Friday football roundup (week 3): Carlisle too much for Creston/O-M: SWV holds off WCV
Carlisle 36, Creston/O-M 7
Creston/O-M and Carlisle opened with matching touchdown drives to start week three, gearing fans up for what seemed like a high scoring contest.
Carlisle needed three plays to score as Nic Goodhue bolted down the sidelines on a 61-yard run for a touchdown. The Wildcats punched in a 2-pt. conversion to take an 8-0 lead early.
The Panthers responded with a 9-play drive in which Eli Loudon punched in a 1-yard touchdown run on 4th-and-goal to bring Creston/O-M within one, 8-7.
Carlisle continued to put together drives in the first half, but turnovers stalled them as a Kylan Smallwood interception and a fumble recovered by Garon Wurster killed two WIldcat drives.
After a Panther three-and-out, Carlisle drove 68 yards on 12 plays before Ethan Reed carried the ball seven yards into the end zone to put the Wildcats up 15-7.
Carlisle continued to pound the ball on the ground and began pulling away from the Panthers.
The Wildcats added another score to end the half, going 58 yards in 25 seconds ending the two-play drive on a 30-yard completion in the end zone to Reed.
Reed added two more rushing touchdowns in the second half and ended the night with 138 yards rushing on 24 carries and three touchdowns. Goodhue added 153 yards on 16 carries along with the lone score.
Creston/O-M couldn't get a push against the bigger, more physical Carlisle front as the Panthers managed just six first downs and 157 yards of offense.
The Panthers forced three turnovers, but failed to turn the extra possessions into points.
Southwest Valley 20, West Central Valley 18
STUART — Southwest Valley hung on in the fourth quarter to capture its 14th straight regular-season victory Friday, 20-18, over West Central Valley to improve to 3-0 for the 2018 season.
The game was moved to Stuart after Corning received more than an inch of rain Friday. The accumulation of rain over several days left standing water on the field, with the possibility of long-range problems playing on it the rest of the season from potential damage to it in a game Friday, according to Allen Naugle, Southwest Valley athletic director and the Timberwolves' defensive coordinator.
The host Wildcats, now 0-3, took a 12-7 lead on the second of three touchdown passes thrown in the game from senior quarterback Carson Wadle to receiver Cole Arnburg.
Blaine Venteicher had scored Southwest Valley's first touchdown on a 5-yard run. The Timberwolves came back to take a 13-12 halftime lead when quarterback Dustin Lund passed to Teagan Lundquist, who fought through two tackle attempts inside the 5-yard line to score a 24-yard touchdown.
The Wildcats drove deep into Southwest Valley territory before halftime, but Aiden Gaule intercepted Wadle's shovel pass at the Southwest Valley 13-yard line.
Lund scored on a 3-yard keeper in the third quarter and Lundquist kicked his second extra point of the game to give the Timberwolves a 20-12 lead.
West Central Valley answered with a third TD connection from Wadle to Arnburg from 36 yards with 4:58 left in the game. The Wildcats went for two in an attempt to tie the game at 20-20, but running back Zac Mann was stopped short of the goal line by Southwest Valley's Jacob Webb.
Webb also had two quarterback sacks in the game. Lundquist finished with 149 yards in kickoff and punt returns, which consistently gave the Timberwolves favorable field position. He also made a touchdown-saving tackle on Wadle's 50-yard scamper in the third quarter, dropping the Wildcat quarterback at the 9-yard line. West Central Valley came away with no points on that possession, as Arnburg's 22-yard field goal attempt was wide.
Lund finished with one passing touchdown and a rushing touchdown while netting 106 yards on the ground. Gaule added 90 yards rushing.
The Timberwolves had two key injuries in the game as sophomore tight end and middle linebacker Tallen Myers suffered a knee injury early in the second half, and lineman Scotty Adcock had a dislocated finger that is possibly broken, head coach Anthony Donahoo said.
The Timberwolves travel to Clarinda next week to take on a Cardinals team that lost 21-20 to Atlantic in overtime on Friday.