CEDAR RAPIDS — Duane Schulte scripted the first play: Get the ball to the new guy.
“We wanted to give Brendan (Miller) the ball, and get that first hit out of the way,” Schulte said.
There was a catch: Miller didn’t get hit.
Miller took his first carry as a starter 64 yards for a touchdown, triggering an offensive performance for the record books as Class 4A seventh-ranked Cedar Rapids Xavier trounced Dubuque Wahlert, 53-14, in a Mississippi Valley Conference Valley Division football game Friday night at Saints Field.
The Saints (4-0 overall, 2-0 division) set a school record for points, and another for yards (589). Everything the Saints did, turned to gold. Or silver, if you will.
Miller, who became the featured back after Cal Stovie suffered a torn ACL in last week’s win over Cedar Rapids Prairie, rushed for 226 yards on 17 carries.
“I feel bad for Cal,” Miller said. “He’s been helping me a lot this week, telling me some secrets on being a good running back.”
Reggie Schulte completed 11 of 14 passes for 242 yards — including six balls to Corbin Woods for 172 yards.
Big numbers. Big, big numbers.
Xavier accumulated 419 yards in the first half alone before taking the foot off the proverbial gas somewhat after intermission.
After forcing Wahlert (1-3, 0-1) into a three-and-out on the first possession of the game, the Saints took over a their own 36 yard line.
Miller took a handoff, made a move, and was gone. It was that kind of night.
Xavier scored on its first six drives of the game and led, 43-14, at halftime.
Miller broke loose on Xavier’s first play from scrimmage, and Reggie Schulte connected with Woods on an 85-yard bomb down the middle of the field on the second.
“We did a lot of good things, but there’s still a lot of room for improvement,” Reggie Schulte said. “We left some plays on the field.”
But not many.
Schulte threw four touchdown passes in the first half — a 9-yarder to Bryce Grimm, a 12-yarder to Logan Jones and a 26-yarder to Woods.
Wahlert stayed close for a while, getting a 32-yard touchdown from Jacob Decker (shortly after the Saints muffed a kick), and a 26-yard TD pass from John Burgmeier to Kyle Steines that got the Golden Eagles within 22-14 after one quarter.
But Xavier’s defense stiffened after that, and Wahlert simply couldn’t slow down — let alone, stop — the Saints.
“When you’re down on the field, it didn’t feel like that,” Coach Schulte said. “It’s a cliche, but I don’t know if we’re that good. I can find fault with some stuff.”
Xavier has piled up 48, 49, 48 and now a school-record 53 points in its first four games. The Saints host Cedar Rapids Kennedy next Friday; Wahlert entertains Cedar Rapids Prairie.
C.R. Xavier 53, Dubuque Wahlert 14
AT SAINTS FIELD
|TEAM STATISTICS||Dbq. Wahlert||CR Xavier|
|Rushes-yards||30 – 77||43 – 343|
|Comp-Att-Int||7 – 17 – 0||12 – 16 – 0|
|Fumbles-lost||0 – 0||2 – 1|
|Punts-average||10 – 33.2||1 – 35.0|
|Penalties-yards||7 – 62||7 – 70|
Dbq. Wahlert – Jacob Decker 17-51, Colin Smith 2-22, John Burgmeier 10-8, Daniel Broderick 1-(minus-4). CR Xavier – Brendan Miller 17-226, Wes Gardner 9-68, Nick Steingreaber 2-20, James Krouse 2-9, Kevin Feeney 2-7, Reggie Schulte 1-7, Quinton Scholer 1-5, Logan Jones 3-5, Chris Ball 3-2, Luke Hammerberg 1-0, Zach Brown 1-(minus-5).
Dbq. Wahlert – Burgmeier 7-16-0-81, Broderick 0-1-0-0. CR Xavier – Schulte 11-14-0-242, Scholer 1-1-0-4, Brown 0-1-0-0.
Dbq. Wahlert – Kyle Steines 4-50, John Sullivan 1-15, Decker 1-11, Zachary Miller 1-5. CR Xavier – Corbin Woods 6-172, Matt Nelson 2-42, Jones 2-19, Bryce Grimm 1-9, Krouse 1-4.
SCORE BY QUARTERS
CRX – Brendan Miller 64 run (Daniel Vega run)
CRX – Corbin Woods 85 pass from Reggie Schulte (Ryan Persick kick)
DW – Jacob Decker 32 run (Nicholas Nemmers kick)
CRX – Bryce Grimm 9 pass from Schulte (Persick kick)
DW – Kyle Steines 26 pass from John Burgmeier (Nemmers kick)
CRX – Logan Jones 3 run (Persick kick)
CRX – Jones 12 pass from Schulte (Persick kick)
CRX – Woods 26 pass from Schulte (Persick kick)
CRX – FG 21 Persick
CRX – James Krouse 7 run (Persick kick)