David City football defeated Conestoga 41-20 on Friday to improve to 3-0, the first time since 2008 the Scouts have started a season 3-0.
The win was also came in head coach Robert Evans' home debut.
The Scouts took control with a first-quarter touchdown, led 20-0 at halftime and had extended their advantage to 41-6 when the game reached its final 12 minutes.
The Cougars scored 14 in the fourth quarter.
"We played really well," Evans said after the game. "We knew Conestoga had a decent team to start and had some nice guys upfront. Conestoga held their own. Our guys had to battle. It wasn’t going to be a pushover."
David City running back Clayton Denker rushed for three touchdowns and 166 yards on 19 carries. He also caught two passes for 72 yards and a touchdown and led the team in tackles with five.
"(Denker has) been so committed this year," Evans said. "He did a lot of things on his own, the weight room. He’s invested. He wants to do well and he expects to do well. He wants it."
Denker credited a lot of his and the team's success to the hard work put in the offseason.
Evans introduced a new focus on the weight room in the offseason, which seems to have made an impact three games into the season.
"(Starting 3-0) feels very gratifying," Denker said. "We’ve all put in a lot of work this summer in the weight room. During the summer, we were coming to the weight room and going to camp, being there every single day working on plays.
"During the season we've been showing up, doing everything that we can and doing the little things right. Also keeping out of trouble and taking care of business in the classroom as well."
David City started out hot from the very beginning, forcing a fumble on Conestoga's very first possession.
The Scouts proceeded to go 63 yards in 10 plays and chewed up nearly five minutes of clock.
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The drive was capped off with a 2-yard run from Denker.
David City scored again at the beginning of the second quarter when quarterback Dylan Vodicka hit Denker for a 41-yard pass and a touchdown.
David City forced another three-and-out on the following possession and scored in seven play when Denker plunged across the goal line from two yards out.
"It feels good to have more responsibility," Denker said. "I’ve been looking for more opportunities to step up, especially with a lot of underclassmen playing this year on varsity. I’ve enjoyed the experience. I’ve been trying to make sure that everybody stays committed and does their best every single day."
The momentum carried into the second half, as on the first possession of the third quarter, Denker took off 43 yards for a touchdown to put David City up 27-0.
Conestoga ended the shutout shortly later, going 67 yards on its first offensive snap of the third quarter.
Vodicka scored on the ground the next drive from three yards out and connected with Cayden Denker on an 11-yard touchdown pass the next time the Scouts had the ball.
Vodicka finished the game completing 4 of 6 for 101 yards and two touchdowns.
"We didn’t have any injuries the last three games," Denker said. "We just have to enjoy each moment and game that we have. We can’t look ahead to each game. We have to do our job each day and make sure we’re giving 100 percent effort. We can’t take a day off because that’ll come back and bite us during the next game."
David City is in action next at 7 p.m. on Friday in a home game against Hartington Cedar Catholic (0-3).
Evans said he is happy with the 3-0 start but knows his team can't afford to take its foot off the gas.
"I said in the huddle with the men, ‘Enjoy this, but it comes to an end tomorrow," Evans said. "We’re looking for the next game, and we’re taking one game at a time. We can’t prep three weeks in advance. We have to stay focused on the next team on our schedule."
Peter Huguenin is a sports reporter for The Banner-Press. Reach him via email at DVDsports@lee.net