Davenport Central Coach Ben Sacco said the game plan called for his defense to force Iowa City High quarterback Nate Wieland to throw the football.
So he did.
And he did it well enough to keep the Little Hawks in first place in Class 4A District 7 and to hand Davenport Central its first district defeat.
Wieland continually shredded the Blue Devils for big gains, rolling up 213 of his 227 yards passing before halftime in a 49-20 victory over Central on last night at Brady Street Stadium.
“They obviously keyed on the run so we had to hurt them with the pass,” Wieland said. “The big play ability of our receivers is just unbelievable. We’ve always had the ability to do that and it showed tonight.”
Wieland had pass completions of 27, 28, 30, 32 and 46 yards in little more than a quarter-and-a-half as the Little Hawks (5-1 overall, 2-0 district) rolled out to a 28-7 halftime lead.
Frantz capped a 56-yard scoring drive with a 4-yard run — his third touchdown of the game — in the third quarter and the game began to get out of hand when 251-pound defensive lineman Charles Johnson scooped up a fumble and raced 63 yards for another score.
“We don’t see that very often in practice,’’ Wieland said. “That’s the fastest I’ve ever seen him run.’’
— Don Doxsie, Quad-City Times
MOUNT VERNON 62, ANAMOSA 6 — Drew Adams completed all seven of his passes for 303 yards and four touchdowns as the Mustangs rolled to their fourth straight win.
Cale Snedden caught three of those passes for 154 yards — all for TDs. Jack Cochrane added two catches for 57 yards and scored Mount Vernon’s first TD on a 13-yard run, breaking a 22-year-old school record with his 288th career point.
Sam Moore also had a big game for the Mustangs, rushing seven times for 111 yards and scoring on runs of 74 and 1 yards, and even defensive lineman Tristan Wirfs got in on the action, scoring on an interception with 6:56 left in the game.
Jay McLean scored Anamosa’s only TD on a 1-yard run in the second quarter.
— Daryl Schepanski, correspondent
WEST BRANCH 50, DURANT 22 — Luke Lenoch rushed for 162 yards and scored four touchdowns as the Bears won at home.
Cooper Kabela completed 9 of 12 passes for 82 yards and two touchdowns in his first game at quarterback.
The Bears (4-2, 3-1) led 50-0 before the Wildcats (1-5, 0-4) scored their first touchdown.
— Jason Miller, correspondent
CEDAR RAPIDS PRAIRIE 58, OTTUMWA 7 — The Hawks won their fifth straight game, moving to 5-1 overall and 2-0 in Class 4A-District 8.
Host Ottumwa fell to 0-6, 0-2.
EAST BUCHANAN 61, POSTVILLE 14 — Carter Downer rushed for 205 yards and four touchdowns on 15 carries as the Bucs won in Postville.
Tyler Williams added 190 yards and two TDs on 12 carries the East Buchanan.
LONE TREE 69, WACO 13 — Jovonte Squiers scored five touchdowns as the Lions rolled in Wayland.
Squiers scored four rushing TDs and returned an interception for another.
NORTH LINN 38, ALBURNETT 0 — Ryan Miller caught six passes for 126 yards and two touchdowns as the Lynx blanked the Pirates at home.
Miller also had five carries for 89 yards and returned an interception 74 yards for a touchdown as North Linn improved to 4-4, 2-2 in A-4.
Logan Novak completed 7 of 9 passes for 164 yards and two touchdowns while rushing for 104 yards on eight carries and scored two more touchdowns. Quinn Rechkemmer had a touchdown reception for North Linn.
CLAYTON RIDGE 41, MAQUOKETA VALLEY 7 — Jace Moore completed 16 of 24 passes for 289 yards and four touchdowns as the Eagles (5-1, 4-0 1A-3) downed the Wildcats (3-3, 2-2 1A-3) at home.
Moore also had 11 carries for 92 yards.
WAVERLY-SHELL ROCK 24, DECORAH 7 — The Vikings outgained the Go-Hawks, 225-197, but were hurt by field position in a road loss.
John Stensland passed for two touchdowns for WSR.
Jake Muhlbauer rushed for 84 yards for Decorah and Brannan Hogan completed 9 of 15 passes for 89 yards and a TD. Dawson Meyer caught three of those passes for 50 yards, including the TD.
— Darin Svenson, correspondent
CRESTWOOD 21, NEW HAMPTON 20 — Clayton Ollendieck caught a 25-yard pass from Jon Henry with three minutes left, then scored the game-winning two-point conversion for the Cadets (4-2, 4-0 2A-2).
The score capped an eight-play, 68-yard drive that started with three minutes left in the game.