Herald Staff Report
MILES — After two grueling road losses against two top-five teams in the state, Easton Valley caught what was perceived to be a break at home against Lansing Kee High during Friday’s eight-man matchup. At the end of four quarters, though, the Kee Hawks walked away winners.
The River Hawks led 38-32 in the fourth quarter before Kee stormed back with 20 unanswered points. Easton Valley managed a touchdown at the end, but it made no difference in the outcome, as it fell to 3-3 on the season behind a 52-44 loss.
Andrew Driscoll ate up 246 of the River Hawks’ 349 yards on the ground on 42 carries, while Craiton Andresen was 4-for-6 through the air for 41 yards and two touchdowns.
They were countered by Kee’s Jameson and Dylon Peterson, who accounted for most of the Kee-Hawks’ 366 yards of offense.
Andresen opened the scoring, finding Blake Bormann on a 5-yard touchdown pass with 9:01 to go in the first. Dylon Peterson then hooked up with Jameson Peterson on a 30-yard score, converting the two-pointer to make it 8-7. After Andresen re-gave Easton Valley the lead on a 10-yard touchdown pass to Chase Zaruba, Dylon Peterson answered again, this time on a 79-yard touchdown return on the ensuing kickoff.
While the River Hawks went for point-after attempts, the Kee-Hawks opted for two-point conversions, and converted five of their seven attempts. Those extra 10 points wound up being the difference maker between an Easton Valley win and a third consecutive loss.
The River Hawks go back on the road next Friday, when they travel to Central City.
Slow start, strong finishfor Cardinals
VAN HORNE — Maquoketa may have scored on its opening offensive drive, taking less than a minute off the clock, but otherwise the first quarter was a near disaster. On the next three drives against Benton Community, the Cardinals fumbled twice to end drives and forced an interception, giving the Bobcats ideal field position early in the game.
But after Jake Kloft skipped 85 yards for his second score, the Cardinals were back on track with a 14-0 lead in the first quarter. That lead built up to 17-0 by halftime, and three more touchdowns in the second half gave Maquoketa a breezy 41-6 victory, improving the team to 5-2.
Receiver/kicker Cory Wirth was a factor in both phases of his game. The senior converted all five of his extra points and both field goals, including a school record 49-yard boot to give the Cardinals a 34-0 third quarter lead. Wirth was also active in the passing game, catching several balls from quarterback Trent Bollman, who finished with two touchdowns.
The Cardinals will host Solon for their Senior Night next week.
Sabers win second straight
EPWORTH — Central DeWitt turned a 14-14 nail-biter at the end of the third into a 35-14 win over Western Dubuque on Friday, cranking up the defense to shut out the Bobcats. With the win, the Sabers moved to 3-4 after two forfeited losses earlier in the season, the team’s second straight victory in as many weeks.
The teams played close in the first two frames, and DeWitt carried a slim 7-6 lead into halftime behind a Jake Kagemann rushing touchdown. Tyler Stillmunkes put DeWitt up 14-6 to open the third quarter, but WD responded with a score of its own to tie it.
The defense turned it around for the Sabers. Ryan Burke’s interception in the fourth quarter allowed DeWitt running back Jesse Brackey a 20-yard touchdown, making it 21-14. DeWitt recovered a fumble on the Bobcats’ next drive, leading to another touchdown, and Emmitt Enyeart’s red-zone interception gave the Sabers a long, clock-eating drive, punctuated by Jake Feldpausch’s 15-yard touchdown run.
DeWitt returns home Friday to play Anamosa.
Cascade whips Camanche
CASCADE — The struggles continued for Camanche, which dropped their its straight game Friday — this time in a blowout to Cascade. The Cougars remained on top of the district, winning 53-6.
Cascade scored at least two touchdowns in each quarter, racking up 353 total yards of offense. Meanwhile, the Indians managed their only score on a 62-yard pass from Brady Beal to Will Seeser in the final quarter.
They dropped to 1-5 on the season and travel to Mount Vernon for next week’s contest.
CPU takesdown Rebels
GOOSE LAKE — A manageable 14-0 deficit for Northeast quickly got out of hand, and Center Point-Urbana took a 34-8 lead to the half, and a 48-8 victory to its record.
