Tigers rock Cardinals in second half
Mustangs, Raiders claim road wins; Tigerhawks, Eagles, Hawks fall
Four area teams got rocked pretty hard in Week 5 of high school football. Prairie City-Monroe and CMB each notched victories. Here's the Week 5 Roundup"
Grinnell 60, Newton 35
NEWTON — A tale of two halves played out at Newton's H.A. Lynn Stadium Friday night. The Cardinal faithful saw Newton control things in the first half, leading 21-14. They scored 14 points on back-to-back touchdown passes by junior quarterback Tyler Wood.
Wood connected with Nick Easley on two 38-yard completions in the final 1:30 of the first half. The two touchdown tosses put Wood atop the NHS career-touchdown pass list.
Also highlighting the first half was Newton's defense. The Cardinals sacked Grinnell senior quarterback Eli Dunne four times, knocked him down a lot, applied constant pressure. The Class 3A top-ranked quarterback only had 58 yards of passing in the first half.
Then halftime came.
"We keep losing our edge, and it's frustrating to all of us, how that continues to happen to our team," said Ed Ergenbright, Cardinal head coach, following the game. Dunne and senior running back Bryce Lidtka led the Tigers to 46 second-half points — 26 coming in the third quarter — to hand the Cardinals a Class 3A, District 4 loss.
Wood found a wide open Tristan Peters for a big gainer in the first quarter. Peters was tripped up at the Grinnell 19-yard. Wood ran for the touchdown from there to put Newton up 7-0. Grinnell went no where on offense. A muffed punt by the Cardinals allowed the Tigers to set up at the Newton seven yard-line, three plays later, Dunne had a one-yard touchdown dive.
Lidtka, who had over 200 yards rushing in the game, broke off a 45-yard touchdown run at the start of the second quarter. Trailing 14-7, the Cardinals drove down and scored the tying touchdown at the 1:12 mark. Colten Hansen intercepted a fourth-down pass by Dunne and returned it to the Grinnell 38. Wood put the ball in the air. Easley went up and pulled it in for the touchdown.
After halftime, it was all Dunne and company. The Tigers rolled through the air and on the ground to take a 40-21 lead by the end of the third quarter.
CMB 49, Nevada 20
NEVADA — Collins-Maxwell/Baxter's football team got ahead on Nevada early and put the Cubs away, spoiling the Nevada homecoming night with a 49-20 win. The Raiders led 21-7 late in the second quarter, but Nevada was driving. With the ball on the CMB six-yard line, the Cubs coughed up the football, allowing Bryce Kemp to scoop it up and return it all 94 yards for the touchdown.
Senior quarterback Zach Samson would later take a draw into the end zone for a 35-7 lead going into halftime. The Raiders put seven on the board to start the third, and that was pretty much the end of it for the Cubs.
Ogden 61, C-M 0
OGDEN — It has been tough going for the Colfax-Mingo Tigerhawks so far in district play, and it did not get any better with a 61-0 loss on the road to Ogden. The Tigerhawks have given up at least 60 points in each of their three Class 1A, District 7 games, losing each by a minimum of 40 points.
C-M will return home next Friday after what is sure to be an intense week of practice to face the visiting Central Decatur Cardinals.
PCM 35, I-35 6
TRURO — In a Class 2A, District 6 matchup, Prairie City-Monroe's Mustangs ran away with a victory in Truro over Interstate 35. PCM coach Greg Bonnett said earlier this week that the lengthy bus ride down to Truro would be an obstacle, but the team needed to treat the game like a business trip. They did just that, taking care of business for a 29-point road victory.
The win moves the Mustangs to the top of the district standings with a 2-0 record so far following their win over Collins-Maxwell/Baxter last week
Sigourney/Keota 40, Pella Christian 21
SIGOURNEY — Pella Christian's Eagles and host Sigourney/Keota were tied 7-7 at the end of the first quarter. Sigourney/Keota took over from there and led 33-7 after three quarters.
The Eagles got touchdown runs by Dillon Branderhorst in the first and fourth quarters. Mason Howerzyl had a touchdown run in the fourth quarter also.
"The kids played hard and did some good things," said Eagle head coach Rich Kacmarynski. "Again, a key turnover and penalties hurt us in the second quarter and we weren't able to come back from those."
Southeast Warren 41, Lynnville-Sully 6
LIBERTY CENTER — Two 0-4 teams met Friday and the Warhawks were better than the Hawks.
Lynnville-Sully slipped to 0-5 on the season. No details on the game were available for the Friday night roundup but read about the Hawks' efforts in Monday's Daily News.