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Derrick Kuehner rushed for 152 yards and four touchdowns and Josh Mackey added 139 yards and three TDs as No. 5 North Fayette Valley opened the Class 2A high school football playoffs with a 73-9 win over Monticello in West Union.
Kuehner, who rushed the ball 12 times, scored on runs of 2, 65, 3 and 5 yards as the TigerHawks improved to 9-1. Mackey scored on runs of 46, 17 and 37.
Jarrett Easton scored on an 85-yard kick return for the Panthers (4-6), who trailed just 14-9 late in the first quarter.
— Pete Temple, correspondent
DYERSVILLE BECKMAN 21, APLINGTON-PARKERSBURG 13
— Dyersville Beckman's Jake Grover was more than ready for this.
With the Trailblazers facing a fourth-and-1 at the Aplington-Parkersburg 4-yard line midway through the fourth quarter in a tie game, Beckman called the speedy wide receiver's number.
Grover took a reverse to the left side and strutted into the end zone, providing the winning score in Beckman's 21-14 victory over the Falcons in a 2A playoff game at Beckman.
But Grover — much like most of his team-first Beckman unit — is quick to pass off the credit.
'I was really excited when they called my name,' Grover said. 'When the play started the running back had a great fake and the line carried it through. I had an open lane to the touchdown and it was all on the line and the fake was great. It wasn't much of me.'
Beckman (8-2) then relied on its defense to seal it with interceptions by Bret Kluesner and the game-clincher by Sam Stelken. The Trailblazers shut down Aplington-Parkersburg (6-4) in the second half despite the Falcons' Tyler Duster rolling up 245 yards on the ground on 52 carries with two scores.
Liam O'Connor scored on two 2-yard touchdown runs for Beckman.
— Steve Ortman, Dubuque Telegraph-Herald
WEST DELAWARE 56, DUBUQUE WAHLERT 21
— Brent Lammers rushed for 198 yards and two touchdowns and passed for 121 and two more scores as the Hawks dominated Wahlert in Manchester.
Lammers scored on runs of 18 and 1 yards and completed 8 of 16 passes, including seven for 122 yards to Max Ridenour. Both TD passes were to Ridenour.
The Hawks (9-1) totaled 558 yards of offense, including 437 on the ground.
— Bill Logan, correspondent
WEST BRANCH 49, SIGOURNEY-KEOTA 22
— Luke Lenoch rushed for 303 yards and four touchdowns on 25 carries and Lucas Lamont passed for 142 and rushed for 84 as the Bears rolled to a Class 1A win at home.
Lamont completed 8 of 13 passes, including a 46-yard TD pass to Mason Hayes, who finished with 68 yards on four catches. The Bears (10-0) totaled 546 yards of offense, third most in school history.
The Savage Cobras end the year at 5-5.
— Jason Miller, correspondent
NEW HAMPTON 41, ANAMOSA 0
— Alex Troyna completed 9 of 11 passes for 193 yards and two touchdowns and Trevor Ambrose scored twice as Chickasaws dominated the Raiders.
Ambrose scored on a 75-yard pass from Troyna and returned an interception for a score as New Hampton improved to 7-3.
Anamosa (7-3) was held to 98 total yards with Ty Houska rushing for 43.
— Daryl Schepanski, correspondent
SOUTH WINNESHIEK 46, LAKE MILLS 12
— Logan Schwienfus passed for two touchdowns and rushed for another as the third-ranked Warriors (10-0) cruised to an easy win in Calmar.
Ryan Hageman added two rushing TDs for South Winneshiek, which scored the first five times in touched the ball.
— Darin Svenson, correspondent
NORTH CEDAR 48, HUDSON 7
— Jayden Johnson completed 24 of 31 passes for 305 yards and four touchdowns in the first half for Class 1A eighth-ranked North Cedar at Stanwood.
Ian Malaby had 13 catches for 137 yards and three touchdowns and an interception for the Knights (9-1).
MOUNT VERNON 20, MEDIAPOLIS 9
— Drew Adams completed 10 of 12 passes for 92 yards and two touchdowns to Connor Hermann as the Mustangs (6-4) advanced with a win at No. 10 Mediapolis, which finishes the season at 8-2.
Mickey Hines rushed for 140 yards and one TD for Mount Vernon.
ELKADER CENTRAL 76, MESKWAKI SETTLEMENT 32
— Derek Ehrhardt completed eight of nine passes for 249 yards and seven touchdowns as Elkader Central won at home. Nathan Fitzgerald led the Elkader rushers with 197 yards and two touchdowns while Neil Kelly caught three passes for 108 yards and two touchdowns.
WEBSTER CITY 27, HUXLEY-BALLARD 13
— Former Sigourney-Keota coach Bob Howard earned his 300th win as No. 4-seed Webster City knocked off the top-seeded Ballard.
CASCADE 42, WEST BURLINGTON NOTRE DAME 0 — Luke Recker rushed for 125 yards on 12 carries and scored two touchdowns as the Cougars won at home.
After the teams traded fumbles on their first two possessions, Cascade quarterback Derek Lieurance converted a crucial fourth-and-goal with a one-yard quarterback sneak for the touchdown to give the Cougars a 6-0 lead. On their next possession, the Cougars drove down the field with a bevy of long runs by Lieurance and Recker. Deep in Falcoln territory, Lieurance found his go-to receiver, Nate Bergfeld, on a 24-yard connection in the back corner of the end zone to increase their lead to 13-0.
After a holding penalty forced the Falcons to punt from their own end zone, the Cougars were set up with prime field position and they took advantage quickly. On the first play of the following drive, Recker took a handoff 47 yards up the left sideline to increase the lead, 19-0.
The route continued in the second half as the Cougars scored twice in the third quarter, first on a 25-yard scramble by Lieurance and then on a two-yard touchdown run by Recker. In the fourth, Cascade scored again on a 4-yard run by backup running back Shaylon Strub.
— Ryan Graham, Dubuque Telegraph-Herald
TURKEY VALLEY 68, CLARKSVILLE 12 — Turkey Valley was ready to go offensively and defensively in the first round of the Eight-Man playoffs.
The Trojans (9-1) scored on their first four possessions and twice stopped Clarksville inside its own 15 in a rout over the Indians (7-2).
'We knew it was going to be a good game but we needed to slow a couple of their backs defensively and score when we had the chance. We did that,' Turkey Valley quarterback Cody Hackman said.
Four different Trojans scored in the first half as they built a 28-0 halftime lead.
The key, however, was forcing Clarksville quarterback Zach Sommerfelt to throw wide of Carter Kelm on a 4th and goal, when it was just 14-0. Then with Turkey Valley leading 28-0, Indian running back Trevor Fennerman was thrown for a 11-yard loss on a 4th and goal from the Trojan 6.
'The kids played well and executed for the most part,' Turkey Valley head coach Mark Scott said. 'Defensively we played really well. Getting those stops inside the red-zone were big, kind of helped us control the game.'
Justin Hackman rushed for 99 yards on seven carries and three touchdowns, including a 75-yard score. Cody Hackman rushed for two other scores as the Trojans rushed for 314 yards on 45 carries. Hackman completed just one pass, but it was for a 30-yard touchdown to Kyle Balik that made it 21-0 in the second quarter.
— Waterloo Courier
NEWTON 23, CLEAR CREEK-AMANA 21
NORTH SCOTT 34, DUBUQUE HEMPSTEAD 15