By Jon Swisher-Sports Director:
Eight of the twelve KMCH Sports coverage area High School Football teams picked up victories Friday night in week 3 play.
West Delaware earned their second home win in a row beating Mount Vernon 23-7 to improve to 2-1. Quarterback Jared Voss threw for 197 yards with 1 touchdown caught by Kyle Kelley, Voss added a 1-yard TD run. Also runningback Cael Meyer scored for West Delaware and Ben Petlon kicked a 27 yard field goal. This Friday night the Hawks will travel down to Cedar Rapids to face the Class 3A second-ranked Xavier Saints.
The Class 3A top-ranked Western Dubuque Bobcats improved to 3-0 for the third season in a row with a 23-2 win over Decorah on the road. QB Calvin Harris passed for 259 yards and two touchdowns. Will Burds scored the first two TDs, on a 6-yard run and a 10-yard pass from Harris. The second quarter began with Harris hitting Bryce Ploessl on a 69-yard TD pass as the Bobcats scored on their first three possessions to take a 20-0 lead. The Bobcats host 3A third-rated North Scott this week.
Cascade won for the first time on the season to make their record 1-2 sending Maquoketa Valley to 0-3 with a 27-16 difference. Jackson McAleer passed for 142 yards with 1 TD to Carter Green, Colby Holmes ran for 162 yards with 2 scores and Justin Roling connected with Tanner Simon for six points. For the Wildcats Parker Sternhagen had 2 TD passes and 156 yards as he threw to Trent Koopman for both scores. MV dropped to 0-3 for the 2nd year in a row and will be home in Delhi welcoming in Highway 38 foe Monticello on Friday while the Cougars will face a tough road challenge against Class 2A top-ranked Waukon.
The Monticello Panthers increased their record to 3-0 for the first time since 2010 after their first road win of the season, a 21-13 victory over Bellevue. Two first-quarter touchdown passes from Jeff Carlson to Justin Recker put the Panthers up early 14-0. Carlson threw for 222 yards and three TD’s, the last one to Tyler Luensman who had eight catches for 90 yards.
Class A 4th-rated Ed-Co is 3-0 for the first time in school program history with a 41-8 thumping of East Buchanan in Edgewood for their first home victory on the year. Parker Rochford threw for 2 touchdowns with 108 yards, ran for a TD and had a interception for a score, Keegan Hansel and Spencer Staner caught those TD passes, Staner also had a punt return for a score. Cameron Kirby added another TD on a 2-yard run. The Vikings will be at North Linn this week in a battle of undefeated squads. The Buccaneers drop to 2-1 and will open up their Class A District 7 slate hosting Grundy Center.
Beckman improved to 2-1 and rebounded after their tough week two overtime loss by one with a shutout of Clayton Ridge 48-0 in Dyersville. QB Nick Offerman passed for 212 yards with three touchdowns and rushed for one, hooking up with Trent Koelker for 2 TD’s and Tom Jaeger for 1. Evan Wulfekuhle also rushed for two scores for an offense that tallied 388 yards of total offense. The Blazers will stay at home Friday night hosting Anamosa.
North Linn moved to 3-0 for the second straight season with a 28-14 W in Alburnett. The Lynx defense allowed their first points of the season but the offense led by QB Austin Miller outscored the Pirates. Miller ran for a score and had 2 passing TD’s to Austin Hilmer and Heath Moyer. Brennan Becker also scored on a 55-yard run.
Anamosa is 0-3 for the first season since 2013 as they fell to West Liberty 22-21 at home. QB Graham Humpal threw for 192 yards for Anamosa, hitting Colton Borst and Nolan McLean for TDs. Alex Casey also scored for the Blue Raiders.
Class 3A 7th-ranked Independence is 3-0 for the second year in a row with a 47-7 win in Maquoketa. Logan Schmitt rushed for 217 yards and five touchdowns. Kaleb Lamphier and Marcus Beatty had rushing TD’s for an offense that produced 401 yards on the ground. The Mustangs will entertain CP-U this week.
Starmont is 0-3 for the sixth year in a row after losing their Class A District 4 opening contest at Saint Ansgar 60-0. The Stars will have their homecoming and parents night this Friday when they welcome in South Winneshiek.
In Volleyball from Saturday:
The Class 4A 4th-ranked West Delaware Volleyball team finished 2nd to 2A No. 8 Grundy Center at the Aplington-Parkersburg Tournament. The Hawks went 5-1 posting wins over A-P, Belle Plaine, Denver, Nashua-Plainfield and Wapsie Valley. The Hawks sit at 16-2 now on the season and will face Williamsburg and CP-U in a Quad at home tomorrow night starting at 6pm.
Elsewhere on Saturday-
Beckman beat Cedar Rapids Washington, Cedar Rapids Prairie, Dubuque Wahlert, Clear Creek-Amana and Dubuque Wahlert twice all 2-0
Ed-Co defeated Gladbrook-Reinbeck, Grand View Christian, Saydel and South Hardin 2-0
North Linn took down South Winneshiek 2-0
Western Dubuque beat Union 2-1