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Week 8 Prep Football Preview

October 14, 2011
Times-Republican

Game of the Week

Grundy Center (4-3, 2-1) at North Butler (4-3, 2-1)

A leg-up in the race for a home game in the playoffs is the carrot on the stick tonight in Allison. Grundy Center and North Butler are tied for second place in the district standings with two games to go.

The Spartans enter with a two-game winning streak. Nathan Schmadeke had a punt return and receiving score in Week 7 against East Buchanan. Grundy Center quarterback Joel Rust leads the district with 627 passing yards and eight TDs for the season.

North Butler's Kaleb Junker ranks second in the district in rushing with 650 yards, which included 160 last week against Rockford.

Fort Dodge (3-4, 2-1) at Marshalltown (5-2, 1-2)

The Dodgers come to Leonard Cole Field facing a must-win in their hopes to repeat as CIML Iowa Conference champions. The Bobcats got back on track after a tough Homecoming loss to Waukee with a strong showing at Ames and look to keep the momentum.

Marshalltown locked up a winning record for the regular season after its 56-19 blowout of Ames last week. Quarterback Blake Gimbel finished with 520 passing yards - the No. 4 all-time single game mark in Iowa. Tad Steffensen had 305 receiving yards - best-ever in Class 4A and third on Iowa's all-time list.

The Bobcats are 4A's top passing offense, while Fort Dodge is No. 2

Grinnell (6-1, 5-0) at South Tama (2-5, 1-4)

Grinnell brings a six-game winning streak into tonight's rivalry game against the Trojans. Jordan Ely finished with six catches for 134 yards and two touchdowns last week against Mount Vernon. Ely is second in Class 3A with 604 receiving yards for the season.

South Tama has lost four straight, three of those four were on the road.

East Marshall (0-7, 0-5) at North Polk (5-2, 3-2)

The Comets take their shot at a season-high three-game winning streak with East Marshall coming to Alleman.

After losing to West Marshall in Week 5, North Polk has rolled against Gilbert and South Hardin.

Nate Judge's 69 total tackles this fall are a team-high for the Mustangs.

South Hardin (2-5, 1-4) at CMB (5-2, 3-2)

CMB is seventh in 2A in scoring with the Raiders racking up 35.9 points per game. CMB hung 55 points on Gilbert last week as Luke Gibbs rushed for 181 yards and four scores. Quarterback Cody Schmitz threw for 179 yards and three touchdowns.

South Hardin's Dayton Balvanz is second in the state in punting average at 41.2 per kick.

West Marshall (7-0, 5-0) at Roland-Story (4-3, 2-3)

The No. 2 scoring offense in Class 2A belongs to West Marshall at 45.7 points per game and the Trojans take their act on the road.

Second-ranked West Marshall had its way with St. Edmond last week to hold first place in the district all by itself.

The Trojans' defense is not too shabby either, ranking fourth in 2A at 8.1 points per game. Tysen Streeter returned an interception 98 yards for a touchdown against St. Edmond, while Ron Wilkey and Devin Chesler both had 11 total tackles.

Aplington-Parkersburg (6-1, 5-0) at AGWSR (1-6, 0-5)

AGWSR tangles with the potent running attack of No. 5 Aplington-Parkersburg.

The Falcons are fourth in Class 1A in rushing with an average of 336 yards per game. Jason Grill leads the way with 766 yards and 12 touchdowns.

Chris Dutcher had an interception, while Austin Jaspers had 11 total tackles for the Cougars last week at West Fork.

Gladbrook-Reinbeck (6-1, 4-1) at E. Grove (4-3, 3-2)

Eagle Grove has won two in a row, scoring at a clip of 45.5 points per game, after being shut out in back-to-back district contests.

Gladbrook-Reinbeck took sole possession of second place in the district after a comeback victory against Hudson.

Brady Billerbeck finished with 13 total tackles, an interception and two fumble recoveries.

Woodward-Granger (7-0, 5-0) at BCLUW (2-5, 0-5)

BCLUW running back Cole Thompson ran wild through a strong South Hamilton defense for 316 yards on 28 carries with three touchdowns last week.

The Comets will have a tall task tonight with Woodward-Granger making its way to Conrad. The Hawks are ranked third in the state and received a first-place vote.

Don Bosco (5-2) at GMG (0-8)

Three of GMG's last four losses have been by eight points or less and the Wolverines look to break through in tonight's non-district pairing in Garwin.

Blane Anderson rushed for 86 yards and finished with 17 total tackles last Friday for GMG against Colo-NESCO.

Don Bosco quarterback Jake Hogan is seventh in Class A with 795 passing yards and is tied for fifth in touchdown passes with 11.

Edge-Colesburg (0-7, 0-4) at North Tama (6-1, 3-1)

Nick Whannel rushed for three scores and quarterback Dalton Hulme another as North Tama bounced back from its loss to Postville in Week 6 - its first regular season loss since the 2007 season.

A winless Edgewood-Colesburg squad comes to Dennis Athletic Field tonight in the Redhawks' final regular season home game.

Melcher-Dallas (7-0, 5-0) at Meskwaki (4-4, 3-2)

District leader and No. 10-ranked Melcher-Dallas makes the trip to Meskwaki Settlement to face the Warriors. Melcher-Dallas, led by running back Trent Flesher - 1,106 yards and 12 TDs - is one of seven remaining undefeated teams in 8-man.

Meskwaki stands in a three-way tie for third place in the district race with the top four teams advancing to the playoffs.

Vincent Lasley had three interceptions for the Warriors in last week's win over Seymour. In addition to taking one of those INTs back for a score, Lasley rushed for three TDs and threw for another.