2008 Newspaper Articles



Bracing For Battle
Western Dubuque sees balanced district race

Western Dubuque's Brian Kass (31) needs 1,338 yards this season to pass 1999 graduate Peter Rauen for first place on the list of the Bobcats' all-time leading rushers. "I'd rather get us into the playoffs," Kass said.


Experience returns to Bobcat football
By Beth Lutgen
Dyersville Commercial Sports Editor
Sixteen lettermen including eight starters are returning to the football field at Western Dubuque. They all had a taste of success with the Bobcats last year as they helped their team to a 7-2 overall record (5-2 in district play).




Bobcats, Blazers
clash early

In the past, the Western Dubuque and Dyersville Beckman football teams always had the chance to size each other up on fresh film before renewing their passionate rivalry.They don't have that luxury this year.



TH sports writer Troy Johnson interviews Western Dubuque football player Kyle Pape.

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Bobcats rally past Blazers
Knight's late TD run completes comeback from 21-10 halftime hole

Western Dubuque's Brian Kass runs the ball as Dyersville Beckman's Tim Derr tries to bring him down on Friday night in Epworth, Iowa.

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WD comes from behind, tops BHS

Beckman’s Michael McClean (left) and Austin Mensen (ground) attempt to take down Western Dubuque’s Mitch McDermott during the Bobcats’ victory over the rival Blazers.

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 DeWitt GAME 


Prep Football Preview Capsules

By TH staff writer

Western Dubuque (1-0) at De Witt Central (1-0)

Kickoff -- 7:30 p.m.

Last year -- De Witt Central won, 28-6.

Outlook -- Fresh off a thrilling 25-21 come-from-behind victory over rival Dyersville Beckman, the Bobcats are bracing for another tough non-district test in the Class 3A No. 7-ranked Sabers.

De Witt boasts a strong running game and a stingy defense, as evidenced by last week's 21-6 win over highly regarded Oelwein.

WD coach Jerry Ross said his linemen will have to get off the ball and his defense must find a way to slow De Witt's ground game, which racked up 273 yards in the opener.

"We want to make progress from last week," Ross said. "The real season starts next week."

TH predictions:  DeWitt Central 21, Western Dubuque 10


De Witt Central 35, Western Dubuque 14

At De Witt, Iowa: The 3A No. 7 Sabers (2-0) grinded out 297 rushing yards and used Ross Curtis' three-touchdown performance to overpower the Bobcats (1-1).

Brian Kass ran for 127 yards, Cody Schmitt threw a 19-yard touchdown to Joe Knight and Cody Schmitt scored on a 1-yard run for WD. But Central used two third-quarter touchdowns to blow open its 21-7 halftime lead.

Central DeWitt beats WD, 35-14

Western Dubuque came up short in a non-district football contest at DeWitt, Sept. 5. The Central Sabers earned the win, 35-14. "DeWitt is a very good ball club," WD Coach Jerry Ross said. "We were inconsistent with our play, looking very good at times and equally bad at other times.

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Bobcats claw past Huskies, 10-7
Koch’s field goal lifts WD.

WD’s Cody Schmitt keeps Oelwein’s Adam Bell from the football.

Despite a steady rain falling throughout the night, Western Dubuque was determined to open its district campaign with a win. The Bobcats fought to the end and earned a 10-7 victory over Oelwein, Sept. 19.


Western Dubuque 10, Oelwein 7

At Epworth, Iowa

Executing a high-pressure situation he simulates in practice, a clutch Chris Koch drilled a game-winning 34-yard field goal through the rain with 30 seconds left to lift the Bobcats (2-1, 1-0 Class 3A District 3) to a dramatic victory.

Josh Foxen scored on a 9-yard second-quarter run to put WD on the board. Oelwein tied the game at 7 on Paul Yokas' 5-yard third-quarter run.

By the Telegraph Herald



Tonight's Prep Football Preview Capsules

Oelwein (0-2) at Western Dubuque (1-1)

Kickoff -- 7:30 p.m.

