2009 Newspaper Articles

Scrimmage Week


Elgin helping WD clear path to success

Western Dubuque's bottom line is the offensive line.

Whether the Bobcats work through a rebuilding season or continue their winning ways will depend on how quickly a very inexperienced offensive line develops.

To hasten that process, WD has turned to an alumnus who knows a thing or two about toiling in the trenches.

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Who’s hot, who’s not in 2009
Prep football preview

Outlook: WD's football team is young with only two starters back from last year. Coach Jerry Ross said, "With only two starters back, there should be fierce competition at every position. This competition could be the key to our season-long improvement. If everyone can play for the common good of the team, we have the potential to challenge for a playoff spot."

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Beckman Game


Unknown adds to thrill of WD-Beckman
The rivals -- who have played so many tight games recently -- will trot out inexperienced teams tonight.

Western Dubuque and Dyersville Beckman each return just two starters. Beckman is playing in a new system installed by a new coach.

What should fans expect when the rivals clash at 7:30 tonight on the football field in Dyersville?

"That's a really good question," first-year Beckman coach Gregg Hammann said.

"It's really hard to tell," WD coach Jerry Ross said.

One thing that's much more predictable than how all the new pieces will perform under the lights is the level of competitiveness.

Four of the last six games in the series have been decided by five points or fewer, and the 2006 meeting was an eight-point game.

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TH prediction

Western Dubuque 21, Dyersville Beckman 20


Thriller goes to WD
Kass' 4th-quarter TD passes to Lenstra bring the Bobcats back against rival Beckman.

DYERSVILLE, Iowa -- After struggling offensively for three quarters, Western Dubuque finally found something that clicked.

The result was a comeback victory in yet another thrilling game with rival Dyersville Beckman.

Matt Kass threw two fourth-quarter touchdown passes to Nick Lenstra, and the Bobcats collected four second-half takeaways in an 18-14 season-opening victory Friday night before a huge crowd at Beckman.

WD's victory was its third straight win in the series since Beckman took back-to-back games in 2005 and 2006 and spoiled the debut of new Trailblazers head coach Gregg Hammann.

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WD edges Beckman
Fourth-quarter touchdowns lift Bobcats over Blazers.

In just its first game of the season, Western Dubuque's football team showed a lot of growth. The Bobcats rebounded after trailing rival Beckman for three quarters and went on to earn an 18-14 non district victory at Beckman Field on Aug. 28.

"I thought we improved as the night went along, especially defensively," WD coach Jerry Ross said. "Offensively, we did some good things as the game went along too.

"It feels good to get the win. The games have always been close (against Beckman) and they continue to be good," he added.

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DeWitt Game



De Witt Central (1-0) at w. Dubuque (1-0)

Kickoff -- 7:30 p.m.

Radio -- None

Last year -- De Witt Central won, 35-14.

Outlook -- Fresh off a thrilling come-from-behind road win over rival Dyersville Beckman, the Bobcats face a big challenge in their home opener/non-district finale.

WD will have to slow the Sabers' run game -- Ryan Daniels rushed for 100 yards and two touchdowns in last week's 21-6 victory over Oelwein -- and be more consistent on offense to trouble the No. 6-ranked team in Class 3A.

TH staff predictions:

De Witt Central 28, Western Dubuque 14


Prep Football: Week 2

De Witt Central 53, Western Dubuque 28 -- At Epworth, Iowa: The Sabers (2-0) bowled over the Bobcats (1-1) with a 489-yard rushing train engineered by Ryan Daniels (189 yards, three touchdowns) and Ben Comer (109 yards and a TD hat trick). Matt Kass threw three touchdowns for WD but was intercepted four times.



Central DeWitt blasts past WD in second half
Central DeWitt rushed for 489 yards en route to a 53-28 non-district victory over Western Dubuque at Buchman Field on Sept. 4.

The Bobcats matched the Sabers offensive output in the first half and the game was tied at 21-21 at halftime, but WD was unable to answer in the second half.

