Trojans gain 29th straight district win
STATE CENTER – Class 2A No. 3-ranked West Marshall forced five turnovers as the Trojans clinched at least a share of the district title for the sixth year in a row, routing Roland-Story 48-6 on Friday.
It was the 29th consecutive district win for the Trojans (8-0, 5-0), who end the regular season on the road next week at Gilbert (5-3, 4-1).
Duncan Ferch returned two of West Marshall’s four interceptions for touchdowns, spanning 83 and 63 yards, and also rushed for 168 yards on just 15 carries. He hit paydirt from 56 and 2 yards out as the Trojans coasted to victory.
Devin Chesler rumbled for 68 yards and two touchdowns on seven carries, reaching the end zone twice in the first half as West Marshall got out to a 27-0 lead at the break. Matt Van Metre’s 45-yard touchdown pass to Nick Juel was the game’s opening score.
Van Metre finished 4-for-5 passing for 111 yards, while Ferch ran his season rushing total to 1,423.
The Trojan defense was one play away from pitching its third shutout this season, as Jerald Fritz found the end zone from 5 yards out to get Roland-Story (2-6, 2-3) on the scoreboard on the final play of the game.
Elijah Streeter and Alex Billman both added interceptions and Streeter recovered a fumble, while Jared Johnson posted a team-leading 13 tackles for the Trojans.
Gladbrook-Reinbeck 34, Belle Plaine 8
BELLE PLAINE – Gladbrook-Reinbeck’s defense surrendered just 145 yards and the 10th-ranked Rebels secured at least a share of the Class A District 4 title by beating back Belle Plaine 34-8 on Friday night.
G-R (6-2, 5-0) racked up 336 yards of its own, more than half of which came from senior tailback Chase Clark. Clark ran 25 times for 186 yards and a touchdown, going in from 18 yards out to give the Rebels a 14-0 lead in the second quarter. Clark is now at 1,725 yards for the season heading into a Week 9 game next Friday at home against GMG (4-4, 2-3).
Belle Plaine (3-5, 2-3) refused to go away in this game, getting within 14-8 on Nick Pippert’s 1-yard touchdown run late in the third quarter. But G-R outscored the host Plainesmen 20-0 in the fourth period, starting with Camden Kickbush’s 25-yard TD pass to Phil Zimmerman.
Eric Stoakes scored from 19 and 43 yards out in the fourth quarter to put the Rebel victory on ice.
Colton Dinsdale had an interception and Bryce Ehlers had a team-leading 11 tackles with a quarterback sack to pace the Rebel defense. Belle Plaine managed just 115 rushing yards and 40 more through the air.
Pippert led the Plainesmen with 87 yards rushing.
Kickbush added a 1-yard TD dive for the Rebels, who are guaranteed a home game in the first round of the Class A playoffs on Oct. 30.
Grundy Center 47, North Tama 7
GRUNDY CENTER – Brock Rohler completed touchdown passes to three different receivers and Grundy Center gouged North Tama, 47-7, in Friday’s Class A District 4 clash.
Rohler finished 15-of-25 for 211 yards, connecting on touchdown passes with Bryce Flater (14 yards), Lane Bangasser (30) and Bryce Moats (12) in the bounce-back win for the Spartans.
Jordan Clapp carried 15 times for 178 yards and a 30-yard touchdown to lead the Spartans out of the backfield, and Moats had 41 yards with a 3-yard TD plunge. Jeff Pikna picked up a North Tama fumble and returned it 40 yards for the game’s final score, while Rohler contributed a 32-yard field goal to the victory.
Grundy Center (6-3, 5-1) can rest up for a home opener in the first round of the Class A playoffs as the Spartans have a bye to end the regular season. North Tama (1-7, 1-4) entertains playoff-hopeful Belle Plaine in its final game next Friday.