HERALD STAFF REPORT
CENTRAL CITY — The middle part of the season has been unkind to the Easton Valley River Hawks, who started off 3-0 this fall before running up against the two rated teams in Iowa eight-man football in two of the past three weeks.
But on Friday, Easton Valley cut its three-game skid against Central City, forcing four interceptions in the 61-18 blowout road win.
The River Hawks shut down the Wildcats’ running attack, holding the team to just 35 yards on 17 carries. And although opposing quarterback David Mosher posted fantasy stats — 328 yards through the air — EV coach Kevin Behr said taking care of the run allowed his team to focus on turnovers in the passing game.
“We were able to really shut down their running game and make them one-dimensional,” Behr said. “They were able to move the ball through the air, but I guess tonight it was the old bend-don’t-break defense. Some of that was just good breaks on the ball by our defense.”
Four different players intercepted passes, including Chase Zaruba — who turned his into six points in the third quarter. However, Behr credited his front line for pressuring Mosher throughout the night, singling out nose tackle Pate Betts as a difference maker.
“As coaches we all talked after the game. He was always in the quarterback’s face,” Behr said. “He was able to get a lot of pressure. Even though we had four picks by four different backs, our line was able to make them uncomfortable.”
Meanwhile, Easton Valley’s offense rolled right along. The River Hawks scored on Zaruba’s 3-yard run on their opening drive en route to a 28-point opening quarter. The senior back finished with four total touchdowns — two on the ground, one on defense and one through the air.
The biggest play of the night happened on Andrew Driscoll’s 60-yard second-quarter touchdown run, giving Easton Valley a commanding 47-6 halftime lead. Driscoll led all rushers with 169 yards on the ground, while teammates Grant Hinerichsen, Blake Bormann and Craiton Andresen also scored.
“I think the kids’ confidence was a little shaken after that three-game streak there,” Behr said. “Two of those losses were against top-five teams and both were on the road. ... To go back on the road tonight and put together a good effort, it was nice to get settled to where we hope to be.”
Next week marks Senior Night for the River Hawks with the final game of the regular season at home against Cedar Valley Christian.
Indiansfall on road
MOUNT VERNON — For the second straight week, Camanche surrendered more than 50 points, leading to a second consecutive blowout loss. The Indians fell 53-12 to Mount Vernon and dropped their record to 1-7.
Mustangs quarterback Jake Pisarik completed two passes on the night. Both went for scores — a 42-yard toss to Luke Muller and a 41-yarder to Spencer Drahos. Mount Vernon’s sophomore back, Hines Mickey, rushed for two more scores, Muller added a touchdown run of his own, and Alex Reid found paydirt on a 6-yard carry. The team racked up 328 yards of total offense.
Camanche managed a touchdown in each half during the second and fourth quarters. The Indians close out the season at home Friday against Columbus.
DEWITT — After dropping four out of five games to start the season, Central DeWitt stormed back, Friday, for a third straight victory, bringing the Sabers back to .500 at 4-4. DeWitt started its Senior Night home matchup with Anamosa with an opening-drive touchdown by Jake Feldpausch and continued pouring it on for a 48-14 win.
After Feldpausch’s rushing score, the Blue Raiders were able to knot it near the end of the first quarter 7-7, aided by a DeWitt fumble deep in Sabers’ territory. DeWitt marched all the way to the Raiders’ red zone ending the opening quarter, then Logan Sheppard punched it in to open the second quarter, making it 14-7. The Sabers scored twice more in the second, giving them a 27-7 halftime lead.
Opening the second half, Jake Kagemann’s kickoff return to the Raiders’ 15 set up Ryan Brackey’s 12-yard touchdown run, making it 34-7. Kagemann later scored on a 75-yard punt return and Ryan Burke also found the end zone, capping the third quarter.
The Sabers close out the season on the road against Marion on Friday.
Cardinalsfall to Solon
MAQUOKETA — Senior Night was somber in Cardinal country Friday night.
