Iowa City West runs over Burlington to snap losing streak

Trojans score in all phases, snap 2-game losing skid with dominant effort

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IOWA CITY — The Iowa City West football team had a pair of weeks it would like to forget headed into Friday’s home game against Burlington.

A 59-7 victory surely is enough to take away at least some of what ailed the Trojans.

West was never challenged by the Grayhounds in the Week 6 matchup at Trojans Field, with the home side scoring in every phase of the game — seven touchdowns on offense, one on defense and a field goal. Star receiver Oliver Martin put on a show, hauling in three passes for 76 yards and two touchdowns, as well as two punt returns for a total of 75 yards to get the Trojans a district win and move to 4-2.

“The focus this week was more on ourselves,” said Coach Garrett Hartwig. “We made a lot of mistakes the last two weeks, and getting those corrected was key.”

Martin, an Iowa Hawkeye recruiting target, found himself open over and over Friday night. His first touchdown, a 47-yarder on a sailing throw from quarterback Ethan Postler, came on a simple shiver move on the outside. The senior shook his defender and scored easily.

The game ended up adding just a few more highlights to his growing reel for potential college coaches to salivate over.

It wasn’t just Martin who made big plays for the Trojans, though.

Postler, starting in place of injured Evan Flitz, finished the game a perfect 5 of 5 for 119 yards and three touchdowns — with three of his first four throws going for scores. Devontae Lane, who normally lines up as a receiver, rushed seven times for 51 yards and one touchdown. Fullback Breyton McDole had multiple touchdowns as well, rushing four times for 20 yards and one touchdown, and hauling in a 6-yard touchdown pass. Sophomore Jason Strunk got in on the big play action too, scoring on a 52-yard run and finishing with 76 yards on the ground.

West led 45-0 at halftime and was able to get reserves a ton of action. Fortunately for Hartwig he didn’t have to worry about his players’ focus — which can sometimes relax in a game of this nature.

“Our approach to this game was different in some subtle ways,” Hartwig said. “We walked into our team meeting Monday and said, ‘It’s about us.’ It has to be about us moving forward. If we don’t get out of our own way, we won’t win anything.”

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