Bobcats chew up Cardinals 42-8
Ground game guides MHS past Newton
NEWTON — When Marshalltown seniors Malik Haynes and Patrick Landeros weren’t running away from Newton tacklers, the Bobcat duo was running through them.
Marshalltown’s ground game was spectacular in a win over Newton on Friday night.
Haynes ran for 178 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries, Landeros gained 125 yards and scored two TDs on 14 carries and Marshalltown recorded its first win of the season following a 42-8 victory at H.A. Lynn Stadium in the 88th meeting between the two schools.
“The running backs are tough runners. I told them that if you can’t out-run them, you have to run through them and they were able to do that tonight,” Marshalltown head coach Adam Goodvin said. “(Haynes) is not the fastest guy in the world but he’s a big strong kid who takes pride in his strength and he uses it to his advantage.”
The Bobcats (1-1) gained 346 yards on the ground in all, and senior Brendan Bates also threw for 130 yards and three scores.
Newton went into the game without 13 starters, and the shorthanded Cardinals were no match for Marshalltown as the Bobcat defense held Newton to 173 total yards.
“The defense was outstanding. The effort was great and they showed some toughness,” Goodvin said. “We have things to clean up on both sides of the ball. There’s always room for improvement.”
Marshalltown scored on its first possession. Haynes ran for 19 yards on the second play from scrimmage and Landeros rumbled for 37 one play later.
Stuck in a fourth and 12 situation, Bates hooked up with sophomore Gannon Williams for a 16-yard TD.
In the second quarter, Bates found Landeros wide open in the flat and the big fullback rumbled into the end zone from 9 yards out on fourth and 5.
“Our passes were successful and timely,” Goodvin said. “We got backed up a few times. At some point, you have to just let your guys make plays and for the most part they did that.”
Landeros scored again from 4 yards out to make it 21-0 at halftime.
Newton (0-2) head coach Andy Swedenhjelm said after the game that his younger players were put in a tough spot due to so many starters being out.
“Our sophomores got a fantastic learning experience. They got to play a varsity game against varsity competition,” Swedenhjelm said. “And to be honest, they did pretty well. They’re just small right now. They need to continue to grow and get better.
“They did what we asked them to do. They competed. They were just in a tough situation.”
In the third quarter, Bates hooked up with John Loney for a 24-yard TD.
The next Bobcat drive belonged to senior Carson Williams. On the first play from scrimmage, the University of Buffalo commit caught a pass from Bates that went for 49 yards.
After a holding and block in the back put Marshalltown behind the sticks, Carson Williams hauled in consecutive passes of 11 and 10 yards to move the chains.
One play later, Haynes dove in from 2 yards out to make it 35-0. Carson Williams had 81 yards on four catches in the win.
“Our offensive line did an outstanding job. They got a good push tonight,” Goodvin said. “We stressed that all week in practice after a poor performance. They responded.”
Landeros added a 1-yard touchdown plunge to finish the MHS scoring for a 42-0 lead.
Notes: Marshalltown assistant coach Dan Cibula is a Newton High School graduate. … Marshalltown is scheduled to Ames next week at Leonard Cole Field. … The Bobcats had a 25-9 advantage in first downs and out-gained Newton 476-173.
Marshalltown 42, Newton 8
MHS 7 14 14 7 — 42
Newton 0 0 0 8 — 8
MHS — Gannon Williams 16 pass from Brendan Bates (Jake Vaughn kick), 9:44
MHS — Patrick Landeros 9 pass from Bates (Vaughn kick), 9:08
MHS — Landeros 4 run (Vaughn kick), 0:35
MHS — John Loney 24 pass from Bates (Vaughn kick), 7:50
MHS — Malik Haynes 2 run (Vaughn kick), 3:31
MHS — Landeros 1 run (Vaughn kick), 5:40
NWT — Zay Arguello 77 run (Arguello run), 2:48
First Downs 25 9
Rushes-yards 44-346 29-143
Passing yards 130 30
Att-Comp-Int 14-7-0 15-6-0
Total Offense 56-476 44-173
Fumbles-lost 2-0 2-1
Penalties-yards 6-45 3-25
RUSHING — MHS: Haynes 16-178, Landeros 14-125, Auron Greenwood 4-34, Malachi Holmes 4-8, Nick Rebik 2-5, Bates 2-4, Jose Martinez 1-3. NEWTON: Arguello 12-97, Nate Maki 3-23, Gavin Urias 5-18, Cupples 2-8, Alex Thomason 1-7, Jordan Becker 2-(minus-1), Jake Ingle 1-(minus-2), A.J. Holdefer 3-(minus-7).
PASSING — MHS: Bates: 7-14-130-0. NEWTON: Arguello 6-14-30-0, Cade Cupples 0-1-0-0.
RECEIVING — MHS: Carson Williams 4-81, Loney 1-24, G. Williams 1-18, Landeros 1-9. NEWTON: Urias 1-14, Ingle 1-7, Cupples 1-4, Evan Grimm 2-3, Holdefer 1-2.