Mount Ayr 34, Central Decatur 13
LEON — Mount Ayr forced seven Central Decatur turnovers, helping the Raiders to a 34-13 win over the Cardinals here on Friday.
The Raiders picked off CD sophomore quarterback Peyton Pedersen five times and also recovered two fumbles. The five interceptions give Mount Ayr 18 for the season, breaking the school’s single season record.
Erik Freed picked Pedersen off three times, while Dolecheck finished with two interceptions, giving him seven for the season, which places him tied for second in Class 1A.
“Our defensive secondary is doing a fantastic job,” co-head coach Delwyn Showalter said. “Coach Rinehart and coach Weeda have really worked those guys hard. They’re making some phenomenal plays.”
Dolecheck also caught two touchdown passes in the game — one from Jacob Sobotka and one from Jacob Taylor — leading the team with three catches for 102 yards. Freed led the team in rushing with 78 yards, while Riley Weehler picked up 63 yards on the ground.
Weehler led the defense with 10 total tackles, while Cody Stackhouse and Caleb Schnoor each finished with nine total tackles. Stackhouse had two sacks, while Tucker Winemiller and Joe Ricker each recorded one sack, as well.
Mount Ayr, now 6-1 overall and 3-1 in Class 1A District 7, hosts Ogden on Friday for the team’s senior night and Pink Out event. The game also has big implications for district seeding, as the winner will move into sole possession of second place for the time being.
The two teams met twice last season, with both games being decided by just one touchdown.
Mount Ayr 34,
Central Decatur 13
MA 14 13 7 0 - 34
CD 0 7 0 6 - 13
MA — Erik Freed 4 run (Zach Vanderflught kick), 6:51
MA — Riley Weehler 1 run (Vanderflught kick), 6:14
MA — Lincoln Martin 3 run (Vanderflught kick), 11:02
CD — Kyle Palmer 52 pass from Peyton Pedersen (Sydney Smith kick), 9:34
MA — Kyle Dolecheck 59 pass from Jacob Sobotka (Kick failed), 3:28
MA — Dolecheck 27 pass from Jacob Taylor (Vanderflught kick), 5:34
CD — Trenton Wells 50 pass from Pedersen (Kick failed), 3:56
Rushing: MA - Erik Freed 14-78, Riley Weehler 9-63, Lincoln Martin 4-44, Cody Stackhouse 12-24, Jacob Sobotka 5-22, Caleb Schnoor 3-13, Grant Staats 3-6, Jacob Taylor 2-4. CD - Trenton Wells 7-16, Peyton Gilbert 6-15, Wyman Reed 3-9.
Passing: MA - Jacob Sobotka 4-7-0 for 69 yards, Jacob Taylor 5-13-0 for 92 yards. CD - Peyton Pedersen 11-27-5 for 227 yards.
Receiving: MA - Kyle Dolecheck 3-102, Lincoln Martin 3-36, Grant Staats 2-15, Riley Weehler 1-8. CD - Trenton Wells 4-131, Kyle Palmer 2-60, Daniel Weir 2-36.
Tackles (solo-assists): MA - Riley Weehler (3-7), Cody Stackhouse (3-6), Caleb Schnoor (2-7), Joe Ricker (3-2), Jacob Taylor (2-1), Kyle Dolecheck (3-0), Logan Stark (0-3), Grant Staats (3-0), Tucker Winemiller (1-2), Mason Mercer (2-1), Jake Ricker (1-2), Jacob Sobotka (1-1), Lincoln Martin (1-1), Lincoln Lutrick (0-2).
Exira/EHK 68, Southwest Valley 13
CORNING — Exira/EHK showed why it’s the No. 1 team in the state for Eight-Man here on Friday, rolling through Southwest Valley, 68-13.
The combination of Trey Sander and Drew Peppers proved to be tough to stop, as the pair combined for 311 rushing yards and six rushing touchdowns. Sander also had punt returns of 64 and 60 yards for touchdowns.
“They’re a very good football team,” Southwest Valley head coach Kent Bass said. “Not a lot of weaknesses. Our overall effort early was up to our liking, but on a snap for snap consistency basis, they were just better than we were.”
