Lynx, Wildcats set to face off
Six Messenger-area teams remained unbeaten after Week 3, but with two head-to-head matchups on Friday, there will only be four left after this week.
No. 3 South Central Calhoun, No. 6 Emmetsburg, No. 7 Webster City, and No. 7 Newell-Fonda are all perfect on the season and combined have outscored their opponents 574-143 so far this season, pitching six shutouts in 15 combined games.
Four of those undeafted teams will meet this Friday. The Lynx will travel to face the Wildcats in a Class 3A, District 2 matchup.
The Titans will head to Pocahonas Area for a match up with the Indians.
No. 7 Webster City (3-0, 1-0) at Humboldt (3-0, 1-0)
Both the Lynx and Wildcats are off to another hot start. This is the 10th time this decade the two teams have meet with the Lynx winning seven times.
Webster City has outscored Humboldt by 163 points and earned a 27-21 victory in Webster City a year ago.
The Lynx enter the contest the seventh ranked team in Class 3A and the Wildcats are receiving votes.
Last week Webster City earned a tight 8-7 victory over Ballard with a late fourth quarter touchdown and a gutsy two-point conversion with three minutes remaining in the contest.
In three games Webster City has rushed for 926 yeards with seniors Trey Mathis (398) and quarterback Chase Rattenborg (310) leading the way. Both have rushed for three touchdowns along with sophomore C.J. Hisler.
Humboldt is coming off its first shutout of the season, knocking off Boone, 36-0. In that contest junior quarterback Caden Matson accounted for four touchdowns. Matson rushed for 162 yards on eight carries and three touchdowns. He averaged 20.3 yards per carry and had a long scoring run of 84 yards. He also threw a six-yard touchdown strike to senior Gabe Gidel.
On the season Matson has rushed for 349 yards and seven scores. He has thrown for 417 yards on 28 of 41 passing (68 percent) and five scores.
No. 3 South Central Calhoun (3-0, 1-0) at Pocahontas Area (3-0, 1-0)
South Central Calhoun is coming off a 49-13 victory over Clarion-Goldfield/Dows were they built a 43-0 lead heading into halftime. Senior Brennan Holder (110) and junior Blake McAlister (100) both rushed for over 100 yards and scored two touchdowns each. Five different running backs have scored for the Titans, led by McAlister’s four scores. McAlister has rushed for 445 yards and has toted the ball an average of 10.3 yards per carry. Cole Corey has scored three times and Holder has two scores.
The Indians knocked off Eagle Grove 63-14 last Friday. Senior quarterback Trey Oehlertz accounted for four touchdowns. Oehlertz threw for 182 yards on 8 of 10 passing and two scores. He also ran for 112 yards and two scores. Cole Runneberg led the ground attack with 191 yards and three touchdowns.
Oehlertz has nine touchdowns, four through the air and five on the ground. He has thrown for 575 yards and rushed for 254. He is averaging 10.2 yards per carry. Runnerberg is the leading rusher with 431 yards and nine scores.
No. 6 Emmetsburg (3-0, 1-0) at Sioux Central (2-1, 0-1)
Emmetsburg has put together a great start, out scoring its opponents 110-27 and two shutouts. Last week the E-Hawks blanked Hinton 41-0 behind 116 yards on the ground from senior Cole Shirk. Shirk had two touchdowns and four other backs reached the end zone.
Shirk has rushed for 436 yards and five touchdowns. He is averaging 9.5 yards per carry. Colby Weier has ran for 192 yards and five scores.
The E-Hawks will meet the Rebels who are coming off their first loss of the season, falling to West Sioux 49-16. Jayden Harder rushed for 150 yards and two scores for the Rebels.
Harder has 334 yards and three scores on the season. Junior Gibson Olson has 193 yards and three touchdowns.
Southeast Valley (3-0, 1-0) at Eagle Grove (0-3, 0-1)
Through four games the Jaugars have outscored their opponents 122-42 and knocked off Belmond-Klemme 36-20. Junior quarterback Kolson Kruse ran for 159 yards and three touchdowns and ran for 100 yards.
Kruse is leading the Jaguars through the air and on the ground. He has thrown for 396 yards on 22 of 32 passing (68.8 percent) and five touchdowns. He has ran for 205 yards and two scores. Junior Lathe Muench is the leading groundhog with 172 yards and five scores. Juniors Kaleb Scott and Colton Brant have two touchdown catches and junior Tre Fisher has also scored.
In their loss to the Indians, Blake Morgan had a rushing touchdown and freshman quarterback Jake Jeske threw a scoring strike to senior Nick Huntley.
Jeske has trown for 157 yards and two scores and has ran for 168 yards and three scores this season.
Manson Northwest Webster (0-2, 0-0) at North Union (0-3, 0-1)
After missing a week after being quaraintend, the Cougars will play a rare Saturday contest with North Union at 3 p.m.
Through two games, Brayden Johll is the leading rusher with 129 yards and one score. Junior quarterback Shawn Kenyon has thrown for 213 yards and four scores.
North Union is coming off a 53-27 loss to St. Edmond. Senior running back Ryan Lang rushed for 250 yards on 27 carries and scored four touchdowns.
Lang has ran for 453 yards and five touchdowns. Sophomore quarterback Carter Morphew has thrown for 321 yards and four scores.
Other area games: Algona (0-3, 0-1) at Garner-Hayfield Ventura (2-1, 1-0); Greene County (1-2, 0-1) at Des Moines Chrisitan (2-0, 0-0); Belmond-Klemme (1-1, 0-1) Clarion-Goldfield/Dows (0-3, 0-1); East Sac County (0-3, 0-2) at OABCIG (3-0, 1-0); Alta-Aurelia (1-2, 0-0) at Bishop Garrigan (0-3, 0-1; No. 4 Remsen St. Mary’s (2-0, 2-0) at West Bend-Mallard (1-2, 1-2); No. 7 Newell-Fonda (3-0, 3-0) at Siouxland Christian (0-0, 0-0).