Eagles are in
JEWELL - The Eagle Grove football team rode Brandon Johnson right past South Hamilton and into the playoffs Friday night, securing a berth in the postseason with a 27-20 victory and knocking the Hawks out.
The Eagles (5-4 overall, 4-3 in district) are the No. 4 seed and will likely play Aplington-Parkersburg next Wednesday. This will be the fifth straight berth in the playoffs for Eagle Grove.
"Our seniors set this as a big goal this year," Eagle head coach Kelly Williamson said. "I am really happy for them and our fans. This was a good win against a team (South Hamilton) that wanted it just as bad as we did."
Johnson had 13 carries for 208 yards and three touchdowns, while Alex Underberg added 16 carries for 123 yards. Brennon Cameron scored the game-winning touchdown on a 10-yard run early in the fourth quarter.
"It is a special thing to make it (to the postseason)," Williamson said. "The character of these kids is just outstanding and I am so happy for them. They have dealt with a lot of adversity this year, but they have overcome it. Now, we are in the playoffs and anything can happen."
MNW falls on the road
LAWTON - The sixth-ranked (Class 1A) Lawton-Bronson football team took advantage of three Manson Northwest Webster fumbles Friday night to claim a 27-8 victory in a battle of district frontrunners.
The Cougars (6-4 overall, 5-2 in district) received their lone touchdown on an 80-yard pass from Tucker Herzberg to Chris Stuhrenberg.
Herzberg finished the game 7 of 10 passing for 108 yards.
"We gave them too short of a field," Manson NW head coach Jeff Anliker said. "We played nose-to-nose all game with them, but when you turn it over three times, it makes it very difficult to beat a good team. I thought our defense played great, but we just couldn't keep them out of the endzone when they only had a short field to go."
Lawton-Bronson (9-0, 6-0) scored on all three fumble recoveries.
The Cougars will still enter the postseason as the No. 2 seed, assuring themselves of a home game next Wednesday.
Chargers rout Whiting, 61-12
LAURENS - The Laurens-Marathon football team made quick work of Whiting Friday night, claiming a 61-12 victory.
Alex Runneberg was 10 of 14 passing for four touchdowns and 189 yards to lead the Chargers (6-4 overall, 5-2 in district).
Justin DaSilva added 123 yards rushing on just eight carries, finding the endzone twice. Matt Cleveland had two touchdown catches for a total of 75 yards.
Lynx stop H-D
HAMPTON - The fourth-ranked (Class 3A) Webster City football team rolled into the postseason with a 57-8 victory over Hampton-Dumont Friday night in Hampton.
Keagan Parks led the Lynx (8-1 overall, 6-1 in district) with 117 yards rushing in the first half and a touchdown before sitting out the rest of the contest.
Caleb Crouthamel had three touchdown catches, setting a new school-record with 13.
Jonny Davis had 93 yards rushing and two touchdowns, pushing his season total over 1,000 and giving Webster City two 1,000-yard rushers for the first time in school history. Parks went over that mark earlier this year.
Webster City will play Waverly-Shell Rock at home next Wednesday in the substate round of the playoffs.
Garrigan earns No. 2 seed
ALGONA - Bishop Garrigan closed out the regular season with a 42-21 victory over North Iowa on Friday night.
Grant Reding led the Golden Bear (6-3 overall, 4-1 district) with 142 yards on 15 carries. He scored from four and two yards out.
Lucas Eischen caught two balls for 131 yards and two scores. Eischen had touchdowns from 69 and 62 yards.
Reece Wadle was 2-for-5 passing for 131 yards and two touchdowns. Wadle rushed for 98 yards on 13 carries and a 10-yard touchdown.
Alex Boisjolie and Jake Kollasch had nine tackles each.
Victor Berte, Kollasch and Eischen each had eight tackles.
Cowboys lose in OT
NEW HAMPTON - The Clarion-Goldfield football team suffered a tough 27-20 defeat Friday night to New Hampton.
The Cowboys (5-4 overall, 4-3 in district) were unable to match New Hampton's (7-2, 6-1) OT touchdown, as they were stopped at the 1-yard line on fourth-down.
At the end of regulation, Clarion-Goldfield blocked the New Hampton extra-point to keep the game tied, 20-20.
Jake Haberman had 15 carries for 58 yards and two touchdowns, while Wyatt Sann ran the ball 18 times for 139 yards and a score. Dominic Brandt added 70 yards.
Warriors lose to IKM
GOWRIE - The Prairie Valley football team dropped a 20-6 decision to IKM-Manning Friday night.
Mason Gordon had 16 carries for 139 yards rushing for the Warriors (5-4 overall, 4-3 in district), who still advanced to the playoffs despite the loss.
Nick Carlson tossed an 18-yard touchdown pass to Jordan Samuelson for the lone score by Prairie Valley.
Blake Kromrie had 12 tackles.
Titans topple East Sac Co.
LAKE CITY - The 10th-ranked (Class 2A) South Central Calhoun football team finished the year with a 25-13 victory over East Sac County.
Kyler Case had 70 yards and a score, Kirby Vogel added 65 and a TD, and Austin Blair ran for 61 yards and a score to lead the Titans (8-1 overall, 5-1 in district).
Nathan Christensen connected with Brock Nessbitt on a touchdown pass, as well, for South Central Calhoun.
Colten Riley led the SCC defense with 16 tackles, while Keagan Findley had an interception.
Jacob Ricke had two touchdown runs for East Sac County (2-7, 1-5).
No. 2 E-Hawks finish unbeaten
EMMETSBURG - Second-ranked Emmetsburg posted an easy 49-0 victory over Hartley-HMS Friday night to close out the regular season.
Marcus Akridge ran the ball just nine times, but scored three touchdowns and posted 150 yards. Akridge's TDs came from 60, 64 and four yards out.
Brady Berkland added 129 yards on nine attempts for the E-Hawks (9-0 overall, 7-0 in district). He had a 48-yard touchdown run and a 17-yard TD catch from Ryan Kliegl.
The other Emmetsburg scores came from a 31-yard fumble return by Nick Schany and a 29-yard halfback pass by Berkland to Jake Carlson.
Clayton Henderson and Austin McCartan led an E-Hawk defense that held HMS (3-6, 2-5) to just 88 yards of total offense.
Humboldt edges Algona, 19-18
ALGONA - The Humboldt football team claimed a 19-18 victory over Algona Friday night.
Brandon Myers scored a touchdown in the fourth quarter to provide the Wildcats (3-6 overall, 3-4 in district) with the game-winning points.
Ben Jacobson led Humboldt with 230 yards passing and a pair of TD strikes to Charlie Friedl and Andrew Swan. He completed 13 of 22 passes on the evening. Friedl caught four passes for 117 yards. Swann had 92 yards on seven carries.
Sawyer Frideres had 134 yards rushing and two touchdowns for the Bulldogs (1-8, 1-6).