The Iowa High School football season started 86 days ago, and every team in the state hoped to take the place of those final eight teams.
Well, today everything ends. Four teams will walk away as state champions and four teams will have to wait to try again next fall. We have some exciting matchups throughout the day in the UNI Dome, with Classes 2A, 3A, 1A and 5A completing their campaigns today. We’ll be covering every game, just like we did in yesterday’s three state title games.
The day began with a defensive struggle in Class 2A, with Central Lyon emerging with a 10-6 win over Williamsburg. The Lions’ offensive line and groundplay controlled ball and clock for most of the afternoon to capture the school’s first state title since 2006.
The final 3A game of the season begins around 1 p.m. when Mount Vernon takes on Harlan with everything on the line. This game between the undefeated Mustangs and 11-1 Harlan should be a lot of fun. Keep an eye out for Aidan Hall, a do-it-all Cyclones superstar. He brought defending state champion Harlan into this game with 312 yards of offense and five points in the state semifinals.
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If you can’t make it to the UNI Dome and want to see the action, stay right here. We will update this story with all the latest updates and news that you need to know. Click here to view games courtesy of the Iowa High School Sports Network.
Missing some of the action from the first three state title games yesterday (8 Players, A, 4A)? Check out our summary at the link below.
More:Recap: Final scores, stats and more from Thursday’s High School Football State title games
GAME STORY: Central Lyon defeats Williamsburg 10-6 to win the Class 2A title
CEDAR FALLS — In a battle involving two teams led by future Hawkeye football players, Zach Lutmer’s Central Lyon team defeated Derek Weisskopf’s Williamsburg Raiders in the Class 2A state championship game.
The Lions capped off a perfect 13-0 season with a 10-6 win over Williamsburg on Friday morning at the UNI Dome. Lutmer played a lead, as he has every time for the past three years, rushing for 140 yards and throwing another 85 to give Central Lyon their fourth state soccer title and first since 2006.
What began as a defensive rock fight quickly turned into a dominant game of ball control from Central Lyon. After a scoreless first quarter, the Lions marched 86 yards in 18 games that ate up the final 9 minutes and 21 seconds of the first half and ended with a 22-yard field goal to give the Lions a 3-0 half-time lead.
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FINALS: Central Lyon 10, Williamsburg 6
The Lions are claiming their first state title since 2006
Williamsburg with one last chance
Central Lyon hit the ball back to the Raiders, 13 seconds to play and no time out to work. You must drive 78 yards to the end zone to earn a state title.
Zach Lutmer – Playmaker
Iowa signing and Central Lyon QB Zach Lutmer may have just made the game of the game. In third and ninth deep in his own territory, he dodged a horde of Williamsburg defenders, slipped out of the pocket and ran 20 yards to keep the drive alive.
With the way the Lions are running the ball and only 2:45 left in the game, that could seal the deal.
Center Lyon with 10-6
Raiders stab back into central Lyon
After the pick, the Williamsburg offensive failed and had to punt. But Derek Weisskopf boomed a 59-yard punt to pin Central Lyon at their own 5-yard line.
There is just over 6 minutes left in this game and Central Lyon are still up 10-6.
Williamsburg gets INT and has a shot to take the lead
The Raiders defense forces a fourth stop as Ayden Stratton picked up the Central Lyon QB’s pass. Williamsburg takes over at their own 25 with about 8 minutes to play in the game.
END OF THE THIRD: Central Lyon 10, Williamsburg 6
The Lions have the ball in midfield to start the final frame.
Williamsburg strikes back quickly
It only took the Raiders three games and 1:08 to respond. Williamsburg QB Carson Huedepohl hit two consecutive 30-yard passes to Rayce Heitman, the first for 31 yards and the second for a 34-yard touchdown.
PAT is wide off, but the Raiders are right back, trailing 10-6 late in the third quarter.
Central Lyon finds end zone, drags down clock
The lions extended their lead at the start of the second half. Central Lyon wore down the Williamsburg defense in a drawn-out drive that lasted 9:05 and only had two plays over 10 yards. The final game was the longest of the ride as Zach Lutmer found Reece Vander Zee on a 30-yard strike to the pylon.
After the PAT, Central Lyon are 10-0 ahead, 2:55 in the third quarter.
Underway again for the second half
Central Lyon get the ball first in the second half and they are already driving close to midfield.
HALFTIME: Central Lyon 3, Williamsburg 0
Zach Lutmer made a big play through the air, hitting Josh Elbert for 17 yards to take Central Lyon to the Williamsburg 11. The Lions couldn’t make it to the end zone, however, and had to settle for a field goal attempt from Matthew Dieren. which he drilled from a distance of 22 meters after the time had expired.
The lions’ ground game is here
The offensive finally got rolling when Iowa signed and Central Lyon QB Zach Lutmer interrupted a 21-yard rush in the opening game of the Lions drive. They knew it was only a matter of time before 2A’s best rushing offense would get underway.
They put together a nice ride and pushed into Williamsburg territory, making two fourth down moves along the way.
They are set up just inside the Raiders 30 yard line and have about 2 minutes to play at halftime.
END OF FIRST QUARTER: Williamsburg 0, Central Lyon – George Little Rock 0
Not much insult to speak. Central Lyon GLR forced a stop in fourth place but that was about it. The teams have combined for just two first downs and two passing yards. No team has totaled more than 30 yards yet.
Central Lyon have the ball in midfield to start the second quarter.
Not much to report yet
After the teams traded punts, Williamsburg has the ball at their own 44-yard line. We’re about halfway through the opening quarter and there was 26 total offensive yards.
We’re headed to Cedar Falls
Central Lyon/GLR starts and Williamsburg starts play with the ball at their own 25-yard line.