Week 1 Round-up: Trojans chew up Columbus in season-opening rout

WATERLOO – Senior backs Duncan Ferch and Devin Chesler combined for 312 rushing yards and all seven West Marshall touchdowns as the Trojans won their season opener for the third year in a row, routing Waterloo Columbus 50-0 on Friday night.

Ferch finished with seven carries for 204 yards and five touchdowns, while Chesler added six runs for 108 yards and two scores. The duo averaged 24 yards per carry on 13 attempts, helping West Marshall march to a 43-0 halftime lead and eventually its 26th consecutive regular-season victory.

Ferch had scoring runs of 4, 43, 83, 51 and 16 yards, while Chesler sprinted in from 57 and 36 yards out to pace the Trojans offensively.

Jared Johnson led the West Marshall defense with 11 tackles, Chesler had seven stops, while Elijah Streeter and Matt Van Metre both recovered fumbles. The Trojan defense also recorded a safety in the first quarter, keying its 30-0 lead after the first break.

West Marshall plays its home opener next Friday night, entertaining Panorama.


ACKLEY – AGWSR rumbled for 409 rushing yards and five touchdowns, improving to 2-0 with a dominant 41-0 victory over BCLUW in non-district Week 1 football action Friday night.

Clayton Bohner rushed for 111 of his 130 yards in the first half, Darrick Kyle-Murphy totaled 110 yards and touchdown, and the Cougars shut down the upstart Comets (1-1).

BCLUW was limited to 151 yards of total offense and just nine first downs, failing to score after putting 42 points on East Marshall in both teams’ season opener a week earlier.

AGWSR’s balanced ground game included 57 yards and a touchdown from Levi Stockdale, 56 yards and a score for Clay Meinders, and 49 yards and two TDs for quarterback Cody Williams.

Williams also completed the only pass he attempted, a 40-yard scoring strike to Austin Heitland.

The Cougars gobbled up 27 first downs – 25 via the rush – and possessed the ball for nearly 32 minutes in their second straight decisive win. AGWSR handed the ball off on 61 of its 62 plays, gaining 449 yards of total offense.

BCLUW quarterback Conner Ubben finished 7-for-17 passing for 92 yards, hooking up four times with Taylor Sams for 62 yards. Lane Caster had two grabs for 21 yards.

Clarke Macy led the Comets on the ground, getting 37 yards on 12 carries. As a team, BCLUW gained 59 rushing yards on 22 attempts.

AGWSR takes its show on the road next Friday night for its non-district finale, facing GMG (2-0) in Garwin. BCLUW travels to face Montezuma (1-0).

Gladbrook-Reinbeck 34, Hudson 6

GLADBROOK – Chase Clark rushed 23 times for 156 yards and two touchdowns, and Gladbrook-Reinbeck turned around the turnover margin from its opener for a 34-6 victory over Hudson in Week 1 football.

Camden Kickbush threw a pair of touchdown passes and Eric Stoakes’ 2-yard TD plunge finished off the Rebels’ scoring late in the third quarter. Hudson had just 10 first downs and did not score until 6:44 showed remaining in the game.

G-R, which committed four turnovers in its season-opening defeat at Denver, won the turnover battle 3-1 on this night. Logan Flamme had a fumble recovery and an interception, and Pete Meyers also fell on a loose ball to help the Rebels even out their record at 1-1.

Hudson’s Cameron Wright ran for 122 yards, most of which came on his 94-yard scoring scamper in the fourth quarter. The Pirates totaled 224 yards of offense, just 130 prior to that breakout run.

Kickbush finished 5-for-10 for 100 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. He hooked up with Josh Cooley for a 37-yard score to make it 20-0 Rebels at the half. Kickbush and Colton Dinsdale connected for a 26-yard TD in the third.

The Rebels go on the road to face Dike-New Hartford next Friday night in non-district play. G-R hasn’t defeated the Wolverines in their last four tries.

BGM 77, East Marshall 22

LE GRAND – Intent on returning to the UNI-Dome this fall, the BGM football team took its first step with a 77-22 shellacking of East Marshall in its season opener Friday night.

The Class 1A semifinalists of a year ago, the Bears returned four punts for touchdowns against East Marshall (0-2) and led 70-0 at the half.

The host Mustangs, who fell 42-13 in their Week Zero opener at BCLUW, got all three of their touchdowns from Nick Long. The sophomore had scoring runs of 70, 10 and 18 yards to finish with 22 carries for 182 yards.

East Marshall meets host Hudson (0-1) next Friday.

Dike-New Hartford 50, Grundy Center 0

GRUNDY CENTER – Ben Cuvelier rushed for three touchdowns and Levi Lynch had two more scoring runs as defending Class 1A state semifinalist Dike-New Hartford handed host Grundy Center a 50-0 beating in Friday’s Week 1 football game.

Cuvelier had TD runs of 11, 16 and 9 yards, while Lynch went in from 38 and 2 yards away. The duo scored Dike-New Hartford’s first first 35 points heading into the fourth quarter.

Grundy Center, now 0-2, will go on the road for the first time next Friday with a non-district contest against South Hardin in Eldora.

Adair-Casey 69, Colo-NESCO 6

COLO – Offensive juggernaut Adair-Casey got four rushing touchdowns from Clayton Plowman and another TD pass as the Bombers rocked Colo-NESCO 69-6 in Friday’s Week 1 football game.

The home opener for the Royals (0-2) didn’t turn out so well as Adair-Casey collected 34 points in the first quarter and led 53-0 at the half.

Taylor Hill’s 11-yard scoring strike to Casy Angell accounted for Colo-NESCO’s only points of the game, coming on the first play of the fourth quarter.

Hill finished 5-for-14 for 47 yards with one interception. Alex Griffin had three catches for 20 yards, while Christian Reischauer had one grab for 16 yards. Clay Bryan led the Royals with 11 rushing yards on nine carries.

Griffin and Angell had six tackles apiece to lead the C-N defense, and Dacian Wilson recovered a fumble.

Colo-NESCO will play its second road game next Friday when it visits Northeast Hamilton.