The Easton Valley River Hawks football team ran away from Central City Friday night in Preston, winning 85-0 to run their record to 2-0 on the season.

The River Hawks rushed for 261 yards while holding the Central City Wildcats to a 5-yard loss on the night. 

Kolton Murphy led the River Hawks in rushing with 192 yards. Murphy played only two-and-a-half quarters as coach Tony Johnson pulled out most of his starters midway in the third quarter. Murphy ran for five touchdowns; his longest TD run was 65 yards in the second quarter. He also had scoring runs of 50, 36, 5, and 3 yards for the night. 

“I ran harder this week than I did in the first week,” Murphy said. “The first week I was a little timid and afraid, but tonight I saw the holes and ran hard, and if someone got in my way, I tried to run over them.”

The River Hawks put the ball in the air only seven times and the quarterbacks completed all seven passes, with Conor Gruver going 5/5 for 64 yards and three touchdowns and Ashten Huling going 2/2 for 29 yards and one touchdown. 

Carson Fuegen caught three passes for 48 yards and two touchdowns.

The EV defense was just as good as the offense Friday, limiting the Wildcats to just 18 total yards. The Wildcats achieved their first first down with 10 minutes left in the fourth quarter. 

Andin Farrell led the team in tackles with 10. Daken Kramer chipped in with 6.5 tackles. As a team the River Hawks recorded 59.5 tackles as the Wildcats came away with only 18 tackles as a team.

The River Hawks did record six penalties — one for holding, one for a false start, and four times the kickoff went out of bounds. Coach Johnson said he used a hurry-up offense against the Wildcats because the coaching staff thought it would confuse the opponent and keep them off balance. 

The River Hawks take their Class 8 No. 8 ranking and 2-0 record on the road to play the Lansing Kee Hawks at 7 p.m. Friday. The Hawks also are 2-0 on the season.

In other football news: The Maquoketa Cardinals sat out the team’s second game of the season Sept. 4. A Cardinal varsity player tested positive for COVID-19 one week earlier, and as a precaution, the Cardinals canceled their Aug. 28 and Sept. 4 football games. 

The Cardinals travel to West Liberty Friday night. West Liberty is 2-0 on the season.

Easton Valley 85, 

Central City 0

Central   0    0     0     0 —   0

EV          50  15   13   7 —   85

Team statistics:  EV     CC

First Downs           16       3

Rushing yards      261    (-5)

Passing yards        93     23

Passing TD/INT     4/0    0/1

Total plays            28     44

Total offense        354    18

Fumbles/lost         3-1    5-2

Penalties/yards     2-15   6-35

Punts/average    1/39.0  4/30.5

Individual statistics

Passing — Player Comp-Att-Yrds-TDs-INTs. Conor Gruver 5-5-64-3-0; Ashten Huling 2-2-29-1-0.

Rushing — Kolton Murphy 9-192; Carson Fuegen 2-38; Hayden Felkey 2-21; Porter Fuegen 2-10; Gruver 2-3; Ayden Huling 1-1; Ashten Huling 3(-4).

Receiving — C. Fuegen 3-48; Ethan Farrell 1-29; P. Fuegen 1-18; Ayden Huling 1-0; Parker Olson 1(-2)

Tackle Leaders — Andin Farrell 10.0; Daken Kramer 6.5; Hayden Felkey 5.5; Hudson Felkey 5.5; Keaton Wilson 5.5.

Interception —P. Fuegen 1.

Fumble Recoveries — Andin Farrell1.

Sacks — none.



Edgewood-Coles. 3

Easton Valley 0

(25-19, 25-14, 27-25)

The Easton Valley River Hawks volleyball team hosted Class 1A No. 9-ranked Edgewood-Colesburg Thursday night, Sept. 3. 

The River Hawks lost 3-0 but gave the Vikings a good match, according to head coach Denise Larson. 

“I thought the girls played hard and did a better job in the back row with digs and getting to some ball that we did not get to Saturday when we played in our tournament,” Larson said. “We struggled with our serves tonight. We have to keep our serve success around 90% and tonight we were down to 85%.”

