The Creston/O-M Panthers jumped back into a first-place tie in Class 3A District 1 with an historic 34-14 homecoming victory over Harlan Friday night.
With ADM's 28-27 loss to Atlantic, the top of District 1 now has a four-team logjam at the top — Creston/O-M, Harlan, Lewis Central and ADM — all with one loss. ADM and Creston/O-M are each 3-1 in district play, while Harlan and LC are 2-1.
Creston/O-M, which took a 13-0 lead on two early Harlan turnovers, trailed 14-13 at halftime, but dominated play in the final two periods. Tailback Bryce McIlravy had 100 yards rushing in the second half as the Panther ground game chewed up first downs and the clock in a 14-0 fourth quarter.
Harlan's pass-oriented offense was disrupted by the Panthers' pass rush and three interceptions by Panthers Brandon Phipps, Briar Evans and Luke Neitzel.
Quarterback Luke Neitzel had three rushing touchdowns. McIlravy had a 7-yard TD run and Brandon Phipps returned his interception 87 yards for a touchdown to give the Panthers a 13-0 lead in the first quarter.
Neitzel finished with 130 yards rushing and McIlravy had 129, including 88 in the fourth quarter. Harlan quarterback Adam Juhl passed for 218 yards, but the Cyclones had no yards rushing in the fourth quarter.
Creston/O-M travels next week to Glenwood, a 35-15 winner over Sergeant Bluff-Luton in non-district play Friday.
Mount Ayr leads district
MOUNT AYR — The Mount Ayr Raiders overcame an early 7-0 deficit en route to a 25-13 homecoming victory over Van Meter here Friday night.
The Raiders improve to 6-0 overall and 3-0 in Class 1A District 7, while Van Meter falls to 4-2 and 3-1.
For the second straight week, a special teams played helped ignite the Raiders. Mount Ayr recovered a fumble on a punt that helped spark the offense.
It was another physical performance by the Raiders' defense, which gave Van Meter's high-powered passing offense trouble in the second half.
With the win over Van Meter, and Pella Christian's 28-14 loss to Ogden Friday night, the Raiders sit alone atop District 7.
Mount Ayr hosts Central Decatur next week.
Atlantic 28, ADM, Adel 27
Creston/O-M 34, Harlan 14
Lewis Central 21, Perry 0
Glenwood 35, Sergeant Bluff-Luton 15
Bishop Heelan Catholic, Sioux City 45, Storm Lake 0
LeMars 24, Denison-Schleswig 21
Carroll 28, Spencer 7
C-M-B, Baxter 42, Interstate 35, Truro 22
Davis County, Bloomfield 42, Central Lee, Donnellson 8
Bondurant-Farrar 58, Clarke, Osceola 0
Albia 35, PCM, Monroe 28
Greene County 20, Roland-Story, Story City 6
Red Oak 35, Clarinda 14
OA-BCIG 63, Clarinda Academy 20
Kuemper Catholic, Carroll 55, Shenandoah 0
Central Decatur, Leon 62, Colfax-Mingo 21
Mount Ayr 25, Van Meter 13
Panorama, Panora 34, Des Moines Christian 0
Ogden 28, Pella Christian 14
Tri-Center, Neola 54, Nodaway Valley 7
West Central Valley, Stuart 50, Missouri Valley 14
St. Albert, Council Bluffs 44, Treynor 6
Audubon 32, Guthrie Center 7
Bedford 20, Martensdale-St. Marys 13
Woodward Academy 34, Madrid 24
Woodward-Granger 49, Earlham 14
A-H-S-T, Avoca 21, Riverside, Oakland 6
Griswold 48, West Monona, Onawa 0
Underwood 28, East Mills 19
Logan-Magnolia 49, Westwood, Sloan 6
Murray 64, Moravia 6
H-L-V, Victor 33, Melcher-Dallas 8
Twin Cedars, Bussey 77, Seymour 8
Wayne, Corydon 50, Tri-County, Thornburg 8
Adair-Casey 64, Grandview Park Baptist, Des Moines 6
Colo-Nesco 73, Mormon Trail, Garden Grove 14
Murray 64, Moravia 6 (ND)
Lamoni 50, East Union, Afton 48
CAM, Anita 60, Lenox 20
Stanton 20, Essex 16
Sidney 31, Fremont-Mills, Tabor 30
West Harrison, Mondamin 68, Nishnabotna 24
Corning 34, Villisca 32