"We played well at times, but made too many mistakes," WD coach Jerry Ross said. "Overall, we continued to improve by forcing fumbles and playing well defensively outside of the big plays. We made big plays in the first half, but must move the ball more consistently throughout the game."

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Oelwein Game



Prep football preview capsules


Kickoff -- 7:30 p.m.

Last year -- Western Dubuque won, 10-7.

Outlook -- Oelwein's winless record is deceiving. The Huskies' losses are 21-6 to current Class 3A No. 5 De Witt Central -- which beat WD, 53-28 last week -- and 22-12 to a quality Marion squad.

The Bobcats must get their running game going and contain talented Oelwein quarterback Paul Yokas to put themselves in position to win the Class 3A District 3 opener.

TH predictions:

Oelwein 27, Western Dubuque 18


Oelwein beats Western Dubuque

Western Dubuque suffered a 34-6 loss at the hands of Oelwein on the opening night of Class 3A, District 3 football action on the road, Sept. 12.

The Huskies went 0-2 in the non-district games, but WD coach Jerry Ross knew that Oelwein was going to be a tough team to handle. "Oelwein played very well with DeWitt and Marion.  We expected to face a good team and that team was well prepared for us," he said.

"Offensively, we controlled the ball very well, but did not get into the end zone when we had the opportunity to do so.  We ran 67 plays to Oelwein's 39, but penalties and mistakes hurt us at important times in the game," Ross explained.

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New Hampton Game 


Prep/college football preview capsules

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

Kickoff -- 7:30 p.m.

Last year -- New Hampton won, 33-19.

Outlook -- The Bobcats are in for another big Class 3A District 3 challenge. The Chickasaws' non-district losses came at the hands of North Fayette (currently ranked No. 2 in Class 2A) and Clear Lake (No. 2 in 3A), and last week they knocked off 2008 state-runner-up Decorah, 26-14.

WD will have to eliminate big plays and establish the run to make it a ballgame.

TH predictions:

New Hampton 28, Western Dubuque 14



New Hampton 20, Western Dubuque 15 -- At Epworth, Iowa: Brock Boeding ran for 218 yards, including a 67-yard first-quarter runaway TD, to lift the Chickasaws (2-2, 2-0 Iowa Class 3A, District 3) past the Bobcats (1-3, 0-2). Matt Kass threw for 204 yards and two touchdowns for WD. 

New Hampton tops WD

Western Dubuque's football team showed some improvement on Sept. 18, but the Bobcats weren't able to break through for their first district win as they fell short, 20-15, to New Hampton.

"It was the best game we have played so far this year," coach Jerry Ross said. "Our intensity and enthusiasm was excellent. 

  "Our young players are growing and getting better.  You could see it in all aspects of the game. New Hampton is a big, physical and talented ballclub and we played right with them."

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Independence Game


Prep Football Roundup


Western Dubuque 34, Independence 13

At Independence, Iowa

Matt Kass threw for three touchdowns and scored on a 1-yard run as the Bobcats (2-3, 1-2 3A, District 3) iced a three-game losing streak with a victory over the winless Mustangs (0-5, 0-3).

Cody Schmitt returned an interception 45 yards for a touchdown and Nick Lenstra caught two TD passes for WD.


Bobcats stop Mustangs, earn district victory

After earning a 34-13 win over Independence on the road, Western Dubuque is ready to return home to Buchman Field for homecoming. The Bobcats improved to 1-2 in district play (2-3 overall) with the victory on Sept. 25.

"We played well," coach Jerry Ross said. "The defense did a great job holding Independence to 160 total yards.  Indee had been averaging 330 yards a game.  Our greatest improvement was eliminating the big play. 

"Special teams provided good field position for us and put Indee in poor field position," Ross added.

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Waukon Game


Prep football preview capsules

Waukon (1-4, 1-2) at

Western Dubuque (2-3, 1-2)

Last year -- Western Dubuque won, 10-7.

Outlook -- Coach Jerry Ross figures the Bobcats need to win three of their final four regular-season games to qualify for substate play from Class 3A, District 3. That makes tonight's homecoming game virtually a must-win.

