The never-say-die football season for the West Liberty High School Comets continues this Friday at 7 p.m. when the revenge-seeking visitors travel up river to Camanche for a Iowa State Class 2A quarterfinal playoff game and the right to play in the UniDome for the state title.
West Liberty has won three straight road playoff games including upsets over Maquoketa, 35-16, after losing to the Cardinals earlier in the year 27-6 and then upsetting hosting Mount Vernon, 26-20, in an overtime thriller by picking off a pass to end the game. Last week, the Comets claimed another upset – a last-play victory over unbeaten Williamsburg, 26-20, Kobe Simon blocking a potential game-winning field goal and Lake Newton running the ball back 65 yards as time expired.
Coach Jason Iske’s team is now 6-2, riding a three-game winning streak after a two-week COVID-19 mid-season break and they’ll be facing another highly ranked team. Camanche is 8-1 and beat the Comets 20-0 on Sept. 25, right before the layoff, taking a 13-0 halftime lead and keeping West Liberty from getting into the endzone.
The Indians are lead by Cade Everson, a running back that is not only the leading rusher and sometimes the leading receiver on the team, but can throw the ball as well.
Camanche beat Tipton Friday night, 35-29, behind the arm of quarterback Michael Delzell, who hit a long pass ith the game tied before Everson gave the Indians the lead with a two yard TD run and then took advantage of blowing up a fake punt before backup running back and stud linebacker Eric Kinkaid punched in the game winner.
Tipton, which ended the season at 5-4, got a late aerial touchdown to cut the gap to six, but couldn’t grab the ensuing onside kick in the final minute as Camanche claimed the victory.