Last year -- Did not play

Outlook -- Oelwein is in the running for the title of "best 0-2 team in the state." The Huskies' losses are to De Witt Central (21-6) and Marion (36-35 after leading, 21-0, at halftime), currently ranked No. 6 and No. 3, respectively, in The Associated Press' Class 3A poll.

WD, coming off a 35-14 loss to De Witt, must contain Oelwein's spread offense to come out on top in the Class 3A District 3 opener.

TH predictions:

Oelwein 28, Western Dubuque 21

By the Telegraph Herald




Western Dubuque suffers 33-19 district loss to New Hampton
Western Dubuque suffered a setback, Sept. 19, as the Bobcats fell victim to new Hampton, 33-19, in Class 3A, District 3 football action on the road.


Prep Football: Week 4

New Hampton 33, Western Dubuque 19 -- At New Hampton, Iowa: The Bobcats (2-2, 1-1 Class 3A District 3) didn't have the bullets to engage the Chickasaws in a shootout.

By The Telegraph Herald


Western Dubuque (2-1, 1-0) at New Hampton (1-2, 0-1)

Kickoff -- 7:30 p.m.

Last year -- Did not play

Outlook -- New Hampton's record is terribly deceiving. The Chickasaws routed traditional Class 2A power North Fayette (35-0) in their season opener before suffering losses to Class 3A No. 2-ranked Clear Lake (13-9) on Sept. 5 and No. 5 Decorah (24-6) last week.

District 3 foe New Hampton runs an offense and defense similar to that of WD, coming off a thrilling 10-7 last-minute victory over Oelwein in the rain and muck.

"They're almost a mirror image," Bobcats coach Jerry Ross said. "It's a matter of which team executes and gets the job done."




Bobcats blast Independence, 40-7

With a 40-7 shellacking of Independence, Western Dubuque bettered its Class 3A, District 3 record 2-1 (3-2 overall), Sept. 26, on Buchman Field.

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WD’s Derek Deutmeyer tackles the Independence quarterback for a loss of 18 yards during the Bobcats’ 40-7 victory over the Mustangs.


Independence (0-4, 0-2) at Western Dubuque (2-2, 1-1)

Kickoff -- 7:30 p.m.

Radio -- KDST-FM 99.3

Last year -- Western Dubuque won, 31-7.

Outlook -- The Bobcats, coming off a 33-19 Class 3A District 3 loss at New Hampton, have a choice chance to stockpile some confidence against the Mustangs, who have surrendered 39 points per game.

"We've got to execute," WD coach Jerry Ross said. "If we think it's just going to take care of itself we're in trouble."

Western Dubuque 42, Independence 6

By TROY JOHNSON TH staff writer



Bobcats earn 10-7 victory over Waukon

By Beth Lutgen
Dyersville Commercial Sports Editor

Western Dubuque brought home a 10-7 victory over Waukon in Class 3A, District 3 football action, Oct. 3.

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Prep Football: Week 6


Western Dubuque 10, Waukon 7

-- At Waukon, Iowa:  Josh Foxen reached the house on a go-ahead 2-yard third-quarter TD run and a stiff Bobcats defense limited the Indians (1-5, 0-4) to 223 total yards in a key district win. Western Dubuque improved to 4-2, 3-1 in Class 3A District 3. Landon Klostermann hit 10 of 14 passes for 163 yards for WD.



Big plays mark WD’s homecoming
Bobcats earn 24-21 win over Crestwood.

WD’s Kyle Pape makes an unbelievable catch to give the Bobcats’ the lead during their homecoming victory over Crestwood. 

Photo: Beth Lutgen

Bobcats don't quit, they dig deep and claw their way to the top. Western Dubuque demonstrated its never-say-die attitude, Oct. 10, as the Bobcats earned a 24-21 come-from-behind homecoming victory over Crestwood, sending the Cadets home with their first district loss.


Bobcats survive thriller
WD knocks off Crestwood with TD in final minute

EPWORTH, Iowa -- Kyle Pape finished his wild roller coaster ride with a primal scream and his hands high in the air.

