PHOTO: Maquoketa Valley defensive players Trevor Koopmann (left) and Ryan Parmely bring down an Iowa City Regina runner Nov. 8. (Photo by Pete Temple)
By Pete Temple, Express Sports Editor
Maquoketa Valley threatened Iowa City Regina’s 53-game football winning streak in the Class 1A quarterfinal round, but the Regals were able to pull away in the fourth quarter and win 24-7 Friday, Nov. 8 in Delhi.
It ended the Wildcats’ three-game playoff run, which included another game last week, a 35-27 second round win over Wilton on Monday, Nov. 4, also in Delhi.
The Wildcats generated a lot of excitement for their home crowd in the first quarter, when Cody Orcutt recovered a Regina fumble at the MV 11-yard line, and Ryan Parmely broke through for an 89-yard touchdown run on the very next play.
Maquoketa Valley led Regina 7-3 with 4:04 left in the first quarter.
“I think the kids felt like they belonged, and that was a big thing for them,” Wilson said. “They felt, ‘Hey, we can play with these guys.’ They battled and battled and battled, just like they’ve done all year.”
The Regals rallied for two scores in the second quarter, a 20-yard touchdown pass from Drew Cook to Nick Phillips, and a 32-yard field goal by Jacob Adam as time expired. Regina carried a 13-7 lead into halftime.
The Wildcats had their chances in the second half. On the opening drive, MV marched from its 22-yard line to the Regina 35 before punting.
Three plays later, a Regina fumble – one of three Regal turnovers in the game – was recovered by Cody Orcutt of the Wildcats, giving MV the ball at the Regina 19. The ‘Cats drove as close as the 10, but were stopped on downs, allowing Regina to hold its six-point lead.
“Their defense seemed to clamp down even a little bit more once they turned the ball over,” Wilson said. “(Give) credit to them.”
For five minutes of the fourth quarter, the Wildcats still trailed the defending state champions by just six points. That changed when Jake Brinkman of Regina scored on an 11-yard run, and a two-point pass from Cook to Phillips gave the Regals a 21-7 edge with 6:59 to play.
An interception by Regina’s Bryan Amelon gave his team the ball at the MV 48, and a drive that took 3:37 off the clock ended with a 30-yard field goal by Adam, giving the Regals a 24-7 lead with 3:11 left and sealing their victory.
“It hurts. It really does,” Wilson said. “We played really well defensively. We threw everything we had at them. We shut them down for most of the game.
“We just couldn’t get in a rhythm offensively. We had our chances. We were inside the red zone a couple of times, and we just couldn’t punch it in.”
Regina ended up with 392 total yards, including 259 rushing; while Maquoketa Valley totaled 232.
Parmely finished with 137 on 21 carries. Quarterback Ben Dzaboff rushed seven times for 30 yards.
Defensively, Zach Salow had an interception and a fumble recovery. Tanner Hargrafen and Parmely led the team with 12 tackles apiece.
The Wildcats finished with an 11-1 record and their second straight district championship.
“I’m extremely proud of our kids and how they played and what we did tonight,” the coach said.
Wildcats hold off Wilton
Maquoketa Valley’s first game of the week was the state second round matchup against Wilton Monday, Nov. 4 in Delhi.
The Wildcats had a big third quarter stretch that gave them control, and they held on for a 35-27 victory that sent them to the quarterfinal round.
”We have been in a lot of close games through out the last couple of years, and the kids do a nice job of responding,” Maquoketa Valley coach Wes Wilson said. “They don’t panic, and we have been fortunate to have someone step up and make some big plays for us.”
Junior running back Ryan Parmely made a number of big plays. He carried 40 times for 249 yards and scored four touchdowns, two of those on runs and two on passes from quarterback Ben Dzaboff.
Also, junior Zach Salow made two key interceptions, one that led to a touchdown and another that clinched the victory in the final minute.
The Wilton game was back-and-forth throughout the first half, with the teams trading scores. Parmely scored all three of the Maquoketa Valley touchdowns, on an 11-yard pass from quarterback Ben Dzaboff, and runs of 11 and four yards.
The latter of those gave the Wildcats a 20-14 with 1:58 to play in the first half, but the Beavers came back, driving 75 yards in 11 plays, including a 15-yard pass from Tyler Hetzler to Todd Carter on a fourth-and-10 from the MV 26.
Three plays later, Hetzler hit Koy Snider on a one-yard score with 22.8 seconds left, and the extra point gave Wilton a 21-20 lead that it took into halftime.
