CEDAR RAPIDS — Cedar Rapids Xavier started a little slow in the first quarter in Friday night’s game with Dubuque Wahlert.
Then came the second quarter.
Coach Duane Schulte’s top-ranked Saints exploded for 35 points in the period and went on to an impressive 45-6 win over the Golden Eagles at Saints Field.
Xavier (6-0, 2-0 in Class 3A, District 4) held Wahlert to 100 total yards as most of the starters didn’t see the field in the second half. The Saints have outscored foes 268-28 so far this season.
The Golden Eagles played Xavier tough in the first quarter. The Saints got a 12-yard TD run from quarterback Quinn Schulte and led 7-0 entering the second quarter.
“We just really got things going in the second quarter,” said senior running back Braden Stovie, who scored a pair of touchdowns. “Wahlert started off strong and we were able to make the adjustments.”
Those adjustments started on the second play of the second quarter. Stovie took a pass down the middle from Schulte and weaved through the Wahlert defense for a 55-yard score.
Schulte followed with a QB sneak for a TD. He then hit Nate Skala on a 40-yard strike. Stovie scored on a 6-yard run and just before the half, Schulte hit Kyle Moeder on a 14-yard slant pass to make it 42-0 at the break.
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“It was tough for Wahlert,” Xavier Coach Duane Schulte said. “They didn’t have a lot of guys, but the ones who came down here played hard.”
Coach Schulte was able to clear the bench in a second half played with a continuous clock.
“Those kids work hard all week, so it was great to get them in,” he said. “That was our plan if we got ahead to get them a lot of playing time so it worked out well.”
Quinn Schulte finished 10-of-12 passing for 196 yards and three scored. Stovie caught five passes for 103 yards.
Xavier will be back at Saints Field next Friday, hosting No. 7 Western Dubuque for Homecoming.
Wahlert (0-6, 0-2) returns home next Friday to host Marion.