ORANGE CITY - A 21-point second quarter busted open the game for MOC-Floyd Valley here Friday night, leading to a 34-8 Class 2A District 1 football victory for the host Dutch over the Cherokee Braves.
The MOC-FV losses have been to impressive opponents, 3A Le Mars (4-1), and rugged Central Lyon/George-Little Rock (3-2) in District play.
Continuing to show improvement, Cherokee has yet to crack the win column, but the defense is beginning to match the grit of the offense and making strides under first-year coach Travis Schipper.
Cherokee scored its lone touchdown with a couple minutes remaining in the game on a three-yard run by Zeimen and a two-point conversion run by Husman.
MOC-FV scores were in succession, Josh Wilson on a three-yard run to open the Dutch scoring in the first quarter, Jay Elberry 14-yard TD pass from quarterback Trey Achterhoff, Wilson 12-yard run, Elberry 11-yard pass from Achterhoff, and a one-yard QB sneak by Achterhoff.
The Cherokee QB tandem of Zac Taylor and Husman completed 4-12 passes for 29 yards, while the efficient Achterhoff completed 15-18 passes for 195 yards and two TDs for the Dutch. Leading rusher for the hosts was Wilson with 12 carries for 44 yards and two TDs.
"Our defense played much better and did a very nice job," said Cherokee coach Schipper. "MOC-FV grinds it out and likes to control the ball. We did a good job on defense, but when they chose to pass, they were very effective.
"Marc Husman did a nice job for us. We threw a lot at him this week in practice and did some wildcat and had Marc play some at quarterback. He handled it all great. Our defensive line stepped up tonight and played well. We're not there yet, but we're gaining."
After MOC-FV assumed a 34-0 lead in the third quarter, both squads went to their benches, with younger, inexperienced players seeing field time.
Cherokee's Homecoming game Fridat night against Sioux Center starts at 7 p.m.