By: Nathan Bloechl — firstname.lastname@example.org
Humboldt, Iowa — The state might ever know it, but here, in Humboldt, one of the state’s best 4-5 team resides.
They showcased their strengths in last Friday’s dominating, wire-to-wire win over Perry, 45-0.
While Humboldt will watch as their peers play in this Friday’s quarterfinal playoffs, Humboldt has plenty to build off of following the completion of head coach Derrick Elman’s first year.
Undoubtedly, the beginning and end of Humboldt’s football future will rest on the legs (and potentially arm) of senior to be, Jamison Heinz.
Against Perry, we saw the first glimpse of what Humboldt’s offense could look like next year, with Heinz toting the rock at tailback 10 times for 102 yards and one touchdown.
The do it-all junior also caught two passes for six yards.
In a similar note, senior to be Matt Miller, showed why he could be a big part of next year’s offense, grabbing 3 passes for 56 yards and one score.
Heinz and Miller figure to be fulcrums for next years offensive attack.
In his final game at Mason Maach Field, however, senior tailback Tyler Vitzhum showed why he should be playing on Saturday somewhere.
Vitzhum provided chunk gain after chunk gain, displaying supreme vision and elite balance, often mimicking more of a ballerina than a football player.
Vitzhum dusted the Blue Jays for 161 yards on 26 carries and also hit pay dirt twice.
It was another outstanding season for Vitzhum, who finished second in the district with 720 rushing yards, and second in total offense with 826.
He was, for all intents and purposes, Humboldt’s workhorse on the offensive side of the football.
As it has been all season, though, it was Humboldt’s defense stealing the show. As a unit this season, they pitched three shutouts and allowed a minuscule 11.3 points per game.
Friday night, they only allowed three first downs — by my math — and only one actually came as the result of an offensive play by the Blue Jays, the two others were via penalty.
Humboldt closes their season 4-5 and 3-2 in district play.
Carroll, the district champion, will travel to take on Lewis Central this Friday in the state quarterfinal against Lewis Central this Friday.