MANSON - The Manson Northwest Webster football team proved to be an unstoppable force here Wednesday, earning a 55-34 Class 1A first-round playoff triumph over Sioux Central.
The Cougars (7-4 overall) found the endzone on their first eight possessions of the night and accumulated 543 yards of total offense for the game.
"We came out and really moved the ball offensively," said MNW head coach Jeff Anliker. "We were able to march right up and down the field."
Jesse Partlow, a 150-pound senior, ignited the Cougar ground charge with nine carries for 100 yards and a touchdown.
Brennan Thompson also gained 98 yards and reached paydirt three times for MNW, while Chris Stuhrenberg registered 81 yards and one score of his own.
Quarterback Tucker Herzberg impressed as well for the Cougars, completing 11 of 14 passes for 238 yards and three touchdowns. Brody Eischeid (5 catches, 119 yards, 1 score), Trevor Schreier (2-72) and Stuhrenberg (2-30-2) were the top receivers for the Cougars.
Manson Northwest Webster will now visit No. 2 Emmetsburg in second-round action Monday. The defending state quarterfinalist E-Hawks blasted Prairie Valley last night, 47-0.