EDDYVILLE – With any hopes of earning a postseason berth, Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont turned to a pair of sophomores to pick up an important win on what might be the final game of the season at Ike Ryan Field.
Blake Jager gained 211 yards on 20 carries, scoring three rushing touchdowns including a 69-yard dash to the end zone as EBF rolled to a 48-7 district win over Central Lee. Jesse Cornelison added 140 rushing yards on 15 carries as EBF gained all 389 yards as a team on the ground against the Hawks.
The win snaps a five-game losing streak for the Rockets, leaving EBF in a current tie for the fourth and final playoff spot out of Class 2A, District 6 with Centerville. The Big Reds currently own the tiebreaker with a head-to-head win over the Rockets last week in Centerville, but must win at Central Lee to clinch a playoff berth or risk falling into a three-way tie for the final playoff spot with the Hawks and the Rockets.
Should Central Lee knock off Centerville, EBF can clinch a playoff berth with a win on Friday. It will not be easy as the Rockets (2-5, 1-3) will have to overcome district champion Williamsburg on the road in hopes of advancing into postseason play.
Jager added a fumble recovery in the win over Central Lee. Jackson Taylor scored on a 69-yard interception return for a touchdown for the EBF defense.
Mid-Prairie 42, Centerville 21
WELLMAN – Sawyer Wardlow, coming off a school-record eight-touchdown performance, accounted for two of the three touchdowns scored by the Big Reds in a Class 2A, District 6 battle at Mid-Prairie.
Wardlow completed 11 of 23 pass attempts in the contest, gaining 159 yards through the air including a 37-yard touchdown pass to Kade Mosley and an 11-yard touchdown pass to Jayden Ruiz. The Centerville senior quarterback gained 126 rushing yards on 28 carries.
Bradly Watts scored a 10-yard rushing touchdown for the Big Reds, gaining 54 total yards on nine carries. Brody Tuttle led Centerville with 10.5 total tackles, including 10 solo stops and recorded one of Centerville's six sacks of Mid-Prairie senior quarterback Will Cavanagh.
Tyler Helmuth scored three rushing touchdowns for Mid-Prairie, gaining 107 rushing yards on 10 carries against the Big Reds. Braden Hartley added 129 rushing yards on 15 carries, including a 32-yard touchdown run for the Golden Hawks.
Centerville (3-4, 1-3) heads to Central Lee on Friday night. The Big Reds can clinch a playoff berth with a win.
No. 3 (3A) Solon 56, Fairfield 7
SOLON – The Spartans scored three touchdowns in each of the first two quarters and never looked back. Blake Timmons passed for 119 yards and three touchdowns, completing eight of 15 pass attempts, while rushing six times for 56 yards including an eight-yard touchdown run to help third-ranked Solon remain unbeaten while taking the outright Class 3A, District 5 lead.
Max Weaton caught a touchdown pass from Tate Allen for the Trojans only score. Allen completed just five passes out of 18 attempts.
Fairfield (5-2, 3-1) hosts Washington on Friday. The Trojans must win to keep their Class 3A playoff hopes alive.
Iowa Falls-Alden 49, Albia 14
IOWA FALLS – Jaden Damiano rushed for 176 yards on nine carries and scored a touchdown on the ground while catching a 33-yard touchdown pass, leading the Cadets to a Class 2A, District 7 win over the Blue Demons.
Kacen Boyer gained 155 yards for IFA on 15 carries, scoring a pair of rushing touchdowns as the Cadets gained 410 rushing yards in the win. Garin Grinstead scored both Albia touchdowns on quarterback keepers, completing 10 of 28 pass attempts for 120 yards while Gage Oddo rushed for 124 yards on 25 carries for the Blue Demons.
Albia (1-6, 0-4) wraps up the regular season on Friday at home against West Marshall.
Pleasantville 45, Van Buren County 8
KEOSAUQUA – Jacob Hiemstra led a balanced ground attack for the Trojans, gaining 93 of Pleasantville's 323 rushing yards while scoring two of Pleasantville's five rushing touchdowns, ending any hopes for the Warriors of earning a postseason berth out of Class 1A, District 6.
Wyatt Mertens kept Van Buren County from being shutout in their final home game of the regular season, scoring on a 13-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter. The Warriors gained just 111 total offensive yards while allowing Pleasantville to gain 405 yards in the contest.
Van Buren County (2-5, 0-4) wraps up the regular season at fourth-ranked (1A) Sigourney-Keota on Friday.
Belle Plaine 52, Pekin 0
PEKIN – Connor Timm rushed for 171 yards on 10 carries, scoring three of Belle Plaine's seven rushing touchdowns as the Plainsmen shut down the Panthers, allowing just 24 total yards defensively.
Blake Juhl led Pekin with 8.5 total tackles, matching Logan Baker with four solo tackles. Belle Plaine countered by gaining 396 rushing yards against the Panthers on 42 carries.
Pekin (0-7, 0-5) heads to Highland on Friday to wrap up the regular season.
Lamoni 58, Moravia 30
MORAVIA – Javin Stevenson threw four touchdown passes, competing 11 of 14 pass attempts for 223 yards while rushing for 82 yards on 18 carries and two more scores as the Demons scored 50 points in the first half to put away the Mohawks.
Connor Golston had the defensive highlight of the night for the Mohawks, recovering a fumble and scoring on a 49-yard return for a touchdown. Jackson McDanel added 14 solo tackles defensively, finishing with 16.5 total stops for Moravia while hauling in four receptions for 62 yards, including a 65-yard touchdown pass from Gage Hanes.
Moravia (2-5, 1-4) wraps up the regular season on Friday at Murray.