The Ottumwa Courier


September 16, 2013

Centerville hammers Keokuk to open district play

CENTERVILLE — Keokuk held a seven-point lead for four minutes and 19 seconds on Friday. Centerville’s Michael Starcevich tossed a 38-yard pass to Kolton Gonnerman with 2:58 left in the first quarter to propel Centerville to a 7-7 tie.

Just under a minute-and-a-half later, Centerville’s Graydon Schmidt caught an 80-yard pass from Starcevich to give Centerville a 14-7 lead. The Big Reds would hold on to that lead for the rest of the game, beating the Keokuk Chiefs (1-2, 0-1) 49-20 as they opened up district play last Friday.

Starcevich had an all-star game, as he ended the night leading the team in several categories on both sides of the ball.

Starcevich threw four touchdown passes. He made 17 passing attempts and had eight completions for 321 yards.

When Starcevich wasn’t passing, he hit the ground running. He ran for 111 yards in 15 attempts, recording three rushing touchdowns — the longest being a 45-yard touchdown run with 9:59 left in the game.

On the defensive side, Starcevich led the team with two interceptions.

Starcevich’s top passing target was once again Kolton Gonnerman, who scored three times while recording five receptions for 192 yards. Schmidt had two receptions for 84 yards while Garrett Moorman recorded a 45-yard reception in the game.

It was a special night for the Centerville Big Reds, and the 49-20 win to open district play was only one part of that.

A once time-honored tradition that had fell by the wayside in the 1990s and onward was resurrected for Friday’s night game.

Football players and cheerleaders went around to the K-6 schools in Centerville on Friday before the game, handing out paper hats with the words "BEAT KEOKUK” written in bold lettering across one of the sides. The kids wore those hats to the game and stayed after to get autographs from their favorite football players and cheerleaders.

Text Only
  • 0419 OTT Sports Hogue and McKay photo Big day for Hogue, McKay By KEVIN PINK IHCC Information Department Former IHCC teammates take part in ISU's big day at State Capitol Big day for Hogue, McKay

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0419 OTT Sports Ashley Salgado photo Former OHS star Salgado signs with Converse College OTTUMWA -- Former Ottumwa star athlete Ashley Salgado has signed her National Letter of Intent to play women's basketball at Converse College, a NCAA Division II institution in Spartansburg, SC. Salgado played two seasons at Marshalltown Community Co

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0419 OTT Sports IHCC baseball photo Falcons remain in first after sweep at Muscatine MUSCATINE — Friday provided the first-place Indian Hills baseball team with two very different games at Muscatine. Fortunately for the Falcons, the results were the same. IHCC remained tied atop the region with Iowa Western after sweeping the first t

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0419 OTT Sports IHCC golf photo Warrior golfers boast big lead at Illinois invite SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — After one round, the Indian Hills men's golf team boasts a 15-stroke lead in the Blue Boy Invitational Friday with a score of 296 strokes. Jakob Garstecki spearheaded the Warriors' success by firing the top score of the day at 72

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0419 OTT Sports softball color photo Warriors suffer sophomore day sweep to Southeastern OTTUMWA — Jim Overturf has been coaching junior college softball for over two decades. In that time, Overturf has seen over two decades worth of days dedicated to celebrating a departing class of sophomore players. In his experience, Overturf has see

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Albia boys have record-setting night at Waukee WAUKEE — Alex Schultz turned in a pair of outstanding performances at what ended up being a record-setting night for the Albia boys track and field team at the Waukee Invitational. Competing as the lone Class 2A school against some elite competition,

    April 18, 2014

  • 0419 OTT Sports Ottuwa Conference photo Ottumwa AD talks about possible conference change OTTUMWA — Tom Kopatich has plenty of experience with the Southeast Conference. Kopatich, the athletic director for Ottumwa High School, coached the Ottumwa football team when the Bulldogs belonged to the conference. So what does he think about a pos

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • On Tap Saturday Boys Soccer Ottumwa at Waterloo West Invitational, 9 a.m. Oskaloosa at Winterset Tournament, 10 a.m. College Golf Indian Hills at Buena Vista Spring Invitational (Storm Lake) College Baseball Indian Hills at Muscatine (DH), Noon College Softball Indi

    April 18, 2014

  • Ottumwa boys track ties for seventh in Urbandale URBANDALE — The Ottumwa boys track and field team tied for seventh place with Des Moines North at the Chuck Silvey Invitational at Urbandale Thursday with 11 points. The Bulldog boys 4x400 team of Roger Cruz, Matt Moreland, Jalen Strunk and Osha Wyl

    April 18, 2014

  • Clarification Clarification: The Ottumwa boys tennis team competes at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Dan Staggs Courts against Ankeny.

    April 18, 2014

NCAA Tournament Scoreboard
Sports photo reprints