High School Football

PREP FOOTBALL: AGWSR triumphs on late field goal

ACKLEY — Luca Fiebach’s 24-yard field goal with 6.6 seconds left capped the AGWSR football team’s comeback from a 15-point deficit for a 45-44 win over Turkey Valley in Friday’s 8-Man District 2 Homecoming thriller. The Cougars (3-2, 1-1) trailed 44-29 before Alex Stahl returned a ...

T-R PHOTO BY THORN COMPTON • Mashalltown junior Giorgio Diiorio (34) avoids Newton defender Aaron Bartels during a run in the first quarter of the Bobcats’ Homecoming loss to the Cardinals.

MHS can’t catch Cardinals, 49-28

Friday’s Marshalltown football Homecoming matchup with Newton was a tale of two halves for the Bobcats. In the first half, after taking advantage of an opening-drive fumble by the Cardinals to take a 7-0 lead, MHS allowed Newton to roll off 28-straight points to take a 21-point lead. ...

PREP FOOTBALL: Second-ranked Rebels overcome early deficit

GLADBROOK — Hunter Lott threw five touchdown passes to help Class A No. 2 Gladbrook-Reinbeck overcome an early deficit en route to a 38-13 win against BGM in Friday’s District 5 win. The Rebels (5-0, 3-0) extended their win streak to 27 consecutive games despite trailing the visiting ...

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Bobcats look for win over rival Newton on Homecoming

Homecoming week presents an interesting challenge for sports teams, particularly the football team, who’s game is one of the main attraction for all the festivities. Lost in the pageantry and celebration sometimes is the fact that there is a team coming in to town to try and wreck the ...

PHOTO BY MATTHEW PUTNEY/THE COURIER • Marshalltown running back Kabba Pins (9) tries to turn the corner on Waterloo West’s Zacc Sanders in the second half of Friday’s game in Waterloo. The host Wahawks won 56-14.

Wahawks pull away from MHS, 56-14

WATERLOO — Waterloo West wasted no time in taking control after it appeared Marshalltown was going to run stride-for-stride with the Wahawks. Cade Dodd threw five touchdown passes in the first half and Waterloo West scored 43 unanswered points to break an early tie en route to a 56-14 ...

T-R PHOTO BY THORN COMPTON • BCLUW quarterback Brad Barkema is brought down by Central Spring’s Azik Hodak during the first quarter of the Comets’ loss to the Panthers on Homecoming, 36-28. Barkema led BCLUW in rushing with 49 yards and through for three touchdowns in the loss.

BCLUW falls to Central Springs on Homecoming

CONRAD — Things couldn’t have started much better for the BCLUW football team on Friday night in its homecoming match against Central Springs. On the opening drive to start the first quarter, the Comets marched down the field and capped things off with a 30-yard touchdown strike from ...

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PREP FOOTBALL: Rebels run roughshod on GMG

GARWIN — The Gladbrook-Reinbeck football extended its current winning streak to 26-straight games with a 46-0 route of GMG on the road Friday night. Hunter Lott had two passing touchdowns, one rushing touchdown and a fumble return for a touchdown for the Class A No. 2 Rebels, while Josh ...

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Bobcats try to shake off close loss, travel to Waterloo West

Last Friday, the Marshalltown football team suffered an agonizing three-point defeat at the hands of Waterloo East in a game that featured a litany of errors by the Bobcats (1-2) that could have swung the momentum in their favor. Looking towards the team’s upcoming road matchup with ...

T-R PHOTO BY THORN COMPTON • Marshalltown senior Blake Linsenmeyer takes down Waterloo East running back Tyrell Gordan during the first half of the Bobcats’ 18-15 loss to the Trojans on Friday night at Leonard Cole Field.

Missed opportunities

With less than a minute to go in the fourth quarter on Friday night, Marshalltown head football coach Adam Goodvin faced arguably the toughest decision of his young coaching career. The Bobcats had the football at 4th-and-two with 33 seconds left on the Waterloo East 7-yard-line, down 18-15 ...

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PREP FOOTBALL: Trojans travel length of field to beat third-ranked A-P

PARKERSBURG — West Marshall quarterback Cameron Bannister commandeered a 99 1/2-yard scoring drive inside the final 1 minute, 32 seconds, capping it with a 17-yard scoring strike to Josh Larsen for the go-ahead score and a 34-28 victory over third-ranked Aplington-Parkersburg in Friday’s ...

PREP FOOTBALL: Spartans stave off South Hardin, 35-20

ELDORA — Caleb Kuiper rushed for 169 yards and three touchdowns, two in the third quarter, to help the Grundy Center football team take down South Hardin 35-20 in Friday’s non-district contest. A 24-yard touchdown run by Tanner Lawrence got South Hardin (1-2) within 23-20 before both of ...

PHOTO BY ARIAN SCHUESSLER/THE GLOBE GAZETTE • Marshalltown quarterback Sam Irwin fires a pass while being pressured by Mason City’s Parker Stricker (42) during Friday’s football game in Mason City.

MHS drops Mohawks

MASON CITY — The name says it all. Marshalltown’s special teams unit provided the plays the Bobcat football needed to get past Mason City, and MHS downed the Mohawks 16-13 in Friday’s non-district contest at Mohawk Stadium. Noah DeVenney took the opening kickoff of the second half ...

