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High School Football

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 ...

FULL STEAM AHEAD

New Fort Dodge football coach Nik Moser called Dayson Clayton’s performance on Friday night the best he’d ever seen from his four-year starter. So far. Clayton was a man among boys against Ames in the season opener for both programs, racking up 384 yards and six touchdowns from ...

Gaels run all over Eagles

EAGLE GROVE — Alex Tiernan accounted for just one of St. Edmond’s 61 points Friday night, but it was a historic one. Tiernan became the first female to score in a football game for the Gaels, knocking through the final extra-point in a convincing 61-16 victory over Eagle Grove. A ...

Area football roundup

Mustangs run for eight TDs NEWELL —Newell-Fonda made it a habit of reaching the end zone on Friday night as they scored eight touchdowns in a 54-7 victory over Harris Lake-Park. Mason Dicks had three touchdowns in the Mustang (1-0 overall) victory. Dicks rushed for 78 yards and scored from ...

Moser era begins with Dodgers hosting Ames

An offseason filled with uncertainty and abnormal circumstances yields – at least for a few hours – to the tried and true feeling of a Friday night at Dodger Stadium here this evening. It won’t necessarily look or feel the same as a typical season opener, but the Fort Dodge football ...

Gaels head to old NCC rival Eagle Grove for Week 1

EAGLE GROVE — For the variables in play this season, the St. Edmond football team has a familiar opponent for Week 1. The Gaels take on former North Central Conference rival Eagle Grove to begin the 2020 campaign. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. here Friday night. Matt Dillon enters his ...

A NEW ERA

The finishing touches have been applied to this summer’s Dodger Stadium turf project, and while the visuals are aesthetically pleasing, both safety and practicality were the driving forces behind the Fort Dodge Community School District’s commitment to the upgrade. FDCSD superintendent ...

Decade of defensive domination by the area

Everybody loves great offenses and high-scoring teams, but those that really made an impact on the Messenger area over the past decade did so on the other side of the football. Since the start of the 2010 season and finishing up with this past fall, we have been witness to many incredible ...

Messenger honors top offensive players of the decade

The past decade around The Messenger area has featured some memorable moments on the football field. Dating back to the 2010 season and running through this past fall, we saw St. Edmond reach the UNI-Dome twice behind the running power of Tate O’Tool; the Dodger trio of Sam Cook, Drake ...

Moser to take over FDSH program

When Nik Moser was a 12-year-old ballboy on his dad’s 1994 Fort Dodge football team, one of the Dodgers’ student managers asked him what he wanted to be when he grew up. “I still remember the conversation to this day,” Moser said. “And this is the honest truth: I told her I wanted ...