Cardinal loses on late touchdown, Van Buren wins
A 31-yard Keetan Lawler touchdown pass to Gabe Henderson with 28 seconds left gave Southeast Warren a 20-14 victory over Cardinal High School in Liberty Center Friday.
Henderson caught seven passes for 145 yards. Jake Hunerdosse and Lawler both ran for a touchdown.
Tyler Albert led Cardinal offensively with 166 yards rushing and two touchdowns. Albert carried the rock 24 times. Quarterback Brandon Potts was able to add on 50 yards rushing of this own.
“We were able to establish our running game, and that is going to be something that we are going to need to be able to do every week,” Cardinal coach Adam Hadenfeldt said.
Defensively, Chase Courtney finished with seven solo tackles and a sack for Cardinal. Linebacker Nathan Yeager had 13 total tackles, five of which were solo.
“Our areas to focus on this week include winning the turnover battle, eliminating negative yardage offensive plays and to make third down stops defensively,” Hadenfeldt said.
The Comets host North Mahaska on Friday.
The Van Buren Warriors were able to open up their season with a 19-13 victory over Lynnville-Sully.
Van Buren quarterback Garrett Saunders went 11-20 with 242 yards passing. He tossed two touchdowns and two interceptions.
Saunders led the way in the rushing game as well, accumulating 41 yards. Vaughn Helling rushed for 34 yards and a touchdown.
Wide receiver Will Mertens caught five passes for 141 yards and a touchdown. Brandon Plecker reeled in three balls for 66 yards and a touchdown.
Sam Dickinson led the Warriors with 11 total tackles. Saunders and Justin Hagans both finished with nine tackles.
All of the game’s points were scored in the second quarter.
“We need better consistency with our offense, and on defense we need to do a better job making our tackles,” Van Buren coach Mike Hurley said. “The athletes played with a lot of heart and stepped up in the second half on defense and played a great game.”