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High School Football

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 ...

Dodgers in focused Homecoming mood

Matt Miller always reminds his players to keep the main thing the main thing. That advice rings especially true this week for the Fort Dodge football team, both because of the environment and — more importantly — the opponent. The seventh-ranked (Class 4A) Dodgers welcome Indianola to ...

Gaels head to Eagle Grove

EAGLE GROVE — Paul Hansch has been through all sorts of interesting twists and turns as a high school football coach. But even Hansch is unsure of what to expect after this Friday night. Hansch and Eagle Grove will play for the final time at home, welcoming former North Central Conference ...

Area squads forge ahead

With district play two weeks away, prep football squads will be trying to polish up their resumes as the year continues to progress on Friday. This week’s area matchup of the week is Emmetsburg (1-1) at third-ranked Algona (2-0). The Bulldogs should have the upper-hand after two offensive ...

Dodgers move up in 4A

Fresh off their 42-7 victory over Ames this past Friday night, the Fort Dodge football team finds itself seventh in Class 4A. The Dodgers (2-0 overall) climbed one spot after being tied for eighth a week ago. Fort Dodge hosts Indianola Friday night for Homecoming, with kickoff set for 7 p.m. ...

No. 8 Dodgers overwhelm Ames

AMES — To this group of Fort Dodge football players, Friday’s 42-7 victory over Ames was just another step in the right direction for the here and now. Veteran coach Matt Miller, who has now been with the Dodger program for over 30 years, tried his best to provide a proper perspective both ...

TOTAL BELIEF

Matt Dillon asked to see heart, trust and belief in one another from his St. Edmond football team Friday night. The Gaels delivered on all three. Drew Schaeffer found Ethan Lursen for a 21-yard touchdown pass as St. Edmond rallied for an 18-14 victory over North Union here inside Dodger ...

Prep football roundup

No. 3 Bulldogs crush H-D, 50-0 HAMPTON — The third-ranked Algona football team scored a convincing 50-0 victory over Hampton-Dumont here Friday night. Tyler Manske got the scoring started early with a 57-yard touchdown strike to Wyatt Wegener. Manske was 8-for-11 for 183 yards with three ...

No. 8 Dodgers head to Ames

AMES — Fort Dodge and Ames have combined to score 190 points in their last two meetings on the gridiron, with 114 of the points and both victories going to the Dodgers. Eighth-ranked (Class 4A) Fort Dodge has the pieces in place to put huge dents in the scoreboard this season, and the ...