Teams prep for district grind

For all but Class 4A teams around the state, tonight marks the final game before district action begins next week.

That means coaches have one more chance to try and fine-tune their teams before the race to the postseason heats up.

Southeast Valley and Bishop Garrigan both claimed district titles last year and will meet in Algona. The Jaguars picked up a win last week over Eagle Grove, while the third-ranked (Class A) Golden Bears downed Pocahontas Area.

No. 6 (3A) Webster City will lock horns with another familiar foe in Clear Lake after besting long-time rival Humboldt in Week 1, while former North Central Conference rivals Clarion-Goldfield/Dows and Eagle Grove hit the gridiron.

Here’s a look at those games, along with the entire slate of action tonight:

Southeast Valley (1-0) at

No. 3 (A) Bishop Garrigan (1-0)

When it comes to Marty Wadle and the Golden Bears, you get what you see.

That’s a group of powerful linemen willing to pave holes for speedster Gibson Behr and company.

In the season opener, Bishop Garrigan relied on Behr and those big boys, earning a 27-6 victory over Pocahontas Area. Behr, a 1,000-yard rusher last year, racked up 106 yards and two touchdowns as the Golden Bears amassed 319 yards of total offense.

Brad Capesius stepped in to replace Zac Kibby under center, getting the job done with his arm and his legs to the tune of 150-plus yards of offense.

You can expect more of the same this week when they host the Jaguars, who are also sitting at 1-0.

Southeast Valley, though, used the aerial attack to score a convincing 45-6 victory over Eagle Grove as senior Nolan Brand was 11 of 16 for 280 yards and four touchdowns, giving him a quarterback rating of 298.3. Brand found Dakota Jaeschke three times – all for scores – for 135 yards, while Nolan Johnson hauled in four passes for 95 and a TD.

It will be interesting to see if the SEV run game, which had just 66 yards, can help provide balance against a Golden Bear defensive unit that surrendered 193 yards on the ground.

These two teams have never technically met, as Garrigan earned wins in 2013 over Prairie Valley (44-6) and Southeast Webster (54-0), the two two schools who would later merge to become Southeast Valley.

No. 6 (3A) Webster City (1-0) at Clear Lake (0-1)

Lose Gavin Dinsdale, replace him with junior Zane Williams. That’s exactly what the Lynx did, as Williams ran for 141 yards and returning back Payton Kannuan added 149 more in a win over Humboldt.

Williams scored two touchdowns and averaged over seven yards per carry, while Kannuan had a score and posted 13.5 yards each time he touched the ball. Webster City finished with an incredible 401 yards rushing, while first-year quarterback Drew Fielder added 90 yards and a TD through the air.

The Lynx defense held the Wildcats to just over 200 yards of total offense in the 53-14 victory.

Clear Lake took on 4A rival Mason City, falling 20-14 on the road. The Lions were led by senior quarterback Thomas Storbeck, as he completed 17 of 34 passes for 120 yards and a score.

Storbeck, though, was picked off twice and Clear Lake managed just 32 yards rushing on 26 carries.

The Lynx picked up a 21-7 victory at home last year over the Lions, as the now-departed twin dual of Avery Fuhs and Alec Fuhs connected four times for 135 yards and two scores. Dinsdale rushed for 125 yards in that game.

Clarion-Goldfield/Dows (1-0) at Eagle Grove (0-1)

Kainan Braun gave first-year Cowboy head coach Newt Lingenfelter his initial win, compiling 378 yards of offense and five touchdowns in a 50-27 victory over Belmond-Klemme.

Lingenfelter, who played at the University of Nebraska, took over the program this fall after serving as an assistant on the staff for the past several years.

Braun completed 9 of 13 passes for 154 yards and three TDs, adding 224 yards and two more scores on the ground. Sophomore Nathan Rapp rushed for 119 yards and scored two more touchdowns, as well.

The Eagles opened their season at Southeast Valley, falling 45-6. Junior quarterback Nikolas Padilla threw for 100 yards, including a touchdown to Brayden Lyman. He also connected with classmate Ryan Smith six times for 70 yards.

Last season, Clarion-Goldfield/Dows picked up a 34-8 victory over Eagle Grove to open the year. Braun had 103 yards passing and 117 on the ground in that game.

Other area games tonight: IKM-Manning (1-0) at South Central Calhoun (0-1); Denison-Schleswig (0-1) at East Sac County (0-1); Algona (0-1) at Garner-Hayfield/Ventura (1-0); Hampton-Dumont (0-1) at Humboldt (0-1); Greene County (0-1) at Harlan (0-1); Storm Lake (1-0) at Pocahontas Area (0-1); Estherville-LC (0-1) at Emmetsburg (0-1); Newell-Fonda (0-1) at Glidden-Ralston (0-1); West Bend-Mallard (1-0) at North Iowa (0-1).

AREA LEADERS

Passing Yards

Nolan Brand, Southeast Valley, 288; Sam Scott, East Sac County, 227; Drake Miller, Fort Dodge, 213; Kainan Braun, Clarion-Goldfield/Dows, 154.

Passing Touchdowns

Nolan Brand, Southeast Valley, 4; Kainan Braun, Clarion-Goldfield/Dows, 3; Sam Scott, East Sac County, 2; Drew Thomas, Humboldt, 2; Hunter Muhlbauer, South Central Calhoun, 2.

Rushing Yards

Kainan Braun, Clarion-Goldfield/Dows, 224; Payton Kannuan, Webster City, 149; Noah Anderson, Pocahontas Area, 148; Zane Williams, Webster City, 141; Nathan Rapp, Clarion-Goldfield/Dows, 119.

Rushing Touchdowns

Kainan Braun, Clarion-Goldfield/Dows, 2; Nathan Rapp, Clarion-Goldfield/Dows, 2; Reid Steinberg, Manson Northwest Webster, 2; Reed Kruse, Newell-Fonda, 2; Trace Kepler, Webster City, 2.

Receiving Yards

Dakota Jaeschke, Southeast Valley, 135; Konner Roth, East Sac County, 115; Ryan Smith, Eagle Grove, 70; Chase Harker, Clarion-Goldfield/Dows, 69; Jonathan Bowser, Fort Dodge, 66.

Receiving Touchdowns

Avery Harrington, Clarion-Goldfield/Dows, 3; Dakota Jaeschke, Southeast Valley, 3; Nathan Kreft, East Sac County, 2; Nick Stein, Algona, 1; Brayden Lyman, Eagle Grove, 1.

Defensive Tackles

Joe Towers, Greene County, 13.5; Nicholas Schany, Emmetsburg, 12.5; Jesse Haack, Newell-Fonda, 12.5; Eythan Blair, North Union, 11; Clay Freimuth, Manson Northwest Webster, 9.5.