PREP FOOTBALL: Comets remain in mix for a postseason bid

BELLE PLAINE – Tyler Lutes and Conner Ubben both ran for season-high rushing totals, accounting for all three BCLUW touchdowns in the Comets’ 20-14 win at Belle Plaine in Friday’s Class A District 4 clash.

The victory moved the Comets (3-4, 2-2) into a three-way tie for third place in the district alongside Belle Plaine (3-4, 2-2) and GMG (4-3, 2-2), which won 37-12 at Iowa Valley. BCLUW hosts GMG this Friday.

Lutes rushed 13 times for 104 yards and a 38-yard touchdown, and Ubben had 13 carries for 81 yards and two scores. Ubben was limited to 65 yards on 3-for-11 passing, but the Comet defense was equally as stubborn as BCLUW pulled down four interceptions in the win.

Taylor Sams picked off two passes, while Blake Cooper and Ty Runge added one apiece. Cooper and Runge led the way with 11 tackles apiece and Lane Caster added eight stops.

AGWSR 23, Belmond-Klemme 13

ACKLEY – The Class A No. 4-ranked AGWSR Cougars came away with a win just four days after their last one, overtaking Belmond-Klemme 23-13 in District 2 play.

The unbeaten Cougars (8-0, 5-0) again used a balanced rushing attack and stern defense to prevail. But two passing touchdowns – matching the team’s season total coming into the game – proved to be the difference. Brandon Johnson connected with Austin Heitland for a 22-yard score and Clay Meinders for a 15-yarder, finishing 4-for-6 for 42 yards and an interception.

Meinders rushed for 74 yards, Levi Stockdale had 73 yards and a touchdown, and Clay Bohner added 71 yards for the Cougars’ ground game.

Meinders also led the AGWSR defense with eight tackles – including four for loss – while Carson Lutterman and Joey Neely had six tackles each. Sully Hofmeister had an interception and Trevor Bakker recovered a fumble.

The Cougars have not allowed more than 13 points in any game this season. They visit Lake Mills (3-4, 2-3) next week.

Murray 51, Colo-NESCO 18

MURRAY – Andrew Rider ran 14 times for 169 yards and four touchdowns, driving the Murray Mustangs to a 51-18 victory in 8-Man District 6 play against Colo-NESCO.

Seth Nerness added 82 yards and two rushing touchdowns as Murray (6-2) improved to 4-1 in district play. George Barber led the Mustang defense with 14 tackles, including seven for loss, and a quarterback sack.

Colo-NESCO (2-6, 2-4) was led by Taylor Hill, who was limited to 79 yards rushing and 56 passing. Hill had a 57-yard touchdown run and tossed two passing TDs, one to Zach Jamison and another to Blake Stevens.

Stevens added 57 rushing yards, while Evan Webb led the Royals defense with 11 tackles. Garret Tiarks had an interception and Micheal Starling contributed eight tackles with a sack.

Colo-NESCO hosts Grandview Park Baptist (2-5, 2-3) on Friday.

Nevada 34, South Hardin 27

NEVADA – The hometown Cubs came back from a two-touchdown deficit in the fourth quarter, outscoring South Hardin 21-7 in the final frame for a 34-27 win in Class 2A District 7 play.

Chase Dobson carried Nevada (2-5, 1-3) to the come-from-behind win, running 26 times for 271 yards and four touchdowns, including the go-ahead 77-yard TD run and two-point conversion with 4:06 remaining. His 62-yard catch and run for a touchdown got the Cubs to within a point, 27-26, after the extra-point kick failed.

South Hardin (1-6, 1-4) led 27-20 after Sam Shindelar connected with Eric Mulder for a 21-yard touchdown pass with 9:08 left. Shindelar finished 23-for-35 for 290 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions.

David Shindelar pulled down six receptions for 126 yards with a 28-yard TD catch, and Mulder ended with four grabs for 47 yards. Chandler Hallett rushed 14 times for 83 yards with a touchdown and also had five catches for 48 yards. Bobby Hatton also hauled in a 14-yard TD pass.

Bryan Zeisneiss notched a team-high 10 tackles for the Tigers, who return home to take on North Polk (6-1, 3-1) on Friday night.