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Ryan Stonebraker, Sports Editor

From The Cheap Seats: By Ryan Stonebraker

October 9, 2013

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Class 1A District 5
District Overall PF PA Tipton 3-0 4-2 208 133 Maq. Valley 3-0 6-0 177 69 North Cedar 3-1 5-1 246 81 Clayton Ridge 3-1 5-1 208 52 Alburnett 0-3 2-4 121 190 Bellevue 0-3 2-4 81 168 Durant 0-4 0-6 57 209 Friday October 4 Tipton 47, North Cedar 46 (OT) Maquoketa Valley 34, Durant 3 Iowa City Regina 49, Alburnett 12 Clayton Ridge 35, Bellevue 0 Friday October 11 Clayton Ridge at Tipton Alburnett at Durant West Branch at North Cedar Maquoketa Valley at Bellevue

Was This The Best This Year?

After I recovered from being stunned at the Tigers start last Friday - 16 points in the first four minutes of their game at North Cedar - for the rest of the game, I kept coming back to these two thoughts. Is this the best game of this year? Will this be the the best game of the year? The Tigers game at North Cedar last Friday is an instant classic for many after Tipton placekicker Askild Henngesen drilled the football through the uprights in overtime to give Tipton a 46-45 overtime win. It capped an improbable comeback as each team survived questionable calls in the second half. As a result, both football teams sit on the doorstep of a playoff bearth in class 1A district 5. Neither have officially clinched a spot in the postseason, but, with the district standings as such where Bellevue, Durant and Alburnett are looking for their first district wins, its hard to think that both the Tigers and Knights will fall apart and miss out on the playoffs. Though a good game, ok, a great game, with all due respect to the players, coaches and fans of each community, the North Cedar-Tipton game cant be the highlight of the season for either team if they want to go where I think that they both want to go (playoffs). Fans have a right to continue to revel in the win or analyze the heartbreaking loss, but the two teams are not able to do that now that another week of preparation has arrived. For example, Tipton cant rest on their come from behind win with Clayton Ridge coming to town this Friday. North Cedar has to get back out there and pick themselves up because state ranked West Branch is coming to town this week. Both teams have big games in the final three weeks that should have playoff implications and atmosphere with each kick-off in upcoming Fridays. Each play Maquoketa Valley and Clayton Ridge. Each lost to the two squads last year and both of those teams are equally strong this season. For North Cedar, the Tipton loss cant turn into another loss this week to West Branch. For Tipton, the win over the Knights cant become the high point to a season that has high expectations that include playing football into November. Twice in the last two weeks I have had one of those stickers on me that say Hello, my name is where I put Ryan Stonebraker. One was a reunion, one was not. Reunions offer a chance to remember times gone by. Some remember them fondly, some dont. Some remember them with regrets, some dont. Some remember the impact a coach, teacher or friend had on them, some dont. Everyone, everyone however, remembers something. How will I, players, coaches and fans remember this season for both teams? How will Durant and Wilton remember their respective seasons? There are highlights and games of the year to every season and I consider Fridays game a candidate, but, I hope there is a game highlight for each school that hasnt taken place, because it would mean that it was bigger than Fridays game. There is no reason to think, in my opinion, that we have yet to see the game of the year for each of these teams. If we have, it wouldnt be a bad thing, but, and Im sure the coaches would both agree, that there are a lot more chances and opportunities out there to be had. Good Football Yet To Be Played Its hard to believe, but the high school football season is 2/3 of Continued To Page 16.

