HAWARDEN, Iowa | The only thing faster than Jake Lynott on Friday night was the speed with which the West Sioux offense scored.
The top-ranked Class A team overwhelmed Sioux Central (7-3) in every facet of the game in the first half on its way to a 56-6 halftime lead. With the continuous clock in the second half, the Falcons easily advanced to Friday's quarterfinals, 63-6.
West Sioux had scoring drives of 48, 18, nine and six seconds as they raced out to a 28-0 lead in the first quarter.
"It is a great start to come out to and we got points on the board, 35 in the first quarter," said Lynott, who finished with 168 yards on the ground on just 11 carries. "We just kept in a rhythm."
The Falcons will host West Hancock in the next round after it upset previously unbeaten Bishop Garrigan.
"I think our kids are playing with a high level of confidence and a high level of want to," West Sioux coach Ryan Schwiesow said. "I was talking to one of our seniors yesterday and talking about how we won our third straight district title. He said 'Coach I could care less about that, I want to get to the dome.'
"That is where our sights are set and anything short of that I am sure our kids and school will be disappointed."
After the West Sioux defense forced a three-and-out to begin the game, Falcons quarterback Hunter Dekkers found Chase Koopmans on two straight passes to cover 59 yards before Koopmans ran the final four yards in two plays for the first score.
Lynott then returned a Rebels punt 42 yards and hauled in 21-yard pass for a touchdown. After a Sioux Central fumble -- one of six for the Rebels in the first half with four lost -- Lynott covered 13 yards in two plays to go up 21-0.
"They just had some issues with turnovers early and that is tough when you have to travel and have turnovers on top of it," Schwiesow said. "Kudos to our defense for doing a good job, and I thought they came out ready to play right from the start. Cold night like this they didn't let it affect them."
Another fumble led to a 29-yard strike from Dekkers to Koopmans and Lynott added a 14-yard TD run to make it 35-0 at the end of one quarter.
Sioux Central's lone score came on a Ben Hargens 4-yard run early in the second quarter after a long kickoff return.
Lynott would add two more rushing touchdowns and a 66-yard scoring strike before the first half was over. It capped a six touchdown first half as he ran for 103 yards before halftime and had 89 yards receiving.
"Our offensive line does a great job opening holes and allowing us to get to the second level," said Lynott, who added a 65-yard touchdown run on the first play of the second half for his seventh score of the game. "From there I feel like I can do a lot."
Dekkers was 7 of 9 throwing the ball for 265 yards and three TDs as the Falcons outgained the Rebels 368-72 in total yards in the first half.
"I thought Hunter Dekkers was fantastic coming out and hitting three or four nice passes to begin with," Schwiesow said.
West Sioux, whose closest game during the regular season was a 44-6 season-finale win over Akron-Westfield, has made blowouts the name of the game this season.
West Sioux has reached the playoffs every season since 2013 when it lost in the first round. That was followed by a second-round exit in 2014 and a quarterfinal appearance in 2015. Last season the Falcons again fell in the quarterfinals, but the No. 1 team in the state is poised to reach the UNI-Dome with one more win.
Lynott, who leads Class A with 1,848 yards rushing, paces the state with his 13.6 yards per carry average for any back with more than 100 carries. He sees something different about this year's team going into the quarterfinals.
"The intensity in practice," Lynott said. "We have been going really hard in practice and we know each week is a new team and they are going to bring a different style. We have to prepare each week like it is our last week."
The West Sioux defense has now given up 21 points total in its last five games.