TIPTON — The Maquoketa Cardinals football team ended up on the short end of the stick Friday night, falling to the Tipton Tigers 49-42. 

The Tigers aimed to stop the Cardinals’ run, and stop the run they did. The Tigers loaded the box with eight or nine defenders on the line. 

By the time the fourth quarter rolled around the Cardinals were down 28-14. The Cardinals’ offense showed up in the fourth quarter, scoring 28 points to make a close game.

But the Cardinals could not stop the Tigers ground game as they rolled up 452 yards and scored seven touchdowns. 

Tipton quarterback Payton Elijah rushed 19 times for 196 yards and four touchdowns. He only attempted seven passes, completing two of them for eight yards.

Cardinal quarterback Kannon Coakley put the ball in the air 37 times, completing 23 passes for 368 yards and five touchdowns with no interceptions. Coakley’s favorite target on the night was Caiden Atienza, who caught 13 passes for 204 yards and three touchdowns. 

Max Keller caught five passes for 47 yards. Connor Becker had one reception for 58 yards, and Tai Streets caught three passes for 43 yards.

Seniors Coakley and Atienza reached career highs for a single game. Coakley’s 368 yards passing surpassed his old mark of 366 yards against Dubuque Wahlert two seasons ago. Coakley’s five touchdown passes are also a career high. Atienza had a career night with 13 receptions, 204 yards, and three touchdowns. 

This Cardinals end the regular season Friday at Camanche then head to the playoffs next week.

Tipton 49

Maquoketa 42 

Maq014028 — 42

Tipton771421 —49

Team statistics             M    T

First Downs                   16    26

Rushing yards                6     456

Passing yards                368    8

Passing TD/INT             5/0   0/0

Total plays                    51    67

Total offense               363    464

Fumbles / lost             0/0     1/0

Penalties / yards         9/101     10/79

Punts / average          3/40.7    2/30.5

Individual statistics

Passing (Comp-Att-Yrds-TDs-INTs) — Kannon Coakley 23-37-368-0-0

Rushing — Coakley 11-14; Connor Becker 2-(-4); Isaac Koppang 1-(-4).

Receiving — Caiden Atienza 13-204; Becker 1-58; Max Keller 5-47; Tai Streets 3-43; Hunter Connolly 1-16. 

Tackle Leaders — Becker 13.0; Tai Streets 5.0; Ben Thines 5.0.

Interceptions —None.

Fumble Recoveries — None.

Sacks — Atienza 1.

 

Don Bosco 54

Easton Valley 34 

The Easton Valley River Hawks football team took on the Don Bosco Dons, the No. 1 team in eight-player football. The Dons defeated the River Hawks last year for the right to go to the UNI Dome in Cedar Falls last year, so this year’s EV team was looking for a victory and a little revenge.

The Dons’ high-flying offense came to Preston averaging 76.6 points a game, and the River Hawks defense has only given up 20.6 points a game, so something had to give.

The Dons scored two minutes into the game on a Carson Tenold 41-yard touchdown run. The two-point conversion was no good, keeping the score 6-0. 

Easton Valley’s Carson Fuegen ran back the ensuing kickoff for a touchdown, and the Ethan Farrell kick was good, giving the River Hawks a 7-6 lead with 9:50 left in the second quarter. This was the first time the Dons had been behind in a game all season. 

The River Hawks extended their lead 28-20 on a Conor Gruver 10-yard pass completion to Parker Olson with 11:37 to play in the second quarter. That’s when Don Bosco took over the game, scoring the next 34 points to take a commanding 54-28 lead with 6:08 left in the game. 

The River Hawks scored a late touchdown with 4:38 left in the game to make the final score 54-34.

Gruver is starting to get comfortable at the quarterback position as he threw for 206 yards and three touchdowns on 19 completions on 40 attempts. Gruver also rushed for 69 yards on eight attempts.

