Spencer Zinn uses the block of Andrew Oltmann as he runs 57 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter of Western Dubuque’s battle with Dubuque Hempstead in Epworth, Sept. 17.

Spencer Zinn ran for two touchdowns and Jack Clemens threw touchdown passes to four different receivers to help key Western Dubuque’s 55-21 victory over Waterloo East there, Oct. 8.

This was a big win for the Bobcats as it kept their playoff dreams alive. In Class 4A, 16 teams get invited to the playoffs. Currently, Western Dubuque is third in District 2 with a record of 2-1 and 14th in the RPI.

“This was a confidence booster that we needed and is a nice response after a loss. Plus it gives us hope at a spot in the postseason,” said Justin Penner, head coach. “It’s going to be tough, but we do have a shot.”

The Bobcats had the ball first in this one, but failed to get a first down. The Trojans took advantage of that stop by marching down the field for an early 7-0 lead.

From there, the Bobcats got hungry and took it to East. Western Dubuque got running touchdowns from Zinn on back-to-back possessions to take a 14-7 lead.

The Bobcats’ defense kept coming up with stops, the offense kept scoring touchdowns as the right arm of Clemens took over the game and the next four possessions ended in touchdown catches. Clemens first hooked up with Daviyon Gaston for a 60-yard catch and run touchdown. Caden Abresch’s third extra point in the first quarter gave the Bobcats a comfortable 21-7 lead after the first 12 minutes of play.

Clemens was just getting started as he tossed three more touchdowns in the second quarter. The senior quarterback hit Andrew Oltmanns on a 28-yard touchdown pass, Nick Bryant on a six-yard pass and Bryn Vantiger caught his first touchdown pass of the season on a two-yard pass.

Grant Glausser added a 35-yard touchdown run to close out the Bobcats’ 27-point quarter up 48-7 at halftime. Abresch made three of four extra points in the second quarter.

“It was nice to see our boys get to celebrate so much in the end zone. We had a great week of practice and we got back to executing at a high level. We did some good things in the run game and it seems like whenever we get the running game going the passing game is right behind,” said Penner. “We really try to be a balanced football team, but when our offensive line wears people down in the run game, then it makes it a lot easier to protect Jack and he has been doing such a good job with his decision making and you can see that in his touchdown to interception ratio.”

Penner was quick to point out that everyone gave their all in practice, but one player really excelled and ended up turning in career-high receiving yards because of the work he put in.

“Daviyon has really grown a lot in the past few weeks. We voted him ‘Scout Player of the Week’ this week because of the work he did to simulate their best receiver. Then he comes out and just has an outstanding game,” said Penner about Gaston who had three catches for 132 yards. “I’m really proud of the week he had in practice and also what he was able to do for us on the field Friday night.”

Next up for the Bobcats is the top team in District 2, Waverly-Shell Rock (6-1/3-0) who also happens to be ranked fourth in Class 4A. The Go-Hawks travel to Epworth Oct. 15 with kickoff set for 7:30 p.m.

WD’s leaders were: passing — Clemens 13-of-19 for 244 yards and four TDs, Connor Maiers 2-for-4 for 19 and one INT; rushing — Glausser 10-for-92 and one TD, Zinn 12-for-89 and two TDs, Carson Burger 8-for-29 and one TD, Nevin Pins 3-for-1; receiving — Gaston 3-for-132 yards and one TD, Oltmanns 4-for-57 and one TD, Vantiger 2-for-30 and one TD, Bryant 3-for-22 and one TD, Bradyn Delaney 1-for-13, Gannon Hickie 1-for-6, Dominic Frost 1-for-3; extra points — Caden Abresch 7-for-8; punting – Tucker Nauman 2-for-35, Zinn 1-for-25; interceptions – Hickie one.

No other stats are available.