MUSCATINE — Bettendorf coach Aaron Wiley was glad to have Nijel McIntosh back on the field, and the senior running back showed no signs of the knee tweak that kept him out of last week’s game against Pleasant Valley.
McIntosh rushed for 168 yards and two touchdowns, junior Carter Bell threw for 173 yards and four touchdowns, and senior Ben Wilson had 153 yards receiving and three touchdowns as Bettendorf cruised to a 58-20 win in the district opener at Muscatine to improve to 4-1 on the season.
However, it wasn’t always so simple for the Bulldogs on Friday night. After jumping out to a 14-0 lead, they surrendered a 73-yard touchdown reception to Gavyn Ashley, and the winless Muskies recovered the ensuing onside kick. A few plays later, Muscatine quarterback Carson Orr found Kobe Vasquez for an 8-yard touchdown to tie the score at 14 to end the first quarter.
“I want to credit Muscatine for coming out and taking it to us early,” Wiley said. “Jake (Mueller) is a good coach and I respect what he does down here. I credit Jake for having his team ready to play.”
However, it didn’t take long for the Bulldogs’ playmakers to get loose. McIntosh exploded up the middle for a 51-yard touchdown to give the Bulldogs the lead on the following possession, and from there the floodgates opened.
The Bulldogs scored 44 unanswered points as McIntosh dominated the rushing attack and Bell showed why Mueller reference Johnny Manziel when talking about the junior’s playmaker ability in a dominant three-quarter stretch.
“Carter does things every game that you just sit back and go ‘Wow, how did that happen?’ It was an outstanding game by him,” Wiley said. “It was a good team win.”
Dubuque Senior 42, Davenport West 28: Sam Schnee continued to find his stride with three rushing touchdowns and Chaz Hancock threw for a score and ran for two more as the Rams rolled past West in their Class 4A District 6 opener.
Schnee finished with a season-high 212 yards on the ground, registering his fourth 100-yard game of the season and third consecutive as the Rams (4-1, 1-0) won their fourth straight game.
Leon Simpson led the Falcons (1-4, 0-1) with a season-high 120 yards on 19 carries — his third straight 100-yard performance. Quarterback Jacob Milem was 13 for 21 for 163 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions. He also scored on a 1-yard run late in the fourth quarter
D.J. Mosley caught five passes for 68 yards and two touchdowns for West.
Iowa City 41, Clinton 29: Davonte Foster rushed for 211 yards and three touchdowns as Iowa City High (2-3) came out victorious over Clinton (1-4).
Both teams entered the night on three-game losing streaks.
Moline 35, Galesburg 7: Jaheim Mitchell topped off the rout with a 91-yard scoring run with 3:01 remaining as Moline improved to 2-0 in Western Big Six play.
Eric Maffie rushed for 52 yards and two touchdowns and also passed for 91 yards to lead the Moline attack. Aboubacar Barry and Eddie Doran also scored TDs for the Maroons.
Alleman 42, United Township 8: Quarterback Sam Mattecheck rushed for 95 yards in 12 carries, completed all four of his pass attempts for 121 yards and had a hand in the scoring of three touchdowns to lead Alleman.
The Pioneers (2-0 in the Big Six) controlled the game with their ball control offense the entire way. UT managed just 34 yards in 20 plays in the first half.
Mattecheck scored on a 39-yard run, tossed a 15-yard TD pass to Andrew Barrett and added a 28-yard scoring pass to Josh Tim just before halftime.
Bettendorf, PV share lead: After 18 holes of the Mississippi Athletic Conference boys golf tournament at Kewanee Dunes Golf Course, Bettendorf and Pleasant Valley are tied atop the leaderboard at 312.
Led by co-leader Steven Gottwald's 3-over 75 and sub-80 rounds from Benny Flanagan and Trever Rogan, the Bulldogs are in position for their first league championship since 2014.
Freshman Jack Dumas paced the Spartans with a 76 while fellow freshmen John Logan and Jack Roemer each shot 78.
Muscatine trails Bettendorf and PV by seven strokes and Davenport Assumption is 10 in back of the lead. The Muskies' Josh Hutton and Bryce Howard each posted 76.
Assumption's Griffin Steer shares the first-round lead with Gottwald. Steer had three birdies in his round of 75.
The final round of the 36-hole tournament is at 9 a.m. Saturday.