Taking on 6-1 Solon, with hopes of perhaps clinching at least a tie for the title of Class 3A’s District 6, Maquoketa fell behind early and couldn’t battle back from a three-touchdown deficit. The Spartans dropped the Cardinals to 5-3 behind a 49-31 road win.
Solon started the scoring with a pick-six in the first quarter to make it 7-0. Maquoketa answered on the next drive when Cohl Kueter broke through for a 33-yard rushing score, knotting the game at 7-all heading into the second quarter. A field goal by Cam Thede early in the second made gave Maquoketa its only lead, 10-7.
That’s when the Spartans flexed for a 21-point spurt, giving them the 28-17 halftime advantage. Solon scored on its opening drive of the second half for its biggest lead, 35-17, and the Spartans cruised to victory.
The Cardinals cap the regular season next Friday with a road match against Clear Creek-Amana.
Comets dropto Alburnett
ALBURNETT — Bellevue let a tight game slip away late in the fourth quarter against Alburnett, dropping the Comets to 2-6 behind a 36-16 loss.
Through three quarters, neither team could mount more than a four-point lead, but in the final frame, the Pirates eked ahead, padding a 21-16 lead with two more touchdowns.
After ending the first quarter scoreless, Comets back Tyler Banowetz responded to an Alburnett score with his own 80-yard touchdown reception from Keenan Ploessl, making it 7-7 at the half. Ben Lawrence kicked a 46-yard field goal in the third to give Bellevue its only lead at 10-7, reawakening the Pirates.
Alburnett scored 14 unanswered points to make it 21-10. With under seven minutes to go, Banowetz and Ploessl hooked up again on a 70-yard touchdown pass, bringing Bellevue a possession away from taking the lead at 21-10. The Pirates answered with two more scores, while holding the Comets out of the end zone as time slipped away.
Alburnett scored 29 points to close out the fourth quarter.
Bellevue closes out the season next week at home against Durant-Bennett.
EASTON VALLEY 61, CENTRAL CITY 18
E. Valley 28 19 14 0 — 61
C. City 6 0 12 0 — 18
EV — Chase Zaruba 3-yard run (Blake Bormann kick) 10:59
CC — David Mosher 46-yard pass to Gavin Pospisil (kick failed) 9:05
EV — Andrew Driscoll 15-yard run (Bormann kick) 7:58
EV — Craiton Andresen 19-yard pass to Zaruba (kick failed) 3:54
EV — Grant Hinerichsen 2-yard run (Zaruba run) 0:26
EV — Andresen 11-yard pass to Bormann (kick failed) 8:42
EV — Driscoll 60-yard run (kick blocked) 2:48
CC — Mosher 19-yard pass to Seth Schlotterbeck (run failed) 8:49
EV — Zaruba 27-yard run (Bormann kick) 7:19
EV — Zaruba 18-yard interception return (Bormann kick)
CC — Mosher 33-yard pass to Deshawn Leudeman (run failed) 4:04.
PASSING: Central City (David Mosher 16-35-328-4), Easton Valley (Craiton Andresen 5-1067-0).
RUSHING: Central City 17-35 (Mosher 6-34, Gavin Pospisil 4-10, Seth Schlotterbeck 3-5, Mason Paustian 1-(-11), Korey Boots 2-(-3)), Easton Valley 42-353 (Andrew Driscoll 10-169, Chase Zaruba 7-80, Grant Hinerichsen 9-51, Cam Larson 8-46).
RECEIVING: Central City (Boots 2-49, Leudeman 6-98, Nick McCarry 1-40, Paustian 2-34, Pospisil 4-88, Schlotterbeck 1-19), Easton Valley (Blake Bormann 2-27, Driscoll 2-28, Zaruba 1-19).
CENTRAL DEWITT 48, ANAMOSA 14
Anamosa 7 0 0 7 — 14
DeWitt 7 20 14 7 — 48
SOLON 49, MAQUOKETA 31
Solon 7 21 14 7 — 49
Maquoketa 7 10 14 0 — 31
ALBURNETT 36, BELLEVUE 16
Bellevue 0 7 3 6 — 16
Alburnett 0 7 0 29 — 36