Camanche's big first half overcomes Panthers

Tyler Luensman of Monticello (2) carries the ball after making a catch in the Oct. 2 game at Camanche. (Photos by Pete Temple)

Tate Petersen of the Panthers (12) runs for additional yardage after making a catch against Camanche.
Pete Temple
Express Sports Editor

     It was a battle of unbeaten football teams from Class 2A, District 5, with a likely district title on the line.

     Camanche wound up getting the better of Monticello on this night, scoring 34 first half points on the way to a 41-20 victory over the Panthers Friday, Oct. 2 in Camanche.

     It knocked Monticello (2-1, 4-1) from the ranks of the unbeaten, and clinched the district title for Camanche (3-0, 5-1). Monticello will not be playing any more district games, as West Liberty bowed out of its scheduled Oct. 9 meeting with the Panthers due to COVID-19 issues there. So the best Monticello could do is gain half a game if Camanche loses to Maquoketa Friday.

     As of press time Monday, the Panthers had not found a new opponent for Friday.

     “Camanche hit some big plays in the first half, and we could not convert on our opportunities,” Monticello coach Wes Wilson said. “We did some good things; we were just not consistent.

     Monticello still will make the post-season, as all teams in Iowa are granted berths in this year’s playoffs. And with the 4-1 record, it appears likely the Panthers will open the postseason with a home game.

     Camanche scored on its first two possessions of the game. Following a Monticello punt, the Indians went 46 yards in eight plays, scoring on the first of four touchdown passes by Michael Delzell, this one a 15-yarder to Cade Everson.

     A second Monticello punt resulted in a long return, giving Camanche the ball on the Panther 49. On a second-and-seven, the Indians ran a flea flicker play, with Everson taking a handoff and then lateraling back to Delzell, who hit Jordan Lawrence down the right sideline, a scoring play covering 46 yards. Camanche led 14-0 after one quarter.

     The Panthers’ best possession of the first half was an 11-play, 63-yard drive. Luke Lambert hit Tate Petersen on three separate passes during the march, covering 30 of those yards, and then Lambert plunged in for a two-yard touchdown. Christian Castillo’s extra point kick cut Camanche’s lead to 14-7.

     The Indians took over after that, scoring on a 26-yard pass play, Delzell to Kyle DeWeerdt, for a 21-7 lead with 5:51 left in the half. The Indians wound up scoring twice more before halftime, on a one-yard run by Eric Kinkaid, and following a fumble recovery, on a seven-yard pass from Delzell to Everson with 17 seconds left in the half. Camanche carried a 34-7 lead into halftime.

     “That was a very important sequence in the game,” Wilson said. “Things really snowballed at the end of the quarter, and we just didn’t execute on either side of the ball.”

     Monticello’s defense stopped Camanche on the first two possessions of the second half, but not on the third one, as Everson broke away for a 57-yard scoring run to put the Indians ahead 41-7.

     The fourth quarter belonged to the Panthers, who scored on two passes from Lambert to Justin Recker, one for 19 yards and one for 11. After the second one, Monticello attempted an onside kick, but Camanche recovered, and neither team scored again.

     Camanche had 452 total yards to Monticello’s 260, including a rushing advantage of 192 to 61.

     Lambert finished17-for-31 for 199 yards and two touchdowns. Petersen was the team’s leading receiver, with five catches for 74 yards.

     Wilson said he believes the team will get over the loss quickly.

     “It will be pretty easy to get refocused,” he said. “These guys expect to be competitive and want to win. We will have a great week of practice and be ready for Friday night.”


Oct. 2

Monti    0    7   0   13  – 20

Cam    14  20   7     0  – 41



     Cam – Everson 15 pass from Delzell (Waltz kick), 7:01 remaining.

     Cam – Lawrence 46 pass from Delzell (Waltz kick), 2:59.


     Monti – Lambert 2 run (Castillo kick), 7:47.

     Cam – DeWeerdt 26 pass from Delzell (Waltz kick), 5:51.

     Cam – Kinkaid 1 run (kick failed),m 1:54.

     Cam – Everson 7 pass from Delzell (Waltz kick), 0:17.0.


     Cam – Everson 57 run (Waltz kick), 2:30.


     Monti – Recker 19 pass from Lambert (kick failed), 8:50.

     Monti – Recker 11 pass from Lambert (Castillo kick), 7:16.


                                 Monti     Cam

First downs              11           23

Rushing yds.            61         192

Passing yds.           199         260

Comp.-att.-int.   17-31-2  16-20-0

Total yards              260        452

Fumbles lost             1             2

Penalties-yds.        6-65       6-50


     Rushing – Lambert 21-41, Ries 5-17, Roher 1-3, T. Luensman 1-0.

     Passing – Lambert 17-31-199-2-2.

     Receiving – Petersen 5-74, T. Luensman 4-45, Recker 3-40,  Sauser 3-27, Ries 1-7, K. Luensman 1-6.

     Fumble recoveries – Manternach 2.



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