Recap

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.

Highlights

Interviews

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

Photos via the West Branch Times.

Stats

Team

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)

Passing

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

Rushing

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

Receiving

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

Defense

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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