Tipton-North Cedar Box Score

Score by Quarters 1 2 3 4 OT Score Tipton 16 7 8 8 7 - 46 North Cedar 12 14 13 0 6 - 45 Scoring Summary: 1st Qtr (11:29) TIP - Chandler Harden 2yard run (Askild Haagensen kick) 1st Qtr (11:24) TIP - Chandler Harden 0yard fumble recovery (Askild Haagensen kick failed) 1st Qtr (8:22) TIP - Askild Haagensen 27yard field goal 1st Qtr (4:58) NC - Trever Greene 16yard pass from Jayden Johnson (Jayden Johnson pass failed) 1st Qtr (1:41) NC - Derrick Gray 42-yard run (Oliver Skov-Thuesen kick failed) 2nd Qtr (6:41) NC - Derrick Gray 4-yard run (Oliver Skov-Thuesen kick) 2nd Qtr (2:47) NC - Derrick Gray 80-yard run (Oliver Skov-Thuesen kick) 2nd Qtr (0:14) TIP - Josh Smith 15-yard pass from Alex Wiley (Askild Haagensen kick) 3rd Qtr (9:45) NC - Blake Proesch 17yard pass from Jayden Johnson (Oliver Skov-Thuesen kick) 3rd Qtr (2:34) NC - Derrick Gray 25-yard pass from Jayden Johnson (Oliver SkovThuesen kick failed) 3rd Qtr (1:53) TIP - Chandler Harden 61-yard pass from Alex Wiley (Chandler Harden rush) 4th Qtr (0:58) TIP - Taylor Axberg 27-yard pass from Alex Wiley (Chandler Harden rush) OT 12:00 NC - Jayden Johnson 1-yard run (Oliver Skov-Thuesen kick failed) OT 12:00 TIP - Chandler Harden 4-yard run (Askild Haagensen kick) Team Statistics: TIP NC FIRST DOWNS 20 21 RUSHES-YARDS 54-295 49-284 PASSING YDS 196 176 Pass Att-Comp-Int 19-9-0 27-18-0 TOTAL OFFENSE 73-491 76-460 Fumble Returns-Yards 0-0 0-0 Punt Returns-Yards 1-0 0-0 Kickoff Returns-Yards 7-67 5-126 Int. Returns-Yards 0-0 0-0 Punts (Number-Avg) 3-24.3 4-30.5 Fumbles-Lost 6-3 1-1 Penalties-Yards 8-62 10-106 Possession Time 25:06 22:54 3rd-Down Conversions 4 of 15 8 of 16 4th-Down Conversions 3 of 5 2 of 2 RX Scores-Chances 5-5 3-5 Sacks By: Number-Yards 1-7 0-0 Individual Statistics: RUSHING: Tipton: Chandler Harden 32200; Alex Wiley 8-45; Clay Keller 3-19; Taylor Axberg 4-18; Jordan Challis 5-13; Josh Smith 1-2; team 1-minus 2. North Cedar: Derrick Gray 27-242; Jayden Johnson 20-63; Adam Poduska 1-minus 1; TEAM 1-minus 20. PASSING: Tipton: Alex Wiley 9-19-0196. North Cedar: Jayden Johnson 1827-0-176. RECEIVING: Tipton: Taylor Axberg 3-44; Josh Smith 3-43; Chandler Harden 2-95; Blake Huston 1-14. North Cedar: Jacob Hay 7-67; Blake Proesch 3-48; Seth Hamilton 3-12; Derrick Gray 2-24; Trever Greene 2-16; Zach Bendixen 1-9. Defensive Statistics: INTERCEPTIONS: Tipton: None. North Cedar: None. FUMBLES: Tipton: Josh Smith 2-1; Chandler Harden 2-2; Clay Keller 1-0; Alex Wiley 1-0. North Cedar: TEAM 1-1. SACKS (UA-A): Tipton-Chandler Harden 1-0. North Cedar-None. TACKLES (S-A-T): Tipton: Austin Howe 9-3 12; Josh Smith 7-3 10; Chandler Harden 9-0 9; Clay Keller 3-5 8; Jordan Challis 4-2 6; Caleb Schnekloth 3-2 5; Scott Stueland 2-3 5; Kaleb Schott 3-1 4; Tanner Cook 1-3 4; Blake Huston 3-0 3; Alex Wiley 3-0 3; Sam Northup 2-0 2; Mitch Chapman 1-0 1; Askild Haagensen 1-0 1. North Cedar: Adam Poduska 9-2 11; Hunter Smith 6-4 10; Jacob Hay 7-2 9; Blake Proesch 5-3 8; Grant Pruess 3-5 8; Derrick Gray 4-1 5; Andrew Fields 2-2 4; Anthony Scheer 1-2 3; Spencer Armstrong 2-0 2; Dalton Yutesler 2-0 2; Noah Sander 2-0 2; Seth Hamilton 2-0 2; Clayton Juhl 0-2 2; Jayden Johnson 1-0 1; Cameron Paup 1-0 1; Landan Weber 0-1 1; Bryce Sharpless 0-1 1. Player participation: Tipton: 1-Alex Wiley, 6-Askild Haagensen, 13-Chandler Harden, 17-Blake Huston, 21-Clay Keller, 30-Jordan Challis, 31-Taylor Axberg, 33-Josh Smith, 44-Austin Howe, 51-Kaleb Schott, 52-Tanner Cook, 55-Scott Stueland, 72-Mitch Chapman, 80-Caleb Schnekloth, 81-Sam Northup. North Cedar: 3-Zach Bendixen, 4-Trever Greene, 6-Derrick Gray, 7-Blake Proesch, 9-Grant Pruess, 11-Jacob Hay, 12-Landan Weber, 15-Cameron Paup, 16-Jayden Johnson, 19-Spencer Armstrong, 22-Dalton Yutesler, 23-Seth Hamilton, 27-Bryce Sharpless, 30-Adam Poduska, 42-Hunter Smith, 50-Anthony Scheer, 52-Clayton Juhl, 54-Andrew Fields, 77-Noah Sander, 88-Oliver Skov-Thuesen.

