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History: WC State Football Championships

By Dawson Petersen

Many high school students dream of playing for a football state championship, but few get the chance. Woodbury Central athletes played for a football state championship and by the time the last cleat cleared the field, WC's team was the King of the State in Class 1A.

WC played Parkersburg in the UNI Dome in Cedar Falls, IA in November 1980 and triumphed: 42-8. At the end of the first quarter when the score was 28-0, that’s when WC, “knew they had victory,” said Irv Martin. Part of their success was Parkersburg’s mistakes; Parkersburg fumbled on many of its first quarter possessions. WC only scored 7 points in the second quarter while Parkersburg scored zero.

In the State Championship game, WC ran a fumblerooski with Mike Weaver, an offensive lineman, and Kelly Manker, the quarterback. Manker dropped the ball on the ground for Weaver to pick up and take into the end zone. According to Martin, if Weaver could have made one cut left or right he would have scored, but numerous Parkersburg defenders stood strong and stopped him just short of the goal line.

WC’s defensive-linemen pressured the ball carriers. Anything the linemen couldn’t get their arms around, the linebackers would clean up and stop the running attack. Pretty much anything that was thrown to a receiver was a potential interception for a touchdown. WC’s offense centered on a strong running attack led by Todd Tabke, the power-back in a Power-I formation.

Throughout the season WC never lost a game. Its toughest game was against the Treynor Cardinals in the State Semifinal game, which ended in a 19-13 WC victory. Treynor was the returning state champion and was “basically the State Championship,” said former lineman Martin. If the teams would have played for the State championship the game would have been a “nail biter,” added former lineman Dave Christiansen. The two teams were evenly matched with WC as the underdog. Another tough game was Milford, but WC managed an 18-14 victory to keep the hopes of an undefeated season and a State Championship alive.

The seniors that year thought there was some “unfinished business” from the year before with Treynor. Head coach Rick Dietz kept all the players focused on one goal: a picture of the UNI Dome which he hung in his coaching office; Coach Dietz told every player, freshman to senior, that was their goal and even more, to win State.

WC players were smaller than today, but their quickness and confidence made up for the lack of size. The players didn’t think anybody could beat them. The football team had athletes on both sides of the ball; four WC state qualifying wrestlers, and a near-state basketball team were part of the football team that went to state.