The night started off with honoring five seniors on the Meskwaki High School football team. Sean Bear II, Na na ko tea Bear, Dayton Lasley, Dylan Ward, Stacy YoungBear and their parents were honored by the crowd. As it turned out, that ceremony made a great start to the night.
Meskwaki received the kick off and began to drive towards their goal but were stalled and had to punt the ball. Twin Cedars started their drive on about their 30-yard line. They made gains and finally had the ball on the Meskwaki three-yard line. On the next play Twin Cedars Jeremiah Crosby scored on a short run with the PAT failing making the score Twin Cedars 6, Meskwaki 0.
Following the kick off and an exchange of possessions, Meskwaki was driving on Twin Cedar. Stacy YoungBear dropped back for a pass but decided to run from the 32-yard line. He weaved his way through the defenders scoring six points. The Meskwaki pass for the extra point failed making a 6 to 6 score.
After the kick off, Twin Cedars worked the ball to the Meskwaki 25-yard line. Blake Stone threw a 25 yard TD strike to Trenton Beebe for the go ahead points. Their PAT failed. At the end of the first quarter the score was Twin Cedars 12 and Meskwaki 6.
Shortly after the second quarter started Twin Cedars scored with a 10-yard pass by Stone to Beebe again. Twin Cedars point after failed but the lead was now 18-6. Meskwaki fought back with a 38-yard scamper by YoungBear to make the score 18 to 18. It seemed that neither team could make extra points as Meskwaki again failed on the PAT.
Twin Cedars received the kickoff and drove the ball to the Meskwaki 6 yard line with less than a minute left in the half. Twin Cedars’ Stone tossed a TD pass to Beebe to again go ahead 24 to 18 as the half ended.
The second half started with Meskwaki kicking to Twin Cedars and then shutting down Twin Cedars’ offense. Meskwaki got the ball back and on the next series, Vincent Lasley at QB, threw a 20 yard strike to Stacy YoungBear to tie the score at 24-24. Meskwaki missed the PAT, but Twin Cedars was penalized and Meskwaki had another chance. This time Meskwaki succeed to lead 26-24.
With the next possession by Twin Cedars, Dan Williams fumbled the ball and Stacy YoungBear recovered on Meskwaki 20-yard line. Lasley passed to Dayton Lasley complete on Twin Cedars 17-yard line and Dayton ran the rest of the way to score with 6:10 left in the third quarter. The two-point conversion was good making the score Meskwaki 32, Twin Cedars 24.
Twin Cedars drove the ball down to the Meskwaki six-yard line only to fumble and Meskwaki recovered. Now it was the Warriors turn to drive the ball down the field and they scored on a Vincent Lasley quarterback scramble to make the score 38-24. Twin Cedars came right back and scored on a 33 yard run by Crosby to come to 38-30.
As the fourth quarter started it saw a back and forth game. Finally with 5:11 left in the game Stacy YoungBear scrambled 35 yards to score for the Warriors to move ahead 44-30. Stacy dropped off a short pass to Kane YoungBear for the PAT. Now Meskwaki led 46-30. Twin Cedars could not move the ball and the warriors got it back. As they drove to the goal, Stacy YoungBear led Dayton Lasley with a 28 yard pass. Twin Cedars tried to knock the ball down but just tipped it. Lasley juggled the ball and hauled it in for the score. The Warriors now led 52-30 and that is how the game ended.
Youngbear was 8-18 for 144 yards passing and two touchdowns. Vincent Lasley was 7-18 for 125 yards passing with two touchdowns. Winston Wolf had five receptions for 54 yards. Dayton Lasley had four for 92 yards. Youngbear had four for 79 yards. Vincent Lasley had two for 29 yards and Denness Keahna had two for 15 yards. Youngbear also carried 11 times for 184 yards and three touchdowns. Vincent Lasley had six rushes for 37 yards and Wolf had three for nine yards.
Tackles: Youngbear, and Deontre Butts,13 each; Vincent Lasley, 12; Keahna, 11; Wolf, nine; Dayton Lasley, eight; Bear II, six; Kane Youngbear Mythias, three each.
The win allowed the Meskwaki Warriors to qualify for the eight man post season playoff game with a 4-3 record for District 5 and a 4-6 record overall. This is a tremendous accomplishment for the Warriors who have only had a football team for two years. The fans showed their appreciation with a victory tunnel for the team at the end of the game.
The Warriors were schedud to play at Lenox at 7 p.m. Wednesday Oct. 27. See next week’s Toledo Chronicle for the story on that game.
Eight-Man District 5 Results
Grandview Park Baptist, DM 48 Harmony, Farmington 6
Moravia 63, Tri-County, Thornburg 34
Melcher-Dallas 60, Seymour 28
Meskwaki Settlement School 52, Twin Cedars, Bussey 30
Deontre Butts gets this tackle for a loss (one of three for the game) during the game with Twin Cedars Friday, Oct. 22. Butts had 13 total tackles in the game.