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Dubuque Hempstead had a first half it would like to forget Friday.
Cedar Rapids Kennedy, on the other hand, enjoyed it.
The Cougars capitalized on five turnovers for a 21-0 halftime lead en route to a 42-0 prep football win in Dubuque.
Nicholas Duehr scored first for Kennedy on a 33-yard run after a Hempstead fumble, setting the tone for the rest of the first half.
“Taking advantage of turnovers is everything in the game of football,” Kennedy Coach Brian White said. “Conditions were less than ideal and both teams played sloppy.
“It was really good for us to bounce back with a win tonight.”
Duehr also passed four yards to Carter Krall for a TD and was on the receiving end of an 81-yard pass from Brian White Jr. Rizaiha Maide scored twice on runs of 10 and 1 yards.
— Shannon Mumm, Dubuque Telegraph-Herald
XAVIER 47, BENTON COMMUNITY 14 — Maliki Wilson Wilson rushed for two touchdowns as the Saints (3-0) won in Van Horne.
Erick Rodriquez, Nolan Butkowski, Jack Lemke and Jack Scott also scored for Xavier. Bryce Schulte and Wilson both rushed for 61 yards, Schulte on six carries and Wilson on five.
The Bobcats outgained the Saints, 281-243.
— Maddix Stovie, correspondent
MOUNT VERNON 78, CAMANCHE 0 — Mount Vernon rolled up 555 yards of offense, getting 92 rushing yards and four touchdowns from Jack Cochrane and three touchdown passes from Drew Adams in a rout at home.
Cochrane scored on runs of 2, 6, 7 and 37 yards and Adams completed 7 of 8 passes for 176 yards, connecting with Cale Snedden (32 yards) once and Jack Bootsmiller (53, 28) twice for TDs. Andrew Louwagie added 92 rushing yards, Zach Vislisel 73 and Blaine Schumacher 50 yards and two TDs.
The Mustangs (1-3) limited Camanche to 51 total yards, including minus-2 rushing.
DECORAH 7, VINTON-SHELLSBURG 6 — Brendan Numedahl scored on a 1-yard run with one minute left and Jake Muhlbauer’s PAT kick was the difference for Decorah in Vinton.
Vinton-Shellsburg’s Wes Edwards scored on a 3-yard run with 4:12 left, after a Decorah turnover.
Decorah marched 57 yards for the go-ahead score and Cole Tweeten sealed the deal with an interception with 26 seconds left.
— Darin Svenson, correspondent
WILLIAMSBURG 42, ANAMOSA 7 — Jason Wardenburg rushed for 224 yards and two touchdowns and Gage Hazen-Fabor added 125 and two more scores as the Raiders won at home.
Jay McLean scored Anamosa’s only TD on a 71-yard pass from Cole Sander.
— Daryl Schepanski, correspondent
WEST DELAWARE 39, DAVENPORT ASSUMPTION 22 — The Hawks rolled up 454 yards of offense and held off the Knights in Davenport.
Backup running back Jared Helle rushed for 259 yards and two touchdowns and quarterback Tanner Wessels added 178 rushing yards and two scores as West Delaware improved to 3-0.
Wessells also passed for two TDs, hitting John Nagel from 16 and 43 yards.
— Bill Logan, correspondent
WEST BRANCH 35, JESUP 14 — Luke Lenoch rushed for 299 yards and four touchdowns to lead the Bears to a win in Jesup.
Brandon Rummelhart passed for 171 yards and a TD, a 34-yard strike to Cooper Kabela.
— Jason Miller, correspondent
CLAYTON RIDGE 13, TIPTON 12 — Eric Ihde had touchdown runs of 5 and 2 yards as the Eagles (2-1, 1-0 1A-3) held on for the win at home.
Sawyer Schmelzer recorded the winning PAT for Clayton Ridge.
EAST BUCHANAN 42, NORTH LINN 8 — Carter Downer rushed for five touchdowns on 21 carries and totaled 166 yards and Tyler Williams ran for 132 yards and a TD at Winthrop.
The Buccaneers improved to 2-1 and 1-0 in Class A District 4.
CENTER POINT-URBANA 42, MAQUOKETA 7 — Zach Thurm connected with Jo Jo Frost on two touchdown passes and Dalton Hite ran for two TDs and 184 yards on 24 carries for the Stormin’ Pointers (2-1, 1-0 Class 3A District 4).
UNION 42, MONTICELLO 6 — Union scored 28 unanswered points in the third quarter to break open a close game and win at Monticello.
Dylan Stech and Britton Rolison combined for 233 yards rushing and Troy Hanus passed for 106.
Monticello scored in the first half on a 58-yard pass from Jacob Manternach to Gavin Cooper.
— Pete Temple, correspondent