Cats seal the deal
CHARLES CITY - The writing was on the wall for Humboldt - win and they're in the substate round.
The Wildcats (6-3 overall, 3-3 district) did exactly that, earning a 28-6 victory over Charles City (2-7, 2-4) to advance to the postseason.
"We played well,'' said Humboldt head coach Greg Thomas. "It was a long bus ride here. We had a slow start, but got things going. We did a great job running the ball and our special teams did a great job on a windy night.
"I was really happy with our effort. We got off to a quick 4-0 start and had some tough games in between (losing 3 of their final 5). We finished strong, coming off a tough loss to Webster City."
Brady Ross and Nikko Wheeler led the ground attack for the Wildcats. Ross had 118 yards on 25 carries. He scored two touchdowns, on runs of 32 and four yards.
Wheeler had 94 yards on eight carries and two scores from 18 and 10 yards. He also caught two balls for 42 yards.
Jaxon Heinz was 4 of 6 for 60 yards passing.
Mike Madsen had in interception. Cordes Olthoff, Wheeler and Tate Illg all recovered fumbles.
Ross led the team with 10 tackles.
Warriors stun No. 4 AGWSR
ACKLEY - Prairie Valley head football coach Mike Swieter wasn't sure what a win over fourth-ranked (Class A) AGWSR would do in regards to determining the postseason pecking order.
But Swieter realized that a victory would clinch a share of the district title - and that was the most important thing.
Prairie Valley used the running of Austin Wood and Austin Promes to claim a 26-6 victory over the previously-unbeaten Cougars.
"Our mind set was we are going there to win a game," PVHS head coach Mike Swieter said. "I really mean that. We played two ranked teams earlier this year and we were going there to win regardless of what it meant in terms of district finish.
"We were going there to win a share of the district title and we did."
Bishop Garrigan, a winner of Lake Mills, earned the league title and No. 1 seed. The Warriors and AGWSR also advance to the postseason, which begins Wednesday.
"We are feeling great," Swieter said. "I couldn't be happier for our team, our coaches and our community.
"We are ready to play right now."
Wood ran for 127 yards on 20 carries, including two touchdowns, while Promes added 78 yards.
Shane Promes caught a nine-yard TD from Wood, who also returned a fumble 51 yards. His two scoring runs came from nine and 60 yards out.
Clayton Taylor and Dylan Anderson each made 15 tackles in the win, which was the sixth straight for the Warriors - the third-longest streak in school history.
N-F wins ranked contest
NEWELL - In the battle of Top-5 teams, it was No. 3 Newell-Fonda who came out on top.
The Mustangs (9-0 overall, 7-0 district) earned a 34-18 victory over No. 5 West Bend-Mallard (9-1, 6-1).
Brady Bohe led the ground attack for the Mustangs, scoring two times.
Dalton Anderson caught a touchdown pass from Gabe Podraza and Anderson also scored a touchdown by recovering a punt in the end zone.
The Mustangs rushed for 213 yards on 39 carries.
On the defensive side of the ball Bohe had 16 tackles. Bryce Nielsen and Anderson had 13 tackles. They both recovered fumbles as well.
"I'm really happy for our kids and the coaching staff,'' said Newell-Fonda head coach Brian Wilken "West Bend-Mallard is a tremendous football team.
"They're very well balanced and are a great team.''
The Wolverines rushed for 183 yards on 50 carries and threw for 134 yards.
Jesse Zinnel scored touchdowns from one and two yards out. Nathan Grimm added the other score from one-yard out for the Wolverines.
Newell-Fonda locks up the No. 1 seed, while West Bend-Mallard picks up the second seed.
Cougars cruise into playoffs
POCAHONTAS - The Manson Northwest Webster football team won their second straight in convincing fashion to close out the regular season, defeating Pocahontas Area 47-25.
The Cougars (7-2 overall, 4-2 in district) also defeated Maple Valley-AO 54-7 last week. They have won five of six overall.
Coy Snell ran for 122 yards on just 11 carries, scoring three times.
Alex Bush added two rushing TDs on three carries, while also throwing a 19-yard touchdown strike to Braden Moser.
Payton Rice led the defense with an interception he returned to the end zone from 25 yards out.
Jake Kopriva had 92 yards and a touchdown for the Indians.
Garrigan claims district crown
LAKE MILLS - No. 8 (Class A) Bishop Garrigan took care of its business here Friday night, and Prairie Valley helped them out on the other end of things.
The Golden Bears scored a 35-8 victory over Lake Mills.
