Prep Football: Wilton Scores Late, Stuns West Branch

By Jason Miller, Reporter

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WILTON, Iowa - In a game nobody really enjoys playing, unfortunately somebody has to win and somebody has to lose.

For Lance Pedersen and the Wilton Beavers, they were on the good side.

The Beavers used the deadly combination of quarterback Tyler Hetzler and wide receiver Seth Kaufman to exploit the Bear defense from beginning to end. They hooked up eight times, three of which were for touchdown.

After the Bears scored on the opening drive — a 19 yard pass from Cole Cook to Bo Bower — Wilton came right back to tie the game. The Beavers led 21-14 at the half.

Coach Butch Pedersen, Lance’s father, must have fired the troops up at halftime. The Bears held Wilton scoreless on its first drive of the third quarter, then it went to the ground attack.

Cade Jones busted a 59 yard run, part of a 219 yard performance, to get West Branch in scoring position. Mike Gould punched it in on the first play of the fourth quarter to tie it at 28.

But the passing dynamic duo for the Beavers connected an 18-yard play with just under 7 minutes remaining to take the lead back. Kaufman intercepted a Cook pass with 1:05 left to seal the victory.

This is the first time since district play began that the Bears have dropped back-to-back district games.

Wilton (3-1, 2-0 Class 1A, District 6) will face Eddyville-Blakesburg. The Bears (2-2, 0-2) will host Wapello.

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