High School Football

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Fort Dodge closes against powerful SE Polk

Fort Dodge is on the verge of establishing new school records in many offensive categories heading into its final game against Southeast Polk here on Friday. Varsity kickoff for Senior Night is set for 7:30 p.m. inside Dodger Stadium. Head coach Matt Miller is proud of his squad and the ...

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St. Edmond visits fifth-ranked Bishop Garrigan

ALGONA — It’s been nearly three years since Bishop Garrigan lost a district football game. The fifth-ranked (Class A) Golden Bears look to make it 21 wins in a row when they close out the regular season against St. Edmond Friday night. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. Garrigan, which has ...

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Jonathon Frantz runs the ball for South Central Calhoun earlier this season against Southeast Valley.

Area squads still fighting for position as year winds down

We’ve reached the final week of the high school football regular season, and there is still plenty to play for as the clock winds down. A handful of area programs are in the running for coveted postseason berths, with several of them to be handed out on the gridiron Friday night. In Lake ...

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Tyrnan Lara of Fort Dodge catches a pass from Drake Miller for a touchdown against Marshalltown on Saturday inside Dodger Stadium

Excruciating road loss for Fort Dodge

INDIANOLA — It was a long, quiet walk back to the visitors locker room for the Fort Dodge football team here on Friday. With just 155 seconds left in regulation, the Dodgers were well on their way to a postgame celebration for a winning season they would have rightfully earned. Those 155 ...

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St. Edmond Elijah Litwiller (7) hands-off to Cade Naughton (44) on Friday inside Dodgers Stadium

Emotional sight

St. Edmond head football coach Jon Borer was able to put Friday night’s loss to Sioux Central into perspective rather quickly. The Rebels ended any hopes the Gaels had of slipping into the postseason, scoring a 50-6 victory inside Dodger Stadium. Borer, in his first season with SEHS, ...

Area football roundup

Garrigan earns title HARTLEY — Fourth-ranked (Class A) Bishop Garrigan secured a 14th consecutive playoff berth and third straight district title with a 35-14 victory over Hartley-HMS here Friday night. Drew Bacha had 18 carries for 60 yards and a touchdown, adding a 6-yard score in the ...

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Dodgers travel to Indianola

INDIANOLA — Fort Dodge and Indianola have taken different routes to similar results at this point in the football season. The Dodgers and Indians square off with one more thing in common here Friday: the opportunity to secure a winning campaign and keeps flickering playoff dreams ...

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Gaels host Sioux Central

With two games remaining in the season, St. Edmond is still holding out hope of a berth in the postseason. For that to happen, the Gaels will need to defend their home turf Friday night vs. Sioux Central. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. inside Dodger Stadium. At the moment, fourth-ranked Bishop ...

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Home stretch for area teams

We’ve reached the penultimate week of the prep football season. Two games remain and playoff berths are still up for grabs around the state. Week 8 presents more of a setup for the final Friday night, which should shape just about every district race from the area. In Class 3A, ...

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Sean Flaherty of St. Edmond makes a tackle last week inside Dodger Stadium.

Gaels pitch 12-0 shutout in the rain

ARMSTRONG — Jon Borer has given his defense credit all year for keeping St. Edmond in games. That unit rewarded Borer on Friday night, as the Gaels earned their first shutout since 2015 and snapped a two-game losing streak with a 12-0 victory over North Union. Senior Cade Naughton had his ...

Defense anchors No. 9 Titans

UNDERWOOD — The ninth-ranked South Central Calhoun football team allowed just 26 yards of total offense in earning a 42-0 victory over Underwood here Friday night. Hunter Muhlbauer was 8 of 11 passing for 173 yards and two touchdowns, adding two rushing scores to his night for the Titans ...

Eagle Grove moves to 5-2

EAGLE GROVE — Brayden Lyman scored from five yards out with just over five minutes to go, lifting the Eagle Grove football team to a 14-7 victory over Madrid here Friday night. Lyman, who finished with 96 yards rushing on 20 carries, also threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to Niko Padilla in the ...

Career night for Jaguar Johnson

GOWRIE — Nyles Johnson had a career night here Friday as Southeast Valley topped Shenandoah, 28-7. Johnson rushed 23 times for 251 yards, scoring three touchdowns for the Jaguars (3-4 overall, 3-2 in district). The junior hit the end zone from 61, 38 and 2 yards out. Kyler Fisher added ...

Webster City bounces back

PERRY — The Webster City football team rebounded from a loss to top-ranked Dallas Center-Grimes last week, topping Perry here on Friday night in the middle of rainy conditions, 42-7. Dylan Steen and Carter Bedford each surpassed 100 yards rushing, as the Lynx (6-1 overall, 4-1 in district) ...

Newell-Fonda does it again

NEWELL — Another week, another Top-10 battle for Newell-Fonda. The fifth-ranked Mustangs downed No. 6 Harris-Lake Park here Friday night, 20-7. Jesse Haack had two rushing scores in the first half, finishing with 107 yards and also making 14 tackles on defense to lead Newell-Fonda (6-1 ...

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FDSH’s Homecoming date: Marshalltown

The Fort Dodge football team is keeping its routine as simple as possible in preparation for Friday’s Homecoming contest against Marshalltown. Varsity kickoff, weather permitting, is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. The Dodgers (3-3 overall, 0-2 in Class 4A, District 4) were undoubtedly entertaining ...

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SEHS heads north to take on North Union

ARMSTRONG — For the third time in the last four weeks, the St. Edmond football team hits the road, taking on Class A, District 2 foe North Union here Friday night. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. After getting to a break-even point on the year with two straight wins over MMCRU and South ...

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Kyler Fisher of Southeast Valley runs the ball last month against South Central Calhoun.

October arrives for area

With the playoffs just around the corner, Messenger-area teams are trying to move forward and play their best football down the stretch. Three squads look to stay unbeaten in district play, with some of their biggest league contests on the horizon. Ninth-ranked (Class 2A) South Central ...

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Trey Mosley of Fort Dodge gains a first down against West Des Moines Valley on Friday

POWER STRUGGLE

Football is a physical game at its core, but like every other sport, so much of what happens between the lines is dictated by what goes on inside the mind. Third-ranked (Class 4A) West Des Moines Valley used its size, strength and speed to distance itself from Fort Dodge here on Friday, ...

Ridge View tops Gaels with late surge

HOLSTEIN — Last week, the St. Edmond offense rolled up 34 points and almost 500 yards. That wasn’t the case here Friday night, as the Gaels dropped their first district game of the season, 16-7 to Ridge View. Following 36 minutes of scoreless action, St. Edmond (2-3 overall, 2-1 in Class ...