Area high schools were an even split — three wins and three losses — on Friday night in Week 7 of high school football. Here's the roundup of the area games. More will be in Monday's Newton Daily News.
Newton 45, ADM 28
NEWTON — Intensity and focus keyed Newton's Cardinals in a big rebound victory at home Friday night against Adel DeSoto Minburn's Tigers. The Cardinals stayed focused for four quarters and sent the Tigers packing, 45-28.
Defensively, the Cardinals forced several fumbles — one led to a field goal by Ryan Thompson to put Newton up 10-0 in the first quarter and the final one came with 3:35 remaining in the game. Newton's offense, which rolled up over 500 yards of total offense, controlled the football on the ground to run out the clock at H.A. Lynn Stadium.
Deonne Harris carried the football 19 times for 159 yards and two touchdowns. Harris wowed the home crowd by hurdling an ADM player late in the first half to run for a first down. Tyler Wood became the first NHS quarterback to throw four touchdown passes in a game — two to Nick Easley and two to J.T. Thongvanh.
"We came out and hit in the mouth, so to speak, like we had being training all week to do. We focused on what we needed to do," said senior offensive lineman Jake Huizenga. "We knew we had to improve after last week and all the work we did in practice paid off tonight."
The Cardinals came home "embarrassed" by a 42-0 loss at Dallas Center-Grimes last Friday.
"Our kids and our coaches were really embarrassed by what went on last week, We decided to ban together, work as hard as we — we had two great practices Tuesday and Wednesday — and our kids were bound and determined they were going to play a whole lot better," said Ed Ergenbright, "I so so many great performances by so many kids tonight. I'm so proud of these kids and how they responded."
Easley hauled in a 31-yard pass from Wood in the end zone to start the scoring then Thompson kicked the field goal. Newton's offense finished drives on Friday night. Wood hooked up with Easley again, this time from 18 yards out. The extra-point kick failed putting the Cards up 16-0.
ADM answered with a one-play drive to make it 16-7. That's where it stood at halftime.
A third forced fumble of the game by the Cardinal defense led to the first touchdown of the second half. Wood connected with Thongvanh, who slipped a couple tackles and went into the end zone from 28 yards out. But the Tigers returned the ensuing kickoff back for a touchdown. It was 23-13.
Newton drove 80 yards, the final 24 on a run by Harris to answer. ADM used a long pass play to get down quickly to score. Newton led by 10 again.
The Cardinals finished another drive two plays into the fourth quarter — a 48-yard pass play from Wood to Thongvanh. The Tigers responded on a 60-yard pass play for a score.
With 10:29 on the game clock, the Cardinals marched down the field, using six minutes, and punched the ball in from one-yard out on a run by Harris. ADM tried to respond once again but this time senior linebacker Will Brock and company forced another fumble.
Brock had six solo tackles and a fumble recovery. Wood had five solo tackles, and a forced fumble. Bryce Tish had four unassisted tackles and one assisted tackle. Levi Michener had two solo tackles and two assisted tackles, two quarterback sacks, and two forced fumbles plus a fumble recovery. Daquan Allen had a forced fumble and fumble recovery and Michael Barr recovered a fumble.
The Cardinals are 3-4 overall. They get back to Class 3A, District 4 play next Friday at Saydel, which lost 61-0 to DCG Friday night. Boone defeated South Tama 35-6 and Grinnell downed Ballard 49-21 in other district games Friday.
Lynnville-Sully 56, North Mahaska 6
NEW SHARON — Lynnville-Sully posted a 21-6 halftime lead then came back out and blasted host North Mahaska for a 56-6 win Friday night. The Hawks have had three big wins in a row after losing their first four games of these season.
"This was a great overall effort by our guys. Our defense played so well," said Mike Parkinson, Lynnville-Sully head coach.
Senior Caden Doll sliced through the North Mahaska defense for 231 yards on seven carries. Doll scored four touchdowns for the Hawks. Parkinson gave a lot of credit to the Hawk offensive line for the way the Hawks ran the football all night.
Leading the defense were Doll, Bailee Samson, who had two quarterback sacks, and T.J. Cunningham, who had an interception.
Van Meter 14, Pella Christian 13
VAN METER — For the second time in as many weeks, Pella Christian lost by one point, 14-13.
This Friday the Eagles played right with the sixth-ranked Van Meter Bulldogs, right to the end. They were tied 7-7 at halftime, and trailed 14-7 after three quarters.
Colten Collins hooked up with Jake De Ruiter for a 60-yard touchdown pass late in the game. The Eagles elected to go for two points and came up short. Mason Howerzyl scored on a one-yard run in the first quarter to put the Eagles up 7-0.
The Eagles fall to 3-4 overall and 1-3 in Class 1A, District 7 play. Van Meter remains undefeated.
Des Moines Christian 41, Colfax-Mingo 6
COLFAX — Des Moines Christian handed Colfax-Mingo its fifth consecutive loss with a 35-point drubbing of the Tigerhawks. DMC got up 14-0 early and was driving in the second quarter, but C-M's James Stocker intercepted a pass and returned it for the touchdown.
Unfortunately for C-M, that was the only score the team could muster. Without several key weapons on offense due to injury, the Tigerhawks lacked explosion and turned the ball over several times, never sustaining a lengthy drive on the night.
Albia 42, CMB 6
ALBIA — Collins-Maxwell/Baxter is one of the few area teams that has an open window to get into the playoffs at the moment, but that window closed a bit after an unsuccessful trip to Albia for the Raiders.
The undefeated Class 2A, District 6 leaders led the Raiders by just eight points at halftime, but the floodgates opened up following some halftime adjustments. CMB turned the ball over six times, and Albia capitalized en route to a 42-6 victory at home.
PCM 48, Clarke 7
OSCELOA — Prairie City-Monroe's Mustangs bounced back in a big way from last week's home loss to Albia by going to Osceola and taking down Clarke 48-7. The win means PCM remains in the top half of the Class 2A, District 6 standings.
PCM will be in Bloomfield next Friday to take on Davis County in what will be the Mustangs' final regular season game on the road. The Mustangs are undefeated in their previous four road games so far this season