The Warriors earned the first football victory in the program’s brief history, 56-38, over Harmony on Friday at Tama.
“The kids were excited,” said Meskwaki Coach Todd Dale. “It’s a great win to validate the season and the kids’ efforts.”
Meskwaki was 0-8 last year, its first year in sanctioned football. None of the games were close.
The Warriors were more competitive in two of their three defeats to start this season. Then Friday, finally, victory. The team was serenaded by a chorus of car horns as it returned to the locker room in triumph.
Quarterback Vincent Lasley “really took charge,” Dale said, while lineman Deontre Betts played every down.
“Kickoffs and everything,” Dale said. “He kept plugging away.”
Meskwaki (1-3 overall, 1-0 district) finds itself in a first-place tie in Eight-Man District 5.
Yes, first place.
“This could be a confidence builder, a positive takeoff,” Dale said. “I wouldn’t want to overlook us.”
Panthers pile up the yards
Four touchdowns called back due to penalties, a few long plays surrendered.
Monticello Coach Shane Blake found some areas in which to nitpick. Offensive production wasn’t one of them.
The Panthers (3-0 overall, 1-0 2A-4) racked up 675 yards in a 45-18 victory over rival Cascade.
“We had a few mistakes … some things we need to work on,” Blake said. “But we did some good things.”
Quarterback Cody Gullett was responsible for 429 yards (229 rushing, 200 passing) and five touchdowns.
Blake had never elevated a freshman to the varsity level before this season. Now, he has three in his rotation. One of them, Jacob Black, rushed for 100 yards on eight carries.
Cascade (0-3, 0-1) had 385 yards of its own, making a total of 1,060 for the two teams.
Eleven games throughout Southeast Iowa were postponed and numerous others were delayed Friday due to weather.
Iowa City High and Iowa City West had to wait until about 9 p.m. for kickoff. Once the game began, City High jumped to a big early lead and won, 41-21, behind Ronald Thompson’s 284 yards and five touchdowns.
Eight of the 11 postponements will be completed Saturday. Three, including Highland’s Class 1A District 6 game at Cardinal, are scheduled for Monday night.
* North Tama picked up its third straight shutout — and its 28th in the last 41 games — in a 41-0 victory over East Buchanan.
* Conner O’Brien had scoring scampers of 76, 83 and 74 yards, finishing with 275 yards as Wapsie Valley handled Bellevue, 30-0.
* Wes Burnside pounded out 167 rushing yards and four touchdowns as Union stayed unbeaten with a 49-7 win over Center Point-Urbana.