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High School Football

TOUGH TASK

URBANDALE — For the second time in three weeks, the Fort Dodge football team faces a legitimate state championship contender as the Dodgers head to second-ranked (Class 4A) Urbandale on Friday. Kickoff at Frerichs Stadium is scheduled for 7 p.m. This is the J-Hawks’ Homecoming ...

Another unbeaten foe for Lynx

For the fifth straight week the seventh-ranked Webster City football team will face an unbeaten team. And for four consecutive weeks the Lynx (4-0 overall, 2-0 in district) have kept their perfect record intact. Webster City’s four victories have come against teams with a combined record of ...

A DODGER BOND

Quennel McCaleb vividly remembers being a Fort Dodge Senior High athlete, brimming with talent but in need of purpose. McCaleb was also the middle school kid who didn’t always have the means or motivation to attend Dodger events and activities. The 1999 FDSH graduate still knows what ...

DIGGING DEEP

MARSHALLTOWN — Earlier this season, the Fort Dodge football team rolled up its sleeves and got dirty with tough yards in the trenches. On Friday at Marshalltown, the Dodgers let their playmakers loose. Different approach, same result: a victory for the third time in four weeks. It took a ...

Gaels can’t find answer for West Hancock

BRITT — West Hancock’s control of Class A football remains strong despite the loss of several starters from last year’s run to the state title. The ninth-ranked Eagles proved that here Friday night, rolling to a convincing 55-14 victory over St. Edmond. Cole Kelly, part of the ...

Dodgers travel to face Marshalltown

MARSHALLTOWN — A long-standing high school rivalry taken off the board by COVID-19 was reinstated for the same reason this past week, giving Fort Dodge the opportunity to face Marshalltown on the football field after all. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. on Friday night at Leonard Cole Field. The ...

Gaels hit the road to meet No. 9 Eagles

BRITT — When Matt Dillon looked at the revamped schedule for his St. Edmond football team in the offseason, this was the date circled on his calendar. Dillon and the unbeaten Gaels travel north Friday night to take on defending Class A state champion West Hancock. Kickoff is set for 7 ...

Lynx, Wildcats set to face off

Six Messenger-area teams remained unbeaten after Week 3, but with two head-to-head matchups on Friday, there will only be four left after this week. No. 3 South Central Calhoun, No. 6 Emmetsburg, No. 7 Webster City, and No. 7 Newell-Fonda are all perfect on the season and combined have ...

BUZZSAW

For the first two weeks of the season, the Fort Dodge offense performed like a well-oiled machine thanks in large part to the dominance of its offensive line. On a misty night at Dodger Stadium Friday, head coach Nik Moser’s squad met its match and then some in the trenches. Eighth-ranked ...

Area football roundup

Kruse, Jaguars cruise GOWRIE — It was a happy Homecoming for Southeast Valley here Friday night, as the Jaguars remained unbeaten with a convincing 36-20 victory over Belmond-Klemme. Kolson Kruse had three passing touchdowns for the Jaguars, including two to Kaleb Scott. Scott also ...

MORE FIREWORKS

Through three games, the St. Edmond football team sits exactly where Matt Dillon had hoped they would be. Drew Schaeffer followed up his record-setting performance last Friday with over 250 yards of total offense and four touchdowns, Tyler Rossmanith had his second career 100-yard rushing game ...

Dodgers face Ankeny in Top-10 clash

The Fort Dodge football team played well enough during the first two weeks to earn a Class 4A ranking and Top-10 matchup with Ankeny. Head coach Nik Moser knows his No. 10 Dodgers must graduate to a whole different level of excellence if they are to seriously challenge the eighth-rated ...

District play gets under way for area

Teams dive head-first into district play this week, as the action and pressure begins to intensify. With the schedule cut down to seven regular-season games, Class A-3A teams had two non-district games before facing district foes. During the COVID-19 pandemic, these contests won’t carry as ...

CHART TOPPER

Drew Schaeffer placed his name atop the St. Edmond football record books here Friday night. Schaeffer racked up 339 yards passing as the Gaels improved to 2-0 with a 30-8 victory in their home opener inside Dodger Stadium over Clarion-Goldfield/Dows. The senior completed 8 of 16 passes with ...

Clayton breaks single-game FDSH rushing record

SERGEANT BLUFF — Early in the fourth quarter, with the Fort Dodge football team leading and Sioux City East wobbling, a train rumbled on the tracks behind the stadium at Sergeant Bluff-Luton High School. It was both an ideal metaphor and perfect timing for what was happening on the field at ...

Area football roundup

Lynx rack up 484 yards of offense WEBSTER CITY — The Webster City defense pitched a second consecutive shutout while the offense relied on a powerful run game to top Carroll here Friday night, 55-0. The Lynx racked up 484 yards of total offense, all of which came on the ground. Trey Mathis ...

Dodgers will take the field

SERGEANT BLUFF — Fort Dodge’s rollercoaster ride of a week will let its football team off at Sergeant Bluff-Luton High School on Friday night. Originally set to visit Mason City, the Dodgers picked up a game at the 11th hour to replace the Mohawks for what almost became a vacant week. Head ...

Gaels host Cowboys

Fresh off a strong Week 1 performance, the St. Edmond football team looks to keep the momentum going in their home opener. The Gaels entertain North Central Conference rival Clarion-Goldfield/Dows here Friday night inside Dodger Stadium. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. St. Edmond (1-0 overall) ...

Titans travel for ranked tilt

With one game under their belts, area football teams will have another week to work out the kinks before heading into district play. Class 3A through Class A will start district competiton in Week 3 after two non-conference contests. Messenger-area team went 9-7 in Week 1, and three area ...

Dodgers’ game at Mason City called off

The Fort Dodge-Mason City football rivalry lived through 97 consecutive years of trials and tribulations away from the field. The COVID-19 global pandemic will almost assuredly bring one of the state’s longest streaks to a halt this season. The Dodgers’ upcoming trip north to face the ...