GAME CAPSULE: West Branch vs Wapello

Both teams riding high after victories in Week One

By Jason Miller September 5, 2019 at 7:00am

LOCATION - The Little Rose Bowl

GAME TIME - 7:00

RADIO/TV - The BearCast will be on the play-by-play call. If you cannot be at the game, let us bring the game to you on your computer or smartphone. On your computer, the stream will appear here on the home page of the website. On iOS and Android devices, download the Mixlr app (iOSAndroid) and search for "West Branch Football."

Tune in to the BearCast at 6:30 for the pregame, as Steven Grace and Mike Quinlan will be on the call live. Jerry Fleagle will roam the sidelines, offering in game analysis and halftime/postgame interviews.

For print media, the Cedar Rapids Gazette, the West Branch Times,, and will be at the the game.

SOCIAL MEDIA - If you cannot be at the game or chose not to listen via the web, and want up-to-date game action and statistics, follow the Bears on Twitter at @WBBearsFootball or like/follow the West Branch Football page on Facebook for updates.

RANKINGS - Wapello (1-0) is unranked. West Branch is ranked 3rd in Class 1A by the AP and CRG; 4th in the DMR.

THE LAST TIME THESE TWO TEAMS PLAYED - The Bears defeated the Indians 49-14 in week two of the 2018 season.

WAPELLO is a team that is on the rise. If you go back to the 2018 season, the Indians are riding a four-game win streak. RB Ricky Pforts is an absolute menace on the field. He torched the Bear defense for 152 yards on just 16 carries (9.5 ypc) and two scores in the last meeting between these two teams. This year, a new weapon at quarterback joins him in the form of Tade Parsons (8/11 for 139 yards and 1TD in week one) - aka the son of Indian head coach Todd Parsons. The bulk of those passing yards were hauled in by Tyler Cooley (3 for 110, including a 97 yard TD reception).  They are a team predicated upon the big play, on both sides of the ball.

KEEP AN EYE ON: Pforts. His impact is felt in many ways. He led the Indian defense in tackles a season ago, and again in week one.

WEST BRANCH picked up where it left off (most of the 2018 season) on defense in week one. The Bears limited West Liberty to just 171 total yards, 78 of which came on one play. It also pitched a defensive shutout, as the Comets' only score was a kickoff return. RB Tanner Lukavsky was a baby bull, 23 bonecrushing carries for 153 yards and a score. He also hauled in TD pass from Gavin Hierseman, who finished 14 of 17 for 96 yards and a TD. Hierseman also added 77 rushing yards and a score. Defensively, Brad Hunger led a host of strong performers. The big key for in victory: the "skill position players" up front on offense. They helped guide the Bears to almost 360 yards of offense. 

QUOTABLE: "We really expect to do this every week, because of the way we execute — if we execute how we practice and how we plan things out, it should be like this every week" - Jeff Bowie

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