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High School Football

Algona motivated on the gridiron

ALGONA — A five-game improvement in the win column gave the Algona football team a special starting point at the conclusion of the 2018 season. It also helped to fuel their collective fire heading into this year, as the Bulldogs are currently ranked third in Class 2A and a perfect ...

Dodgers return home to face Sioux City West

Fort Dodge head coach Matt Miller has emphasized the importance of self-control — both literally and figuratively — all season long. Miller expects the Dodgers to play with an increased level of discipline on the field, of course, but he also wants his players to worry more about their ...

Gaels hit the road to face Alta-Aurelia

ALTA — The final two weeks of the regular season for the St. Edmond football team will see them hit the road, starting this Friday night against Alta-Aurelia. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. It’s been a tough four weeks for the Gaels (2-5 overall, 0-3 in Class A, District 2), as they ...

Week 8 of the prep football season is here

With the playoffs just two weeks a way, area programs are jockeying for positioning and trying to move up in the RPI. Two weeks remain in the regular season, and only third-ranked Algona (3-0, 7-0) and fifth-rated South Central Calhoun (3-0, 7-0) are unbeaten in league play and atop their ...

Family Ties: Anliker, Saunders set for action in Manson

MANSON — Every weekend after playing under the Friday night lights, Austin Anliker heads to northwest Iowa to see how Sioux Central’s game went 60 miles away. After Manson Northwest Webster takes the field, Anliker — the starting quarterback for the Cougars — makes the weekend trip to ...

Gaels entertain Ridge View under the lights

The St. Edmond football team will hit the field inside Dodger Stadium for the final time this Friday night. Kickoff between the Gaels and Ridge View is set for 7 p.m. With road games at Alta/Aurelia and Manson Northwest Webster remaining in the regular season schedule, St. Edmond (2-4 ...

Dodgers hit road again, face No. 4 Centennial

ANKENY — Head coach Matt Miller insists there is no need for the Fort Dodge football team to panic, despite consecutive razor-thin District 2 losses that have the Dodgers scrambling a little heading into Friday’s road showdown with No. 4 (Class 4A) Ankeny Centennial. The challenging ...

Area teams look to improve in Week 7

After the first release of the RPI rankings, prep football teams now know where they stand and what needs to be done from here on out. Third-ranked Algona is currently seeded third in Class 2A, while Southeast Valley — which suffered a district loss last week — is 10th. In 1A, South ...

Gaels welcome Rebels for Homecoming

Matt Dillon knows there are plenty of distractions during Homecoming week, but the St. Edmond head football coach is hoping it serves as a motivator. The Gaels welcome in Sioux Central to Dodger Stadium Friday night. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. Last week, St. Edmond (2-3 overall, 0-1 in Class ...

No. 8 Dodgers head to DM Roosevelt

DES MOINES - Fort Dodge learned a lot about itself in a loss last week. Now, the No. 8 (Class 4A) Dodgers will find out if those lessons will lead to more growth as another ranked matchup looms large. Head coach Matt Miller's squad hits the road to take on ninth-rated Des Moines Roosevelt ...

Area football teams hit the stretch run

Opening week of the district slate for everyone outside of 8-man is now in the rear view mirror, as teams settle in for the stretch run now. As we enter Week 6 of the regular season that also means we are one step closer to the release of the first Ratings Percentage Index of the year, which ...

Ranked clash up next for FDSH

After four weeks of testing the waters, the fourth-rated (Class 4A) Fort Dodge football team dives into the deep end of district play here Friday against No. 6 Southeast Polk. Carrying the program’s highest ranking in 35 years, the Dodgers (4-0 overall) kick off District 2 action at home to ...

Gaels open district action

MANNING — The “preseason” of high school football is now complete, as St. Edmond begins Class A, District 2 play here Friday night vs. IKM-Manning. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. Both the Gaels (2-2 overall, 0-0 in district) and Wolves (1-3, 0-0) will be looking to begin this five-game ...

Area teams kick into high gear

The chase for state playoff berth begins for high school football teams across the state on Friday. With four weeks of football under their belts — working out kinks and preparing for a more critical stretch — teams will begin district play tonight. Some eight-man squads are entering ...

BACK AND FORTH

Matt Dillon and Marty Wadle have been around high school football long enough to know when Friday night’s battle between St. Edmond and Bishop Garrigan was ultimately decided. Marcus Plathe accounted for almost 200 yards of offense and four touchdowns, Cameron Baade caught two scores and ...

Dodgers push record to 4-0

CARROLL — Fort Dodge’s Matt Miller didn’t want to sound ungrateful after his sixth-ranked (Class 4A) Dodgers remained undefeated by posting what appeared to be a relatively easy 26-point road victory at Carroll on Friday. Miller wasn’t going to dwell on the negatives after a 36-10 ...

Timeout with St. Edmond senior Jackson Bemrich

As a youngster, Jackson Bemrich watched from the stands as St. Edmond football climbed to their highest peaks in school history. Now, Bemrich is the one tasked with continuing to carry the torch on the field for the Gaels as a senior two-way starter. St. Edmond is off to a 2-1 start, scoring ...

THRILLER

Fort Dodge used its talent to win the first two games of the 2019 season. On Friday night, the seventh-ranked (Class 4A) Dodgers pulled through on sheer guts. A heart-stopping goal-line stand in overtime allowed FDSH to escape with a 28-21 Homecoming victory over Indianola, as head coach Matt ...

Gaels roll past Eagles

EAGLE GROVE — The St. Edmond football team took care of business here on Friday night, posting a 40-8 victory over Eagle Grove. Sean Flattery ran for 145 yards and scored four touchdowns, Kase Baker added over 100 yards from scrimmage and two scores, and Jackson Bemrich blocked a punt, as ...

Area football roundup

Lynx run over Trojans WATERLOO — The one-two punch of Trey Mathis and Garrett Whitmore did it again for Webster City. Mathis and Whitmore combined to score seven touchdowns in the Lynx (3-0 overall) 48-32 win over Waterloo East (0-3), who have lost 18 straight games. Mathis ran the ball ...