The aftermath of Chandler Hardens 4-yard touchdown in overtime Friday night. The score set up the winning PAT by Askild Haagensen to give Tipton a 46-45 victory over North Cedar. The Tigers improved to 4-2 overall and 3-0 in district 5. The Tigers host Clayton Ridge Friday. Photo by Darren Miller.

Tigers Stun Unbeaten Knights In Overtime

STANWOOD Stunning. If you werent there, you may not believe it. Those were the sentiments following one of the best high school football games this season between longtime rivals Tipton and North Cedar. The Tigers had to fight from behind for over three-fourths of the football game and converted their PAT attempt in overtime after North Cedar had failed in their attempt to outlast Tipton 46 to 45 in overtime. North Cedar entered the football game with a 5-0 record and with a lot of promise after turning around an 0-9 season last year. The Knights had a district leading 34 points given up on defense as well. The Knights had the highest scoring offense in district 5, while Tipton had the third leading offensive output in the district. Tipton football coach Josh Bahr said that the game was something special to be a part of and tipped his hat to his coaching counterpart. North Cedar is an outstanding ball club, that was as good as advertised and very difficult to game plan for. Coach Feller is doing a great job with them. It was a great night for football and both teams played hard, said Bahr. All of Tipton is proud of Friday nights win and how our boys performed and prevailed, he said. Just as crazy as the Tigers road game at rival North Cedar last Friday night, the ending is one that was crazy too. The Tigers used an early swing of momentum to withstand a flurry of North Cedar points in the first half to make the game competitive the rest of the way. Tipton scored 16 points in the games first 3:26 of the game before the packed crowd at the game had even got fully sat down. Tipton got the football first and on their first play from scrimmage, Chandler Harden broke

Tipton placekicker Asklik Haagensen (6) is carried off the field by teammates after making the winning PAT in overtime, sending the Tigers to a 46-45 overtime win. Photo by Darren Miller.
through the Knights defense for a 63-yard gain to the Knight 12-yard line. That run helped set the tone for the rest of the game as Harden scored two plays later to put Tipton up 7-0. The momentum continued on the ensuing North Cedar possession as on the Knights first play, the North Cedar center snapped the ball over quarterback Jayden Johnsons head and as the ball scooted into the Tigers endzone, Harden swooped in and covered up the football for a touchdown and a 13-0 Tipton lead just 36 seconds into the football game. The Tigers held on defense on the next North Cedar drive, forcing a three and out punt. After taking over near midfield, Tipton drove to the Continued To Page 15.

Wildcats Improve, Cant Overcome Parmely

DELHI The Durant Wildcats played hard against the 7th ranked Maquoketa Valley Wildcats, but dropped a 34-3 defeat on the road last Friday. The Wildcats held the state rated team scoreless in the first quarter and the third quarter in the contest. With each week, the Wildcats improve. We really felt our team played great against a very tough MVHS team. We held them scoreless in the first quarter and played great defense all day. We hit a rough patch in the game where they scored on a short run, then got an interception return fora touchdown and recovered an inadvertent onside kick that led to another score, said Durant football coach Greg White. We ended up playing them tough the rest of the way and I could not be more proud of our kids, he said. Maquoketa Valley scored the games first points on a Tyler Yonkovic 2-yard touchdown run in the second quarter to take a 6-0 lead. Then, a 54-yard interception return for a touchdown by Ryan Parmely on the ensuing Wildcat drive put the Maquoketa Valley Wildcats up 13-0. After an inadvertant onside kick, the Wildcats marched down

Durants Henry Hansen (12) with football, tries to get to the outside during the Wildcats 34-3 loss at Maquoketa Valley last Friday. Durant played tough, but two second half Ryan Parmely scores was too much. Photo by Robin Paulsen.
the football field and capped the drive with a 5-yard Parmely touchdown run to take a 20-0 lead. Durant surprised Maquoketa Valley at the end of the first half, moving the football and getting points on the scoreboard. Nathan Paulsen connected for a 34-yard field goal to put the score at 20-3 at halftime. After halftime, the Wildcats kept playing hard, holding Maquoketa Valley scoreless in the third quarter, giving themselves a chance heading to the final quarter with the score still 20-3. In the fourth however, the Maquoketa Valley Wildcats pounded the football on the ground with Parmely. Parmely scored on a 95yard touchdown run and another 5-yard run to give Maquoketa Valley 14 points in the final quarter in Continued To Page 14.