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Iowa high school football roundup: Week 8 area scores, stats and more

Benton Community's Matthew Davis (22) is brought down by West Marshall's Peyton Pope (5) during the second quarter of their high school football game at Benton Community High School in Van Horne on Friday, Oct. 12, 2018. (Stephen Mally/The Gazette)
Benton Community's Matthew Davis (22) is brought down by West Marshall's Peyton Pope (5) during the second quarter of their high school football game at Benton Community High School in Van Horne on Friday, Oct. 12, 2018. (Stephen Mally/The Gazette)

The chilly weather arrived in Week 8 of the Iowa high school football regular season. A few teams wrapped up district titles, while others shook up playoff races.

Here’s a look at our area coverage, plus scores and stats from Friday night.

North Scott 45, Clear Creek Amana 7

The result may not be a surprise but the manner was unexpected.

In a battle of Class 3A District 5 frontrunners, North Scott turned an anticipated close game into a lopsided affair.

Quarterback Nile McLaughlin rush for two touchdowns and threw for another, leading the third-ranked Lancers to a dominant 45-7 victory over No. 6 Clear Creek Amana Clipper Field.

» Read K.J. Pilcher’s story

Iowa City West 58, Muscatine 14

West is 7-1, ranked seventh in Class 4A and clinched a district championship and corresponding playoff berth with a 58-14 blowout win at home.

There is no dominant offensive player, though wide receiver Jalen Gaudet is close and Morgan is emerging into one. A ton of guys get touches, and it works beautifully.

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Morgan threw two touchdown passes and had one rushing in one half of work, Gaudet had a TD receiving and another on a punt return, fullback Owen McAreavy had a touchdown rushing and receiving ... You get the idea.

» Read Jeff Johnson’s story

Benton Community 34, West Marshall 13

They ran. They passed. They defended.

They rolled.

Hard-nosed and balanced, the seventh-ranked Benton Bobcats whipped No. 5 West Marshall, 34-13, in Class 2A District 7 at Bobcat Stadium.

» Read Jeff Linder’s story

Midland 40, Central City 28

Central City came in with the unblemished record and gaudy offensive numbers.

But it was Midland that came out with the convincing victory, one which created a three-way tie atop the district standings with one week to go.

Midland junior quarterback Britan Martens ran for 211 yards and four touchdowns.

» Read Douglas Miles’ story

Cedar Rapids Prairie 70, Waterloo West 14

Friday night had all the makings of a trap game for Class 4A No. 9 Cedar Rapids Prairie.

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Rolling into their contest with Waterloo West, the Hawks sported a four-game winning streak, Class 4A’s leading rusher (Keegan Simmons), and were facing an opponent without a win in district play.

Oh, and a showdown with No. 3 Cedar Falls for the 4A District 3 title loomed just a week away. The Hawks managed to put all of that to the side, taking a 70-14 win over Waterloo West.

» Read Matt Sulentic’s story

Linn-Mar 49, Iowa City High 14

Alex Hess again topped 200 yards, carrying 18 times for 226 yards and three touchdowns as the Lions broke away late for a convincing 49-14 win on chilly Senior Night.

Linn-Mar (3-5, 2-2 in Class 4A District 4) led just 21-14 midway through the third quarter before pulling away with four touchdowns in the final 15 minutes of play.

» Read Mike Condon’s story

Cedar Rapids Washington 61, Burlington 21

In a matchup between a pair of teams searching for their first district win, Cedar Rapids Washington jumped all over Burlington for 47 first-half points on its way to a 61-21 win Kingston Stadium.

The star performance of the night came from Washington halfback Anthony Jones, who finished with a whopping 308 yards and three touchdowns.

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» Read Culley Kline’s story

Cedar Rapids Xavier 41, Center Point-Urbana 0

Cedar Rapids Xavier (8-0, 4-0 3A-7) dominated both sides of the ball in a 41-0 win over Center Point-Urbana (4-4, 1-3 3A-7).

The win was the Saints’ 21st in a row, and its 35th consecutive regular season win. And with four minutes left in the third quarter, the Saints extended the lead to 41 points, putting the continuous clock into effect for the eighth consecutive time this season.

Those are all impressive feats. But the highlight of the game for the Saints came on the team’s final score, when Quinn Schulte found teammate Kyle Thompson. The Saints intentionally set up the score for Thompson, who is autistic. 

