CEDAR FALLS - In a battle of Top-10 teams, it was No. 7 (Class 3A) West Delaware coming out on top of fourth-ranked Webster City, 39-28, inside the UNI-Dome Monday night.
West Delaware (10-1 overall) will now travel to Decorah (9-2) for a quarterfinal contest. Decorah stopped No. 1 Clear Lake last night, 24-8.
The Lynx (9-2) jumped out to an early 14-3 advantage behind touchdowns by Sam Mossman and Jonny Davis. Mossman caught a 5-yard pass from Davis for the first score, while the QB called his own number in the second.
After halftime, the Hawks took over, scoring 22 points in the third quarter alone to take a 25-14 lead with 12 minutes left.
Davis brought Webster City closer with another TD run, but West Delaware answered right back behind a 74-yard TD run by Sam Lahr.
The Lynx relied on Davis again, as the senior called his own number for a 2-yard TD. An onside kick attempt by Webster City failed, and the Hawks punched in a final score to seal the deal.
Keagan Parks had 147 yards rushing on 30 carries for the Lynx, while Davis added 81 yards on the ground and another 124 passing. Caleb Crouthamel had six catches for 99 yards.
Of West Delaware's 367 yards rushing, 302 of it came over the final 24 minutes. Lahr had 213 yards on 17 carries and Trey MacTaggart had 162 yards on 10 carries.
The Hawks captured a state title in 1991 and are 22-15 in 17 playoff appearances. West Delaware defeated Decorah earlier this year, 38-21.