Edgewood-Colesburg fought its way to a rough and muddy win over Maquoketa Valley Sept. 27, 14-0, as the Vikings opened the district season with a win.

Ed-Co quarterback Parker Rochford passed for 121 yards and one interception on the night. The conditions for the game were less than ideal, but it made for an intense and hard-fought battle between the teams during Ed-Co’s Homecoming.

“I thought both teams played hard. We can’t make as many mistakes and expect to win games. We need to capitalize when we are in the red zone and come away with points,” Ed-Co coach James Rochford said.

The first score came late in the first quarter with a 3-yard rush by Rochford, and the extra point by Walker Schulte was successful making it 7-0 for Ed-Co before the second quarter began.

The only other score of the game came off a 3-yard run from Cameron Kirby, growing the Viking’s lead to 14-0 with the extra point made.

Throughout the night, Rochford punted the ball five times for a total of 210 yards with his longest being 55 yards. Rochford added two incredible punts with one landing out of bounds and one on the 1-yard line, and another bouncing its way to MV’s 9-yard line, setting their defense up well to stop the Wildcat’s offense.

“In less than ideal conditions we didn’t win the battle for field position and struggled to consistently move the ball,” MV coach Trevor Arnold said. “Overall, defensively we played well. We just had breakdowns in the secondary at the wrong time that Ed-Co was able to take advantage of.

“Not being able to create big plays on offense due to our lack of execution was the difference in the game. Those opportunities were there on several occasions but not being able to get on the same page with all 11 guys proved to be our downfall,” he added.

Ed-Co’s leaders for the game were: rushing — Keegan Hansel 21-for-86, Kirby 9-for-18, Rochford 3-for-12, Jones 1-for-8; passing — Rochford 8-of-17 for 121 yards and one interception; receiving — Xavier Reeves 3-for-67, Hansel 3-for-26, Riley Ashline 1-for-17, Spencer Staner 1-for-11. Tackle numbers were Max Bahls with 8.5, Ethan Staner six, Mason Ashline 5.5, Kirby 3.5, Hansel, Jake Jones, and Rochford two, Riley Ashline 1.5, Reeves and Jack Wiskus one, Jones and Jordan Wegmann 0.5.

Statistics for Maquoketa Valley were not available at press time.

MV is now 0-1 in district play and 0-5 overall.

“We look forward to another opportunity at home next week for Homecoming when an undefeated MFL MarMac comes to town,” Arnold said. “With hopes of making the playoffs still alive, we need to lay everything on the line next week to come out with a victory against a really good and well-coached team.”

Ed-Co improved to 1-0 and 4-1.