BLOOMFIELD — For just a little bit on Friday, it appeared the Davis County Mustangs could send Centerville home without the Pennant.
Caden Hill’s 61-yard touchdown pass to Carson Zeitler less than two minutes into the annual rivalry game with the Big Reds had Davis County fans on their feet in hopes of finally taking the Pennant Game on Friday. Centerville, however, responded with three straight touchdown runs by McCain Oden, helping the Big Reds rally for a 38-21 win and a fifth straight victory in the series with the Mustangs.
Oden finished with four rushing touchdowns against the Mustangs, who got within 20-14 by halftime on an 18-yard touchdown pass from Carson Maeder to Riley Heller. Oden’s fourth score midway through the third quarter, following a bad snap that led to a Davis County turnover, gave the Big Reds a two-score lead.
Trent McCann added a 24-yard field goal late in the third quarter before Quinton Koestner rushed in from nine yards out on a quarterback keeper for a touchdown that put the finishing touches on a fifth straight Pennant game win for the Big Reds (2-0). Davis County (0-2) will head to Keosauqua next Friday to face Van Buren in a battle of two area teams seeking the first win of 2019. Van Buren fell to 0-2 on Friday, losing 54-0 at Louisa-Muscatine.
Cardinal 38, Wayne 14
CORYDON — Early touchdown runs by Chase Keifer and Dayton Jacobsen were hardly enough to keep the Comets from remaining perfect in 2019. Maddux Jones found Griffin Greiner for three touchdown passes while Gabe Reyes rushed for three more scores as Cardinal improved to 3-0 for the second straight season.
Cardinal has next Friday off after opening the season in week zero with a 38-0 win at Columbus Junction. The Comets will look to close out non-district play with four straight wins for the second straight year with a trip to North Mahaska on Friday, Aug. 20.
Sigourney-Keota 56, Lynnville-Sully 14
SIGOURNEY — J.D. Stout rushed for three touchdowns and caught a 58-yard scoring pass as Cobras rolled to a home-opening win in the follow-up to last week’s Backyard Brawl triumph over Pekin.
Stout had touchdowns runs from 49 and three yards out to counter a kickoff return for the Hawks by Kinnick McFarland. Brady Duwa added an 11-yard touchdown run and a 76-yard touchdown catch as the Cobras scored four touchdowns alone in the second quarter.
S-K (2-0) heads to Albia next Friday to face a Blue Demon squad hungry for its first win of the season. Despite a game-opening kickoff return for the touchdown, Albia fell to 0-2 on the season with a 55-14 loss at Chariton.
Mid-Prairie 43, Pekin 0
WELLMAN — The Panthers could not bounce back from a season-opening loss in the Backyard Brawl, falling to 0-2 with a shutout loss to the Golden Hawks. It was the first time since 2015 that a Mid-Prairie football team has recorded a shutout aided by six fumbles from Pekin with four that resulted in turnovers.
Brad Tornow opened the scoring for Mid-Prairie with a 15-yard touchdown run in the first quarter before finding Zeb Danner on a 50-yard touchdown pass to put the Golden Hawks up 14-0. Kayden Reinier’s five-yard touchdown run following Pekin’s second turnover of the opening quarter gave Mid-Prairie a 21-0 lead.
Tornow scored his second rushing touchdown on a 20-yard keeper, opening a 29-0 lead for the Golden Hawks. Reinier scored on a four-yard run while Nathan Quinby scored on a seven-yard touchdown rush in the fourth quarter.
Pekin will return to Tom Stone Field for the first time in 2019 next Friday night. The Panthers face another tough test in 10th-ranked (1A) Mediapolis.