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High School Football

Area districts address allegations

A joint statement has been released by South Central Calhoun and Southeast Valley administrators to address allegations stemming from last Friday night’s high school football game in Lake City. SCC superintendent Brad Anderson and SV superintendent Brian Johnson co-authored the release, ...

TOTAL RECALL

Two years ago, Kase Baker made his first impact on the football field for St. Edmond. Friday night, Baker did it again in the very same end zone and against the very same opponent in Highway 7 rival Manson Northwest Webster. The Gael senior ran in the game-winning two-point conversion to end ...

Dodgers push No. 2 J-Hawks to the limit

URBANDALE — The Fort Dodge football team brought the fight to second-ranked (Class 4A) Urbandale on the J-Hawks' home turf here on Friday. Most would assume head coach Nik Moser’s Dodgers walked away from Frerichs Field satisfied with their performance despite ultimately bowing out by a ...

Jaguars stun No. 2 Titans

LAKE CITY — Southeast Valley leaned on its defense in the second half, and Kolson Kruse guided the offense as the Titans stunned second-ranked South Central Calhoun 32-23 on Friday night. The Jaguars (5-0 overall, 3-0 district) scored 24 second-half points after an 8-8 first half tie, ...

St. Edmond hosts Cougars

Highway 7 rivals St. Edmond and Manson Northwest Webster collide once again on the football field this Friday night inside historic Dodger Stadium. But this one definitely has a different feel than all the others. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. The Gaels (3-1 overall) are coming off a ...

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 ...