Sports, Monday, August 30th

Prep Football: Panthers Fall in Thriller to Fairfield, Other Prep Finals:

The Mount Pleasant football team battled hard and had chances late but it was the Fairfield Trojans who came out on top with a 27-18 win over the Panthers last Friday at Mapleleaf Athletic Complex.

At one point trailing 20-6 in the third quarter, Mount Pleasant rallied for 12 straights points on Carson Coleman and Payton Hagans touchdowns rushes, but the Panthers would not get closer than 20-18.

Coleman had two total scores, including hooking up with Kyler Stott in the first quarter which knotted the game at 6-6.

He finished 7-of-13 for 147 yards.

Fairfield quarterback Tate Allen iced the game late in the 4th quarter with a touchdown scamper, brining his total touchdown mark to four.

Mount Pleasant, now 0-1, will be back at it next week at Washington.

The Trojans improved to 1-0.

Winfield-Mount Union 84, Moravia 34 

The Winfield-Mount Union football team scored early and often as the Wolves rolled to a 84-34 win over Moravia in Winfield last Friday.

Cam Buffington made his debut at quarterback and it did not disappoint.

The Iowa recruit finished 11-of-15 passing for 288 yards and six touchdowns, while rushing 19 times for 152 yards and four more touchdowns.

Winfield scored 48 points in the second quarter and never looked back.

The Wolves improved to 1-0, they’ll take on Iowa Valley in their homecoming contest.

Moravia fell to 0-1.

New London 52, Calamus-Wheatland 6

New London got their season started with a bang at home, securing a 52-6 win over Calamus-Wheatland.

Led by eight seniors, the Tigers jumped out a 14-0 lead after two possessions and controlled the game from there.

The Tigers rushed for 276 yards as a team and seven rushing scores.

Dominic Lopez completed 1-of-3 passes for 41 yards and one touchdown.

New London, now 1-0, will be off this week after Tri-County conceded their season.

The Tigers will be back in action on September 10th in a matchup of Henry County rivals at home against Winfield-Mount Union.

Kick is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.

WACO 56, Springville 24

WACO improved to 2-0 after a 56-24 thrashing of Springville on the road last Friday.

Simeon Reichenbach led the way for WACO on the ground with 10 carries for 155 yards and four touchdowns.

Isaac Oswald had 98 total yards and a touchdown, as well.

The Warriors have outscored their opponents 108-24 through two games.

WACO, now 2-0, will travel to HLV next week for a matchup with the Warriors.

Kickoff is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.

Other area finals:

Fort Madison 43, Keokuk 0

Burlington 27, Washington 18

Columbus 9, Louisa-Muscatine 6 (OT)

Mediapolis 44, Wapello 22

Mid-Prairie 55, West Burlington Notre Dame 13

Solon 63, West Liberty 0

Prep Volleyball: Panthers Go 3-2 on Saturday, Winfield Places 3rd:

The Mount Pleasant volleyball team completed a successful Saturday tournament, going 3-2 at the Grinnell Tournament.

The Panthers picked up three sweep victories — twice over host Grinnell, while dispatching Iowa Valley.

Their two losses came from the hands of Carlisle and Dallas Center-Grimes.

The Panthers, now 5-4, will battle Fairfield tomorrow night in conference action on the road.

First serve is set for 7:15 p.m.

Winfield Finishes 3rd at West Branch Tournament

The Winfield-Mount Union Lady Wolves finished 3rd in the West Branch tournament, picking up wins over Prince of Peace and Wapello, falling to Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont and West Branch.

Melina Oepping led the way for the team in kills in the four game weekend, with 21.

Keely Malone had 41 assists, while Keetyn Townsley racked up 34 digs.

Winfield upped their ledger to 3-2.

They’ll open Super Conference play on Thursday on the road at Pekin.

College Football: Wesleyan Falls in Road Opener:

Iowa Wesleyan clawed within 10-7 in the second quarter but saw Saint Ambrose score 28 unanswered points as the Fighting Bees earned a 45-13 win over the Tigers on Saturday.

Saint Ambrose racked up nearly 600 yards of total offense, rushing for 336 yards on 51 attempts.

Gavin Esquivel paced the Tigers aerial attack completing 25-of-44 passes for 218 yards and one score.

Hezekiah Hunter carried the ball 10 times for 18 yards and a touchdown.

Cade Gorzny spearheaded the Fighting Bees ground game with 106 yards on nine totes, while T’Nahleg Hall had 17 carries for 96 yards and a score.

Wesleyan, now 0-1, will look to get back on track when they host Missouri Baptist this weekend.

Kick is set for 3:00 p.m. from Mapleleaf Athletic Complex.