Here is a game-by-game breakdown of this Friday's area high school football matchups.
Johnston at Marshalltown
Riding an 11-game regular season winning streak, Marshalltown (2-0) squares off with Johnston (1-1) at Leonard Cole Field.
The Bobcats and Dragons played a memorable contest last fall with the Bobcats scoring in the final minute for the victory. Johnston running back Nathan DePenning had 22 rushes for 106 yards in that matchup. He has 140 yards on 38 attempts this season.
Marshalltown has relied on the running game through two games, racking up 326 yards against Des Moines North and then 357 against Des Moines Roosevelt.
The Dragons had no answer for Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln last week in a 48-13 defeat. Lincoln's Austin Ebertowski rushed for 276 yards and four touchdowns.
Vinton-Shellsburg at South Tama
South Tama (1-0) shut out Saydel 46-0 to start 2010 on the right foot last week. The Trojans have their home opener against Vinton-Shellsburg (0-1).
Brandon Horbach went 16-for-22 passing for 305 yards for STC against Saydel. He threw two touchdown passes to Nick Clancy and another to Brody Boldt. Horbach also rushed for a score.
South Hardin at South Hamilton
South Hardin was within a touchdown of Gladbrook-Reinbeck in the third quarter last week before the Rebels scored three unanswered TDs to win 34-7.
Cam Bierle caught a 19-yard touchdown pass from Levi Prosser for South Hardin's score. Bierle and Prosser split time at QB with both throwing for 61 yards.
South Hamilton was shut out in the second half in its 34-13 loss to Roland-Story.
Nevada at East Marshall
Nevada stopped a 15-game losing streak with a 19-18 victory over Colfax-Mingo last week. The Cubs created five takeaways and used a 136-yard rushing night by Andre Thomas.
East Marshall ended a three-game losing skid to end the 2009 season by winning its season opener 43-7 over BCLUW. Jordan Bowers scored touchdowns rushing (two), receiving and on an interception return.
Aplington-Parkersburg at West Marshall
Class 1A No. 5 Aplington-Parkersburg (1-0) comes to State Center to face the Trojans (0-1).
The visiting Falcons are coming off the school's first ever victory against a Class 3A school last week (Humboldt, 34-7). Aplington-Parkersburg rushed for 395 yards on 67 attempts as a team.
Class 2A West Marshall dropped out of the state rankings after its 37-33 setback to Class 1A No. 1 Madrid last week. Dalton Ferch accounted for 355 yards and four touchdowns from scrimmage (nine rushes for 211 yards and five receptions for 144 yards).
Grundy Center at Gladbrook-Reinbeck
The annual "Battle for the Bell" takes place at The Pit in Gladbrook.
Grundy Center (0-2) will bring the traveling trophy after its 21-7 win in last year's regular season finale. Both of the Class A Spartans' losses this season are to Class 1A teams AGWSR and Dike-New Hartford.
Gladbrook-Reinbeck (1-0) used four Travis Freese touchdowns (three rushing and one receiving) to defeat South Hardin 34-7 in Week 1.
BCLUW at GMG
Neighbors BCLUW and GMG reignite the rivalry in Garwin.
The Wolverines (0-2) have yet to score this season with losses to Earlham and North Tama. The Comets (0-1) dropped a 43-7 contest to East Marshall in Week 1, their 11st straight loss.
Lynnville-Sully at Colo-NESCO
Former district rivals Lynnville-Sully (0-1) and Colo-NESCO (0-2) square off in Colo.
Class 2A CMB used a balanced attack (167 yards rushing, 179 passing) to down Lynnville-Sully 47-16 in Week 1.
Weston Neuendorf (15 total tackles) and Brandon Eley (14 tackles, one interception, one fumble return touchdown) lead the Royals' defense.
North Tama at HLV
The regular season winning streak hit 23 games for North Tama after its 62-0 victory over GMG in Week 1. HLV (0-1) takes its shot at stopping the third longest active undefeated regular season run in Iowa high school football.
The Class A No. 3 Redhawks used four scores from Brendon Boerm (two running, two passing) and three TDs from Cade Isenhower (two rushing, one interception return). Both Boerm and Isenhower rushed for 100 yards. Brandon Svoboda and Isenhower shared team-high honors with 11 total tackles.
Meskwaki at Janesville
A slow start to former Class A team Tripoli cost Meskwaki Settlement in a 65-26 defeat. Tripoli scored 57 points in the first half.
The Warriors (0-2) hit the road again this week with a trip to Janesville (1-0), a team receiving votes in this week's Associated Press Top 10.
All four of Meskwaki's scores against Tripoli came from the passing game.