Cardinal ‘out-physicaled’ by West Branch in Eldon
ELDON — As the seconds ticked away in the fourth quarter Friday, senior wideout Cody Carter slinged his first career pass into the waiting hands of junior Tyler Batterson for a 19-yard touchdown.
Cardinal’s only score of the game — on a reverse pass, no less — barely made a dent in West Branch’s 52-6 victory in Eldon, but Cardinal head coach Adam Hadenfelt felt the touchdown signified much more.
“I thought it was an important touchdown for us because it was the time time we’ve scored on West Branch in two years,” the second-year coach said. “It shows we’re doing better things, and making progress is something we need to hang our hats on.
“Cody threw a great ball. He’s been bugging me all year to throw one, and it being Senior Night I went ahead and let him,” he added.
Once again, however, Hadenfelt felt the Comets were “out-physicaled” by the opposition.
“What impressed me most about West Branch, they were much more physical this year and came right out and got after it,” he said. “To our kids credit we kept sticking our noses in there.”
Cardinal found it tough sledding on the ground, accumulating 33 yards on 29 carries. They did find some success through the air, however, as quarterbacks completed more than half their passes. Dakota Showman threw for 37 yards on 6-for-12 passing and Tyler Batterson was 2-for-2.
Hadenfelt praised offensive linemen Josh Ramos, Patrick Lind, Dylan Guiter, Logan Laughlin, Sam Schmidt and Adam Giltner for their pass protection Friday.
“It was some of the best pass protection we’ve had on the line all year, and they helped us move the ball at times,” said Hadenfelt.
Also for Cardinal, Jonathan Pedersen caught three passes for 19 yards and Neil Urtado had one catch for 14 yards. Nathan Yeager led all defenders with 11 tackles to up his season total to 119, and Pedersen added 10. Ramos made six stops, Urtado had five, and Justin Conger and Jonathan Rupe had three tackles each.
The Comets, who won two games in Hadenfelt’s first year in 2011, ended up with a 3-6 record and 0-6 mark in the brutal Class 1A District 6.
“We knew going in every Friday we were going to have our hands full, but I thought we always played hard,” Hadenfelt said. “The kids kept getting at it and wanted it, and that sort of determination and attitude says great things about the future of Cardinal football.”
West Branch 52, Cardinal 6
Rushing — (C) Showman 15-33, Pedersen 7-12, Yeager 6-0, Eklofe 1-(-10)
Passing — (C) Showman 6-12-37, Batterson 2-2-5, Carter 1-1-19 (TD)
Receiving — (C) Batterson 1-19 (TD), Pedersen 3-19, Urtado 1-14, Campbell 1-5, Yeager 3-4
Tackles — (C) Yeager 11, Pedersen 10, Ramos 6, Urtado 5, Conger 3, Rupe 3, Lind 2, Batterson, Campbell, Carter, Giltner, Guiter, Showman