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High School Football

West dashes Dodgers’ hopes

WATERLOO — Nik Moser felt helpless after Fort Dodge’s crushing 24-17 Class 4A second-round postseason loss to Waterloo West on Friday at Memorial Stadium. Helpless because he couldn’t do anything about the outcome. Helpless because a pair of questionable officiating decisions late — ...

KRUSE CONTROL

GOWRIE — Kolson Kruse, and Lathe Muench spent a lot of time in the end zone for fifth-ranked Southeast Valley on Friday night, but the entire lineup helped push the Jaguars into the Round of 16. Southeast Valley (8-0 overall) rolled to a 50-13 victory over Belmond-Klemme (3-5) to advance to ...

Late TD by Holder lifts SCC

LAKE CITY — The first meeting between storied programs South Central Calhoun and Dike-New Hartford lived up to the hype here Friday night. Behind two late rushing touchdowns from Brennan Holder, a pair of conversion runs by Cole Corey and a game-ending interception by Blake McAlister, the ...

Lynx solve Mason City to move on

WEBSTER CITY — A slow start followed by a back-and-forth third quarter left Webster City trailing to Mason City on the scoreboard. That all changed in the fourth quarter, as the Lynx scored 21 straight to take control on their way to a 41-29 victory here Friday night. Chase Rattenborg ...

Dunlap, E-Hawks claim victory

EMMETSBURG — Ninth-ranked Emmetsburg made quick work out of upset-minded Carroll Kuemper, downing the Knights here Friday night, 42-14. Ben Dunlap accounted for three touchdowns with Colby Weir, Lane Auten and Cole Shirk all adding a rushing touchdown each in the win. The E-Hawks improve to ...

Rams score shutout vs. Clarinda

JEFFERSON — It was all Greene County here Friday night, as the Rams marched on with a convincing 24-0 victory over Clarinda. Bryce Stalder tossed a pair of touchdowns and Nate Black added a rushing score as Greene County improved to 7-2 on the season. Clarinda’s year ends at ...

Big night for Matson not enough

SPENCER — The season came to an end for Humboldt here Friday night, as the Wildcats fell in a thriller to Spencer, 42-35. Humboldt put together a fourth quarter rally, scoring 16 points, but it was not enough. Caden Matson finished 12-for-23 passing for 195 yards with three touchdowns, ...

Defense, big plays lift Newell-Fonda

NEWELL — Ninth-ranked Newell-Fonda continues to pile up postseason victories, pitching a 20-0 shutout over Kingsley-Pierson here Friday night. The Mustangs (8-1 overall) allowed just two first downs on the night and 38 yards of offense to the Panthers. “Our kids played really, really well ...

SPECIAL THANKS

Mark Cady’s relationship with the Fort Dodge football program was personal for as long as Nik Moser can remember. “It’s been my honor to tell our players his story,” the first-year Dodger football head coach said. “He taught Sunday School at church with my dad (former FDSH leader ...

Dodgers look for new life in 4A state playoffs

WATERLOO — A rejuvenated Fort Dodge football team looks to extend its season here on Friday, as the Dodgers face Waterloo West in the second round of the Class 4A state playoffs. Kickoff at Memorial Stadium on the West High campus is set for 7 p.m. Hardened by a schedule that included ...

Nine area schools hope to take next postseason step

After a week of recovering from the regular season, district champions Southeast Valley and Webster City will make their 2020 playoff debuts on Friday night. Both the fifth-ranked (Class 1A) Jaguars (7-0 overall) and No. 6 (3A) Lynx (7-0) will have home games in the second round after earning ...

Gaels begin postseason trek

The atmosphere gets taken to another level here Friday night as the St. Edmond football team begins playoff action. Following a convincing win over Bishop Garrigan to conclude the regular season, the Gaels entertain Madrid in a Class A contest. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. inside Dodger ...

Area squads set for playoffs

In a crazy season with new guidelines and a new playoff format, the time to push for a state championship has arrived. Fourteen Messenger-area teams will begin their postseason trek tonight while sixth-ranked Webster City (7-0 in Class 3A) and fifth-ranked Southeast Valley (7-0 in 1A) received ...

Timeout with St. Edmond’s Kase Baker

Three years ago, Kase Baker and his fellow seniors listened closely as new head football coach Matt Dillon laid out plans for the program. Now, three years later, Baker and his teammates have helped revive St. Edmond as they prepare to host Madrid this Friday night inside Dodger Stadium in a ...

Clayton keeps the faith

Dayson Clayton exploded back onto the scene last month, ready to put his injury issues behind for good and take Class 4A by storm while reintroducing himself as one of the state’s premier football players. And then it happened again. Fort Dodge’s senior tailback hurt his ankle during ...

Early playoff pairings set

The 2020 Iowa high school football playoff pairings were officially released by the Iowa High School Athletic Association on Saturday. St. Edmond (5-2 overall) will face Madrid (2-3) in the opening round of the Class A bracket on Friday inside Dodger Stadium. Fort Dodge (3-4) will head to ...

SHOWTIME

The wait for Homecoming was well worth it for the St. Edmond football team. After having the special week delayed due to the novel coronavirus, the Gaels put together their most complete performance of the season, scoring a 62-14 victory over Bishop Garrigan here Friday night inside Dodger ...

SE Valley stays unbeaten

POCAHONTAS — Mike Swieter made a gutsy call late in Southeast Valley’s contest for the district championship, and it didn’t quite pan out. But the sixth-ranked (Class 1A) Jaguars (7-0 overall, 5-0 in district) responded anyway, trusting in their quarterback and defense as they pulled ...

Another tall task ahead for Fort Dodge

WEST DES MOINES — Wounded and backed into a corner after last week’s Homecoming performance, the Fort Dodge football team goes back on the road for a rare Thursday contest against their third Top-5 opponent this season. Next up: seven-time defending Class 4A state champion and ...

Gaels host Bears

One of the oldest rivalries in north central Iowa will hit the gridiron Friday night as St. Edmond welcomes Bishop Garrigan. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. inside Dodger Stadium. The series started in 1959, with the Gaels (4-2 overall, 2-2 in Class A, District 2) posting a 26-7 victory. The Golden ...