Any hopes of earning an invitation to the football state playoffs went out the window for the Western Dubuque football team as the Bobcats lost to Mason City, 38-22, there Oct. 29.

It was the Bobcats’ longest bus ride of the season and one that they didn’t enjoy as the Mohawks were just too much for them in this season-ending Class 4A, District 2 battle for both teams.

Western Dubuque was slow to get going, trailing 10-0 after the first quarter. Even with the chance of a playoff berth to inspire them, the Bobcats were lucky enough just to stay with Mason City.

The Bobcats were down 17-6 at halftime and were still down two scores, 24-14, as they entered the fourth quarter even though they had outscored the Mohawks 8-7 in the third quarter.

Spencer Zinn ran for two touchdowns and Jack Clemens hooked up with Nick Bryant on a 55-yard catch and run for six points, but the normal high-flying offense didn’t show up for the Bobcats as they lost their final game of this season.

Clemens was 18-of-36 for 277 yards as he threw for a total of 2,206 yards for the year. Zinn carried the ball 25 times in the game for 156 yards giving him a total of 1,017 yards for the season.

The Bobcats had left Epworth with their sights on coming back home with one of the four at-large berths that were unaccounted for in Class 4A’s field of 16. The first 12 playoff spots go to the top two teams in each of the six districts. The final four spots went to Fort Dodge (7-2), Clear Creek-Amana (6-3), Carlisle (5-4) and Cedar Rapids Washington (5-4).

WD’s leaders were: passing — Clemens 18-of-36 for 277 yards, one TD and two INTs; rushing — Zinn 25-for-156 yards and two TDs, Grant Glausser 5-for-10, Clemens 3-for-8; receiving —Bryant 4-for-116 and one TD, Gaston 8-for-95, Zinn 3-for-39, Caleb Klein 3-for-27; punting — Nauman 1-for-15; punt returns — Klein 2-for-3; kick returns — Bryant 3-for-43, Klein 1-for-16; interceptions — Klein one.

No other statistics were available at press time.