High school football week three preview
Storm Lake hosts district opener against Algona
The #7 Storm Lake Tornadoes look to keep their regular season win streak intact tonight as they welcome in the Algona Bulldogs. Both teams currently sport a 2-0 record after non-district play. Storm Lake has put up 49 points in both of their first two games this season, while Algona has scored 27 and 23 in their two victories.
The Bulldogs claimed victory last week after a last second field goal against Garner-Hayfield-Ventura, 23-21. Storm Lake steamrolled Pocahontas Area behind the strength of four scores by senior Brayden Hoops.
The Storm Lake offense has been led by a trio of seniors, quarterback Kevin Duque, fullback Hoops and running back Lamar Mulgae. Duque has passed for 205 yards, a touchdown and no interceptions. Hoops has picked up 139 yards on 23 totes with five rushing scores. Mulgae has 87 yards on the ground and two scores.
Hoops also leads the team on defense with a handful of sacks. Duque has a pair of interceptions. The defense has allowed only 334 yards, the majority coming from Pocahontas Area.
The Algona offense is led by junior quarterback Matt Grein. Grein has had an up and down first two contests this season for the Bulldogs. In the opener, he threw for three scores and completed nearly 70 percent of his passes. Last week, he was intercepted twice and was held under 38 percent completion passing.
Wyatt Wegener is the top rusher for the Bulldogs, earring 136 yards on 22 totes in their first two contests. Skylar Groen and Jacob Durant both have over 80 yards this season as well. Spencer Holmes is their top receiver with five grabs for 138 yards. As a team, Algona has 680 yards of offense in their first two games.
Cole Johnson leads the team in tackles with 13.5. Austin Chase has two interceptions and Brett Bleuer has one. Algona has also recovered two fumbles. Their defense has allowed 494 yards.
Storm Lake overcame a slow first half against the Bulldogs last year, taking a 41-6 win after a 6-6 contest at halftime. SL’s Manny Chavez had an 82 yard punt return for a score in that contest.
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at Tornado Stadium.
#5 Mustangs host #6 Titans in 8-Man clash
The Newell-Fonda Mustangs will attempt to hang on to their top five ranking this week as they welcome in Graettinger-Terril/Ruthven-Aryshire in what could be the area game of the week. Both teams have put up the points and let their defense shut down the opposition in the first two weeks. NF has scored 49 points in both contests, and the Titans scored 42 and 34.
The two teams both defeated Glidden-Ralston with relative ease in their lone shared non-district opponent.
Newell-Fonda’s ground game has been their man source of offense this season as three backs have over 100 yards: seniors Austin Gerdes and Jesse Haack along with sophomore Bryce Coppock. Senior quarterback Cody Holtgrewe is 4-for-4 with 117 yards and three scores. The Mustangs have 608 yards, 489 of them on the ground.
Haack has 14 tackles and 1.5 sacks on defense as the Mustangs have forced six turnovers while allowing 366 yards in the first two games.
GTRA are led by senior dual threat quarterback Jacob Conlon. Conlon has thrown for 256 yards, three scores with a 68 percent completion rate. He also had 271 yards and four scores on the ground in just 25 attempts. Senior Kolton Roth has 32 attempts for 85 yards and three touchdowns. Tommy Geelan has five catches for 98 yards. The Titans have 701 yards of offense thus far, Conlon responsible for 527 of those yards.
Roth has been a terror for opposing offenses with 21 tackles and three sacks. Nate Larson has recovered four fumbles, one for a score. The Titan defense has given up 256 yards on the season.
The Mustangs slowed down Conlon a year ago, giving up just 159 yards to the playmaker. Newell-Fonda was led by Reed Kruse’s 180 yards and three scores.
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. in Newell.
Alta-Aurelia hosts defending state champs
For the first time this season the Alta-Aurelia Warriors will play in front of a home crowd, in Aurelia this week, as they welcome in Western Christian. Both teams come in with a 1-1 record.
