High School Football

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Area football roundup

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Area prep football roundup

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 ...

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 ...