CEDAR FALLS – BGM's first appearance was not nearly as pleasant as the road to reach it.
West Lyon quarterback Brandon Snyder caused things to go from bad to worse in a hurry for the Bears.
Snyder helped the Wildcats score 49 straight points and dominate BGM, 49-7, winning the Iowa High School Athletic Association Class A state title Friday. The title is the fourth for the Wildcats in six finals appearances, capturing the 1A crown in 2010.
The season was still a success for the Bears, even though it may not have had the desired ending. BGM finished 13-1, making a second straight trip to the UNI-Dome for the semifinals, improving on last year's finish. The large BGM crowd applauded loudly when officials announced the season's accomplishments.
The high was short lived by scoring an opening touchdown. The Wildcats (14-0) quickly turned things in their favor. Quarterback Brandon Snyder was the catalyst. The 6-foot, 192-pound signal caller hurt the Bears with his arm and his legs, leading West Lyon to a 42-7 halftime lead.
Snyder got the Wildcats on the board with a 34-yard TD run a little more than halfway through the first quarter. Snyder's 63-yard run to BGM's 3-yard line on the Wildcats' next possession set up Bennett Feuchtenberger's touchdown on the next play.
Snyder added to his numbers with a 60-yard run, spinning out of an arm tackle at the line of scrimmage and dashing to the end zone, giving West Lyon a 28-7 lead with 7:45 left in the second.
Snyder finished with 181 yards rushing and 110 passing yards, completing 4 of 5 passes. Kaleb Heyer added 72 yards on the ground for West Lyon.
Miscues also hurt the Bears. Facing a 4th-and-9 from the BGM 20, the snap sailed over the punter's head coming to rest in the end zone and West Lyon's Reagen Meyer pounced on it for the defensive touchdown.
BGM was desperate to make something happen late in the first, attempting to convert a 4th-and-1 from its own 33 with 2:00 before halftime. The Wildcats stopped it and Snyder hit Kyle Groeneweg, who also had a 3-yard TD run in the second, for a 33-yard score to cap the first-half scoring.
The Bears struggled after their all-around standout Jack Kline was sidelined. He was the spark that gave them an early lead. He picked off Snyder's first pass attempt, made a couple defenders miss and pulled away for a 52-yard interception return less than four minutes into the game.
Bryan Kriegel led the Bears with 84 total yards, including 73 passing. Kyle Gritsch was BGM's leading rusher with 47 yards and had 22 receiving. Colton Ryan had a team-high four receptions, while Mayson Sherwood led BGM with 31 receiving yards.
West Lyon held BGM scoreless after the break, and added a final touchdown on its opening drive of the second half.