The River Hawks could not contain Dons quarterback Cael Frost as he rushed for 368 yards and four touchdowns on 37 attempts. He attempted 14 passes, completing only four passes for 104 yards and two TDs.

River Hawks coach Tony Johnson said his team played well overall.

“It’s just the other team does a lot of things and they do them all really good. That’s why they are hard to beat,” Johnson said. “But I think we are getting closer to where we can beat the top teams.”

DB 20  12  8  14 —  54

EV 21   7   0   6 —   34

Team statistics     DB  EV

First Downs            22   20

Rushing yards        466  165

Passing yards        104  206

Passing TD/INT      2/0  3/1

Total plays            64    72

Total offense        570   371

Fumbles / lost      1/1   0/0

Penalties / yards  13/105    6/50

Punts / average    2/22.5    3/37.7

Individual statistics

Passing — (Comp-Att-Yrds-TDs-INTs.) Conor Gruver 19-40-206-3-1. 

Rushing — Gruver 8-69; Kolton Murphy 13-48; Porter Fuegen 8-32; Andin Farrell 1-10; Carson Fuegen 2-6.

Receiving — C. Fuegen 8-104; Parker Olson 3-44; P. Fuegen 5-33; Murphy 3-25. 

Tackle Leaders — Keaton Wilson 9.0; P. Fuegen 8.5; Farrell 8; Hudson Felkey 7.0.

Interceptions —None.

Fumble Recoveries — Wilson 1.

Sacks — None.

 

Volleyball

The Maquoketa Cardinals volleyball team kicked off last week against the Class 4A No. 7 Marion Indians in the Cardinals gym Sept. 29. 

The Indians swept the Cardinals 3-0.

Playing the top-ranked teams has proven difficult this year, according to coach Nicole Snyder.

“The girls played well but we just can’t keep up to some of those top teams, but we are getting closer,” Snyder said. 

Natalie Ehlinger and Carley Davis led the team in kills with six. Tenley Cavanagh recorded 18 assists. Davis had three blocks, Bowman came in with a team high 21 digs, and Mikaela Burken recorded the only ace for the Cardinals. 

The Cardinals were supposed to travel to Central DeWitt but the contest was postponed after the school district reported a positive COVID-19 test. 

On Saturday, Oct. 3, the Cards traveled to Northeast High School in Goose Lake to play two matches which they won by sweeping Calamus-Wheatland and Camanche 2-0 each. 

Ehlinger lead the way Saturday with 14 kills. Cavanagh recorded 39 assists while Lemke and Davis recorded two blocks. Bowman’s 14 digs were a team high, and Burken recorded three aces on the day.

Ehlinger is playing her senior season after going down last season with a knee injury.

“It does not bother me too much, but I have to do more stretching than I did last year,” Ehlinger said. “I don’t think about my knee once I am on the court unless the ball is close to the net. That’s how my injury occurred last season.”

Marion 3

Maquoketa 0 

(25-15, 25-17, 25-14) 

Kills — Natalie Ehlinger 6; Carley Davis 6; Madilyn Lemke 4; Mikaela Burken 3; Kallie Brown 1. 

Assists — Tenley Cavanagh 18; Addie Bowman 2.

Blocks — Davis 3; Lemke 2; Brown 1; Cavanagh 1.

Digs — Bowman 21; Ehlinger 5; CJ Yeager 5; Cavanagh 3; Burken 3; Brown 2.

Aces — Burken 1.

 

Maquoketa 2

Cal-Wheat 0

(25-12, 25-14)

(At Goose Lake Oct. 3)

Kills — Natalie Ehlinger 9; Madilyn Lemke 5; Tenley Cavanagh 3; Mikaela Burken 3. 

Assists — Cavanagh 17; Addie Bowman 3.

Blocks — Lemke 2;  Kallie Brown 1.

Digs — Burken 8; Ehlinger 6; Bowman 3; CJ Yeager 3; Cavanagh 2; Brown 1.

Aces — Yeager 3; Cavanagh 2; Burken 1.

