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Week 3 Prep Football Preview

September 9, 2011
By TIMES-REPUBLICAN STAFF ( , Times-Republican

Game of the Week

Valley (3-0) at Marshalltown (3-0)

The first of Marshalltown's four CIML Iowa Conference home games is tonight at what should be a full house at Leonard Cole Field.

Third-ranked Valley comes to town after rallying from a halftime deficit to defeat Indianola 49-10 last week.

The Bobcats, who like the Tigers are undefeated, will need a strong night from their defensive unit as Valley has a pair of game-changing running backs in Trey Lewis and Tyus Mason.

Marshalltown quarterback Blake Gimbel is averaging over 300 passing yards and four touchdowns per game.

Clear Creek-Amana (0-2) at South Tama (1-1)

South Tama senior Kyle Stephenson has 289 yards from scrimmage (112 rushing and 177 receiving) this season, five touchdowns and an average of 19.3 yards per touch.

Austin Lowe has been in on 22 tackles to lead the Trojans' defense.

Clear Creek-Amana has lost to Mount Pleasant and Mid-Prairie to start the year.

Gilbert (0-3) at West Marshall (2-0)

West Marshall begins its quest to repeat as district champions tonight in State Center against Gilbert. The Trojans defeated Madrid and Aplington-Parkersburg in non-district action to start the season and now have won nine straight regular season games.

Dalton Ferch had his second straight 100-yard rushing performance for West Marshall against Aplington-Parkersburg and the senior all-stater scored his 31st career rushing touchdown. Dustin Aikin's 13 tackles led the Trojans against the A-P ground attack.

CMB (2-0) at East Marshall (0-2)

Undefeated CMB will be expected to put the ball in the air a lot tonight in Le Grand.

The Raiders, behind quarterback Cody Schmitz, are third in Class 2A in completions and passing yards. Schmitz had 326 passing yards in the season opener.

Josh Wilson finished with four receptions for 61 yards for the Mustangs last week at 3A Nevada. East Marshall's defense allowed over 400 yards of total offense in that contest against the Cubs.

South Hardin (1-1) at Roland-Story (2-0)

The Tigers hit the road for Story City fresh off a shutout of South Hamilton to end a 10-game losing streak.

South Hardin got a boost from its kicking game against South Hamilton as Dayton Balvanz averaged 49.3 yards per punt, which included a 77-yarder.

Roland-Story is receiving votes in The Associated Press rankings and used Jordan Staker's 210-yard, four-touchdown rushing performance to down Bondurant-Farrar last Friday.

AGWSR (1-1) at Dike-New Hartford (2-0)

After a bye in Week 2, AGWSR returns to action with a tough beginning to the district schedule in Class 1A fourth-ranked Dike-New Hartford.

Josh Bagley threw touchdown passes to Brady Clark and Austin Jaspers as the Cougars defeated Colo-NESCO two weeks ago. Clark also had three interceptions in that contest.

Dike-New Hartford has yet to be scored on and the Wolverines used a Royce Pool 90-yard kickoff return to help them defeat Hudson 10-0 last week.

BCLUW (2-0) at Eagle Grove (1-1)

Eagle Grove split a pair of non-district games against 2A competition to start the year, while BCLUW is undefeated after collecting wins over East Marshall and GMG.

Brandon Johnson is Eagle Grove's workhorse running back with 41 rushes for 263 yards and four scores.

BCLUW counters with Cole Thompson. The senior standout has a pair of 100-yard rushing games.

Gladbrook-Reinbeck (2-0) at Ogden (2-1)

Ryan Strohbehn is Gladbrook-Reinbeck's leading rusher through two games with 138 yards. Parker Bolt and Colby Luethje both have two touchdowns.

Ogden defeated Colo-NESCO and Van Meter to start the year before falling to CMB last week. Cody Good is the Bulldogs' top weapon with 428 rushing yards and six touchdowns.

Newman Catholic (2-1) at GMG (0-3)

Class A No. 8 Newman Catholic travels to Garwin on the heels of a loss at Class 1A St. Ansgar. The Knights were limited to 40 rushing yards on 27 attempts.

GMG amassed 183 yards on the ground last week against BCLUW but failed to reach the end zone. Chris Read finished with 22 carries for 124 yards. Austin Vaughn had a pair of field goals for the Wolverines.

Grundy Center (1-2) at Colo-NESCO (0-3)

Colo is the site of tonight's district opener between the Spartans and Royals.

Grundy Center has lost back-to-back games to 1As Dike-New Hartford and Gladbrook-Reinbeck.

Colo-NESCO was held to under 100 yards of total offense in last week's loss to Lynnville-Sully. Brandyn Niemeyer finished with 15 solo tackles against the Hawks.

East Buchanan (0-2) at North Tama (2-0)

Another Friday night, another shutout for North Tama. The Redhawks rolled past HLV 45-0 last Friday night to tune-up for tonight's district opener.

North Tama is one of five teams in Iowa high school football yet to allow any points this season. Nolan Hefty leads North Tama with six solo and eight assisted tackles, which include three for loss.

East Buchanan scored a combined six points over the first two weeks of the season against a pair of 1A schools.

Meskwaki (1-2) at Harmony (0-2)

The Warriors open district play on the road in Farmington. Last year's win for Meskwaki over Harmony was the first victory in the program's history.

Vincent Lasley was in on four touchdowns in that first triumph (two rushing and two passing). Lasley has seven rushing scores through three games this season.

Harmony has lost by more than 40 points in back-to-back weeks, 50-6 to Mormon Trail and 76-24 to Murray. Harmony's Kyler Nelson has an 8-man single-game high of 222 receiving yards this season.