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Prep Football: Lavela Leads City High Over Waterloo East

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IOWA CITY Amos Lavela is back. Iowa City High held on late to prevent spoiling his return.

Lavela ran for three touchdowns and the Little Hawks fended off a big second-half rally in a 38-26 win over Waterloo East last night in a Mississippi Valley Conference football game at Bates Field.

City (2-1) forced three turnovers in the first quarter and took advantage of great field position to build a 35-7 lead at halftime. The Trojans (1-2) scored 19 points in the second half with their second-string quarterback.

Lavela, arguably City's top player on both sides of the ball, got knocked out of the seasonopener against Cedar Falls in the first quarter. He missed last week with concussion-like symptoms.

Lavela had 25 rushes for 103 yards, most of it coming in the first half. The senior scored City's first two touchdowns on runs of 1 and 9 yards. He added a 12-yard TD at the end of the first half.

East's talented quarterback Desmond VanArsdale turned the ball over on the Trojans' first three possessions.

The Little Hawks pinned East down at the 1-yard line after punting on their first possession. Then City's Tyler Hill intercepted a VanArsdale pass at the 8-yard line and Lavela was in the end zone four plays later.

VanArsdale fumbled on East's next two drives, the second at the Trojans' 9-yard line. Lavela scored on the very next play for a 14-0 lead.

VanArsdale was ineffective in the first half, but led East to one third-quarter score before leaving with an apparent injury. He did not return, but backup John Magnuson nearly brought the Trojans back from a 28-0 deficit.

East, which managed only one first down in the first half, opened the third quarter with a 71-yard scoring drive, ending in a 3-yard touchdown run by VanArsdale.

The Trojans recovered the onside kick, but their drive stalled. After a stop, East's A'Darrius Riley caught a 25-yard pass from Magnuson on the first play of the fourth quarter to make it 35-19.

Magnuson completed a 61-yard touchdown pass to Timoz Buford later in the fourth quarter.

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