The Spartans held a powerful Southwest Valley rushing attack to just 114 yards on the ground, led by Jordan Stuart’s 55 yards. Zach Barton added 30 yards. They each punched one into the end zone for a touchdown in the loss.
“As the playoffs approach, a game like this shows in a playoff atmosphere, every mistake is magnified,” Bass said. “Good teams are going to take advantage of mistakes every time, so limit mistakes.”
Southwest Valley (5-2 overall and 4-1 in Eight-Man District 8) travels to Fremont-Mills (6-1, 5-0) in a game that could potentially cause a three-way tie atop the district standings with a Southwest Valley win.
“A big game in the district, obviously,” Bass said. “Fremont has some big, physical kids again. We’ve got to make sure we do our job and trust the kid next to us to do his.”
Southwest Valley 13
E/EHK 21 27 14 6 - 68
SWV 0 0 6 7 - 13
E — Trey Sander 60 run (Kick successful), 8:22
E — Drew Peppers 52 run (Kick successful), 6:48
E — Peppers 42 run (Kick successful), 3:24
E — Sander 64 punt return (Kick successful), 9:12
E — Sander 23 run (Kick successful), 8:15
E — Nick Peppers 39 interception return (Kick successful), 4:39
E — Sander 16 run (Kick failed), 1:00
E — Drew Peppers 15 run (Kick failed), 9:23
SWV — Jordan Stuart 28 run (2-pt. failed), 5:26
E — Sander 60 punt return (2-pt. successful), :10
SWV — Zach Barton 12 run (Ryan Carlson kick), 9:30
E — Drew Buckholdt 3 run (2-pt. failed), 4:43
Rushing: E - Drew Peppers 10-138, Trey Sander 7-174, Drew Buckholdt 8-38. SWV - Jordan Stuart 10-55, Zach Barton 10-30, Tyler Bissell 8-10, Gunnar McCuen 3-7, Jerad Shires 1-3, Preston Fleharty 2-8.
Passing: E - Drew Peppers 1-4-0 for 7 yards. SWV - Jordan Stuart 3-8-1 for 50 yards, Colby Cooper 1-1-0 for 2 yards.
Receiving: E - Bret Johnson 1-7. SWV - Kallan Schmelzer 2-27, Nick Spring 1-13, Preston Fleharty 1-2.
Tackles (solo-assists): SWV - Kallan Schmelzer (4-2), Zach Barton (3-1), Clint Mullen (3-1), Gunnar McCuen (3-0), Keegan Longabaugh (4-2), Ryan Carlson (1-1), Nick Spring (1-1), Cody McMann (2-1), Buck Schafroth (2-0), Cody Steinbach (2-0).
Mormon Trail 30, East Union 12
GARDEN GROVE — East Union had success with its run game here Friday, but just couldn’t find the end zone often enough to keep pace with Mormon Trail in a 30-12 loss.
Trevor Barnett carried 26 times for 110 yards, while Mike Ward and Cole Campbell added 52 and 51 yards, respectively. Campbell scored two touchdowns on the ground for the Eagles, now 2-6 overall and 1-4 in Eight Man District 6.
“We have done a lot of rushing,” East Union head coach Steve Kinyon said. “The problem is, when you rush, you don’t always get that quick score you need. We were pounding the ball, and just couldn’t get the ball in the end zone.”
Mormon Trail built a 22-6 lead by halftime and held on in the second half for the 30-12 win.
Jakob Horton carried the ball 26 times for 205 yards and four touchdowns for Mormon Trail, which improves to 2-4 overall and 2-3 in District 6.
Mike Ward led the Eagles with 16 total tackles, including three solo tackles for loss and one solo sack. Barnett and Brandon Wittstock each recorded 11 total tackles. Kyle Seales recovered a fumble.
“The played hard,” Kinyon said about his team. “I watched the film about three times now and it just comes back to little things, and we’ll have to do the little things in order to get better. That’s what it amounts to.”
East Union hosts Murray (6-2, 4-1) on Friday.
“They have a pretty good rushing attack,” Kinyon said. “Their special teams are really good. We have to be ready for that.”
Mormon Trail 30,
East Union 12
Rushing: EU - Trevor Barnett 26-110, Mike Ward 16-52, Cole Campbell 15-51. MT - Jakob Horton 26-205, Andrew Reed 10-51, Joe Minnick 2-24.
