116 3rd St SE
Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52401
IOWA CITY — Arriving at Bates Field in a bad mood, Class 5A seventh-ranked Iowa City High took out all of their frustrations from a Week 7 loss on Davenport West.
The Little Hawks jumped all over the Falcons and cruised to a 76-0 victory Friday night at City High.
Dreams of an undefeated season were dashed with a 31-14 loss at Pleasant Valley last week. It was apparent from the opening snap that City High (7-1) was ready to get back to its winning ways.
“We really stepped it up,” City High receiver and defensive back Joey Bouska said. “Everybody ... the energy, the effort, everything was up a notch and it showed.”
Starting at its own 17, Davenport West (1-7) quarterback Brady Hansen was stripped as he prepared to throw. Taking over at the Falcons’ 11, two Darren Richardson runs put City High on the scoreboard just 23 seconds into the game.
They found the end zone again 1:54 later. The Little Hawks forced another fumble and took over at the Falcons’ 30. Quinton Tran found Ben Kueter for a 19-yard score.
The third Falcons possession fared no better. Bouska picked off a tipped ball. Richardson capped another short drive, scoring from 5 yards out. The Little Hawks seized a 21-0 lead with 7:25 remaining in the opening quarter.
“That was awesome,” Bouska said of the turnovers. “That’s the expectation, to come out there and put pressure on them and get the ball.”
City High entered the second quarter up 34-0. Four takeaways led to four touchdowns. Five first-quarter possessions had an average starting field position at the Davenport West 34.
Gable Mitchell opened the second quarter in a similar fashion, returning a punt 71 yards for a touchdown just 22 seconds into the quarter.
Frustrations boiled over as post-play extracurriculars led to the teams trading personal-foul penalties. The Little Hawks responded by continuing to run tempo, moving the ball through the air. The Little Hawks hurried downfield as the first-half clock wound down. Drew Larson hit Mitchell for 12 yards and found Bouska for a 9-yard score as City High took a 55-0 lead with five seconds remaining in the half.
Ronnie Major opened the third quarter with a 95-yard kickoff return for a touchdown.
Tran finished 12-of-14 for 195 yards and four touchdowns. Three City High quarterbacks combined for 312 yards and six touchdowns as the Little Hawks outgained Davenport West 482 yard to 51.
City High wraps up the regular season Thursday at Brady Street Stadium against Davenport Central.
“We feel good,” Bouska said. “We’re ready to make a run.”
Davenport West 0 0 0 0 - 0
Iowa City High 34 21 14 7 - 76
ICH – Darren Richardson 8 run (Kongalo Mwenemkamba kick).
ICH – Ben Kueter 19 pass from Quinton Tran (Mwenemkamba kick).
ICH – Richardson 5 run (Mwenemkamba kick).
ICH – Jamari Newson 14 pass from Tran (kick failed).
ICH – Akili Mattox 55 pass from Drew Larson (Mwenemkamba kick).
ICH – Gable Mitchell 71 punt return (Mwenemkamba kick).
ICH – John Klosterman 3 pass from Tran (Mwenemkamba kick).
ICH – Joey Bouska 9 pass from Larson (Ben Brown kick).
ICH – Ronnie Major 95 kickoff return (Brown kick).
ICH – Majors 8 run (Brown kick).
ICH – Carter Seaton 9 pass from Tran (Brown kick).
First Downs 3, 20
Rushes-Yards 24-35, 27-170
Comp-Att-Int 4-13-2, 18-23-0
Pass Yards 16, 312
Total Yards 51, 482
Penalties-Yards 4-40, 11-90
Fumbles-Lost 3-3, 0-0
Punts-Avg 6-39.0, 0-0
Rushing – Davenport West: Hunter Jones 1-0, Jordan White 3-8, Michael Ray 4-11, Kaleb English 2-2, Ashton Hazlett 7-12, Brady Hansen 1-minus-6, Ashton Urmie 1-1, Dean Prine 5-7. City High: Darren Richardson 11-68, Jovan Harris 1-18, Quinton Tran 2-5, Joey Bouska 1-1, Ronnie Majors 5-29, Jacob Kehres 4-12, Jake Mitchell 2-30, Will Larson 1-7.
Passing – Davenport West: Hansen 4-13-16-2. City High: Tran 12-14-195-0, Drew Larson 5-7-104-0, Mitchell 1-2-13-0.
Receiving – Davenport West: Kelton Youngberg 1-7, White 2-13, Ray 1-minus-4. City High: Ben Kueter 2-48, Jamari Newson 2-45, Akili Mattox 1-55, John Klosterman 2-23, Harris 2-28, Richardson 1-3, Gable Mitchell 2-15, Bouska 2-34, Will Larson 1-13, Ronnie Majors 2-39, Carter Seaton 1-9.