IOWA CITY –Iowa City West wideouts Dondre Alexander and Jeremy Morgan stood outside his team’s locker room having just witnessed their quarterback sling 20 of 25 passes for 334 yards and three touchdowns. All this came in three quarters of work as the Trojans QB, Nate Boland, found himself on the sideline in the fourth quarter of a blowout.
It seemed like a perfect night, almost.
“I’d say this is the best game of his career obviously,” Morgan said. “He’s only played two games so hopefully he keeps getting better and better.”
With a numbers like that, there wouldn’t seem like much room to grow, but Boland apparently didn’t stick the landing.
“This game, he was probably like a nine,” Alexander said with a laugh.
It begs the question what would it take to earn a 10? Boland certainly tried leading Iowa City West to a 62-37 win over Cedar Rapids Washington.
Boland led an assault Friday night at Iowa City West High School in which the Trojan offense not only took aim at the white and red jerseys of the Warriors, but its school’s record book too.
The 62 points — all scored before the fourth — were four shy of a team record.
“Offensively I thought we played really well,” Trojan head coach Brian Sauser said. “…I think on offense we have a lot of weapons. We have a lot of guys who can do things with the football. Hopefully we can keep it going.”
Boland displayed all of Iowa City West’s weapons in a big way.
He put up video game-like number in three quarters and finished with 334 yards on 20 of 25 passing. He also had a 50 yard strike to Alexander called back due to an illegal block in the back. His lone interception — his final pass of the game — came off a tipped ball by Alexander attempting to make a circus one-handed catch.
“He played really good, he put the ball right where they needed to be,” Morgan said. “A couple of those drops weren’t even his fault. A couple of them were mine.”
Alexander jumped into the conversation, “A couple were mine.”
Boland at one point complete 15 of 16 and nine straight. His favorite target was Alexander who caught eight balls for 156 yards and a score. Alexander also played three quarters.
Despite the 45 minutes of play, the duo still came close to few Trojan record of their own. Boland’s 20 completions were six shy of tying the record. If not for the first-quarter penalty that called back a TD, Boland would have tied the record for passing touchdowns in a game with four. Boland had 282 yards at halftime and 16 completions. Last week,which Alexander graded a two, he had a total of 14 completions for 237 yards.
“I think after the first game you get normal. You get used to it,” Alexander said.” Things just start clicking better.”
It’s not hard to get better when you have targets that are 6-foot-3 in Alexander and 6-foot-6 in Morgan. He targeted the two 17 of his 25 attempts.
“Nate does a great job, but I’m not sure there’s not a high school quarterback anywhere who wouldn’t want to have those weapons to throw to,” Sauser said. “Whether it’s Ezra (Reiners), Reid (Bonner), Jeremy or Dondre.”
The tree-like widouts eclipse 200 yards receivng, but Reiners and Bonner also got in on the party. Bonner returned a kickoff 95 yards, 16 seconds after Mitch Blades, Washington’s signal caller, grabbed some momentum with a 50 yard run.
Bonner’s return followed up a 10 yard return off a punt block by DeVaughn McCullough. The punt was blocked by Reiners. Not only did the duo reek havoc on special teams but they had 106 yards receiving with two scores.
“We’ve got some young defensive back,” Washington head coach Tony Lombardi said. “And they’ve got some terrific receivers. And you know what, we’ve got a lot to learn and I knew that coming into this game.”
It wasn’t just an aerial assault. Iowa City West had four rushing touchdowns. Micah Kelsay had three on six carries.
By halftime 65 total points were scored, 48 of which came from the Trojans. But while the home team pieced together drives, the Warriors made their strikes short and sweet.
Quarterback Mitch Blades had two touchdown runs of 50 and 72 yards. Fellow Warrior Shundell Williams followed suit with a 72 yard run the first time he touched the ball.
Blades finished with close to 200yards on the ground to lead the Warriors. Mitch Bredeson battled all night and was rewarded for it late in the fourth with a touchdown and more than 100 yards on the ground.
At the end of the night, it just wasn’t enough firepower to keep up with the explosive offense of the Trojans.
“(They’re) a ball club that is seasoned, veteran, quality ball club and we’re not at that point yet obviously,” Lombardi said. “You know we go to the film tomorrow and we learn from it and we just get better.”
CRW 3 14 6 14 — 37
ICW 7 41 14 0 — 62
CRW – Victor Lopez 32 kick
ICW – Micah Kelsay 2 run (Jeremy Morgan kick)
ICW – DeVaughn McCullough 10 return on Ezra Reiners punt block
ICW – Colin Baker 2 run (Morgan kick)
ICW – Ezra Reiners 29 pass from Nate Boland (Morgan kick)
CRW – Mitch Blades 50 run (Victor Lopez kick)
ICW – Reid Bonner 95 kickoff return (Morgan kick)
ICW – Dondre Alexander 45 pass from Nate Boland (pass failed)
ICW – Jeremy Morgan 23 pass from Nate Boland (Morgan kick)
CRW – Shundell Williams 72 run (kick blocked)
ICW – Ezra Reiner 15 from Nate Boland (Morgan kick)
ICW – Micah Kelsay 3 run (Morgan kick)
CRW – Bed 23 run (Lopez kick)
CRW – Robert Miley 2 run (Lopez kick)