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Posted September 13, 2013
Zenner runs for 272 yards as Hempstead edges Jefferson

CEDAR RAPIDS – If Cedar Rapids Jefferson’s football program is going to make any major strides, it’s going to have to learn to win games on its own field. It can start with winning just one.

Matt Zenner ran for 272 yards and two touchdowns as Dubuque Hempstead gave Jefferson yet another loss at Kingston Stadium, 21-12, Friday night.

The J-Hawks have not won a game here since October 2008, against Linn-Mar. Friday made it 24 consecutive losses at the unfriendly Kingston confines.

“It starts tomorrow, early in the morning. Everyone is going to be there,” said Jefferson lineman Josh Allen. “We just have to come together as a family. It’s about execution every day in practice. There are going to be a lot of changes in practice for us. Everyone has to be in this 100 percent. No plays off. This is Kingston Stadium, this is where it matters the most.”

Zenner put this game away with a 68-yard touchdown run off the right side on third down with two minutes to go and Jefferson selling out for a needed defensive stop. He finished with 30 carries, helping Hempstead avenge a home loss last season that ended an overall 24-game Jefferson losing streak.

This was back-to-back wins for Hempstead (2-1), which went 0-9 last season but throttled Dubuque Wahlert last week.

“Yeah, we did talk about that,” Zenner said, when asked if his team discussed last year’s loss to Jeff. “But I just think the whole last year, not winning a game, was big motivation for us pretty much. Not having a single win last season, then winning last week, having that feeling, and winning this game will really help us out.”

Jefferson trailed late, 14-6, but got a huge interception from Brandon Wiederin (his second of the game) that set it up at the Hempstead 38. A 25-yard drag pass pattern from quarterback Layne Sullivan to Benjamin Koering converted a fourth down that took the ball to the Mustangs 8.

On third-and-goal, Sullivan received a shotgun snap and rambled over right guard for the 3-yard touchdown. His two-point attempt on an identical play came up a yard short.

“It’s been the same story for us the last year and a half,” said Jefferson Coach Brian Webb. “Failed execution, penalties, turnovers. I don’t know what more we have to do to convince those kids the importance of those areas of the game.”

Jefferson left several points on the field, settling for a pair of Nicholas Rocha field goals in the first half after having first-and-goal. It had an 80-yard touchdown run by Sullivan in the third quarter called back by a holding penalty.

The J-Hawks took the opening kickoff and drove to the Hempstead 19, only to have Koering fumble the football away after a 6-yard gain. So many chances, so few points from them.

“It’s attention to detail and discipline,” Webb said. “Discipline is not a bad thing, it’s a good thing. So listen to your coaches when they talk about discipline. It’s not just what you do on Fridays, it’s how you live your life. And you practice with attention to detail.”

The first of Wiederin interceptions stymied a Hempstead drive, then back Michael Moncivais broke loose from a pack of players in the middle of the line for a 63-yard run that gave Jeff a 1st-and-goal at the Mustangs 10. But three runs by Sullivan netted only six yards, and Rocha was forced to come on for a 21-yard field goal late in the first quarter that provided the game’s first points.

Zenner played tit for tat on the next possession, breaking free for a 65-yard run that set up fullback Carter Daack’s 2-yard TD run, giving Hempstead a 7-3 lead with 15.3 seconds remaining in the first.

Jefferson again had a first-and-goal after Koering ran a double-handoff 68 yards late in the second quarter. But again the J-Hawks couldn’t get the touchdown, a holding penalty key in the missed opportunity.

Rocha came on for a 28-yard field goal that made it a 7-6 game at halftime.

Moncivais had 135 yards rushing for Jefferson, though he was forced out of the game late after taking a hit that appeared to make him extremely woozy. With Zenner’s huge game, Hempstead had 348 rushing yards.

“Matt Zenner is a great player,” said Hempstead Coach Bob McIntyre. “We felt we could run the ball, wear them down some. Absolutely, that was the plan.”

