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 (8-man) — are ranked fourth and third, respectively.
Fort Dodge (4A), Webster City (3A), Algona (2A), Southeast Valley (2A) and South Central Calhoun (1A) all received votes.
Bishop Garrigan edged Emmetsburg (1A) 14-12 in their opener, while Newell-Fonda cruised to a 53-14 victory over Collins-Maxwell.
South Central will have a tall task this week, as they travel to face fourth-ranked (2A) Carroll Kuemper.
The Golden Bears will host unbeaten Mason City Newman, and the Mustangs will tangle with Coon Rapids-Bayard (1-0).
South Central Calhoun (1-0) at No. 4 (2A) Carroll Kuemper (1-0)
The Titans, who have qualified for the playoffs seven of the last eight seasons, opened the season with a 39-6 victory over East Sac County.
Keegen Meyer led SCC on the ground, rushing for 87 yards on nine carries. He scored on a 39-yard touchdown run. Chase McAlister scored the other TD on the ground.
Quarterback Josh Henkenius was 6-for-14 passing for 80 yards. He threw two touchdown passes.
McAlister scored on a 12-yard catch, and Jared Birks had a 14-yard scoring grab. Birks returned a fumble 30 yards for a score as well.
Kuemper picked up a 27-12 victory over seventh-ranked Council Bluffs St. Albert (A). Kyle Berg had two touchdowns for the Knights, scoring from four and three runs out.
Cole Collison added a one-yard scamper and threw an eight-yard scoring strike to Caden Pedlety. Nate Wendl rushed 23 times for 200 yards.
Berg finished the contest with 53 yards on seven carries. Collison was 14-for-28 passing for 108 yards.
Pocahontas Area (0-1) at Southeast Valley (1-0)
Southeast Valley turned in a solid performance in their season opener, knocking off Hampton-Dumont, 40-0, and handing head coach Mike Swieter his 100th career victory.
The Jaguars had 392 yards of total offense — 227 through the air and 165 on the ground. Quarterback Hunter Kruse was 12-for-17 passing. He had two TD strikes, with the longest going 79 yards to Nyles Johnson.
Johnson had five grabs for 131 yards. Mason Ackerson added two catches for 48 yards. Chase Swieter had three catches for 30 yards and a score.
Senior running back Kyler Fisher had 154 yards on the ground. He scored three touchdowns, with the longest from 51 yards out. Ackerson had a two-yard scoring jaunt.
The Jaguar defense had four interceptions, and held the Bulldogs to 152 yards of total offense.
Pocahontas Area lost to Sioux Central last week, 25-7. Trey Oehlertz threw a 30-yard TD strike to Jamison Frerk.
Mason City Newman (1-0) at No. 4 Bishop Garrigan (1-0)
The Golden Bears (A) earned a hard fought 14-12 victory over Class 1A Emmetsburg last Friday.
Garrigan’s Preston Kohlhaas started the scoring on a six-yard touchdown. Kohl Haas also scored for the Golden Bears.
Capesius led the Golden Bears on the ground, rushing for 49 yards. Kohlhaas and Sam Vaske had 38 and 30 yards rushing, respectively.
Mason City Newman defeated Lake Mills, 26-14. Senior Ben Jacobs rushed for 151 yards. He scored three touchdowns, with the longest coming from 26 yards out.
Coon Rapids-Bayard (1-0) at No. 3 Newell-Fonda (1-0)
The third-ranked Mustangs lit up the scoreboard last Friday, knocking off Collins-Maxwell 53-14. Their opponent, Coon Rapids-Bayard, won their contest 89-28 over Baxter.
Newell-Fonda quarterback Bryce Coppock had a big day for the Golden Bears. He was 4-for-6 for 142 yards passing and two touchdowns. He connected with Damon Bartek for both scores, with the longest coming from 62 yards out.
Coppock also rushed for three scores. He finished with 114 yards on 18 carries.
Coon Rapids-Bayard rushed for nine TDs and threw for three more.
Quarterback Peyton Clipperton had 180 yards on 10 carries. He rushed for six touchdowns.
Clipperton was 3-for-4 passing for 106 yards and three scores. His longest was a 50-yard strike to Lane Namanny, who was the recipient of all three completed passes.
Other area games: Humboldt (0-1) at Garner-Hayfield/Ventura (1-0); Spencer (0-1) at Webster City (1-0); Hampton-Dumont (0-1) at Algona (1-0); Clarion-Goldfield/Dows (0-1) at Eagle Grove (0-1); Manson NW (0-1) at Panorama (1-0); Emmetsburg (0-1) at West Hancock (0-1); West Bend-Mallard (0-1) at AGWSR (0-1); East Sac County (0-1) at OA-BCIG (1-0); Nevada (0-1) at Greene County (1-0).