By Jon Swisher-Sports Director:
The 2014 high school football season got underway last Friday night on an evening that saw many weather delayed starts or interrupted games as the storms passed through the area. Six of the twelve KMCH area coverage schools picked up opening night victories:
West Delaware’s offense started out fairly quick leading their highway 20 rivals Western Dubuque, 13-0 after 1 quarter and 26-7 at the half. Only 21 points total were scored in the second half as the class 3A 7th-ranked Hawks settled into cruise control for the 40-14 win. The Bobcats will face their 2nd non-district rival in a row hosting Beckman in Epworth this Friday night. The Hawks will travel to Maquoketa.
Independence controlled Waterloo Columbus from the get-go piling up 386 yards on their way to a 32-0 triumph. The Mustangs will have their home opener this week, welcoming in class 2A 8th-ranked North Fayette Valley.
The class 2A 5th-ranked Cougars were able to throw the ball all over Maquoketa’s defense in a 39-16 W. Cascade had 459 total yards with 305 of them coming in the air. The Cougars will be at 1A top-ranked Iowa City Regina Friday night.
Beckman used a balanced running attack gaining 365 yards and 5 of their 6 touchdowns to shutout Monticello 42-0. The Blazers defense had the other TD on one of their three interceptions as the unit forced seven total turnovers which led to 28 2nd quarter points. In his 36th season of coaching football at Beckman, 1st-year varsity head coach Jim Derr picked up win number one. The Blazers face Western Dubuque on the road this week while the Panthers will host class A #2 Maquoketa Valley.
The Ed-Co Vikings came so close of upsetting Clayton Ridge and ending a 6-game losing streak against them. The Eagles were able to prevail 15-14 after a quarterback sack in the end zone to record the game-winning safety. The Vikings will entertain MFL-MarMac this week.
Class A 2nd-ranked Maquoketa Valley churned up 254 yards on the ground and surpassed the Pirates 28-14. The Wildcats will stay on the road this week heading to their highway 38 rivals, Monticello.
The Blue Raiders were extremely close of snapping their 25-game losing streak dating back to Sept. 2nd, 2011. Despite leaping out to a 26-7 halftime lead, North Cedar battled all the way to tie the game at 26 forcing overtime. The Knights secured the win with a final of 32-29. Anamosa will travel to Oelwein this week.
Starmont couldn’t handle the running attack from class A #9 Wapsie Valley as the Stars fell 28-12. Starmont will open at home this week hosting Clayton Ridge.
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North Linn couldn’t stop a balanced offensive attack from the Plainsmen and were shutout 32-0. The Lynx will host Alburnett this Friday night.
A heavy running theme dominated for East Buchanan as they took down North Tama 35-13. The win was the first career varsity football head coaching victory for 1st-year head coach Jerry Alden who is in his 16th season of coaching high school football at EB. The Buccaneers will travel to Jesup this week.