Here is the game boxscore:

Dbq. Hemp. 21, CR Jeff. 12


First downs1711
Rushes-yards46 - 34836 - 232
Passing yards42138
Comp-Att-Int7 - 15 - 212 - 21 - 0
Total yards390370
Fumbles-lost1 - 03 - 2
Punts-average5 - 42.65 - 40.0
Penalties-yards12 - 1005 - 45


Rushing:  Dbq. Hemp. – Matt Zenner 30-272 , Carter Daack 6-43 , Mitchel Hammel 1-20 , Bailey Paulsen 7-10 , Adam Clendenen 1-5  CR Jeff. – Michael Moncivais 13-135 , Benjamin Koering 3-78 , Layne Sullivan 14-25 , Bryce Lund 2-3 , Dakota Tomkins 1-1 , Cameron Frazier 1--1 , Team 2--6

Passing:  Dbq. Hemp. – Bailey Paulsen 7-15-2-42  CR Jeff. – Layne Sullivan 12-21-0-138

Receiving:  Dbq. Hemp. – Matt Zenner 2-14 , Jacob Hodge 2-14 , Chase Bushaw 2-8 , Mitchel Hammel 1-6  CR Jeff. – Benjamin Koering 3-59 , Bryce Lund 2-35 , Brandon Wiederin 2-22 , Michael Moncivais 2-18 , Cameron Frazier 3-4


Dbq. Hemp.707721
CR Jeff.330612


CRJ-Nicholas Rocha 21 FG
DH-Carter Daack 2 run (Christopher Francis kick)
CRJ-Rocha 28 FG
DH-Matt Zenner 22 run (Francis kick)
CRJ-Layne Sullivan 3 run (run failed)
DH-Zenner 68 run (Francis kick)


4 Responses to Zenner runs for 272 yards as Hempstead edges Jefferson

  1. Interesting to hear the coach talk about execution. That seems to me to be all coaching, and the way the coaches coach. Seems some of the Jeff coaches just don’t have what it takes or are not just good teachers of the game.

  2. Mr. Glass after seeing your past posts it is easy to see You are a Wash Parent or a person that does not like Jefferson Football. I would suggest you fact check first. Jeff players were let out of 7th hour performance PE to attend practice. This was to allow the kids to attend Homecoming Parade. Yes that was football related activity but its greater purpose is to teach them a life long skill on how to give back to the community and act in public. This was also displayed earlier in the week when players went to Truman School to interact with the kids and try to relay to them a sense of pride and commitment.
    Both activities were approved by administrators.

    Football and the activities around it may be measured in wins and loses. Great Coaches measure it in what have the kids learned about life and how they conduct themselves after they graduate. Read about Ed Thomas.

    You stated some of the coaches cant coach. I invite you to call the school and ask to coach. You seem to be the expert on it. Get out there and show everyone what we are missing, we invite your help coach and pass on values that the kids can use. I will even pay for your contract the rest of the year.

    You want to raise a stink ask another Metro School what they were doing filming the Jefferson scrimmage. Coach Webb and the JHawk Community handled that with class and did not penalized the innocent kids of the offending school whom had nothing to do with it.

  3. Sir,
    As a long time west sider and an advid jhawk booster you really have me confused. I just don’t want people to be misled about the person who is leading your sons every Friday night.
    Let me ask a few questions. What if my son does not want to miss his AP math or science class for an early practice to go to the parade? Football should not be should not showing kids how to give back to the community and how to act in public, that is the parents job. You’re telling me that all 40 fb players are in the same class at the end of the day? Not likely. Did you know that even though it was approved by the administration, Benson and others from the district were in Mr. McDonald’s office and disproved of this the next day?
    Compare the stats form the Womochil era and Webb’s first two years. They are eerily the same. But the difference is many people would take ten Womochils over Webb. He truly cared about the kids. Sure give me the name of the violators, just check to make sure some of the Jeff coaches did not do the same or had “others” do it also to other teams around the area. You would be surprised.

  4. Hey thanks for your response. This goes to show me that you don’t get it or you haven’t coached at a level above kid league and your views on coaching are all wrong. I mentioned Ed Thomas and you did not even address that or address a chance to get an inside view of the program as a coach. I know Jim Whomochil and he is a great coach and man. He walked into a situation where the culture of the West Side is all wrong. Coach Webb has tried to change that. Have you ever talked to him personally. I can say that and end it there. He doesn’t need to be defended.

    I have hired and fired a lot of employees in my time. I can clearly say with confidence that my best employees have had a well rounded experience in High School and learned values through other activities sponsored by the school.

    I am trying to change the culture. I am not complaining and I welcome you to help.

    The Jeff Staff shows the highest amount of Integrity. The staff does not cheat with illegal recruiting or filming.

    Thanks reply to this post and I will show you how to get involved.

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