Cardinals Take NM Homecoming Win

North Mahaska’s Dylan Klinker breaks away from Central Decatur defenders for his second touchdown Friday. RD Keep/MAP Photo

NEW SHARON – North Mahaska has not picked up a gridiron win this season, but statistically they are showing improvement. Coach Phil Griffin has switched quarterbacks and instilled an aerial attack that has shown promise. Central Decatur came into New Sharon Friday and dampened homecoming taking a 50-12 victory over the Warhawks.

First quarter woes forced North Mahaska to play uphill all night. A pair of penalties on the opening drive forced a punt and on the first play from scrimmage Central Decatur quarterback Matthew Boothe connected with Hayden Leymaster on a 66-yard pass for a TD. The Cardinals added the 2-point conversion. 

On the ensuing possession the Warhawks were unable to move the ball and on the punt the ball sailed out of the end zone for a safety. Following the free kick CD took over at the North Mahaska 28 yard line and scored another TD and 2-point conversion.

NM failed to move the ball again and on the punt attempt the ball sailed over the Sean Knockel’s head and into the end zone. He jumped on the ball to secure a safety versus a CD touchdown. It took the Cardinals seven plays to go 48 yards to make the score 26-0 with two minutes to pay in the quarter.

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