Unbeaten Cougars churn out another
MASON CITY – The more the AGWSR football team plays, the more pieces of history that fall to the wayside.
The Cougars improved to a shared program-record 7-0 on Monday night, making up Friday’s Class A District 2 rain-out at Mason City Newman Catholic with a come-from-behind, 21-13 victory over the Knights.
Fourth-ranked AGWSR (7-0, 4-0) handed Newman Catholic its first home district loss since Sept. 26, 2008 – a 29-7 setback at the hands of Northwood-Kensett.
This win for the Cougars was entirely a tale of two halves.
Newman Catholic (2-4, 2-2) scored once in each of the first two periods, both through the air. Jack Fitzgerald connected with Joseph Verstegen for a 22-yard touchdown pass in the opening quarter, and a 15-yard strike to Peter Lapointe made it 13-7 Knights with 50 seconds remaining in the first half. Austin Heitland blocked the extra-point attempt.
Levi Stockdale’s 1-yard touchdown plunge at the 8:11 mark of the second quarter accounted for the Cougars’ only first-half tally, set up by a blocked punt. AGWSR recovered at the 4 and went in two plays later.
Newman Catholic’s defense allowed the Cougars just 48 rushing yards in the first half. AGWSR entered averaging 316.7 yards on the ground going into the game.
The Knights defense barely wilted, allowing only 137 more rushing yards in the second half, but AGWSR broke the goal line twice more while pitching a defensive shutout.
Back-up quarterback Brandon Johnson had a 1-yard touchdown run midway through the third quarter and Clay Meinders scored from the same distance at the 6:50 mark of the fourth period, putting the Cougars out front to stay.
Not going unnoticed, Heitland finished 3-for-3 on point-after kicks and also blocked the Knights’ extra-point kick near the end of the first half. Meinders pulled down an interception as well during the third quarter as AGWSR made its comeback.
Meinders led the Cougar ground game with 69 yards on 15 carries, and Stockdale added 53 yards on 13 tries. Clayton Bohner got 36 yards and Evan Janssen added 24 yards.
Johnson completed one of his two pass attempts, hitting Sully Hofmeister for a 7-yard gain. The Cougars managed just 10 first downs in the game.
Newman’s Fitzgerald finished 12-for-17 for 98 yards with an interception and two touchdowns. Joseph Burgmeier was limited to 49 yards on 16 carries. The Knights had just 190 yards of total offense.
AGWSR, which has allowed just six touchdowns in seven games, is back at home Friday to face Belmond-Klemme (4-2, 2-2). The Broncos lost to Prairie Valley on Friday night and join Newman Catholic and Lake Mills with 2-2 records in district action – tied for the fourth and final playoff position.
Grundy Center 24, BCLUW 13
CONRAD – Grundy Center racked up its fifth consecutive win, outlasting BCLUW in an oft-delayed Class A District 4 showdown, 24-13, in the host Comets’ Homecoming game.
Grundy Center’s Bryce Flater ran for 72 yards and two touchdowns, while quarterback Brock Rohler had a 1-yard TD plunge and a 37-yard field goal to get the Spartans (5-2, 4-0) their fifth straight win.
Jordan Clapp ran for a team-leading 125 yards on 21 carries, Bryce Moats ran nine times for 99 yards, and Jordan Stoner had two catches covering 97 yards as Grundy Center outgained its host 438-248.
Sam Thompson totaled 10 tackles and Brady Hook had nine stops, eight of which went for loss, for the Spartans.
BCLUW quarterback Conner Ubben was 11-for-18 passing for 168 yards with a 20-yard touchdown strike to Tyler Lutes. Luke Asche’s 7-yard touchdown run accounted for the Comets’ other score.
Asche finished with 16 carries for 90 yards, while Lutes had four catches for 58 yards. Taylor Sams made four grabs for 59 yards, and Lane Caster had three receptions for 51 yards. Caster also led the BCLUW defense with 15 total tackles. The Comets (2-4, 1-2) go to Belle Plaine (3-3, 2-1) next Friday.
Grundy Center (5-2, 4-0), which secured a postseason berth with the win, meets fellow district unbeaten Gladbrook-Reinbeck (4-2, 3-0) next week at ‘The Pit’ in Gladbrook. It marks the 94th straight year the Spartans will have faced the team from Reinbeck, and Grundy Center leads the series 43-41-9 in the battle for the Victory Bell.
Mormon Trail 46, Colo-NESCO 18
COLO – Mormon Trail ended a four-game losing skid by stopping Colo-NESCO for an 8-Man District 6 victory, the Saints’ first in district play.
Kelton Stansberry ran for 198 yards, four touchdowns and threw for another for Mormon Trail (2-4, 1-3). The Saints led 30-12 at the half and held on from there. Jakob Horton added 128 yards rushing with another TD.
Colo-NESCO quarterback Taylor Hill ran for 190 yards on 25 carries, scoring on a 30-yard run that made it 8-6 late in the first quarter. Grant Tiarks added a 6-yard scoring run and ended with a season-high 82 yards on 18 carries.
Noah Gibbons capped Colo-NESCO’s scoring with a 60-yard interception return for a touchdown in the fourth. Casy Angell had 11 tackles and Dacian Wilson had 10 tackles and a sack for the Royals defense.
Colo-NESCO makes its final road trip of the regular season on Friday, visiting Murray (5-2, 4-1).
Ballard 34, South Tama 13
HUXLEY – Jacob Nethers rumbled for 234 yards and a touchdown as Ballard (4-2, 2-1) defeated South Tama 34-13 in Class 3A District 4 play.
Mason Edwards hauled in four receptions for 147 yards, including a 76-yard touchdown, as Ballard’s offense racked up 484 yards of total offense.
Most of South Tama’s 213 yards of offense came on the ground. Jerry Lowe ran for 102 yards and a touchdown, and Bo Blocker added 72 yards and a score from the quarterback position. The Trojans (2-4, 1-3) won the turnover battle 3-1 but could not take advantage, finishing with 213 yards of total offense. Lowe led the STC defense with 10 tackles and Ian Slagle had nine more.
Next up for South Tama is a trip to 10th-ranked Boone (6-0, 3-0) on Friday night.