By Dakota Wright
September 27, 2016; 10:42 am
The Davenport North Wildcats had their Homecoming football game on Friday, September 23; however, it did not go as planned. They suffered a 31-0 loss to their cross town rival, Davenport Central.
After beating the Central Blue Devils last year 28-19 in a back and forth battle, this was meant to be a good match up. In the end, last year’s game turned out to be a Wildcat win and their first chance into the playoffs. The Wildcats looked to do it again and become city champs. Coming up with a win against Davenport West the week before, the Wildcats thought they had the momentum going through this game as well.
Coming into the game Davenport North´s Junior Qb, Rudy Juarez, was 36 of 93 with a total of 564 passing yards. He had thrown for a total of 5 touchdowns. The Wildcats were looking to go to another big play maker, running back Ezekiel Hayslett. Coming into the game, Hayslett had 74 rushing attempts for a total of 505 yards, which is an average of 6.8 yards a carry.
The final stats would tell the story for Central. North finished the game with 19 yards rushing and only 90 yards of total offense. The Wildcats had to punt eight times in the game and only had possession of the ball for 5 minutes in the second half.
In the 31-0 loss, quarterback Rudy Juarez was sacked three times and picked off once. Explosive running back Ezekiel Hayslett finished the game with only 13 yards running on 7 attempts.
The football team from Davenport North was played in a lot of close games this year and they are looking to put this 31-0 loss behind so that they can move forward in their season. The Wildcats might be 1-4 but don’t count them out just yet; with just 4 games left in the season the Wildcats are looking to turn people’s heads.