Comets close with lone win
CONRAD – The BCLUW football team scored more points than it had since its 2014 opener to avoid its first winless season since 2009 with Friday’s 33-22 victory against MFL-MarMac on Friday night.
Clay Silver rushed for 75 yards and a touchdown, had three catches for 45 yards and another score, and the Comets dodged imperfection in their last chance.
Jack Garber returned an interception 30 yards for a touchdown and Caleb Engle had a pair of short TD runs for BCLUW (1-8, 1-6) in the Class 1A District 2 triumph, ending a 13-game losing streak.
BCLUW quarterback Brad Barkema finished 5-for-8 passing for 84 yards with the touchdown toss to Silver, which put the Comets in front 27-14 with three minutes left in the third quarter.
Riley Doeppke had three short touchdown runs for the Bulldogs (2-7, 1-6), who suffered their sixth-straight loss to end the regular season.
GMG 34, Grand View Christian 0
GARWIN – Brock Baldazo had a 6-yard touchdown run and a 90-yard interception return for the finishing touches on GMG’s season-ending 34-0 victory against Grand View Christian in Class A District 5 play.
Baldazo finished with 59 rushing yards, Garrett Groth led the Wolverines (4-5, 2-5) with 84 yards rushing while also going 5-for-13 passing for 47 yards. Darrin Anderson added 46 rushing yards and Cade Bovenmyer added 30 yards on the ground, including a 20-yard touchdown run.
Levi Duden’s 56-yard fumble return for touchdown kickstarted the GMG scoring, and Baldazo’s pick-six finished it off.
Conner Stonewall led the defense with five solo tackles and five assists, and Blaze Krull had four solos and two assists. The Wolverines had eight takeaways, led by Baldazo’s two interceptions. Krull and Carson Wobeter both added an interception, while Chance Faircloth, Matt Lolwing, Stonewall and Duden each recovered a fumble in the season-ending win.
The shutout victory was GMG’s first since Week 3 of the 2009 season, a 24-0 win at Highland of Riverside, and the most lopsided shutout win since a 35-0 triumph over Highland a year earlier.
Colo-NESCO 76, Tri-County 0
COLO – Garret Tiarks had six carries for 119 yards and three touchdowns, threw for 80 yards and two more scores, and had one of Colo-NESCO’s six takeaways in a 76-0 romp over Tri-County in 8-Man District 5 play.
The Royals (5-4, 5-2) scored 56 points in the first quarter alone on their way to a 70-0 halftime lead.
Garrett Packer (45 yards) and Parker Eley (35) had long touchdown catches, Philip Bower returned an interception 65 yards for another score, and Wayne Beard took a fumble back 30 yards for a touchdown for Colo-NESCO. Beard also had a 32-yard touchdown dash in the lopsided win.
Dike-New Hartford 51, East Marshall 6
DIKE – Trent Johnson carried 25 times for 314 yards and three touchdowns as No. 10 Dike-New Hartford finished off East Marshall 51-6 in Friday’s Class 2A District 3 game.
The Wolverines (7-2, 7-0) led 51-0 after three quarters before East Marshall (1-8, 0-7)?got on the scoreboard in its season-ending defeat. Kam Hoskins pulled down a 3-yard touchdown pass from Tyler DeBondt midway through the fourth quarter for the Mustangs’ only points.
DeBondt finished 17-for-28 passing for 96 yards. Cole Nauman had a team-leading seven receptions for 36 yards. Logan Nicholson made three catches for 28 yards, and Zane Johnson had three grabs for 18 yards.
Nauman and Hoskins both had fumble recoveries for the Mustang defense. Noah Bandstra led the way with eight solo and two assisted tackles. Johnson had six solo stops and an assist.
CMB 27, South Hardin 13
ELDORA – The South Hardin football team dropped the season finale Friday night, falling to Collins-Maxwell/Baxter 27-13 in Class 2A District 3 play.
Jeff Thompson accounted for South Hardin’s (3-6, 2-5) two scores, gaining both of them on the ground, the longest of which was 6 yards. The senior led the Tigers with 55 yards rushing on 16 carries. Ty Cook threw for 65 yards, but CMB (4-5, 4-3) did intercept the Tiger quarterback once.
Brandon Meints and Hunter Nessa led South Hardin in receiving, each gaining 20 yards.