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District play gets under way

Prep Spotlight: Week 3

September 7, 2012
By DANA BECKER - Messenger Sports Writer (sports@messengernews.net) , Messenger News

District football officially arrives tonight, as teams from Class 3A through 8-man begin colliding with their main rivals.

The majority of the state has spent the past two weeks preparing for this stretch run of games, as squads look to cement their status as playoff contenders.

A year ago, both South Central Calhoun and Clarion-Goldfield advanced to the postseason. The Titans and Cowboys will meet in Clarion this evening to begin 2A, District 2 action.

Undefeated Pocahontas Area looks to move to 3-0 and set themselves up for a showdown with No. 2 (1A) St. Edmond next Friday night when they host Sioux Central.

Second-rated (8-man) Newell-Fonda hits road to face fellow unbeaten North Iowa, while Southeast Webster-Grand seeks a three-game win streak at home vs. Lake Mills.

Here's a look a closer look at those key games from around the area:

SOUTH CENTRAL CALHOUN (1-1, 0-0) at CLARION-GOLDFIELD (2-0, 0-0)

The Titans are coming off a loss to Class 3A foe Humboldt a week ago, 45-6. Expect to see a much strong South Central Calhoun defense tonight.

Brett Snyder, Kyler Case and Tanner Toms have paced the Titan offense, with Snyder leading the way with 118 yards on the year.

South Central Calhoun leans on Cody Schoop and Toms to anchor the defensive unit, as Schoop has registered 17 tackles through two games.

They will be tested by the vaunted ground attack of Clarion-Goldfield, which has amassed almost 400 yards per game rushing. Senior Jake Haberman leads the way (273 yards), while Matt Odland (229) and sophomore Trenton Sann (169) provide capable carriers, as well.

Seniors Colton Warnke and Stephen McAtee headline the defensive unit with 45 combined stops this year.

SIOUX CENTRAL (1-1, 0-0) at POCAHONTAS AREA (2-0, 0-0)

Junior Draven Barth has filled in nicely for the graduated Luke Sommerlot, rushing for 293 yards this year. Jay Brinkman has provided a helping hand with 159 yards on the ground, as well.

Aaron Youngberg, an experienced quarterback in his senior year, is completing 58-percent of his passes for 185 yards, forcing defenses to remain honest vs. the Indians.

Sioux Center's top player is Dylan Vant Hof, a junior who has 105 yards on 19 carries. Classmate Andrew O'Donnell has two touchdown passes on nine completions.

Pocahontas Area is slated to travel to second-ranked (1A) St. Edmond next Friday night, an early-season game that should help sort out the district race.

LAKE MILLS (1-1, 0-0) at SOUTHEAST WEBSTER-GRAND (2-0, 0-0)

Tyson Comstock, Austin Glaspey and the rest of the Eagle seniors have been around losing seasons long enough.

Comstock, who has ran for a team-high 234 yards, will be looking to lead Southeast Webster-Grand to 3-0 start against Lake Mills.

Glaspey has ran for 166 yards, while Lucas Burns has added another 121. Classmate Nolan Mitchell has seven catches for 122 yards, becoming Curt Castenson's favorite target.

With an extra week to prepare after not playing last Friday, you can bet the Eagle coaching staff has been focusing in on Nathan Banwart, a senior who has 280 yards rushing for Lake Mills.

Hunter Kingland is 20 of 36 passing for 252 yards on the year, providing a balance attack for the visitors.

NEWELL-FONDA (2-0, 0-0) at NORTH IOWA (2-0, 0-0)

Jonathan Johnson, Brady Bohe and Zak Sievers have over 400 yards on the ground through a pair of games, including 262 on just 16 carries by Johnson. The senior has scored five times to go along with his 16.4-yard-per-carry average.

Sievers has been nearly perfect when called upon to throw the football, completing 7 of 9 for 176 yards and three TDs. Three of those seven completions have gone to Johnson, who is averaging another 26.7 yards per reception and two more touchdowns.

North Iowa counters with a 1-2 punch of Frank Campos and Eric Krull, who have over 320 yards rushing. Krull is also a sound 17-for-26 passing for 233 yards.

Other area games this evening: Algona (1-1, 0-0) at Waverly-Shell Rock (1-1, 0-0); Humboldt (1-1, 0-0) at Iowa Falls-Alden (1-1, 0-0); Webster City (1-1, 0-0) at Charles City (0-0, 0-2); East Sac County (0-2, 0-0) at Estherville-LC (0-2, 0-0); No. 9 (1A) Emmetsburg (1-1, 0-0) at North Union (1-1, 0-0); Manson Northwest Webster (1-1, 0-0) at Ridge View (0-2, 0-0); Nashua-Plainfield (1-2, 0-0) at Eagle Grove (0-2, 0-0); Prairie Valley (1-1, 0-0) at Bishop Garrigan (1-1, 0-0); Corwith-CWL (1-2, 0-0) at CAL (0-2, 0-0); Graettinger-Terril (0-2, 0-0) at Laurens-Marathon (2-0, 0-0); West Bend-Mallard (1-2, 0-0) at Northeast Hamilton (0-2, 0-0)