The Journal Express
---- — Brent Parker threw touchdown passes to five different receivers last Friday night as Twin Cedars raced past Meskwaki 52-22. The Sabers improved to 5-0 on the season. They will host district five co-leader HLV Friday night (tonight) at 7 p.m. The winner will be well on their way to the district title.
Parker threw five touchdown passes in the first half. He completed a 10-yard touchdown pass to Coy Moore that opened the scoring. Parker threw two touchdown passes to Otis Roby in the first half. Roby scored on a 27-yard pass play and a 19-yard pass play. Garret Pettyjohn was on the receiving end of a 37-yard touchdown pass. Hunter Embray scored on a 21-yard touchdown pass from Parker.
Twin Cedars was able to score on three of the five two-point conversion attempts. Moore scored on a pass from Parker. Tim Loeffler ran for the other two two-point conversions. The Sabers built a 36-0 lead. Meskwaki scored with less than 30 seconds left in the second quarter to make the halftime score 36-8.
Parker hooked up with Drew Carlson on a 53-yard touchdown pass early in the third quarter. He also connected with Carlson for the two-point conversion that made the score 44-8.
Meskwaki answered with two scores that cut the lead to 44-22. The Sabers added one more score when Parker hit Pettyjohn with a 14-yard scoring pass. Moore once again caught a pass for the two-point conversion that made the score 52-22.
“I thought that we played really well in the first half,” stated coach Aaron Allspach. “In the second half we had some costly turnovers, penalties, missed tackles, and mental errors that allowed them to get a couple of scores. Give Meskwaki credit. They played hard the entire game. They never hung their heads. We need to run the ball a little bit better, and our run defense needs to improve.”
Parker completed 12-14 passes for 284 yards and seven touchdowns. He also threw two interceptions. Pettyjohn caught three passes for 102 yards and two touchdowns. Roby had three receptions for 71 yards and a pair of scores. Carlson caught two passes for 60 yards and one touchdown. Moore caught two balls for 25 yards and a score. Embray’s only catch was for a 21-yard touchdown. Collin Still had one reception for five yards.
TC only rushed for 45 yards. Loeffler and Parker each carried the ball three times for 17 yards apiece. Carlson and Dalton Garcia each had a pair of runs that netted them four yards each. Pettyjohn had seven totes of the ball for three yards.
Defensively, Corey Harrell led the Sabers with 13 tackles. Hunter Embray totaled 12 tackles. Roby was in on 11 stops. Pettyjohn and Carlson were each credited with nine tackles. Pettyjohn also intercepted three passes. The rest of the tackle chart included; Chris Selix 8, Dalton Garcia 7, Caleb Bonnett 5, Layne DeMoss 5, Josh Riggen 2, and Peyton Stephens 1.
Twin Cedars (5-0) will host HLV (4-1) this Friday night. Both teams are 3-0 in district play. This game could very well determine who will finish first and second in eight-man district five. The top two teams in each district earn home playoff berths.