It has been a tale of two weeks for the Warriors they lost by 25 and then won by 27. Senior running back Kaleb Sleezer leads the offense with 229 yards on just 25 attempts with two scores. Sophomore Anthony Krier has 95 yards on 20 attempts. Sophomore quarterback Logan McCoy has 80 yards on eight completions with one touchdown and one interception. AA has 517 yards of offense in the first two weeks.
The Warrior defense has forced one turnover, an interception by Sleezer. Their defense gave up over 300 yards to Ridge View, but held Sioux Central to under 190.
The Wolfpack are led by Carter Brock at quarterback. Brock has passed for 281 yards with four scores and four picks, completing only 44.4 percent of his passes. Ben Granstra has 132 yards on 31 carries. Travis Solsma has four catches for 85 yards and Caleb Harmsen has five for 78. Western Christian has 442 yards of offense.
The defense has struggled for the Wolfpack as they gave up 465 yards in their opener, over 300 through the air.
They gave up 234 yards last week, 151 coming via the pass. Carter Wibben has 13.5 tackles to lead the team to go along with two interceptions, one of them a 70 yard pick six.
Last year the Wolfpack put the hurt on the Warriors but the Wolfpack was led by then quarterback Tyson Kooima who is now playing for Northwestern College. Kooima threw for 222 yards and ran for 48 more against AA. The Warriors did score 21 points, one of the scores from Sleezer on a 72 yard pass play.
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. in Aurelia as previously noted.
Ridge View looks to rebound at home
The Raptors have had an uneven two weeks to begin their season, picking up a big win against Alta-Aurelia and then laid a goose egg against OA-BCIG. They will look to rebound against North Union at home. North Union comes in with a 1-1 record as well.
Ridge View’s Jake Mitchell has 34 carries for 188 yards and two scores. Jake Kliegl has 22 totes for 99 yards and a score. Jake Tokheim has completed five passes for 117 yards with no turnovers. Ridge View has 472 yards in their first two games but had just 136 against OA-BCIG.
Their defense has been paced by Kliegl’s 15.5 tackles. Erza Miller, an Iowa football commit, has a sack. Mitchell and Jaxon Franken both have an interception. The Raptors have allowed 472 yards on defense.
Like Ridge View, the North Union offense is based on the ground game as Isaac Engman has 55 attempts for 222 yards and Derek Thompson has 202 yards on 33 carries. NU has thrown just seven passes this season. They have 559 yards through the first two weeks.
Engeman leads the team in tackles with 28 and Andrew Schiltz has two sacks. Brendan Anderson has an interception. The NU defense has allowed 547 yards, but gave up more in their win against Rockford than they did in their loss to Okoboji.
Ridge View defeated North Union last year, 40-8, behind four touchdown passes from Tyler Wingert.
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. in Holstein.
Rebels travel to #4 Algona Garrigan to open district play
Sioux Central will look to pull off the upset against Algona Garrigan Golden Bears. The Rebels come in with a 1-1 record as the Golden Bears are 2-0, defeating a pair of 2A squads to begin their season.
Ben Hargens has been a workhorse for the Rebels with 60 carries in the first two contests for 260 yards. Jacob Gasperi has 174 yards on 25 totes. Jake Hanson has added 67 yards on the ground. Sioux Central has 547 yards of offense on the year.
Caden Krager leads the Rebels with 15.5 tackles, two of them coming for a loss. Jacob Saunders has the team’s lone interception. They have given up 459 yards on defense, but 309 of them came against Alta-Aurelia last week.
Brad Capesius is under center for another season for AG. He’s thrown for 200 yards and four touchdowns to just one interception. Sam Vaske has ran for 138 yards, Drew Bacha has 87 and Capesius 86. T.J. Schnurr has caught five passes for 121 yards. The Golden Bears have 550 yards of total offense in the first two weeks.
Drake Buscherfeld has 14 tackles to pace the defense as Eric Thul has a sack. Schnurr has added two sacks a well. Their defense has seven sacks so far. They’ve allowed 484 yards in the first two contests.
Algona Garrigan defeated Sioux Central last year, 32-0 as the two then senior Golden Bear running backs combined for 225 yards and four scores.
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. in Algona.