By Jason Brummond, correspondent
CEDAR RAPIDS — Get the ball. Score, very quickly. Repeat.
Iowa City West’s simple formula sure can look complicated to opposing defenses.
The third-ranked Trojans racked up 450 yards of offense and averaged just 80 seconds a drive for their first four touchdowns in an easy 49-8 win over Cedar Rapids Washington last night in a Mississippi Valley Conference game at Kingston Stadium.
Quarterback Nate Boland threw for 107 yards and three touchdowns, and ran for another 107 yards and one touchdown for West (2-0). Fullback Micah Kelsay had three scores.
Washington (0-2) actually led 8-7 after converting a two-point conversion on its touchdown in the first quarter. That didn’t last long — and neither did the West scoring drives.
The Trojans took 1:34 to go 75 yards on their opening drive. Kelsay caught a 58-yard touchdown pass from Boland to finish it off.
After Washington’s score, West needed only three plays and 72 seconds to return to the end zone. Boland hit receive Anthony Batie on a 9-yard slant for the TD.
The Trojans got the ball back at the end of the first quarter and moved quickly. West’s seven-play, 73-yard drive ended with a Kelsay 2-yard run and lasted only 1:44.
West led 28-8 at halftime and Boland’s 87-yard touchdown run midway through the third quarter sealed the win.
In the first half, the Warriors had the ball twice inside West’s 10-yard line with a chance to trim the deficit but couldn’t convert.
Washington turned the ball over on downs at the 8 and the 6.
The Warriors lost fumbles on two of their first three possessions of the second half.
Washington quarterback Reid Snitker looked sharp in the first half, connecting with fullback Connor Vincent on a screen pass for a 37-yard touchdown on the Warriors’ first possession.
Snitker completed 7 of his first 8 passes. The junior, who looked the best on rollouts and off play-action fakes, finished 14 of 24 for 152 yards.