Around Iowa Prep Gridirons – Week 1, 2010
(Released by the IHSAA and written from current history as well as from media and coach’s reports)
Current Win Streaks Grow: Teams that won state titles a year ago continued to extend the state’s current longest win streaks. Solon, now in 3A, made it 42 straight (sixth best all-time) with a 35-13 win over Central Clinton, De Witt. 3A Harlan Community was idle keeping a 15-game chain in tact, which is matched by Iowa City, City High (48-6 over Dubuque, Senior) and St. Albert, Council Bluffs (41-7 over Lewis Central). Armstrong-Ringsted made it 10 straight with a 42-26 win over St. Mary’s, Remsen.
Other Win Chains Halted: Stanton, A-H-S-T, Avoca and Carroll each saw double digit regular season winning streak end. Lenox snapped Stanton’s streak of 30 with a 44-8 win. A late fourth quarter score by Nodaway Valley stopped A-H-S-T’s 27 game win chain, 9-6. Kuemper Catholic, Carroll’s 33-24 triumph ended Carroll’s regular season string at 19.
Wins Are Better Memories: Seven teams wiped out double digit losing streaks last night. Independence rallied for a 27-24 victory over Columbus Catholic, Waterloo to end a 27-game draught. The Mustangs last previous win was 27-26 over Vinton-Shellsburg on the last day of the 2006 season. East Central, Miles defeated Dunkerton 34-27 to and a 19-game skid, while South Tama County doused an 18-game losing streak with a 46-0 blanking of Saydel. Nevada’s 19-18 win over Colfax-Mingo stopped a 15-game deficit streak for the Cubs. Seymour (38-20 winners over Essex) and West Fork (13-7 overtime victors of Belmond-Klemme) ended 11-game losing streaks. Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn wiped out a 10-game siege with a 42-6 win over Westwood, Sloan.
Battle of the Cowbell Goes to Perry: The Battle of Cowbell waged between Perry and Jefferson started in 1928 after the two schools had played for several years earlier. This year’s 79th game was claimed by Perry, 26-14 for their first win since 2003. Jefferson (JSPC) holds the edge in the series, 51-26-2. It is believed to be the second longest rivalry in the state behind Des Moines North and Des Moines East, who have played annually since 1903.
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What a Guy: With injuries to key players Guy Williams stepped up big for Burlington in a 24-22 win over Davenport Central, Thursday. Williams carried 9 times for 42 yards mostly on a game winning 72-yard, 4 minutes drive. His three-year run with 35 seconds was the game winner. Williams became the guy after a first half ankle injury to Jordan Webb (87 yard scoring run and 57 yard TD reception) and an injury to Jamal Simmons. The Grayhounds’ defense rallied also picking off three passes, one in the end zone and recovering a fumble.
Offensively: Linn-Mar’s junior quarterback Mark Atwater rolled up 437 yards total offense, passing for 275 yards and three TDs and rushing for 162 and another touchdown in a 43-15 conquest of Cedar Rapids Jefferson. . . Sioux City East’s Alex Imming rung up 436 yards in total offense in a 41-25 whipping of Waukee. He ran for 191 yards and four TDs, including 80 and 61 yard break-a-ways and topped off the night with 245 yards passing, hitting on 22 of 27 for a pair of touchdowns. . . Garner-Hayfield’s Jace Engstler had 416 yards total offense in a 35-28 victory over West Hancock. He hit on 20 of 36 passes for 316 yards and three TDs while also rushing for 100 yards including a 53 yard scoring dash . . .
Falcon Fella: It was the “Thrilla on the Hilla” and St. Albert, Council Bluffs, defending 1A champions wasted little time in stamping themselves as “a team of interest” as they dashed past Lewis Central, 41-7. Jake Gentile (9 carries for 143 yards) scored three times, once on a 45-yard interception and on runs of 3 and 80 yards. Four other Falcons reached paydirt for the team that has won three of the last four Class 1A titles.
Ferch’s Four: West Marshall’s Dalton Ferch had a huge night although the Trojans dropped a 37-33 decision to Madrid. The Trojans standout rushed 11 times for 239 yards and three TDs (42, 68 and 23) and then hooked up with Braydn Beaks on a 99-yard pass play for another score.
Not a Gentle Ben: Newman Catholic, Mason City prevailed in a 56-42 shoot-out with Hudson as Ben Buffington shook loose for five touchdowns and 224 of the Knights 315 rushing yards. Buffington end zone trips were 4, 53, 3, 46 and 32 yards.
