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West Lyon Wildcats writing new legacy

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On a field in northwest Iowa, just minutes from the South Dakota border lies one of the most dominate Football Programs in the Hawkeye State; The West Lyon Wildcats.

From NFL talents such as Kyle Vanden Bosh and Levar Woods to their state title history, West Lyon is a proud team.

"It's overwhelming. What a blessing to be apart of this tradition that we have here," Senior Brandon Snyder said. "It starts with the coaching staff; they are second to none in the state."

That coaching staff is lead by Jay Rozeboom, who is taking the Wildcats to their forth title appearance in six seasons.

"Group of guys that really worked hard together, get along, like each other," Coach Rozeboom mentioned. "They have one common goal in mind, and put those egos aside to do what is best for the team."

Those guys have done what is best for the team all season. The Wildcats are a perfect 13-0 on the year and have outscored the opposition by nearly 30 points a game, as West Lyon gets ready to take on BGM-Brooklyn in the championship game.

"We don't worry about the past, we worry about the future and present." Rozeboom said. "It be great for the guys to get a championship under their belts. They have worked hard, control their own destiny, and it should be fun.

It will be a lot more fun if the Wildcats find a way to come out on top.

"Be the best feeling in the world, and nothing could change that," Senior Cody Bauman said. "No feeling could replace that."

The following information is courtesy of KSFY's Pigskin Preview Editorial Coordinator, Dan Genzler.

West Lyon (13-0) will look to win a fourth title in six appearances when the Wildcats meets #2 B-G-M Brooklyn (13-0) on Thursday (1:36 p.m.) at the UNI-Dome. In 2013, the Wildcats have rolled up a 493-to-113 (37.92-to-8.69 ppg) point differential, which includes a massive 169-to-47 edge in the playoffs (four games). Led by head coach Jay Rozeboom (21 seasons, 216-38, .850), the Wildcats are looking for their first title since a 42-0 win over Dike-New Hartford in 2010.  In the playoffs, West Lyon has won every game by at least 14 points (same for the regular season), which includes a 63-21 win over previously unbeaten  A-H-S-T, Avoca (12-1) in the semifinals. In that playoff win at the UNI-Dome, West Lyon rolled up 414 yards and 50 points in the first half as QB Brandon Snyder had 185 yards and four TDs in six carries while Kaleb Heyer added 149 rushing yards. In 2013, the Wildcats have rolled up 5,147 yards in total offense, including 609 carries for 4,405 yards and 59 TDs on the ground. For the season, West Lyon's offensive leaders include Heyer (126-1,256-19 TDs; 7 rec., 209 yards, 2 TDs), Brandon Snyder (6-696-11 TDs; 27-of-63-501-10 TDs), Bennett Feuchtenberger (145-983-10 TDs) and Kyle Groeneweg (60-472-11 TDs; 16 rec., 340 yards 5 TDs).  On defense, West Lyon, which has 27 sacks, 14 interceptions and 19 fumble recoveries, are led by Heyer (79T, 8 TFLs, sack), Cody Bauman (8 sacks), Vaughn Moser (62T, 5 TFLs), Iowa recruit Jake Newborg (43T, 9 TFLs, 4 sacks) and Jed Van't Hof (43T, 7 TFLs, 6 sacks) lead West Lyon. Snyder, who has five interceptions including two for defensive TDs, is also the placekicker hitting on 46-of-51 PATs and 3-of-3 from field goal range (51-yard long).  As for #2 BGM-Brooklyn (13-0), they have been dominant with a 182-to-31 playoff scoring advantage. In the playoffs, they have scored 83 points in a game and advanced to the final with a 35-10 win over Wapsie Valley in the semifinals at the UNI-Dome. BGM-Brooklyn is led by QB Bryan Kriegel (71-of-114-1,400 yards and 14 TDs) along with a pair of 1,000-yard rushers in Jack Kline (229-1,811-32 TDs; 22-397-5 TDs receiving) and Kyle Gritsch (100-1,064-22 TDs). WR Colton Ryan (15-278-3 TDs) is another offensive weapon. Gritsch (148T, 16 TFLs, sack), Adam Hawkins (143T, 17 TFLs, 2 sacks), and Cooper Puls (65T, 17 TFLs, 8 sacks) are the leads on defense.






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