The River Hawks kept its undefeated season and the hopes of a district championship alive last Friday night by defeating the Edgewood-Colesburg Vikings 60-14 in Preston.

On senior night and Tackle Cancer night, the River Hawks kicked off to the Vikings to start the game. The Vikings lost yards on their first two running plays, but on third and 13 the Vikings completed a pass for one of their 5 first downs. 

Three plays later the Vikings punted the ball to the River Hawks. On the River Hawks first play from scrimmage, Conor Gruver threw a screen pass to Aiden Farrell for a 15-yard gain. Seven plays later Charlie Simpson scored on a 4-yard touchdown run for a 7-0 lead 3 minutes into the game. 

The Vikings ran the kickoff back to the River Hawk’s 38-yard line. One play later the Vikings’ Ike Jones ran for 35 yards and a touchdown; the 2-point try was no good, giving the River Hawks a 7-6 lead. 

Aidan Gruver returned the kickoff 78 yards for a touchdown. ED-CO’s Jones ran the kickoff to the 12 yard line. The Vikings scored on a 4th and 11 on a 13-yard pass play. The 2-point try was good evening the score at 14-14. 

Three minutes later Charlie Simpson gave the River Hawks the lead back with an 8-yard run. The extra point was no good, leaving the score 20-14 with 3:12 left in the first quarter. With 45 seconds left in the first, Simpson ran 1 yard for another TD, extending the River Hawks’ lead 26-14. The Vikings would not score the rest of the game. 

C. Gruver threw one touchdown pass of 35 yards to Hayden Felkey with 6:55 left in the second quarter. Andin Farrell ran for a 1-yard touchdown to round out the River Hawks’ scoring with 5:34 left in the third quarter. 

The Vikings had a difficult time bringing down Simpson, who carried the ball 16 times for 150 yards and 6 touchdowns. 

Simpson gave the offensive line all the credit. 

“If it was not for my line opening holes up the middle, I would not get any yards. The line is a really big help; they give me time to get outside,” Simpson said. “About halfway they tried to cover me with a zone. We put some extra blockers out and we just kept going with it.”

Coach Tony Johnson said, “Our game plan was just like it has been all season — to see what the defense gives us and go from there. We try to balance as possible — if we have to attack through the air we will, or if we can run it, we will. I knew they had some speed; that was probably one of the fastest team we played so far. We play the up-tempo to keep the opponents guessing and we pride ourselves in being in top condition.”

This is Week 8, the final game in the regular season for 8-player football. The undefeated 7-0 River Hawks will travel about 2 hours and 30 minutes to face the 7-0 Kee High in Lansing on Friday. 

EASTON VALLEY 60

EDGEWOOD-COLESBURG 14

Team stats

                         EC    EV

1st downs          5      25

Rushing            36    218

Passing             56    182

Pass TD/INT      1/1   1/1

Total plays         50    57

Total offense      92   400

Fumbles/lost     1/0   2/1

Pen/yards        7/55  4/50

Punts/avg       6/33   2/23.5

Individual statistics

Passing — Conor Gruver 15/21, 185 yards, 1 TD, 1 Int; Kael Johnson 2/4 (-3) yards, 0 TD, 0 Int.

Rushing — Charlie Simpson 16-150; Andin Farrell 7-35; C. Gruver 3-17; Ayden Huling 2-9; Aidan Gruver 1-5; Carson Fuegen 1-4; Kyler Wilson 1 (-2).

Receiving — Hayden Felkey 4-83; Fuegen 7-66; Farrell 4-36; Dylon Dyson 2 (-3).

Tackle Leaders — Farrell 12; Dillon Beck 7.5; Fuegen 6; Felkey 5.

Interception — A. Gruver 1.

Fumble Recoveries — None.

Sacks — None.

Mustangs outrun Cards in 41-7 loss

The 3-3 Mount Vernon Mustangs handed the Maquoketa Cardinals their seventh straight loss 41-7 during the Mustang’s homecoming game.

