(Cedar Falls)……A valiant effort by the Western Dubuque Bobcats came up short in the Class 3A State Football championship game against defending state champion Cedar Rapids Xavier losing 34-20.
The Bobcats scored impressively on their first two series and even led at halftime, 20-17. The unbeaten defending champions would have to fight to repeat, especially after giving up a season-high in points before going to intermission.
Both teams sustained key injuries in Thursday’s showdown as well: Xavier entered the game having lost offensive line standout Josh Volk in the semifinals, but then lost senior running back Braden Stovie after halftime, and Western Dubuque quarterback Calvin Harris went out near the end of the third quarter and did not return.
Harris rushed for 70 yards and a touchdown, and threw for 137 yards and another touchdown before exiting. His top targets were Drake George (five catches, 106 yards) and Jake Hosch (two catches, 75 yards), and while backup Sam Goodman rallied drives in the fourth quarter, he could do little to slow down the Xavier onslaught.
Western Dubuque finished the season 10-and-3.