Wildcats win big
HUMBOLDT - No. 8 Humboldt rolled to a 42-22 victory over Iowa Falls-Alden in a Class 3A, District 3 opener Friday night at home.
Brady Ross, a junior, sparked the unbeaten Wildcats (3-0 overall, 1-0 in the district) offensively with 134 yards rushing and two touchdowns (34 and 8 yards) on 10 carries.
Nikko Wheeler chipped in 42 yards and a pair of scores (11 and 7 yards) on the ground, while also returning a fumble 40 yards to paydirt.
Quarterback Jaxon Heinz went 9-for-11 passing for 125 yards. Alex Nelson was his favorite target, hauling in four catches for 65 yards. Nelson returned a punt return 56 yards as well to paydirt.
Defensively, Austin Zylstra also recovered a fumble for Humboldt.
The Wildcats outgained the Cadets (1-2, 0-1) in total yardage, 341-282.
Titans get on the board
LAKE CITY - South Central Calhoun found its winning form Friday night, posting a 28-19 triumph over Clarion-Goldfield.
Jake Petzenhauser completed 9 of 16 passes for 146 yards and two touchdowns for the Titans (1-2 overall, 1-0 in Class 2A, District 2).
Cody Schoop anchored the SCC ground attack, recording 36 yards on 10 attempts. The Titans finished with 265 yards of total offense.
Defensively, South Central Calhoun received 13 tackles and a fumble recovery from Rylan Richardson.
With the loss, the Cowboys dropped to 1-2 and 0-1 on the season.
MNW loses tight tilt
MANSON - Manson Northwest Webster and Ridge View went back and forth on Friday night, but it was the Raptors who held on for the 30-28 victory.
The Cougars (2-0 overall, 0-1) district had a 28-24 lead at the end of the third quarter, but Ridge View scored with five mintues to earn the victory.
Braden Moser had two touchdowns, running in from five and one yard out. He finished the contest with 45 yards on 13 carries.
Hudson Spedding returned a kickoff 80 yards for a score and Coy Snell reached paydirt from three yards out.
Spedding had four catches for 96 yards.
Quarterback Alex Bush was 10-for-23 for 145 yards.
Wolverines score 60 points
WEST BEND - Fourth-ranked West Bend-Mallard cruised to a 60-18 victory over Northeast Hamilton on Friday night.
Davey Jergens led the Wolverines (3-0 overall, 1-0 district) with 119 yards on 10 carries and two touchdowns.
Quarterback Jesse Zinnel had a strong night through the air and on the ground. Zinnel threw for 135 yards on 10 of 16 passing. He rushed for 67 yards on 11 carries and scored three touchdowns.
Jordan Buhs had 79 yards and two scores and Tyler McKimmey added a touchdown.
Jason Zinnel had five catches for 106 yards and Nathan Grimm had 22 tackles and one sack.
Newell-Fonda rolls by Bison
NEWELL - No. 3 Newell-Fonda trounced North Iowa by a 41-14 final in 8-Man, District 2 action on Friday night.
Brady Bohe, a senior, powered the unbeaten Mustangs (3-0 overall, 1-0 in the district) offensively with 168 yards rushing and three touchdowns on 26 carries.
Gabe Podraza also threw a pair of scores for N-F, connecting with Dalton Anderson from 13 and 20 yards out, respectively. Podraza chipped in a 7-yard run to paydirt.
The Mustangs racked up 335 yards of total offense compared to just 195 for the Bison (2-1, 0-1).
E-Hawks earn first win
EMMETSBURG - The Emmetsburg football team jumped into the win column Friday night, crusing to a 41-14 home victory over North Union.
Allen Jensen rushed for a career-high 245 yards and four touchdowns on 24 carries for the E-Hawks (1-2 overall, 1-0 in Class 1A, District 1).
Brady Christensen chipped in 54 yards on 14 attempts for Emmetsburg, which accumulated 449 yards of total offense and 22 first downs.
Defensively, Luke Jackson and Austin Krause each posted 10 tackles for the E-Hawks. Krause also returned an interception 57 yards, while Wesley recovered a fumble.
With the loss, the Warriors fell to 0-3 and 0-1 on the year.
Lynx win overtime
WEBSTER CITY - No. 10 Webster City needed overtime to narrowly escape with a 27-26 triumph over Charles City Friday night in a Class 3A, District 3 opener.
Drew Fielder's successful PAT after a Connor Larson 1-yard touchdown run in the extra frame proved to be the difference for the Lynx (3-0 overall, 1-0 in the district).
Larson, a senior, delivered 78 yards and three scores on 21 totes. Larson also reached the endzone from 8 and 3 yards out, respectively.
Trey Tesdahl added 77 yards on the ground for Webster City, while going 7-for-13 through the air as well for 100 yards. Ben Mossman was Tesdahl's favorite target, pulling down six grabs for 90 yards.
Webster City, which overcame five turnovers, was actually outgained in total yardage, 284-269.
Dylan Isakson compiled 125 yards on 16 carries for the Comets (0-3, 0-1), who dropped their 17th consecutive game.
Garrigan rips Warriors
GOWRIE - No. 10 Bishop Garrigan opened Class A, District 2 play with a convincing 44-6 road victory over Prairie Valley Friday night.
The Golden Bears (2-1 overall, 1-0 in the district) outgained the Warriors (0-3, 0-1) in total yardage, 378-109.
Logan Boerner hooked up with Dakota Jaeschke on an 8-yard touchdown for Prairie Valley's lone points of the game.
Austin Promes delivered 63 yards rushing on 11 carries for the Warriors.
Bishop Garrigan statistics were not available at press time.
Bulldogs drop decision to W-SR
ALGONA - The Algona football team was topped by Waverly-Shell Rock here Friday night, 10-6.
Down by 10 after the first half, the Bulldogs (1-2 overall, 0-1 in 3A, District 2) lone touchdown on a 57-yard pass from Weston Shaw to Justin Raymond.
Shaw finished the game 8-for-24 for 132 yards.
Cameron Lahndorf had a fumble recovery for Algona.
Eagles fall on the road
LAKE MILLS - Southeast Webster-Grand had no answers for Lake Mills Friday night, dropping a 45-0 decision.
Freshman Tristan Ewing led the way for the Eagles (1-2 overall, 0-1 in Class A, District 2) offensively with 109 yards rushing on 21 carries.
Eagles lose on the road
NASHUA - The Eagle Grove football team suffered a 56-36 setback to Nashua-Plainfield Friday night.
Miguel Pacheco accounted for 107 yards rushing and two scores (80- and 1-yard) for the Eagles (0-3 overall, 0-1 in the district).
Devon Omvig chipped in 65 yards and a pair of TDs, which netted 319 yards of total offense. Omvig also went 6-for-9 through the air for 111 yards, including a 53-yard scoring strike to Zach Ploeger.
Ploeger finished with five catches for 107 yards.