“Wilton is a very good offensive team,” Maquoketa Valley coach Wes Wilson said. “We shut down their run game and made them throw the football. They had a lot of success in the air, but it also led to three turnovers that set up some scores for us.”
A span of 1:37 in the third quarter changed the game in the Wildcats’ favor. Maquoketa Valley took its opening possession of the second half and drove 75 yards in nine plays. Trevor Koopmann broke free on a 37-yard scoring run, Parmely stretched over the goal line for the two-point conversion, and the Wildcats led 28-21 with 7:17 left in the third period.
On Wilton’s first play from scrimmage, Zach Salow picked off a Wilton pass, giving MV the ball at the Wilton 37.
Just three plays later, Ben Dzaboff lofted a pass toward the right sideline. Parmely caught it about 20 yards down field and raced the rest of the way to complete a 62-yard scoring play.
Just like that, the Wildcats led 35-21.
MV didn’t score again, but held off Wilton’s attempt to come back. The Beavers did score on a three-yard pass from Hetzler to Troyal Harris, and the extra point was blocked, giving MV a 35-27 margin with 8:51 to play.
The Beavers had two more chances with the ball. On the first one, they were stopped on downs at their 40.
Wilton took over one last time at its 27 with 1:34 to play and no time-outs left. The Beavers got as far as the MV 36, but Salow cut in front of a receiver to make his second interception of the game, sealing the victory with exactly one minute left.
“Our defensive line did a much better job in the second half of getting some pressure on the quarterback and not letting him just sit and throw,” Wilson said.
Wilton 7 14 0 6 – 27
Maq. Val. 7 13 15 0 – 35
Wil - Carter 22 pass from Hetzler (Timmsen kick), 11:00 remaining.
MV - Parmely 11 pass from B. Dzaboff (Bockenstedt kick), 2:42.
MV – Parmely 4 run (Bockenstedt kick), 9:00.
Wil - Harris 16 pass from Hetzler (Timmsen kick), 6:51.
MV – Parmely 7 run (kick failed), 1:58.
Wil - Snider 1 pass from Hetzler (Timmsen kick), 0:22.8.
MV – Koopmann 37 run (Parmely run), 7:17.
MV - Parmely 62 pass from B. Dzaboff (Bockenstedt kick), 5:40.
Wil - Harris 3 pass from Hetzler (kick blocked), 8:51.
First downs 14 18
Rushing yards 95 340
Passing yards 310 76
Total yards 405 416
Comp.-att.-int. 18-33-2 4-6-0
Fumbles-lost 1-1 1-0
Penalties-yards 5-42 7-45
MAQ. VALLEY STATISTICS
Rushing - Parmely 40-249, B. Dzaboff 16-51, Koopmann 2-40.
Passing – B. Dzaboff 4-6-76-2-0.
Receiving - Parmely 2-73, Koopmann 1-4, Coyle 1-(-1).
Interceptions - Salow 2.
Fumble recovery - Nefzger.
Tackles – Parmely 11, Hargrafen 9, Huber 7, Coyle 6, A. Dzaboff 6, Koopmann 6, Salow 5, Nefzger 5, Lansing 4, Yonkovic 3, McDowell 1, Hoeger 1, Deutmeyer 1.
I.C. Regina 3 10 0 11 – 24
Maq. Val. 7 0 0 0 – 7
Reg - Adam 22 field goal, 10:28 remaining.
MV - Parmely 89 run (Bockenstedt kick), 4:04.
Reg – Phillips 20 pass from Cook (Adam kick), 1:42.
Reg - Adam 32 field goal, 0:00.
Reg - Brinkman 11 run (Phillips pass from Cook), 6:59.
Reg – Adam 30 field goal, 3:11.
First downs 18 7
Rushing yards 259 188
Passing yards 133 44
Total yards 392 232
Comp.-att.-int. 13-24-1 5-16-44
Fumbles-lost 4-2 1-1
Penalties-yards 6-35 3-15
MAQ. VALLEY STATISTICS
Rushing - Parmely 21-137, B. Dzaboff 7-30, Koopmann 4-11, Coyle 1-8, Huber 1-2.
Passing – B. Dzaboff 5-16-44-0-1.
Receiving - Coyle 4-40, Huber 1-2.
Interception - Salow.
Fumble recoveries - Orcutt, Salow.
Tackles – Parmely 12, Hargrafen 12, Coyle 8, Huber 8, Koopmann 8, Lansing 5, A, Dzaboff 4, Nefzger 4, Salow 3, Yonkovic 2, Bockenstedt 1, Orcutt 1, Deutmeyer 1..