Class A

No. 1 West Sioux (12-0)

No. 3 Hudson (12-0)

  • Time: Thursday, 1:30 p.m.
  • Location: UNI-Dome, Cedar Falls
  • Postseason history: West Sioux is in for the 11th time and seventh in the last eight years. ...  Hudson is in for the 17th time and ninth year in a row. The Pirates were Class 2A champs in 1975 and 1A champs in 1994 and were also runners-up twice in 2A.
  • Road to the finals:  West Sioux has routed Sioux Central 63-6, West Hancock 54-12 and Council Bluffs St. Albert 55-21. ...  Hudson shut out Pekin 35-0 and Lynnville-Sully 30-0 before beating St. Ansgar 41-17 in the semifinals.
  • Quick slants: Something will have to give in this championship matchup. Until it gave up 17 points to St. Ansgar last week in the semifinals, Hudson had given up 53 points all season. West Sioux has scored fewer than 53 points just three times in 12 games and in those games it scored 49, 49 and 44. The Falcons can hit you from multiple directions offensively as quarterback Hunter Dekkers has thrown for 2,111 yards and 30 scores, while running back Jake Lynott has averaged. 12.5 yards per carry while rushing for 2,436 yards and 34 touchdowns. Chase Koopman is Dekkers' favorite target, having caught 51 passes for 835 yards and nine touchdowns. ... Hudson's four leading tacklers - Wes Geisler, Dawson Ellingson, Cam Fulcher and Matt Seres - have combined for 68 tackles for loss. Offensively, Christian Seres has run for 1,871 yards and 28 scores, while Jacob Murray has thrown for 1,277 yards and 15 scores.

Hudson coach Justin Brekke: "We are going to lean on our seniors. Our entire line are seniors. They got us here, and we're going to let them get us to the finish. We've been a one game at a time team, and this is it. It is how do you want to be remembered? Our motto all year has been to finish, and now all we have to do is finish."

On West Sioux, "They are exactly what you see ... a 55-point a game, a 300-rush per game, a 185-pass per game team. They are going to bring it. They are good at what they do. Our guys feel they will be up to the challenge."

 

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