CONRAD - Brent Billerbeck caught two touchdown passes and ran for another as the eighth-ranked North Tama football team started slow but kept BCLUW at bay for a 36-8 victory in Class A District 4 play.
The Redhawks (5-1, 3-0) notched their fourth consecutive win while handing host BCLUW (1-4, 0-2) its third straight loss, this one on Homecoming.
North Tama led 3-0 after one quarter on Tanner Swanger's 22-yard field goal, but three touchdowns in the second period broke this one open.
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North Tama’s Damon Spencer brings down BCLUW tailback Tyler Lutes during the first half of Friday’s Class A District 4 game in Conrad. North Tama won 36-8.
Billerbeck scored on a 10-yard run, caught a 10-yard pass from Jacob Wrage, and then Wrage ran it in from 10 yards himself to boost the Redhawks to a 22-0 halftime edge.
Wrage and Billerbeck hooked up again, this time on a 5-yard scoring strike, to make it 29-0, and Wrage punched it in from 6 yards out for a 36-0 lead through three quarters.
BCLUW finally reached the scoreboard on Isaac Novak's 5-yard run in the fourth, and his two-point conversion run finished it off.
Billerbeck finished with 182 total yards from scrimmage - running seven times for 87 yards and catching seven passes for 95 yards. Wrage rushed for 71 yards and Dalton Hulme added 37 yards in limited duty.
Wrage ended 13-for-23 passing for 174 yards, and Mitchell Boerm had four receptions for 53 yards.
BCLUW quarterback Conner Ubben was limited to just 3-of-16 passing for 14 yards with two interceptions. Ubben did lead the Comets with 46 rushing yards, and Mac Simpson added 42 yards on 11 carries. Taylor Sams had one reception for a team-leading 13 yards.
Ubben had an interception on defense, while Novak led the Comets with 11 tackles and Deonce Cushinberry had eight more. BCLUW goes to Grundy Center next Friday night, and North Tama visits Gladbrook-Reinbeck in a showdown of unbeaten district teams.
Belle Plaine 55, GMG 20
GARWIN - The GMG football team suffered its fourth consecutive loss, a 55-20 setback at the hands of Belle Plaine in Class A District 4 play.
Quarterback Austin Vaughn contributed 81 yards rushing to go along with 112 yards on 3-of-7 passing. Vaughn had a 50-yard scoring run and Bryce Newcomb hauled in a 64-yard touchdown pass from Vaughn to account for the Wolverines' points in the first half.
Belle Plaine (4-1, 2-0) led 48-14 at the intermission.
Blake Warren had a team-high 81 yards rushing for GMG (1-5, 0-3), and Luke Petty tacked on an 8-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter for the Wolverines. Lucas Catherwood led the way with eight tackles, Vaughn and Newcomb had six stops, and Petty added an interception.
Lance Hinschberger rushed for six touchdowns to lead Belle Plaine.
GMG has a bye week next Friday before traveling to face Iowa Valley on Oct. 5
Colo-NESCO 80, Lamoni 58
COLO - Brandyn Niemeyer rushed for 341 yards on 23 carries and scored six touchdowns and also threw for 78 yards and another score as the Colo-NESCO Royals cruised past Lamoni, 80-58, in eight-man action Friday night.
The Royals (4-2, 3-1) led 32-14 after one quarter and then went up 38-28 at halftime before outscoring Lamoni 26-8 in the third quarter.
"The offensive line was great and opened up a lot of holes for Brandon tonight," Colo-NESCO coach Josh Nessa said after the Distict 6 victory. "The defense also played well and overcame adversity."
Niemeyer was dominant on offense but also finished with 12 total tackles on defense. Adam Lytle added 53 rushing yards and one score as well as seven tackles on defense. Tyler Erickson finished with one catch for 29 yards on offense but had nine tackles and one interception on defense.
Alex Griffin scored a receiving TD in the game, while Taylor Hill scored one time on the ground. Jake Webb finished with 11 tackles, while Blake Stevens brought down 10 Lamoni ballcarriers.
Colo-NESCO is now 4-2 on the season and 3-1 in District 6 action.