Central Decatur 33, Nodaway Valley 12
GREENFIELD — Central Decatur spoiled Nodaway Valley’s Coach Daut Kickoff Classic here on Friday with a 33-12 win over the Wolverines.
Nodaway Valley honored the 2006 team coached by legendary coach the late Bob Daut, who picked up his 200th career win that season, his final season at the helm.
The Cardinals built a 26-0 lead over the Wolverines, before Nodaway Valley cut the score to 26-14 with 1:48 left in the third quarter.
The position changes for senior Trenton Wells and junior Peyton Pedersen paid off for the Cardinals.
Wells finished the game 8-of-17 passing for 168 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions.
His two touchdown passes both went to Pedersen, now playing wide receiver. Pedersen finished the game with four catches for 109 yards and the two scores. Pedersen also returned a punt 60 yards for a touchdown.
Wells also racked up 123 yards rushing and two touchdowns on 17 carries to lead the Cardinal ground game. Junior Peyton Gilbert picked up 51 yards on 10 carries.
Kyle Palmer caught one pass for 47 yards and Noah Bishop picked up 12 yards on three catches.
Defensively, Gilbert and Wells led the charge, as both players finished the game with 13 total tackles. Palmer finished with nine stops and Bishop recorded eight tackles. Sophomore Justin Shields finished the game with seven tackles.
Gilbert added two fumble recoveries and Rayden Boswell pounced on one fumble.
Central Decatur held Nodaway Valley to just 92 yards through the air and 175 yards on the ground on 44 carries.
The Cardinals host PCM on Friday. The Mustangs dropped their season opener to Pella Christian on Friday, 44-30.
Nevada 49, Interstate 35 13
TRURO — Interstate 35 featured an efficient passing attack here Friday in its opener, but the Roadrunners couldn’t contain a potent Nevada rushing attack in a 49-13 loss.
Senior Chase Dobson led the Nevada ground attack with 240 yards and four touchdowns on 13 carries. Peyton Sharp added 98 yards and two touchdowns on four carries, while Traye Pelzer ran for 92 yards and one score on nine carries.
Nevada attempted just one pas in the game.
For the Roadrunners, Jaylan White complete 8-of-13 passes for 121 yards with two touchdowns and one interception.
Junior Cole Daniels led the team with five catches for 81 yards and one touchdown. Taylor O’Dea caught the other touchdown, finishing with the one catch for 12 yards. Daniel Kennedy grabbed one pass for 24 yards, while Zach Goering had one reception for 4 yards.
Zachary Irelan ran the ball 21 times for 76, while White finished with 15 yards on nine carries.
Defensively, Wyatt Davenport and Blake Kozak each finished with four tackles to lead the Roadrunners. Davenport, O’Dea and Zach Stewart each finished with one solo tackle for loss.
Interstate 35 returns to action Friday at home against Martensdale-St. Marys, which opened its season with a 36-20 loss at home to Woodward-Granger.
Mormon Trail 34, Murray 0
HUMESTON — It’s a new Murray team with first-year starters at every position, so Friday’s opener was a learning experience as Mormon Trail posted a 34-0 victory.
Coach Taylor Fulton said field conditions played a big factor after torrential rains in the days leading up to the game. The Mustangs were hampered by eight turnovers, and fell short of the goal line despite several trips into the red zone.
Jack Jones, one of five sophomore starters, led Murray with 47 yards rushing on 12 carries. He also had 38 yards receiving on two catches from quarterback Thane Simmons.
On defense, Jones had 17 tackles and two fumble recoveries. Sophomore Joshua Barber had 12 tackles at middle linebacker. Mason Simmons and Dustin Teas each had 10 tackles.
“The team played very well despite the final outcome,” Fulton said. “I believe that this is a game that we can build from as it will serve as motivation to set the tone for the season in the coming weeks. We were able to move the ball and played some great defense as a team. having such a young team — eight sophomores played in large roles — playing a very tough schedule will be very beneficial to these players as they continue to grow into their roles.”
This week the Mustangs play host to Wayne and preseason all-state running back Clayton Kiefer to finish the non-district part of the season. Kickoff is 7 p.m.