“Kyle’s a special teammate to these guys, and it was a special touchdown catch for him tonight,” Xavier Coach Duane Schulte said. 

The score was set up as Braden Stovie dropped down on the 2-yard line. On the ensuing play, Schulte found Thompson open in the end zone. The touchdown was the first of Thompson’s career. 

“This is a moment I’ll never forget in my Xavier football career,” Thompson said. “I have to give Quinn props, he threw a great ball. I kind of juggled it a little, but I still made time to catch it.” 

In addition to finding Thompson, Schulte threw touchdown passes to Bryce Bastian and Kyle Moeder.

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For the game, Schulte completed 15 of 20 pass attempts for 244 yards and three TDs. 
Schulte also had a five-yard rushing TD in the first quarter.

— Ryan Pleggenkuhle, correspondent

West Branch 26, Cascade 6

The Bears (7-1, 3-1) used a taunt defensive performance to win a key Class 1A District 4 battle.

After Cascade (5-3, 3-1) drove 68 yards on the game’s opening possession to take a 6-0 lead, West Branch held the Cougars to just 73 yards for the remainder of the game.

Beau Cornwell rushed for two touchdowns and Tanner Lukavsky added 38-yard scamper late in the fourth.

Lukavsky also had an interception return for a touchdown in the second quarter.

“We just beat a good team,” West Branch Coach Butch Pedersen said after the game.

— Jason Miller, correspondent

Decorah 48, Waterloo East 0

The Vikings scored three touchdowns in the final 1:34 of the first quarter and rolled to a win at home.

Drake Shelton rushed for 104 yards and two touchdowns and Kolin Krauskopf returned an interception 25 yards for another TD.

Kicker Cam DeLong scored a touchdown on a fumble recovery.

— Darin Svenson, correspondent

Western Dubuque 62, Marion 28

Ben DeSollar ran for three touchdowns and Jake Hosch added 175 yards on 28 rushes for the Bobcats (6-2, 3-1) at home.

Hosch had three scoring runs in the third quarter and DeSollar rambled for an exclamation point TD from 30 yards midway through the fourth.

Marion fell to 4-4, 3-1.

— Tom Gregory, Dubuque Telegraph-Herald

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Waukon 44, Anamosa 24

Dawson Bauers rushed for 225 yards and four second-half touchdowns as the Indians held off the Raiders in Anamosa.

Anamosa (1-7, 0-4) led 11-8 at halftime and was still up 17-16 midway through the third quarter before Waukon (7-1, 4-0) took over.

Matthew Walton led Anamosa with 139 rushing yards and 186 passing before leaving the game with an injury in late in the third quarter. He completed 17 of 28 passes with two TDs, one to Zac McLean, who finished with nine catches for 111 yards.

— Daryl Schepansk, correspondent

West Delaware 69, Charles City 28

Cael Meyer rushed 23 times for 201 yards and three touchdowns as the Hawks (4-4, 1-3) rolled at home.

Nick Casey completed 11 of 16 passes for 202 yards and three TDs for West Delaware.

Meyer scored on runs of 81 — on the first play of the game — 18 and 3 yards.

Casey connected with Logan Winn twice, from 38 and 10 yards out.

Jordan Bries and Kieran Managhan both returned fumbles for TDs.

— Bill Logan, correspondent

Monticello 50, Oelwein 14

Down 8-6 early, the Panthers (5-3, 3-1) scored 44 unanswered points to win at home.

Lake Stahlberg rushed 17 times for 163 yards and three touchdowns for Monticello — on runs of 33, 38 and 43 yards.

Dillon Arndt had 191 passing yards for Oelwein (2-6, 0-4).

— Pete Temple, correspondent

Alburnett 22, Maquoketa Valley 14

Holden Sevenig rushed for 142 yards and two touchdowns as the Pirates evened their records at 4-4 overall, 2-2 in A-5.

Hunter Caves added 114 yards on 24 rushes and scored one TD.

Dubuque Hempstead 35, Cedar Rapids Jefferson 0

The J-Hawks (1-7, 1-3) gave up the ball on their first four possessions and lost a total of six fumbles to go along with four interceptions as the Mustangs (3-5, 2-2) earned their second straight win.

