Sports, August 26th

High School Football

Mt. Pleasant opened up their season against Fairfield on a hot, muggy evening that included a lightning delay, but it was the Trojans who brought the thunder, winning 38-14. Fairfield grounded and pounded for the entire game offensively, but it was the Panther defense early that came up with a couple 4th down stops.

However, it was Carson Miller that scored his first of three touchdowns inside the 10-yard line to give Fairfield the early 7 to 0 lead. Jurha Turner answered back on the next play with a game-tying kickoff return for a touchdown. The Trojans scored two touchdowns in the second quarter and looked poised to take a 21 to 7 lead into halftime before Cooper Coleman found Payton Walker for a 36-yard gain to eventually set up an 11-yard touchdown pass to Turner making the score 21-14. 

But, Fairfield’s rushing attack would seal the game in the second half as the Trojans put up 17 unanswered points. Head Coach John Bowlin knows that this young Panther squad did some nice things on the football field. 

In other Class 3A District 4 matchups, Washington fell to Oskaloosa 28-14. Keokuk defeated Ottumwa last night 23-8. Fort Madison and Burlington participated in a defensive slugfest with the Bloodhounds coming out on top 15-12, despite Gabe Robinson’s 121 yards and two touchdowns on the ground. 

Mediapolis handled Columbus last night 33-7 to open up the season. 

Central Lee dominated their way to a 35-8 victory over Van Buren County to move to 1-0 on the season.

Danville lost to Lynnville-Sully 54-13 last night. 

Winfield-Mt. Union took down Central City in a top 5 matchup last night 44-36. The Wolves and Wildcats started off slow, but a 20 point second quarter by the Wolves set them on their way to eventually outscore Central City 16 to 14 in the second half. 

New London fell to Easton Valley last night 61-22 after the River Hawks flew to a 24 point shutout in the second quarter. 

WACO will square off against Fremont-Mills on the road tonight. 

High School Volleyball

Mt. Pleasant will travel to Grinnel today for a tournament. 

New London will host Holy Trinity Catholic on August 31st to start their season. 

Winfield-Mt. Union will participate in the West Branch Invite today.

Holy Trinity Catholic will be participating in a tournament today hosted by Bondurant-Farrar to start their season.

WACO will host Hillcrest Academy on August 31st. 

Van Buren County will face off against Central Lee on August 31st. 

Central Lee will begin their season with their own tournament starting this morning. 

This Day in Sports History

1938 – Montreal Maroons dropped from the NHL.

1947 – Dodgers’ Dan Bankhead, MLB’s 1st African-American pitcher, homered in his 1st MLB at bat in a 16-3 loss to Pittsburgh, at Ebbets Field, Brooklyn, NYC.

1971 – Bobby Orr signs a five-year contract with the Boston Bruins worth one million dollars, the first million dollar contract in NHL history.