MORRISON, Ill. — Three consecutive scores over the final 12 minutes, 10 seconds of the first half put Morrison on top, and the Mustangs held off Bureau Valley the rest of the way to close the high school football season with a 36-32 win against Bureau Valley on Friday night.
Trailing 8-0 after Bureau Valley scored on a safety and an 8-yard touchdown pass from Tyler Gustafson to Nate Paup, the Mustangs started their comeback late in the first quarter.
A 6-yard run by Grant Slater and a two-point conversion run by Aaron Deter tied the game 8-8 with 9.9 seconds left in the opening period. Morrison then scored twice in the second quarter to go ahead for good.
Jacob Schlegel broke the tie when he scored on 3-yard run with 8:13 left in the second quarter, then a 10-yard run by Deter pushed the score to 22-8 with just 58.4 seconds left in the half.
Bureau Valley cut into the lead on a couple of occasions in the second half, as Gustafson finished 23-for-31 passing for 356 yards and four TDs. His 6-yard scoring strike to Paup made it 22-16 with 6:53 left in the third quarter.
But a 3-yard run by Riley Wilkens and a 2-yard run by Deter pushed the advantage back to 36-16, and the Mustangs (4-5) held on.
Camanche can't hold on
CAMANCHE — Despite scoring first, Camanche couldn't hold off West Liberty and fell 45-22 in the last game of the season.
With 10:28 left to play in the first quarter, Indians quarterback Baylor Crigger tossed to Blake Hardison for an 8-yard touchdown. The two-point conversion was good, and the Indians took the lead 8-0.
Just a minute later, West Liberty responded with its own touchdown and conversion, a 41-yard run by Seth Feldman, and tied the score 8-8.
Crigger found Hardison again for a 12-yard touchdown pass with 3:38 left in the first quarter to take the lead again 14-8. It didn't take long for the lead to sway back to West Libery as Feldman found Joe Kelly in the end zone for a 40-yard scoring pass. West Liberty was able to convert and held a 16-14 lead through the rest of the half.
West Liberty also kept the lead for the rest of the game.
The only other score for Camanche came on a touchdown pass from Crigger to Eric Campie early in the fourth quarter. The 62-yard pass paired with a two-point conversion run from Kolby Snodgrass gave the Indians 22 points, but they were too far down to come back and fell 45-22.
Crigger threw for 194 years for the Indians and also led with 39 yards rushing. Campie had 88 receiving yards, and Cameron Soenksen followed that up with 84.
West Liberty was able to rush for 528 yards on the Camanche defense.
Northeast edged by Anamosa
GOOSE LAKE — After a defensive first half, Anamosa and Northeast lit up the scoreboard in the second half, but the only score of the first half was the difference as Anamosa won 40-36.
The Blue Raiders had a 485-434 advantage in total yards, with 413 of those coming on the ground. The teams also combined for 24 penalties for 234 yards.
Trailing 7-0 at halftime, Northeast outscored the Blue Raiders 24-13 in the third quarter to take a 24-20 advantage into the final 12 minutes. But Anamosa outscored Northeast 20-12 in the final period to pull out the win.
Dakota Stevenson had a big night rushing for the Rebels. He carried the ball 19 times for 143 yards, including a 44-yard touchdown run.
Nate Lange completed 20 of 32 passes for 248 yards and four touchdowns. Luke Empen caught 10 of them for 105 yards.
Connor Bodman led the Rebels on defense with 10 tackles and six assists.
Thunder beat East Dubuque
SAVANNA, Ill. — West Carroll took any doubt of a playoff berth away Friday when it closed the regular season with a 43-6 win against East Dubuque in Northwest Upstate Illini Conference football.
There was little doubt that the Thunder would move on with five wins because of their strength of schedule. But the victory put them at 6-3 and guaranteed a playoff berth.
Kody Plattenberger completed 8 of 14 passes for 225 yards and three touchdowns, and Kaleb Hartman rushed for 125 yards on 22 carries.
East Dubuque tied the game at 6-6 when Jackson Bowman scored on a 2-yard run with 3:47 left in the first half, but it didn't take long for West Carroll to take back the lead for good.
Just 47 seconds later, Plattenberger and Matt Eacker combined for a 78-yard touchdown pass, and the two-point conversion made it 14-0. And then with 21 seconds left in the half, Plattenberger hooked up with Michael Popkin for a 45-yard TD pass.
The Thunder put the game away in the second half with touchdown runs of 10 yards by Kaleb Plattenberger, 26 yards by Kaleb Hartman and 2 yards by Tim Fosdick.
Comets secure playoff spot
BELLEVUE — The Bellevue Comets ensured another week of play with their 39-21 win against Maquoketa Valley in a battle of second-place district opponents Friday night.
Bellevue struck first with a 90-yard passing play from quarterback Cade Daugherty to Trey Daugherty in the first quarter to give them the 7-0 lead.
Another passing play from Daugherty to Zach Bullock early in the second quarter put them up 13-0. Maquoketa Valley score, but Bellevue finished out the first half with another pass play from Daugherty to Bullock to five it the 19-7 advantage heading into the half.
Cade Daugherty found Trey Daugherty and Trevor Hager for two more touchdowns, and Hunter Clasen ran in a third TD to round out the Comets' scoring.
Bellevue had double the passing yards that Maquoketa Valley had, finishing with 330 out of their 501 total yards. Cade Daugherty had all 330 yards, while Trey Daugherty led the receivers with 197. Hunter Clasen rushed for 154.