MOSS BLUFF — The Iowa High School football team walked into Wayne Hooper Memorial Stadium on Friday night, walking out with a statement victory.
The Class 3A Yellow Jackets (3-0) dominated the Broncos (2-1) from start to finish and left with a convincing 42-7 win against the Class 5A opponent.
Dyami Huntsberry threw 12 of 19 for 234 yards and a long touchdown pass with two interceptions to help lead the Yellow Jackets to the landmark win.
His primary target was Marka’il Nixon, who caught four passes for 128 yards, and Elwayne Carrier led Iowa rushing with 12 carries for 59 yards.
Quarterback Dustin Jackson got the Broncos on the board first with a 56-yard run followed by a 6-yard touchdown rush on a read-option that gave Sam Houston a 7-0 lead midway through the first quarter.
The lead didn’t last long, however, as Iowa responded when Huntsberry hit wide-open receiver Nixon with a 78-yard bomb. Jedd Self ran in the 2-point conversion to give the Yellow Jackets an 8-7 lead.
Iowa extended its lead in the second quarter with a long drive in which it ran the ball effectively using a sweep to the right side with Elwayne Carrier and Darius Daniels.
Daniels capped off the drive with a 1-yard touchdown run, and the Iowa took a 15-7 lead.
The Yellow Jackets later opened their lead when they efficiently ran through a 2-minute drill to drive down the field and score a touchdown when Huntsberry scrambled for a 5-yard score with 6 seconds left.
Iowa went into the locker room leading 22-7 at halftime.
The Yellow Jackets weren’t done, either.
After trading possessions with the Broncos for much of the third quarter, the Yellow Jackets drove down the field once again and Daniels once again capitalized with a 2-yard touchdown run that put Iowa ahead 29-7 with less than a minute remaining in the third quarter. That’s when the wheels fell off for Sam Houston. Iowa put the Broncos out of reach on the first play of the fourth quarter when Zach Lohr returned an interception 51 yards for another Yellow Jackets touchdown, giving them a 28-point lead.
Then, one play later from scrimmage, Daniels scooped up a fumble and returned it 20 yards for another score.
Iowa forced three Sam Houston turnovers in the fourth quarter, allowing it to run out the clock.
The Yellow Jackets will begin District 4-3A next week when they hosts Jennings, while Sam Houston begins its District 3-5A schedule at Sulphur.