Wapsie Valley to host St. Ansgar in playoff opener on Friday

Wapsie Valley (6-2) will host Saint Ansgar (5-3) in the first round of the Class A football playoffs at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21.

The teams shared one common opponent this season North Tama. The Warriors won their game 41-0. Saint Ansgar won 42-0.

Wapsie Valley’s senior quarterback Casey O’Donnell has thrown for 856 yards so far this season with 16 touchdowns against five interceptions. He’s rushed for 127 yards and one touchdown.

The top rusher this season for the Warriors is senior Braden Knight with 831 yards and nine touchdowns. He’s also been a top receiver with 293 receiving yards and six touchdowns.

Junior Traeton Sauerbrei is another top scoring threat for Wapsie Valley. He is tied with Knight with nine rushing touchdowns.

Saint Ansgar’s offense leans much more heavily on the run. Saints quarterbacks have thrown for only 229 yards this season and five touchdowns against two interceptions.

Senior Tate Mayer has 1,020 rushing yards and 18 touchdowns. His longest scoring run was 73 yard. Junior Connor King has contributed 833 yards and 10 touchdowns.

FIRST ROUND – CLASS A

  • 4th place teams at 1st place teams
    • Westwood, Sloan (4-4) at AHSTW, Avoca (8-0)
    • Bellevue (4-4) at Alburnett (7-1)
    • Belle Plaine (4-4) at Grundy Center (8-0)
    • North Union (5-3) at Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn (6-2)
    • Earlham (3-5) at Lynnville-Sully (8-0)
    • Wapello (4-4) at North Linn, Troy Mills (7-1)
    • Nashua-Plainfield (5-3) at West Hancock, Britt (8-0)
    • South O’Brien (4-4) at Woodbury Central, Moville (8-0)
  • 3rd place teams at 2nd place teams
    • Maquoketa Valley (5-3) at Columbus Community (7-1)
    • Lisbon (5-3) at East Buchanan (7-1)
    • Tri-Center, Neola (4-4) at Gehlen Catholic, LeMars (7-1)
    • Hinton (5-3) at Logan-Magnolia (5-3)
    • Southwest Valley (6-2) at Madrid (6-2)
    • Ogden (6-2) at Mount Ayr (7-1)
    • Hudson (4-4) at Newman Catholic, Mason City (7-1)
    • Saint Ansgar (5-3) at Wapsie Valley, Fairbank (6-2)