Size and athleticism mean everything in the game of football. Aquinas had both working in its favor Sept. 29 in a 40-0 homecoming defeat of David City.
With Aquinas jumping out to big lead, many Monarchs contributed throughout the game.
“We had the opportunity to see a lot of different kids carry the ball and get prep time,” Aquinas coach Ron Mimick said.
David City won the toss and decided to go on defense first. It did not take Aquinas long to find the end zone as Gavin Rech connected with Tyler Vavrina for a 71-yard touchdown pass to put the Monarchs up 7-0 with 11:10 in the first.
A three and out on the Scouts’ first possession forced them to punt from inside their own thirty. Aquinas brought tremendous pressure on the punt, which was blocked and recovered by Daniel Reiter on the 13-yard line.
The Scout defense stiffened, and after a string of penalties, the Monarchs settled for an unsuccessful field goal try from the 16-yard line.
Ending the penalties, the Monarchs moved the ball with ease. Gavin Rech found Andy Lyons over the middle for a 24-yard completion. Two plays later Kyle Petree ran it in from three yards out to make it 14-0 with 4:21 left in the first.
Gavin Rech scrambled for a 23-yard touchdown to put Aquinas up 21-0 with 2:51 in the first.
David City’s situation got worse when a bad punt gave Aquinas the ball on the Scouts’ 27. A run of eighteen yards by Josh Roh put Aquinas on the nine-yard line at the end of one.
On the first play of the second quarter, Roh ran the ball up the middle for the score. After the extra point kick missed, Aquinas led 27-0 with 11:56 in the second.
Right before halftime, Nolan Maguire padded the Monarch lead with a 45-yard touchdown run to put Aquinas up 34-0 at half.
Aquinas subbed out the starters and played its reserve players in the second half.
The only touchdown of the half came when the Monarchs Keegan Lavicky ran in from nine yards early in the fourth to make the score 40-0.
David City, facing depth issues, has played one of the toughest schedules in Class C1, with four ranked teams that have a combined record of 22-2. All opponents the Scouts played so far have a record of 27-9.
Both David City and Aquinas will be at home next week. David City(0-6) plays Thursday Oct. 5 against Bishop Neumann and Aquinas (6-0)plays Friday Oct.6 against North Bend Central (2-3).
September 29 at Memorial Field
David City 0 0 0 0 – 0
Aquinas 21 13 0 6 - 40
Rushing 30-31; 48-354
Passing 12-25-106; 5-8-120
Total Yards 137; 474.
Penalties 10-120; 6-55/
Passing DC: Danielson 12-25-106. Aq: Rech 4-5-117.
Rushing: DC: White 10-35. Aq: Maguire 6-64; Petree 5-45; Roh 5-39.
Receiving: DC: Ruth 8-69, Vandenberg 1-24. Aq: Vavrina 2-83.
Aq: Coufal 3-5; Smith 2-3; Pandorff, Kadlek 1-6; Rerucha 1-4.
No report received from David City