HAWARDEN, Iowa | Porter Hummel is in awe of his wide receivers.
Monday night’s 54-21 second-round Class A state football playoff win over Lawton-Bronson marked the first time this season that the West Sioux senior quarterback had three 100-yard receivers.
Senior running back Justin Negaard had six catches for 161 yards and two touchdowns. Senior wide receiver Kezden Blankenship had five catches for 101 yards and three touchdowns while sophomore wide receiver Jake Lynott had four catches for 113 yards and a touchdown.
Negaard has 50 catches for 1,062 yards and 13 touchdowns for No. 3 West Sioux (11-0), which will host Akron-Westfield (9-2) in Friday night’s Class A quarterfinal playoff game. He has four 100-yard receiving games to his credit this season while Blankenship (45 catches, 900 yards, 10 TDs) has three.
Lynott (23, 376, 3) experienced his first 100-yard game of the season. The only other Falcon receiver to reach triple-digits was sophomore running back Zach Hulshof (13, 249, 4), who had six catches for 150 yards on Sept. 11, when Hummel passed for a state-record 583 yards in a come-from-behind 32-31 win over Lawton-Bronson.
“At this point of the season, if I see a red jersey, I have faith that he will catch it,” said Hummel, whose 393-yard, 6 TD passing effort in the second-round win hiked his season totals to 2,741 yards and 35 touchdowns.
“We all click. When I move one way, they come with me. We’re all in sync. Our receivers coach is Scott Metzler and he does a great job. They all have great hands and they don’t have many drops.”
The quarterfinal game at Eneroe Field will feature another outstanding quarterback. Akron-Westfield junior Cal Eskra paces the entire state with his 2,866 yards while passing for 32 touchdowns.
Eskra was hassled by the Falcons defense in a 42-14 loss on Sept. 25 at Eneroe. That night, he went 10 of 25 for 107 yards, one touchdown and one interception.
Eskra completed 16 of 28 passes for 195 yards and three touchdowns in Monday night’s 26-21 win over No. 5 Logan-Magnolia.
When Hummel heard the announcer at Eneroe mention the possibility of hosting the quarterfinal, it excited him.
West Sioux is in the state playoffs for the fifth time in the last six years (eighth appearance overall). However, it’s the first-ever quarterfinal game for a program that has a 3-7 postseason record.
“We’ve put in the time, the hard work, the sweat and the tears in the summer,” said Hummel. “We’re really excited. We’re going to be in front of the home crowd Friday night. It doesn’t get much better than that.”