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High School Football

Heinz named district offensive MVP

HUMBOLDT — Jamison Heinz will never forget the moments he made this past fall playing football for Humboldt. Heinz earned first team Class 3A, District 2 honors and was tabbed the offensive most valuable player. Joining Heinz for the Wildcats were Colton Goodell, Sam Fischer, Carter ...

Memorable season ends in state semis for Algona

CEDAR FALLS - Cooper DeJean put on a one-man show here Saturday evening in the Class 2A state semifinals, leading OABCIG to the first championship game in school history. DeJean, a junior, threw for 357 yards and ran for another 79, accounting for five touchdowns in a 41-32 victory for the ...

‘ONE SPECIAL RUN’

Matt Miller established an unparalleled level of modern-era consistency as Fort Dodge Senior High’s head football coach. Yet his 16-year tenure, by both his own admission and even design, was never about the success he experienced on the field. Miller formally announced his retirement on ...

Dodger players honored in District 2

One of Class 4A’s most competitive football districts announced its honor roll this week, as eight Fort Dodge players — seven of them seniors — landed on the first or second team. Tysen Kershaw, Asle Thorson and Austin Lee were on District 2’s elite list for the second consecutive ...

Lawler leads all-district team

Nick Lawler has pushed himself through extra workouts and additional conditioning to become a lineman college coaches are pursuing. The St. Edmond senior, who holds a handful of offers to play football at the next level, was recently named the Class A, District 2 Lineman of the Year by the ...

MNW’s Anliker announces retirement

MANSON — Jeff Anliker admits there is going to be a void that needs to be filled come next fall. Anliker announced his retirement as head football coach at Manson Northwest Webster during a recent team banquet, ending his 16-year run in that role. He plans to continue coaching the Cougar ...

Headed to the Dome

ALGONA — The Algona football team made sure there would be no tears of disappointment to end this season. Only ones of joy and excitement. The third-ranked Bulldogs punched their spot into the Class 2A semifinals with a physically dominating 48-15 victory over Greene County here Friday ...

Dodgers head to Cedar Rapids Kennedy

CEDAR RAPIDS — Fort Dodge head coach Matt Miller expects very few frills and even less surprise from the fifth-ranked Cedar Rapids Kennedy football team in the Dodgers’ Class 4A playoff opener on Friday at historic Kingston Stadium. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. For the sixth time in the ...

Algona, SC Calhoun begin playoff march

Algona and South Central Calhoun haven’t been postseason strangers and are looking to continue their success in the first round of the football playoffs. Tonight the two squads will begin another playoff run in their own backyards. Both squads went undefeated in nine games and claimed ...

NIGHT TO REMEMBER

On a night defined by arguably the biggest victory of his career, Fort Dodge’s Matt Miller stayed true to form Friday in reminding his program that the game of football will always be about so much more. The Dodgers clinched a Class 4A playoff berth with a 21-17 triumph over Marshalltown, ...

Dodgers play for spot in 4A playoffs

It all comes down to this for the Fort Dodge football team. The Dodgers put their playoff hopes on the line in their regular-season finale against the Marshalltown Bobcats, a long-time rival with postseason aspirations of their own. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. on Friday inside Dodger ...

Gaels, Cougars battle on the gridiron

MANSON — Plenty of bragging rights will be on the line here Friday night as the Highway 7 battle between St. Edmond and Manson Northwest Webster hits the gridiron. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. The Gaels (2-6 overall, 0-4 in Class A, District 2) and Cougars (2-6, 1-3) have split the last four ...

Prep Spotlight Week 9: Playoff implications around area

Third-ranked Algona and sixth-ranked South Central Calhoun will return to the playoffs, hoping to take unbeaten records into the field. The Bulldogs (8-0 overall, 4-0 district) will host Southeast Valley (5-3, 2-2) and the Titans (8-0, 4-0) will entertain Pocahontas Area (5-3, 3-1). After a ...

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 ...