COUNCIL BLUFFS — Rumor is the scoreboard at Wickersham Stadium doesn’t go to 100.
Council Bluffs Thomas Jefferson had a chance to prove it after Cameron Baker’s eighth touchdown got the Yellow Jackets 99 points with the PAT to come.
But TJ coach Brant Anderson decided to leave it there, telling his team to take a knee on the attempt, as the Jackets outlasted the Stars 99-81.
“I just felt that football’s not a sport where you’re supposed to score 100 points,” Anderson said. “We just weren’t going to do it. I couldn’t have stopped us if we had to run a couple more offensive plays. At that point there I was like ‘Nah. We’re not getting 100.’ ”
Still, it was the highest-scoring single-game scoring effort by one 11-player Iowa team since 1933.
Baker’s eight touchdowns came on 34 carries as he piled up 371 rushing yards.
The senior, who said he will be attending the Nebraska game Saturday, credited his line for creating holes. He said much of the time he was untouched.
“It was probably one of the craziest games I’ve been a part of,” Baker said.
Despite nabbing the win, Anderson wasn’t happy that his defense allowed 81 points.
“I just wish we could have made more plays on defense. We made that too easy. We tackled really poorly,” Anderson said. “You look at that, and I don’t know whether to be happy or sad. It’s nice to get a win. Scoring 99 points is unreal. But giving up 81 points is probably worse.”
Jermaine Green rushed 12 times for 199 yards, and quarterback Cameron Lukavsky added 169 rushing yards on 19 attempts as the Yellow Jackets held a 745-280 edge on the ground.
North quarterback Matt Hagan was just as spectacular. He completed 11 of 22 passes for 309 yards and eight touchdowns.
The Yellow Jackets (1-1) scored on their first drive of the game after recovering an onside kick.
Seneca Calhoun capped the drive with a 2-yard touchdown run, and Cameron Baker ran in the conversion to put Jefferson up 8-0 and it never trailed.
Jefferson led 57-21 at halftime after outgaining North 444-102. The Jackets outrushed the Stars 384-69 with Baker totaling 181 yards on 18 carries and Green getting 132 yards on seven attempts.
Baker capped Jefferson’s opening drive of the second half with a 42-yard touchdown run to give him five on the night and make it 63-21.
But three straight North touchdowns got the Stars (1-1) to within 63-43 with 6:41 remaining in the third.
Jefferson led 78-49 heading to the fourth quarter.
Sioux City North (1-1)............... 7 14 28 26—81
At CB Thomas Jefferson (1-1).. 22 35 21 21—99
CBTJ: Seneca Calhoun 2 run (Cameron Baker run)
CBTJ: Baker 3 run (Calhoun run)
CBTJ: Baker 8 run (run failed)
SCN: Cale Conner 13 pass from Matt Hagan (Christian Lavariega kick)
CBTJ: Jermaine Green 68 run (Ty Harold kick)
CBTJ: Cameron Lukavsky 11 run (Harold kick)
SCN: Devonta Cobbs 41 run (kick failed)
CBTJ: Baker 39 run (Harold kick)
CBTJ: Baker 43 run (Harold kick)
SCN: Trenton Frerichs 53 kickoff return (Hagan run)
CBTJ: Lukavsky 6 run (Harold kick)
CBTJ: Baker 42 run (kick failed)
SCN: Dequan Lillard 48 run (run failed)
SCN: Cobbs 42 pass from Hagan (Lillard run)
SCN: Conner 20 pass from Hagan (Lillard run)
CBTJ: Green 4 run (Green run)
SCN: Cobbs 28 pass from Hagan (run failed)
CBTJ: Baker 19 run (Harold kick)
SCN: Frerichs 18 pass from Hagan (run failed)
CBTJ: Baker 9 run (Harold kick)
SCN: Conner 18 pass from Hagan (Cobbs run)
SCN: Frerichs 27 pass from Hagan (run failed)
CBTJ: Lukavsky 5 run (Baker run)
SCN: Cobbs 58 pass from Hagan (pass failed)
CBTJ: Baker 11 run (run failed)
SCN: Frerichs 65 pass from Hagan (pass failed)
Rushing: SCN, Devonta Cobbs 6-73, Dequan Lillard 16-140, Matt Hagan 1-9, Danta Hansen 3-58. CBTJ, Cameron Baker 34-371, Seneca Calhoun 2-5, Jermaine Green 12-199, Cameron Lukavsky 19-169, Mack Dofner 1-1.
Passing: SCN, Matt Hagan 11-22-309 2, . CBTJ, Lukavsky 3-6-60 0.
Receiving: SCN, Cobbs 4-59, Trenton Frerichs 4-122, Cale Conner 18-51. CBTJ, Baker 2-26, Quaran Owens 1-34.