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Week 9 Prep Football Preview

October 21, 2011
By TIMES-REPUBLICAN STAFF (sports@timesrepublican.com) , Times-Republican

Game of the Week

Mason City (2-6, 0-4) at Marshalltown (6-2, 2-2)

The Mohawks and Bobcats again meet in the regular season finale. Both teams were facing a must-win to get into the 2010 playoff field. Mason City claimed a 21-0 victory, but the other games across the Class 4A West fell the right away for Marshalltown to get the final playoff spot over the Mohawks.

This year the Bobcats are in the postseason and will be playing to improve their seeding. Marshalltown enters tonight's final night sixth in the West. Mason City is sitting outside the top 16.

South Tama (2-6, 1-5) at Benton Community (3-5, 3-3)

The Trojans look to stop a five-game losing streak tonight with a trip to Van Horne.

Benton Community has won two in a row. Brandon Beaver (179 yards) and Ryan Choate (161 yards and two TDs) led the way in a 24-15 victory at Mount Vernon last Friday.

St. Edmond (7-1, 5-1) at South Hardin (2-6, 1-5)

No. 9 St. Edmond bounced back from its lone loss in Week 7 to West Marshall with a 40-0 victory over Gilbert last week.

South Hardin fell behind CMB and was forced to pass last week and the Raiders took advantage, returning three interceptions for touchdowns. Ben Ferris had 28 carries for 136 yards and a touchdown for the Tigers.

West Marshall (8-0, 6-0) at East Marshall (0-8, 0-6)

No. 2 West Marshall continues to power through the district with a 47-7 win at Roland-Story last Friday. Dalton Ferch rushed for 193 yards and two TDs while quarterback Braydn Beals had three rushing scores. Duncan Ferch led the Trojan defense with 13 total tackles and a fumble recovery. Dustin Aikin also had 13 tackles, four for loss.

Zach Rubenbauer had a team-high 66 rushing yards for East Marshall against North Polk. The Mustangs have played spoiler before to an undefeated West Marshall team, knocking off the Trojans in 2004 in Le Grand during Week 8.

AGWSR (1-7, 0-6) at Garner-Hayfield (3-5, 2-4)

Chris Dutcher finished with 78 rushing yards and a touchdown for AGWSR in Week 8 against No. 5 Aplington-Parkersburg.

Garner-Hayfield had six passes intercepted last Friday against Dike-New Hartford. Alex Van Gerpen rushed for 125 yards for Garner-Hayfield.

Hudson (4-4, 4-2) at BCLUW (2-6, 0-6)

No. 3-ranked Woodward-Granger escaped BCLUW's grasp last Friday in Conrad as the Comets nearly pulled off the upset of the district leaders before falling, 11-9.

Cole Thompson rushed for 94 yards and also threw a touchdown pass to Wyatt Gunderson. Thompson has 834 rushing yards and eight scores for the season.

Hudson got a pair of scores in the air from the arm of Carter Anderson and its defense shut out South Hamilton last Friday.

Woodward Acad (3-5, 1-5) at Gldbrk-Rnbck (7-1, 5-1)

Parker Bolt of Gladbrook-Reinbeck leads the district in passing as he has 1,329 yards and 12 touchdowns for the year. Cobren Bird is second in receiving with 30 catches for 415 yards with three scores.

Woodward Academy has been held to 14 points or less in five of the last six weeks and will have to contend with an always tough Rebel defense - 14th in Class 1A at 13 points per game.

Colo-NESCO (1-7, 1-3) at North Butler (4-4, 2-2)

The Royals registered their first victory of 2011 with a 14-6 win over GMG last week. Adam Lytle finished with 37 rushes for 193 yards and a touchdown. The 14 points for Colo-NESCO were the team's high-water mark over the last month.

GMG (0-9, 0-4) at Grundy Center (5-3, 3-1)

Grundy Center takes a three-game winning streak into its regular season finale against GMG. The Spartans can lock up second place in the district by themselves with a victory.

Neil Damon had 16 total tackles for Grundy Center against North Butler last week, while Dylan Lyman added 12 stops and an interception.

North Tama (7-1, 4-1) at Central Elkader (4-4, 3-2)

The No. 6 Redhawks wrap up a runner-up finish in District 4 and a home playoff game with a victory at Elkader.

North Tama has outscored its opponents 341-38 this season and the Redhawk defense has recorded six shutouts over eight games.

Quarterback Dalton Hulme rushed for 101 yards and two touchdowns in North Tama's Week 8 win over Edgewood-Colesburg.

Meskwaki (4-5, 3-3) at Twin Cedars (3-5, 3-3)

The scene is set for both Meskwaki Settlement and Twin Cedars with their standing in the District 7 race - tonight's winner is in the playoffs. The teams are tied for fourth place in the standings at 3-3.

Twin Cedars running back Jared Stephens had 31 carries for 176 yards and three touchdowns last week at Moravia.