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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Kam Kramer was the workhorse Western Dubuque needed to fend off Dubuque County rival Dyersville Beckman, 28-17, for a third straight season.
The senior running back carried 41 times for 203 yards and three touchdowns as the Bobcats pulled away in Epworth in a prep football game Friday night.
The Bobcats (2-0) also had another 45 yards rushing from quarterback Dylan Gotto, who added 122 passing yards and a score through the air.
Beckman (1-1) was led by quarterback Joel Vaske, who completed 13 of 25 passes for 199 yards with two touchdowns, but also threw two interceptions.
— Steve Ortman, Dubuque Telegrah-Herald
ANAMOSA 34, MAQUOKETA 25 — Michael Martensen rushed for 192 yards and three touchdowns as the Raiders won at Maquoketa.
Anamosa led, 27-0, before the Cardinals rallied to make it 27-25 with 7:15 left. Martensen answered with a 57-yard TD run.
— Daryl Schepanski, correspondent
DECORAH 13, CRESTWOOD 12 — Paul Strand’s 15-yard touchdown pass to Jerod Redenius with 2:53 left lifted the Vikings to a win at Cresco.
The Viking defense had three takeaways and held Crestwood to 168 yards of offense.
— Darin Svenson, correspondent
WEST BURLINGTON NOTRE DAME 27, WEST BRANCH 18 — Drake Day threw for 121 yards as the Falcons (2-0) burned the Bears’ secondary all night in West Branch.
West Branch quarterback Beau Cornwell left the game with an undisclosed injury. Senior Brandon Rummelhart entered the game and threw for 259 yards, 163 of those yards to Cooper Kabela.
— Jason Miller, correspondent
MONTICELLO 32, CAMANCHE 6 — Monticello (2-0) spotted Camanche (0-2) six early points, then scored 32 unanswered to win at home.
Jacob Manternach passed for 158 yards and three touchdowns. Aaron Gearhart had three catches for 104 yards and two scores. Lake Stahlberg rushed 12 times for 96 yards, including a 68-yard touchdown carry. Andrew Tjaden sacked Camanche quarterback Baylor Crigger in the end zone for a safety in the third quarter.
— Pete Temple, correspondent
SPRINGVILLE 49, MESKWAKI SETTLEMENT 22 — Cavanaugh Riley rushed for one touchdown and completed 5 of 6 passes for 104 yards two more scores as Springville won in Tama.
The Orioles (3-0) were up 49-0 at halftime.
Henry Hoogland also scored a TD and James Fitzgerald returned an interception for a score.
NORTH LINN 28, JESUP 6 — Logan Novak ran 13 times for 98 yards and three touchdowns, including a 62-yard run in the fourth quarter, as the Lynx (2-0) downed No. 10 Jesup at home.
Novak also completed 8 of 13 passes for 94 yards passing. Ryan Miller caught seven passes for 80 yards and returned a fumble 78 yards for a score.
CENTER POINT-URBANA 48, OELWEIN 8 — Dalton Hite ran 15 times for 147 yards and three touchdowns, while quarterback Zach Thurm was 10-of-16 passing for 114 yards and two TDs as the Stormin’ Pointers won at home.
Zach Borrett had two interceptions and Jo Jo Frost had one to go along with a 20-yard receiving score for CPU (1-1), which forced six Oelwein (0-2) turnovers.
TURKEY VALLEY 48, WEST CENTRAL 8 — Wyatt Blazek rushed for a game-high 159 yards and scored three touchdowns to lead No. 10 Turkey Valley (2-0) over West Central (0-2) in an 8-player match-up at Maynard.
EAST BUCHANAN 32, SUMNER-FREDRICKSBURG 0 — Tyler Williams rushed for 102 yards on 13 carries, including a 27-yard touchdown run, and Carter Downer added 109 yards and a TD on 22 carries for the Bucs (1-1) in Winthrop.