Coleton Beasler-Weber’s 2 punt return touchdowns highlight Cedar Rapids Xavier’s win over Oskaloosa

Xavier's Coleton Beasler-Weber (1) reacts after running the ball into the end zone for a touchdown in the fourth quarter against Western Dubuque at Xavier High School in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on Friday, Sept. 8, 2023.  (Savannah Blake/The Gazette)

CEDAR RAPIDS — Coleton Beasler-Weber is aware of a factor or two about returning kicks.

The Cedar Rapids Xavier senior had a 97-yard kickoff return for a rating within the Saints’ win over Lewis Central in final yr’s Class 4A state title sport. Beasler-Weber did that one higher in Friday night time’s sport with Oskaloosa.

He returned a pair of punts for scores and added a 3rd on a 24-yard run as No. 6 Xavier rolled to a 42-0 homecoming win over the Indians on a blustery night time at Saints Area.

“To be a superb kick returner, it’s important to have good imaginative and prescient and see the blokes in entrance of you,” Beasler-Weber stated. “When they’re making their blocks like they did tonight, it’s fairly simple to take it to the home.”

Coach Duane Schulte’s Saints (4-2) dominated from the beginning, pushing the sport to steady clock standing halfway by the second quarter.

Beasler-Weber wanted simply over two minutes to get the Saints on the board. After stopping Oskaloosa (3-4) on three performs, a punt pushed Beasler-Weber again to his personal 24 the place he took off up the sector, then made a minimize to interrupt free on a 76-yard scoring jaunt.

On Xavier’s subsequent possession, Beasler-Weber scored on a jet sweep from 24 yards out. Then it was a Noah Schimberg 38-yard scoring run and a 20-yard TD move from Ronan Thomas to Carter Hoffman.

That set the stage for Beasler-Weber’s second scoring return. He let the ball bounce previous him, then raced again and picked it up and weaved by Oskaloosa defenders for a 70-yard rating.

“He is obtained pure skill,” Schulte stated of Beasler-Weber’s kick returning prowess. “He is obtained good consciousness of his environment and he additionally has some good guys blocking for him.”

A security and one other Thomas-to-Hoffman scoring strike, this one from 23 yards out, pushed the result in 42-0 on the break. Schulte was capable of give his reserves taking part in time within the second half.

After final week’s emotional, come-from-behind win over North Scott, Schulte stated it was an intense week of follow main into Friday’s sport

“We challenged them to come back out centered tonight,” he stated. “I believed they did that from the get-go.”

Beasler-Weber agreed together with his coach.

“We simply wanted to maintain the identical mentality to remain on this stage,” he stated. “We have been hitting much more in follow to maintain the identical depth and it carried on to this week.”

It’s no shock, nonetheless, that Schulte believes his group can proceed to enhance.

“We nonetheless have loads of issues we have to work on,” Schulte stated. “We had some miscues on some stuff tonight that now we have to get higher at. It is the identical outdated factor each week.”

The Saints play their remaining two video games on the street, starting subsequent Friday at Clear Creek Amana earlier than ending the common season at Burlington. Oskaloosa will play host to Burlington subsequent Friday.

Cedar Rapids Xavier 42, Oskaloosa 0

(At Saints Area)


First downs 5 14

Rushes-yards 18-37 28-180

Passing yards 73 118

Comp-Att-Int 7-15-1 10-12-0

Punts-Avg. 4-30.0 1-32.0

Fumbles-lost 1-1 2-0

Penalties-Yards 4-35 6-50

Oskaloosa 0 0 0 0 — 0

CR Xavier 21 21 0 0 — 42

CRX — Coleton Beasler-Weber 76 punt return (Brady Kruse kick)

CRX — Beasler-Weber 24 run (Kruse kick)

CRX — Noah Schimberg 38 run (Kruse kick)

CRX — Carter Hoffmann 20 move from Ronan Thomas (Kruse kick)

CRX — Beasler-Weber 70 punt return (kick blocked)

CRX — Security, Parker Lewis tackled in the long run zone

CRX — Hoffmann 23 move from Ronan Thomas (kick failed)


RUSHING — Oskaloosa: AJ Walker 4-23, Kayne Boender 3-(minus 2), JT Baker 7-18, Trey Parks 3-16, Workforce 1-(minus 18). C.R. Xavier: Noah Schimberg 11-103, Coleton Beasler-Weber 1-24, Grant Helmle 1-2, Carter Hoffmann 1-4, Brady Brueck 9-32, Dane Melchior 3-15, Brady Quinn 2-0.

PASSING — Oskaloosa: Kayne Boender 7-15-1-73. C.R. Xavier: Ronan Thomas 5-6-0-88, Dane Melchior 5-6-0-30.

RECEIVING — Oskaloosa: Jamar Cisse 1-3, Max Roach 2-3, Heavon Knox 2-57, AJ Walker 1-6, JT Baker 1-4. C.R. Xavier: Coleton Beasler-Weber 1-34, Carter Hoffmann 4-54, Mason Meyer 3-31, Ivan Fomin 1-0, Dylan Holub 1-(minus 1).

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