Dodgers up to sixth

-Messenger photo by Britt Kudla Asle Thorson of Fort Dodge runs for a first down against Indianola on Friday inside Dodgers Stadium

The Fort Dodge football team climbed one spot to sixth in Class 4A after a thrilling overtime victory vs. Indianola to celebrate Homecoming this past Friday night.

Algona held firm at No. 3 in 2A and South Central Calhoun remained sixth in 1A. Southeast Valley is just six points out of making the 2A Top-10, sitting at 11th.

Webster City and Bishop Garrigan are also both receiving votes.

The Dodgers (3-0 overall) have one final non-district game at Carroll left before jumping into play in what might be the toughest district in the state.

The league features three other ranked teams besides Fort Dodge in No. 2 Ankeny Centennial, seventh-ranked Southeast Polk and Des Moines Roosevelt, who debuted at No. 9 this week.

Asle Thorson hit Tysen Kershaw in overtime last Friday for the game-winning score vs. Indianola. Thorson completed 12 of 24 passes for 130 yards, ran for 71 yards and had three total touchdowns.

Kershaw caught four passes, Nick Bice had three receptions for 60 yards and a score, and Dayson Clayton ran for 102 yards and a touchdown.

Tyler Nichols had two tackles for loss and 7.5 stops on defense to lead FDSH, which also recovered three fumbles. Gavin Schillerstrom knocked in all four of his extra-point attempts.

This marks the highest ranking for the Dodgers since 2015 when they reached fifth.

Carroll is 1-2 on the year, coming off a 34-21 loss to Harlan on the road. The Tigers beat Ballard in Week 2, 17-14, and lost to Glenwood in the opener, 44-28.

Algona moved to 3-0 with a 34-14 victory over Emmetsburg. Tyler Manske threw for 129 yards and accounted for two touchdowns, with Sammonte Bawden running for 81 yards.

Wyatt Wegener had 112 total yards of offense and a touchdown, Elliot Berkland had four receptions for 68 yards and a score, and Cole Lewis made 8.5 tackles and had three stops for loss on defense.

The Bulldogs face North Central Conference rival Webster City (3-0) on the road this week.

South Central Calhoun (3-0) claimed a dominating 31-0 triumph over IKM-Manning. The Titans have allowed just six points on the year, scoring over 30 in all three games.

Cole Corey had 115 yards passing, 42 yards rushing and two combined scores, with Landon Schleisman running for 91 yards and Blake McAlister 81 with a touchdown.

Next up for the Titans will be Southeast Valley on the road. The Jaguars are 3-0 after a 34-18 win over Belmond-Klemme.


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