ATKINSON — Cedar Catholic was charged with the task of trying to shut down one of the best runners in the state Friday.
Like nearly every other team that faced West Holt this year, the Trojans found out the task was a tough one, as senior running back Josh Coyle led the state-rated Huskies to a 35-7 win over the Trojans.
Coyle finished the night with 251 yards on 25 carries.
Cedar falls to 3-4 on the year with the loss.
The Trojans will have a chance to even their record at 4-4 when they host Wisner-Pilger in the regular season finale Thursday at Russ Hochstein Field.
The Trojans were able to hold the potent Husky offense out of the endzone in the first frame. However, West Holt did find the endzone when Coyle intercepted a Taylor Kathol pass and returned it 47 yards for a score.
West Holt’s offense took control in the second quarter, finding the offense on two separate drives.
The Huskies scored just 90 seconds into the second frame when Coyle completed a West Holt drive with a one-yard plunge. He then scampered across the goal line for the two-point conversion to give the home team a 14-0 lead.
The Huskies went up 21-0 two minutes before halftime when they found paydirt again. This time they scored on a 45-yard Ryan Linders’ run.
Another big Josh Coyle run just two minutes into the second half put another nail in the coffin for Cedar. Coyle broke lose on a 45-yard TD run on the Huskies first drive of the second half to give the home team a big 28-0 advantage.
Cedar finally got its offense on track when James Kaiser capped a solid drive by hitting Grant Dickes in the endzone on a seven-yard touchdown strike. Dickes then booted the extra point to cut the deficit to 21 points.
The defenses dominated the rest of the way, as neither team was able to score again until the final seconds of the contest when Coyle once again broke free. This time he scored after he slipped by the Cedar defense and raced 80 yards down the field to score with just 20 seconds left in the game.
Cedar finished the night with 204 yards on the ground. The Trojans ground attack was paced by sophomore Ryan Becker, who picked up 89 yards on 23 carries.
A cold, windy breeze didn’t help Cedar’s aerial attack as the Trojans were only able to manage 29 yards through the air on 18 pass attempts.
Despite the loss, the Trojans will have a good shot at qualifying for the playoffs for the 14th straight year. Cedar is currently 20th in NSAA power points. The top 32 teams advance to the playoffs.
Cedar 0 0 7 0 — 7
West Holt 6 15 14 0 — 35
Cedar West Holt
First downs 15 15
Rushing 204 441
Passing 4-18-29 0-2-0
Total plays 66 46
Total offense 233 441
Fumbles – lost 3-3 2-2
Penalties 4-20 10-85
Possession 28:06 19:54
Punts – avg 2-27.5 2-17.0
Cedar – Ryan Becker, 23-89; Frank Herbolsheimer, 15-81; Taylor Kathol, 4-19; Shane Guy, 2-13; James Kaiser, 1-12; Noah Miller, 1-4. West Holt – Josh Coyle, 25-251; Austin Braun, 10-83; Ryan Linders, 1-45; Connor Osborne, 1-30; Jeff Judge, 4-29; Josiah McCallister, 1-3.
Cedar – Taylor Kathol, 3-9-22; James Kaiser, 1-9-7. West Holt – Ryan Linders, 0-2.
Cedar – James Kaiser, 3-22; Grant Dickes, 1-7.
Cedar – Noah Miller, 5; Ethan Kramer, 4.5; Tristan Steffen, 3.5; Kraig Sudbeck, 3; Frank Herbolsheimer, 2; Danny Loecker, 2; Trent Jansen, 2; Grant Howell, 2; Ryan Becker, 2; Luke Burbach, 1; Cody Lammers, 1; Grant Dickes,1; Dalton Lammers, 1; Taylor Kathol, 1; Ty Becker, 1. West Holt – Josh Coyle, 5.5; Ben Boyer, 5.5; Noble Wentworth, 4.5; Jacob Tasler, 3.5; Marcus Marsellus, 2.