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West runs away from CR Prairie

Trojans top Prairie Hawks, 48-28
West High’s Traevis Buchanan looks for an escape as a Prairie Hawk latches on to bring him down Friday, Sept. 22, at home against Cedar Rapids Prairie. Buchanan, a senior, caught seven passes for 70 yards and a pair of touchdowns in a 48-28 Homecoming win (photo by Chris Umcheid).

IOWA CITY– It was a happy Homecoming for Iowa City West High as the Trojans rolled over the Prairie Hawks from Cedar Rapids Prairie, 48-28, Friday, Sept. 22.
Both teams were 4-0 coming into the contest, which tied twice in the first half.
Traevis Buchanan took an Evan Flitz pass to the end zone with 6:43 left in the first quarter to give the Trojans a 6-0 lead, which was boosted by a successful point-after kick from Lucas Karwal.
Prairie knotted the game at 7-7 with 3:33 left in the period on a long run, but Austin West scored a minute later on a Flitz touchdown pass making it 13-7. Again Karwal nailed the point-after kick and the Trojans were up 14-7.
West recovered a Prairie fumble early in the second quarter and started a drive on their own goal line. An intercepted pass set up a Prairie drive, which ended in a quick touchdown and a 14-14 tie with 7:48 left in the half. Buchanan scored his second touchdown of the night on a Flitz pass with 6:59 remaining. Again Karwal’s kick was good and West was back on top 21-14.
Trumell Roberts ran the ball 68 yards to score with 2:10 left in the half. With Karwal’s kick the Trojans were ahead, 28-14.
Landon Green blocked a Prairie punt with 1:47 to go and recovered the ball for West High. The ensuing Trojan drive died on Flitz’s second interception of the night with 1:14 left before halftime. Prairie scored with 33 seconds remaining making it 28-20 ahead of an unsuccessful West High field goal attempt as the half ended.
The second half opened on a sour note as the band inadvertently overstayed their halftime welcome, which led to a 15-yard penalty against the Trojans on the opening kickoff, and an enraged head coach Garret Hartwig.
Flitz scored on a quarterback keeper to make it 35-20 with a Karwal kick. Roberts scored again in the first minute of the fourth quarter on a running play to make it 41-20. This time Karwal’s kick bounced off the goal post, leaving him 6-7 on the night. Prairie scored with 10:34 to go for their final touchdown of the night.
Andre White scored on a very long run, but a penalty against the Trojans negated it and West High ended up punting the ball away. However, with 7:07 left to play the Prairie Hawks fumbled, West recovered, and the Trojans found themselves on the birds’ 30-yard line. Flitz put the icing on the cake with 4:37 remaining as he scored on a quarterback keeper. Karwal drove in the final nail with a perfect kick and the Trojans finished the night up 48-28.
Flitz completed 20-27 passes for 252 yards and four touchdowns, and kept the ball a dozen times for 99 yards to lead the 275-yard ground offensive. White ran 85 yards on seven carries. Jalen Gaudet took five of Flitz’s passes 80 yards while Buchanan went 70 yards on seven receptions. Ryan Kadenge, Roberts and Dillon Shephard had four solo tackles apiece while Green had a quarterback sack.
The Trojans head for Burlington on Friday, Sept. 29, and will host Cedar Rapids Kennedy on Friday, Oct. 6, with a 7:15 p.m. varsity kickoff.

PASSING: E. Flitz 20-27.
RUSHING: P. Breitbach 4-20, Flitz 12-99-2, D. Miene 2-2, T. Roberts 3-69-1, A. West 7-85.
RECEIVING: T. Buchanan 7-70-2, D. Doyle 3-25, J. Gaudet 5-80, A. Geasland 2-28, Roberts 1-20-1, A. West 2-29-1.
TACKLES (SOLO-ASSIST-TOTAL): B. Adcock 2-2-3.0, Q. Baker 0-2-1.0, N. Biancuzzo 0-1-0.5, Breitbach 0-2-1.0, N. Dill, 1-1-1.5, Doyle 2-5-4.5, C. Fedeler 0-4-2.0, J. Gannon 0-1-0.5, L. Green 2-4-4.0, J. Halverson 2-8-6.0, R. Kadenge, 4-3-5.5, L. Karwal 1-0-1.0, C. Mabry 1-7-4.5, E. McAreavy 0-1-0.5, O. McAreavy 1-1-1.5, Roberts 4-8-8.0, D. Shephard 4-6-7.0, J. Steburg 0-1-0.5, J. Strunk 2-1-2.5, J. Thomas 0-1-0.5, West 0-1-0.5, A. White 2-4-4.0.
INTERCEPTIONS: Buchanan 1-0.
FUMBLE RECOVERIES: Doyle 1-0, Halverson 1-0.
PAT KICKS: Karwal 6-7.
KICK OFF RETURNS: Strunk 1-16, White 2-34.
PUNT RETURNS: Gaudet 1-31, Green 1-8.h
Class 4A District 8 Standings
District Overall
IC West 1-0 5-0
CR Kennedy 1-0 4-1
Linn-Mar 1-0 1-4
CR Prairie 0-1 4-1
Burlington 0-1 0-5
Ottumwa 0-1 0-5