Passing: EU - Cole Campbell 2-7-1 for 3 yards. MT - Kelton Stansberry 0-4-0 for 0 yards.
Receiving: EU - Jesse Akers 1-2, Mike Ward 1-1.
Tackles (solo-assists): EU - Mike Ward (4-12), Brandon Wittstock (5-6), Trevor Barnett (3-8), Tyler Kelley (2-3), Brogan Kinyon (2-3), Garrett Oliver (0-5), Kyle Seales (1-4), Devon Anderson (2-0), Cole Campbell (1-1), Mason Gossman (0-2), Cole Oliver (1-1).
MURRAY — Murray stayed in contention for second place in Eight-Man District 6 with a 51-18 victory over Colo-Nesco to close out the home portion of the regular season Friday.
Murray improved to 6-2 overall and 4-1 in district play, while Colo-Nesco fell to 2-6 and 2-4.
It was the final regular season appearance at Mustang Field for seniors Cole Weir, Tyler Cashman, Collin Titus, Alex Shaw, Sam Rockhold, Andrew Rider, George Barber and manager Dakota Matlage.
Rider surpassed 1,000 yards rushing in a season for the second time in his career. He had 1,072 yards as a sophomore and 851 last year when his season was cut short by injury.
Rider rushed for 169 yards and four touchdowns on 14 carries. Seth Nerness carried 10 times for 82 yards and two TDs. Rockhold opened the scoring with a 40-yard run.
“It wasn’t our sharpest game of the year, but we ran the ball well and the victory kept us in position to capture second place in the district,” said coach Keith Shields.
Thane Simmons mixed in 64 yards passing on 6-of-11 with no interceptions.
Leading the defensive charge was Barber with 14 total tackles, including seven for losses and a quarterback sack. Nerness had two tackles for losses with a fumble recovery, and Rockhold had nine tackles with an interception.
“Other than one long run in the first quarter, our defense did a great job of stopping the Colo-Nesco offense in the first half,” Shields said. “They had one 58-yard run, but only had 54 yards of offense on 25 plays the rest of the half. Our run defense played well in the second half, giving up 38 yards on 21 carries.”
The Mustangs play at East Union (2-6, 1-4) this week.
Murray 51, Colo-Nesco 18
C-N 6 0 0 14 - 18
Murray 13 17 14 7 - 51
M — Sam Rockhold 40 run (kick failed), 10:03
M — Andrew Rider 7 run (Brandon Short kick), 6:28
C — Taylor Hills 58 run (run failed), 5:15
M — Rider 41 run (Short kick), 6:46
M — Rider 12 run (Short kick), 1:11
M — Short 29 FG, :14
M — Rider 29 run (Short kick), 9:42
M — Seth Nerness 26 run (Short kick), 5:22
C — Blake Stevens 7 pass from Hill (pass failed), 6:26
M — Nerness 12 run (Short kick), 5:15
C — Zach Jamison 18 pass from Hill (run failed), 3:04.
Rushing: M - Andrew Rider 14-169, Seth Nerness 10-82, Sam Rockhold 1-40, Matt Barnes 3-18, Thane Simmons 5-3, Dylan Callstrom 3-1. C-N - Taylor Hill 23-76, Blake Stevens 8-39, Clayton Bryan 6-14, Grant Tiarks 3-4, Dacian Wilson 1-4.
Passing: M - Thane Simmons 6-11-0 for 64 yards. C-N - Hill 4-11-1 for 56 yards; Wilson 1-2-0 for 9 yards.
Receiving: M - Sam Rockhold 3-26, Barnes 3-38. C-N - Evan Webb 2-25, Zach Jamison 1-18, Clayton Bryan 1-15, Blake Stevens 1-7.
Tackles (solo-assists): M - George Barber 10-4, Barnes 7-4, S. Rockhold 5-4, Nerness 3-5, Rider 6-3.
Tackles for losses: M - Barber 7, Nerness 2, Barnes 1.
Sacks: M - Barber 1.
Fumble recoveries: M - Nerness 1.
Interceptions: M - S. Rockhold 1.