Coupled with a win by the Warriors over previously-unbeaten No. 4 AGWSR, Bishop Garrigan (7-2 overall, 6-1 in district) claimed the league title.
"That makes things a little different for us (in terms of the postseason)," BGHS head coach Marty Wadle said. "It changes the scope of preparation for us and gives us a nice home-field advantage through the early rounds of the playoffs."
Since starting the year 2-2 with both losses coming to AGWSR and fifth-ranked (1A) St. Edmond by a combined 11 points, Garrigan has won five in a row.
"Our defense knew if we executed properly, (Friday) would turn out this way," Wadle said. "We played really well on defense and these seniors stepped up, making some great plays."
Lynx take runner-up spot
STORM LAKE - The Webster City football team scored their fifth shutout of the year here Friday night, silencing Storm Lake, 42-0.
The Lynx (8-1 overall) finished as runners-up in their district and will host a playoff game next week.
Connor Larson did his damage in the opening half, rushing for 182 yards and two touchdowns. He didn't play at all after the intermission and is currently fifth on the school's all-time yardage charts.
Alex Oswald added two scores in the opening half, while the Webster City defense had four sacks, two interceptions, a fumble recovery and blocked a punt.
Oswald had 94 yards on the ground on 19 carries. Brandon Patten finished with two sacks and Jordan Moen had two picks.
Drew Fielder capped a late 19-play, nine-plus-minute drive for the final score of the game. Nelson Ball had the other TD for the Lynx.
Titans win behind late TD
SAC CITY - The South Central Calhoun football team relied on the arm - and legs - of Jake Petzenhauser to claim a 27-21 victory over East Sac County here Friday night.
Petzenhauser finished 10 of 14 for 169 yards and three passing TDs to lead the Titans (5-4 overall, 5-1 in district).
However, it was the legs of the senior that made the biggest impact, as Petzenhauser scored on a 12-yard run with just eight seconds left in the game.
"It was Seneca Wallace-like," SCC head coach Bryan Case said. "Seneca's run against Iowa, it was that type of run.
"He started in the middle of the field, went to one sideline, looked pinned in, broke two tackles and came all the way across to the other corner of the end zone to score."
The score culminated an 85-yard drive that gave South Central Calhoun its fourth win in the last five games.
Jeff King had 74 yards rushing, while Derrick Henkenius added 56. Jace Neubaum had three catches for 56 yards.
Rylan Richardson anchored the defense with 18 stops.
The Titans reached the substate round.
Late safety lifts Emmetsburg
EMMETSBURG - The Emmetsburg defense helped to squeak out a 24-22 victory on Friday night against LeMars Gehlen.
Aaron Bird recorded a safety with 1:42 remaining to give the E-Hawks (5-4 overall, 5-1 district) the victory.
Allen Jensen led the ground attack with 188 yards on 38 carries and three touchdowns. He scored from one, two and 24 yards out. He also had a two-point conversion.
Zach Anderson also had a two-point conversion. Anderson threw for 120 yards on 6-for-15 passing and had six tackles and one interception. Brandon Elbert had an interception. Wes Schultes had a fumble recovery.
Bulldogs unable to pull off upset
ALGONA - The Algona football team was unable to pull an upset Friday night, falling to No. 4 (Class 3A) Clear Lake, 43-0.
Weston Shaw passes for 156 yards and ran for another 31. He connected with Noah Arrowood eight times for 79 yards.
Eagles fall to Belmond-Klemme
BELMOND - The Southeast Webster-Grand football team ended their season with a 58-20 loss to Belmond-Klemme here Friday night.
Freshman Tristan Ewing ran for 117 yards on 16 carries, including two touchdowns, to lead the Eagles (2-7 overall, 1-6 in district).
Cameron Anderson added a score for Southeast Webster-Grand.
Cowboys caught by Hampton-Dumont
HAMPTON - The Clarion-Goldfield football closed out 2013 with a 28-0 loss to Hampton-Dumont here Friday night.
Zach Pogge led the Cowboys (3-6 overall) with 92 yards rushing on 22 carries, while Trenton Sann added 77 yards on the ground.
Sann also passed for 57 yards in the loss.
CWL falls at home
CORWITH - The Corwith-CWL football team ended 2013 with a 49-20 loss to Graettinger-Terril.
The Panthers finish the year 2-8 overall and 1-6 in district play.
Chargers stopped by North Iowa
BUFFALO CENTER - The Laurens-Marathon football team closed out the year with a 20-6 loss to North Iowa.
The Chargers finish the season 3-6 overall and 2-5 in district action.