WD ended a three-game losing streak last week by routing struggling Independence. Quarterback Matt Kass (764 yards, 12 touchdowns, five interceptions) leads the district in passing. Will the weather -- rain is a possibility -- cooperate with the air game tonight?

TH predictions:

Western Dubuque 21, Waukon 20 


WD hopes take big hit
Waukon overcomes the Bobcats late to damage their substate chances.

EPWORTH, Iowa -- Jon Brown and his Western Dubuque football teammates had their hearts set on making the postseason.

If Waukon didn't break each of those hearts Friday night, it cracked, chinked, dented and dinged them.

James Volbrecht scored three touchdowns -- two in the fourth quarter -- and the Indians dealt a severe blow to the Bobcats' substate hopes with a 21-14 Iowa Class 3A, District 3 victory on a wet Buchman Field.

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Big play dooms Bobcats

The Western Dubuque Bobcats were ready to battle on Oct. 2, but fell short in their quest of a homecoming win as the Waukon Indians prevailed, 21-14.

"We played hard and with enthusiasm all night," coach Jerry Ross said. "The defense continued to force turnovers and provide the opportunity to win the game.  The offense moved the ball, but lacked consistency. 

"Mistakes and penalties hurt us and cost us the victory, but Waukon did play well and made plays when necessary.  Waukon's good play contributed to some of our mistakes."

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Crestwood Game

Western Dubuque suffers loss to Crestwood

Nick Elsinger rushed for 106 yards and scored two touchdowns for Western Dubuque during the Bobcats' road tilt with Crestwood, but in the end it wasn't enough at the Cadets earned the district win, 35-21.

"We played hard and with intensity," coach Jerry Ross said. "We outplayed Cresco in the stat book.  We amassed 423 total yards to their 261 with 20 first downs to their 10. 

"Field position was our enemy most of the game and their two defensive scores equals the 14-point difference of the game. We can't use the field position and turnovers as excuses. We have to play the hand we are dealt.  We needed to overcome those problems.  Everyone on this team, coaches and players, are working to be the best team we can on Friday night."

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Decorah Game


Decorah 38, Western Dubuque 0 -- At Epworth, Iowa: The Vikings (6-2, 4-2 Class 3A District 3) forced four Bobcat turnovers and ziplocked WD (2-6, 1-5) to just 140 yards of offense.


Decorah shuts out WD, 38-0

Decorah and its powerful defense traveled to Buchman Field and gave Western Dubuque trouble all night as the Vikings shutout the Bobcats, 38-0.

"Our offense struggled all night," WD coach Jerry Ross said. "We did not have a consistent drive all night represented by the '0' on the scoreboard.  Penalties, missed assignments, and turnovers contributed to the problems.  We will need to correct these problems by this Friday."

The Vikings held WD to eight first downs and 140 total yards, meanwhile Decorah earned 15 first downs and 392 yards.

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West Delaware Game



Local/Area Roundup

West Delaware 34, Western Dubuque 14

At Manchester, Iowa

Hawks running back Brandon Domeyer put on a 206-yard, three touchdown show for postseason-bound West Delaware (7-2, 5-2 Class 3A District 3) as the Bobcats wrapped a tough season 2-7, 1-6 in Class 3A District 3.


Bobcats fall victim to Hawks
Kass breaks records for most completions, passing attempts and touchdowns.

Western Dubuque closed out its 2009 football season with a 34-14 loss at West Delaware on Oct. 23.

"We played very well into the middle of the third quarter and were leading, 14-13," coach Jerry Ross said.  "Then, Brandon Domeyer found some running room and took over the game as our offense became inconsistent and could not match West Delaware's last two scores of the third quarter.  We played hard, as we have all season, and I am proud of our effort the entire season."

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Bobcats gain district football accolades

Seven members of Western Dubuque's football team recently earned all-district honors in Class 3A, District 3.

Matt Kass, Nick Lenstra and Jon Brown were all first team selections, while Mike Kluesner, Nathan Lucas, Joe Pins and Zach Schwartz were second team honorees.

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