Last dress rehearsal for area
Non-district portion of schedule wraps up
Outside of the big boys in Class 4A, Week 2 of the prep football season brings with it the final non-district game for everyone else around the state.
After taking that first step into the pool last Friday, coaches were able to see actual game film on their players and work to correct the mistakes this week in practice.
Several key games around the area are on tap Friday night, including a Top-10 battle between North Central Conference rivals in Webster City.
The Lynx, ranked sixth in the initial preseason Class 3A poll after securing runner-up status last year, welcome No. 10 (2A) Clear Lake. In 2011 they met as No. 1 and No. 2 in 3A, with the Lions winning, 28-27.
A homecoming of sorts is set for Clarion, as former Cowboy head coach Paul Hansch brings his 1-0 Eagle Grove squad to town. Two more area schools collide in Gowrie, with Southeast Valley hosting fifth-rated (A) Bishop Garrigan.
In Algona, the Bulldogs try to make it two in a row when they take on No. 7 (2A) Garner-Hayfield/Ventura. Algona snapped a 13-game overall losing streak last week.
Here’s a look at those contests, along with the rest of the slate of action from the area:
No. 10 (2A) Clear Lake (1-0) at No. 6 (3A) Webster City (1-0)
Bob Howard and the Lynx got off to a slow start in Week 7 before pulling away to post a 28-7 victory over Humboldt.
As has been the case since Howard’s arrival, Webster City racked up yards on the ground in bunches, rushing for 302. Dylan Steen, a junior, had 124 of those yards and a score, while adding 52 more passing on 4 of 8. Zane Williams ran for a team-high three touchdowns and also had 95 yards.
Max Hackbarth — who earned all-state honors this summer as a pitcher — and Williams each made 6.5 tackles in the game. Steen also recovered a fumble.
Clear Lake, meanwhile, picked up a 55-22 victory over Class 4A Mason City, as Speed Toyne rushed 27 times for 167 yards and six touchdowns. Jaylen DeVries balanced out the offense, completing 5 of 9 for 176.
The Lynx defense will be tested in this one, as DeVries averaged 35 yards per completion to Nick Danielson, Drew Enke and Zach Lester.
Last year, Webster City claimed a convincing 44-14 triumph over Clear Lake. They ran for just under 400 yards in that game and held the Lions to 100 yards of total offense.
Eagle Grove (1-0) at Clarion-Goldfield/Dows/CAL (0-1)
For several years, Paul Hansch directed the Cowboy program. Now, he’s the head man at Eagle Grove and looking to start his first season 2-0.
The Eagles earned a 27-23 triumph over Southeast Valley last Friday, as Evan Anderson and Niko Padilla provided a 1-2 rushing punch.
Anderson tallied 91 yards and a score, while Padilla added 89 and a TD. Brayden Lyman completed just two passes, but one of them was a 63-yard strike to Ryan Smith.
Clarion-Goldfield/Dows/CAL dropped a 21-14 decision to Belmond-Klemme on the road. Nate Rapp had 74 yards rushing to lead the squad, as sophomore Jaace Weidemann made his first career start under center.
The Cowboys earned a 35-14 victory a season ago as part of their 3-0 start.
No. 5 (A) Bishop Garrigan (1-0) at Southeast Valley (0-1)
Brad Capesius and the Golden Bears picked right up where they left off last Friday night, scoring a 26-12 victory over Pocahontas Area. Garrigan, a state runner-up last year, has won 19 regular season games in a row.
Brad Capesius, a returning starter at quarterback, completed 6 of 13 passes for 119 yards, with four of them going for touchdowns. He also added 40 yards rushing on the ground.
T.J. Schnurr caught two of those TD passes, with Tristan Furgeson and John Meis grabbing the other two.
The Jaguars, playoff qualifiers a season ago, are looking to rebound from a 27-23 setback to Eagle Grove. Sophomore quarterback Hunter Kruse completed 12 of 15 passes for 134 yards and a touchdown to Nyles Johnson, while Kyler Fisher rushed for 109 yards and two scores.
Johnson caught 10 passes from Kruse, covering 119 yards.
No. 7 (2A) Garner-Hayfield/Ventura (1-0) at Algona (1-0)
The Bulldogs ended their 13-game losing streak with a 27-7 victory over Forest City last week. Junior Nick Grein was 9 of 13 passing for 163 yards, throwing two touchdowns to Spencer Holmes and another to Evan Anderson.
Jacob Durant, a junior like Grein and Holmes, rushed for a team-high 80 yards, while Holmes finished with four catches for 99.
Garner-Hayfield/Ventura kicked off its season with a convincing 40-0 shutout over West Hancock. Jace Pringnitz had 135 yards rushing, Nick Joynt 91 and Ryan Meyers passed for 147. Joynt had seven catches for 81 and two scores.
Other area games tonight: Humboldt (0-1) at Hampton-Dumont (0-1); Pocahontas Area (0-1) at No. 9 (3A) Storm Lake (1-0); Harlan (0-1) at Greene County (0-1); Emmetsburg (0-1) Estherville-LC (0-1); East Sac County (0-1) at Denison-Schleswig (0-1); South Central Calhoun (0-1) at IKM-Manning (1-0); North Iowa (0-1) at West Bend-Mallard (1-0); Glidden-Ralston (0-1) at No. 5 (8-man) Newell-Fonda (1-0).