High School Football

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 ...

Area football roundup

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Area football

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 ...

MEMORY LANE

CEDAR FALLS — Former Fort Dodge football players shook the dust off their scrapbooks and took a trip down memory lane this week to recount the program’s last game experience inside the UNI-Dome over a quarter-century ago. For the first time since 1991, the Dodgers will play on the home ...

Manson NW opens with televised game

SIOUX RAPIDS — The Manson Northwest Webster football team will kick off their season a night earlier than most. The Cougars will travel here Thursday night to face Sioux Central in the Channel Seed Ag Bowl. The game starts at 7 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on Comcast Sports Net ...

St. Edmond hires Borer

Jon Borer has been handed the reins of the St. Edmond football program, the school officially announced on Friday. Borer will replace Dick Tighe, who resigned from the position of head football coach following 15 seasons this past fall. He is expected to start in May after concluding his ...

Eight area players on INA first team

Eight Messenger-area football players were named first team all-state Iowa Newspaper Association selections, the organization officially announced on Monday night. Four athletes from Class A state runner-up Bishop Garrigan — senior Gibson Behr, senior Joel Vaske, senior Grant Buscherfeld ...

Sense of pride

CEDAR FALLS — As reality began to set in late Thursday night, a sweaty, exhausted and heartbroken Drew Fielder did everything he could to keep his emotions in check inside a tiny classroom not 100 yards away from where he played football for the final time. His mouth emitted words his body ...

Webster City plays for first-ever 3A title

CEDAR FALLS — Webster City would be in trouble if this was a three-game series. A five- or seven-game series? Forget it. Pack up the balls and helmets and head for home. But that’s not how it works on the football field. It’s one game, winner take all. And there’s no second chance ...

Garrigan drops heartbreaker

CEDAR FALLS — There was pain in their eyes and frustration in their voices. Above all else, though, pride still beamed from their hearts. The wounds were fresh after the Bishop Garrigan football team came up a single point shy of their first state title in 31 years here on Thursday. ...

Garrigan faces defending champs

CEDAR FALLS — It all comes down to this for the Bishop Garrigan football team. Through grueling two-a-day practices in the heat, nine regular season games and three more postseason contests, the Golden Bears find themselves one win away from hoisting the Class A state title. Bishop ...

Lynx can’t catch No. 1 Pella

CEDAR FALLS — Webster City gave top-ranked Pella everything it could handle here Thursday night in the Class 3A state finals. But in the end, the Dutch won their third consecutive state championship and 41st straight game, 28-18. Seniors Nick Finney and Donovan Holterhaus were too much ...

Garrigan bound for championship round

CEDAR FALLS — Brad Capesius had no trouble adjusting to the bright lights and turf inside the UNI-Dome here Friday afternoon. The Bishop Garrigan sophomore quarterback made several key plays with his arm and legs, helping lead the fourth-ranked Golden Bears to a 26-20 victory over No. 3 ...

Lynx advance to finals

CEDAR FALLS —It’s not a Rudy story, head coach Bob Howard made that immediately and perfectly clear. How about Remember The Titans? Now that’s more like it. Pick a movie, pick a cliche, pick anything you want. The simple truth is this — the Webster City football team will play for ...