MARION — With both teams hungry for their first victory of the season, it was Dubuque Senior (1-1) who came out on top in a field-position battle over Linn-Mar (0-2), 28-13, last night.
Senior jumped out of the gates with an 81-yard touchdown drive on it second possession. Quarterback, Austin Clemens, capped off the initial scoring drive with a 5-yard touchdown pass to Brook Anderson to give the Rams a 7-0 lead.
Senior’s defense held strong on the next possession when it forced the Lions to punt from deep in their own territory, allowing the Rams to start their next drive from Linn-Mar’s 41. It took just one big play, a 31-yard strike from
Clemens to Nicholas Wilbricht to take the Rams to the 6-yard line. From there, Parker Hammel completed the drive with a TD dash to put Senior up 14-0.
“Our special teams did a tremendous job,” said Senior Coach Dale Ploessl. “Our defense created some turnovers and gave us a short field many times. It really helped to win the field position battle tonight.”
But Linn-Mar answered. A steady 68-yard drive on its next possession was capped by a 1-yard touchdown run from quarterback Ryan Schmidt, narrowing the score to 14-7.
The Lions were again buried deep in their own territory when Senior’s Alex Reiter recovered a fumble at Linn-Mar’s 14. It took the Rams just four rushing attempts, the final attempt being a 1-yard TD run by Clemens, and Senior led 21-7 at halftime.
Linn-Mar struck first on its second possession in the second half. A 44-yard strike from Schmidt to Griffin Brennecke brought the Lions into the Rams territory. Schmidt then finished the drive, scampering in from 5 yards out to make it a 21-13 game.
Senior’s defense answered by holding the Lions deep in their own territory once again. Following the Linn-Mar punt, the Rams began their next drive at Linn-Mar’s 36. A six-play drive was capped when Hammel scored his second TD of the game from a yard out.
Although he didn’t reach the end zone, Rams workhorse Michael Williams provided consistency to Senior’s running game. Williams carried 25 times for 151 yards.
“We’re so happy and excited for Mike Williams,” Ploessl said. “This year we have a lot of confidence putting him back there and he’s doing a great job.”