“Turn out the lights, the party’s over. It seems that all good things must end ...”
That’s a song that used to be heard at the end of Monday Night Football games. On Friday night in Preston, the Trojans took that song to heart, and they could have been singing it before halftime.
With about four minutes to go in the first half, Preston led Meskwaki Settlement School 48-6. That’s when a bank of lights above the field went out, signaling that the party for Meskwaki was over.
Preston played with a continuous clock the entire second half and went on to a 76-22 win in its season opener in eight-player high school football.
Senior quarterback Jason Feddersen led the way offensively for the Trojans. He passed for 120 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 202 yards — on only nine carries — and four touchdowns.
The dominating performance marked the first time the Trojans were joined in a game by students who played for East Central last season.
“We had our bumps and bruises, but I thought we came out good and played well for our first time playing together,” Feddersen said. “It really went well in my opinion.”
Feddersen said if the players from the former rivals continued to mesh, the season would be a very good one for the Trojans.
But for this night, Feddersen said it was the offensive line that allowed him to rush for all those yards.
“It’s all my line,” Feddersen said. “I’ve got to give all the credit to them. They were blocking up front for me. They should get the yards.”
Preston coach Kevin Behr was also pleased with his offensive line, for the most part.
“I thought in the first half we were able to control the line of scrimmage on both sides,” he said. “Unfortunately, we weren’t able to do it consistently all game, which we’ll need to work on that. But there were times when we were really able to dominate up front.”
He said the first game of the season was one of the most concerning of the season.
“That first game is always scary,” Behr said. “We had no tape on this team. We weren’t real sure what to expect. I thought our intensity was pretty good, especially in the first half. We were able to limit our mental errors.”
Preston senior running Blake Tebbe struggled carrying the ball, gaining 22 yards on 11 carries. But he did plenty of other things for the Trojans.
Tebbe caught a 55-yard touchdown from Feddersen, returned a kickoff for a 71-yard touchdown and returned a punt for a 60-yard touchdown.
The Trojans defense also had an answer for everything that Meskwaki tried to throw at it, with the exceptional of an occasional big play by Warriors quarterback Vincent Lasley.
Lasley rushed for three touchdowns and 127 yards on 21 carries, just over 6 yards a carry. He had a 41-yard touchdown run and a 52-yard touchdown run. Without those two big plays, he rushed for 34 yards on 19 carries, less than 2 yards a carry.
He went 7-of-29 passing for 83 yards, but two of the completions went for a combined 77 yards. So other than two big plays, he threw 27 passes that gained the Warriors 6 yards.
It didn’t take long for Feddersen to showcase his skills — or the offensive line’s — against the Warriors. He ran for 12 yards on the first offensive play of the game. Three plays later, he ran right after a play-action fake and ended up in the end zone 30 yards later.
Preston was stopped on its next possession. But after that setback, it only took the Trojans one play to score on their third possession. Feddersen took the snap and ran right, this time covering 45 yards on his way to the end zone.
Preston’s next offensive possession ended with a 25-yard touchdown pass by Feddersen to Andrew Snodgrass, one of the former East Central athletes.
The senior quarterback scored on the next possession for the Trojans, as well. On fourth-and-5 from Preston’s own 29-yard line, Feddersen did a play-action fake, ran left and scored a 51-yard touchdown.
MESKWAKI SETTLEMENT SCHOOL 22
Meskwaki 0 14 0 8 — 22
Preston 27 27 15 7 — 76
P — Jason Feddersen 30 run (Colton Bormann kick), 10:23
P — Feddersen 45 run (Bormann kick), 5:36
P — Blake Tebbe 60 punt return (Bormann kick), 4:30
P — Andrew Snodgrass 25 pass from Feddersen (kick failed), 0:09
P — Feddersen 51 run (Bormann kick), 9:44
M — Vincent Lasley 41 run (pass failed), 9:19
P — Tebbe 55 pass from Feddersen (Bormann kick), 8:56
P — Feddersen 46 run (Bormann kick), 5:57
M — Lasley 52 run (Lasley run), 2:53
P — Tebbe 71 kick return (kick blocked), 2:39
P — Keaton Tebbe 11 run (Bormann kick), 6:16
P — Chase Zaruba 52 run (B. Tebbe run), 2:34
M — Lasley 3 run (Tyus Grant run), 11:47
P — Zaruba 7 run (Bormann kick), 3:46
Rushing — Meskwaki, Vincent Lasley 21-127, Winston Wolf 9-45, Tyus Grant 4-minus-1; Preston, Jason Feddersen 9-202, Chase Zaruba 4-63, Blake Tebbe 11-22, Keaton Tebbe 2-15, Andrew Snodgrass 2-5, Colin Larson 1-minus-3.
Passing — Meskwaki, Lasley 7-29-0, 83 yards; Grant 0-1-0, 0 yards. Preston, Feddersen 6-11-0, 120 yards; Larson 0-1-0, 0 yards.
Receiving — Meskwaki, Grant 1-36, Wolf 4-7; Preston, B. Tebbe 2-52, Snodgrass 3-42, K. Tebbe 1-16.