CLINTON—Despite a quick score from the Clinton River Kings when they came out of the locker room at halftime, the Dubuque Senior Rams edged CHS 28-14 in Friday night football on Coan Field.

“For three quarters we put a heck of an effort out there, and we played a heck of a ballgame,” Clinton assistant coach Kevin Behr said after the loss. “Dubuque is a heck of an offense, and we played with them, actually took it to them to hold them to seven points at half. We got a little tired at the end, which means we get a little undisciplined.”

Not much seemed to be going in favor of the Clinton offense to begin with. The entire first quarter the Kings went without a first down, and they gained only 18 yards.

“It’s just embarrassing,” Clinton head coach Jon Wauford could be heard yelling on the sideline after the second illegal procedure penalty against his team on its first drive.

Dubuque Senior had most of the offensive possession in the first quarter. Its first drive lasted almost five minutes, but the Clinton defense held the Rams scoreless. They couldn’t keep that up forever, and a long march down the field resulted into a 7-0 lead going into halftime.

However, Behr said the effort in the first 24 minutes of play was there.

“We were good, especially in the first half,” Behr said. “We flew around, we filled our gaps well. I just think we got tired and started to miss tackles. Against a good team you can’t do that.”

Despite the lack of offense, the River Kings were down only one touchdown going into the locker room at half.

“We fixed some things offensively and defensively at halftime, and we told them how important the start of the second half was,” Behr said. “We executed really well there to start the second half.”

Right before taking the field after the half, “We’ve got to play the ball” could be heard repeated in the team huddle.

The energy on the field from the River Kings could be felt as they ran out of that huddle. The very first play of the half, quarterback Brennen Lemke tossed a 21-yard pass to Jordin Parker, and followed it up with a 17-yard pass to Parker just two plays later. That put the Kings at first-and-goal, and Lemke took the ball into the end zone himself to tie the game up at 7-7.

It seemed the momentum of the game had shifted completely, especially when the defense caused a Rams fumble that was covered by Ethan Wilkins. The Kings couldn’t capitalize, however, and the Rams got the ball in Clinton territory and Sam Schnee ran the ball into the end zone to regain the lead for Dubuque Senior 14-7.

Schnee also broke 100 rushing yards on that touchdown play. He led the Rams rushing with just more than 150 yards and two touchdowns.

After that, Rams had the momentum throughout the rest of the game. They scored twice more, both times in the fourth quarter. One touchdown was the result of an interception of one of Lemke’s passes with seven minutes left in the game.

Behr said although the team had definitely progressed throughout the season, tired legs definitely affected the River Kings.

“I talked to them; we showed a lot of improvement from week one to now,” Behr said. “We’re playing better, but we have to finish and play a complete game.”

One more highlight for Clinton came with 3:49 left to play in the game, when the defense caused another fumble and Wilkins recovered the ball. The Kings quickly used that opportunity, with a few quick passes from Lemke, the last going 27 yards to Jaelen Boysen to cut the score to 28-14, but that’s where the score would remain when the final horn was heard.

Lemke completed 140 passing yards, including the touchdown pass to Boysen. Lemke also rushed for 26 yards, leading the team. Parker led the team with receptions, catching seven passes for 70 yards.

The River Kings fell to 1-3-0 on the season and will go on the road to take on Iowa City High next Friday night. Behr says it’s time for the team to focus.

“I thought it was a good team defensive effort. We’re just focusing on getting better, getting better every day,” Behr said. “We start district play now, and essentially everyone is 0-0 and we just have to work and get better every day in practice.”

Rebels fall in thriller

GOOSE LAKE — Northeast put up a fierce battle in the fourth quarter, scoring five touchdowns, but lost 52-50 in a wild shootout against West Liberty.

Comets improve to 4-0 with win

BELLEVUE—The Bellevue Comets took a commanding lead early to defeat the Durant Wildcats 42-12 on the road.

The Comets found the end zone early on a 2-yard Hunter Clasen run. Tyrelle Kloser was good for the extra point for a 7-0 lead with 8:40 left in the first quarter.

Durant’s offense was able to respond in that first quarter on a 26-yard run by Tristan Hughes, who led all rushers with 94 yards on 22 carries. The Wildcats could not complete the extra point, however, leaving them a point behind Bellevue at 7-6.

The second quarter proved eventful for Bellevue. Cade Daugherty threw a 4-yard touchdown pass to Zach Bullock for a 14-6 lead.

Then Clasen ran another ball in for his second touchdown of the night, from 6 yards out, putting the Comets up 21-6.

Clasen scored his third touchdown on a 26-yard run. Daugherty then found Bullock again for a 47-yard score, putting the Comets up 35-6 going into the half.

Bellevue came out of halftime to score on the first possession with an 18-yard Daugherty pass to Gavin Wilkening to give them the 42-6 advantage.

Durant scored on a 37-yard pass play in the fourth quarter but missed the extra point again, putting the score at 42-12, where it would remain through the end of the game.

Clasen was held below 100 yards for the first time this season, although he rushed for 90 yards and scored three times. He improved his season totals to 609 yards rushing on 86 carries with 14 touchdowns.

Daugherty was 16-of-18 through the air for 269 yards and now is 54-of-90 for the year for 842 yards and nine touchdowns.

Other games

  • The Camanche Indians fell on the road to No. 1 ranked Williamsburg 63-6.
  • Maquoketa was blanked at home by Clear Creek-Amana 51-0.
  • Midland handed Easton Valley a 74-20 loss in eight-man football.
  • West Liberty won a shootout with Northeast 52-50.

BELLEVUE 42, DURANT 12

Bellevue 7 28 7 0 — 42

Durant 6 0 0 6 — 12

B — Hunter Clasen 2 run (Ty Kloser kick), 8:40

D — Tristan Hughes 26 run (kick failed), 5:01

B — Zach Bullock 4 pass from Cade Daugherty (Kloser kick), 8:19

B — Clasen 6 run (Kloser kick), 8:19

B — Clasen 26 run (Kloser kick), 4:49

B — Bullock 47 pass from Daugherty (Kloser kick), 1:20

B — Gavin Wilkening 18 pass from Daugherty (Kloser kick), 8:32

D — Mason Compton 37 pass from Bryce Lafrenz (pass failed), 8:45

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING — Bellevue, Hunter Clasen 17-90, Ben Parker 11-53, Cade Daugherty 3-21; Durant, Tristan Hughes 22-94, Zac Badtram 4-14, Cale Frett 5-12, Bryce Lafrenz 4-minus-1.

PASSING — Bellevue, Daugherty 16-18-0-269; Durant, Lafrenz 7-13-0-89, Curtis Lilienthal 0-2-0-0.

RECEIVING — Bellevue, Trevor Hager 4-85, Zach Bullock 4-84, Trey Daugherty 4-56, Gavin Wilkening 1-18, Conrad Ernst 2-16, Dillon Rentz 1-10; Durant, Mason Compton 4-61, Marcus Engstler 1-17, Frett 1-8, Hughes 1-3.