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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Caleb Kehrli rushed for 212 yards and scored four touchdowns as Class 3A seventh-ranked West Delaware downed Center Point-Urbana, 48-15, Friday night in a District 4 prep football game.
Kehrli, who carried the ball 16 times, scored on runs of 8, 65, 2 and 22 yards as the Hawks improved to 4-0, 2-0. Jared Helle added 80 yards on 15 rushes as West Delaware totaled 336 yards on the ground, 470 total.
Tanner Wessels completed 7 of 15 passes for 134 yards, hitting Cabryn Cook (22 yards) and Tyler Kelley (18) for touchdowns.
Grant Morris also scored for West Delaware on a 1-yard run.
CPU fell to 2-2, 1-1,
— Bill Logan, correspondent
WEST BRANCH 54, MAQUOKETA VALLEY 32 — Luke Lenoch set another West Branch school record with six rushing touchdowns as the Bears held off the Wildcats at home.
Lenoch rushed for 285 yards on 40 carries, scoring on runs of 6, 14, 4, 9, 20 and 6 yards.
The Bears (2-0, 3-1) led, 28-7, at halftime, but the Wildcats (1-1, 3-1) rallied in the second half before Lenoch put the game away with two late TD runs.
Maquoketa Valley quarterback Tucker Tyson completed 10 of 26 passes for 296 yards and three TDs.
— Jason Miller, correspondent
MOUNT VERNON 49, MID-PRAIRIE 31 — The Mustangs (2-0, 2-2) outscored the Golden Hawks, 21-7, in the fourth quarter to win a back-and-forth battle at home.
Drew Adams completed 20 of 31 passes for 207 yards and four touchdowns, two in the fourth quarter. Jack Cochrane caught 10 passes for 92 yards and three TDs and Cale Snedden had six catches for 63 and a TD. Sam Moore rushed 19 times for 141 yards and Adams added 105 yards on eight carries.
Ricky Vargas led Mid-Prairie (0-2, 1-3) with 169 yards on 23 rushes and Karson Gingerich completed 11 of 21 passes for 175 yards and three TDs.
ANAMOSA 14, MEDIAPOLIS 13 — Jay McLean’s 61-yard interception return for a touchdown was the difference Friday as the Raiders held on at home.
Levi Eberhardt pulled Mediapolis within 14-13 on a 36-yard TD run with 1:14 left, but the PAT kick failed. Anamosa’s Logan Seeley sealed the win by snatching on on-sides kick attempt.
Michael Martensen led Anamosa (1-1, 2-2) with 110 yards and a TD on 11 carries.
— Daryl Schepanski, correspondent
BENTON COMMUNITY 30, DECORAH 27 — Vance Bartlet’s 22-yard field goal in overtime lifted the Bobcats to a win in Decorah.
Bartlet’s winning points came after Luke Wiebel intercepted a Decorah pass on the Vikings’ overtime possession.
Benton was down, 21-10, at the end of the third quarter, but rallied to tie the game and send it into overtime.
Spencer Touro completed 23 of 43 passes for 312 yards and two TDs for Benton (1-1, 2-2) and Riley Pffifner caught 15 passes for 183 yards and one TD.
Adam Hovden recovered two fumbles and had an interception for Decorah (1-1, 2-2)
— Darin Svenson, correspondent
LONE TREE 81, ENGLISH VALLEYS 0 — Jovonte Squiers scored six touchdowns as the Lions (5-0) rolled in an 8-player District 4 game at home.
Squiers rushed three times for 70 yards, scoring three touchdowns. He also caught one pass for a 37-yard TD and returned two punts for scores.
Trey Pierson completed all five of his passes for 88 yards and two TDs, Sam Fuhrmeister scored on a run and reception and Logan Carter scored twice. Dawson Swails also scored a TD for Lone Tree.
WESTERN DUBUQUE 17, CEDAR FALLS 15 — Western Dubuque’s Drew Desollar made a tackle on a conversion pitch play as Cedar Falls’ attempt to force overtime came up short in a wild non-district thriller inside the UNI-Dome.
Western Dubuque scored 17 consecutive second half points to rally past a Cedar Falls team that used a goal-line stand followed by a 99-yard scoring drive to take a 9-0 lead into intermission.
The Tigers had a chance to go up early in the fourth quarter, but fumbled the ball at the goal line and Western Dubuque recovered. Bobcat quarterback Dylan Gotto saw his team use power running and short passes before racing 36 yards on an option keeper to cap the ensuing drive and place the visitors up eight points with 3:50 to play.
Gotto finished 8 of 12 passing for 102 yards and touchdown and rushed 11 times for 48 yards and a score to lead the Bobcats. Running back Kameron Kramer added 114 yards on 26 carries.
— Waterloo Courier