PREP FOOTBALL: North Tama knocks off No. 6 Wapsie Valley

FAYETTE — Skylar Staker connected with Hale Hulme for a 17-yard touchdown pass with 30 seconds remaining to lift the North Tama football team to a 33-26 upset victory of Class A No. 6 Wapsie Valley in Friday’s non-district showdown at Upper Iowa University.

Tyler Morrison toted the pigskin 30 times for 133 yards and North Tama’s first four touchdowns before Staker hit Hulme for the go-ahead score. Hulme’s extra-point kick brought the score to its final.

Morrison had touchdown runs of 3, 1, 5 and 2 yards to help the Redhawks (3-0) take a 26-19 lead midway through the fourth quarter, but Wapsie Valley (2-1) responded less than two minutes later when Kobe Risse hooked up with Blayde Bellis for a 23-yard touchdown pass. Tyler Ott’s extra-point kick knotted the score at 26-all with 5:08 to play, and North Tama absorbed the remainder with the go-ahead drive.

Staker finished 6-for-10 passing for 117 yards with an interception and the game-winning touchdown throw to Hulme, who himself was 5-for-11 passing for 58 yards. Hulme also ran for 50 yards while hauling in four passes for 91 yards.

Zach Greiner led the Redhawks with eight solo tackles and three assists, while Noah Bond totaled 5.5 tackles and had two fumble recoveries.

North Tama welcomes top-ranked Hudson (3-0) to Traer on Friday night.

Grundy Center 56, BCLUW 6

CONRAD — Grundy Center piled up 444 yards on the ground and dashed past BCLUW for a 56-6 victory in Friday’s Class A District 7 opener.

The Spartans (2-1, 1-0) got 233 yards rushing from senior Austin Knaack on just 18 carries, hitting paydirt twice, while freshman Logan Knaack had six carries for 76 yards and two touchdowns.

Nick Ascher added a 46-yard TD catch in the first half as Grundy Center got out to a 20-6 lead.

Koty Kruse led BCLUW (1-2, 0-1) with 93 rushing yards on 23 carries, and his halfback pass to Jack Garber covered 26 yards for the Comets’ lone touchdown.

The Comets lost the services of starting quarterback Coby Willett to an apparent shoulder injury during the first half, and his replacement Jessie Moore finished 2-for-5 passing for 5 yards with an interception.

Garber ended the night with three grabs for 31 yards as well as 45 yards rushing, while Kruse led the defense with 5.5 total tackles. Willett had an interception before leaving with an injury.

BCLUW goes on the road to face Jesup (0-3) in a non-district tilt next week.

Waterloo Columbus 45, East Marshall 0

WATERLOO — The East Marshall football team suffered its second consecutive shutout loss on Friday night, falling 45-0 at Waterloo Columbus in non-district play.

The Mustangs (0-3) could not overcome three turnovers offensively and spent a lot of the night on defense. Samuel Bandstra led East Marshall with four solo tackles and nine assists, while Ethan Espenscheid added two solo stops and 13 assists.

Quarterback Cole Nauman finished 2-for-13 passing for 12 yards with three interceptions, and was the team’s leading rusher with 28 yards.

Waterloo Columbus quarterback Parker Westhoff went 15-for-24 for 210 yards and a touchdown, and the Sailors (2-1) ran for a combined 159 yards and five short touchdowns.

East Marshall returns home to face BGM (3-0) next Friday night.