Recap, Highlights, Photos: Bears defeat Wapello in home-opener

The Bears defeated Wapello 24-7 to move to 2-0 on the season.

By Matt Chinander September 7, 2019 at 7:00am

The Little Rose Bowl in West Branch was a busy place Friday night as it played host to Military Appreciation Night and press box donor recognition ceremony. Oh, and a football game as well. The Bears welcomed to town the Wapello Indians for the Bears' 2019 season home-opener.

While the Bears' defense picked up right where it left off last week against West Liberty, the offense had a bit of a slow start before getting going in the 3rd quarter thanks to some brusing runs and great passes by Tanner Lukavsky and Gavin Hierseman, respectively. After it was all said and done, West Branch ended the evening with a 24-7 victory to move their record to 2-0 halfway through its non-district schedule.

Check out highlights, interviews, photos, and more below.



Player of the Game: Trey Eagle

This week's Main Street Sweets Player of the Game is Trey Eagle.

Uncommon Play: Brad Hunger

This week's recipient of the Hoover Foundation Uncommon Play is Brad Hunger.

John Hierseman


Photos are courtesy of the West Branch Times.


View all game stats on QuikStats.


Offense: 238 total yards (108 passing, 130 rushing), 13 first downs
Defense: 76 yards allowed, 2 first downs allowed, 3 sacks


Gavin Hierseman: 9/15, 108 yards, 2 TD


Tanner Lukavsky: 14 att, 76 yards, 1 fumble
Gavin Hierseman: 9 att, 29 yards, 1 TD
Dakota Kaalberg: 4 att, 21 yards


Trey Eagle: 3/6, 79 yards, 2 TD
Tanner Lukavsky: 5/6, 29 yards


Dakota Kaalberg: 6 tackles
Jeff Bowie: 2 sacks, 4.5 tackles
Cameron Howsare: 4 tackles, 1 tackle for loss
Dalyn Pedersen: 4 tackles, 3 tackles for loss