High School Football

Area prep football roundup

Garrigan finishes perfect GRAETTINGER — For the 36th consecutive time in the regular season, the third-ranked (Class A) Bishop Garrigan football team scored a victory. The Golden Bears finished off a fourth straight 9-0 year with a 35-6 victory over Graettinger-Terril/R-A here Friday ...

TITLE CHASE

GOWRIE —Two of the most prolific offenses in Class 2A will meet in a winner-take-all scenario here on Friday. Third-ranked Algona (8-0 overall, 4-0 2A-2) will travel to seventh-ranked Southeast Valley (6-2, 4-0) with the district title on the line. Game time is set for 7 p.m. “Our ...

Fort Dodge looks to wrap up playoff berth

MARSHALLTOWN — At this point in the year, football teams are either still looking forward or getting ready to move on. No. 10 (Class 4A) Fort Dodge has earned the right to start planning for the postseason. Seeding and locations are being discussed for next Friday, as the program will almost ...

Gaels host rival Manson NW

The St. Edmond and Manson Northwest Webster football teams have built quite the rivalry over the years. Both will end their seasons here Friday night inside Dodger Stadium against each another, with hopes of using the contest as a launching point to next year. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. Jeff ...

District crowns on the line

Six Messenger-area teams control their own destiny on Friday night. Third-ranked South Central Calhoun (8-0, 4-0) will clinch the Class 1A, District 2 championship if they beat Pocahontas Area (4-4, 3-1). If the Indians upset the Titans, there would be a three-way tie at the top with South ...

A football family

GOWRIE — Mark Graves has been coaching football for 24 years, so when fall rolls around, spending quality time around his family has always been a hit-and-miss proposition. Graves and his wife, Amber, have five children: four boys and a girl. All four boys inherited their father’s passion ...

Dodgers dismantle SC West

SIOUX CITY — The Fort Dodge football team isn't leaving anything to chance with so much on the line during these last two weeks of the regular season. The Dodgers scored more touchdowns than Sioux City West had total yards in the first half of their 68-13 rout here Friday — a victory that ...

Warriors top Gaels

Not much went right for the St. Edmond football team in the first half of their return to Dodger Stadium here Friday night. Alta/Aurelia’s Anthony Krier returned the opening kickoff 77 yards as the Warriors built a commanding 30-0 lead before halftime. While Alta/Aurelia left with a 50-22 ...

Area prep football roundup

Fisher tops the charts GOWRIE —For the third consecutive week Kyler Fisher has broke the 200-yard plataeu and ran to the top of the school’s all-time rushing charts. With a 28-6 victory over Estherville-Lincoln Central, the Jaguars (6-2 overall, 4-0 district) will play for a district ...

GRIDIRON STAPLE

ALGONA — Marty Wadle and Bishop Garrigan are in a familiar position heading down the stretch of the season, but in his 26th year at the helm, Wadle has been around long enough to know nothing can be assumed in football. “We knew with a lot of kids coming back that this would all have to ...

TURNING A CORNER

ALGONA — The Algona football team has something special brewing on the field, and head coach Andy Jacobson’s team is making sure they appreciate everything in the moment. “We have a great group of kids to work with,” said Jacobson who is 17-27 overall in five seasons at the helm. ...

FIGHT TO THE FINISH

It wasn’t a win, which is virtually all that matters on paper in the bottom-line world of football. Almost. Looks of anger and frustration said it all as Fort Dodge players walked off the field following their 49-44 loss to No. 3 (Class 4A) Ankeny Centennial inside Dodger Stadium on Friday. ...

Gaels come up short

HOLSTEIN — The St. Edmond football team learned a valuable lesson here Friday night. After seeing several scoring chances come up empty, the Gaels could only watch as Jake Kliegl led Ridge View to its first win of the season, 26-0. Kliegl, who SEHS head coach Matt Dillon pointed out as the ...

Quiet riot

GOWRIE — Kyler Fisher’s numbers on the football field speak volumes, but it’s his low-key nature and persistent effort that draws the best effort out of everyone else. “He is a very quiet kid,’’ said Southeast Valley head coach Mike Swieter. “He’s not real talkative and leads ...

EARLY EXPLOSION

Fort Dodge head coach Matt Miller had been patiently waiting for his team to put together a complete performance on the football field. With their starters clicking on all cylinders, the Dodgers were nearly perfect in all facets of the game during a 51-13 dissection of Des Moines Roosevelt ...

Jaguars stun No. 2 Spirit Lake

GOWRIE — On paper, Southeast Valley was the underdog against No. 2 Spirit Lake on Friday night. But in the Jaguar locker room, they weren’t about to let any rankings do the talking. Southeast Valley senior Kyler Fisher had a career performance and helped carry his squad to a 48-41 upset ...

Area prep football

Golden Bears win ranked contest ALGONA — Third-ranked Bishop Garrigan did enough in the first half to hold off No. 4 Belmond-Klemme in the second half on Friday night. The Golden Bears (6-0 overall, 2-0, Class A, District 3) beat the Broncos, 22-20. “This was really big for us,’’ ...

A COMEBACK FOR THE AGES

PLEASANT HILL — It will forever be remembered as “the catch” to cap “the drive” that sealed “the comeback.” Dayson Clayton’s nine-yard touchdown reception on a pass from Drake Miller as time expired gave the Fort Dodge football team one of the most dramatic wins in program ...

AGAINST ALL ODDS

With the clock quietly ticking past 2 a.m. in the middle of a town virtually asleep, I slowly drove past Dodger Stadium and toward home as I always do after a football Friday road trip. For me, what started as a simple routine is now a tradition. Regardless of what transpired hours before — ...

Gaels can’t stop IKM

Not much went right for the St. Edmond football team here Friday night on Homecoming inside Dodger Stadium. IKM-Manning recovered a fumble on the second play from scrimmage and proceeded to score on its first four drives of the game in securing a 41-8 victory in the Class A, District 2 opener ...