Pekin and Cardinal both improved to 2-0 with victories in their home openers Friday night while Van Buren fell to 0-2 in Keosauqua.
The Panthers once again put up 30-plus points in a dominant 35-7 win versus Mid-Prairie at the air strip. Caleb Comstock had 94 yards passing with two receptions going to Connor Reed for 28 total yards and Zach Hammes and Matt Long with catches of 30 and 36 yards, respectively.
Junior Dayne Eckley continued to impress with 26 carries for 178 yards and two touchdowns, while seniors Tanner Bainbridge rushed nine times for 66 yards and Zach Hammes carried the ball 12 times for 62 yards and three short scores with the longest being from four yards out.
Senior Hunter Conger and sophomores Mason Juhl and Kale Baker tied for the team lead in tackles with four each while Conger and Hammes also had two tackles for loss and Connor Reed added a sack for the Panther defense.
Kennan Winn single-handedly won the turnover battle for Pekin when the junior intercepted three of the Hawks passes and Levi Rohr added five points to his total with five successful PATs.
This week Pekin travels to 2-0 Mediapolis who have outscored their opponents 96-0.
The Comets are building momentum after a 40-26 victory Friday night in Eldon over Wayne.
?I am proud of the kids and their hard work,? said Head Coach Landon Miller who added, ?However, we are preaching to not be stagnant. If anything, the kids are seeing that what we are coaching is working for them.?
Senior Trey Albert is a stat buster, going 11-21 with 198 yards passing and a touchdown through the air and also rushing 11 times for 79 yards and three rushing scores.
?First and foremost, Trey Albert if having a great season,? said Miller. ?Not just with his play, but his leadership. Our defense, as a whole, is another big improvement for us. The kids are buying into our system and understand what we are trying to accomplish.?
Junior Gabe Reyes also had a big night with 16 carries for 72 yards and a pair of trips to the endzone to go with two catches for 54 yards receiving. Freshman Griffin Greiner had three catches for 87 yards and senior Braden Ridgway caught four balls for 47 yards and a touchdown.
This week the Comets host 1-1 Grand View Christian
?I am looking for us to play mentally and physically tough with a high level of effort on every moment that we get,? said Miller. ?We strive to be in the best shape that we can. Grand View has some nice size on their team and that will pose a problem for us.?
The Warriors lost 41-6 at home to Louisa-Muscatine Friday night to fall to 0-2 on the young, non-district season.
Senior Aiden Franklin had 12 carries for 85 yards and a touchdown to lead the Warriors rushing attack.
Junior Tony Davison had three catches for 21 yards and an interception on defense, both team highs.
Defensively, Van Buren was led by Franklin who had 4.5 tackles, followed by fellow seniors Jaxon Thomas and Cole Troutman and junior Corey Bunnell who each had 3.5 stops.
This week the Warriors finally hit the road when they travel to Bloomfield to take on 0-2 Davis County with kickoff scheduled for 7 p.m.