SIOUX CITY, IOWA (KCAU)- We shift our semifinal focus to Class A, where #3 Woodbury Central makes it return to Cedar Falls for the 3rd time in 4 years. The Wildcats hope to secure their first State title in 42 years. But first, they’ll have to go through the same team who knocked them out in the semifinals last year, #2 Grundy Center.
The Wildcats have been a scoring juggernaut this year, averaging 41 points per game. Junior quarterback Drew Kluender the leading passer and scorer in Class A, aiming to keep their unbeaten season alive.
Woodbury Central fell behind 7-0 in the first quarter but would tie the game with a Will DeStigter 26-yard receiving touchdown. From there, the Spartans would score 21 unanswered points, taking a 28-7 lead into halftime.
The Wildcats trailed 42-7 in the third quarter, but did not give up. Kluender connected with DeStigter again for a big 70-yard score. The senior receiver ended the game with 149 receiving yards and a pair of touchdowns as the Wildcats trailed 42-14.
Woodbury Central cut into the lead in the fourth quarter with a Kyan Schultzen pick-six, making it a 42-20 deficit.
Ten minutes left to play, Kluender would find Eric McGill but he would fumble just outside of the goal line. Grundy Center recovered the ball and sealed the deal for the Spartans as Woodbury Central fell 49-20 in the Class A state semifinal. The team showed plenty of heart and set a high standard for the program, which graduates 13 seniors.
“These kids don’t know what quit is. Nobody thought we’d be back and being back here 3 out of 4 years, I think that’s one heck of an accomplishment for our group of kids,” Woodbury Central head coach Kurt Bremer said.
“The fight in our team is amazing I couldn’t ask for a better group of guys. They did a great job sticking together, we did a great job sticking together and fighting. We’re going to come back firing. The culture of Woodbury Central and Wildcat football is not going to change so hopefully we can make it back,” Kluender added.
Woodbury Central finishes the season with an 11-1 record.