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Mount Ayr wins the 'Rock'; Panthers roll 50-20

Published: Friday, Aug. 30, 2013 11:54 p.m. CST • Updated: Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013 1:04 a.m. CST

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Mount Ayr grounds and pounds Nodaway Valley in "Battle for the Rock"

GREENFIELD — The "Battle for the Rock II" got off to a sloppy start as the first two plays of the game resulted in lost fumbles.

And then Mount Ayr got its offense in gear as senior all-state quarterback Jacob Sobotka scored a 42-yard touchdown run to put the Raiders on the board.

From that point on, it was all Mount Ayr, as the Raiders rolled to a 44-0 win over a shorthanded Nodaway Valley team.

Lincoln Martin added a 52-yard touchdown run for the Raiders. Mount Ayr scored four rushing touchdowns in the first half by four different players.

Then, Sobotka went to the air, connecting with Jacob Taylor for a 90-yard score.

Nodaway Valley mounted a drive late in the first half, moving the ball down to the 5-yardline before quarterback Jackson Lamb threw an interception in the end zone.

Panthers roll 50-20 at Chariton in opener

CHARITON — Creston/O-M successfully opened the 2013 season with a 50-20 victory over Chariton Friday night.

Chariton coach Curt Smyser said the Panthers' depth made a big difference, with liberal substituions on a sweltering night. It was 95 degrees with no wind at kickoff, after the Panther freshmen defeated Chariton 35-0 in triple-digit temperatures. Eight-minute quarters and frequent breaks were part of that contest.

Chariton had the early edge in the varsity contest, driving into Creston/O-M territory on an 11-play ball-control drive before stalling on the opening possession, and then scoring first on a 65-yard punt return by Stephen McCurdy.

The teams traded turnovers in successive possessions in the second period, which ended with the Panthers holding a 13-7 halftime lead. A 20-point third quarter stretched the advantage to 33-7. Tight end T.J. Hockenson, a 6-5, 185-pound sophomore, scored on two receptions against Panther reserves in the fourth quarter.

In that period, Creston/O-M's offensive second unit also struck paydirt, as quarterback Alex Nielsen, who earlier had a touchdown reception, rolled to his right and threw on the run to an open Gavin Leith for a 59-yard touchdown.

Converted guard Adam Baker had a big night in the Panther backfield, rushing for 159 yards and a 3-yard touchdown. Conner Pals also had a 25-yard TD scamper, caught a touchdown pass from Brandon Phipps and kicked a 27-yard field goal.

Phipps was 8-of-12 passing for 94 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. Bryce Briley had a 34-yard scoring catch, Nielsen's TD reception was 13 yards and Pals was open on a play-action toss for an 8-yard score.

Defensively, Jesse Rathe had an interception for the Panthers and all-state linebacker Trevor Frain had 12 total tackles, including three solo stops. Senior quarterback Christian Bengston was knocked out of the game, literally, on a crunching hit by Frain in the third quarter as he rolled out and released a pass.

Trainers said Bengston was completely knocked out for a time, and suffered obvious concussion symptoms upon regaining consciousness. He was taken off the field by a transport vehicle for observation at a local medical facility. Junior Quin Storm played quarterback the rest of the way for the Chargers.

On his first series, Storm fumbled and Panther cornerback Maxx Walters scooped up the ball for a 28-yard return to make it 26-7.

The Panthers are at home next Friday against Clarinda, a 7-3 loser to Atlantic in the opener.

Week One scores

Class 3A

Creston/O-M 50, Chariton 20

Dallas Center-Grimes 34, ADM, Adel 21

Glenwood 43, Red Oak 13

Atlantic 7, Clarinda 3

Perry 45, Greene County 14

Harlan 28, Denison-Schleswig 6

Kuemper Catholic, Carroll 7, Carroll 6

Class 2A

West Central Valley 46, Clarke 7

Winterset 43, Interstate 35 20

Class 1A

Central Decatur, Leon 40, Bedford 6

Colfax-Mingo 63, Saydel 47

Mount Ayr 44, Nodaway Valley 0

Van Meter 35, Earlham 0

A-H-S-T, Avoca 20, Tri-Center, Neola 14

Logan-Magnolia 40, Missouri Valley 14

Council Bluffs St. Albert 58, Griswold 23

Eight-Man

Adair-Casey 69, Colo-Nesco 6 

East Union, Afton 40, Moravia 6

Murray 64, Mormon Trail, Garden Grove 28 

Lenox 56, Essex/South Page 8 

Sidney 56, Nishnabotna 18

Southwest Valley 60 Stanton 12

River Valley 66 CAM, Anita 12

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