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Maliki Wilson rushed for 218 yards and scored two touchdowns as No. 1 Cedar Rapids Xavier dropped Decorah, 38-6, in Decorah.
Bryce Schulte completed 10 of 13 passes for 171 yards and a TD and rushed for 33 yards and a score as the Saints improved to 5-0, 3-0 in the district.
“Decorah’s a tough well-coached team,” Xavier Coach Duane Schulte said. “For us to go on a two-hour bus trip come up here and play well, it’s a big win.
“We were happy with our balance between running and passing. All three phases of the game played well and that’s what we needed to beat a good team like Decorah.”
Nolan Butkowski caught four passes for 127 yards and Quinn Schulte had five catches for 37 yards for the Saints.
Decorah (1-2, 2-3) was led by Jack Muhlbauer with 104 rushing yards and a TD. He also had 11 tackles.
The Saints totaled 447 yards of offense and held the Vikings to 224.
— Darin Svenson, correspondent
MOUNT VERNON 61, NORTHEAST 14 — Jack Cochrane rushed for 206 yards on 12 carries and scored five touchdowns as the Mustangs (3-0 in 2A-5, 3-2 overall) won their third straight game.
Cochrane scored on runs of 24, 9, 92, 6 and 4 yards.
Quarterback Drew Adams rushed for one touchdown and passed for another, completing 7 of 18 passes for 122 yards. Jack Bootsmiller caught three passes for 49 yards, including a 26-yard TD pass from Adams.
Mount Vernon totaled 547 yards of offense, holding Northeast to 271.
EAST BUCHANAN 44, LISBON 22 — Carter Downer rushed for 220 yards and three touchdowns and Tyler Williams added 109 and one TD as the Bucs handed the No. 8 Lions their first loss of the season.
East Buchanan improved to 2-1 in Class A-4, 3-2 overall. Lisbon is 2-1, 4-1.
Jake Ohl had three interceptions for the Bucs, returning one for a TD. Ryan Schmitt added a 49-yard TD catch.
CASCADE 48, MONTICELLO 14 — Austin Lieurance rushed for 131 yards and three touchdowns on 11 carries as the Cougars spoiled the Panthers’ homecoming.
Cascade scored 21 first-quarter points, including a 92-yard TD return by Dilan Simon on the game’s opening kickoff.
Cascade’s John Larkin completed 6 of 7 passes for 158 yards.
Monticello’s Max Keleher rushed for 202 yards on 25 carries.
— Pete Temple, correspondent
WEST DELAWARE 28, DEWITT CENTRAL 0 — Tanner Wessels rushed for two touchdowns and passed for another as the Hawks improved to 5-0, setting up a big showdown with unbeaten Clear Creek-Amana next week in Tiffin.
Wessels rushed for 97 yards on 14 carries, scoring on runs of 14 and 26. He also passed 10 yards to Tyler Kelley for a score.
Caleb Kehrli led the Hawks with 119 yards on 25 rushes, scoring on a 5-yard run in the first quarter.
— Bill Logan, correspondent
WEST LIBERTY 12, ANAMOSA 0 — Tanner Iske rushed for 147 yards, 90 on a third-quarter touchdown run, as the Comets blanked the Raiders in Anamosa.
Joseph Kelly broke a scoreless tie earlier in the third with a 60-yard TD run. West Liberty has won three in a row and is 3-0 in Class 2A-4, 3-2 overall.
Anamosa (1-2, 2-3) was led by Michael Martensen with 70 yards on 19 rushes.
— Daryl Schepanski, correspondent
BELLEVUE 26, WEST BRANCH 13 — Peter Kilburg scored three times and racked up 289 total yards as Bellevue handed the Bears their first district loss since 2013.
The Comets (5-0, 3-0) scored on their first two possessions and never looked back.
Luke Lenoch rumbled 65 yards for a score on the Bears first play from scrimmage. West Branch fell to 3-2, 2-1.
— Jason Miller, correspondent
WASHINGTON (IOWA) 24, FAIRFIELD 7 — Ryan Reighard scored three touchdowns and Jack Redlinger one as the Demons bounced back after their first loss of the season.
Reighard had two rushing scores and one passing, which was to Redlinger.
The Demon defense forced four turnovers.
NEW HAMPTON 35, CLARION CGD-CAL 6 — Keaton Geerts had 17 carries for 119 yards and a touchdown to lead Class 2A No. 3 New Hampton at home.
Keagan Tenge (33 yards) and Ryan Gorman (63 yards) each had an interception return for a TD for the Chickasaws (5-0, 3-0 2A-2).
Clarion-Goldfield fell to 3-2 overall, 1-2 in 2A-2.