DUBUQUE, Iowa – After spending a week on the sidelines, Jeremy Morgan was back to breaking games open for Iowa City West last night.
Morgan grabbed a 21-yard touchdown pass from Nate Boland on the opening drive and added two first-half interception returns for scores as the Class 4A No. 2-ranked Trojans trounced Dubuque Hempstead, 76-28, in a Mississippi Valley Conference football game at the University of Dubuque's Chalmers Field.
West built a 55-7 halftime lead behind its bevy of playmakers, despite losing leading rusher Ezra Reiners to a left leg injury in the first quarter.
Reiners was hurt stopping a Hempstead drive with a third-down tackle late in the first quarter. He ran the ball just once for 12 yards and did not return.
Reid Bonner caught a 45-yard TD pass and answered Hempstead's only score with an 86-yard kickoff return that put the Trojans ahead, 48-7, with 6:45 to play in the second quarter.
Tavian Smith added a second-half kickoff return for a TD and a 37-yard TD run for the Trojans, who racked up 567 yards of total offense.
West quarterback Nate Boland completed 17 of 19 passes for 323 yards and three touchdowns.
Morgan finished with seven catches for 100 yards and a score. Dondre Alexander had another seven catches for 117 yards and a TD.
The Trojans rested their starters in the second half.