Spirit Lake wins the Class 2A Football Championship
Spirit Lake is once again the Class 2A Champions in Iowa High School Football after they defeated Mount Vernon 70-56 on Monday afternoon at the UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls. The Indians started the game with an 82 yard kickoff return for a touchdown by Billy Brown. The 7-0 lead after the extra point would not last long though as the Mustangs scored on their seventh play of the game. Jack Cochrane caught a 21 yard touchdown pass to tie it up with 10:14 to go in the first quarter. Spirit Lake got a two yard touchdown run by Tyler Jenness and a six yard touchdown run by Logan Backhaus to go up 21-7 at the end of the first quarter. In the second quarter, Brown caught a 15 yard touchdown pass to put the Indians up by 21. Mount Vernon cut the lead back to two scores when Connor Herrmann caught a 10 yard touchdown pass. Spirit Lake also got touchdown runs of 11 and 33 yards by Backhaus and the Indians led 42-14 at halftime.
The offenses continued to rule the day in the second half. Mount Vernon began the third quarter with a 38 yard touchdown catch by Herrmann to cut the lead to 42-20. The Indians would drive to the Mustangs' six yard line on the ensuing drive, but Mount Vernon's Sam Moore stripped the ball and ran it back 94 yards to cut the lead to 14. Spirit Lake responded with a nine yard touchdown run by Backhaus as well as an interception by Backhaus on the next Mustangs' drive. Matthew Moody found the endzone eight plays after the turnover with a one yard touchdown run and the lead was 55-28 with 5:08 to go in the third. Once again Mount Vernon would respond. Cochrane had a one yard touchdown run with 3:07 in the third quarter and Spirit Lake's lead was 55-35. Mount Vernon would get three touchdowns in the fourth quarter, but Spirit Lake got two of their own to secure the victory. A scary moment for the Indians came with 10:12 to go in the game when Backhaus left the game with a concussion, but Spirit Lake's offense did a good job of burning clock on their final two drives. On the ensuing touchdown drive, they shaved 4:32 off the clock and on their final possession they chewed up 3:24 of clock to ensure the win.
The Indians broke state championship game records including Total Net Yards with 787 and Net Passing Yards with 409. Backhaus had 145 yards rushing to lead the Spirit Lake ground game including four rushing touchdowns. He was 24-of-32 passing for 352 yards. Brown had six of those receptions for 94 yards and a touchdown reception. Dallas Poock led the defense with nine total tackles. Justin Jones and Brock Tvedte each had eight total tackles for Spirit Lake, who finishes an impressive season at 14-0. Mustangs quarterback Drew Adams was 21-for-31 passing with six touchdown passes and two interceptions. Mount Vernon finishes their season at 11-3.