MNW breaks through
EMMETSBURG - It didn't have an impact on the district race, but Manson Northwest Webster's victory over Emmetsburg on Friday night did end some frustrations.
The Cougars (4-1 overall) defeated the E-Hawks (2-3) for the first time in school history, 13-12.
"To come here and beat them on their Homecoming game was huge for us,'' said Manson Northwest Webster head coach Jeff Anliker. "It's not a big district game for us, but it's a measuring stick for where we are at and what we have ahead of us."
Emmetsburg built a 12-0 lead. Austin Krause scored on a 10-yard catch from Zach Anderson with 4:52 left in the first quarter. The E-Hawks missed the point after.
Greg Wesley tacked on an eight-yard touchdown with 5:33 left in the third and the E-Hawks failed on the two-point conversion.
Cory Snell got the Cougars on the board with a 46-yard touchdown run with 10 minutes to go. Alex Bush kicked the PAT.
After converting on fourth-and-1 with a little over two minutes remaining, Manson would go for it all.
On a double-pass, Braden Moser connected with Payton Rice from 44 yards out to put the Cougars up 13-12 after a missed two-point conversion.
The E-Hawks drove right down the field and had first and goal with 30 seconds left right inside the 10. The Cougars stuffed the E-Hawks and forced them to a field goal attempt which they couldn't convert.
Snell led the Cougars with 105 yards on 20 carries.
Wesley led the E-Hawks with 79 yards on 29 carries
"We were down 12-0 to these guys and we came up big and battled,'' Anliker said. "Our defensive front played well as did our linebackers.
"I don't know how many tackles for losses we had. This was just fun to watch.''
Warriors edge Newman
GOWRIE - Prairie Valley escaped with a 14-7 Homecoming victory over Mason City Newman Friday night.
Austin Promes rushed for 119 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries for the Warriors (2-3 overall, 2-1 in Class A, District 2). Promes found paydirt from 73 yards out.
Ryan True added 45 yards and a score - from nine yards out - on 15 attempts for Prairie Valley.
The Warriors finished with 221 total yards.
Clayton Taylor led the way for Prairie Valley's defense with 21 tackles.
With the loss, the Knights fell to 2-3 and 2-1 on the season.
Lynx improve to 5-0
ALGONA - Webster City posted its third shutout of the season Friday night, downing Algona by a 36-0 count.
Senior Connor Larson sparked the 10th-ranked Lynx (5-0 overall, 3-0 in Class 3A, District 3) offensively with 222 yards rushing and three scores on 33 carries. Larson reached the endzone from 25, 2 and 10 yards out, while adding a pair of two-point conversion runs.
Alex Oswald also produced 66 yards and a touchdown on 10 attempts, while Trey Tesdahl ran 11 times for 59 yards. Dominic Khaleet chipped in a 36-yard scamper to paydirt.
Webster City registered 448 yards of total offense, including 391 on the ground.
Rylee Lawson notched eight tackles for the Lynx, while Joey Root had a pick.
With the victory, Webster City head coach Bob Howard tied the late Ed Thomas of Aplington-Parkersburg for 12th-place on the state's all-time wins list (292).
For the Bulldogs (1-4, 0-3), Weston Shaw went 11-for-24 through the air for 121 yards and an interception. Algona was held to just 43 yards rushing on 30 attempts.
SC Calhoun earns road win
ESTHERVILLE - South Central Calhoun rolled past Estherville-LC by a 31-6 final Friday night.
Jeff King, a junior, accounted for 140 yards rushing and two touchdowns for the Titans (2-3 overall, 2-0 in Class 2A, District 2).
Jake Petzenhauser also went 4-for-13 passing for 140 yards and a pair of scores.
Defensively, South Central Calhoun received 10 tackles, one sack and an interception from Rylan Richardson.
Golden Bears roll
BRITT - Bishop Garrigan had no trouble with West Hancock Friday night, cruising to a 42-6 road victory.
Brayton Loss, a senior, powered the Golden Bears (3-2 overall, 2-1 in Class A, District 2) offensively with 122 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 13 carries.
Connor Langerman also ran for 74 yards and a score, while Ben Vaske added 47 yards and reached the endzone once.
Quarterback Reece Wadle finished 3 of 6 passing for 37 yards and a touchdown. Chris Loss was the top receiver, hauling in a 20-yard scoring strike from Wadle.
Garrigan compiled 347 yards of total offense, including 310 on the ground.
Vaske anchored the Golden Bear defensive unit with 13 tackles, while David Klein posted 12 stops and a fumble recovery.
'Cats come up short vs. Lions
CLEAR LAKE - Sixth-ranked Humboldt dropped a 35-25 decision to No. 5 Clear Lake Friday night.
Brady Ross, a junior, paced the Wildcats (4-1 overall, 2-1 in Class 3A, District 3) offensively with 183 yards rushing and two touchdowns on 23 carries. Ross reached the endzone from 12 and 37 yards out, while also hauling in a 25-yard score from Jaxon Heinz.
Heinz went 7-for-14 passing for 108 yards and three picks.
The Wildcats managed 317 yards of total offense compared to 411 for the Lions (5-0, 2-0).
Defensively, Ross posted 10 tackles - seven solos and three assisted. Heinz collected his fifth interception of the year, and Alex Nelson returned a fumble 41 yards to paydirt.
No. 4 WB-M stays unbeaten
BUFFALO CENTER - Fourth-ranked West Bend-Mallard hammered North Iowa by a 54-0 final on Friday night.
Senior Davey Jergens led the offensive charge for the Wolverines (6-0 overall, 3-0 in 8-Man District 2), rushing for 123 yards and three scores.
Jesse Zinnel also went 8-for-16 through the air for 106 yards and a touchdown, including a 13-yard endzone strike to Nathan Grimm.
Jesse Zinnel, Tyler McKimmey and Jason Zinnel each found paydirt on the ground as well for WB-M.
Defensively, the Wolverines were spearheaded by Grimm with 12 tackles and a sack. West Bend-Mallard limited the Bison (3-2, 1-2) to 73 yards of total offense.
No. 3 Mustangs cruise
NEWELL - Third-ranked (8-Man) Newell-Fonda easily stayed unbeaten with a 68-14 pounding of Laurens-Marathon Friday night.
Brady Bohe delivered 226 yards rushing for the Mustangs (5-0 overall, 3-0 in 8-Man, District 2), including touchdown jaunts of 20, 44, 13 and 65 yards.
Gabe Podraza also reached the endzone from 1, 17 and 54 yards out. Podraza threw a 29-yard touchdown pass as well.
Newell-Fonda racked up 549 yards of total offense.