West Liberty — The Maquoketa Cardinal football team had an unexpected two weeks off due to the coronavirus pandemic before they could play a season opener, taking on the fifth-ranked Class 2A West Liberty Comets on the road for what was supposed to be a tough game Sept. 11

The Cards dominated the Comets from the opening coin toss, winning 27-6.

The Cardinals won the coin toss and deferred, taking the ball in the second half and putting the defense on the field first. That strategy paid off, as the defense held the Comets to a quick three and out to force a punt. 

All the Cardinals did when they got the ball was drive 81 yards for a quick 6-0 lead. Senior quarterback Kannon Coakley capped the drive with a 2-yard touchdown run at the 6:32 mark in the first quarter. The Cardinals scored on their first three possessions of the game. 

The Comets’ second possession of the game resulted in a turnover to the Cardinals on downs as the defense held on a fourth and short. The Cardinals ran the ball down for another score as senior running back Connor Becker scored on a 2-yard plunge at the end of the first quarter, giving the Cardinals a 12-0 lead. 

The next two Comets possessions ended by interceptions, both by Maquoketa junior Tyson Wilhelm. After Wilhelm’s first interception, Coakley scored his second touchdown of the half on an 8-yard run with 5:41 until halftime for a 20-0 lead.

Maquoketa’s performance in the delayed season opener impressed Cardinals Coach Kevin Bowman.

“Our guys really impressed me,” Bowman said. However, he quickly added, “We had some foolish penalties in the third and fourth quarters, but overall I was pleased with the way our kids performed. The key was scoring first and getting the momentum early.”

Coakley finished the game with 220 yards rushing on 25 carries and threw just seven passes, completing three of them for 13 yards. 

“The weather had nothing to do with our game plan,” Coakley said. “We were going to run the football. The Comets were short on kids, so we were going to run the ball and try to wear them down.” 

Becker finished with 81 yards on 19 rushing attempts.

The Cardinals lost the complete shut-out with 7:25 left in the game when Jahsiah Galvan scored on a 24-yard rushing touchdown to get West Liberty on the board.

The Cardinals (1-0) home opener will be Saturday, Sept. 19, against the Monticello Panthers (2-0) starting about 7:15 p.m.

MAQUOKETA 27

WEST LIBERTY 6 

Maq   12 8  0  7 — 27

WL     0  0  0  6 — 6

Team statistics           M    WL

Rushing yards             355   137

Passing yards              15     23

Passing TD/INT           0/1   0/2

Total plays                  63     31

Total offense              370   160

Fumbles/lost               0/0   1/0

Punt average            2/37.5    3/30

Individual statistics

Passing (Comp-Att-Yrds-TDs-INTs) — Kannon Coakley 3-7-15-0-1.

Rushing — Coakley 25-241; Connor Becker 19-83; Isaac Koppang 6-26; Payton Schueller 3-13 Sean Swanson 1-0; Hunter Manning 2-0.

Receiving — Max Keller 3-15.

Tackle Leaders — Becker 9; Caiden Atienza 4; Schueller 4.

Interception —Tyson Wilhelm 2

Fumble Recoveries — None

Sacks — None

 

Easton Valley

(At Lansing Kee Sept. 11)

Lansing — The Easton Valley River Hawks ran to another eight-man victory Friday night in Lansing, downing the Kee Hawks 54-14.

Kolton Murphy started the scoring for the River Hawks as he ran for a 4-yard touchdown run with 5:17 left in the first quarter. The Kee Hawks ran the ensuing kickoff back for a touchdown, knotting the score at 6-6. 

Conor Gruver put the River Hawks ahead for good as he connected on a passing strike to Parker Olson for 25 yards.

Murphy had three touchdown runs (4, 1, and 13 yards) while running the ball 18 times for 64 yards. Porter Fuegen rushed for 65 yards on just seven passes and scored a touchdown. Carson Fuegen had one carry for 37 yards and one touchdown.

The River Hawks defense flexed its muscles, scoring two touchdowns. Olson returned a fumble back 43-yards for a touchdown while Andin Farrell returned an interception back 46 yards for a touchdown.

The undefeated, eighth-ranked River Hawks travel to the undefeated No. 9 Springville Orioles (3-0) Friday, at 7 p.m.

Easton Valley 54

Lansing Kee 14

EV 14 34 0  6 — 54

LK   6  0  0  8 — 14

Team statistics      EV   LK

First Downs             13     5

Rushing yards       166    34

Passing yards         53    33

Passing TD/INT      1/1   0/1

Total plays             45    38

Total offense        219    67

Fumbles/lost        2/0    2/2

Penalties/yards    2/20  2/30

Punts/average     3-34.7   6/27.7

Individual statistics

Passing (Comp-Att-Yrds-TDs-INTs) — Conor Gruver 6-13-55-1-1; Porter Fuegen 1-4(-2) 0-0.

Rushing — P. Fuegen 7-65; Kolton Murphy 18-64; Carson Fuegen 1-37; Ashten Huling 1-0; Gruver 1 (-2). 