Ground Games: Alex Carr of Cedar Rapids Washington smoked Prairie, Cedar Rapids for 257 yards rushing and four end zone trips including dashes of 84, 67 and 43 yards in a 41-21 victory. . . Central Elkader’s Zack Tade stunned MFL, MarMac for 330 rushing yards on 25 carries including scoring runs of 76, 64 and 46 yards in a 31-6 triumph. . . Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln sprung Austin Ebertowski for four TDs (80, 21, 75 and 1)and 281 yards rushing in a 48-13 win at Johnston . . . Clayton Ridge’s Jeremy Greve scored five times and rushed for 214 yards in a 38-34 win over Cascade. . . Marion junior Colton Storla riddled Mount Vernon with 196 yards rushing and three scores, including runs of 30 and 64 yards in a 42-3 victory. . . Wapsie Valley’s Connor O’Brien scored five touchdowns and rushed for 232 yards in a 40-20 win over Jesup. . .Saint Ansgar’s John Siebert scored three times on runs of 27, 1 and 2 yards en route to a 243-yard rushing effort in a 28-14 decision over Osag
e. . . Madrid’s vaunted rushing attack shook loose Jeremy Johnson for 175 yards and two TDs, and Tanner Bell for 147 yards in a 37-33 win over West Marshall. . . Moravia’s tandem of Tyler McDanel and Miles McCoy was too much for Ankeny Christian Academy. McDanel scored three times on runs of 53, 54 and 43 yards en rout to a game high of 218 on ten totes, while McCoy needed only four carries for 117 and scoring runs of 17, 65 and 32 yards. . . River Valley, Correctionville’s Blane Cullen rolled up 186 rushing yards and four TDs and also returned a pass for a score in a 55-14 victory over Charter Oak-Ute.
Air Time: Clear Creek-Amana’s Dillon Vallahur connected on 23 of 40 passes for 218 yards and two touchdowns to highlight the Clippers 28-20 win over Mount Pleasant. . . Maquoketa’s Chase Coakley completed 15 of 26 aerials for 225 yards a touchdown in a 30-20 win over West Delaware. . .Laurens-Marathon’s Alex Runnerberg passed for 282 yards and five touchdowns in a 62-0 rout of CAL, Latimer. A-D-M’s Gavin Glenn completed 21 of 31 aerials for 257 yards and three TDs in a 33-7 win over Boone. . . In losing effort’s Hudson’s Cale Henke and Coon Rapids-Bayard’s Michael Schwenck had strong nights. Schwenck hit on 25 of 43 attempts for 273 yards and three TDs in a loss to Northeast Hamilton, while Henke was 13 of 26 for 219 yards and four TDs.
Good Hands People: Quenton James of Sioux City East hauled in 13 passes for 193 yards and a touchdown in the Black Raider’s 41-25 win over Waukee. That moves his career total to 143 receptions for 2,068 yards. The 149 catches is seventh all-time and trails only Cedar Rapids Washington’s Keenan Davis (169) in Class 4A. The 15th Iowa prep to go over the 2,000 yard reception mark, he is currently third in 4A, trail Davis (2,393, 2006-08) and Marshalltown’s Jarred Carlson (2,262, 2007-09). . . Garner-Hayfield’s Josh Thompson grabbed 10 passes for 223 yards and two touchdowns in a 35-28 win over West Hancock . . . Hudson’s Alex Chilcotte caught 6 passes for 84 yards with four catches resulting in touchdowns in a loss to Newman Catholic, Mason City. Laurens-Marathon receivers had big nights as Bryce Maschino caught 11 balls for 65 yards and three scores, while Austin Stumbo pulled in six passes for 177 yards and two touchdowns.
TD Parade: Fort Dodge had seven players find the end zone in a 54-9 pasting of Des Moines East. Jontel Clayton led the scoring parade with two TDs and 154 yards rushing.
Waller Stars: Maquoketa’s Brad Waller kicked three field goals and caught an 8-yard scoring pass to key the Cardinals’ 30-20 triumph over West Delaware.
Tebbe Leads: Blake Tebbe rushed 16 times for 165 yards and four TDs as Preston went to 2-0 with a 56-16 pasting of Midland, Wyoming in a Thursday 8-player game. He scored on runs of 18, 8, 55 and one yard.
Paulus Prances: Rockford’s Scott Paulus came up with his second big game in as many weeks as the Warriors sprinted past North Iowa, 43-13. Paulus scored on runs of 66, 19 and 2 while rolling up 192 ground yards on 18 carries.
Tripoli Barz Meskwaki: Josh Barz scored on runs of 35 and 32 yards and hauled in a 38 yd scoring strike from Cody Nilges as Tripoli rolled past Meskwaki, 65-26. Vincent Lasley caught a 4 and 7 yard TD passes from Denness Keahana and toss 41 and 77 yard scoring strikes to Stacy Youngbear to lead Meskwaki.
Torres Sparks Monarchs: Quarterback Ricky Torres clicked on 9 of 15 passes for 198 yards and three TDs to lead Denison-Schleswig to a 35-20 win over Atlantic. Austin Eller caught scoring passes of 32 and 44 yards, while Brady Thies pulled in a 41-yard strike.