RETURN TO FIELD
Action continues to heat up around the area and in Class 3A, District 2 the fight for supremacy continues.
Last week was opening district action in 3A with undefeated teams in Clear Lake and Hampton-Dumont/CAL.
With an upset from Humboldt over the third-ranked Bulldogs, that was trimmed to one.
Webster City put a scare in fifth-ranked Clear Lake, falling 10-2.
This week Humboldt will have Charles City, who is coming off a loss to Algona. The Bulldogs, who have won four in a row, will take its try at the Lions.
Algona and Clear Lake will be a matchup of unbeaten district opponents.
The Lynx will try to end a two-game skid traveling to Hampton-Dumont/CAL.
Manson Northwest Webster, who has won two straight games, looks for three in a row and to keep pace with Emmetsburg who is unbeaten in district play.
The E-Hawks will host Pocahontas Area who is chasing their second district win after beating Eagle Grove.
South Central Calhoun steps out of district play to face West Hancock who also has four victories.
Humboldt (3-2, 1-0) at Charles City (3-2, 0-1)
Humboldt got a big boost to a struggling offense last week as senior all-stater Lance Coon returned to the lineup after an offseason hand injury kept him out of the first four games.
Last season Coon ran for 1,566 yards and 21 touchdowns. As a sophomore he ran for 489 and five scores.
Last week he ran for 131 yards and two touchdowns in the win over Hampton-Dumont/CAL.
Coon has run for 2,186 yards and 28 touchdowns in his career.
Last week the Comets struggled offensively in a 48-0 shutout against Algona.
Charles City had 109 yards of total offense and were only able to run for 55 yards.
On the season quarterback Jordan Foster has thrown for 558 yards and nine touchdowns. The Comets have run for 704 yards.
For Humboldt Coen Matson has thrown for 574 yards and three scores and ran for 286.
Algona (4-1, 1-0) at Clear Lake (5-0, 1-0)
After a close loss in their season opener (30-22) The Bulldogs have been on a tear after that scoring 189 points (47 per contest) and outscoring their opponents by an average of 30 points.
In the win over Charles City, Alex Manske threw for 238 yards and three touchdowns, while running for one.
Porter Reffer was the main target, fetching six balls for 149 yards and three scores.
Evan Allie and Jayden Erpelding also had rushing scores.
In the win over Webster City the Lions rushed for 176 yards, led by Titan Schmitt’s 155 and 54-yard touchdown jaunt. The Lions had only one passing yard.
Schmitt has been the groundhog, running for 753 yards on 108 totes and 10 trips to the end zone. Cael Stephany has thrown for 528 and six touchdowns. Thomas Meyer has logged 15 grabs, four for six.
Manske has compiled 1,143 (second in Class 3A) passing yards for 13 scores (fourth in 3A) and five on the ground. Allie has five rushing touchdowns and 437 yards, while Reffer has 711 yards and seven scores.
Algona has won the past two meetings in the past two seasons. The Lions have won six of the last eight dating back to 2008.
Webster City (3-2, 0-1) at Hampton-Dumont/CAL (4-1, 0-1)
The Lynx struggled offensively against the Lions, gaining only 148 yards on the ground and 25 yards through the air. Jaxon Cherry had 85 yards.
On the season Cherry has accumulated 937 yards on 123 carries and 11 scores.
Hampton-Dumont/CAL has made a living on the ground, rambling for 1,331 yards, led by Brody Walton (590) and Gavin Meader (408). Walton has five touchdowns and Meader has nine trips to the endzone.
In the loss to Humboldt Walton had 116 yards and a 12-yard touchdown scamper.
Manson Northwest Webster (2-3, 2-0) at Sioux Central (2-3, 1-1)
After winning back-to-back games for the first time since 2019 with a rout of Eagle Grove (39-0) last week, the Cougars find themselves tied with Emmetsburg at the top of Class 1A, District 2.
In the win over the Eagles they ran for 344 yards, led by two 100-plus rushers. Kamden Birkey had 10 totes for 150 yards and two touchdowns with a long of 67 yards. Cooper Hartman had 106 yards and two scores with a 63-yard romp.
Quarterback Logan Moline also had a touchdown run.
On the season Moline has completed 63 percent of his passes and thrown for 789 yards and seven scores. His main threats have been Matt Condon (335 yards) and Caydin Anderson (309). They have three and two touchdowns respectively.
On the ground Birkey has run for 376 yards and three scores.
Sioux Central is coming off a 40-0 loss to Emmetsburg. The Rebels only managed 83 yards against the E-Hawks.
Max Adams is the offensive leader with 407 yards on the ground and five touchdowns, while Devyn Wilson (197) has two scores.
Sioux Central has won five of the last nine meetings, dating back to 2011.
Pocahontas Area (2-3, 1-1) at Emmetsburg (3-2, 2-0)
In one of two area matchups the Indians are looking to throw a wrench into the E-Hawks district plans.
The Indians won their first district contest, knocking off East Sac County (28-6). In that game quarterback Lucas Kopriva threw for 167 yards and three strikes through the air.
Kopriva connected with Gabe Ehn (10), Blake Roberts (14) and Ryan Sommerlot (nine) for six.
Sommerlot also had a one-yard jaunt to the endzone.
The E-Hawks had 349 yards of total offense and 261 on the ground in the win over the Rebels.
Jace Nelson-Brown ran for 104 yards and four touchdowns. Carson Baak returned an interception 23 yards for six.
Emmetsburg has churned up 1,359 yards on the ground.Three backs have run for more than 200 yards.
Nelson-Brown is the groundhog with 532 yards and nine scores. Baak has 394 and two scores and Gavin Swanson (269) has five trips to the end zone.
Leading the Indians through the air is Kopriva with 620 yards and seven touchdown strikes. Sommerlot has lugged the ball 114 times for 445 and six paydirt trips.
West Hancock (4-1) at South Central Calhoun (4-1)
South Central Calhoun is coming off a 35-7 win over IKM-Manning while West Hancock thumped West Fork 62-0.
Last week Gavin Batta threw for 225 yards and three touchdowns. He connected with Keegan Soard for two scores and Brock Nattress (39 yards).
Soard, who caught five balls for 114 yards, had a long score of 50.
Zach Trott and Nattress had rushing touchdowns. Mattress had 156 yards.
The Eagles attempted zero passes and carried the ball 34 times for 441 yards.
Kate Zuehl had 16 lugs for 127 yards and two scores with a long of 14.
Jaxen Peterson (60), Teague Smith (34), Mitchell Smith (24), Creighton Kelly (30) and Kellen Smith (30) also had touchdown runs.
On the season Batta has thrown for 1,145 yards and 11 touchdowns, while running for three. Soard has caught 24 balls for 464 and seven scores.
For the Eagles Zuehl has 340 yards on the ground and eight touchdowns. Peterson has four, while Smith has three. Smith has thrown for 292 yards and six touchdowns.
Other area games: Forest City (2-3, 1-1) at Clarion-Goldfield/Dows (2-3, 1-1); Saydel (1-4, 0-2) at Southeast Valley (3-2, 0-2); Greene County (3-2, 1-1) at Roland-Story (3-2, 1-1); Eagle Grove (0-5, 0-2) at East Sac County (2-3, 0-2); West Fork (1-4, 0-2) at North Union (2-3, 1-3); Newell-Fonda (2-3, 2-2) at Boyer Valley (3-3, 1-2); West Bend-Mallard (3-2, 2-1) at North Iowa (1-4, 0-2); Siouxland Christian (0-5) at Bishop Garrigan (4-1, 4-0).