The West Lyon football team is at the top of Class A in Iowa as the Wildcats prep for their fifth game of the season. The No. 1 team is 4-0 after outscoring opponents 151-33. The program under Jay Rozeboom has always been strong and this year, they're hoping to win a second state title in four years.
Come across the Wildcats on the gridiron and you better be able to stop the run. In just four games, West Lyon has racked up 1,448 yards on the ground to go with 18 rushing touchdowns. That's part of the reason they're ranked so high and the attention keeps the guys pushing according to leading running back Kaleb Heyer.
"We let it motivate us but we don't let it get to our heads. We still got to have a good practice all week long no matter who we play," Heyer said.
Heyer, at nearly nine yards a carry, is up to 428 total for the year. He's followed closely by fellow back Bennett Feuchtenberger. Both rushers benefit from a stout offensive line that includes Iowa recruit Jake Newborg.
"We've been very fortunate to have some really good players come through here and play at the highest level possible. Great players, great citizens. Jake's a great player too just like them. He works hard and the sky's the limit for him," head coach Jay Rozeboom said.
Newborg accepted the Hawkeyes scholarship offer at the end of August with open arms. While the junior has a long way to go before he gets to Iowa City, he's happy to know what the future holds.
"That's the only place I ever wanted to go. It's a dream come true and to just to get it out of the way so I can focus on winning state championships here," Newborg said.
Many on the team remember what it was like back in 2010. Heyer was a freshman that season.
"The last time we won state, that was my brother's grade. I was on the team. It was a lot of fun and I'd love to do it again," Heyer said.
The Wildcats host Sibley Ocheyedan this Friday night.