The Rebels, after notching their first win of the season last week, fell to 1-5 on the year. They travel to Dyersville Beckman next week.
MV doublesup Bellevue
BELLEVUE — Through three quarters, Maquoketa Valley and Bellevue battled close. Neither team led by more than a touchdown entering the fourth quarter and there were three lead changes.
Late scores in the third and fourth quarters for Maquoketa Valley wound up making the difference. The Wildcats punched it in on two sustained drives, and held Bellevue to 179 total yards off offense, facilitating a 26-13 win.
MV was first to score, closing the first quarter with a 10-yard touchdown run by Ben Dzaboff. Comets quarterback Keenan Ploessl responded in the second quarter with a 4-yard run, giving Bellevue the 7-6 lead. Another Wildcats touchdown in the second was answered by another Ploessl score, making it 13-12 Comets.
The Wildcats also dominated time of possession, holding the ball for 36 minutes without punting or turning the ball over. Bellevue, meanwhile, managed a lost fumble, an interception and two punts.
MV remained undefeated, while the 2-4 Comets travel to Alburnett next week.
KEE, LANSING 52, EASTON VALLEY 44
Kee 16 16 0 20 — 52
EV 14 8 8 14 — 44
E — Creighton Andresen 5-yard pass to Blake Bormann (Bormann kick) 9:01.
K — Dylon Peterson 30-yard pass to Jameson Peterson (two-point run good) 5:35.
E — Andresen 10-yard pass to Chase Zaruba (Bormann kick) 3:08.
K — D. Peterson 79-yard kickoff return (J. Peterson run) 2:57.
K — Clay Olson 11-yard run (D. Peterson) 6:43.
E — Andrew Driscoll 40-yard run (Bormann catch) 4:03.
K — D. Peterson pass to J. Peterson (D. Peterson run) 0:20
E — Andresen 1-yard run (Driscoll run) 6:24.
E — Driscoll 40-yard run (two-point fail) 9:48.
K — Marquise Phillips 74-yard kickoff return (two-point fail) 9:36.
K — J. Peterson 9-yard run (two-point fail) 8:00.
K — D. Peterson 74-yard run (D. Peterson run) 5:31.
E — Andresen 1-yard run (Driscoll run) 1:15.
PASSING: Easton Valley (Andresen 4-5-41-1), Kee (D. Peterson 3-6-65-1).
RUSHING: Easton Valley 69-349 (Driscoll 42-246), Kee 38-301 (J. Peterson 26-233).
MAQUOKETA 41, BENTON COMMUNITY 6
Maquoketa 7 10 17 7 — 41
Benton 0 0 0 6 — 6
CENTRAL DEWITT 35,WESTERN DUBUQUE 14
DeWitt 7 0 7 21 — 35
W. Dubuque 0 6 8 0 — 14
CASCADE 53, CAMANCHE 6
Camanche 0 0 0 6 — 6
Cascade 14 13 13 13 — 53
CENTER POINT-URBANA 48, NORTHEAST 8
CPU 14 20 7 7 — 48
NE 0 8 0 0 — 8
MAQUOKETA VALLEY 26, BELLEVUE 13
M. Valley 6 0 14 6 — 26
Bellevue 0 7 6 0 — 13
M — Ben Dzaboff 10-yard run (kick blocked) 0:04
B — Keenan Ploessl 4-yard run (Ben Lawrence kick) 6:54.
M — Ryan Parmely 10-yard run (run failed) 9:37.
B — Ploessl 1-yard run (pass failed) 3:48.
M — Trevor Koopman 10-yard run (Parmely run) 0:55.
M — Zach Salow 14-yard run (kick blocked) 2:32.
PASSING: MV (Ben Dzaboff 1-2-7-0), Bellevue (Keenan Ploessl 6-15-53-1). RUSHING: MV 54-401 (Ryan Parmely 38-292), Bellevue 32-126 (Ploessl 17-70, Jace Michels 6-31, Noah Reed 3-12, Tyler Banowetz 3-10, Ty Oster 3-3). RECEIVING: MV (Jared Coyle 1-7), Bellevue (Michels 2-22, Ben Lawrence 1-16, Alex Hinke 1-10, Reed 2-5).