GOOSE LAKE – The Camanche football team could be heard chanting “Eight more” after their 41-7 victory to open the season Friday night in Goose Lake.
They did, after all, have plenty to be positive about.
The Indians ran past the Rebels, executing on all facets of the game.
“First game of the year you never really know what to expect,” head coach Dustin Coit said. “And we did a really nice job executing our stuff and shutting them down too.”
The Indians played an all-around game to kick off the 2019 campaign. They took a 14-0 lead out of the first half and into the second, where they immediately got a defensive stop on downs.
“We were worried about their size. They have a lot of big dudes up front,” Coit said. “We just kept battling. Our linebackers kept finding holes and making plays.”
Cade Everson then returned the ball to Northeast territory, turning around and getting a pass from quarterback Jordan Lawrence to score again and go up 21-0 right away in the second.
“I had a feeling he’d have a breakout year,” Coit said about Everson. “He’s fast, has great hands, good vision. We can use him in the slot and the backfield. He did a great job today.”
The Indians immediately got an interception and turned that into a Lawrence pass to Ethan Buckley.
They would go on to score 35 unanswered points before the Rebels broke through their line. Impressing in his debut was Jordan Lawrence, who switched between handoffs and long passes to keep the Rebels guessing.
“Jordan had a couple jitters to begin with,” Coit said. “But he came out of it and threw some really nice balls and played really well. He looked good.”
Quarterback Caleb Delzell also got some time in the pocket, looking confident as ever on the Indians’ last two drives.
“Caleb is always like that: calm and collected,” Coit said. “We’re confident with both of them back there.”
The Rebels also had moments of brilliance on Friday, but couldn’t capitalize on a lot. New head coach Mark Lee still wasn’t disappointed in the effort his team put forth.
“The mistakes we made can be fixed,” Lee said. “The big thing was I wanted to see the effort and see them compete tonight and I think they did that.”
Opening the second half included a flurry of flags and the Camanche interception, and then senior Dakota Stevenson was ejected from the game. But the Rebel line responded, immediately getting a nice defensive stop, capped off with an interception by junior Ethan Snyder.
They also had a fumble recovery in the third, and then blocked a field goal kick by Camanche’s Logan Waltz near the end of the game.
“Our defensive line tonight did a great job,” Lee said. “And we obviously have some things to clean up from the first game but I like what I see.”
The game was slow moving with the flags thrown against the Rebels, though. It cost them a lot of yardage.
“Young and inexperienced has a little bit to do with it,” Lee said. “But it’s also trying to break the bad habits from the past. The past is the past and we have to take steps.”
The offense struggled a little against the Indians, but saw some big runs from the likes of Stevenson before he was disqualified from the competition. New quarterback Riley Wolfe also had some moments where he impressed, but you could tell the Rebel lineup wasn’t quite used to each other.
Their only score came in the middle of the fourth after a long march down the field, consisting primarily of short runs. They gutted through the Camanche line on first and goal.
“We ran the ball well and we passed the ball well at times,” Lee said. “It’s being able to sustain that the entire game.”
The Indians (1-0) open up their home season next week with a contest with Bellevue, while the Rebels (0-1) are at home for a second consecutive week with Wilton coming to Goose Lake.
Steamers fall to Princeton
PRINCETON – Fulton ran into a buzz saw in its first action of the season Friday night, falling on the road to Princeton 45-7.
The Steamers did themselves little favors with a pair of turnovers in the first quarter, both of which led to Tigers touchdowns.
Princeton led 31-0 at halftime.
Fulton (0-1) will open conference play by hosting St. Bede Friday night.
Central DeWitt triumphs
DEWITT – Following a breakthrough campaign a year ago, the Sabers picked up where they left off Friday night, defeating Center Point Urbana 20-10 in DeWitt.
Center Point-Urbana scored first after blocking a punt, taking a 7-0 lead in the first. But Henry Bloom fired a 61-yard touchdown to Caleb Pace a little more than a minute later to knot the score 7-7.
Bloom then linked up with Logan Paulsen for a 27-yard score later in the period to take the Sabers’ first lead of the game. Landon Peterson connected on a 24-yard field goal to give Central DeWitt a 17-7 lead at the intermission.
The Sabers (1-0) will travel to take on Maquoketa Friday.
River Hawks roll to victory
DUNKERTON – Much has been made about Easton Valley’s electric offensive unit, and it was on full display Friday night, where the River Hawks defeated Dunkerton, 63-31.
Nathan Trenkamp threw for 376 yards and a whopping eight touchdowns. Cade Jargo caught three scores and Braydin Farrell reeled in two of his own.
Easton Valley (1-0) will host Lone Tree Friday.
Morrison moves past St. Bede
PERU – The Morrison football team started the campaign in the win column, handedly defeating St. Bede 41-7 Friday night.
The Mustangs were solid from the start and took a 22-7 lead into the intermission.
Morrison (1-0) will host Sherrard Friday.