Two weeks left to make district title push
For Algona the last two weeks of the season may be the toughest.
The third-ranked Bulldogs (7-0 overall, 3-0 district) will face rated teams in the final season.
This week Algona will host No. 8 Spirit Lake (6-1, 2-1). In the last week of the season they will travel to face 10th-ranked Southeast Valley (5-2, 3-0). The Jaguars host Estherville-Lincoln Central (2-5, 0-3) this week.
Humboldt (3-4, 2-1) has a chance to push for a district title with an upset of Class 2A, District 9 front runner Carroll (4-3, 3-0).
Humboldt is currently tied with Boone, who they lost to. Carroll has defeated Boone.
No. 9 Greene County (6-1, 2-1) travels to Red Oak (4-3, 2-1). The Rams are in second place in the district behind Carroll Kuemper, who they lost to in Week 6.
Remsen St. Mary’s (5-2, 4-1) travels to Newell-Fonda (6-1, 4-1). Both squads are currently in second place in the district behind second-ranked and unbeaten Ar-We-Va (7-0, 5-0).
All district champions, along with ties for first advance to the playoffs, with the rest of the field of 16 being selected by the IAHSAA’s RPI ranking method.
Carroll (4-3, 3-0) at Humboldt (3-4, 2-1)
After a three game losing streak, the Humboldt football team has reeled off two straight league victories and is still in line for a district championship.
The Wildcats, who are 2-1 in the district, face unbeaten league foe Carroll (3-0). Boone is also 2-1, beating Humboldt, but losing to the Tigers.
Last week the Wildcats blanked Webster City 21-0. Jamison Heinz caught two touchdowns and ran for one.
Joey Busse has thrown for 441 yards and six scores this season. Heinz is the leading receiver, catching 23 balls for 296 and three scores.
On the ground, Tyler Vitzthum has carried the ball 15 times for 474 and a score.
Carroll beat Perry 27-14. Colby Vincent threw two touchdowns to Jang Jicklow and Draven Williamson rushed for one. Williamson carried the ball for 136 yards on 33 carries and Vincent threw for 168.
Vincent leads the Tiger offense, throwing for 1,160 yards on 91 of 166 passing and 11 scores. Isaiah Badding (505 yards) and Joklow (338) are the leading receivers with six and five touchdowns each.
No. 8 Spirit Lake (6-1, 2-1) at No. 3 Algona (7-0, 3-0)
The Bulldogs, who have won eight straight dating back to last year, beat Estherville-Lincoln Central 49-22.
Jacob Durant ran for 102 yards and two scores and Wyatt Wegener also had two touchdowns. Matt Grein threw for 130 and a score.
Algona boasts a balanced rushing attach, with 1,427 passing yards and over 1,500 rushing.
Grein has thrown for 1,427 yards and 17 scores. His leading targets are Wegener (565 yards and six scores) and Skyler Groen (496 and nine scores).
On the ground Durant has rushed for 851 and 10 scores, while Wegener had 480 and nine. Groen has rushed for 449 and six touchdowns.
After their first loss of the season, the Indians bounced back with a 59-0 trouncing of Clarion-Goldfield/Dows.
Quarterback Connor Jensen threw for 119 yards and touchdown strikes to Spencer Newman. Thirteen different running backs touched the ball, with four scoring touchdowns.
Jensen has been a dual threat, passing for 1,323 yards and 16 scores, while running for 355 and seven touchdowns.
Kolby Ricther (279) and Gavin Harms (256) are also a threat for the Indians. Richter and Harms have three and four touchdowns respectivley. The Indians have ran for 23 touchdowns.
No. 9 Greene County (6-1, 2-1) at Red Oak (4-3, 2-1)
The Rams are in a three-way tie in sceond place in Class 2A, District 9. OABCIG (2-1) will travel to unbeaten league foe Carroll Kuemper, who handed Greene County their only loss. The Rams are currently 1wth in the RPI ranking system.
Last week Greene County beat Atlantic 35-21. Colby Kafer rushed for 156 yards and two scores. Clint Dennhardt had three touchdowns and Brent Riley threw for 132 yards.
The Rams have balanced attack with over 1,300 through the air and on the ground.
Riley has 1,398 yards passing on 15 touchdowns. Carter Morton has 541 receiving yards and scores. Dennhardt has four touchdowns.
Dennhardt (616) and Kafer (586) are the groundhogs with 10 and eight scores respectively.
Red Oak lost to Carroll Kuemper 23-7. Codie Bentley had a touchdown.
Bentley (662 yards), Carter Maynes (609) and Justin McCunn (595) pace Red Oak’s offense. They have seven, two and five touchdowns each.
Remsen St. Mary’s (5-2, 4-1) at Newell-Fonda (6-1, 4-1)
After losing their first game of the season, Newell-Fonda got back on track with a 52-8 victory over Harris-Lake Park, 52-8.
Quarterback Bryce Coppock rushed for 149 yards and three scores. Tanner Gerke rushed for 106 and a touchdown. Hunter Christiansen and R.J. Rojas also had rushing touchdowns.
Coppock has over 1,700 yards rushing and passing for the Mustangs.
Through the air, he has 611 for nine scores and he has rushed for 17 touchdowns and 1,084 yards. Gerke has five touchdowns and Christiansen has three.
Damon Bartek is the leading receiver, catching eight balls for 259 yards and four touchdowns.
Remsen St. Mary’s edged West Bend-Mallard 36-34.
Quarterback Blain Harpenau threw for 231 yards and two touchdown passes to Jake Anderson. Harpenau also ran for two scores.
Harpenau is the catalyst for St. Mary’s, throwing for 1,047 yards and 15 touchdowns. He has rushed for 587 and 13 scores.
Damen Brownmiller has seven touchdowns and 282 yards. Skyler Waldschmitt has 406 yards receiving and two scores.
Other area games: Webster City (3-4, 1-2) at Dallas Center-Grimes (1-6, 1-2); Estherville-LC (2-5, 0-3) at No. 10 Southeast Valley (5-2, 3-0); Garner-Hayfield/Ventura (2-5, 1-2) at Clarion-Goldfield/Dows (2-5, 0-3); Hull Western Christian (3-4, 2-1) at Emmetsburg (3-4, 2-1); ; Pocahontas Area (3-4, 2-1) at Madrid (1-6, 1-2); East Sac County (3-4, 1-2) at Missouri Valley (4-3, 2-1); Ridge View (1-6, 1-2) at Manson NW (0-7, 0-3); West Fork (3-4, 0-3) at No. 3 Bishop Garrigan (7-0, 3-0); No. 5 Belmond-Klemme (6-1, 2-1) at North Union (2-4, 1-2); River Valley (3-4, 2-3) at West Bend-Mallard (4-3, 3-2); South Central Calhoun (8-0, 4-0) def. Eagle Grove (0-8, 0-4) by forfeit.