The Storm Lake football team stormed back from a 14 point 4th quarter deficit to beat Sergeant Bluff-Luton 35-28 Friday night in front of a capacity crowd at Tornado Stadium. The win gives the Tornadoes their first ever district title, their first nine win season, and their first ever home playoff game.
Trailing 28-14 with 8:49 left in the game Storm Lake would get the ball after Kevin Xayyavong intercepted his 2nd pass of the game giving the Tornadoes the ball at their own 48 yard line. After Michael Demers hit Parker Lange over the middle for a 37 pass play Josh Werge would take it in on the next play for a 15 yard score to make it 28-21 with 8:21 to go. SB-L would then fumble on their next play from scrimmage and Storm Lake took over at their 21 yard line. The Tornadoes then faced a 4th down and three play when Parker Lange raced around the right end for a 14 yard touchdown run, Lamar Mulgae would again add the point after to tie the game at 28 with 6:49 to go sending the home town crowd into a frenzy. Sergeant Bluff-Luton was then able to move the ball into Storm Lake territory but their drive would stall at the Tornado 30 yard line. Two plays later Demers hit a wide open Werge for a 65 yard touchdown pass and the Tornadoes led 35-28 with under two minutes to play. Xayyavong would then seal the deal with his third interception of the game, the Tornadoes would then kneel down three times and the celebration was on.
SB-L outgained Storm Lake 342-291. Storm Lake was penalized 11 times, SB-L seven times. The two teams combined for eight turnovers with SB-L turning it over five times for the game.
Werge ended with 85 yards on 12 carries and scored a pair of touchdowns giving him 15 rushing touchdowns on the year.
After the game KAYL sports director Chris Boeckman spoke with coach Rudy Wieck and many players. (caution 40 minutes long)
Storm Lake will find out who they play in the first round of the 3A playoffs Saturday morning at 10am.
Storm Lake now 9-0, finished 7-0 in the district. SB-L, which will also be in the 3A playoffs is now 7-2 overall and finished 5-2 in the district.