 

Maquoketa 2

Camanche 0

(25-14, 25-15)

(At Goose Lake Oct. 3)

Kills — Mikaela Burken 8; Natalie Ehlinger 5; Madilyn Lemke 5; Carley Davis 3; Kallie Brown 2; Tenley Cavanagh 1. 

Assists — Cavanagh 22; Brown 1; Burken1.

Blocks — Davis 2; Ehlinger 1; Lemke 1; Burken 1.

Digs — Addie Bowman 11; Cavanagh 6; Burken 5; Ehlinger 4; CJ Yeager 3; Lemke 2.

Aces — Burken 2; Cavanagh 1; Yeager 1.

 

MILES — The Easton Valley volleyball team split two decisions last week. Both went five games as the River Hawks defeated Cedar Valley Christian 3-2 on Sept. 29, then lost to Prince of Peace 3-2.

Mikayla Mitchell led Easton Valley in kills last week with 23; Kaitlyn Kuhl recorded 20, Dana Carlson 14, Maddi Klemme 13, Aleah Johnson 6, and Liviah Johnson 5. 

Kuhl led the way in digs with 26; Paige Thines had 24, Keeya Kunde 13, Carlson 12, and Ready 10. 

Ace serving leaders last week were Carlson 7, Kuhl 4, Thines 4, Klemme 3, Kunde 2, Ready 1, and Zoe Espirdon 1. 

Coach Dense Larson said last week’s matches proved to be “very competitive.” 

“At times, I feel we have played at the best for the season,” Larson said. “Unfortunately, we continue to ride a bit of a roller coaster as our confidence waivers from game to game. We find ourselves in a hole and work very hard to get back towards the top, but the hole has been dug to deep. We have really become a very aggressive offensive team as well as giving other teams a lot of trouble with our blocking. We will continue to work on some of the mental parts of the game.”

Easton Valley 3

Cedar Valley Christian 2

(25-22, 20-25, 25-21, 23-25, 18-16) 

Kills — Kaitlyn Kuhl 15; Mikayla Mitchell 14; Maddi Klemme 9; Dana Carlson 8; Aleah Johnson 4; Liviah Johnson 3. 

Assists — Carlson 27; Keeya Kunde 15; Zoe Espirdon 2; A. Johnson 1; Paige Thines 1.

Blocks — L. Johnson 4; A. Johnson 3; Klemme 3; Mitchell 1.

Digs — Thines 13; Kuhl 13; Kunde 8; Kylee Ready 7; Carlson 6; Mitchell 4; Klemme 2; Espirdon 2.

Aces — Thines 3; Kuhl 2; Kunde 1; Espirdon 1; Carlson 1.

 

Prince of Peace 3

Easton Valley 2

(21-25, 25-20, 25-10, 21-25, 5-15)

(At Clinton Oct. 1)

Kills — Mikayla Mitchell 9; Dana Carlson 6; Kaitlyn Kuhl 5; Maddi Klemme 4; Aleah Johnson 2; Liviah Johnson 2. 

Assists — Carlson 11; Keeya Kunde 7; Kuhl 3; A. Johnson 1; L. Johnson 1; Paige Thines 1; Kylee Ready 1.

Blocks — Klemme 4; Mitchell 3; L. Johnson 3; A. Johnson 2; Kuhl 2.

Digs — Kuhl 13; Thines 11; Carlson 6; Kunde 5; Klemme 3; Ready 3; Mitchell 2; L. Johnson 1.

Aces — Carlson 6; Klemme 3; Kuhl 2; Thines 1; Kunde 1; Ready 1.

 

Cross Country

EPWORTH — Maquoketa’s cross country teams are starting to return to full strength with freshman Reese Kuhlman back on the course at the Western Dubuque Invitational Thursday, Oct. 1.

It was not ideal conditions to run in, with overcast skies and light rain, wind blowing 15-30 mph and the temperature a cool 54 degrees. Kuhlman was the top girl’s finisher with a time of 22:42. Addison Michel finished 49 seconds behind Kuhlman, finishing in 58th place with a time of 23:31.

