High School Football

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 ...

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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 ...

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SE Valley gets back on track GOWRIE — Hunter Kruse passed for 203 yards and tossed three touchdowns as Southeast Valley picked up a 36-13 victory over Clarion-Goldfield/Dows here Friday night. Kruse was 11-for-15 passing, finding Nyles Johnson, Kyler Fisher and Chase Swieter on scoring ...

Stern challenge ahead for FDSH at SE Polk

PLEASANT HILL — The matchup seems relatively innocuous at first glance: Fort Dodge heads to Southeast Polk on Friday for a Class 4A, District 2 opener against the 1-3 Rams. Dodger head coach Matt Miller knows, based most notably on recent experience, there will be nothing easy about this ...

St. Edmond faces IKM in Homecoming tilt

It’s been a tale of two seasons for the St. Edmond football team through four games. Now, with the start of Class A, District 2 play to begin here Friday night, the Gaels and head coach Matt Dillon are hoping for more positive results. St. Edmond (2-2 overall, 0-0 in district) welcomes ...

Pressure intensifies as league play begins

This is the week every prep football team has targeted from day one of camp. With the non-district slate out of the way, programs dive into district action this week. Area squads No. 4 (Class 1A) South Central Calhoun, No. 3 (Class A) Bishop Garrigan, No. 5 (2A) Algona, No. 6 ...

TIME TO GRIND

Fort Dodge went back to basics in its last non-district test of the season here Friday, leaning on sophomore Dayson Clayton and what had been a sputtering ground game to tip the scales back in the Dodgers’ favor. Clayton rushed for a career-high 214 yards, and FDSH used three touchdowns in ...

Bears blank Gaels, 52-0

ALGONA — For years now, Marty Wadle and Chad Hall have worked side-by-side in building a dynasty around the Bishop Garrigan football program as head coach and defensive coordinator. With St. Edmond — the top-rated rushing team in Class A — the opponent here Friday night, the Golden Bears ...

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Titans stay unbeaten LAKE CITY —Fourth-ranked South Central Calhoun struggled in the first half against Southeast Valley, but turned on the pressure in the third quarter. The Titans (4-0 overall) led 14-6 at halftime, but four touchdowns in the third broke open the contest, as SCC earned a ...

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Indians snap skid POCAHONTAS — The Pocahontas Area football team picked up a 15-6 victory here Friday night over Manson Northwest Webster. Trey Oehlertz led the way for the Indians (1-2 overall), rushing for 148 yards on 16 carries. That included an 86-yard score in the first quarter. Cage ...

No. 10 Fort Dodge visits Indianola

INDIANOLA – Successful football teams focus on the present rather than looking too far back or forward. No. 10 (Class 4A) Fort Dodge will concentrate on the task at hand here Friday against fellow unbeaten Indianola. Head coach Matt Miller has stressed the importance of this particular game ...

St. Edmond renews rivalry with EG

St. Edmond first-year head coach Matt Dillon saw an added spark in his football team this past week following a victory. The Gaels return home to Dodger Stadium Friday night to face Eagle Grove. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. Last week, St. Edmond (1-1 overall) went on the road for the first ...

Area squads back on field

South Central Calhoun is finally ranked entering Week 3, and with a victory, Southeast Valley will likely join them in the Top-10. That would set up a huge showdown next Friday. For now, though, the Titans and Jaguars must first take care of the task at hand. Seventh-ranked (Class 1A) South ...

SAME WAVELENGTH

Drake Miller and Tysen Kershaw shared a laugh when talking about just how far back their friendship actually goes. Their time together on a football field may still be relatively new to most, but truth betold, this connection dates back over a decade. And in Fort Dodge’s 52-24 victory over ...

Flattery leads Gaels to win

ARMSTRONG — Facing the possibility of an 0-2 start to their 2018 campaign here on Friday night, new St. Edmond head football coach Matt Dillon turned to Sean Flattery for a spark. Flattery provided just that, rushing for a career-high 186 yards and three touchdowns as the Gaels rallied from ...

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Fisher scores five TDs GOWRIE — Kyler Fisher had a field day for Southeast Valley, as they cruised to a 48-14 victory over Pocahontas Area on Friday night. Fisher reached the endzone five times for the Jaguars (2-0 overall). The senior running back returned a kickoff 83 yards for a ...

Fort Dodge faces Ames in home debut

Last year, the Fort Dodge football team entertained its home crowd to a wild 62-52 victory over Ames. Head coach Matt Miller’s squad prevailed in a shootout that featured 1,222 yards of total offense and 16 touchdowns — both Dodger Stadium records. While fans certainly enjoyed the ...