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 returned a kickoff back for a score and Lathe Muench punched in his fifth rushing touchdown of the year.
Kruse hit Colton Brandt for the first points of the game before back-to-back TD completions to Scott. Kruse now has five passing touchdowns and two rushing scores this season.
Scott came into the game with just two catches on the year, but found himself the favorite target on this night. His 77-yard kickoff return gave Southeast Valley a 28-13 lead after Kruse ran in the conversion.
Kruse threw for 159 yards, Scott had 71 yards receiving and Muench ran for 56 as Southeast Valley finished with 346 yards total.
The Jaguars have outscored their three opponents 122-42.
After the Broncos cut it to 28-20, Muench hit paydirt on a 2-yard run. Scott added the conversion.
There was a scary moment late in the game when a Belmond-Klemme player was injured and had to be transported by ambulance from the field.
Southeast Valley heads to Eagle Grove next Friday before a key district showdown with No. 2 (Class 1A) South Central Calhoun on Friday, Sept. 25 in Lake City.
Matson leads Wildcats again
BOONE — Caden Matson accounted for four more touchdowns as the Humboldt football team downed Boone here Friday night, 36-0.
Matson completed 7 of 12 passes for 88 yards with a score, adding 162 yards rushing and three touchdowns on just eight carries.
A junior, Matson now has five passing touchdowns and seven rushing scores on the season.
Gabe Gidel caught three passes for 49 yards, ran for 40 yards and had a touchdown for the Wildcats. Gidel, a senior, has five touchdowns on the year.
On defense, Tanner McKimmey had 10 tackles and Matson picked off a pass as the Wildcats made it two in a row over Boone. They have won five of the last six meetings overall.
Humboldt returns home next Friday to face North Central Conference rival and eighth-ranked (Class 3A) Webster City.
Lynx pull out 8-7 victory
WEBSTER CITY — The eighth-ranked (Class 3A) Webster City football team found a way to remain perfect here Friday night thanks to Chase Rattenborg.
Rattenborg scored with just over three minutes left to make it 7-6 in favor of Ballard before going in for the two-point conversion.
On the game-winning drive, Rattenborg accounted for 66 yards rushing and passing. Webster City (3-0 overall, 1-0 in district) put together a 12-play, 81-yard drive that spanned over five minutes.
Rattenborg finished with 88 yards rushing and was 4-for-4 passing for 44 yards. He had a key fourth-down completion to Tyler Olson on the final drive.
Olson picked off a pass to end Ballard’s last attempt to take the lead.
Trey Mathis ran for 122 yards and Olson had two catches.
The Lynx held the Bombers to 128 yards and five first downs, with 69 of those yards coming in the first quarter. Webster City has won five in a row over Ballard.
No. 6 Mustangs blank Wolverines
NEWELL — The sixth-ranked (eight-man) Newell-Fonda football team had no trouble here Friday night, posting a convincing 55-0 victory over West Bend-Mallard.
Senior Gabe Sievers accounted for three touchdowns on offense, hitting Jake DeMey for a pair of TD strikes from 39 and 26 yards out. Sievers also ran in another score from 45 yards out.
Trey Jungers added a pair of touchdowns, including an interception return for the Mustangs (3-0 overall).
Sievers has scored six times this season in three games.
Hunter Christiansen had 11 tackles and picked off a pass for Newell-Fonda.
The Mustangs are averaging just over 50 points per game and have won each of the last five meetings between the two teams. They are 8-2 in the last 10 games.
Strong first half carries No. 2 SCC
LAKE CITY — Brennan Holder and Blake McAlister each scored twice as part of a six-touchdown first half for second-ranked (Class 1A) South Central Calhoun, as the Titans crushed Clarion-Goldfield/Dows here Friday night, 49-13.
Holder scored from 65 yards out on the first place from scrimmage, adding another TD to give South Central Calhoun (3-0 overall, 1-0 in district) complete control early on.
McAlister converted a short touchdown run following a blocked punt by the Titan defense, adding a 53-yard scoring burst to make it 41-0 before halftime.
Cole Corey hit Blake Thompson on a passing score and ran in the two-point conversion attempt as well. Jordan Khommanyvong and Ayden Toms each scored rushing touchdowns in the game.
Holder ran nine times for 110 yards and McAlister five for 100 as the Titans racked up 301 yards on the ground.
McAlister also had two tackles for loss and Thompson recovered a fumble.
Clarion-Goldfield/Dows (0-3, 0-1) finally got on the board late in the third, scoring just its second TD of the season.
This was the first meeting between the two since 2013 when South Central Calhoun won 28-19. The Cowboys won the year before, 17-14.
No. 7 E-Hawks silence Hinton
EMMETSBURG — For the second time in three games, Emmetsburg pitched a shutout.
The seventh-ranked (Class 1A) E-Hawks earned a 41-0 victory over Hinton here Friday night, earning their third consecutive shutout in the series.
Cole Shirk ran for 116 yards and two touchdowns on 18 carries with Lane Auten adding 66 yards and a score. Shirk has 436 yards and five touchdowns on the year.
Grant Kibbie, Colby Weir and Ryerson Boevers also had rushing touchdowns. Weir added 56 yards and Kibbie 50 as part of a 53-carry, 345-yard night on the ground for Emmetsburg.
Lex Kassel had an interception and Cade Jacobson was 5-for-6 on extra-point attempts.
The E-Hawks also earned a 35-0 shutout in Week 1 over Bishop Garrigan. They have outscored their three opponents 110-27.
Indians score 63 in victory
EAGLE GROVE — The Pocahontas Area football team made a statement here Friday night, improving to 3-0 with a 63-14 victory over Eagle Grove.
The Indians have now scored 139 points in three games this season and own five consecutive wins over the Eagles.
During that streak vs. Eagle Grove, Pocahontas Area has posted 212 points and allowed just 22.