High School Football

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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 ...

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Larsen runs for four TDs MANSON — The Manson Northwest Webster football team won their second consecutive game with a 36-7 victory over West Central Valley on Friday night. Blake Larsen had a big night in the end zone for the Cougars (3-2 overall, 1-1 in district). Larsen ran for four ...

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Ascending Dodgers take on No. 3 Valley

Before the Fort Dodge football team is able to put together a complete game against third-ranked (Class 4A) West Des Moines Valley on Friday, head coach Matt Miller’s squad must tackle the first quarter. Or even the first series. ‘‘When you’re playing a team like Valley, you can’t ...

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Gaels square off with co-leader Ridge View

HOLSTEIN — Through two weeks, a trio of teams remain perfect in Class A, District 2. Two of them collide here on Friday night, as St. Edmond takes on Ridge View. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. The Gaels (2-2 overall, 2-0 in the district) went on the road last Friday and downed 2016 playoff ...

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Tanner Macke of South Central Calhoun gains a few yards before Southeast Valley's Clayton McFarland makes the tackle earlier in the season. For more photos, please visit CU.messengernews.net

Prep grid year hits midway point

By the end of Friday night, we’ll be over halfway through the prep football season. The 16-team Messenger area here in north-central Iowa currently boasts four ranked squads, and three sport perfect 4-0 records. A handful of players are among the state’s best, led by leading rushing ...

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Drake Miller of Fort Dodge throws a touchdown to Tyrnan Lara against Ames on Friday

ONE FOR THE AGES

Football fans will see Fort Dodge’s thrilling, rapid-fire 62-52 victory over Ames and assume the Dodgers prevailed in spite of their defense. Head coach Matt Miller would argue his squad pulled through because of it. In arguably the most entertaining game ever witnessed at 77-year-old ...

Gaels roll on the road

PAULLINA — The St. Edmond football team didn’t let a little adversity rattle them here Friday night. Cade Naughton ran for 153 yards and scored three touchdowns, Andrew Gibb passed for 233 and had three scores, and the Gaels improved to 2-0 in district play with a convincing 34-7 victory ...

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Cougars top Eagles EAGLE GROVE — Manson Northwest Webster handed Eagle Grove its first loss of the season, winning 21-6. Derek Girard threw two touchdowns for the Cougars (2-2 overall, 1-1 in district). Girard threw a 28-yard scoring strike to Brian Pearson and a 23-yard scoring play to ...

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For 103rd time, it’s Dodgers vs. MC

MASON CITY — As the old saying goes, ‘‘past performance does not guarantee future results.’’ No one has repeated this mantra more than Fort Dodge football coach Matt Miller in the last few days. Despite riding an unprecedented 13-game winning streak into the 103rd meeting between ...

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DRAKE MILLER gets picked up by Fort Dodge lineman Logan Finowski after a touchdown on Friday inside Dodger Stadium. For more photos, please visit CU at messengernews.net

Record night

The Fort Dodge football team readily admits their confidence was shaken a little by last week’s lopsided loss at Cedar Falls. With that being said, the Dodgers also insist the foundation of their program remains as sturdy as ever. And on Friday, they quickly calmed those waters for all to ...

Manson NW flies past Gaels

MANSON — Keegan Pritchard scored touchdowns three different ways, Derek Girard was almost perfect passing, and the Manson Northwest Webster defense stifled St. Edmond here Friday night. That all added up to a convincing 36-14 victory for the Cougars, their second in three seasons over the ...

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Williams runs over Lions WEBSTER CITY — The sixth-ranked Webster City football team struggled in the first half, but put on a running clinic in the second half to earn a 41-27 victory over No. 10 Clear Lake on Friday night. The Lynx (2-0 overall) trailed 20-7, but the tides turned to start ...

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Fort Dodge faces North in home opener

A football season will always be filled with adversity and challenges. It is defined, though, by how a team reacts to those trials and tribulations. Fort Dodge will find out a lot about itself over these next two weeks, when the Dodgers open the home portion of their schedule against Sioux ...

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St. Edmond tackles Cougars in Manson

MANSON — Jon Borer gets his first taste of the St. Edmond-Manson Northwest Webster rivalry Friday night. Borer, in his first season with the Gael football team, seeks his first win with SEHS after dropping the season opener to Mason City Newman last Friday, 28-16. Kickoff is set for 7 ...

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Jamison Heinz of Humboldt tries to scramble away from trouble against Webster City last week.

Last dress rehearsal for area

Outside of the big boys in Class 4A, Week 2 of the prep football season brings with it the final non-district game for everyone else around the state. After taking that first step into the pool last Friday, coaches were able to see actual game film on their players and work to correct the ...

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Joe Artis of Fort Dodge stiff arms Cedar Falls Colin Klatt on Friday inside the UNI Dome

Dodgers thumped in opener

CEDAR FALLS — The Fort Dodge football team is scurrying back to the drawing board. Making its 2017 season debut on the turf of the state championships at the UNI-Dome, the Dodgers were both humbled and overwhelmed by an impressive Cedar Falls squad here on Friday, 55-7. Head coach Matt ...

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Valiant effort

By DANA BECKER sports@messengernews.net A sense of excitement swept over Dodger Stadium Friday night, as the St. Edmond football team began the Jon Borer era. The Gaels provided another quick jolt, jumping out to a 10-0 lead over Mason City Newman before the Knights fought back, earning a ...

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Eagles win with late TD EAGLE GROVE — Eagle Grove used a balanced scoring attack to hold off Southeast Valley 27-23 in their season opener on Friday night. Ryan Smith scored twice for the Eagles (1-0 overall). He caught a 63-yard touchdown pass from Brayden Lyman. Smith also returned a ...