IOWA CITY, Iowa — Iowa City High had a lot going on its own Friday night, but Waterloo West also did more than its share to help the Trojans out.
City High opened the scoring with a 40-yard interception return by Ivan Diaz in the first quarter, used a personal foul penalty to turn a would-be fourth down into a touchdown drive and blew the game open following a Wahawk fumble deep in West territory in the third quarter to win a 49-19 game Friday night.
In all, West (0-2) committed 110 yards worth of penalties.
“We had three personal fouls that I’m not very happy with. That’s not us,” said head coach Lonnie Moore. “That hasn’t been us the last three years.”
An early personal foul put the wind in the sails of the Iowa City High (1-1) offense. Immediately after, quarterback Mitch Weiland directed a pair of drives that ended with touchdown passes of 20 and 10 yards to Tony Perry and Jake Leohr, respectively.
Those two scores came less than two minutes apart early in the second quarter, thanks to a perfectly-executed onside kick that served as a concrete example of the momentum the Little Hawks had earned.
“We want to take advantage of everything we can. We have a good kicker who has done some good things and we’re going to use him,” said Iowa City High head coach Dan Sabers of his kicker, Drew Cornwell, who was also a perfect 7-for-7 in extra point tries.
The special teams advantage extended past the placekicking game as the Little Hawks consistently swung field position with big kickoff returns and a 46.5-yard average on four punts.
City High also avoided a turnover after committing six in a Week 1 loss at Cedar Falls.
Bryson Runge ran 20 times for 100 yards, Xavier Washpun did most of his damage in the second half, carrying 16 times for 96 yards and two scores, and Weiland finished 5-for-8 with 56 yards through the air. Tyler Stika was also effective under center in the second half completing four passes for 69 yards, including a 30-yard touchdown strike to Cameron Spears.
However, West picked up 66 more yards on the ground and much of that thanks to Dequayvious Martin. The senior had 164 yards on 10 carries and picked up a lot of it on touchdown runs of 66 and 54 yards. The 66-yard touchdown came on West’s first possession of the second half to make the score 21-6.
“Dequayvious is a special kid and on both of those he broke a lot of tackles on his own,” Moore said. “Up front we did a great job, and I was watching our receivers block downfield. There were some times when City High did some different things, different shifts but we kind of adjusted to that.”
Meanwhile, a quarterback competition was seemingly settled as Alex Young took nearly all the snaps Friday after rotating with Brandon Tovar in Week 1. Young ran 14 times for 56 yards and completed seven of his 14 passes for 55 yards.
“He’s won the job. A lot of it is his leadership, his poise,” said Moore. “After that interception, I’ve seen guys come over with their heads down, but he came over and told me it was his fault and it wouldn’t happen again. It didn’t happen again.”
West (0-2) will be at home next week to take on a Linn-Mar team that dropped a triple-overtime game to Dubuque Senior Thursday.
Waterloo West 0 0 6 13 – 19
Iowa City High 7 14 14 14 – 49
ICH – Ivan Diaz 40 interception return (Drew Cornwell kick)
ICH – Tony Perry 20 pass from Mitch Wieland (Cornwell kick)
ICH – Jake Leohr 10 pass from Wieland (Cornwell kick)
West – Dequayvious Martin 66 run (kick failed)
ICH – Xavier Washpun 6 run (Cornwell kick)
ICH – Cameron Spears 30 pass from Tyler Stika (Cornwell kick)
ICH – Washpun 2 run (Cornwell kick)
West – Martin 54 run (kick failed)
ICH – Diaz 1 run (Cornwell kick)
West – Dylan Draeger 13 run (Jon Schmadeke kick)
First downs 11 16
Rushes-yards 31-266 44-200
Passing yards 63 125
Total yards 329 325
Return yards 10 115
Comp-att-int 8-18-1 9-14-0
Punts-avg. 5-37.8 4-46.5
Fumbles-lost 1-1 1-0
Penalties-yards 10-110 11-95
WATERLOO WEST – Dequayvious Martin 10-164; Alex Young 14-56; Rashon Burrell 3-25; Dylan Draeger 1-13; Lance Dunn 3-8.
IOWA CITY HIGH – Bryson Runge 20-100; Xavier Washpun 16-96; Tyler Stika 2-13; Ivan Diaz 2-3; Phillip Bui 1-0; Mitch Wieland 3-(minus-12).
WATERLOO WEST – Alex Young 7-14-1, 55 yards; Dylan Draeger 1-1-0, 8 yards.
IOWA CITY HIGH – Tyler Stika 4-6-0, 69 yards; Mitch Wieland 5-8-0, 56 yards.
WATERLOO WEST – Dequayvious Martin 2-21; Mike Price 2-19; Rashon Burrell 1-8; Jacob Showalter 1-6; Elliott Moeller 1-6; Jason Millett 1-3.
IOWA CITY HIGH – Cameron Spears 1-30; Jake Leohr 2-22; Tony Perry 1-20; Malin Craig 1-15; Sid van der Woude 1-13; Max Morris 1-11; Mitchell Reuter 1-8; Xavier Washpun 1-6.