— Shannon Mumm, Dubuque Telegraph Herald

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Waverly-Shell Rock 27, Independence 0

Ben Hemer rushed for 132 yards and a touchdown and Luke Velky added 98 and two TDs as the Go-Hawks rolled in Independence.

Velky also completed 5 of 8 passes for 56 yards.

Waverly-Shell Rock limited the Mustangs to 133 yards of offense, Logan Schmitt was held to 48 rushing and 42 passing.

— Matt Shannon, correspondent

Class 4A scores

District 3

Cedar Rapids Prairie 70, Waterloo West 14

Cedar Falls 41, Dubuque Senior 0

Dubuque Hempstead 35, Cedar Rapids Jefferson 0

District 4

Linn-Mar 49, Iowa City High 14

Pleasant Valley 44, Davenport North 6

Iowa City West 58, Muscatine 14

District 5

Bettendorf 48, Davenport West 3

Cedar Rapids Washington 61, Burlington 21

Class 3A scores

District 3

Decorah 48, Waterloo East 0

Waverly-Shell Rock 27, Independence 0

West Delaware 69, Charles City 28

District 4

Maquoketa 55, Dubuque Wahlert 48

Western Dubuque 62, Marion 28

Cedar Rapids Xavier 41, Center Point-Urbana 0

District 5

DeWitt Central 34, Clinton 14

North Scott 45, Clear Creek Amana 7

District 6

Mount Pleasant 33, Fort Madison 0

Solon 57, Keokuk 6

Washington (Iowa) 24, Fairfield 22

District 7

Grinnell 48, South Tama 13

Oskaloosa 42, Knoxville 6

Pella 49, Newton 17

Class 2A scores

District 3

Crestwood 41, Hampton-Dumont 13

Iowa Falls-Alden 42, Forest City 15

Clear Lake 42, New Hampton 7

District 4

Monticello 50, Oelwein 14

Waterloo Columbus 35, North Fayette Valley 34

Waukon 44, Anamosa 24

District 5

Mount Vernon 41, West Burlington 8

Tipton 32, Louisa-Muscatine 16

West Liberty 35, Camanche 7

District 6

Davis County 33, Mid-Prairie 6

Eddyville EBF 27, Central Lee 14

Williamsburg 41, Albia 0

District 7

Benton Community 34, West Marshall 13

Roland-Story 21, Vinton-Shellsburg 14

Union Community 23, Nevada 20

Class 1A scores

District 3

Denver 43, North Butler 14

Osage 42, Lake Mills 30

District 4

Bellevue 49, Northeast 12

Dyersville Beckman 28, North Cedar 7

West Branch 26, Cascade 6

District 5

Mediapolis 46, Van Buren 6

Wapello 24, Sigourney-Keota 14

Wilton 34, Columbus Community 8

District 6

Dike-New Hartford 54, South Hardin 0

Iowa City Regina 42, Jesup 22

North Linn 26, East Marshall 6

Class A scores

District 4

Central Springs 30, South Winneshiek 29

Mason City Newman 41, Saint Ansgar 26

Nashua-Plainfield 17, Starmont 0 (Forfeit)

North Tama 53, Postville 0

District 5

Alburnett 22, Maquoketa Valley 14

Clayton Ridge 41, Lisbon 6

Edgewood-Colesburg 40, MFL MarMac 6

District 6

Durant 28, BGM 7

Highland 46, Cardinal 0

Pekin 62, Belle Plaine 22

District 7

Hudson 55, Grundy Center 21

North Tama 53, Postville 0

Wapsie Valley 21, East Buchanan 18

District 8

Central Decatur 46, Grand View Christian 8

Lynnville-Sully 48, North Mahaska 12

8-Player scores

District 3

Lansing Kee 54, Elkader Central 8

Midland 40, Central City 28

Springville 24, West Central 23

Turkey Valley 60, Easton Valley 34

District 4

HLV 72, Tri-County 6

Iowa Valley 46, Montezuma 12

Lone Tree 49, Winfield-Mount Union 29

New London 59, English Valleys 6

District 5

Baxter 56, Colo-Nesco 40

Collins-Maxwell 54, Twin Cedars 14

Gladbrook-Reinbeck 44, AGWSR 19

Melcher-Dallas 74, Meskwaki 14

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