T-R PHOTO BY THORN COMPTON • Gladbrook-Reinbeck’s Gage Murty (33) makes a leaping reception in front of Dike-New Hartford defender Grant Bixby (16) during the first half of Friday’s non-district football game at The Pit in Gladbrook. Gladbrook-Reinbeck won its 25th-consecutive contest, beating the Wolverines 19-7.

Rebels rip off 25th straight

GLADBROOK — When Class A No. 2 Gladbrook-Reinbeck and Dike-New Hartford lined up across the field Friday night at The Pit, the action on the field resembled more of a street brawl than a football game, as the Rebels and Wolverines traded haymakers and jabs throughout the contest. Dike-New ...

PREP FOOTBALL: Mustangs march to second win at home

LE GRAND — East Marshall improved to 2-0 at home on the season with a 40-7 win over Waterloo Columbus on Friday night. The Mustangs (2-1) scored 22 points in the opening frame to kick off the action against the Sailors (0-2) on their way to a 28-7 halftime lead. Dillon Lee paced East ...

T-R PHOTO BY THORN COMPTON • Bobcat senior captain Josh Melde (11) squares up to make the tackle on Ames’ Bernard Bell during the first half of Marshalltown’s season-opening 43-13 loss to the Little Cyclones on Friday night at Leonard Cole Field.

Bobcats can’t corral Ames

In the 103 times Marshalltown and Ames had faced each other before Friday night, the Little Cyclones boasted a 65-32-5 record against the Bobcats, and unfortunately for the MHS faithful that gap didn’t shrink at all in the first game of the 2017 season. It was all Ames from the start on ...

T-R PHOTO BY ROSS THEDE • Gladbrook-Reinbeck senior wide receiver Matt Johannsen celebrates after hauling in a 15-yard touchdown catch from Hunter Lott in the second quarter of Friday’s showdown with the Spartans of Grundy Center. Johannsen’s catch gave the Rebels a 12-0 lead in a game they would eventually win 28-7 in the 98th consecutive meeting between the two Grundy County schools separated by nine miles.

Rebels stop Spartans in rubber match after 98 years

GRUNDY CENTER — The last chapter in a century-long series between neighbors and rivals tilted toward Gladbrook-Reinbeck one last time, as the Rebels ran past Grundy Center 28-7 in Friday’s season-opening high school football game. With the Rebels destined for 8-Man football next fall and ...

Spartans host Rebels in final Battle for the Bell

GRUNDY CENTER — The Victory Bell will ring once more. Beyond tonight’s 98th consecutive meeting between the high school football teams of Grundy Center and Gladbrook-Reinbeck, nothing is guaranteed. The short drive down Highway 175 will witness the end of the longest annual rivalry game in ...

T-R PHOTO BY THORN COMPTON • Marshalltown football brings back 26 letterwinners from last year’s team. Pictured are front row: (from left) Lance Ingram, Matt Bohan, Mason Monk, Luis Ortiz, Ryan Bohan, Decker Mann, Marco Ordaz, Bailey Gibson, Alan Cantu and Cameron Vranek; middle row: Conner Stanton, Sam Irwin, Josh Melde, Ryan Huffman, Noah DeVenney, Jordan Fox, Ryan Collins, Braden Bethke and Gavin Joesting; back row: Brian Trowbridge, Chayton French, Tyler Reeder, Lucas Duff, Noah Albee, Spencer Finch and Blake Linsenmeyer.

Goodvin stays the course in first year at MHS

Entering his first year as the head coach of Marshalltown football, Adam Goodvin is more equipped to take over the reins than someone from outside the program considering he has been on the staff the last two years as quarterbacks coach. Because of that familiarity with the program, Goodvin ...

T-R PHOTO BY THORN COMPTON • Comets football returns nine starters from last season. Pictured are front row: (from left) Greg Schmitt, Brad Barkema and Blake Mann; second row: Ben Paper, Calob Keller, Coby Willett and Keegan Rhinehart; back row: Jack Garber and Connor Thompson.

Comet skill players looking to operate in space

CONRAD — While the BCLUW football program only won one game last year, that game was on the final moment of its season when the Comets prevailed over MFL MarMac in a 33-22 win at home. BCLUW head coach Anthony Jahr said he wants to build off that season-closing victory from last year as his ...

T-R PHOTO BY THORN COMPTON • The Gladbrook-Reinbeck football team brings back 13 letterwinners from last season’s Class A state title run. Pictured are front row: (from left) Josh Peterson, Walker Thede, Cael Wyatt, Hunter Lott, Matt Johannsen and Kyle Koppen; back row Bronson Wrage, Seth Gretillat, Gage Murty, Mason Skovgard, Will Blakesley, Bryce Schick and Rhett Barnes.

Rebels bring back-to-back titles into 11-man finale

REINBECK — It’s well known that one of the most successful programs in the state at any level of play over the last few years has been the Gladbrook-Reinbeck football team. Each of the last three years, the Rebels have ended their season in the UNI-Dome with a chance to win a state title, ...