Spartans dominant on Homecoming
GRUNDY CENTER – Grundy Center junior quarterback Brock Rohler threw for a career-high 247 yards and three touchdowns and the Spartans dominated their Homecoming game, feasting on Iowa Valley for a 58-8 victory in Class A District 4 football action Friday night.
Rohler finished 8-for-11 in his top passing game, while Jordan Clapp led the ground attack with 10 carries for 84 yards and two touchdowns in the fourth consecutive win for Grundy Center (4-2, 3-0). The Spartans have averaged 43.75 points their last four games, outscoring their opponents 175-42 while taking the lead in the district standings; Gladbrook-Reinbeck (3-2, 2-0) was off this week.
Clapp had touchdown runs of 8 and 26 yards in the first quarter, and Rohler connected with Jordan Stoner for a 66-yard catch-and-run to give Grundy Center a 21-0 lead.
Rohler and Bryce Flater connected on a 12-yard scoring strike to open the second period, and lineman Brady Hook got in on the action with a 2-yard TD plunge. Lane Bangasser hauled in a 44-yard scoring strike from Rohler and then took a punt back 60 yards for another score, putting the Spartans out front 48-0 at the half.
Bryce Moats added a 5-yard touchdown run for Grundy Center, while Iowa Valley’s lone score came in the form of a 48-yard fumble return for Austin Carney.
It was the fifth straight loss for the Tigers (1-5, 0-3), who have scored just 10 points in three district defeats.
Stoner finished with two catches for 105 yards in all for Grundy Center, which tallied its season-high scoring output heading into next week’s road game at BCLUW.
South Tama 56, Saydel 16
DES MOINES – Jerry Lowe rushed for 116 yards and five touchdowns to lead South Tama (2-3, 1-2) to a Class 3A District 4 rout of Saydel (1-4, 0-3).
The Trojans cashed in on fumbles on Saydel’s first four possessions, covering as few as 11 and no more on 41 yards on consecutive touchdown-scoring drives. The sophomore Lowe finished each with TD runs of 5, 29, 3 and 1 yards.
Bubba Craun added a 35-yard touchdown dash to put South Tama in front 35-0 before the first quarter break, and Lowe turned the Eagles’ fifth fumble into his fifth TD run – a 10-yard scamper.
Dylan Kalinay followed Saydel’s only first-half touchdown with a 96-yard kickoff return for a score, and STC led 49-8 at the half. Craun added a 2-yard TD dive for the final Trojan tally.
South Tama is back at home next Friday night, hosting Ballard (3-2, 1-1) for Homecoming.
Belle Plaine 22, GMG 14
BELLE PLAINE – Belle Plaine made the most of its first home game in nearly a month, overcoming GMG’s best passing game of the season for a 22-14 triumph in Class A District 4 play.
GMG quarterback Bridger Claassen threw for a season-high 199 yards on 9-of-18 passing, hooking up with Luke Petty for a 49-yard touchdown that tied the score at 14-all heading into halftime.
Belle Plaine took the opening kickoff of the second half back 96 yards for the go-ahead score, and neither team managed another point. It snapped a three-game skid for the Plainsmen (2-3, 1-1), who last played at home on Aug. 30.
Bryce Newcomb had a season-best six catches and 130 yards for the Wolverines (3-3, 1-2), who led 7-0 after Austin Vaughn’s 17-yard scoring run.
Brock Fisher led GMG with 42 rushing yards on 11 attempts, and Vaughn finished with 27 yards. Petty pulled down two receptions for 69 yards. Tyler Krull and Alec Bovenmeyer led the Wolverine defense with 11 tackles apiece, and Krull also had an interception. Petty had two fumble recoveries, Matt Smith had another, and Lucas Catherwood finished with nine tackles.
GMG goes into its bye week after back-to-back losses. The Wolverines return to action Oct. 11 with their final home game against Iowa Valley (1-5, 0-3).
Lamoni 68, Colo-NESCO 12
LAMONI – High-scoring Lamoni jumped out to a 32-0 lead after the opening period and cruised to a 68-12 victory over Colo-NESCO in 8-Man District 6 play.
Caleb Heltenberg had an interception return for touchdown and a receiving TD. Quarterback Beau Bjorland also ran for a 22-yard score in a dominant first half for Lamoni (5-1, 2-1).
Both Colo-NESCO touchdowns came from Blake Stevens, who had scoring runs of 5 and 25 yards for the Royals (2-4, 2-2).
Stevens finished with 65 yards rushing on eight carries. Quarterback Taylor Hill tallied 66 yards on 16 runs but was limited through the air, finishing 2-for-6 for 6 yards with an interception. Stevens also had 125 yards on five kickoff returns.