HIGHLIGHTS: Davis County blows an 18-point lead to fall to West Burlington
OTTUMWA, Iowa (KYOU) - It was the first round of the IHSAA football playoffs Friday night, as the Davis County Mustangs (3-3) took on the West Burlington Falcons (3-4).
Davis County and West Burlington are two of three teams in Pod 11 of Class 2A. They battled Friday night for a chance to travel to Williamsburg (7-0) next Friday to take on the Raiders.
Davis County forced four turnovers in the first half, but only managed to make a two touchdown lead out of it. The Mustangs second touchdown of the half came on a broken play; where quarterback Carson Maeder handled a botched snap, evaded several Falcon defenders, and threw a bomb into the endzone where receiver Caeden Glosser was waiting. He made the catch and jogged into the endzone for a touchdown. That play came with a bit of controversy, however. It sounded like a referee had blown the play dead, according West Burlington coaches. But, it didn’t matter. Officials ruled the play a touchdown and Davis County took a 12-0 lead into halftime.
After a Davis County score made it an 18-0 game, West Burlington surged back, scoring a quick touchdown to make the score 18-8. On the very next Davis County drive, Carson Maeder threw an interception that the Falcons returned deep into Mustang territory. That play would prove to be the turning point, as the Falcons made it 18-16 on the ensuing drive.
As the game was deadlocked at 24 with just under three minutes to play in regulation, West Burlington drove down the field and scored to make it 30-24. West Burlington would eventually hang on to win by that score.
West Burlington will now face Williamsburg next week, a team that Falcons lost to earlier in the season by a score of 34-14.
Other scores from around southeast Iowa, the Cardinal Comets down the Pekin Panthers by a score of 38-29. The Comets will travel next week to take on Sigourney Keota (7-0).
The Ottumwa Bulldogs (0-7) finished their season without a win, falling to Iowa City 41-16.
The second round of the playoffs begin Friday, October 23 at 7 PM.
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