By Jon Swisher-Sports Director:
First round of the 2014 high school football playoffs took place last night. Five of the eleven KMCH area teams involved earned victories including West Delaware, Maquoketa Valley, Beckman, Cascade and Central Elkader.
The Hawks earned their 24th playoff win, 56-21, after slowly extending their advantage and taking a 21-0 lead at halftime over Dubuque Wahlert. WD, who racked up 558 yards of offense with 437 of those with the run, improved their mark to 9-1.
After a fairly quick first quarter touchdown Maquoketa Valley’s offense was slowed by Winfield-Mount Union. The Wildcats led 14-8 at the break then pulled away with three third quarter touchdowns to beat the Wolves 49-20. On the night senior running back Ryan Parmely scored seven TD’s with six of them on the ground. MV evened their playoff record at 9-9 and bettered their season mark to 10-0.
Ed-Co put up a tough fight during the long trip against BGM, hanging with the Bears until the later stages. The Vikings fell 43-29 and finished 4-6.
Beckman came from behind to beat Aplington-Parkersburg 21-14. The Blazers improved to 8-2 and got their 11th playoff win.
North Linn’s season was ended by 3rd-ranked Pekin 62-13 after 5 early Lynx turnover’s. The Lynx fine campaign wrapped up their mark at 4-6.
Western Dubuque’s comeback was stopped short after getting down 24-7, the Bobcats fell 31-28 and finished at 6-4.
The Blue Raiders couldn’t match New Hampton as the Chickasaws rolled 41-0. Anamosa’s best season since 2004 ended with a 7-3 mark.
In West Union-
Monticello fell behind early to the 5th-rated TigerHawks of North Fayette Valley and never regained any momentum in a 73-9 loss. The Panthers finish at 4-6.
Independence’s 5-game win streak was ended by the Demons, just coming up short 24-17. The Mustangs ended one of their best seasons since 1985 at 6-4.
The Cougars improved to 9-1 with a 42-0 win over West Burlington-Notre Dame.
Central continued to roll and improved to 10-0 with a 76-32 victory over Meskwaki Settlement.