Receiving — C. Fuegen 3-35; Parker Olson 2-30; Murphy 2 (-12). 

Tackle Leaders — Hudson Felkey 10.5; Andin Farrell 7; Olson 5; Hayden Felkey 4; P. Feugen 3.5.

Interception — Farrell 1.

Fumble Recoveries — Olson 1; Hayden Felkey 1.

Sacks — Olson 1; Hudson Felkey 1.

 

Volleyball

Dyersville — After having 11 days off between matches, the Maquoketa Cardinals volleyball team played the Class 2A fifth-ranked Beckman Trailblazers Sept. 8 on the road. 

The Trailblazers swept the Cardinals 3-0. The Cardinals started slow,  losing 25-11 in the first match, 25-13 in the second match, and 25-16 in the third. 

Senior Natalie Ehlinger made her return the floor after an injury last year. She and Madilyn Lemke led the Cardinals in kills with seven. Ehlinger also recorded eight digs and one ace. Tenley Cavanagh chipped in with two kills, 24 assists, one block and four digs. Senior Addie Bowman had 15 digs, two assists, and one ace on the night.

The Cardinals were scheduled to play their home opener Tuesday against the No. 1-ranked Mount Vernon in Class 3A. Varsity started at 7:30 p.m. On Saturday the Cardinals travel to Benton Community for a tournament starting at 9 a.m. 

Beckman Catholic 3

Maquoketa 0

(25-11, 25-13, 25-16)

Kills — Natalie Ehlinger 7; Madilyn Lemke 7; Emma Chapin 6; Jackie Miller 5; Tenley Cavanagh 2.

Assists — Cavanagh 24; Addie Bowman 2; CJ Yeager 1.

Blocks — Miller 3; Carley Davis 2; Cavanagh 1; Lemke 1.

Digs — Bowman 15; Ehlinger 8; Yeager 6; Lemke 4; Cavanagh 4; Chapin 4.

Aces — Bowman 1; Ehlinger 1.

Maquoketa Valley 3

Easton Valley 0

(25-18, 25-15, 25-15)

The Easton Valley volleyball team had a busy week last week, winning one of four matches. 

For the tournament in Camanche, the stat leaders were: Kills — Kaitlyn Kuhl 10, Maddi Klemme 6, Aleah Johnson 2, Mikayla Mitchell 2, Dana Carlson 2, Zoe Espiridon 1, Liviah Johnson 1; Assists — Carlson 10, Keeya Kunde 5, Kuhl 2, L. Johnson 2; Blocks assists — L. Johnson 1, Klemme 1; blocks — Klemme 2, L. Johnson 1, A. Johnson 1; Digs — Paige Thines 24, Kylee Ready 10, Kuhl 9, Carlson 3, L, Johnson 1, Z. Espiridon 1, Fariza Espiridon 1; Aces — Carlson 12, Kuhl 7, Klemme 3, Thines 1. 

According to River Hawks Coach Denise Larson, “Consistency continues to be a force to reckon with us. We play top-notch volleyball then struggle to maintain our confidence when things are not going well. 

“I feel each match we are learning to control a new aspect of the game. The game of volleyball is complicated, and we are building each night with skill, mental toughness and overall grit. I believe in these River Hawks and know that our community is behind them, too,” Larson added.

(At Maquoketa Valley Sept. 10) 

Kills — Kaitlyn Kuhl 3; Dana Carlson 3; Mikayla Mitchell 2; Aleah Johnson 2; Liviah Johnson 2. 

Assists — Carlson 8; Keeya Kunde 4; L. Johnson 1.

Blocks — Mitchell 2; Maddi Klemme 1; A. Johnson 1.

Digs — Mitchell 6; Kuhl 6; Klemme 4; Paige Thines 4; Carlson 2; Kylee Ready 2.

Aces — Kuhl 1; Thines 1.

Davenport North 2

Easton Valley 1

(Atthe Camanche Tournament Sept. 12)

(18-21, 21-16, 9-21)

Kills — Kaitlyn Kuhl 4; Dana Carlson 2; Maddi Klemme 1; Aleah Johnson 1. 

Assists — Carlson 4; Keely Kunde 3.

Blocks — Johnson 1.

Digs — Paige Thines 11; Kuhl 4; Kylee Ready 4; Carlson 2.

Aces — Klemme 2; Kuhl 2.

Easton Valley 2

Northeast 0

(At Camanche Tournament Sept. 12)

(21-8,21-12)

Kills — Kaitlyn Kuhl 4; Maddie Klemme 3; Mikayla Mitchell 1; Aleah Johnson 1; Zoe Espirdon 1. 

Assists — Dana Carlson 5; Kuhl 2; Keeya Kunde 1; Liviah Johnson 1.

Blocks — Klemme 3; L. Johnson 2.

Digs — Kylee Ready 4; Kuhl 2; Paige Thines 2; Carlson1; Fariza Espirdon 1.

