West Delaware’s Cody Monaghan (56) and Payton Lewin celebrate a sack during the Hawks’ win over Decorah.

West Delaware reached the Class 3A state quarterfinals for the second consecutive year and secured the Hawks’ 13th consecutive winning season, taking the Class 3A, District 3 title to finish 9-2 on the season.

The Hawks navigated a tough non-district schedule with wins over Wahlert, Decorah and Waverly-Shell Rock and a last-second loss to Cedar Rapids Xavier before running the table in district play, including a week eight win over Independence.

“Winning a district championship is always special,” said coach Doug Winkowitsch. “Our guys showed a lot of toughness all year and beating Independence at their place was a special night.”

A 48-0 win over Grinnell in round one of the 3A playoffs set up a match with unbeaten Solon in round two, and the Spartans took a tight 23-19 win to end the Hawk season in gut-wrenching fashion.

“We had a tremendous season,” said Winkowitsch. “We had a very tough non-district schedule and beat semifinal and quarterfinal teams in Decorah and Waverly-Shell Rock. We finished unbeaten in district play and a district championship.”

The Hawks were explosive on the offensive side, averaging 37.1 points a contest, setting a program record with 47 rushes per game while running for 289.9 yards a game and 387.6 yards of total offense.

Quarterback Kyle Cole ran for 1,068 yards with 17 touchdowns and Wyatt Voelker added 878 with 13 TDs. Conner Funk picked up 420 yards with five TDs. Voelker’s 2,680 career rushing yards place him fourth all-time at West Delaware.

Cole threw for 970 yards and eight TDs, with Will Ward leading the way with 29 receptions for 354 yards and three TDs. Jaxson Woellert was a big target with 13 catches for 240 yards and two TDs.

Voelker led a physical Hawk defense with 259 tackles — 22 for loss. The West Delaware secondary was a stingy unit and set a team record with five interceptions against Charles City. Isaac Fettkether led the way with five interceptions on the year.

Voelker — who was named the district defensive MVP — set West Delaware career records for tackles for loss (56) and fumble recoveries (8).

Funk’s kicking played a role in the Hawk season. He averaged 52 yards a kickoff and hit 40 extra points to earn all-district recognition.

In addition to Voelker and Funk, nine West Delaware players — Cole, Fettkether, Luke Kehrli, Payton Lewin, Raub Loecke, Cody Monaghan, Logan Peyton, Luke Reth and Jack Smith — earned first-team all-district honors. Sawyer Falck, Ward, Woellert and Will Halverson were named all-district second team.

“We had a tremendous list of players on the all-district teams and I am sure we’ll have representation on the all-state teams as well,” said Winkowitsch.

An outstanding senior class set the tone for the season.

“Our seniors did a great job of leading and being great examples for our young guys. They supported and accepted everyone’s roles,” said Winkowitsch. “Not only were the seniors talented, they are an outstanding group of guys. We had a fun year and they made it enjoyable every day.”

Look for more good football from the Hawks moving forward.

“All of our lower levels had great seasons. The program is in great shape and the future is very bright,” said Winkowitsch. “We have tremendous assistant coaches, trainers, stat and video personnel, managers, cheerleaders and fans. West Delaware is a special place and we have so much to be proud about.”