STERLING, Ill. – In a battle of undefeated teams, Morrison football proved on Saturday that they are legit contenders.
They traveled to take on the Class 2A No. 4 Sterling Newman Comets at Roscoe Eades Stadium and came out on top 28-6, allowing the Comets just two field goals in the 48 minute contest.
Morrison head coach Ryan Oetting used to be an assistant at Newman Catholic for thirteen years. He said to key to stopping the Comets, who outsized the Mustangs, was stopping any big offense. Which they did.
“We’re familiar with the program, but it doesn’t matter. You still have to stop it,” Oetting said last week before the highly anticipated matchup on Saturday. “We jut have to play assignment football and not get caught up. We can’t give up the play when we’re not expecting it.”
The Comets came out and immediately saw what the Morrison defense could do. Despite some big runners on the offensive side, the Morrison defense held them back and turned them over on downs.
The Mustangs turned that around for a score of their own. A 73-yard pass play from quarterback Nathan Helms to Keegan Anderson put them past the goal line and gave them a 6-0 lead.
They didn’t look back from there. The Steamers held the lead the rest of the contest.
Newman managed to get a first and goal situation on their second drive, but again were shut down by the cold-blooded defense from the Mustangs. They kicked a field goal to pull within three. That 6-3 score stood at halftime.
Helms and Anderson paired up again with just two minutes ticked away off the clock coming out of the locker rooms to extend their lead. The Comets’ final score of the game came with 37 seconds left in the third, another field goal.
Riley Wilkens scored again after a five minute march down the field in the fourth, testing the Newman defense.
The Mustangs turned around and forced a three and out, putting the exasperated Newman defense back on the field just a minute later. The 18-6 score stood when the final buzzer sounded.
The Mustangs have been honorable mention in the Class 1A rankings for two weeks, mostly due to the competition level through the first four games. With a win over the No. 4 team in the state, expect to see them climb quickly.
Morrison stays undefeated on the season and will now take on Bureau Valley at home for their homecoming this Friday.
Steamers get big win
FULTON, Ill. – The Fulton football team got a much-needed win on Saturday, taking down Rockridge 48-28.
The win was crucial for the Steamers to look for playoff contention later on.
“Overall, when we needed to make a play we made the play,” head coach Patrick Lower told KCLN after the game. “I’m just glad the clock says all over zeroes and we have the win.”
Conner Barnett impressed for the Steamers, throwing for over 160 yards in one of his best outings. Plus, both Ethan Rash and Kyler Pessman rushed for over 100 yards.
“I don’t care what level of football you play, if you can balance the run and pass game that’s pretty tough and we were able to do that,” Lower said to the KCLN Radio. “We were able to do that for the most part tonight.”
The defense looked shaky in spots, with a lot of out-run tackles missed. They also made some huge stops, though, especially when they were needed. That included pass interceptions and fumble recoveries.
“I thought we got better throughout the game,” Lower told KCLN. “It’s hard to show them in practice, but when we got used to what they were trying to do we did OK with that. It’s never over though. We went up, and I told them that this game is far from over.”
Fulton needs two more wins to become playoff eligible and need three more to ensure a spot with a tough stretch of their schedule coming up.
The Steamers now travel to Orion to take on the ranked Chargers, who sit at No. 9 in Class 2A.
Queens take second
WEST LIBERTY – The Clinton volleyball team had a good weekend at West Liberty High School, taking second in pool play at the weekend invitational.
That day included beating a number of teams who the Queens have fallen to earlier in the year, something head coach Micah Cewe is happy to see.
“Overall a great day of volleyball and heading in the right direction,” Cewe said.
Clinton went 2-1 in pool play to start the day, defeating Solon in a three-set battle and dominating Fort Madison in two. That moved them to bracket where they faced the winner from Pool B, Urbandale.
They fell to Urbandale earlier this season.
The River Queens came out an controlled the entire game. They won 25-17, 25-15 to move on to the championship game.
There, the Queens struggled against the No. 2 team in Class 5A, Iowa City Liberty, falling 25-23, 25-14. Iowa City Liberty was their only loss in Pool Play as well.
The Clinton River Queens take on Davenport West on Tuesday to continue Mississippi Athletic Conference play.
Clinton swim finishes fifth
BURLINGTON – The Clinton girls swim team picked up a fifth place finish out of eight teams in a tough Burlington Invitational over the weekend.
The Queens best finish was a second place in the 200 Yard Freestyle Relay. The combination of Molly Shannon, Anna Hilgendorf, Kaedyn Schutte and Olivia Schroeder clocked in at 1:51.90, just two seconds behind Bettendorf.
The 200 Yard Medley Relay finished fourth, as did the 400 Yard Freestyle.
The Queens are back in the pool on Tuesday, traveling to Davenport Central High School for a Mississippi Athletic Conference meet.
Steamers win final regular season match
ROCK FALLS, Ill. – The Fulton golf team is just one win away from finishing their regular season undefeated, looking to the conference meet on Tuesday morning.
Monday they topped everything off with a 167-174 win over Rock Falls and Genoa-Kingsford at the Rock Falls Country Club.
“The kids did fine,” head coach Kevin Ver Hoeven said. “The course is kind of quirky and it was hard for them to not be thinking ahead to Tuesday’s conference tournament.”
Andrew Schrader was the medalist of the day with a 38. Josh VanderPloeg shot a 21, Ian Wiebenga a 43, Alex Hartman a 45. Landon Meyers finished with a 47 and Patrick Wiebenga a 48.
The conference meet on Tuesday starts at 9 a.m. in Morrison.