High School Football

South Hardin football starts with a win

ELDORA - Hunter Nessa's 14-yard touchdown run accounted for the game's only score as the South Hardin football team opened the season with a 7-0 win over South Hamilton here Friday night.The Tigers amassed just 138 yards of total offense, but that was good enough. The South Hardin defense had ...

West Marshall opens with a victory

STATE CENTER - Alex Dickey had a 65-yard pick-six, Beau Coberley had a 64-yard touchdown dash and the West Marshall football team's fast start fueled a season-opening 30-12 win over Waterloo Columbus here Friday night.Dickey's 65-yard return of an interception just before halftime got the ...

’Cats scrambled by Little Cyclones

AMES - Despite a few sacks by the Marshalltown defense, Ames quarterback Joe Evans was nearly untouchable Friday night in the Little Cyclones' rout of Marshalltown, 33-3 in Ames.Fans on hand witnessed the junior quarterback compile for a total of five touchdowns - four on the ground and one ...

Rebels respond, ring victory bell after beating Grundy Center

GLADBROOK - Opportunities abounded in the Battle for the Bell. It was just a matter of who was going to cash in on the chances at the right opportunity Friday night.The Grundy Center and Gladbrook-Reinbeck football teams played to a stalemate through three quarters of the season opener. The two ...

AGWSR makes waves in 8-man debut

ACKLEY - AGWSR quarterback Nathan Karsjens had a hand in five touchdowns and the Cougars made an impressive debut in 8-man football, beating Colo-NESCO 55-28 in Friday's season opener.Karsjens had touchdown runs of 1, 12 and 8 yards, and he also connected with Mason Eilderts on a 27-yard ...

Bobcats continue culture transformation

Don Knock is trying to transform the culture of Marshalltown football.After coming off a 3-6 season in 2015, Knock - the Bobcats' head coach - has seen a healthy amount of progress this offseason, all moving toward the common goal."It's about caring, team unity, trust [and] the values you can ...

BCLUW banking on improved offensive line

CONRAD - Anthony Jahr can't help but be optimistic.With how much the BCLUW football team returns, the third-year head coach has good reason to have his head among the stars when it comes to the outlook for the Comets in 2016. As BCLUW heads into Class 1A District 2 competition, it returns its ...

New-look Rebels seek own identity in 2016

REINBECK - It's back to not talking about winning championships. Last year is last year, and this year's squad isn't the team who won the Class A state title. For as "awesome" as the Gladbrook-Reinbeck football team was in reaching the top of Class A, these Rebels aren't the ones who won the ...

Koop’s Cougars chase 8-man playoffs

ACKLEY - They're still playing football in Ackley this fall. They'll just be three men short come Aug. 26.But that's on purpose, as the Cougars head into their 2016 campaign playing 8-man football for the first time in school history. First year head coach at AGWSR James Koop said regardless if ...

Wolverines turn to trenches for guidance, leadership

GARWIN - For the GMG football team, it's all about getting off on the right foot.Coming off a one-win season in 2015 that saw GMG score in two other contests, all the Wolverines can do is take it one game at a time and go from there as they ready for Class A District 5 play in 2016."We're ...

Seasoned Spartans ready for state spotlight

GRUNDY CENTER - The 2016 Grundy Center football team has been years in the making, and will finally get its shot to prove its worth come Aug. 26. Head coach Brent Thoren will lead the way as the Spartans return speed, size and most importantly, experience as they take on Class A action this ...

Trojans try to transition back to proud tradition

STATE CENTER - If there was ever an underdog willing to rise to the task, the 2016 West Marshall football team says it's the one.Although an official starting lineup wasn't all fleshed out by the team scrimmage on Aug. 20 - eight days before the first game of the year - head coach Cody Hackett ...

East Marshall eager to surpass expectations

LE GRAND - Heading into the 2016 campaign, East Marshall football head coach Matt Bandstra knows there are bound to be obstacles ahead this year. Nevertheless, that isn't an excuse for the Mustangs not to improve upon each game and the 2015 season, in his eyes.East Marshall capped off last fall ...

Colo-NESCO chasing first-ever playoff three-peat

COLO - It's business as usual for the Royals.Even after losing a strong senior class to graduation, not much is going to change when the Colo-NESCO football team approaches the 2016 season in 8-man District 5 play. The Royals will look to reload as much as possible rather than rebuild after ...

Inexperienced South Tama not shying away

TAMA - There's no hiding the fact the Trojans are going to be a young football team this year. And in his first year as the head coach, Nate Doran couldn't be more excited.After graduating from South Tama County, Doran has spent more than 12 years in the system that is Trojan football. And ...

Proud Redhawks ready to return program to pinnacle

TRAER - The North Tama football team has fallen on hard times as of late, winning just three games in the past three seasons. But first-year head coach Austin Pink was drawn to the position because of the winning the Redhawks have done in the past.It's an uphill climb to get back to where North ...

South Hardin brings short memory into new year

ELDORA - When one thing after another doesn't go one's way, and the team stumbles to a 2-7 finish, the best thing to do when the calendar rolls over to the new season is to forget everything that happened a year ago.That is exactly what the South Hardin football team will look to do as the ...

Warriors lean on speed and athleticism in 2016

MESKWAKI SETTLEMENT - Initially, Matt Bear declined to take the position, but he wanted to be there for the Warriors. A football program he's been involved with in one way or another for a long period time, Bear stepped up when the Warriors were left without a head coach. When the Meskwaki ...

No pain, no problem

TAMA - A week before the high school football season began, in South Tama County's intrasquad scrimmage, running back Jerry Lowe took the football on a routine run play. As it happens so often in a sport like football with bodies flying every which direction, Lowe took a hit to his knee from a ...

Rebels’ engine number 9

DES MOINES - Coming off its first state football championship in school history, Gladbrook-Reinbeck had six players named to Iowa Newspaper Association's all-state team in Class A. The Rebels had four players named to the first team, highlighted by senior Colton Dinsdale, who was named captain ...