Wahawks pull away from MHS, 56-14
WATERLOO — Waterloo West wasted no time in taking control after it appeared Marshalltown was going to run stride-for-stride with the Wahawks.
Cade Dodd threw five touchdown passes in the first half and Waterloo West scored 43 unanswered points to break an early tie en route to a 56-14 victory in Friday’s non-district football game at Memorial Stadium.
Marrio Wright reeled in a 37-yard touchdown pass from Dodd to cap the game’s opening drive, but Marshalltown (1-3) responded with a quick scoring surge of its own. A 76-yard pass play from Sam Irwin to Josh Melde set up Alex Rockingham for a 3-yard touchdown run, and the Bobcats answered West’s fast start for a 7-all tie.
But Marshalltown didn’t score again until the fourth quarter, and Waterloo West went crazy in between. Richardson Gbeynie’s 32-yard touchdown run broke the tie and Dodd threw three more touchdown passes before a bad snap on a Bobcat punt led to a safety. Dodd found Wright for a third TD connection to take the game into halftime, 43-7.
“Our guys did a great job of responding to their first drive,” said MHS head coach Adam Goodvin. “We had a big play and drove it right down and got a score. The next drive we gave up a big score and the defense never could settle into a groove.”
West (3-1) finished with a balanced attack of 258 yards through the air and another 235 on the ground, going for 493 total yards of offense in handing the Bobcats back-to-back losses going into next week’s Homecoming game and Class 4A District 4 opener against unbeaten Newton (4-0).
“We didn’t do a great job of putting our defense out there in great situations,” Goodvin said. “We’ve got to be able to flip the field and make it harder on their offense and give ourselves a chance.”
The Bobcats amassed just 204 yards of offense and six first downs.
Dodd finished 8-for-12 for 258 yards with five TDs before relinquishing the quarterback spot for the second half. Wright had four receptions for 175 yards with three touchdowns.
Wyatt Himes led the Marshalltown offense with 20 yards rushing on three carries in the second half, while Irwin had 17 yards on the ground. Irwin was 10-for-16 passing for 161 yards, with Melde’s 76-yard catch and run accounting for nearly half of them. Noah DeVenney had two grabs for 32 yards and Dylan Eygabroad made three receptions for 28 yards.
Waterloo West 56, Marshalltown 14
Marshalltown 7 0 0 7 — 14
Waterloo West 28 15 7 6 — 56
WW — Marrio Wright 37 pass from Cade Dodd (Adijan Muhamedagic kick), 9:27.
MHS — Alex Rockingham 3 run (Ryan Huffman kick), 8:27.
WW — Richardson Gbeynie 32 run (Muhamedagic kick), 7:36.
WW — Wright 89 pass from Dodd (Muhamedagic kick), 4:38.
WW — Tanner Pollock 32 pass from Dodd (Muhamedagic kick), 4:15.
WW — Caleb Dodd 28 from Cade Dodd (Muhamedagic kick), 9:24.
WW — Safety, ball kicked out of end zone, 7:54.
WW — Wright 35 pass from Dodd (kick failed), 5:55.
WW — Pollock 16 run (Muhamedagic kick), :29.
MHS — Sam Irwin 3 run (Huffman kick).
WW — Zeph Toe 8 run (kick failed), 2:38.
First downs 6 12
Rushes-yards 24-38 36-235
Passing yards 166 258
Comp-att-int 11-20-0 8-13-0
Return yards 63 75
Punts-avg. 6-27.5 2-41
Fumbles-lost 2-1 2-1
Penalties-yards 3-29 7-69
RUSHING — MHS: Wyatt Himes 3-20, Samuel Irwin 9-17, Giorgio Diiorio 2-6, Alexander Rockingham 10-(minus-5); WW: Richardson Gbeynie 5-74, Zeph Toe 11-71, Lucas Mastin 2-46, Tanner Pollock 3-31, Kadin Paulus 9-18, Team 1-(minus-5).
PASSING — MHS: Irwin 10-16-0-161, Jacob Smith 1-4-1-5; WW: Cade Dodd 8-12-0-258, Pollock 0-4-0-0.
RECEIVING — MHS: Joshua Melde 4-97, Noah DeVenney 2-32, Dylan Eygabroad 3-28, Rockingham 2-9; WW: Marrio Wright 4-175, Caleb Dodd 2-38, Pollock 1-32, Kalen Burt 2-8, Devon Jones 1-5.