WATERLOO — When discipline abandons a football team, positive results become hard to achieve.
Waterloo West learned that lesson the hard way Friday night.
Four turnovers and 11 penalties for 106 yards doomed the Wahawks as they saw Western Dubuque score 12 unanswered second-half points en route to a 22-14 victory at Memorial Stadium.
“We were a very undisciplined team in the second half,” West coach Lonnie Moore said. “We had a lot of penalties and that hurt us.”
Trailing 14-10, Western Dubuque (3-0) took the lead on a 14-yard touchdown pass from Quinn Baumhover to Drake George with 1:44 left in the third quarter.
Nathan Armstrong tacked on field goals of 33 and 24 yards in the fourth quarter.
“They are a really proud program. Lonnie (Moore) has made those guys contenders every single year,” Bobcats coach Justin Penner said. “They went 8-2 last year and took it to us. A big win for our program. As a coach, I’ve never been 3-0 and most of these players have never been 3-0 so it is a pretty special night.”
It appeared West (2-1) might overcome its miscues when Cade Dodd hit Kalen Burt for what briefly looked like a 49-yard touchdown pass with six minutes left in the fourth quarter and a potential 21-16 lead. But behind the play, a flag was thrown for unnecessary roughness on a West blocker and the touchdown was called back.
“A kid went down and when he tried to get back up our kid hit him,” Moore said of the explanation he received for the personal foul penalty. “I didn’t see it.
“We just didn’t have enough discipline. If we want to win games, we can’t have that. It was surprising of this team because we had been doing a great job. Our first two games we had three penalties in our first game and two in the second.”
West’s drive then stalled and Western Dubuque converted a couple of huge third-down plays to run much of the final six minutes off the clock, including a 23-yard scramble by Baumhover on a third-and-21.
Armstrong’s third FG came with 17 seconds left, and West’s last ditch pass was picked off to end the game.
“Our kids, I’m proud of them,” Moore said. “There were times they could’ve quit, complained and whined, but they fought to the end and that was what it is all about.”
The Bobcats’ hurry-up offense flummoxed West early, as Western Dubuque hit three big pass plays, the final a 24-yard score from Baumhover to Alex Lenton with 7 minutes, 52 seconds left in the opening quarter. Western added to its lead with a 42-yard Armstrong field goal early in the second.
West recovered and found its groove in the second quarter,
A personal foul on the Bobcats extended a West drive and the Wahawks’ capitalized with a five-yard Kadin Paulus touchdown run with 10:10 to go until half. Then with time dwindling in the first half, Dodd lofted a deep pass to Marrio Wright for a 37-yard touchdown with 1:07 left to make it 14-10.
However, West couldn’t capitalize on the late first-half momentum in the second half as the self-inflicted wounds were too much to overcome.
Dodd finished 15 of 28 for 182 yards, but he also threw three interceptions. Baumhover was 14 of 25 for Western Dubuque for 167 yards and the two touchdowns.
West. Dubuque 22, Wat. West 14
West. Dubuque 10 0 6 6 — 22
Wat. West 0 14 0 0 — 14
WD — Alex Lenton 24 pass from Quinn Baumhover (Nathan Armstrong kick)
WD — FG Armstrong 42
West — Kadin Paulus 5 run (Adijan Muhamedagic kick)
West — Marrio Wright 37 pass from Cade Dodd (Muhamedagic kick)
WD — Drake George 14 pass from Baumhover (pass failed)
WD — FG Armstrong 33
WD — FG Armstrong 24
First downs 17 11
Rushes-yards 38-116 22-98
Passing yards 167 182
Comp-att-int 14-25-1 15-28-3
Return yards 66 -3
Penalties-yards 7-61 11-106
Punts-avg. 4-33.4 5-40.4
Fumbles-lost 2-0 3-1
WESTERN DUBUQUE — Ben Bryant 24-66, Ben DeSollar 7-63, Baumhover 8-minus 19.
WATERLOO WEST — Paulus 11-38, Richardson Gbeynie 11-60.
WESTERN DUBUQUE — Baumhover 14-25-1, 167 yards.
WATERLOO WEST — Dodd 15-28-3, 182 yards.
WESTERN DUBUQUE — Bryant 2-11, Kyle Cleary 4-79, Lenton 3-48, George 5-34.
WATERLOO WEST — Wright 8-116, Burt 6-66, Devon Jones 1-9.