Cameron Tracy is still out of the line-up for the boys’ team. Freshman Tye Hardin finished tops for the Cardinals Thursday with a time of 20:41. Fellow freshman Breckin Downey finished second for the Cardinals in 86th place in 20:52. 

The cross country season is winding down with two more weeks left in the regular season.

• Boys

Team scores — 1. Decorah 41; 2. Cedar Rapids Kennedy 76; 3. Monticello 92; 4. Wahlert Catholic 110; 5. Western Dubuque 126.

Top 5 Individuals — 1. Brady Hogan (Decorah) 16:37; 2. Nathan Munshower (Wahlert Catholic) 17:00; 3. Miles Wilson (Cedar Rapids Kennedy) 17:07; 4. Noah Lovelace (D) 17:09.5; 5. Jacob Bruns (CRK) 17:09.9.

Maquoketa Individuals — 82. Tye Hardin 20:41; 86. Breckin Downey 20:52; Steven Crist 21:35; 102. Vincent Frana 22:42; 103. Jayden Koos 23:26; 107. Jace Armbruster 24:52.

• Girls

Team scores — 1. Wahlert Catholic 38; 2. Western Dubuque 44; 3. Decorah 97; 4. Monticello 124; 5. Cedar Rapids Kennedy 127.

Top 5 Individuals — 1. Rebecca Anderson (Decorah) 18:56; 2. Gabby Moran (Wahlert Catholic) 19:15; 3. Alix Oliver (WC) 19:34; 4. Alyssa Klein (Western Dubuque) 19:34; 5. Lauren Klein (WD) 19:58.

Maquoketa Individuals — 37. Reese Kuhlman 22:42; 58. Addison Michel 23:31; 67. Olivia McDermott 24:02; 77. Harley Eye 25:19; 79. Ali Simmons 25:38; 82. Ariana Payton 25:42.

 

• Boys 

LOWDEN — Easton Valley cross country team scrambled to find a meet to participate in last week after Western Dubuque cut their meet to only 3A and 4A schools. Coach Mike Kelly enrolled the boys’ team at the North Cedar meet Sept. 28 at the 3-30 Golf Course & Country Club in Lowden.

That was perfect for the River Hawks’ Aiden Grover, who took first place with a time of 18:26. Grover finished 29 seconds ahead of the second-place finisher. This is Grover’s second career win; last season he won at Springville with a time of 18:53, defeating the second-place runner by 43 seconds. 

EV freshman Cole Venema continues to finish second for coach Kelly and the River Hawks. Venema finished 15th with a time of 20:57. He keeps improving at every meet, cutting seconds off his times.

Team scores — 1. Northeast 25; 2. Wilton 44; 3. Easton Valley 69; 3. Durant 69.

Top 5 Individuals — 1. Aidan Grover (Easton Valley) 18:26; 2. Thomas Machande (Northeast) 18:55; 3. Jake Walton (Wilton) 19:05; 4. Nate Ketelsen (NE) 19:17; 5. Jace Rathje (NE) 19:18.

Easton Valley Individuals — 1. Aidan Gruver 18:26; 15. Cole Venema 20:57; 20. Austin Franzen 22:23; 24. Evan Christof 23:40; 28. Evan Meyer 25:35; 29. Austin Weber 26:13.

Bowling

Saturday

Night

Mixed

(Sept. 26, 2020)

Women’s

games

Robin Westphal 177

Vi Dague170

Women’s

Series

Connie Yarloem 452

Men’s

High

Scores

DJ Glacer    200   507

Joe Westcott   199

Terry Dascher   192, 194, 183, 569

Randy Weirup   180

Standings

TeamWins

1. Lane Trouble   11

2. Davidson Construction   10

3. Ball Buster   9

4. Gone Fishing   8

5. Dittmer Recycling   6

6. TLC Greenhouse   4