GUTHRIE CENTER – Ben Kingery’s 7-yard touchdown run in overtime lifted AC/GC to a 14-8 win over Nodaway Valley Friday night in a battle of two evenly matched teams.
Nodaway Valley had several opportunities to take the lead in the game, but couldn’t capitalize on good field position.
In overtime, Nodaway Valley came up short from the 10-yard line, giving AC/GC the chance to win the game with a score.
“I just told them we have to keep moving forward. Our thing is just keep persevering,” NV head coach Taylor Ashman said. “We’re on the mountain right now. We can almost see over the peak, and we just have to keep working on the little things. Keep coming to practice with that attitude that we’re getting better, because we are. We’ve progressed tremendously from Week One to Week Three. It’s just persevering and not giving up.”
After Tyler Vandewater scrambled for an 8-yard touchdown run midway through the second quarter to tie the game at 8-8, Nodaway Valley forced a three-and-out by the AC/GC offense.
The Wolverines drove the ball down to the AC/GC 12-yard line, but Vandewater was sacked on second-and-7. One official blew the play dead, but the ball popped loose and AC/GC recovered, with another official giving the Chargers possession of the ball.
Midway through the third quarter, freshman Caelen DeVault hauled in an interception for the Wolverines at the AC/GC 31-yard line. But AC/GC intercepted a Vandewater pass on the first play of the drive.
Twice in the second half, AC/GC’s long snapper snapped the ball over the punter’s head deep in Charger territory. But the Wolverines were unable to capitalize on either mistake.
“We should have scored on those,” Ashman said. “You have to capitalize – you get mistakes in your favor and you have to make the most of them. We didn’t do that tonight.”
Kingery, a 5-11, 205-pound senior running back, pounded the middle of the field all night for the Chargers to the tune of 127 yards on 26 carries, scoring both Charger touchdowns, including the game winner in overtime.
“Kingery ran really hard. He’s a great running back for those guys,” Ashman said. “He got free and just ran hard until he got to the end zone. We just didn’t stop it.”
Nodaway Valley struggled to establish a running game against AC/GC, totaling only 46 rushing yards in the contest.
“That was a physical football team,” Ashman said. “We had some trouble up front and that causes grief for the rest of the guys in the backfield. When we have the good things happen in our favor, we have to capitalize and we didn’t do that tonight.”
Vandewater finished 6-of-17 passing for 81 yards and two interceptions. Brady Hilpipre and Hunter Ernst each caught three passes, for 48 and 33 yards, respectively.
Defensively, Austin Wilson flew to the ball all over the field with eight solo stops and seven assisted tackles, including two solo tackles for loss. Ernst added four solo tackles and seven assisted tackles. Mitchel Schaefer recovered a fumble.
Contributed by CNA managing editor Scott Vicker
East Union 38, Mormon Trail 0
AFTON — The East Union defense stepped up again, this time in a 38-0 homecoming shellacking of Mormon Trail.
Gauge Mitchell recorded eight tackles and two solo sacks. Dillon Weis recovered a fumble to go with his four tackles.
Weis was also locked in with his quarterbacks Matt McGuire and Gus McNeill.
Weis grabbed 10 receptions for 69 yards and two touchdowns. McGuire completed 10 of his 14 passes for 72 yards, as Gus McNeill tossed one of the two touchdown pass to Weis. McGuire also ran for 36 yards and a score.
Joshua Hardy led EU with 121 yards rushing on 25 carries and tacked on two rushing TDs.
Dahlton Proffitt helped set EU up in good field position with 67 yards on three punt returns and also contributed six tackles.
Mount Ayr 20, Central Decatur 12
LEON — Central Decatur lost its third consecutive close game, while Mount Ayr’s Payton Weehler led the way to victory by accounting for 295 offensive yards and all three touchdowns.
Weehler was 14 of 21 passing for 174 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. One went to Cayden Lambert in the first quarter for an 8-0 Mount Ayr lead. The other came in the third quarter on a 45-yard catch-and-run to Myles Greene for a 14-6 Raider lead.
Weehler ran for 124 yards on 26 carries and scored the touchdown that helped put the game away in the fourth.
John Shields was all over the CD backfield with 12 tackles, five solo tackles for loss and two solo sacks. Isaac Grose had six tackles, three solo tackles for loss with two solo sacks.
Nathan Hauge came up with an interception and Dawson Frost had a fumble recovery.
Tyke Walker completed all five of his passes for CD for 171 yards. Cole Pedersen had four receptions for 72 yards and Kaige Leymaster grabbed three receptions for 117 yards.
Lenox 55, Seymour/Udell 8
SEYMOUR — Lenox forced four turnovers and ate up large chunks of yards in Friday’s dominant road win over Seymour.
Colton Gordon intercepted a pass, while Jaden Loe, Parker Reed and Drew Venteicher all recovered fumbles.
Gordon ran for 122 yards and two touchdowns on 13 carries. Carter Still ran for 54 yards and two scores on six carries and threw a 56-yard touchdown passes to Trey Whipple. Cullen Wood stormed his way to 62 yards rushing on three carries and Brad Larson added 46 yards on the ground.
Johnathan Weaver led the Tigers with eight tackles.