HINTON, Iowa | West Lyon put on a defensive clinic in a 35-0 shutout of Hinton here Friday night.
The top-ranked (Class 1A) Wildcats held Hinton to 23 total yards while the offense hummed along as usual and West Lyon improved its record to a spotless 6-0.
“Defense has played well this year and they did a great job just flying to the ball,” West Lyon Coach Jay Rozeboom said. “We’re happy with where we’re at right now but we have a long ways to go and Western Christian next week.”
Hinton (3-3) simply couldn’t establish any kind of a running game, finishing with only eight yards on 24 carries. Meanwhile, West Lyon churned out 256 yards with its punishing attack.
Monte Pottebaum rushed for 98 yards on 18 carried and plowed in for three short touchdowns, while Mitchell Renstschler added 55 yards on 10 totes.
The senior-laden Wildcats played like a team that is on a mission, actually fumbling twice inside the Hinton 5-yard line or the final spread would have been greater.
“We think they’ll be state champions, they have a good shot at and deserve it,” Hinton co-head coach Bruce Held said. “They have 19 seniors and just a great program. They’re just a good team and we’re not in their league this year and that’s just the way it is.”
These two programs have played some memorable games – both regular season and playoffs – over the years, but West Lyon’s experienced club is definitely a notch above most other teams in the state.
Not only do the Wildcats run the football like a well-oiled machine, but quarterback Jaden Snyder gives them an added dimension with his passing skills. Snyder completed 9 of 14 – an unusually high amount for a West Lyon team – for 129 yards and rushed for 34 yards on eight carries.
“We have a lot of good athletes out there and try to spread that ball around a little bit,” Rozeboom said. “Hinton is a really well-coached team and this is a tough league we play in week in and week out. Our guys played really well tonight, we left a couple on the ground but we hope that’s a correctable error.”
Snyder threw a 29-yard touchdown strike to Dylan Snyders on West Lyon’s first possession and the Wildcats scored again on their next try, Pottebaum crashing over from the 3-yard line.
Hinton moved the ball from its own 21 to the 42 after a Braden Vonk interception, but wound up coughing it up and Snyder recovered the fumble, setting up the third West Lyon scoring march, Pottebaum doing the honors on a 4-yard run.
The Wildcats had a chance to put more points on the board before halftime but Snyder was short on a 44-yard field goal attempt. Then, on their first possession of the second half they fumbled it away on the Hinton 2-yard line, but got it right back after a short punt and went ahead 28-0 on Pottebaum’s third touchdown of the game.
Rentschler scored on a 9-yard run with 1:11 left in the third quarter, setting off a continuous clock. After that, both teams used reserves for the entire fourth quarter.
West Lyon hosts No. 5 Hull Western Christian on Friday with the district lead on the line. Both teams will enter the fray with a 4-0 record in Class 1A District 1.
Hinton, 2-2 in the district, plays at Sibley-Ocheyedan.