The Cardinals put up 226 total yards of offensive but came away with only seven points. As is has all season, the turnover bug was not kind to the Cardinals as the Cardinals lost a fumble and threw an interception.

Quarterback Hunter Manning attempted 33 passes, completing only seven of those passes for 111 yards. Once Manning found an open receiver, he averaged almost 16 yards (15.9) a catch. 

The Cardinals used three quarterbacks in the game. Kasey Coakley completed three passes out of five attempts for 27 yards. Sophomore Carter Meyer saw his first varsity action completing two passes for a loss of 2 yards.

Meyer also ran the ball four times for 34 yards. Isaac Koppang was the Cardinals’ workhorse on the ground with 11 carries for 56 yards and one touchdown. Sophomore Braedon Tranel caught four passes for 61 yards; Max Keller caught two passes for 44 yards.

Coach Riley Brockway is starting to get some sophomores some playing time.

Tranel also recorded his first interception at the varsity level. Sophomores Dalton Davis and Jackson Van Keuren each recorded at least 1 tackle.

The Cardinals have two more home games left in the season. This week the 6-1 Benton Bobcats come to town to tangle with the 0-7 Cardinals.

MOUNT VERNON 41

MAQUOKETA 7

Team stats           M       MV

1st downs            NA       NA

Rushing               90       209

Passing              136       204

Pass TD/INT       0/1        1/1

Total plays          71          62

Total offense      226       413

Fumbles/lost      1/1        0/0

Pen/yards          NA         NA

Punts/avg         6/26      6/31

Individual statistics

Passing — Hunter Manning 7-33, 111 yards, 0 TD, 1 Int; Kasey Coakley 3-5, 27 yards, 0 TD, 0 Int; Carter Meyer 2-5, (-2) yards, 0 TD, 0 Int.

Rushing — Isaac Koppang 11-56; Meyer 4-34; Manning 3-11; Tai Streets 1-(-1); Johnny Burns 1-(-3) Coakley 1-(-6).

Receiving — Braedon Tranel 4-61; Max Keller 2-44; Bruns 2-18; Streets 2-9; Manning 1-8; Koppang 1(-4).

Tackle Leaders — Connor Manning 11; Tyson Wilhelm 8; Emmett Portz 6; Koppang 5.

Interception — Tranel 1.

Fumble Recoveries — None.

Sacks — Cael Koob 1; Jackson Van Keuren 1.

• Volleyball

Cardinals lose nail-biter, then win Durant tourney

The Maquoketa Cardinals and Solon Spartans battled to a five-game match. The Spartans took down the Cardinals 15-9 in game five to win the match.

After senior night festivities, the Cardinals found themselves down 10-15 midway in game one. They narrowed the gap 19-21. 

The Spartans led 21-24 and needed one more point to win game one. But, the Cardinals got the serve back and scored the next five points for a come-from-behind win that excited the crowd. 

The Cardinals lost game two and three by identical 22-25scores. 

The Cardinals make quick work of the Spartans in game four 25-15, evening the match at two games apiece. 

In the fifth and deciding game, the Cardinals won the coin toss to serve first. After jumping to an early 2-0 lead the Cards found themselves down 5-10. But there is no quit in the Cardinals as they closed the gap to 9-13. That is as close as they would get as the Spartans finished the game 9-15. 

The two evenly matched teams had numerous long volleys with both sides making diving saves to extend the point.

“We should of won it in four games,” said Cardinal coach Nicole Snyder. “In game two we had three serving errors and we lost it by those points. We just have to get the ball over the net.”

The teams’ stats showed an even matchup: Solon 51 kills, Maquoketa 45; Solon 49 assists, Maquoketa 43; Solon 89 digs, Maquoketa 65; and Solon and Maquoketa both with 9 aces. 

The Cardinals traveled to Durant Oct. 9 to take part in the Durant Tournament. The Cardinals placed 1st defeating Fort Madison 2-0, Davenport West 2-0, Durant 2-1. 

