Cougars do it again
EMMETSBURG - The Manson Northwest Webster football team made it a perfect year against Emmetsburg here Wednesday night, knocking the E-Hawks out of the substate round with a 40-6 victory.
The Cougars (8-2 overall) earned their first-ever victory over Emmetsburg (5-5) last month in district action in a tight 13-12 contest at Emmetsburg.
A 21-point first quarter provided more than enough cushion this time around, as Coy Snell ran 20 times for 135 yards and scored twice.
Alex Bush added 77 yards rushing and one TD, while also completing 8 of 14 for 105 yards and a score to Hudson Spedding.
"Everything was really clicking," MNW head coach Jeff Anliker said. "The kids came out fired up and we got the ball rolling right off the bat.
"It was important to do that, especially on the road."
Braden Moser added 67 yards rushing and found the end zone, as Manson NW racked up 315 yards on the ground.
"We have three or four capable backs, but Coy has just been doing a great job carrying the load for us," Anliker said. "Ty Condon is one of the better fullback we have had and he does a great job making holes (for Snell)."
Spedding caught five passes for 73 yards.
Leading Emmetsburg was Allen Jensen, who had 63 yards rushing.
The Cougars will face No. 4 St. Edmond (10-0) on Monday in a second round game. The Gaels earned a 28-0 victory in the regular season.
Bishop Garrigan cruises
ALGONA - The sixth-ranked (Class A) Bishop Garrigan football team relied on their two staples here Wednesday night in opening round playoff action.
Behind 376 yards on the ground and three turnovers, the Golden Bears cruised past West Sioux, 48-21.
Reece Wadle had 143 yards rushing on just 12 carries, including two touchdowns, while Brayton Loss added 76 yards and a score.
David Klein had just two carries, but he made them both count, finding the end zone twice. Connor Langerman also had two rushing touchdowns.
Neal Koob got the scoring started for Garrigan (8-2 overall), intercepting a pass and returning it five yards for a touchdown.
Wadle also had a pick, while Cameron Langerman recovered a fumble. Both Connor and Cameron Langerman each recorded a sack.
Connor Langerman recorded 11 tackles, while Chris Loss and Klein each had nine.
Next up for Bishop Garrigan will be fifth-ranked Hinton, which outsted Prairie Valley last night, 45-18.
No problem for Wolverines
WEST BEND - The eighth-ranked (8-man) West Bend-Mallard football team cruised to a 52-14 victory over Remsen-Union in first round playoff action here Wednesday night.
Jesse Zinnel had 170 yards rushing and three touchdowns, while Davey Jergens returned a punt 61 yards for a score.
Jergens also had a rushing TD.
On defense, the Wolverines (10-1 overall) were led by Cole Banwart, who had three sacks. Nathan Grimm and Braden Knobloch each recorded two sacks.
West Bend-Mallard faces defending state champion Marcus-MMC, who topped Northeast Hamilton 64-40 last night.
No. 7 Marcus-MMC knocked the Wolverines out of the postseason a year ago on its way to claiming the school's first-ever state title.
N-F rolls in first test
NEWELL - The third-ranked Newell-Fonda football team cruised to a 55-8 victory over Remsen St. Mary's in the substate round on Wednesday night.
The Mustangs will now face Graettinger-Terril in an eight-man second round contest.
"It's great to get the first one out of the way,'' said Newell-Fonda head coach Brian Wilken. "We did some good things early, but had a stretch before the end of the half where we didn't play well.
"I'm happy for the kids. Any playoff win is huge.''
The Mustangs (10-0 overall) advanced behind three touchdowns from Brady Bohe. He scored from six, 14 and 45 yards out.
Bohe rushed for 125 yards on 11 caries.
Quarterback Gabe Podraza rushed for a 34-yard touchdown. He also threw a 45-yard touchdown strike to Dalton Anderson.
Podraza finished 2-for-3 passing for 74 yards. He also rushed for 52 yards.