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High School Football

Gaels host Bears

One of the oldest rivalries in north central Iowa will hit the gridiron Friday night as St. Edmond welcomes Bishop Garrigan. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. inside Dodger Stadium. The series started in 1959, with the Gaels (4-2 overall, 2-2 in Class A, District 2) posting a 26-7 victory. The Golden ...

Champs take down Dodgers

WEST DES MOINES — The Fort Dodge football team is battered and bruised from the back end of its demanding schedule, but head coach Nik Moser hopes two full weeks of rest and practice will help the Dodgers catch a second wind in time for the Class 4A playoffs. Seven-time defending state ...

District titles up for grabs

Four more area teams are in contention for district titles, trying to join Webster City as league champions. The Lynx (6-0 overall, 3-0 in district) clinched last week and will look to finish unbeaten with a win over Boone (0-6, 0-3). In Class 1A, District 2, sixth-ranked Southeast Valley ...

ROLE REVERSAL

A team that thrived on energy and emotion for the better part of the last five weeks showed very little of either here on Friday, as listless Fort Dodge lost its rematch with Sioux City East by a final score of 20-6 inside Dodger Stadium. Nik Moser’s squad returned home after consecutive ...

Warriors stop St. Edmond

ALTA — Coming into Friday night’s game, the St. Edmond offense ranked near the top of the state in several categories. Alta-Aurelia found a way to neutralize the high-scoring attack of the Gaels, however. Behind a ball-control, run-heavy attack, the Warriors posted a convincing 43-22 ...

Area football roundup

SEVENTH HEAVEN GILBERT — It seemed every time Trey Mathis touched the ball on Friday that he scored a touchdown. Mathis scored on one-fourth of his 28 carries, reaching the end zone seven times in Webster City’s (6-0 overall, 4-0 in district) 54-13 victory over Gilbert. Mathis finished ...

FD’S DANIEL A BALL HAWK

Sam Daniel earned second team all-district honors as a junior last season and led the Fort Dodge football team with four interceptions. The Dodgers won six games and reached the state playoffs. By all accounts, it was a successful year. “I was nervous, though,” Daniel admitted. “I ...

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 ...