WEST LIBERTY — It’d been 20 years since West Liberty clinched an outright district title. Coach Jason Iske was a player the last time it happened.
But thanks to a dominant all-around performance by the Comets Friday, now, Iske can say he’s been part of an outright district title as a player and a coach at West Liberty.
“It’s huge,” Iske said after the Comets downed Tipton, 33-8, to win the Class 2A-5 title. “We knew what we wanted with this group all along and I’m proud of these guys for achieving it.”
West Liberty needed a win Friday at Memorial Field to clinch an outright district title. A loss, and the Comets would’ve had to share the title with Tipton and Mount Vernon.
The Comets brought a stout defensive effort and a balanced offensive attack to the field and now can celebrate a district title all by themselves.
The Comets were led offensively by dual-threat senior quarterback Seth Feldman, who threw for 146 yards and three touchdowns. He added 52 yards and a rushing score.
“It means everything,” Feldman said of the district title. “It’s really big for us, and the community.”
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West Liberty started its first drive at Tipton’s 21 after forcing a fumble. On the fifth play of the drive, Feldman scampered into the end zone for a 6-yard TD.
Perhaps the prettiest play of the game came on West Liberty’s second scoring drive, as Feldman found Lake Newton on a tight slant route for a 10-yard TD. Newton had two receiving TDs in the game.
Though the offense was impressive, the defense more than held its own. West Liberty held Tipton to just 86 yards of total offense in the first half. And the sledding didn’t get much easier for Tipton in the second half.
“We knew coming into the season we were going to ride our defense,” Iske said. “It’s been strong all year.”