Landon Klostermann's 5-yard touchdown pass to Pape with less than a minute to play gave Western Dubuque a pivotal 24-21 victory over Cresco Crestwood in Class 3A District 3. Both teams are 4-1 and trail unbeaten Decorah, the Bobcats' opponent next week.

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Week 7 Capsules


Crestwood (4-2, 4-0) at Western Dubuque (4-2, 3-1)

Kickoff -- 7:30 p.m.

Last year -- Did not play

Outlook -- Sitting in third place in Class 3A District 3, the postseason-hungry Bobcats celebrate homecoming with the first game of a perilous final stretch of the regular season. (They close with games against No. 4-ranked Decorah and West Delaware.)

The return of standout running back Brian Kass, who missed 1 1/2 games with ankle and shoulder injuries, should help WD's cause against the Cadets, who are allowing just 7 points per game in district play.

TH predictions --

Crestwood 21, Western Dubuque 10



Fourth-ranked Decorah defeats WD
Western Dubuque traveled to Decorah to face the fourth-ranked Vikings, Oct. 17, and came home with a 27-10 loss in Class 3A, District 3 football action.


Decorah 27, Western Dubuque 10

-- At Decorah, Iowa: Down, 7-3, at halftime, the Bobcats (5-3, 4-2 Class 3A District 3) couldn't find the second-half offense they needed to upend the No. 4-ranked Vikings (8-0, 6-0). Josh Foxen scored on an 8-yard fourth-quarter run for WD.


Prep football preview capsules


Western Dubuque (5-2, 4-1) at Decorah (7-0, 5-0)

Kickoff -- 7:30 p.m.

Last year -- Did not play

Outlook -- The Bobcats, fresh off a big homecoming victory over Crestwood, are right in the thick of the Class 3A District 3 race with two games to play -- tonight's matchup against the No. 4-ranked Vikings and next week's home game against West Delaware.

Decorah has yet to be challenged in district play, with an average margin of victory of 25.6 points.

 TH predictions:

Decorah 28, Western Dubuque 14



Western Dubuque falls short of goal

Western Dubuque needed a big win, Oct. 24, in order to advance to Class 3A Sub-State Football action, but the Bobcats came up short in a 19-12 loss to the rival Hawks from West Delaware on a night that was marked by rain and winds.


Bobcats denied
West Delaware keep Western Dubuque out of postseason
EPWORTH, Iowa -- One long, heartbroken line of Western Dubuque football players quietly trudged from Buchman Field down the hill to the Bobcats' locker room.

Western Dubuque's Mike Wuertzer turns away from the game in frustration during WD's 19-12 loss to West Delaware Friday night, October 24, 2008.



West Delaware (5-3, 4-2) at Western Dubuque (5-3, 4-2)

Kickoff -- 7:30 p.m.

Radio -- KDST-FM 99.3, KMCH-FM 94.7

Last year -- Did not play

Outlook -- If the Bobcats triumph in tonight's Class 3A District 3 rivalry clash, they qualify for substate play. If they lose, they'll need Oelwein (2-6, 2-4) to beat New Hampton (4-4, 3-3) in order to get in.

West Delaware has won two straight, including a 74-0 whipping of Independence last week. The Hawks are powered by running back Ben McDonald (1,178 yards, 15 touchdowns) and quarterback Dan Marshall (1,562 passing yards, 11 TDs, six interceptions), who throws to a bevy of talented receivers.

Western Dubuque had won three straight before falling at No. 4-ranked Decorah last week. Brian Kass and Josh Foxen have each amassed over 500 rushing yards, and Foxen has scored a team-high seven TDs.

"The McDonald kid is a dangerous runner," Bobcats coach Jerry Ross said. "He's got good speed and he likes to hit the gap. (Ben) Lechtenberg and (Seth) Engelken) have both caught a lot of passes, including touchdown passes.

"They're really scary and wide open. We've got to shut down their options and then hope we can score enough to outscore them."

Rainy weather could make the game even more interesting.

TH predictions:

West Delaware 21, Western Dubuque 20