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.