High School Football

Playoff picture coming into focus for area teams

The end of the season is rapidly approaching, and Messenger-area teams are trying to keep postseason hopes alive.Some programs have been knocked out of the postseason picture already, while some are toeing the line.Fourth-ranked (Class A) Bishop Garrigan and No. 10 (eight-man)?Newell-Fonda are ...

FOR YOU, JUSTIN

Fort Dodge's 43-21 Homecoming victory over previously-unbeaten Newton on Friday produced enough storylines to fill an entire sports section.The best narrative of all, though, came from a player who didn't see a single snap.The Dodgers were driven to deliver a moment not just for themselves, and ...

Heartbreaker for St. Edmond

HARTLEY - Just when it appeared as if the St. Edmond football team would leave here with their first district win of the season, Hartley-HMS played spoiler.The Hawks capped a wild fourth quarter with a 5-yard Trevor Dodd touchdown run with 33 seconds left, sending HMS to a 19-16 victory over ...

Bears move to 6-0

ALGONA - Fourth-ranked Bishop Garrigan earned its fourth straight shutout on Friday night to remain unbeaten.The Golden Bears (6-0 overall, 4-0 district) defeated South O'Brien (3-3, 3-1) 40-0.Gibson Behr led the ground attack with 128 yards on nine carries and two scores. He had touchdown runs ...

Mustangs put up 66

NEWELL - Newell-Fonda cruised to a 66-26 victory over Clay Central-Everly on Friday night.Reed Kruse led the Mustangs (5-1 overall, 4-0 district) with four touchdown passes.Kruse scored in three different facets of the game. He returned an interception 33 yards for a score and had a five-yard ...

Jaguars run to win over Underwood

GOWRIE - Southeast Valley used a strong running attack to knock off Underwood 40-14 on Friday night.Aaron Swieter and Kaleb Jondle both went over 100 yards for the Jaguars (4-2 overall, 3-1 district) as they outgained Underwood (3-3, 2-2) 367-337 in total offense.Jondle rushed for 139 yards on ...

Lynx earn big win over Fillies

WEBSTER CITY - Webster City earned an impressive 31-10 victory over Dallas Center-Grimes on Friday night.The Lynx (5-1 overall, 3-1 district) handed the Fillies (4-2, 3-1) their first district loss of the season.Robert Frederiksen had two touchdown runs of three and 10 yards.Payton Kannuan had ...

Wildcats come up short vs. Indians

SPIRIT LAKE - Humboldt suffered a 34-28 setback to Spirit Lake on Friday night.Drew Thomas led the Wildcats (2-4 overall, 1-3 district) with two touchdown passes against the Indians (5-1, 3-1).Thomas threw a 58-yard scoring strike to Jamie Heinz and a 25-yard score Eli Sande.Colton Monson ...

Titans can’t stop No. 9 Kuemper

CARROLL - South Central Calhoun couldn't get past ninth-ranked Carroll Kuemper on Friday night.The Titans (4-2 overall, 3-1 district) lost 35-22 to the Knights (5-1, 4-0).South Central Calhoun's first score came on a six-yard touchdown run from Kody Case. Cody Schumacher caught the two-point ...

No. 5 Van Meter blanks Manson NW

MANSON - The Manson Northwest Webster football team suffered a 45-0 loss to No. 5 Van Meter on Friday.The Cougars (3-3 overall, 2-2 district) struggled to get much going against Van Meter (5-1, 3-1).Keegan Pritchard had five catches for 42 yards.Derek Girard was 11-for-22 passing for 74 yards.

WB-Mallard loses at home

WEST BEND - West Bend-Mallard didn't have an answer for fifth-ranked Harris Lake-Park.The Wolverines (4-2 overall, 2-2 district) lost 41-6.Michael Fehr threw a 45-yard touchdown pass to Danny Riesenburg.Mason Studer had six solo tackles and eight assists.Riesenburg had seven solo tackles and a ...

Fort Dodge ready for 5-0 Cardinals

The Fort Dodge football team rarely has the opportunity to be an underdog on their own field for Homecoming.On paper, head coach Matt Miller's squad is just that here Friday as they welcome unbeaten Newton to Dodger Stadium for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff.The Cardinals (5-0 overall, 1-0 in Class 4A, ...

Gaels square off with HMS

HARTLEY - It's been a trying start to the Class A, District 2 schedule for St. Edmond head football coach Dick Tighe.A veteran of the sport, Tighe has tried over and over again to remind himself that he fields a very green Gael squad that boasts just five seniors total.Tighe, though, also loves ...

Stretch run ahead for Messengerland squads

The calm before the storm has arrived, as just three weeks remain in the prep football regular season.A loss now could ultimately cost teams a spot in the limited playoff field. Conversely, an upset may eventually lead to a postsesaon reward.Several key games around the area on Friday will help ...

Raffle for Schild during game tonight

Fort Dodge Senior High will hold a raffle during Friday night's Homecoming game to benefit senior Justin Schild, who was recently diagnosed with leukemia.Schild, a member of the Dodger football team, was preparing for the upcoming season last month when he fell ill. Head coach Matt Miller ...

Jaguars roll past ESC

WALL LAKE - The Southeast Valley football knocked off East Sac City 36-7 on Friday night.The Nolan Brand and Dakota Jaeschke combo hooked up for two Jaguar (3-2 overall, 2-1 in district) touchdowns. Brand threw for three scores.The duo scored on seven and 29 yard touchdowns. Brand also found ...

Titans cruise at home

LAKE CITY - The South Central Calhoun football team picked up a 48-14 victory over Clarinda here Friday night behind another strong offensive game from Hunter Muhlbauer and Kody Case.Muhlbauer connected with Case on three touchdowns from 16, 13 and 49 yards, finishing the night 10-for-12 ...

Four TDs for Frederiksen

BALLARD - Robert Frederiksen had another monster game for Webster City in its 35-7 win over Ballard on Friday night.The Lynx (4-1 overall, 2-1 in district) senior rushed for 198 yards on 40 carries and four touchdowns. This was the first game Frederiksen was under 200 yards.Frederiksen had a ...

Wood runs for two long touchdowns

STUART - Manson Northwest Webster built a 20-0 first half lead and held on for a 20-8 victory over West Central Valley on Friday.The Cougars (3-2 overall, 2-1 district) started their scoring on a Clay Freimuth 55-yard interception return for a touchdown.Keaton Wood had touchdown runs of 65 and ...

Defense, special teams lift WB-M

EVERLY - West Bend-Mallard cruised to a 58-6 victory over Clay Central-Everly on Friday night.The Wolverines had two defensive and one special teams touchdowns.Dexter Knobloch led the Wolverines (4-1 overall, 2-1 district) with three touchdowns. Knobloch had touchdown runs of 46 and 20 and ...