Friday night football lineup
Columbus (1-0) at Wapello (1-0)
It may come as a surprise to most that Columbus, a team that went two years without a win, is one of the hottest local teams, but this is the case.
Dating back to last season, and coupled with Friday’s 21-12 win over WACO, that made it three wins in four games.
Senior running back Zack Gaddy ran the show last week with 87 yards on 15 carries. He averaged 5.8 yards per rush including two scores. This team relies on running the ball, so his production will determine the team’s success against Wapello.
Wapello presents a different attack from the WACO’s run game. Senior Alex Rollinger completed less than 50 percent of his passes, but did throw for two touchdowns and 213 yards.
Rollinger didn’t throw any picks and finished with a 146 rating.
Wide out Jorge Osornio had a monster game with 155 yards on eight receptions. Junior Holden Brockway was Rollinger’s favorite target in the red zone with the pair linking up twice.
Junior Jacob Hunt gave the team a threat on the ground with 71 yards and a 5.9 average. He took it to the house from 33 yards out.
Highland (1-0) vs. Central Lee (0-1)
The Huskies had the look of another postseason team after a 51-6 convincing win against Iowa Valley.
Last year Iowa Valley edged them by a touchdown. Kody Wood opened his senior season with a fair showing, 157 yards along with a touchdown of 52 yards.
The running backs found success as three carriers tallied at least 60 yards. In the process they beat a squad that went 6-4 last season.
This week Highland entertains Central Lee, a team it shut out 35-0 last season. There is a void to fill with departed senior Trey Brenneman rushing for 156 yards and punching it in twice, last year.
Wood only passed 15 times. If they build an early lead he shouldn’t have to be called upon.
Central Lee struggled in a 34-7 hammering to Sigourney-Keota. The lone highlight of the night was a 45-yard touchdown carry from junior Jacob Boeck.
Sigourney-Keota (1-0) vs. Pekin (1-0)
The Savage Cobras made the postseason with a losing record last year.
Following a season-opening shellacking of Central Lee, 34-7, Friday, a winning mentality could be in the works.
They held nine ball carriers without a 100-yard game, with Central Lee putting the ball in the air just five times.
On offense sophomore Peyton Crawford and senior Kolton Greiner amassed 100-yard games on the ground. Greiner found the end zone twice.
Keep an eye on senior play caller Luke Lyle. He only had to put the ball in the air eight times, but was intercepted twice.
Pekin will present a sterner test after a 55-13 blowout of New London. Its defense held its opponent to zero completions. New London’s most effective running back had just 84 yards.
Mid-Prairie (0-1) at Clear Creek-Amana (1-0)
If Mid-Prairie wanted to be tested in its first two weeks they got it.
Following a 35-14 loss to Washington, a team a class above them, it has another date with a class 3A team, Clear Creek-Amana. The onus will be on the team to prove they can compete with quality schools.
There were some positives in the resolve the team showed. After following behind 28-7 in the opening half, the second half had a 7-7 score line.
Clear Creek-Amana comes into the matchup fresh off a 44-43 squeaker versus fellow 3A team Independence.
Clear Creek-Amana won the shootout with a balanced and potent offense. Junior Nile Rourke threw for 131 yards and two scores. Senior Jonathan Nzombo was the start of the show with 112 rushing yards.