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On paper, the Waterloo East Trojans and Cedar Rapids Jefferson J-Hawks looked like a competitive Class 4A District 5 matchup heading into Friday night’s contest at Memorial Stadium.
The J-Hawks were quick to show paper doesn’t matter on the field, routing the Trojans 50-0 for their first win of the season.
The Trojans didn’t do themselves any favors early, fumbling on just the second play of the game and giving the J-Hawks a chance to grab the first score with a 1-yard run by Noah Vawter. On the next East drive, a wild snap went out of the end zone for a safety giving Jefferson a 9-0 lead.
East’s offensive struggles continued from there while the non-stop J-Hawk offense rattled off two more touchdowns, one by Tavian Rashed on an 8-yard run and another on a 13-yard pass from Vawter to Jacob Henderson.
Rashed ripped off a 34-yard touchdown scamper early in the second quarter. After a Trojan three and out Jefferson’s Cody Clendenen pounded in a five-yard run to make the score 36-0.
On their next possession the Trojans threw an interception that set up another Rashed touchdown run to make it 43-0 at halftime.
Rashed finished the game with 153 yards on 12 rushes with three touchdowns.
— Benjamin Lloyd, Waterloo Courier
MOUNT VERNON 41, MEDIAPOLIS 7 — Jack Cochrane scored four touchdowns as the Mustangs won their fifth straight game, improving to 5-0 in Class 2A District 5 and 5-2 overall.
Cochrane scored three rushing TDs and one on a punt return. Drew Adams added a rushing score and Cale Snedden returned an interception for a TD.
WEST DELAWARE 42, DUBUQUE WAHLERT 7 — Caleb Kehrli rushed for 87 yards and scored on runs of 13, 34 and 1 as the Hawks bounced back from last week’s loss to Clear Creek Amana.
The West Delaware defense limited Wahlert to 96 total yards and pitched a shutout. The Golden Eagles’ only TD came on a fumble return with 2:37 left.
Tanner Wessels also accounted for three Hawk TDs, scoring on an 8-yard run with passing 22 and 65 yards to Kabryn Cook.
West Delaware is 6-1, 4-1 in 3A-4.
— Bill Logan, correspondent
DECORAH 40, SOUTH TAMA 33 — The Vikings rushed for a season-high 318 yards and scored on three straight second-half possessions to erase a 17-13 halftime deficit en route to a home win.
Jake Muhlbauer rushed for 93 yards and a touchdown, Jacob Roher added 84 and a score and Brannan Hogan had 48 yards and two TDs at Decorah snapped a three-game losing skid.
— Darin Svenson, correspondent
MONTICELLO 51, OELWEIN 32 — Max Keleher rushed for 373 yards and scored all seven Panther touchdowns at Oelwein.
Keleher had four scoring runs of more than 30 yards, including a 97-yarder. He also returned a kickoff 85 yards for a TD.
— Pete Temple, correspondent
ANAMOSA 52, CAMANCHE 17 — Michael Martensen rushed for 175 yards and three touchdowns on 16 carries as the Raiders rolled at home.
Martensen scored on runs of 7, 20 and 65 yards as Anamosa (3-4, 2-3 in 2A-5) piled up 315 yards on the ground and led 46-0 in the third quarter.
Jay McClean added three rushing TDs.
— Daryl Schepanski, correspondent
WESTERN DUBUQUE 42, DUBUQUE SENIOR 28 — The playoff race just keeps getting a little wilder in Class 4A District 6.
Dylan Gotto threw for 269 yards and a touchdown, and ran for two more scores as the Bobcats threw another wrench into the district chase with a victory at Dalzell Field.
Gotto completed 19 of 23 passes and ran for 56 yards, and Kam Kramer ran for 106 yards and three touchdowns as Western Dubuque improved to 5-2 overall and 2-1 in the district.
— Tim O’Neill, Dubuque Telegraph-Herald
WEST BRANCH 35, NORTH CEDAR 14 — Luke Lenoch scored four times as West Branch won at the Little Rose Bowl.
North Cedar scored first and again late in the half on two big plays by Greg Hansen (an interception return and a TD reception), as the game was tied 14-14 at the half.
The Bears dominated the second half, limiting the Knights (1-6, 1-4) on offense. Jacob Graves intercepted two passes for the Bears (5-2, 4-1).
— Jason Miller, correspondent
IOWA CITY REGINA 56, VAN BUREN 8 — Ryan Schott rushed for 124 yards and a touchdown and passed for another as the top-ranked Regals dominated on the road.
Schott scored on a 75-yard run and passed 14 yards to Patrick Clark as Regina improved to 6-1 overall, 5-0 in 1A-4.
BELLEVUE 52, CLAYTON RIDGE 45 — Jace Moore passed for 223 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for 129 and two more scores, but the Eagles couldn’t hold off the hosts.
Bellevue scored the final three touchdowns — the last with 1:09 left — to pull off the victory.