District titles up for grabs
Four more area teams are in contention for district titles, trying to join Webster City as league champions.
The Lynx (6-0 overall, 3-0 in district) clinched last week and will look to finish unbeaten with a win over Boone (0-6, 0-3).
In Class 1A, District 2, sixth-ranked Southeast Valley (6-0 overall, 4-0 1-2) is in the driver’s seat. The Jaguars travel to face Pocahontas Area (5-1, 3-1). With a victory, Southeast Valley will be crowned champions.
With an Indian win and a South Central Calhoun (4-1, 2-1) victory, there will be a three-way tie for the crown.
In Class 1A, District 1, Emmetsburg (5-0, 4-0) is also looking to remain unbeaten as they host Western Christian (3-3, 3-1). If the E-Hawks win the finale they will be crowned champions.
No. 6 Southeast Valley (6-0, 4-0) at Pocahontas Area (5-1, 3-1)
It’s simple. With a win, Southeast Valley secures a first-round bye and a home-game. To do that, they’ll have to knock off Pocahontas Area, whose only loss is to then second-ranked South Central Calhoun.
Last week, the Jaguars topped Clarion-Goldfield/Dows 38-20. With a balanced offensive attack, the Jaguars will lean on junior quarterback Kolson Kruse and classmate Lathe Muench at running back.
Muench had three scores a week ago and has 11 on the season behind his 450 yards. He has 19 touchdowns in his career.
Kruse has rushed for five touchdowns and 345 yards, while completing 56 percent of his passes for 752 yards and 10 touchdowns.Kaleb Scott has three touchdowns to lead the receivers.
Cole Runneberg leads the Indians’ rushing attack, running the ball for 644 yards and 11 scores. Quarterback Trey Oehlertz has 452 yards and eight touchdowns on the ground.
Through the air, Oehlertz has thrown for 1,085 (fifth in Class 1A) yards and nine scores.
Western Christian (3-3, 3-1) at No. 5 Emmetsburg (5-0, 4-0)
The E-Hawks are coming off a tight 36-35 victory over West Sioux last week and will have to stop Western Christian to earn a first round playoff bye.
Emmetsburg has done most of its damage on the ground with two solid backs. Senior Cole Shirk has led the attack with 688 yards and seven scores. Classmate Colby Weir has ran for 345 yards and nine scores.
Behind center, senior Ben Dunlap has thrown for four touchdowns.
The Wolfpack has gone airborne behind Tyson Boer. The senior has thrown for 1,096 yards and 11 scores. Boer has also scored four times on the ground. Senior Carson Elbers has ran for 481 yards and six touchdowns.
Gilbert (3-2, 1-2) at Humboldt (4-2, 2-1)
Humboldt pulled out an exciting 21-14 victory over Mason City last week. Caden Matson led that attack with 134 yards on the ground and three scores.
Matson will have the chance to go over 1,000 yards passing on the season, entering the contest with 884 yards and six TDs. On the ground, he has 677 yards and 12 scores. Senior Gabe Gidel has five touchdown catches.
Gilbert senior Ethan Vesey has ran for 390 yards and four touchdowns. Senior quarterback Tanner Henningsen has thrown for 757 yards and seven touchdowns.
Boone (0-6, 0-3) at No. 7 Webster City (6-0, 3-0)
When Webster City has the ball on offense, there is little doubt of what they’re going to do. The Lynx have 330 snaps this season, and have rushed 305 times.
Senior Trey Mathis is sitting at 985 yards and 10 scores, looking to reach the 1,000 yard plateau for the second straight season. Mathis has rushed for 2,318 yards and 35 touchdowns in his career.
Senior quarterback Chase Rattenborg has 89 carries for 534 yards and seven scores, while sophomore CJ Hisler has 405 yards and five TDs.
Boone has struggled on offense, with only 280 yards on the ground and 768 through the year.
Other area games: Okoboji (1-5, 0-3) at Algona (2-3, 1-1); Greene County (4-2, 2-1) at Shenandoah (3-3, 1-2); Eagle Grove (0-4, 0-2) at Clarion-Goldifeld (0-6, 0-4); Belmond-Klemme (3-2, 1-2) at No. 8 South Central Calhoun (4-1, 2-1); MVAOCOU (0-6, 0-4) at East Sac City (1-5, 1-4); West Hancock (5-1, 4-0) at Manson Northwest Webster (0-6, 0-3); Alta-Aurelia (3-3, 2-1) at North Union (1-5, 1-3); No. 9 Newell-Fonda (5-1, 4-1) at GT-RA (1-4, 1-4); River Valley (0-6, 0-5) at West Bend-Mallard (1-5, 1-4).