High School Football

St. Edmond ready for North Union trip

ARMSTRONG — The St. Edmond football team hits the road for the first time this season as they take on North Union here Friday night. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. Last week, the Gaels (0-1 overall) suffered a 41-14 loss to Panorama inside Dodger Stadium. The Warriors (0-1), meanwhile, fell to ...

Area squads ready for Week 2

Messenger-area teams were finally able to line up against someone in a different uniform last week. Now they’ll make their corrections for Week 2. After the first prep football rankings were released by The Associated Press, two area squads — Bishop Garrigan (Class A) and Newell-Fonda ...

Dodgers extend streak to 15

MASON CITY — Fort Dodge senior lineman Logan Finowski brought perfect perspective to just how sustained his program’s dominance of arch rival Mason City has become. “We have a lot of kids at our school now who weren’t even alive the last time (the Mohawks defeated the Dodgers),” ...

Rough opening

Matt Dillon has been around high school football long enough to know not every game is going to end in your favor. In his debut as St. Edmond head coach Friday night, Dillon and the Gaels were topped by Panorama, 41-14, inside Dodger Stadium. Moments after the final horn sounded, Dillon was ...

Friday night football

Lynx win on the road GILBERT — The Webster City football team used two first half touchdowns to start the year with a 14-6 victory over Gilbert here Friday night. Trace Kepler had 38 carries for 162 yards and a seven-yard score, with Garrett Whitmore also finding the end zone. Whitmore had ...

All-state honors handed out

Four local football players — two from Fort Dodge and two from St. Edmond — were formally recognized on Monday by the Iowa Newspaper Association as all-state selections. Fort Dodge senior wingback Trey Mosley and junior quarterback Drake Miller both landed on Class 4A’s second team. St. ...

Dodgers named to all-district football teams

The most prolific passing season in Fort Dodge football history recently yielded first team all-district honors for three of its main contributors. Senior wingbacks Trey Mosley and Tyrnan Lara joined junior quarterback Drake Miller on Class 4A, District 4’s elite squad. The trio helped ...

SC Calhoun takes on No. 1

HULL — The South Central Calhoun football team gets their shot at No. 1 this Friday night, taking on defending state champion Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley here in a Class 2A quarterfinal. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. Since a Week 1 loss to Carroll, the Titans (9-1 overall) have won nine a row, ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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, ...

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 ...