By Jon Swisher-Sports Director:
Week six of the high school football season saw more nice weather conditions on the first Friday night of October as 7 of the 12 KMCH area coverage teams tallied victories with West Delaware, Anamosa and Independence all staying unbeaten. Here is a summary of the contests and a look at week seven games this coming Friday night.
In Manchester- West Delaware 41 Charles City 20
The 2nd-ranked Hawks jumped out in front early with two quick scores on their way to a homecoming victory. Senior running back Coy Roussell scored 2 touchdowns with runs of 41 and 84 yards with 196 yards. Senior QB Max Ridenour had 236 yards and threw 3 TD’s, connecting with Sam Maloney twice and a 57-yarder to Owen Ward. Defensively, safety Kyle Curley added a 47-yard interception return for a TD. WD head coach Doug Winkowitsch commented after the game about how pleased he was with the effort of his squad:
The Hawks improved to 6-0 overall and 4-0 in district 3 play and will step out of the district and take on DeWitt Central this week in DeWitt.
Near Troy Mills- Maquoketa Valley 58 North Linn 18
The Wildcats gathered 453 yards with 396 of them on the ground as junior running back Alec McDowell scored three times with 227 yards on 30 carries. Senior QB Jeremy Fischer tacked on 159 yards on 20 rushes with four touchdowns and added a passing TD as well. Lynx QB Logan Novak had 204 yards with 1 running touchdown with 2 TD passes, one each to Brandon Stepanek and Ben Wolff. But North Linn turned the ball over three times and MV took advantage to claim a stronghold lead of class A district 5 with a 4-0 record as they won their 21st straight district contest, dating back to 2012. The Wildcats upped their overall record to 4-2 and will return to Delhi Friday night to host their homecoming game against Starmont. North Linn is 3-3 and 3-1 and will stay at home, welcoming in Easton Valley.
In Anamosa- Anamosa 52 Monticello 28
The 4th-ranked Blue Raiders pulled away with 22 fourth quarter points to keep the Cowbell for another year and moved their record to 6-0 for the first time since 1977. Quarterback Kolin Schulte threw for 4 touchdown’s, completing 10 of 12 passes for 191 yards. Running back Daniel Husmann caught 3 TD passes. Receiver Tyler Zumbach had five grabs including a 60-yard touchdown. Anamosa advanced to 4-0 in district 4 play and will head to Mount Vernon this week to take on the only other undefeated team in the district. Monticello’s Jacob Manternach and Max Keleher scored once each as the Panthers fell to 3-3 and 1-2 as they will take on their other highway 151 rival this week, traveling north to Cascade.
In Dyersville- Beckman 14 North Fayette Valley 6
The Blazers improved to 3-3 with a huge home upset victory over defending state champion and the 5th-ranked Tigerhawks to end a two-game losing streak. The Blazers defense held the NFV offense to just the one score despite them outgaining Beckman 236-193 total yards. Ben Hageman, Tyler Hirsch and Nick Fallon led the defense racking up 32 and a 1/2 tackles between the three. Beckman is 2-1 in district 3 play and will travel to Waterloo Columbus this Friday night.
In Independence- Independence 28 Crestwood 6
The class 3A 6th-rated Mustangs improved to 6-0 and 4-0 in district 3 by handling the Cadets. Indee hits the road to Charles City this week.
In Lisbon- Lisbon 48 Starmont 8
The Stars fell to 0-6 against a quality Lion squad. The Stars at 0-4 in district 5 of class A will head to Delhi Friday night to face MV.
In Camanche- Cascade 15 Camanche 13
The Cougars edged the Indians to improve to 3-3 and 2-1 in 2A district 4. Cascade entertains Monticello this week.
In Epworth- Cedar Rapids Xavier 35 Western Dubuque 12
The Bobcats had their homecoming spoiled by the Saints Bryce Schulte who threw 4 touchdown’s in the first half. The Bobcats dropped to 1-5 and 0-3 in 3A district 4, they’ll stay home to host Marion Friday night.
In Winthrop- East Buchanan 59 Postville 7
The Buccaneers brought plenty of offense out on homecoming as they improved to 3-3 and 2-2 in A district 5. The Bucs will play at Ed-Co this week.
In Preston- Easton Valley 27 Ed-Co 12
The Vikings couldn’t muster enough offense in the second half after trailing only by a point at halftime. The Vikings are now 1-5 and 1-3 in district 5 play and host EB Friday night.