INDEPENDENCE - For Independence, the prep football season opener bore little resemblance to its winless 2016 campaign.
Even in defeat, a clear message was sent that there are brighter days ahead for the Mustangs.
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DELHI — Maquoketa Valley football coach Chris Evers was pleased with what he saw in Friday’s 37-14 win over Starmont, the Wildcats’ second win of the season.
“The team really got better from Week 1 to Week 2,” he said
Tyson Tucker was explosive through the air on Friday night, completing 10 of his 16 pass attempts for 215 yards. He also rushed for 26 yards on four attempts. When the game finally came to an end, Tucker was responsible for three passing and one rushing touchdown.
Zak Harbach also had an big night, scoring on three of his four receptions for 136 yards. He also rushed the ball once for five yards. Alec McDowell also had a touchdown with his 181 yards on 22 rushing attempts. Tanner Parmely also helped, kicking a 27-yard field goal and hitting four PAT kicks.
Other athletes who also gained yards were Garrett Hogan, 12 yards on three rushes and 31 yards on three receptions, and Norman Wilson, who caught two passes for 32 yards. Brock Hillers added one reception for 16 yards.
The Wildcats hit the road for the first time Friday, taking on Durant. Evers said Durant will be tough.
“They are big with some skilled players,” he said. “We need to be ready to play from the very start.”