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 Kuiper’s scoring runs opened the lead back up for Grundy Center (1-1).
Jake Bangasser had a pair of 1-yard touchdown plunges in the first half, but South Hardin kept pace the Spartans thanks to a pair of big plays. Beau Butler scored on a 79-yard touchdown run and Logan Spindler hauled in a 67-yard scoring strike from Kolton Rewoldt to keep the Tigers within 23-14 at the half.
Bangasser finished 5-for-12 passing for 59 yards with two interceptions, but Grundy Center also picked off a pair of passes to help seal its first win. Sage Klar and Sawyer Bowen had the interceptions, while Aaron Havens led the defense with 4.5 tackles. Payton McMartin registered a safety for the Spartans as well with his tackle in the end zone.
Stubbe shines in AGWSR triumph
ACKLEY — Liam Stubbe racked up 184 yards from scrimmage and two touchdowns to help the AGWSR football team overcome Dunkerton, 27-22, in the Cougars’ home-opener Friday night.
Stubbe rushed 20 times for 110 yards, including a 42-yard touchdown dash, and added a 74-yard touchdown reception for AGWSR (2-0). Quarterback Aaron Roelfs ran for another 80 yards and a score while completing four passes for 97 yards and two TDs.
Alec Stahl had an 8-yard touchdown catch and an interception, one of three turnovers forced by the Cougar defense. He also led AGWSR with 7.5 tackles.
Jackson Hoeft rushed for 107 yards and a touchdown for Dunkerton (1-1).
West Marshall sacks Ogden, 48-13
STATE CENTER — The West Marshall defense registered 12 quarterback sacks as the Trojans trampled Ogden 48-13 in Friday’s non-district football game.
Joe Halverson led West Marshall (2-1) with 11 tackles and four sacks, while David Willis had 10 tackles and two sacks. Alex Auten also sacked Ogden’s Sam Christensen twice.
The Trojans also hammered out 471 yards of total offense. Quarterback Cameron Bannister was 13-for-17 passing for 167 yards with four touchdowns and also carried the ball 14 times for 126 yards with a 41-yard touchdown run.
Alex Dickey rushed 24 times for 124 yards, while Beau Coberley led the receivers with seven catches for 86 yards and two touchdowns. Coberley also had a 20-yard scoring run for the Trojans.
Wolverines outdone by Bearcats
GREENE — The GMG football team could not overcome six turnovers and suffered a 34-6 setback at the hands of North Butler on Friday night.
Rhett Lammers ran for 130 yards and two touchdowns, Brandon Trees added 79 yards and two scores, and the Bearcats (2-0) racked up 391 yards rushing and 440 yards of total offense.
Brock Baldazo carried the ball 14 times for 96 yards to lead a balanced GMG offense. Cade Bovenmyer added a 4-yard touchdown run and had two receptions for a team-high 56 yards. Quarterback Kolton Gill was 7-for-21 passing for 110 yards with three interceptions.
Blaze Krull led with 6.5 tackles for GMG (0-2).
Redhawks capitalize against BCLUW
CONRAD — North Tama’s defense forced five turnovers and took two punts back for touchdowns in Friday’s 36-14 win over BCLUW.
Tayten Payne had a 40-yard punt return for a touchdown and Zach Greiner scored on a blocked punt to help the Redhawks (1-1) get their first win of the season. Five different players also recovered fumbles for North Tama.
The Redhawks relied on balanced offense as well, which accumulated 227 yards of rushing and 151 more passing. Tyler Morrison ran for 92 yards and two scores, quarterback Skyler Staker had 72 yards rushing and Greiner added a 14-yard touchdown run. Nic Sierra’s only catch went for 66 yards, and Hale Hulme had two receptions for 52 yards.
Williamsburg runs away from STC
WILLIAMSBURG — The South Tama football team was limited to 220 yards of total offense as Williamsburg took down the Trojans 49-13 on Friday night.
Lane Koch finished 7-for-20 passing for 111 yards with a 21-yard touchdown to Colton Vest, while Vest led the backfield with 48 rushing yards and another score. Brady Fritz made four catches for a team-leading 47 yards.
Defensively, Mario Moncada came away with 11 tackles, two of them for loss, and Vest made another nine stops.