Humboldt Football Defeats Storm Lake in Statement Victory

By: Nathan Bloechl —

Storm Lake, Iowa — Call it a statement for the Humboldt Wildcat football team.

Maybe, just maybe, there is a new bully on the block.

The Humboldt Wildcat football sure looked the part last Friday night, as they were able to cruise past Storm Lake High School — winning their second straight, 28-6.

Friday’s game was a culmination of everything Humboldt fans have been waiting for: an elite running game, an opportunistic defense, and solid special teams.

All three keys came together as Humboldt won back-to-back games for the first time in a calendar year.

Senior tailback Tyler Vtizhum was the straw that stirred the Humboldt offensive attack. Vitzhum, in his second game back after suffering a pre-season knee injury, rushed 29 times for 183 yards and 1 touchdown.

He was consistently keeping Humboldt on-schedule and ahead of the chains, something they didn’t do well in the first two weeks, despite defeating G-H-V.

After Jamison Heinz saw a majority of his snaps at quarterback last week, Wildcat head coach Derrick Elman reverted back to a near 50-50 snap share at the position with Heinz and incumbent starter Joey Busse.

Busse completed 2-of-7 passes for 41 yards, including a late touchdown strike to Matt Miller, to cap off Humboldt’s 28-point effort.

Allowing 38 and 47 points in each of the last two years to Storm Lake, Humboldt’s defense played an integral part of the team’s victory.

Storm Lake took the first possession of the game to the endzone, but never scored again. Humboldt held Tornado leading rusher Kole Wiegert in check, limiting him to just 70 yards on 13 carries.

Tornado quarterback Mark Eddie had the lone touchdown, a 16-yard scamper on 4th and 3 on the game’s first possession. He finished 11-of-23 for 109 yards and one interception.

Humboldt will come back home this Friday and battle with Spencer. Humboldt is seeking their third straight victory.

Kick-off is slated for 7:00 p.m.