Jackie Miller was the Cardinals kills leader for the weekend with 21, Emma Chapin recorded 18 kills, while Mikaela Burken had 16. Tenley Cavanagh recorded 60 assists, Miller with five blocks, CJ Yeager the team with 19 digs, while Burken had 13 digs. Sophomore Carley Cavanagh served up six Aces, while Clare Hackman recorded 4, and Jordan Armbruster had 3 Aces.

SOLON 3

MAQUOKETA 2

(26-24, 22-25, 22-25, 25-15, 9-15)

(At Maquoketa Oct. 5)

Kills — Mikaela Burken 12; Emma Chapin 12; Jackie Miller 9; Carley Cavanagh 6; Carley Davis 4; Tenley Cavanagh 2.

Assists — T. Cavanagh 40; C. Cavanagh 1; Jordan Armbruster 1; CJ Yeager 1.

Blocks — Miller 7; C. Cavanagh 3; Davis 3; T. Cavanagh 1; Chapin 1.

Digs — Yeager 19; Burken 17; T. Cavanagh 10; Armbruster 8; C. Cavanagh 6; Grace Wing 4; Chapin 1.

Aces — Yeager 3; C. Cavanagh 2; Jenna Wiebenga 2; Burken 1; Chapin1

 

MAQUOKETA 2

FORT MADISON 0

(21-14, 21-12.)

(At Durant Oct. 9)

Durant Tournament

Kills — Jackie Miller 6; Emma Chapin 5; Mikaela Burken 4; Carley Cavanagh 4; Tenley Cavanagh 1.

Assists — T. Cavanagh 18; CJ Yeager 2; C. Cavanagh 1.

Blocks — T. Cavanagh 1; Carley Davis 1; Chapin 1.

Digs — Jordan Armbruster 7; Yeager 5; T. Cavanagh 3; Burken 2; Chapin 2; Grace Wing 2; C. Cavanagh 1.

Aces — Armbruster 2; Yeager 1; C. Cavanagh 1; Clare Hackman 1.

 

MAQUOKETA 2

DAVENPORT WEST 0

(21-7, 21-11)

(At Durant Oct. 9.)

Kills — Mikaela Burken 8; Jackie Miller 5; Emma Davis 4; Carley Davis 2; Carley Cavanagh 1; Tenley Cavanagh 1.

Assists — T. Cavanagh 19; Burken 1.

Blocks — Miller 2.

Digs — Jordan Armbruster 5; CJ Yeager 3; Mikaela Burken 3; Grace Wing 3; T. Cavanagh 1; Chapin 1.

Aces — C. Cavanagh 4; Clare Hackman 2; Armbruster 1.

 

MAQUOKETA 2

DURANT 1

(19-25, 25-18, 15-9)

(At Durant Oct. 9)

Kills — Jackie Miller 10; Emma Chapin 9; Mikaela Burken 4; Carley Davis 3; Tenley Cavanagh 2; Carley Cavanagh 1.

Assists — T. Cavanagh 23; CJ Yeager 2; Burken 1.

Blocks — Miller 5; T. Cavanagh 2; Davis 1; Chapin 1

Digs — Yeager 11; Burken 8; T. Cavanagh 4; Grace Wing 3; C. Cavanagh 2; Jordan Armbruster 1.

Aces — C. Cavanagh 1; T. Cavanagh 1; Clare Hackman 1.

 

EV wins two; conference tournament now starts

The Easton Valley River Hawks volleyball team traveled to traveled to Lisbon to try to tame the Class 1A 4th-ranked Lions. But, it was not meant to be as the Lions swept the River Hawks in three games. 

The Lions snapped the River Hawks’ three-match winning streak. The River Hawks are 11-3 in the last 14 games.

Kaitlyn Kuhl led the team with 10 kills. Renee Hartung recorded 6 kills and 5 assists, and she led the team with 4 blocks, 13 digs, and 1 ace.

On Thursday, Marquette Catholic came to town for the River Hawks’ senior night. Coach Denise Larson and the River Hawks volleyball team honored 11 seniors before the match. 

