Bettendorf 44, Iowa City High 7: Every time it looked like Iowa City High might get back into the game, Bettendorf answered with big play after big play.
The third-ranked Bulldogs forced four turnovers – including Jack Wells’ 99-yard interception return for a touchdown – in a 44-7 win over the Little Hawks on Friday night at Bates Field.
City trailed only 17-7 midway though the third quarter and marched down to the 2-yard line with a chance to cut into the lead.
But Wells jumped a slant route in the middle of the field, intercepted the pass at the 1 and out-ran everybody to the end zone.
The Bulldogs (2-0) rolled after that 14-point swing, scoring three more unanswered touchdowns after forcing a fumble and blocking a punt.
In the second quarter, City had another opportunity to bring the score to a one-possession game with a defensive stop right after the Little Hawks got on the scoreboard themselves.
But Bettendorf quarterback Owen Ridenour had other plans, slipping through defenders on a 3rd-and-23 en route to a 71-yard touchdown.
Ridenour also had a 10-yard TD run in the first quarter.
Senior Matt Wolfe had two interceptions for the Bulldogs, who won their 12th straight regular season game.
— Jason Brummond
Muscatine 43, North Scott 14: The Muskies (2-0) jumped out to a 20-7 lead after one quarter and scored in each of the next three quarters they cruised to victory Friday night in Muscatine.
Junior running back Alphonso Soko scored on runs of 68 and 2 yards and caught a 53-yard touchdown pass and quarterback Luke Wichers threw for three scoring strikes, including two to Isaiah Smith, as the Muskie offense rolled.
North Scott's Kier Brown threw for a touchdown pass and ran for another but had an interception returned 87 yards by Drew Greenhaw for a touchdown as the Lancer offense struggled as the game wore on.
The Lancers (0-2) were held scoreless in the second half.
Cedar Rapids Xavier 14, Assumption 7: Running back Malachi Wilson scored the winning touchdown on a 10-yard run with 6:42 left to give Cedar Rapids Xavier a win over Assumption after its season opener was canceled last week.
Whitten intercepted an attempted pop pass inside the 10-yard-line, and Caleb Billick pounced on a fumble after that as Xavier held on.
Assumption (0-2) stormed to an immediate lead, thanks in part to a 52-yard return of the opening kickoff by Elijah Williams. That put the ball at the Xavier 48, and the Knights took just five plays to cover that yardage.
Quarterback Joe Argo was a menace to the Saints, passing for seven yards and running for 28, including a 7-yard touchdown run on a sweep right out of the shotgun. The extra point made it 7-0 just 2:04 in.
The Knights had five turnovers, three interceptions and two lost fumbles.
“You can’t expect to turn the ball over five times and expect to win,” said Assumption Coach Wade King. “We came out ready to play football, but you just can’t turn the football over. We had, what, three turnovers inside the red zone, inside the 20. You don’t win games that way.”
— Cedar Rapids Gazette
Sterling 42, United Township 20: Dakari Mars scored three touchdowns for the Panthers, but the Golden Warriors pulled away in the second half to improve to 2-0 on the season.
The Panthers led 8-0 early and trailed 14-8 at the half before Mars' second touchdown knotted the score at 14-14. Sterling then scored 21 unanswered to extend UT's winless streak to 17 games.
Antioch 30, Moline 6: Griffin Hill rushed for 102 yards and two touchdowns to lift Antioch to a victory Friday night and send first-year Moline coach Mike Tracey to a second straight loss to open the season in his return to the sidelines.
Antioch scored a pair of defensive touchdowns to improve to 2-0.
— Staff report