Class 4A fourth ranked Waterloo West has already clinched a spot in the playoffs but the Wahawks could add to their list of accomplishments with a victory at home Friday night against fifth ranked Cedar Rapids Washington. A win would give the Wahawks the District 5 title, complete their first unbeaten regular season since 1991 and guarantee a first home playoff game in the 23-year history of Memorial Stadium.
“That has been our team goal for the last three or four years is to host a home playoff game”, said Waterloo West coach Lonnie Moore. Not only to make the playoffs but to host one because we really enjoy playing at home. Our atmosphere is great.”
Moore credits experience as a key factor in their success. There are 29 seniors who were part of last year’s team that finished 4-5, including Moore’s son Devon. The Iowa State bound quarterback has thrown for more than 1,700 yards and 24 touchdowns.
West will play a Cedar Rapids Washington team that needs a win to get into the playoffs.
“We have just got to make sure we take care of what we can take care of and reach our goals”, added Moore. “Winning the district title is one but also trying to host a home playoff game.”
Elwin Huffman at KOEL contributed to this story