By Daily News Sports Staff
Three area teams — Lynnville-Sully, Prairie City-Monroe and Pella Christian — advance into next week's football playoffs after Week 9's Friday night games. Lynnville-Sully ins the only area team to win its regular-season finale. Newton, Prairie City-Monroe, Collins-Maxwell/Baxter, Colfax-Mingo and Pella Christian regular-season finales Friday night. Here's the rundown of the area high school football games from Week 9.
Ballard 33, Newton 13
NEWTON — Junior wide receiver Nick Easley hauled in a pass from junior quarterback Tyler Wood that he turned into a 49-yard touchdown catch. Easley owns the Newton Cardinal season touchdown reception record with nine.
The score put the Cardinals in front 7-0 Friday night on Senior Night at H.A. Lynn Stadium. It was the only time the Cardinals led in the game against Ballard's Bombers. The Bombers quickly tied the game at 7-7 then took the lead, 13-7, at the end of the first quarter.
Led by senior running back Jacob Nethers, who had four touchdown runs in the game, the Bombers dashed the Cardinals' playoff hopes. Ballard led 20-13 at halftime then scored twice in the second half for the 33-13 win and the No. 4 spot in the district for the playoffs.
Newton finished at 4-5 overall, 2-4 in Class 3A, District 4 play
"We never got into a good flow. We made mistakes early but we hit the big pass play to Nick and I thought, we would shake things off. We were just off tonight," said Ed Ergenbright, Newton head coach. "The kids prepared well all week."
Falling behind 20-7, the Cardinals made a long march down the field before halftime. Joseph Banfield pushed over from one yard out but the extra-point kick was blocked. Newton trailed 20-14 at the break and turned the Bombers away early in third quarter.
Nethers broke loose for a 34-yard touchdown run at the 3:14 mark of the third quarter and sealed the win for his team on a 36-yard run to the end zone late in the fourth period.
"Their offensive line was very good. We couldn't get off the blocks. We made some plays, but never could turn things our way," Ergenbright said. "I want to say that our seniors, most have played for us for three years, was a group we enjoyed coaching."
Lynnville-Sully 28, Montezuma 0
MONTENZUMA — Lynnville-Sully's Hawks knew they were in the Class A playoffs before hitting the road Friday night to play at Montezuma. They were playing for a higher seed out of District 6. They wanted the No. 3 spot and the Braves stood in their way.
"it was a tight game early. We finally took advantage of their turnovers and ran the football very effectively," said Mike Parkinson, Hawk head coach. The Hawks led 14-0 at halftime then had two second-half touchdowns.
Caden Doll scored twice, Bailee Samson and Daniel Zimmerman each had one touchdown — all were on the ground. Doll rushed for 193 yards on 32 carries for the Hawks. Samson forced three fumbled and recovered three fumbles in the first half.
Lynnville-Sully travels to Wayland Wednesday to play WACO in the Class A playoffs.
Mount Ayr 35, Pella Christian 7
PELLA — Pella Christian's Eagles and Mount Ayr's Raiders traded blocked punts for touchdowns early Friday night. The Raiders bolted to a 14-7 halftime lead then stretched to to a 35-7 victory in Class 1A, District 7 play.
Despite the loss in the final game of the season and in district play, the Eagles are in the 1A playoffs. Ogden knocked off Central Decatur Friday night, creating a three-way tie for fourth place in the district. Pella Christian takes the final playoff spot by virtue of point differential.
"We backed into the playoffs. The game was a lot closer than the score indicates," said Rich Kacmarynski, Eagle head coach. 'We played right with them but four turnovers and costly penalties hurt us."
Pella Christian's score came on a blocked punt that was returned for a touchdown by David Kacmarynski.
The Eagles have a task ahead next Wednesday in the first round of the playoffs. They travel to Council Bluffs to play 9-0 St. Albert.
Bondurant-Farrar 28, PCM 14
MONROE — Prairie CIty-Monroe ended its regular season without getting a win at home following a 28-14 loss to Bondurant-Farrar. The Mustangs struck first, going ahead 6-0, but the Bluejays scored 21 unanswered points to take a 21-6 lead early in the fourth quarter.
Ronnie Marshall punched in a one-yard touchdown run with seven minutes remaining. Blake McWilliams' two-point converserion run narrowed the game to 21-14, but the Bluejays sealed things up with a long touchdown run to put them up two scores with less than two minutes remaining.
South Hardin 62, Colfax-Mingo 20
COLFAX — Colfax-Mingo's Tigerhawks ended their 2013 football season on Friday night with their seventh consecutive loss to end the year at 2-7. Injuries and young player were the ostacles that stood in the way of coach Jeff Lietz having a successful first year as the school's head coach.
This lost follows the team's worst of the season, a 79-0 loss to Pella Christian. Despite that loss, C-M was able to put up 20 points on the board in its home finale. That is the most points the team has scored since Sept. 6.
Davis County 33, CMB 31
BLOOMFIELD — Collins-Maxwell/Baxter lost its regular-season finale to Davis County on Friday night, and the Raiders now need some help to qualify for the Class 2A playoffs. The loss caps off a 4-5 regular season for the Raiders. The team's record was 3-4 in district play. Last week, coach Rob Luther won his 100th game as the team's head coach.