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Prep Spotlight: Week 2

August 31, 2012
By JOSH MEYER - Messenger Sports Writer ( , Messenger News

For prep football teams across the state, numerous early question marks still remain entering Week 2 of the season.

Continuing to gear up for the start of district play, programs will have another opportunity to prove their worth on the gridiron this evening.

One of the most entertaining area games will take place in Emmetsburg, where the No. 2 (Class 1A) E-Hawks (1-0 overall) welcome top-rated (2A) Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley (1-0).

Some of the other featured contests, include No. 8 (2A) South Central Calhoun (1-0) at Humboldt (0-1), Pocahontas Area (1-0) at East Sac County (0-1) and Prairie Valley (1-0) at Manson Northwest Webster (0-1).

Here is a closer look at tonight's action:

No. 1 (Class 2A) Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley (1-0) at No. 2 (1A) Emmetsburg (1-0)

This highly-anticipated matchup has all the makings of a thriller.

In their opener, the defending state semifinalist E-Hawks posted a lopsided 46-21 road victory over longtime rival Spencer.

Andrew Wellik, a 200-pound senior, ignited the smashmouth Emmetsburg ground barrage with 259 yards and three touchdowns on 24 carries.

Austin McCartan also contributed a pair of rushing scores for the E-Hawks, while Jake Jackson threw a 38-yard endzone strike to Nick Schany.

Defensively, Jackson registered a team-high 15 tackles. The E-Hawks, whose 38-game regular-season win streak currently ranks second in the state behind only Clear Lake (42), forced five Tiger turnovers (two interceptions and three fumbles).

Showing few signs of rust, the reigning 3A state quarterfinalist Rockets hammered Western Christian last Friday, 48-12.

B-H/RV accumulated 348 yards of total offense, including 290 on the ground.

Dallas Rozeboom (13 attempts, 99 yards, 3 TD) and Brandt Van Roekel (12-81-1) were the backfield workhorses for the Rockets.

On the defensive side of the ball, B-H/RV came away with five takeaways (two picks and three fumble recoveries) and held the Wolfpack to just 183 combined yards.

No. 8 (2A) South Central Calhoun (1-0) at Humboldt (0-1)

After turning in a dominant defensive performance in a 13-0 shutout triumph against Manson Northwest Webster, the Titans have plenty of momentum on their side.

Senior Brett Snyder propelled South Central Calhoun offensively in Week 1 with 86 yards rushing on 13 totes.

Tanner Toms and Jake Petzenhauser both chipped in scores as well on the ground.

Cody Schoop notched a team-high seven stops with a fumble recovery for the Titans, while Petzenhauser and Nathan Christensen each had interceptions. SCC limited the Cougars to only 112 total yards of offense.

Still stinging from a deflating 17-14 setback at Clarion-Goldfield, the Wildcats are looking to climb back to the .500 mark.

Brady Ross, a 195-pound sophomore, led the Humboldt ground attack last Friday with 78 yards and a touchdown.

Humboldt quarterback Ben Jacobson also went 9-for-19 through the air for 131 yards and a score. Tyler Zaugg was his favorite target with three catches for 51 yards.

Ross (22) and Ryan Lee (15) each reached double digits in tackles for the Wildcats, while Blaine Struthers and Taylor Pedersen picked up fumbles.

Pocahontas Area (1-0) at East Sac County (0-1)

Fresh off a 21-8 triumph over Alta-Aurelia, the Indians will try to take another step forward.

Draven Barth, a 180-pound junior, highlighted the Pocahontas Area offensive charge with 194 yards and a touchdown in Week 1.

Indian signal-caller Aaron Youngberg also connected on 8 of 12 passing attempts for 121 yards. Austin Behrendsen was the top receiver for Pocahontas Area with four grabs for 66 yards.

Jay Brinkman spearheaded the Indian defensive unit with 11 stops, while Joey Powers recovered a fumble.

With a victory this evening, the Indians can match their win total from all of last season and surpass their 2010 mark.

The Raiders found tough sledding in their opener, being held to negative 17 yards of total offense in a frustrating 34-0 shutout loss at Prairie Valley.

Cody McDonough provided a bright spot for East Sac County with 20 tackles.

Prairie Valley (1-0) at Manson Northwest Webster (0-1)

Mason Gordon (21-115-2), Nick Carlson (14-83-1) and Austin Promes (9-70-1) supplied the Warriors with a dynamic 1-2-3 backfield punch in their convincing victory over East Sac County.

Prairie Valley, which racked up 303 rushing yards in its opener, was paced defensively by Matt Streit (13 stops) and Matt Schmehr (fumble recovery). The stingy Warriors, who received nine votes in the first Class A rankings of 2012, limited the Raiders to negative 40 yards on 26 attempts.

Determined to turn the page from last week's loss, the Cougars will lean on the duo of Brennan Thompson and Brody Eischeid, who combined for 69 yards rushing on 22 totes in their opener.

Drake Harman (14) and Brennan Thompson (11) each reached double digits in tackles for MNW, while Braden Moser had an interception and fumble recovery.

In their meeting a year ago, the Cougars narrowly edged the Warriors, 21-20.

Other area games tonight: Gilbert (1-0) at Webster City (0-1); Estherville-LC (0-1) at Algona (0-1); Clarion-Goldfield (1-0) at Eagle Grove (0-1); Greene County (0-1) at North Polk (0-2); Bishop Garrigan (0-1) at North Union (1-0); Corwith-CWL (0-2) at Clay Central-Everly (0-1); Laurens-Marathon (1-0) at Remsen St. Mary's (0-1); Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn (1-0) at No. 6 (8-Man) West Bend-Mallard (1-0); No. 3 (8-Man) Newell-Fonda (1-0) at Kingsley-Pierson (0-1).