CEDAR RAPIDS – Doing color commentary on radio as he always does, Cedar Rapids Xavier Athletics Director Mike Winker was heard calling Friday night’s performance by his football team “workmanlike.”
Come on, Mike. You can use stronger words than that.
How about powerful or dominant? Or authoritative? Or simply No. 1-like.
Xavier played the part of Class 4A’s top team in a 44-0 win over Cedar Rapids Jefferson at Saints Field. Points on its first six possessions and a swarming defense got the continuous clock rolling the entire second half.
It also got reserves in the entire second half.
“In all of our opinions, we’re not No. 1 until we get to the state championship,” said Xavier linebacker Logan Clarahan. “That’s all there is to it. We’re not No. 1, yet. We have to prove it.”
The Saints (2-0) seem on their way to doing just that. They have a solid offense, great defense, good special teams and depth with 83 players. Contrarily, Jefferson suited up less than 40 Friday night.
“We just got mashed all the way around,” said Jefferson Coach Brian Webb, whose team dropped to 0-2. “We have a good football team. But when you play the No. 1 team in the state … I was expecting to do a little bit more, honestly. Thought we’d give a little more effort. We had a great week of practice. But they just out-physicaled us. And that’s Xavier football.”
Xavier piled up 291 first-half yards to build a 37-0 lead, getting two touchdown runs from tailback Brendan Miller, one each from quarterback Quinton Scholer and fullback Jay Kortemeyer, a 1-yard TD pass from Scholer to tight end and Iowa Hawkeye recruit Matt Nelson and a 39-yard Ryan Persick field goal.
Miller finished with 152 yards on just 14 carries.
“Our line did a great job, fabulous job of blocking,” Miller said. “They got a real good surge. Our defense started the tempo. We know defense wins ballgames. They did a great job.”
“If you could give some sugar to our offensive line, that’d be great,” said Xavier Coach Duane Schulte. “I thought they got off the ball real well. Better than last week. You always try to improve from Week 1 to Week 2, and I thought they got better.”
To make Schulte happy, let’s list the big guys up front who did such a wonderful job. There was Nick Brady at left tackle, Tim Otting at left guard, Joe Worden at center, Louie Hasley at right guard, Colton Turner at right tackle, with some help from Nelson and Hunter Baldus at tight end and Ryan Flaherty as a substitute lineman.
“It’s a team effort,” Miller said. “It is all about the team.”
Jefferson never got anything going offensively, held to just 111 yards, 44 on the ground. Layne Sullivan is a good dual-threat quarterback, but he was held to 34 yards on eight carries and completed just 5 of 14 passes for 51 yards.
“Defensively we stopped the ball, so I guess we did all right,” Clarahan said. “The offense obviously did pretty well, carrying the ball around and throwing the ball around. We got better from last week against (Dubuque) Hempstead. I believe we’re going up, so that’s good.”
Xavier plays Cedar Rapids Prairie next week, while Jefferson has Hempstead, its only win in the last three and a half seasons.
“Their depth is hard to match,” Webb said. “Probably 85 to 90 percent of our players this week go both ways and play special teams. They just don’t come off the field. Besides that, Xavier’s just better than us.”
Here is the game boxscore:
CR Xavier 44, CR Jeff. 0
AT SAINTS FIELD
|TEAM STATISTICS||CR Jeff.||CR Xavier|
|Rushes-yards||25 - 44||35 - 282|
|Comp-Att-Int||7 - 19 - 1||6 - 10 - 0|
|Fumbles-lost||2 - 1||4 - 2|
|Punts-average||6 - 40.0||1 - 32.0|
|Penalties-yards||2 - 23||3 - 25|
Rushing: CR Jeff. – Layne Sullivan 8-34 , Bryce Lund 1-12 , Chaney Floyd 2-5 , Dylon Pappas 1-5 , Cameron Frazier 1-4 , Colton Knox 1-1 , Benjamin Koering 3-0 , Nicholas O'Connell 3-0 , Michael Moncivais 2--8 , Bryce Cardis 3--9 CR Xavier – Brendan Miller 14-152 , Quinton Scholer 3-68 , Jay Kortemeyer 7-34 , Andrew Steffensmeier 3-17 , John Hovda 1-5 , Team 1-4 , Dylan Eller 1-2 , Sam Tursi 2-0 , Adam Steffensmeier 2-0 , Edward Krouse 1-0
Passing: CR Jeff. – Layne Sullivan 5-14-0-51 , Bryce Cardis 2-5-1-16 CR Xavier – Quinton Scholer 6-8-0-94 , Sam Tursi 0-2-0-0
Receiving: CR Jeff. – Benjamin Koering 3-32 , Spencer Hunt 2-27 , Michael Moncivais 1-4 , Colton Knox 1-4 CR Xavier – Frank Hill 3-69 , Hunter Baldus 1-16 , Jay Kortemeyer 1-8 , Matt Nelson 1-1
SCORE BY QUARTERS
CRX-Brendan Miller 11 run (Ryan Persick kick)
CRX-Quinton Scholer 48 run (Persick kick)
CRX-Matt Nelson 1 pass from Scholer (Persick kick)
CRX-Jay Kortemeyer 5 run (kick failed)
CRX-Persick 39 FG
CRX-Miller 5 run (Persick kick)
CRX-John Hovda 5 run (Persick kick)