Prep football roundup; Columbus, Sig-K win
Columbus runs over WACO
Before the season, Columbus football head coach said junior running back Mauricio Ramirez was poised for a big season.
Early returns on that prediction are proving good.
Ramirez dominated the field for the Wildcats, rushing for 225 yards and four touchdowns on Friday night against WACO, as Columbus picked up the 37-20 win over the Warriors.
The win matches Columbus’ win total from all of last season.
Ramirez started off the scoring early for the Wildcats, scoring from 19 yards out, then converting the two point conversion to give them an 8-0 lead after one quarter.
WACO struck back in the second quarter on two touchdown passes from Braden Blake to make it 14-8 at halftime.
The Wildcats responded quickly in the second half, with Ramirez scoring on two rushing touchdowns, including breaking off a 97 yarder, to give Columbus a 22-14 lead.
Quarterback Carter Colby scored from eight yards out, then Ramirez tacked on his fourth touchdown run from 24 yards out to close out the game.
Columbus was led defensively by Alex Benitez (14 tackles) and Tucker Morrison (13 tackles).
The Wildcats will take on New London at home this Friday, while WACO will face B-G-M Brooklyn at home.
Sigourney-Keota starts off year with win
With Peyton Crawford leading the way, Sigourney-Keota started off its season with a big win against the 2013 state runners-up in B-G-M Brooklyn.
Crawford was 2-for-2 passing on the day for 47 yards and two touchdowns, while using eight carries for 120 yards and a touchdown.
He also returned a punt 60 yards for a score.
Jacob Wickencamp was the second leading rusher on the team on Friday, tallying 57 rushing yards, while Nate Sieren picked up 33 yards.
Sieren and Nate Owens each caught a touchdown in the game, while defensively, Cole Streigle had 12 tackles to lead the way.
Sigourney-Keota will face Pekin in its next game.
Mid-Prairie falls in low scoring affair
Mid-Prairie struck first on Friday night but couldn’t hold on as they fell to Durant 7-6 on Friday.
Nolan Faselt set up the Mid-Prairie score with an interception return to the one yard line. Quarterback Ryan Cortum rushed the ball in to give the Hawks a 6-0 lead.
Durant scored with 11:10 left in the game, and with the extra point took a 7-6 lead.
Mid-Prairie recovered a fumble at its own 16 with 2:53 left in the game, but were unable to get the game winning score.
Ricky Vargas was the leading rusher for the Hawks in the game, picking up 44 yards, followed by Faselt’s 36 rushing yards.
The Mid-Prairie defense forced two interceptions in the game, including one by Cortum, while Levi Duwa and Carson Duwa led the team with eight tackles each.
Mid-Prairie will face Clear Creek Amana on the road on Friday.
Highland falls to Danville
Jake Wood had a nice debut as the starter for the Highland football team, but the Huskies fell to Danville 21-7.
Wood accounted for the lone touchdown on the night, a 59 yard strike to Trent Lasek, who caught three passes for 130 yards.
The sophomore quarterback finished the night with 203 yards, one touchdown and one interception.
Senior running back Bryan Garcia picked up 89 yards on 18 carries, while defensively, the Huskies were led by sophomore Johnny Poeschel’s nine tackles.
Highland will stay on the road this week as it faces Iowa Valley on Friday.