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Week 2 Prep Football Preview

August 31, 2012
By TIMES-REPUBLICAN STAFF (sports@timesrepublican.com) , Times-Republican

Waukee (0-1) at Marshalltown (1-1)

A pair of polar opposites collide at Leonard Cole Field tonight as pass-happy Marshalltown faces off with a run-first Waukee squad. The Bobcats picked up their first win last week at home against Pella, while Waukee opened with a loss to top-ranked Valley.

The Warriors, though ran for 228 yards with tailback Trevor Allen accounting for 201 on 29 carries and two touchdowns.

Marshalltown's aerial attack has amassed 852 yards in two games, which leads the state. QB Blake Gimbel has a passer rating of 144.4, having completed 72-of-109 attempts with six touchdowns.

South Tama (1-0) at Vinton-Shellsburg (1-0)

Vinton-Shellsburg took advantage of seven turnovers to trounce Benton Community in its Week 1 opener, while South Tama simply took care of the ball in a 16-6 triumph over Nevada.

The Trojans try to avenge last year's two-touchdown loss to V-S. Kyle Stephenson rushed for 118 yards and had a 44-yard kickoff return to lead STC to victory on the road last week.

Vinton-Shellsburg's defense recovered four fumbles and had three interceptions in Van Horne.

Hudson (0-1) at East Marshall (1-1)

The Mustangs bring a vaunted rushing attack into their home opener against a Hudson team that got gouged for 311 yards by Gladbrook-Reinbeck last week.

East Marshall's 721 rushing yards through two games are fourth-best in the state. Junior Zach Rubenbauer's 365 total is fifth in all classes, while Josh Wilson's 318 yards stands eighth according to quikstatsiowa.com.

The Pirates piled up 306 yards of their own behind Aaron Marcellus' 132-yard, 2-TD game.

West Marshall (2-0) at Panorama (1-0)

The state's second-ranked rushing team takes on a balanced Panorama squad in Week 2.

The Panthers are a Class 1A program with three straight playoff berths in tow, and a second consecutive win will require stopping West Marshall's vaunted ground game. Trojan junior Duncan Ferch is the state's third-leading rusher with 376 yards, and the team's 737 yards total leads all of 11-man football.

Panorama ran for 203 yards and passed for 140 more in a Week 1 triumph at Guthrie Center.

Dike-New Hartford (1-0) at Gladbrook-Reinbeck (1-1)

Gladbrook-Reinbeck tries to snap a three-game losing streak against Dike-New Hartford when the Wolverines come to 'The Pit' tonight.

G-R rebounded from a Week Zero loss with a 29-21 victory over Hudson, propeled by Chase Clark's career-high 255 rushing yards and two touchdowns. Trevor Trunck had a pair of passing TDs and the Rebels capitalized on six turnovers.

Dike-New Hartford's balanced attack paved the way to a 43-7 rout of Grundy Center. The Wolverines threw for 172 yards while Terry Mooty led the ground attack with 140 yards and three scores.

GMG (1-1) at AGWSR (2-0)

AGWSR's unrelenting defense has allowed just 6 points per game in doubling last season's win total after only two outings. The Cougars' offense has just 20 points total, but it's been enough thanks to the defense.

GMG snapped a 26-game losing streak but lost a standout performer to a knee injury last week. Lansana Mohr was knocked out for the remainder of the year, but his teammates were there to pick up the pieces and beat North Mahaska, 27-24, on a last-second touchdown.

Lone Tree (0-1) at North Tama (1-1)

Two teams that suffered decisive losses in Week 1 will clash tonight in Traer. Lone Tree lost its opener 44-0 to a Mediapolis team that completed 15-of-16 passes for 215 yards and four scores, while North Tama surrendered 478 rushing yards in a 52-24 loss to 1A power Aplington-Parkersburg.

North Tama's passing attack ranks fifth in the state behind Jacob Wrage's 505 yards, but the Redhawks have run for just 142 yards through two games.

Montezuma (1-0) at BCLUW (0-1)

BCLUW's only turnover proved costly in a Week 1 loss to AGWSR, as a fumble deep in Cougar territory in the closing minutes of the first half hindered the Comets' bid for an opening win.

QB Conner Ubben threw for 140 yards on 12-of-19 passing, but Taylor Case's 1-yard TD plunge in the second half was the Comets' only score.

Montezuma opened its season with a 20-6 victory over Belle Plaine, paced by Zach Gibson's 139 rushing yards.

NE Hamilton (1-0) at Colo-NESCO (0-2)

Colo-NESCO's first foray into 8-man football finds another top-notch opponent as the Royals host a Northeast Hamilton squad with eight consecutive playoff berths under their belt.

The Trojans opened with a 44-8 victory over Ankeny Christian, while Colo-NESCO has opened with losses to seventh-ranked Melcher-Dallas and No. 1 Adair-Casey.

The Royals have surrendered an average of 47.5 points through two losses. Adam Lytle has rumbled for 243 yards and three touchdowns to lead the C-N offense.

Springville (1-0) at Meskwaki (0-1)

A long road trip to open the year ended in defeat for the Meskwaki Warriors, who struggled to move the ball in a loss at Wayne of Corydon. The Warriors totaled 215 yards of offense and turned the ball over three times, while the Falcons' balanced offense piled up 403 yards.

Springville's Elias Nissen scampered for 162 yards and three touchdowns on 21 carries in the Orioles' Week 1 win over Central of Elkader.

Meskwaki freshman Terrell Grant had three receptions for 114 yards and a 62-yard touchdown as the featured target for junior QB Tyus Grant. Tyus Grant led the defense with 25 total tackles, 15 solo.