Sabers take down Clippers
DEWITT — Last week, Sabers running back Tyler Stillmunkes proclaimed Central DeWitt was "not out of it" despite vacating two wins and losing to 35-14 to Solon. The losses dropped DeWitt to 1-4, but the Sabers bounced back convincingly Friday night.
DeWitt took its losses out on visiting Clear Creek-Amana with a convincing 42-14 win over the Clippers. Stillmunkes scored the second touchdown of the game to put his team up 14-0 in the first quarter and the Sabers never looked back. They mounted a 35-0 lead early in the third quarter and led 42-7 by the end of it.
Ryan Burke scored the opening touchdown on a fumble recovery with 7:29 left in the first. Mason Cousins and Jesse Brackey scored on runs in the second, and Jake Feldpausch and Ryan Olson scored on runs in the third.
The Sabers (2-4) will travel to Epworth this week for a game against Western Dubuque.
Cardinals come up short
MANCHESTER — Maquoketa let an early lead slip away before mounting a steady comeback against West Delaware, getting within one possession of tying the game late in the fourth quarter.
The Hawks answered with a score of their own came out ahead with a 39-14 victory.
West Delaware went on a 26-3 run after trailing 7-0 to open the game and took a 19-7 lead into halftime. The Cardinals re-awoke and scored late in the third and twice more in the fourth.
Maquoketa quarterback Trent Bollmann and Ben Strathman connected twice in the end zone — once on a first-quarter touchdown, putting the Cardinals up 7-0 and once in the fourth on a two-point conversion. Bollman also hooked up with Cory Wirth and Will Tubbs for touchdown passes.
Comets fall in lopsided loss
CLAYTON RIDGE — Bellevue watched as an apparent evenly matched contest slowly slipped into a blowout Friday, when the Comets fell to Clayton Ridge 35-0.
Bellevue held strong in the first quarter and deep into the second when CR's Kohle Helle opened the scoring, threading a 33-yard touchdown pass to teammate Trey Roehlk. Another Helle pass with seconds remaining in the half made it 14-0, but the two-possession deficit hadn't yet gotten out of hand.
The Comets offense stalled. And after Helle got his third score of the game and Clayton Ridge running back Dylan Preston punched it in from the 8, a two-possession game turned into a looming shutout.
Bellevue netted 97 total yards to Clayton Ridge's 400. Comets quarterback Kennan Ploessl was 5-of-21 through the air for 66 yards and no interceptions. On the ground, Bellevue combined for 31 total yards on 23 carries.
The Comets will host Maquoketa Valley for their next game Friday.