Clipped From Iowa City Press-Citizen
West Branch 32, Tipton 7 K TIPTON West Branch football coach Butch Pedersen, who had never given a halftime speech before, must have said something special at intermission Friday night as his Bears scored on their first two possessions of the second half and coasted by Tipton, 32-7, in the high school football opener for both teams. Leading 14-7 at half, West Branch marched 69 yards on their first possession of the third quarter, with wide receiver Mark Heid grabbing quarterback Marv Cook's 15-yard pass for the touchdown. Cook then kicked a 30-yard field goal on the Bear's second possession of the half. "Really, I didn't say anything special at half," said Pedersen, who Is a rookie head coach after eight years as West Branch's defensive coordinator. "The thing that happened to-, night is they took away our outside game and we went inside on them," he said. And, while West Branch's offense was rolling to the tune of 331 total yards, the Bears' defense was shutting down Tipton. West Branch surrendered only 16 yards rushing for the game, and, despite giving up 148 yards passing, had four interceptions.