Kaitlyn Kuhl led the River Hawks in kills with 7. She also recorded 8 digs and was 10 for 12 in serves. Mikayla Mitchell finished with 4 kills and Dana Carlson had 3. Paige Thines had a team-high 16 digs. Maddi Klemme finished with 3 blocks. Klemme and Kylee Ready were 100% on serves. Klemme was 6-6 and Ready went 9-9.

The River Hawks play two matches this week. Freshmen, JV and varsity travel to Maquoketa Valley Thursday, Sept. 10, to start play at 5:15 p.m. They play in the Camanche Invitations beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 12. 

Kills — Kaitlyn Kuhl 7; Mikayla Mitchell 4; Dana Carlson 3; Maddi Klemme 2; Liviah Johnson 1. 

Assists — Carlson 8; Keeya Kunde 5; Kuhl 1.

Blocks — Klemme 3; Mitchell 1; Kuhl 1; Johnson 1.

Digs — Paige Thines 16; Kuhl 8; Kunde 4; Kylee Ready 4; Carlson 3; Mitchell 1; Klemme 1.

Aces — Kunde 1; Ready 1.


Cross Country

Bellevue hosted its annual twilight meet with the four high schools in Jackson County Bellevue, Marquette Catholic, Maquoketa and Easton Valley Sept. 1. No team scores were kept, only the top 10 finishers in both boys’ and girls’ competitions. 

Last year’s state qualifier, Aiden Gruver of Easton Valley, finished in a strong second place. Bellevue’s Brady Griebel — also a state qualifier last year — was the boys’ top finisher. Freshman Cameron Tracy finished sixth to be Maquoketa’s top finisher. Jayden Koos placed seventh while Ty Harding rounded out the top 10 in 10th. 

On the girls’ side, Gabby Williamson of Bellevue placed first. The Maquoketa Cardinals placed three runners in the top 10: Reese Kuhlmann third, Addie Michel sixth, and Harley Eye 10th.  For the Easton Valley River Hawks, Lindsey Rueter placed sixth and Jaysie Wood finished in ninth place in her first varsity meet.

This week Easton Valley cross country travels to Springville Tuesday, Sept. 8. The Maquoketa cross country teams travel to Northeast on Thursday, Sept. 10.


(At Bellevue Sept. 1)

Top 10 Individuals — 1. Gabby Williamson (Bellevue) 16:22; 2. Holly Beachamp (Marquette) 16:51; 3. Reese Kuhlmann (Maquoketa) 16:59; 4. Kaley Koos (Marquette) 17:12; 5. Lindsey Rueter (Easton Valley) 17:32; 6. Addie Michel (Maquoketa) 17:49; 7. Delaney Dunne (Bellevue) 18:10; 8. Hannah Braet (Bellevue) 18:20; 9. Jaysie Wood (Easton Valley) 19:07; 10. Harley Eye (Maquoketa) 19:10.

Easton Valley Individual: 5. Lindsey Reuter17:30; 9. Jaysie Wood 19:07; Shy Bowling 25:20


Team scores — No teams score kept.

Top 10 Individuals — 1. Brady Griebel (Bellevue) 12:19; 2. Aiden Gruver (Easton Valley) 13:34; 3. Payton Griebel (Bellevue) 13:51; 4. Sam Dunne (Bellevue) 14:30; 5. Aiden Onken (Bellevue) 14:34; 6. Cameron Tracy (Maquoketa) 14:51; 7. Jayden Koos (Maquoketa) 15:17; 8. Ben Steinbeck (Bellevue) 15:23; 9. Kayden Guenther (Bellevue) 15:26; 10. Ty Harding (Maquoketa) 15:29. 

Easton Valley Individual: 2. Aidan Gruver 13:34; 12. Austin Franzen 15:34; Cole Venema 16:05; Evan Cristof 16:05; Austin Weber 18.11; Evan Meyer 19:41; Logan Drury 22:94; John Portz 24:04.