A light drizzle at kickoff verged on a steady rain by halftime which became some serious precipitation at the dawn of the fourth quarter when the Superior Bobcats hosted Broadview-Lavina in a Class C 8-man football playoff game Saturday.
Such conditions can be disastrous for a team that likes to put the game in motion with passes deep down the field, but Broadview-Lavina dared the Bobcats to beat them through the air.
Despite the likelihood of slippery footballs and errant passes, quarterback Wyatt Zylawy and Superior did just that.
“On a day like this, with all that rain, nobody is expecting you to pass it around that much,” Superior coach Allan Labbe said. “But it wasn’t a factor.”
Zylawy completed 72 percent of his passes — 18 passes of 25 attempts — including several long bombs down the field. He and sneaky receiver Anthony Parkin connected three times on passes of more than 20 yards and Zylawy had a pair of throws beyond 20 to Cole Karow as well.
All in all, the junior QB threw for 224 yards and three touchdowns and could have had a few more completions along the way. Labbe maintains that the rain didn’t affect his passer, who’s non-throwing was warmed by a glove on the crisp 40-degree day. It may have his receivers though.
The Bobcats endured more dropped passes and fumbles than any other game this season, the coach said.
With a 50-point half in the books on the way to a 66-24 playoff victory, the coaches decided to go a little more conservative with the play calling. There was no need to have Zylawy toss the ball around when Superior was quite capable of icing the win with its legs rather than its arm.
“Well in the second half it was getting even more rainy and we didn’t want to pass the ball as much,” Zylawy said. “We wanted to work a little more on our running game, tone that up a little bit.”
The forecasts don’t call for rain next weekend in Wibaux, where the Bobcats will face their quarterfinal playoff opponent. But even if they did, Labbe and the fans back in Superior can rest assured the team’s offense can remain multi-dimensional.