Aces — Kuhl 3; Klemme 1; Thines 1.

Camanche 2

Easton Valley 0

(At Camanche Tournament Sept. 12)

(21-10, 21-13)

Kills — Maddi Klemme 2; Kaitlyn Kuhl 2; Mikayla Mitchell 1; Liviah Johnson 1. 

Assists — Johnson 1; Keeya Kunde 1; Dana Carlson 1.

Blocks — Johnson 1.

Digs — Paige Thines 11; Kuhl 3; Johnson 1; Zoe Espirdon 1.

Aces — Kuhl 2; Carlson 1.

 

Cross Country

(At Springville Sept. 8)

Springville — The Easton Valley River Hawks’ Aidan Gruver just keeps pushing himself. Gruver finished second again Sept. 8 in Springville. 

Gruver cracked the state’s top 30 individual rankings in 29th place, according to coach Mike Kelly.

Despite the rain and mud making slower times for runners, “somehow, we had one kid (Evan Christof) run a personal best time (22:07).”

The River Hawks were scheduled to run Tuesday at Midland at the Little Bear Country Club at 4:30 p.m., then Monday, Sept. 21, at the Bellevue Golf Club at 4:30 p.m. 

Team scores — 1. North Linn 43; 2. Edgewood-Colesburg 91; 3. Starmont 93; 4. Isaac Newton 94; 5. Easton Valley 107.

Top 5 Individuals — 1. Henry Hayes (Starmont) 18:28; 2. Aidan Gruver (Easton Valley) 18:45; 3. Charlie Sieck (S) 18:52; 4. Kaleb Kurt (North Linn) 19:45; 5. Nathan Bean (NL) 19:48.

Easton Valley Individuals — 2. Aidan Gruver 18:45; 19. Cole Venema 21:53; 22. Austin Franzen 22:02; 24. Evan Christof 22:07; 40. Austin Weber 24:43; 46. Evan Meyer 27:25; 47. Logan Drury 31:36.

Girls 

Team scores — 1. Starmont 19; 2. North Linn 42; 3. Edgewood-Colesburg 139.

Top 5 Individuals — 1. Kenna Meisgeier (Starmont) 21:44; 2. Meghan Wheatley (North Linn) 22:16; 3. Anita Vaske (SM) 22:45; 4. Mya Vaske (SM) 22:49; 5. Makenzie Plagman (SM) 22:51.

Easton Valley Individuals — 15. Lindsey Rueter 24:56; 19. Jaysie Wood 26:35; 29. Shy Bowling 36:03.

(At Northeast Sept. 10) 

Boys

Goose Lake — The Maquoketa Cardinals boys and girls had a good showing at the Northeast meet. It is a difficult course, this year made extra tough with 6 or more inches of rain that fell last week, making more mud and some standing water to run through. 

The Cardinals freshmen continue to improve as Cameron Tracy came in 15th, Ty Hardin 18th, and Breckin Downey 28th amid a talented field of runners; there were quite a few 2019 state qualifiers in the Sept. 10 meet. 

On the girls’ side, the muddy course did not affect Reese Kuhlman; the freshman finished in the top 10, placing eighth in a field that also had state qualifiers from last year. Olivia McDermott finished in 30th place but she had to stop and retie one of her shoes in the first mile. 

“By the time I got the shoe tied I was almost in last place, “McDermott said, “so finishing 30th out of a field of 44 is not that disappointing at all”. McDermott also mentioned “running through the water I had to use more energy.”

Team scores — 1. Northeast 29; 2. Clinton 30; 3. Maquoketa 93; 4. Midland 96.

Top 5 Individuals — 1. Marcus Blount (Prince of Peace) 17:39; 2. Connor Sattler (Clinton) 18:16; 3. Thomas Machande (Northeast) 19:06; 4. Ethan Bauer (C) 19:11; 5. Luke Jennings (C) 19:21.

Maquoketa Individuals — 15. Cameron Tracy 20:37; 18. Ty Hardin 21:11; 28. Breckin Downing 22:22; 33. Steven Crist 22:57; 38. Vincent Frana 23:14; 42. Jaydin Koos 23:33; 50. Jace Armbruster 25:16; 55. Zachary Lafrenz 26:29.

Girls

Team scores — 1. Prince of Peace 41; 2. Clinton 48; 3. Northeast 53; 4. Maquoketa 82.

Top 5 Individuals — 1. Camryn Sattler (Clinton) 19:56; 2. Holly Beauchamp (Marquette Catholic) 21:27; Grace Ketelsen (Northeast) 21:52; 4. Madison Anglese (Prince of Peace) 22:12; 5. Kaylee Koos (MC) 22:13.

Maquoketa Individuals — 8. Reese Kuhlman 22:24; 16. Addison Michel 23:52; 23. Harley Eye 26:03; 27. Ali Simmons 26:53; 29. Ariana Payton 26:57; 30. Olivia McDermott 27:04; 33. Aubrey Bahl 28:45; 39. Savannah Dykstra 30:18.