It was fitting that the two highlights for the Davenport West football team on Thursday night came from two seniors.
On Senior Night at Brady Street Stadium against Western Dubuque, the Falcons' DJ Mosley and Tyler Williams each scored a touchdown for the home team.
Other than that, West had a rough go of it against the Bobcats and fell, 40-13, in a Class 4A district contest.
After falling behind 6-0 in the first quarter, Mosley took a hand-off at West's 17 yard line and burst up the middle, leaving the Bobcats' defenders behind for an 83-yard touchdown run that put the Falcons (1-7 overall, 0-4 district) up 7-6 after the extra point from Elijah Yzaguirre.
Western Dubuque (4-4, 1-3) however quickly regained the lead on a 5-yard touchdown pass from Quinn Baumhover to Drake George. The Bobcats later upped their lead to 20-7 early in the second quarter on a 1-yard TD run from Carver Conway.
But the Falcons answered on their next possession, going 61 yards on seven plays. West converted a fourth-and-2 play when quarterback Jacob Milem hit Malik Westerfield for a 29-yard pass play to get the hosts in the red zone.
Two plays later, Williams scored on a 9-yard touchdown run. What was impressive about the run was Williams was bottled up on a sweep play to one side of the field, saw their was no room and reversed field to score in the opposite corner. Williams probably covered 40 yards just to get the 9 he needed.
The visitors tacked on a field goal from Nathan Armstrong to move the lead to 23-13. But with the Falcons still hanging around, a pivotal possession happened just before the half.
Western Dubuque got the ball back at its own 30 after an interception of Milem with 1:39 left before the break.
Baumhover hit Sam Taylor for a 44-yard gain, then scrambled another 11 yards to get the Bobcats down to West's 15 yard line. A penalty moved the visitors back a bit, but then Baumhover hit George with an 18-yard TD pass over the middle to move the lead to 30-13 and really take the momentum from the game.
Western Dubuque only ate up 1 minute and 9 seconds on the quick-strike scoring drive.
"Red-zone scoring has been a little rough for us lately so that score before the half really helped out," Bobcats coach Justin Penner said. "Emotionally, we were a little better off after that than we had been."
Baumhover was a load for West's defensive backfield the entire first half. He threw a 59-yard touchdown pass on the first drive of the game to Kyle Cleary. Baumhover threw for 232 of his 277 yards in the first two quarters to give Western Dubuque the comfortable lead at the half. He finished the game going 13-for-23.
Armstrong added a 35-yard field goal in the second half for the Bobcats, and Fred Hosch scored on a 38-yard touchdown run after the visitors ran a trick play to get Hosch the ball.
West's biggest issue was trying to establish any kind of a running game. The Falcons rushed 56 times for 220 yards but take away Mosley's 83-yard run and West barely averaged 2.3 yards per carry in the contest.
Falcons coach Justin Peters gave credit to Bobcat linebackers Jason Simon-Ressler and Ben DeSollar for keeping West's running game bottled up most the evening.
But Peters gave credit to his seniors, who have continued battling even though success did not show in the Falcons' overall record.
"Honestly, they have done a good job of trying to turn around this program," he said. "We've gone through some really low (points) and some really high points this year. I give a lot of that to the senior class and their perseverance through tough times. They have not seen a ton of success but the perseverance of these kids is almost unbelievable."