IOWA CITY — You could pretty much say Iowa City High got dusted Friday night in a 21-0 loss to Dubuque Senior at Bates Field.
It was Ram senior running back Alex Duster, who did the cleaning, as he picked up 114 yards on 34 carries and two scores. Parker Hammel also scored, going in from 24 yards out late in the game.
It also was a story of Senior’s junior quarterback Austin Clemens, who was firing on all cylinders, completing 11 of 14 passes for 103 yards.
Turnovers plagued the Little Hawks, who fell to 4-2, as they prepare for rival Iowa City West, in the Battle for the Boot next week. Quarterback Tyler Stika was picked off three times. Three lost fumbles also hurt their effort.
“That’s too many,” City High Coach Dan Sabers said. “You can’t win a game with six turnovers, just can’t do it.”
Amos Lavela led the Little Hawks with 104 yards on 25 carries. Stika finished the game 3 of 11 for 18 yards with the three interceptions.
The early going was all City High, which controlled the ball for more than seven minutes in the first quarter, driving to the Senior 17-yard line before fumbling.
That was a huge momentum-changer, according to Sabers.
“We were playing pretty well to that point. That fumble took the wind out of our sails, and it really built up the Senior kids. It was a shot in the arm for them.”
In the second quarter Duster got his first score on a 1-yard plunge, which came after a short City High punt. His second came in the third quarter when he scampered 23 yards on a fourth down-and-1.
“He is a nice back and did a great job for them,” Sabers said. “I’m sure with the amount of carries he had, he will be sore tomorrow.”
Sabers said this is one of the best teams that Senior has had in some time.
“They are a good football team. They played hard, were very physical and hitting all over the place. Tonight the better team won, they deserved it. You have to give them credit for playing a great game.”
With the win, Senior moves to 5-1.