. Luckily for the Bears, they reached it first, beating the Comets by a score of 52-28 to move to 5-0 and gain an upper-hand in District 4.

Check out highlights, interviews, photos, and stats from the game below.



Players of the Game: Gavin Hierseman and Trey Eagle

This week's players of the game, presented by Main Street Sweets, are quarterback Gavin Hierseman and receiver Trey Eagle.

Uncommon Play: Tanner Lukavsky

This week's recipient of the Hoover Foundation Uncommon Play award is Tanner Lukavsky. Tanner had a rushing touchdown, a receiving touchdown, a throwing touchdown, and an interception return for touchdown.

Coach Pedersen

This postgame interview with Coach Pedersen is presented by the Fulwider Insurance Agency.


Photos via the West Branch Times.



Offense: 498 yards (326 passing, 172 rushing), 52 points, 0 turnovers
Defense: 24 points allowed, 360 yards allowed, 4 forced turnovers (3 INT, 1 fumble)


Gavin Hierseman: 13/18, 313 yards, 3 TD
Tanner Lukavsky: 1/1, 13 yards, 1 TD


Tanner Lukavsky: 13 attempts, 83 yards, 1 TD
Gavin Hierseman: 12 attempts, 68 yards, 1 TD


Trey Eagle: 7 receptions, 213 yards (school record), 3 TD (ties school record)
Tanner Lukavsky: 4 receptions, 98 yards, 1 TD


Dakota Kaalberg: 6.5 tackles
Matt Paulsen: 5.5 tackles
Tanner Lukavsky: 4.5 tackles, 1 INT, 1 TD (42 yards)
Cael Fiderlein: 4 tackles, 1 TFL, 1 sack

Special Teams

Cael Fiderlein: 7/7 PAT, 1 FG (37 yards)

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