Montezuma’s defense and offense proved too much for the North Mahaska Warhawks Friday.
North Mahaska (2-3) travelled up the road to take on its rivals, but fell 48-0.
Neither team moved the ball on their opening possession, but on the Warhawks’ second possession, Justin Richards was picked off by Mitch Gibson, who returned the ball 15 yards to set up Montezuma’s first score.
Montezuma quarterback Dillon Wilhelm hit Bryan Gregson with a touchdown pass and the rout was on. Kane Barker caught the first of his three touchdown passes to give the Braves a 12-0 lead at the end of the first period.
Miscues in the second period led to two more scores as Montezuma put the game out of reach leading 35-0 at halftime.
North Mahaska coach Steve Ehret was short and to the point after the game.
“They were just stronger and faster than us,” said Ehret. “We made mistakes and they took advantage.”
Montezuma used a strong ground game rushing 43 times for 312 yards and passing for another 96. Meanwhile, the defense limited North Mahaska to 39 yards on 21 attempts and 14 passing yards.
Karrson Stodghill was the Warhawks’ leading rusher with 34 yards on 10 totes. No other runner had more than three yards. Richards finished the night 4-for-14 passing for 15 yards and two interceptions.
Wilhelm led Montezuma’s rushing attack with 88 yards on eight carries, Colton Maschmann with 71 yards on eight carries, and Carson Losure had 62 on four.
Barker collected 74 yards receiving on three catches and three TDs.
North Mahaska will return to action Friday when it host Pekin in the annual homecoming game.