Van Meter uses the early lead to roll past West Sioux

By Chris Kurz | Photos by Matthew Putney

CEDAR FALLS — Van Meter took an early lead and capitalized on a big-play defense to win the Class 1A state championship in Iowa on Friday, overtaking West Sioux 35-7.

The Bulldogs, who also beat the Falcons for the championship game last season (17-14), got two pick-six interceptions — one by Aydn Netten and one by John Braun.

The Van Meter defense intercepted Falcon quarterback Dylan Wiggins four times. Wiggins had an incredible season, completing nearly 71 percent of his passes for 31 touchdowns and just five interceptions.