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Area teams look to improve in Week 7

Photo by Troy Banning, for The Messenger Algona's Wyatt Wegener scores against Webster City last Friday.

After the first release of the RPI rankings, prep football teams now know where they stand and what needs to be done from here on out.

Third-ranked Algona is currently seeded third in Class 2A, while Southeast Valley — which suffered a district loss last week — is 10th.

In 1A, South Central Calhoun is sitting 10th. Emmetsburg is just outside of the Top-16 in 17th.

Newell-Fonda is sitting 10th in eight-man.

Algona travels to Estherville-Lincoln Central, and Southeast Valley looks to rebound against Garner-Hayfield/Ventura.

Webster City, which rebounded from two straight losses last Friday, will play its second straight road game against rival Humboldt. The Lynx finish the season with two road games, as they head to No. 9 Dallas Center-Grimes next week.

After a hard-fought victory over South Hamilton a week ago, the sixth-ranked Titans head to Madrid. Emmetsburg blanked Sibley-Ocheyedan last Friday, and will now hit the road to face Unity Christian.

Newell-Fonda hosts eighth-ranked Harris-Lake Park in an eight-man showdown.

Webster City (4-2, 1-1) at Humboldt (1-5, 1-1)

These North Central Conference opponents have meet nine times on the gridiron in the last decade, with the Lynx taking the upper-hand six times.

It was the Wildcats who came out on top last year with a 21-0 victory. In Humboldt’s three victories against Webster City, they have won by an average of 20 points. The Lynx have outscored the Wildcats by 157 points in their wins for an average of 26 points.

The Lynx have leaned heavily on the run behind Trey Mathis and Garrett Whitmore. Mathis tops 3A in touchdowns (17) and rushing attempts (140). He is fourth with 796 yards.

Whitmore has 610 yards and six TDs of his own.

Webster City also has the 3A leader in interceptions, as Tyler Olson leads the way with eight — three ahead of the rest of the field.

Jamison Heinz has been the offensive stalwart for the Wildcats, rushing for 646 yards and all seven of Humboldt’s rushing touchdowns on 116 attempts.

Quarterback Jacob Thurm has 456 yards passing and three scores, including one to Heinz.

Pocahontas Area (4-2, 2-0) at South Hamilton (3-3, 1-1)

After a 2-2 start to the season, the Indians have recorded two straight district victories to stand with South Central Calhoun as the lone unbeatens in Class 1A, District 2. Pocahontas Area, which sits 23rd in the RPI, will head to Jewell to square off with South Hamilton.

Pocahontas Area will wrap up the season at South Central Calhoun.

Last week, the Indians earned a 34-26 victory over Ogden. Trey Oehlertz ran for 235 yards on 15 carries, and averaged 15.7 yards per tote. Cage Arends rushed for 145 yards and two scores. Oehlertz threw for 110 yards.

Oehlertz, who drives the Indians’ offense, has thrown for 762 yards and five TDs, while running for 433 and five scores. Arends is the leading rusher with 573 and eight trips to the end zone.

South Hamilton is led by senior Cade Flaugh, who has reached the end zone 10 times, and churning out 712 yards on 125 attempts on the ground.

No. 8 Harris-Lake Park (5-1, 3-1) at Newell-Fonda (5-1, 3-0)

With second-ranked Remsen St. Mary’s on the docket for next week, the Mustangs must get through No. 8 Harris-Lake Park this week to stay in the thick of the RPI chase.

H-LP suffered its only loss to St. Mary’s last week, while the Mustangs have strung together a four-game win streak.

In Week 6, Newell-Fonda topped Ar-We-Va 32-8 behind three touchdown passes and a rushing score from Gabe Sievers. Treyton Mahler caught two of the touchdown strikes.

H-LP quarterback Brody Sohn threw for 311 yards and four touchdowns against St. Mary’s, while Isaac Ihnen caught two of those strikes.

Sievers has combined for 16 TDs, throwing for 11 and running for five. He has 462 passing yards and 222 on the ground.

Hunter Christiansen is the groundhog for N-F, with 440 yards and three scores. Trey Jungers has eight touchdowns.

H-LP is led by Sohn who has thrown for 1,600 yards and 27 touchdowns to lead eight-man. He has completed 89 of 140 passes (63.6 percent).

Ihen is his main target, with 41 grabs for 710 yards and 16 scores.

Garner-Hayfield/Ventura (3-3, 1-1) at Southeast Valley (4-2, 1-1)

Southeast Valley would like to soon forget last week’s game against Spirit Lake, where they suffered a 45-0 setback and had only 71 yards of total offense.

Garner-Hayfield earned a 34-6 win over Estherville-Lincoln Central behind a three-touchdown performance from Jared Shaw, who ran for 194 yards.

Hunter Kruse has led the Jaguar offense, throwing for 636 yards and eight touchdowns. Kolson Kruse has four receiving TDs, while Chase Swieter and Carter Lane have two each.

On the ground, Lathe Muench has 512 yards and seven scores.

On the defensive side of the ball, University of Iowa recruit Aaron Graves leads the Jaguars with 31 tackles — including six for loss — and six sacks.

Southeast Valley has five interceptions. Swieter and Lane have returned their pickoffs for touchdowns.

Shaw leads the GHV’s offense with 676 rushing yards and 10 trips to the end zone. Joe Pringitz has 500 yards and four scores, while Landon Dalbeck has five TD passes.

Other area games: No. 3 Algona (6-0, 2-0) at Estherville-Lincoln Central (3-3, 1-1); Spirit Lake (4-2, 1-1) at Clarion-Goldfield/Dows (1-5, 0-2); Emmetsburg (3-3, 1-1) at Unity Christian (3-3, 0-2); Eagle Grove (0-6, 0-2) at Ogden (1-5, 0-2); No. 6 South Central Calhoun (6-0, 2-0) at Madrid (1-5, 1-1); East Sac County (2-4, 1-1) at Underwood (5-1, 1-1); Sioux Central (4-2, 2-0) at Manson Northwest Webster (1-5, 0-2); North Union (2-4, 0-2) at Bishop Garrigan (3-3, 0-2); No. 2 Remsen St. Mary’s (6-0, 4-0) at West Bend-Mallard (2-5, 1-2).