January 23, 2021

Friday area football update: Panthers play tough against No. 1 Lewis Central, Murray wins back-to-back

COUNCIL BLUFFS – Creston/O-M fell to No. 1 ranked Lewis Central Friday night in a 34-7 final. With the win, the Titans improve to 3-0 and with the loss, the Panthers fall to 1-2.

The ballgame started with a long drive by LC. A 66-yard drive to start ended on the 4-yard line, with a Briley Hayes tipped pass forcing fourth down.

From the 4-yard line, LC kicked a field goal to go ahead 3-0 at 7:47. Creston/O-M got the ball for its first drive and promptly went three and out, giving the ball back to Lewis Central.

From 34-yards out, Jonah Pomrenke found Nebraska commit Thomas Fidone II for a touchdown. The score, with a successful extra-point, made it 10-0 with more than four minutes left in the first quarter.

The first and only score from Creston/O-M came with 1:07 left in the first quarter. Wide receiver Colby Burg found an opening in LC's secondary and caught a 33-yard touchdown. Aiden Anderson's kick for the extra-point made it 10-7 – the score through one quarter.

At the 10:16 mark, LC found the end zone and started to make some separation. A Logan Katzer score from 8 yards away made it 17-7, and not long later at 7:36, Jonathan Humpal scored on a 30-yard reception.

A stop on the 14-yard line by Creston/O-M gave the Panthers the ball with 3:41 left in the half, down 24-7.

A combination of rushers left the Panthers short of a scoring drive to end the half. Entering halftime, the score still held at 24-7.

For the second half, Brance Baker was removed and put on the sideline due to an injury. He joined Cael Kralik, another skill player for the Panthers, as the only current players on the IR.

A fourth-quarter score by Fidone II, his second of the game, with 8:33 on the game clock put the bow on the game for LC. His 24-yard score and extra-point made it 34-7, the final score.

A solid night on defense, despite the losing score, is one Creston/O-M head coach Brian Morrison feels was a positive from the game.

"The second half, I think we played pretty well defensively. The first half, we bent a little bit," said Morrison. "The game plan was pretty simple. They have multiple receivers that can run really well. We can't double cover one kid and expect to win the football game. We kept it simple, and the kids played extremely hard on all sides of the ball. I think they competed against a good football team."

Morrison noted noticeable improvements from last week's home loss to Winterset and also cited effort being present in the game, but also made mention the team cannot get used to losing.

"We got them in situations where it was third and medium, third and long, and we held them, and they punted," said Morrison. "It was a good effort. Don't want to get used to losing, but I think our effort was there. The kids played hard."

Cole Strider passed for 103 yards on seven completions. Colby Burg had the lead in receiving yards with 55 on three catches.

Garon Wurster had six solo tackles. In total, the Panthers had six passes deflected.

Editor's note: stats will be included in this article once available. This is a live story.

Murray 60, Grand View Christian 0

MURRAY – Murray (2-1) has found its groove in the last six quarters, outscoring Grand View Christian (1-2) 60-0 Friday night for its second-straight win.

Mark Cabrera recorded an interception in the first quarter for Murray, but the offense turned the ball right back over with a fumble. Grand View Christian then fumbled with Chance Lecy recovering. Zack Belden completed a pass to Colton Siefkas for a 60-yard touchdown pass to go up 8-0. Belden scored again on the next drive with a 39-yard touchdown run, giving Murray a 16-0 lead at the end of the first quarter.

Lecy helped drive the Mustangs down the field before Belden's third touchdown of the game with 11:52 in the second quarter. Murray's offense continued to roll a Belden rush and pass to Cabrera for a 38-0 lead at halftime. The Mustangs' offense went on to add 22 more points to the scoreboard while holding Grand View Christian scoreless.

Lenox 62, Griswold 14

LENOX – Lenox (3-0) rolled through Griswold (0-3) 62-14 in its second-consecutive blowout win.

Lenox jumped out to a 22-0 lead in the first quarter before moving on to scoring 30 unanswered points on a 20-yard touchdown pass from Cullen Wood pass to Keegan Christensen. Griswold scored its first points with 5:45 left in the second quarter. Lenox added two more touchdowns before halftime to take a 46-8 lead.

Lenox continued to roll in the second half, adding touchdowns on two Larson rushing touchdowns while Griswold put eight more points on the board.

CAM 72, East Union 0

CAM – East Union (0-3) fell to CAM (3-0) 72-0 for its third double-digit loss of the season.

CAM took a 14-0 lead after the first quarter to put East Union behind from the jump. At the half, the Eagles trailed 46-0. CAM's Lane Spieker was torching East Union's defense, rushing for four touchdowns and 197 yards on 13 carries.

The Eagles struggled to slow down to CAM in the second half. CAM added 26 points in the second half en route to rolling through East Union.

Southwest Valley 28, AHSTW 14

CORNING – Class A No. 9 Southwest Valley (4-0) knocked off AHSTW (1-2) 28-14.

Pleasantville 13, Mount Ayr 7

PLEASANTVILLE – Class 1A No. 6 Mount Ayr fell just shy against Class 1A No. 9 Pleasantville, losing 13-7 Friday.

A low-scoring battle saw the first half scoreless with both teams making their share of mistakes on penalties and balls coming loose on fumbles on a wet field. Pleasantville took the first lead in the third quarter on an Isaac Mann rush to give the Trojans a 7-0 lead. The Raiders moved the ball down the field in response with Payton Weehler scoring from the six-yard line to tie the game at seven.

Entering the fourth quarter tied at seven, Pleasantville scored early in the quarter. Donovan Morales blocked the extra point, but Mount Ayr couldn't muster enough offense to score again in the final 12 minutes.

Madrid 21, Nodaway Valley 19

GREENFIELD – Madrid (1-2) took down Nodaway Valley (1-3) 21-19 to put the Wolverines down 0-1 in district play.

Nodaway Valley started the scoring with a four-yard touchdown pass from Nate Russell to Tony Ayase late in the first quarter. Russell rushed for the Wolverines' second touchdown, taking a 13-0 lead. Madrid intercepted a pass and scored on the play, cutting Nodaway Valley's lead to 13-7 with two minutes left in the first half.

Russel and the Wolverine offense drove down the field, to score on Russell's second rushing touchdown of the game, taking a 19-7 lead entering halftime. Madrid cut the lead to 19-14 in the third quarter. With 2:37 left in the third quarter, the Tigers took a 21-19 lead to seal the game. The Wolverines had two minutes to score but were unsuccessful.