High School Football

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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, ...

Cougars looking for more after early playoff exit

ACKLEY — Last year the AGWSR football team experienced a lot of success in their first year at the 8-man level, going 7-2 in the regular season and reaching the playoffs. However, after a first-round postseason exit, Cougars head coach James Koop said the team isn’t satisfied with how its ...

Wolverines’ wishbone buoyed by backfield experience

GARWIN — One thing that plagues every high school football team is loss of former players, with some dealing with the problem more than others in a given year. For Green Mountain-Garwin football, that pain of graduation hits rather hard in 2017, as they lose players like Class A District 5 ...

Spartans have the size, seek state satisfaction

GRUNDY CENTER — The statistics showed what everybody knew: Bryce Flater was one of the top running backs in the state the last two years. What Grundy Center head football coach Brent Thoren sees is the return of an offensive line that cleared the way for that tailback to the tune of more ...

Trojans expect to make next step toward playoff return

STATE CENTER — Nothing exemplified West Marshall head football coach Cody Hackett’s analysis of last fall like the Trojans’ season-opening defeat. The 2016 campaign, which ended with a 5-4 overall record and 3-4 mark in Class 2A’s District 3, “felt close.” The Trojans couldn’t ...

East Marshall trying to take advantage of athleticism

LE GRAND — Heading into any season, it is always a benefit to return as many starters from the previous year as possible, and luckily for the East Marshall football team, it returns quite a few of its top players from last season. Back are Class 2A District 3 all-district selections Noah ...

Colo-NESCO has enough experience to overcome challenges

COLO — The Colo-NESCO football team’s bid for a fourth state playoff appearance since becoming an 8-man program in 2012 will hinge on how well the Royals respond to the challenge of filling some sizable shoes on both sides of the ball. Iowa Newspaper Association third-team all-state ...

South Tama benefitting from second year in new system

TAMA — The theme for South Tama County football this season is consistency, as the Trojans bring back quite a few starters from last season and, more importantly, maintain the same system in head coach Nate Doran’s second year at the helm. During STC’s second week of practice, Doran ...

Redhawks rely on mix of youth and experience

TRAER — Entering his second season at the helm of North Tama football, head coach Austin Pink has a unique challenge of introducing some new players to his system while still maintaining the contributions of some old hands he has back from last season’s 4-5 squad. The biggest losses from ...

South Hardin under new management

ELDORA — When the South Hardin football team takes the field this season, there will be a mix of old and new, as first-year head coach Nick Eller takes over a Tigers football team that returns quite a few players from 2017. South Hardin has already gotten off to a great start, taking down ...

Winkler hoping to make triumphant return with Warriors

MESKWAKI SETTLEMENT — Neither retirement nor assistant coaching fit with Ken Winkler. The longtime head football coach who retired in 2014 after 29 years at West Marshall High School and 46 years overall enjoyed one year off before joining the staff at Bondurant-Farrar as an assistant to ...

Living the dream

CEDAR FALLS — A seventh-grade John Olson paced the sidelines of a fifth-grade basketball team. Mostly clueless to what he was really doing, a passion was instilled in him then; a way for him to make young kids better men. He loved it; he knew since he was in 10th-grade that he wanted to ...