BCLUW backs down Wolverines in opener, 42-14
GARWIN – Starting the Anthony Jahr era off on the right note, the BCLUW football team cruised past GMG 42-14 in non-district play Saturday.
Mitch Miller completed 6-of-11 passing for 52 yards and two touchdowns, while running for 42 yards and a score. Luke Asche amassed 185 yards on 18 carries and reached the end zone twice, while Ted Switzer added a 6-yard score. Will Garber and Clay Silver hauled in TD passes of 6 and 8 yards respectively, while the Comets also blocked two punts and picked off the Wolverines twice in a game postponed from Friday due to heavy rains.
BCLUW (1-0) jumped out to a 14-0 advantage and led 20-8 at the half before stretching the margin to 28-8 entering the fourth.
GMG’s Bridger Claasen finished 5-of-23 passing for 74 yards, two interceptions and one touchdown – a 31-yard strike to Brandon Weitzell in the second quarter. Claassen called his own number in the fourth for a score and finished with 94 yards on 18 carries to lead the Wolverines (0-1). Ryan Spurlin had 54 yards on 16 rushes, while Jacob Burt (two carries, 25 yards) and Matt Smith (seven carries, 12 yards) also chipped in. Burt completed one of two passes for 31 yards and had two receptions for 12 yards.
Spurlin caught two passes for 11 yards and Smith had one for 23.
Alec Bovenmyer anchored the defense with eight tackles, while Spurlin and Ethan Ridout each made four stops.
GMG travels to North Tama (0-1) Friday, while the Comets host East Marshall (0-1) in Conrad.
AGWSR 19, South Hardin 6
ACKLEY – Clay Meinders rushed for 138 yards and scored two of the Cougars’ three touchdowns during a season-opening win over South Hardin on Friday.
Cody Williams also rushed for a score and Mason Eilderts added 66 yards on the ground to push AGWSR to 1-0. The Cougars threw it just four times in the game.
Caleb Meinders led the defense with eight tackles, while Clay Meinders had seven and Levi Stockdale and Sully Hofmeister each had six. Stockdale also had a sack, while Hofmeister and Josh Balvanz both had interceptions.
South Hardin’s only points came on a 30-yard interception return for a touchdown by Eric Mulder. Mulder also had eight catches for 83 yards as the Tigers threw for 92 in the game.
Sam Shindelar was 9-of-21 through the air and tossed two picks. Bridger Lawrence had a team-high 39 rushing yards.
The Tigers’ defense was led by Bryan Ziesneiss’ 15 tackles, while Jordin Wilkie and Glendon Mesch had 11 each.
AGWSR (1-0) travels to Hudson on Friday, while South Hardin (0-1) hosts another North Iowa Cedar League rival in the home opener against Grundy Center.
East Buchanan 35, North Tama 13
WINTHROP – Two big passing plays by Brody Hulme and Riley Rohach were not enough as East Buchanan rushed for 261 yards in the 22-point victory.
Hulme threw for 193 yards and two scores, both of which went to Rohach, but Jacob Schmitt tallied 170 yards and a score on the ground for East Buchanan.
Griffin Cabalka had 50 rushing yards and two scores and added eight tackles on defense, while Ryan Schmitt also caught a TD pass from Hunter Schulte, who was 3-for-5 for 55 yards.
Rohach had three catches for 142 yards and two touchdowns on offense and recovered a fumble on defense.
North Tama (0-1) hosts GMG in its home opener on Friday.
Montezuma 28, Grundy Center 21
GRUNDY CENTER – The Spartans dug themselves too deep a hole to crawl out of in their season opener Friday.
Surrendering a 21-0 lead to Montezuma, the Grundy Center football team’s rally came up short in a 28-21 loss in non-district play.
Mitch Stevens secured a 13-0 lead for the Braves (1-0) with touchdown runs of 7 and 53 yards before Logan Price connected with Jake Hasley on a 47-yard strike to build their big advantage.
Brock Rohler’s 20-yard strike to Jordan Stoner got Grundy Center (0-1) on the board and Bryce Flater added a 37-yard run to pull within 21-14. Mike Lyons’ 39-yard burst made it a two-possession game, before Flater’s 1-yard plunge set the final score.
Rohler completed 16-of-23 passes for 163 yards, a touchdown and an interception, while Stoner hauled in seven receptions for 106 yards and a score. Flater scored twice with 65 yards on 10 carries.
Stevens led Montezuma with 126 yards on 18 rushes and Lyons added 107 yards on 11 carries.
The Spartans travel to South Hardin (0-1) Friday.