Usually, I dislike doing recap style of columns. It makes me feel like I’ll give out a hot take and get on the level of a sports troll like Skip Bayless or Colin Cowherd, but this weekend was insane. Friday night had some crazy moments, Saturday was indescribable, and Sunday saw its fair share of news.
Friday night, as we all should know by now, is the best night of the week because it’s high school football. Something about watching a bunch of kids going out and playing their hardest for the love and enjoyment of the game makes it infinitely better than watching primma donnas on Sundays.
On my way home from the Newell-Fonda game, I caught some of the Storm Lake game on the radio. Something unusual happened in that game, something I’d never really heard or seen before. There was a timeout on the field, Storm Lake got to the line of scrimmage before Humboldt really got set or anything. SL’s quarterback, David Soto, had the smarts to snap the ball and score an easy touchdown.
While that might not seem important, that was the go-ahead score in the game and changed the entire complexion of the contest. If the play resumes as normal, who knows how that drive ends for Storm Lake.
The old saying is that one play doesn’t make or break a game, and in all likelihood, that play didn’t, but it changed the momentum for good. Storm Lake continued to reel off more points and put the game to rest to remain unbeaten. It’s probably a good chance Storm Lake ends up winning the game regardless of that one play, but this is twice now in two years that Humboldt got caught by the Tornadoes.
Saturday had two pretty crazy games with Iowa against Iowa State and Buena Vista’s home opener. Which to talk about first, the three hour weather delay, or a second half comeback. Both games were pretty epic in their own right this weekend.
I know I picked Iowa State to win, I’ll take the tar and feathering for this one, Cyclone fans. For most of the game, it was a good back and forth contest that we’ve come to expect from this series. The Iowa State defense continues to play well as does Iowa’s and instead of it coming down to line play, it came down to special teams.
Out of all the Iowa State ways to lose a football game, a punt returner getting ran into by his own teammate, and the ball bouncing off said teammate to make it a live ball, is the most Iowa State way to lose. The Cyclone fan base is used to the gut punches and this was another one of them in a long line against the Hawkeyes.
I saw some pretty bad takes after the game on social media, including “If Iowa has won five in a row, how is it a rivalry?” I’d say a good amount of one score games in the past few seasons makes it as such. One team just can’t get over the hump mentally.
On the field, the game was great this year and both teams gave such an effort despite the long weather delays. Shoutout to the fans who rushed the field during one of those delays. Legends. Complete legends.
Speaking of legends. Many Buena Vista fans saw a legendary game on Saturday night. With kickoff set for 6 p.m., during Iowa/Iowa State, I wasn’t sure how many people would show up for the home opener but it was a great crowd. I was far from the only person impressed by how many came to witness a comeback for the ages.
Concordia looked pretty good in the first half against the Beavers, but when you look back on that half, it was three big plays that created so much separation. Two long touchdown passes and then the pick-six at the end of the half. Other than that, BVU held them to a single field goal.
Second half rolls around the Beavers made the adjustments that they needed to in order to climb back into the game. A lot of credit needs to go around to those young men along with the coaching staff for getting back into the game.
We saw it last year a few times with the Beavers going down by a good margin and were unable to get back into the game. Last season’s youth is this year’s experience and that showed on Saturday night. The two quarterback system continues to work for the team and they might as well keep rolling with both guys when they’re producing the big plays.
Just a great effort by BVU this weekend to pick up one of the best wins I’ve seen from them since I started here at the Pilot-Tribune. Kudos, guys.
The NFL continues to be a bit of a hard game to watch this year, at least for me. Between bad penalty calls, the egos and the horrific quarterback play by some teams, it’s just not a fun game. I’ve gotten too used to watching high school and college, I guess, to really enjoy the NFL.
I caught some of the Vikings and Packers game on Sunday, not a fan of either team so it a neutral viewing, and Kirk Cousins is, wow, what a waste of money for the Vikings. I’m sure bigger name writers have gotten all over his day but you’re making over 80 million and can’t complete half your throws?
Five letters sum that up. Yikes.
Anyways, Storm Lake and Buena Vista have homecoming games this weekend. As always, looking forward to standing on the sidelines, camera in hand, and waiting for someone to tell me to get out of the way.