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The postseason is looming and Iowa City West appears ready for it.
Quarterback Evan Flitz threw for 275 yards and accounted for four touchdowns as the top-ranked Trojans rolled to a 55-7 victory over Ottumwa Friday night in the Class 4A District 8 prep football regular-season finale at Schafer Stadium in Ottumwa.
Traevis Buchanan caught two of Flitz’s three touchdown passes and finished with 122 receiving yards. Nine different West receivers caught passes.
West scored on its first five possessions, taking a 31-0 lead.
West (9-0, 5-0) forced seven fumbles, recovering three of them in the first quarter and scoring 17 points off them. Ottumwa fumbled the first play from scrimmage, setting up a 21-yard touchdown pass from Flitz to Buchanan on the Trojans’ third play.
Ottumwa tailback Sam Yeaway, who was effective early in the game running the ball, returned a kickoff 90 yards for the Bulldogs’ only score of the game, cutting the deficit to 45-7.
— Chad Drury, Ottumwa Courier
WEST DELAWARE 68, MAQUOKETA 0 — Caleb Kehrli rushed for 142 yards and four touchdowns and Nick Casey passed for three TDs as the Hawks wrapped up the Class 3A District 4 title at home.
Kehrli, who had just 10 carries, scored on runs of 36, 20, 3 and 35 yards. Casey completed 8 of 11 passes for 161 yards, hitting Kabryn Cook (50 yards), Mitchell Mangold (25) and Tyler Kelley (9) for TDs. Kelley finished with six catches for 81 yards, setting school career records for receptions and yards.
Cook also scored on a 52-yard punt return and Jordan Bries, who added 109 yards on seven carries, added a 59-yard TD run.
— Bill Logan, correspondent
DECORAH 52, INDEPENDENCE 14 — Jake Muhlbauer rushed for 257 yards and scored five touchdowns (4 rushing, 1 receiving) as the Vikings wrapped up a Class 3A playoff berth.
Muhlbauer scored on runs of 95, 78 and 54 yards,
With Decorah leading 14-7 early in the second quarter, the Vikings made a goal-line stand after the Mustangs had a first and goal at the 3. Two plays later, Muhlbauer had a 95-yard TD run to give Decorah a 21-7 lead and never looked back.
Drake Shelton and Dawson Holkesvik had interceptions for the Vikings.
— Darin Svenson, correspondent
WEST BRANCH 38, CLAYTON RIDGE 12 — Jacob Graves rushed for 170 yards and four touchdowns as the Bears completed the 16th unbeaten season in school history.
Graves, a senior, found the end zone twice in each half. Beau Cornwell scampered 7 yards for the other Bear score. He also converted a 35-yard field goal, his eighth this season.
Brett Schiele caught seven passes for 107 yards for the Bears, who wrapped up the district title.
IOWA CITY REGINA 55, LOUISA-MUSCATINE 34 — Michael Conlon scored three touchdowns and Jacob Phillips added two as the Regals won their seventh straight game, winning the Class 1A-4 title.
The Regals are 7-2 overall.
ANAMOSA 40, NORTHEAST 36 — Logan Seeley’s touchdown with 2:38 remaining in the fourth quarter gave the Raiders the lead and his interception with 1:07 left sealed the fifth winning season in the past 21 years for Anamosa (5-4).
Seeley finished with 234 yards on 28 rushes, scoring the winning TD on a 7-yard run. He finished with three TDs and went over the 1,000-yard mark for the season.
Anamosa quarterback Matthew Walton added 95 yards on 18 rushes and scored three TDs in a game the Raiders led, 7-0, at halftime,
— Daryl Schepanski, correspondent
MONTICELLO 35, WATERLOO COLUMBUS 14 — Monticello scored 29 second-half points to close its season with a win at home.
Jacob Manternach completed 12 of 26 passes for 216 yards and three touchdowns for the Panthers (5-4, 3-4). Andrew Mescher had five catches for 118 yards.
Parker Westoff passed for 132 yards and two TDs for Columbus (1-8, 1-6),
— Pete Temple, correspondent
ALBURNETT 54, POSTVILLE 0 — Tanner Sloan rushed for 270 yards and six touchdowns as the Pirates won on the road.
SPRINGVILLE 28, ENGLISH VALLEYS 26 — Down by 6 with 30 seconds left, Kyle Koppes hit Caleb Weber for a 44-yard pass to the 2-yard line and then ran the ball in on a QB sneak to tie the game with 16 seconds left.
Zach March ran the fire drill on the PAT for the 2-point conversion as the Orioles sealed the victory when Zach March recovered a fumble on the ensuing kickoff.
Koppes passed for 127 yards and one TD and Jacob Hungate had 111 yards on 29 rushes. March had 141 yards on seven catches and two TDs for Springville.
English Valleys was lead by Cooper Andreassen with 143 yards on 33 carries and two TDs.
WESTERN DUBUQUE 37, DUBUQUE HEMPSTEAD 14 — Playing in his final high school football game, Carver Conway left it all on the field with three rushing touchdowns in Western Dubuque’s win at home.
The Bobcats finished with a 5-4 record, while Hempstead ended at 3-6.