DUBUQUE — Cedar Rapids Xavier came to the Rock Bowl Friday night as Class 4A’s No. 1 team, and departed leaving no doubt about the ranking.
The Saints (4-0) had their way with Dubuque Wahlert, cruising to a 38-0 shutout of the Eagles in a Mississippi Valley Conference contest.
Xavier outgained the Golden Eagles, 358-59, in total offense and yielded just two Wahlert first downs. In fact, other than a 41-yard pass play on its fourth drive of the first quarter, Wahlert (2-2) didn’t gained its second first down until the 11:00 mark of the fourth quarter.
“I know for us coaches, we’re always seeking perfection,” Xavier coach Duane Schulte said. “I don’t know if it always looks that way. We want these kids to seek perfection, yet stay humble while you do it.
“We want our kids to respect our opponents, respect our teammates, but keep playing hard.”
After two turnovers, a fumble and an interception, on two of its first three drives of the game, Xavier still led 7-0 on Quinton Scholer’s 7-yard touchdown pass to Wesley Gardner.
The Saints piled on Wahlert in the second quarter, scoring 28 points to take a 35-0 halftime lead.
Xavier wide receiver/defensive end Matt Nelson knew Wahlert was going to challenge the Saints early. He liked how his teammates responded.
“(Wahlert) is a tough team. You have to give them respect in everything they do,” Nelson said. “There’s never a play, though, that we have to take off. We have to get better every day.”
Scholer threw for three touchdowns, one to Gardner and the others to Frank Hill and Joe Welch.
Brendan Miller had 13 carries for 99 yards and a touchdown for the Saints, who take on 3-1 Kennedy at Kingston Stadium Friday.