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By Mikaela Reth, Maquoketa Valley junior
DELHI – Maquoketa Valley conquered Tipton in a close, 21-14, win last Friday, capturing the district title and first-round home playoff game next Wednesday night.
The Wildcats (7-0) are at North Cedar tonight.
Despite winning the game, the Wildcats got off to a rough start.
Tipton scored about two minutes into the game, on its first possession, after Maquoketa Valley fumbled its first handoff. Tipton scored again a minute later. With approximately four minutes remaining in the quarter, Maquoketa Valley scored its first touchdown on a Ryan Parmely run. Rob Bockenstedt successfully made the extra point.
The second period began, 14-7, in Tipton’s favor. However, a minute and a half in, Parmely completed a tailback pass to Aaron Dzaboff, who ran the ball in for a 12-yard touchdown. The extra point was good by Bockenstedt. Then, with less than a minute remaining in the half, Ben Dzaboff passed to Jared Coyle for another 12-yard touchdown. Bockenstedt made the extra point, and the half ended 21-14 in the Wildcats’ favor.
Both teams’ defenses came back strong in the second half, with neither team scoring.
“Our kids settled in nicely, especially on defense and really played well,” Maquoketa Valley Coach Wes Wilson said. “They didn’t give up any big plays and controlled the game. The offense moved the ball nicely, just two or three big penalties killed some drives that we had going.”
Dzaboff, who has recovered from his foot injury, threw 45 yards for the night and Parmely had the 12 yards for a total of 57 yards.
The Wildcats had a total of 243 rushing yards with Parmely leading at 175 yards. Ben Dzaboff had 37 yards and Steve Huber and Trevor Koopman 15 yards each.
Defensively,John Tanner Hargrafen and Steve Huber led with 12 tackles each and Parmely with 10. Zach Salow deflected a pass. Drew Wilson recovered a fumble.
Parmely punted six times, averaging 17.7 yards per punt. Bockenstedt kicked four times, averaging 3.5 yards.