(File Photo by Michael Fischer)
After letting a first-half lead slip away last week at Le Mars, the Spencer Tigers will look to rebound Friday with another district game on the road. Spencer had won three games in a row, including two in district play, before Le Mars bested them, 28-24. Tonight they will travel to face the Carroll Tigers (1-4).
Carroll will be looking for its first winning streak of the season as its coming off a 24-14 win over Storm Lake on the road last week. It was the first win of the season for Carroll, who lost to Kuemper Catholic in week one (27-21), Atlantic in week two (25-20), Denison-Schelswig (29-28) and Harlan (21-14).
In the four losses, Carroll lost by an average of five points per game. Kuemper Catholic is ranked fourth in 2A and Harlan sixth in 3A, and Carroll stayed within a score of both teams.
Tonight's game will once again have an impact on 3A District 2 standings, as Spencer is tied with Le Mars at 2-1 and Carroll and Denison-Schelswig are both 1-1. All teams are looking up at Bishop Heelan (ranked second), who are undefeated.
Carroll quarterback Jarret White completed 10-of-17 passes for 156 yards and a touchdown in last week's win over Storm Lake. The black-and-orange Tigers also rushed Nate Johnston 21 times for 109 yards and two touchdowns.
Spencer's defense allowed Le Mars quarterback Levi Tebrink to complete 16-of-25 passes for 229 yards and three touchdowns last week. The Tigers were able to intercept two passes but will be challenged again as Carroll's White has completed 52.2 percent of his 99 pass attempts this season and has thrown for 784 yards. Johnston has rushed 92 times for 441 yards and seven touchdowns. The top Carroll receiver is Luke Vonnahme, a senior, who's made 18 catches for 307 yards and three scores.
Spencer's Matt Finnern has rushed for over 100 yards in all five games this season, and the Tigers' option has resulted in numerous long runs by the pitch recipient. Blake Altenhofen ran for his second TD run of over 60 yards last week. Finnern leads the district with 672 yards rushing and nine touchdowns.
The battle of the Tigers begins at 7:30 p.m. tonight at Carroll High School field.
Last week: Sioux Central ran into a tough IKM-Manning team, ranked 8th, and lost 35-6 on the road for its second straight loss. Manson NW Webster lost its second in a row also with a 43-21 loss to Emmetsburg (ranked 6th).
Notes: Manson-NW Webster played IKM-Manning tough before falling 20-16 two weeks ago. .... Sioux Central has scored just one touchdown in each of its last two games. ... MNWW QB Alex Bush leads 1A District 2 in passing yards with 810. He's completed 56-of-103 passes with seven TDs and five INT. .... Devin Tripp is second in the district in rushing with 776 yards and seven TDs.
Last week: CC-E lost big to Remsen-St. Mary's, 44-22, as St. Mary's QB Tyler Delperdang passed for 269 yards and six touchdowns and rushed for 124 yards. Remsen-Union defeated River Valley, 57-20.
Notes: Remsen-Union returned two kickoffs for touchdowns in last week's blowout win over River Valley. .... Remsen-Union QB Cam Kuchel is 56-of-108 passing for 620 yards, seven touchdowns and six interceptions this season. .... Chazz Brown threw two touchdown passes for CC-E in last week's game.
Last week: The Pioneers lost to South O'Brien, 52-7, at home. Gehlen Catholic won its first game with a 37-7 victory over North Union on the road.
Notes: Gehlen QB Blake Wiltgen is completing 52 percent of his passes and leads the district with 892 yards and nine TDs. Wiltgen is second in passing yards in all of class 1A. .... Gehlen WR Michael Whitehead is sixth in all classes with 36 receptions. He's gained 305 receiving yards and four TDs.
Last week: GTRA thumped CAL, 59-14, for its first win of the season, on homecoming in Graettinger. Newell-Fonda continued to roll with a 35-14 win over Laurens-Marathon.
Notes: Newell-Fonda enters tonight's game ranked No.1 in Class 8-man. .... GTRA returned two kickoffs and a punt for touchdowns in the lopsided win over CAL, Latimer last week. .... Newell-Fonda's Jonathon Johnson has carried 76 times for 804 yards (10.6/carry) and 14 TDs this season. .... N-F QB Zak Sievers has thrown for 363 yards and five TDs with no interceptions. .... Newell-Fonda has intercepted 10 passes this year.
