PREP FOOTBALL: Cougars win ranked clash for 5-0 start; Spartans stroll

ALGONA – Clay Meinders ran for a team-leading 67 yards and scored the game’s only touchdown with 9 seconds left, lifting Class A No. 4 AGWSR to a 6-0 triumph over No. 9 Bishop Garrigan in Friday’s District 2 showdown.

Both teams’ defense-first ways rang true, as AGWSR delivered with its third shutout of the season. The Cougars (5-0, 2-0) are allowing just 4 points per game this season and are out to their best start in shared school history.

Levi Stockdale led the defense with 10 tackles, Meinders had eight, and Joey Neely recovered a fumble.

The Cougars host Southeast Webster-Grand (1-3, 0-2) next Friday night.

Grundy Center 47, GMG 10

GARWIN – Grundy Center got out to a 28-7 halftime lead and poured it on, securing a Class A District 4 win over GMG on the Wolverines’ Homecoming.

Three Spartans went over 100 yards rushing, led by Bryce Flater’s nine-carry, 162-yard performance. Bryce Moats ran 14 times for 146 yards and two touchdowns, and Jordan Clapp carried 24 times for 133 yards and two scores. Flater’s 78-yard touchdown run came as a part of Grundy Center’s 21-point second quarter.

Quarterback Brock Rohler finished 8-of-15 for 166 yards and two touchdowns, helping the Spartans (3-2, 2-0) overcome three lost fumbles. Jordan Stoner and Austin Burroughs both hauled in TD passes.

GMG’s lone score came on a 15-yard return of a fumble by Luke Petty. Austin Vaughn added a 42-yard field goal for the Wolverines (3-2, 1-1). Brock Fisher ran for 51 yards to lead GMG, while Bridger Claassen was 4-for-11 for 63 yards with two interceptions. Trent Geiken led the defense with 12 tackles and a fumble recovery.

Grundy Center visits Iowa Valley (1-4, 0-2) Friday while GMG goes to Belle Plaine (1-3, 0-1).

North Tama 19, Iowa Valley 2

MARENGO – North Tama snapped its season-long skid with a Class A District 4 win Friday at Iowa Valley (1-4, 0-2).

Brody Hulme passed for 150 yards and two touchdowns, connecting with Riley Rohach on a 79-yarder and Caden Stuart on a 24-yard score. Omar Martinez added a 1-yard TD plunge for the Redhawks (1-4, 1-1).

Brandon Kaufman ran for a team-leading 57 yards on 11 carries for North Tama. Kyle Isenhower led the defense with 16 tackles and Zac Ameling had 11. Stuart picked off two passes and Kelon Hansen had a fumble recovery.

North Tama hosts BCLUW (1-3, 0-1) Friday.

Newton 22, South Tama 19

TAMA – Extra points proved to be the undoing for South Tama as the Trojans fell 22-19 to Newton (2-2, 1-1) in Class 3A District 4 play.

Jerry Lowe ran for 73 yards and two touchdowns for STC (1-3, 0-2), and Bo Blocker had a team-leading 83 yards on 16 carries. Dalton Doyle completed 12-of-25 passes for 246 yards and a 60-yard touchdown connection with Dylan Kalinay, but it wasn’t enough for the Trojans.

Kalinay ended up with two catches for 99 yards, while Blocker had four grabs for 89 yards. Lowe led the defense with 10 tackles.

South Tama goes to Saydel (1-3, 0-2) this week.

Roland-Story 20, South Hardin 12

ELDORA – Three turnovers for South Hardin helped Roland-Story take down the Tigers for its first win of the season.

The Norsemen (1-3, 1-1) did not turn the ball over en route to the Class 2A District 7 win. Josiah Soderstrum ran for 102 yards on 20 carries with an 18-yard touchdown dash. Zach Hovick added a 1-yard TD dive and Trent Elliott’s only reception was a 31-yard touchdown grab.

South Hardin’s Sam Shindelar was 22-for-38 for 295 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. Bobby Hatton ended with eight catches for 125 yards and a touchdown in addition to leading the team with 56 rushing yards. Eric Mulder had six catches for 54 yards and another score.

Jordan Wilkie led the Tigers (1-3, 1-1) with nine tackles. South Hardin visits Gilbert (2-2, 1-1) in Week 5.

Center Point-Urbana 42, East Marshall 6

LE GRAND – Center Point-Urbana worked with short fields throughout the night, amassing just 239 yards of total offense but a 42-6 non-district win over host East Marshall (0-5).

The Stormin’ Pointers (3-1) rattled off their third straight win behind three touchdown runs for Brandon Kinsey. Kinsey had 10 carries for 73 yards, while Ryan Wilkin had 36 rushing yards and two scores.

Zach Rubenbauer carried 23 times for 104 yards and East Marshall’s only touchdown, a 23-yard dash to paydirt. Nick Long added 51 rushing yards and 10 tackles, while Justin Case had a team-high 12 stops.

Three turnovers proved to be too much for the Mustangs to overcome. They visit Roland-Story (1-3, 1-1) Friday night.

Twin Cedars 52, Meskwaki 22

MESKWAKI SETTLEMENT – Twin Cedars quarterback Brent Parker added to his state-leading passing yardage, going 13-for-24 for 284 yards and seven touchdowns in a 52-22 triumph for the Sabers (5-0, 3-0) over Meskwaki in 8-Man District 5 play.

Parker, who also threw two interceptions, leads all of Iowa with 1,449 passing yards and 29 touchdowns.

No statistics were reported for Meskwaki (0-4, 0-3), which visits Seymour (0-4, 0-2) this week.