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Week 7 Prep Football Preview

October 5, 2012
By TIMES-REPUBLICAN STAFF ( , Times-Republican

Boone (6-0, 3-0) at South Tama (5-1, 3-1)

One of the five remaining unbeaten teams in Class 3A comes to Tama tonight as fifth-ranked Boone visits for a District 4 showdown with South Tama.

Both offenses have flourished on the ground, with the host Trojans ranking fifth and the Toreadors 10th in rushing offense in 3A. STC is led by Kyle Stephenson (161 carries for 1,057 yards) and Boone by Jonny Mack (135-988). The two tailbacks rank second and fourth, respectively, in 3A.

The Toreadors have the fourth-ranked defense in 3A having allowed less than 11 points per game.

West Marshall (6-0, 2-0) at East Marshall (3-4, 1-1)

Few teams in the state have attempted fewer passes than these two Marshall County rivals, so expect plenty of the ground-and-pound when third-ranked West Marshall visits East Marshall in a Class 2A District 7 clash.

The class's top-two ranked rushing teams collide tonight in Le Grand. West Marshall's Duncan Ferch brings 1,429 rushing yards and 22 touchdowns into the battle, while Zach Rubenbauer totes 1,101 yards and 11 scores in for the Mustangs.

East Marshall senior Josh Wilson, in addition to being 2A's ninth-leading rusher, ranks 10th with 67 total tackles.

West Marshall has won 20 consecutive games in district play, and the Trojans have outscored their cross-county rivals 168-3 in their last four meetings.

AGWSR (4-3, 1-3) at Belmond-Klemme (2-4, 0-4)

The visiting Cougars will try and push Belmond-Klemme's current losing streak to five games when they meet in Class A District 2 play tonight.

The host Broncos are led by Logan McKenna's 534 yards and six rushing touchdowns, while quarterback Elijah Kinseth has 635 yards through the air and another 344 on the ground.

AGWSR's offense ranks 39th in the class averaging just more than 19 points per game, led by a close-to-the-vest rushing attack. Nick Pieters paces the Cougars with 447 yards rushing and five TDs.

Belle Plaine (5-1, 3-0) at BCLUW (1-5, 0-3)

BCLUW tries to snap a four-game skid, but Belle Plaine won't go willing. The Plainsmen have won four straight behind an offense that features Lance Hinschberger; he's rushed for 498 yards and 13 touchdowns and received 14 passes for 149 yards - both team highs.

BCLUW's offense has tried to eliminate turnovers with a more conservative offensive approach, but the wins haven't followed. Conner Ubben has thrown for 631 yards while Deonce Cushinberry leads the Comets in rushing (256) and is second in tackles (53). A loss would finish off BCLUW's slim playoff hopes.

GMG (1-5, 0-3) at Iowa Valley (4-3, 1-3)

Comparable losses to Belle Plaine have these two Class A District 4 teams, on paper anyway, headed for a fight tonight in Marengo. Iowa Valley has lost three of four in district play after a 3-0 start to the season, while GMG is still looking for that first league victory.

The visiting Wolverines have been held to 11 points per game in district play, and have allowed 40 per game for the year. The GMG offense is led by QB Austin Vaughn's 377 passing and 276 rushing yards, while Blake Warren has 528 rushing yards. Luke Petty has rushed for five scores and is the team's leading receiver with 13 grabs for 207 yards.

Iowa Valley's balanced offense features QB Logan Loftus (950 yards) and tailback John Gormley (796), both top 15 in their craft in Class A.

Gladbrook-Reinbeck (3-3, 2-1) at Grundy Center (2-4, 2-2)

The annual clash between long-time rivals returns to Grundy Center for the second year in a row as the Spartans try to prevent a three-game Rebel winning streak in the battle for the 'Victory Bell.' G-R has claimed seven of eight in the series, going 4-0 in Grundy Center in that span.

The Spartans' hopes will rely on its improved offense and a consistent defense. Dylan Lyman leads the team with 571 rushing yards, while Bryce Moats went for 121 yards in last week's district win over BCLUW.

Gladbrook-Reinbeck was stymied by a ranked North Tama club last Friday, but the Rebels still rank among Class A's leaders behind tailback Chase Clark (13th with 802 rushing yards) and quarterback Trevor Trunck (11th with 815 passing yards).

Moravia (0-7, 0-4) at Meskwaki Settlement (1-5, 0-4)

The Meskwaki Warriors left the ranks of the winless last week with a two-point triumph over Iowa Christian Academy, while the Moravia Mohawks are still stuck in their 0-fer rut.

At 0-7, Moravia is one of the last six winless teams remaining in 8-man play. Spencer Stufflebeam leads the Mohawks with 322 rushing and 85 receiving yards, but the team ranks next to last in 8-man offensive scoring average (9.57).

Tyus Grant broke out for 162 rushing yards among his 249 yards from scrimmage in last week's 64-62 Warrior win.

Murray (6-0, 4-0) at Colo-NESCO (5-2, 4-1)

Colo-NESCO will get a new view of where it stands in 8-man when No. 2 Murray travels to Colo.

The host Royals opened the year with consecutive losses to ranked teams in their 8-man football debut, but five straight wins followed. Colo-NESCO puts its vaunted rushing attack (5th in 8-man) up against a Murray's fourth-ranked defense allowing just over 15 points per game.

The Mustangs have four defensive touchdowns and five kickoff or punt returns to boost an offense that ranks second in 8-man with a 62 point-per-game average.