It took the River Hawks a while to get their feet back under them after all the festivities. During the first game the Mohawks held a 14-11 lead before the River Hawks regrouped and eventually tied the match at 18-18 then went on to win the game 25-20. The River Hawks dominated the next two games 25-6 and 25-3 for a sweep on the night.

“You never know how the girls will react after senior night when they get back on the court,” Larson said after the game. “And we did not play good for most of the first game before turning it around.”

Freshman Hadley Farrell and senior Mikayla Mitchell each had 9 kills to pace the River Hawks. Senior Kaitlyn Kuhl chipped in with 8 kills. Senior Renee Hartung had a team-high 16 assists and 2 blocks. Kuhl recorded 11 digs, while Farrell scored four aces in the match.

The 15-6 River Hawks open the Tri-Rivers Conference tournament against 10-18 Prince of Peace in Miles on Thursday, Oct. 14, at 9 p.m.

LISBON 3

EASTON VALLEY 0

(22-25, 19-25, 15-25)

(At Lisbon Oct. 5)

Kills — Kaitlyn Kuhl 10; Renee Hartung 6; Hadley Farrell 4; Mikayla Mitchell 2; Aleah Johnson 2; Dana Carlson 1.

Assists — Carlson 15; Hartung 5; Kuhl 4.

Blocks — Hartung 4; Mitchell 3; Johnson 2; Carlson 1.

Digs — Hartung 13; Kuhl 8; Farrell 7.

Aces — Hartung 1.

 

EASTON VALLEY 3

MARQUETTE CATHOLIC 0

(25-20, 25-6, 25-3)

(At Miles Oct. 7)

Kills — Mikayla Mitchell 9; Hadley Farrell 9; Kaitlyn Kuhl 8; Dana Carlson 3; Renee Hartung 2; Aleah Johnson 2.

Assists — Hartung 16; Carlson 9; Kuhl 1; Johnson 1. 

Blocks — Hartung 2; Mitchell 1: Johnson 1.

Digs — Kuhl 11; Farrell 6; Kylee Ready 5; Hartung 4; Johnson 3; Carlson 2; Jaysie Wood 2; Mitchell 1; Rissa Yaddof 1.

Aces — Farrell 4; Carlson 3; Hartung 1; Mitchell 1; Kuhl 1; Johnson 1.

 

• Cross Country

Jim Hetrick Invitational

(At DeWitt Oct. 7)

• Boys

Team scores — 1.Bettendorf 54; 2. Davenport Central 64; 3. North Scott 73; 4. Clear Creek-Amana 116; 5. Clinton 141.

Top 5 Individuals — 1. Chase Wakefield (Bettendorf) 16:55.66; 2. Luke Crawford (North Scott) 16:58.51; 3. Gavin Zillyette (Clear Creek-Amana) 17:28.23; 4. Ethan Cole (Bettendorf) 17:38.53; 5. Marcus Blount (Prince of Peace) 17:40.78.

Maquoketa Individuals — 42. Cameron Tracy 18:59; 84. Jacob Naab 20:22.98; 91. Breckin Downey 21:05.46; 101. Victor Frana 22:19; 102. Aiden Claus 22:20.92; 103. Vincent Frana 22:29.87; 104. Jayden Koos 22:48.76

• Girls

Team scores — 1. North Scott 49; 2. Bettendorf 85; 3. Clear Creek-Amana 91; 4. Davenport Assumption 113; 5. Davenport Central 116.

Top 5 Individuals — 1. Noelle Steines (Cal-Wheat) 18:38.23; 2. Lois Blackman (Davenport Central) 19:39.39; 3. Faith Nead (North Scott) 19:43.88; 4. Merin Crowder (Central) 19:52.17; 5. Haidyn Barker (Clear Creek-Amana) 19:55.42.

Maquoketa Individuals — 76. Harley Eye 25:02.67; 91. Brittney Hovey 26:18; 92. Ali Simmons 26:19; 93. Ariana Payton 26:23.72; 97. Evelyn Nelson 27:31.33; 98. Olivia McDermott 27:42.25.