ADM, Adel at Atlantic
Harlan at Creston
Perry at Lewis Central
Le Mars at Denison-Schleswig
Spencer at Carroll
Storm Lake at Bishop Heelan Catholic, Sioux City
Non-district: Sergeant Bluff-Luton at Glenwood
MOC-Floyd Valley at Unity Christian
Sheldon at Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley
Sioux Center at Cherokee
Garner-Hayfield/Ventura at Clarion-Goldfield
South Central Calhoun at Forest City
Spirit Lake at East Sac County
Non-district: Estherville Lincoln Central at Central Lyon/George-Little Rock
Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn at South O'Brien
Okoboji at Gehlen Catholic
Western Christian at Emmetsburg
IKM-Manning at St. Edmond, Fort Dodge
Manson Northwest Webster at Sioux Central
Maple Valley-Anthon-Oto at Ridge View
Non-district: Pocahontas Area at North Union
Akron-Westfield at Sibley-Ocheyedan
Alta-Aurelia at West Lyon
Hinton at West Sioux
Woodbury Central at Lawton-Bronson
Belmond-Klemme at Prairie Valley
Bishop Garrigan at Southeast Webster-Grand
Lake Mills at West Hancock
Newman Catholic at AGWSR
Harris-Lake Park at River Valley
Kingsley-Pierson at St. Mary's, Remsen
Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn at Whiting
Remsen-Union at Clay Central-Everly
GTRA at Newell-Fonda
Laurens-Marathon at CAL
Northeast Hamilton, Blairsburg at North Iowa
West Bend-Mallard at CWL
The Top Ten teams in the Associated Press Iowa high school football polls of the 2012 season with first-place votes in parentheses and won-loss record, total points and position last week at right:
|1. Ankeny (15)||5-0||176||1|
|2. Iowa City West (2)||5-0||156||2|
|3. Pleasant Valley||5-0||139||3|
|4. Cedar Rapids Xavier||5-0||113||6|
|5. Cedar Falls (1)||5-0||112||4|
|8. Dowling Catholic||4-2||39||T8|
|9. Iowa City High||4-1||30||10|
|10. Sioux City East||4-1||22||NR|
Others receiving votes: Southeast Polk 14, West Des Moines Valley 5, Waukee 3.
|1. Decorah (13)||5-0||175||1|
|2. Bishop Heelan (3)||5-0||149||2|
|3. Norwalk (2)||5-0||133||3|
|5. Adel ADM||5-0||107||7|
|9. Lewis Central||4-1||34||4|
Others receiving votes: Le Mars 10, Marion 8, Solon 7, South Tama 5.
|1. Boyden-Hull-RV (12)||5-0||168||1|
|2. Mediapolis (4)||5-0||154||3|
|3. West Marshall (2)||6-0||125||4|
|4. Carroll Kuemper||5-0||121||5|
|5. Spirit Lake||4-1||96||2|
|6. New Hampton||5-0||95||7|
|9. Bondurant Farrar||5-0||41||10|
|10. Dyersville Beckman||4-1||26||NR|
Others receiving votes: Forest City 18, Center Point-Urbana 14.
|1. Iowa City Regina (17)||5-0||179||1|
|2. Fort Dodge St. Edmond (1)||5-0||154||2|
|3. Pella Christian||5-0||124||4|
|4. Dike-New Hartford||5-0||107||5|
|5. South Winneshiek||5-0||101||7|
|8. IKM Manning||5-0||58||9|
|9. Council Bluffs St. Albert||4-1||40||10|
|10. St. Ansgar||4-1||33||3|
Others receiving votes: Mount Ayr 16, South O'Brien 7, Tipton 4.
|1. Wapsie Valley (10)||5-0||166||1|
|2. Woodward-Granger (8)||5-0||162||2|
|5. West Hancock||4-1||109||5|
|7. West Lyon||4-1||59||7|
|8. North Tama||5-1||54||8|
|10. Mason City Newman||3-2||15||NR|
Others receiving votes: Hinton 12, Lisbon 11, Lone Tree 11, Madrid 9, Arlington Starmont 8.
|1. Newell-Fonda (8)||5-0||155||3|
|2. Murray (4)||5-0||152||4|
|3. Fremont-Mills (5)||5-0||147||2|
|4. Gilbertville-Don Bosco||5-0||126||5|
|5. Elk Horn-Kimballton Exira||5-0||109||6|
|6. Sidney (1)||5-0||71||10|
|10. Victor HLV||5-0||21||NR|
Others receiving votes: Clarksville 12, Springville 11, Preston 10, Riceville 9, North Iowa 9.