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GRIDIRON GLANCE: WEEK 5

Friday, September 28, 2012

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Spencer's Cody Mowery.
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SPENCER TIGERS (3-2, 2-1 District) at CARROLL TIGERS (1-4, 1-1) - 7:30 p.m.

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.

OTHER LOCAL GAMES

Manson NW Webster (2-3, 1-1) at Sioux Central (2-3, 1-2) - Albert City - 7 p.m.

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.

Remsen-Union (2-3, 1-2) vs. Clay Central-Everly (0-5, 0-3) - Royal - 7 p.m. - Homecoming

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.

Okoboji (0-5, 0-3) at Gehlen Catholic (1-4, 1-2) - Le Mars - 7 p.m.

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.

GTRA (1-4, 1-2) at Newell-Fonda (5-0, 3-0) - Newell - 7 p.m. - Homecoming

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.

WEEK 5 AREA SCHEDULES

CLASS 3A

District 1

ADM, Adel at Atlantic

Harlan at Creston

Perry at Lewis Central

District 2

Le Mars at Denison-Schleswig

Spencer at Carroll

Storm Lake at Bishop Heelan Catholic, Sioux City

Non-district: Sergeant Bluff-Luton at Glenwood

CLASS 2A

District 1

MOC-Floyd Valley at Unity Christian

Sheldon at Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley

Sioux Center at Cherokee

District 2

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

CLASS 1A

District 1

Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn at South O'Brien

Okoboji at Gehlen Catholic

Western Christian at Emmetsburg

District 2

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

CLASS A

District 1

Akron-Westfield at Sibley-Ocheyedan

Alta-Aurelia at West Lyon

Hinton at West Sioux

Woodbury Central at Lawton-Bronson

District 2

Belmond-Klemme at Prairie Valley

Bishop Garrigan at Southeast Webster-Grand

Lake Mills at West Hancock

Newman Catholic at AGWSR

CLASS 8-MAN

District 1

Harris-Lake Park at River Valley

Kingsley-Pierson at St. Mary's, Remsen

Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn at Whiting

Remsen-Union at Clay Central-Everly

District 2

GTRA at Newell-Fonda

Laurens-Marathon at CAL

Northeast Hamilton, Blairsburg at North Iowa

West Bend-Mallard at CWL

WEEK 5 RANKINGS

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:

Class 4A

RecordPtsPrev
1. Ankeny (15)5-01761
2. Iowa City West (2)5-01562
3. Pleasant Valley5-01393
4. Cedar Rapids Xavier5-01136
5. Cedar Falls (1)5-01124
6. Urbandale5-01045
7. Muscatine5-0677
8. Dowling Catholic4-239T8
9. Iowa City High4-13010
10. Sioux City East4-122NR

Others receiving votes: Southeast Polk 14, West Des Moines Valley 5, Waukee 3.

Class 3A

RecordPtsPrev
1. Decorah (13)5-01751
2. Bishop Heelan (3)5-01492
3. Norwalk (2)5-01333
4. Grinnell5-01235
5. Adel ADM5-01077
6. Harlan5-01036
7. Boone5-0728
8. Creston-OM4-1359
9. Lewis Central4-1344
10. Williamsburg4-114NR

Others receiving votes: Le Mars 10, Marion 8, Solon 7, South Tama 5.

Class 2A

RecordPtsPrev
1. Boyden-Hull-RV (12)5-01681
2. Mediapolis (4)5-01543
3. West Marshall (2)6-01254
4. Carroll Kuemper5-01215
5. Spirit Lake4-1962
6. New Hampton5-0957
7. Waukon5-0759
8. Union4-1508
9. Bondurant Farrar5-04110
10. Dyersville Beckman4-126NR

Others receiving votes: Forest City 18, Center Point-Urbana 14.

Class 1A

RecordPtsPrev
1. Iowa City Regina (17)5-01791
2. Fort Dodge St. Edmond (1)5-01542
3. Pella Christian5-01244
4. Dike-New Hartford5-01075
5. South Winneshiek5-01017
6. Emmetsburg4-1936
7. Aplington-Parkersburg4-1718
8. IKM Manning5-0589
9. Council Bluffs St. Albert4-14010
10. St. Ansgar4-1333

Others receiving votes: Mount Ayr 16, South O'Brien 7, Tipton 4.

Class A

RecordPtsPrev
1. Wapsie Valley (10)5-01661
2. Woodward-Granger (8)5-01622
3. Lawton-Bronson5-01183
4. Akron-Westfield5-01144
5. West Hancock4-11095
6. Pekin5-0946
7. West Lyon4-1597
8. North Tama5-1548
9. Logan-Magnolia4-13010
10. Mason City Newman3-215NR

Others receiving votes: Hinton 12, Lisbon 11, Lone Tree 11, Madrid 9, Arlington Starmont 8.

Class 8-Man

RecordPtsPrev
1. Newell-Fonda (8)5-01553
2. Murray (4)5-01524
3. Fremont-Mills (5)5-01472
4. Gilbertville-Don Bosco5-01265
5. Elk Horn-Kimballton Exira5-01096
6. Sidney (1)5-07110
7. Melcher-Dallas5-0628
8. Adair-Casey5-1441
9. M-M-C5-037NR
10. Victor HLV5-021NR

Others receiving votes: Clarksville 12, Springville 11, Preston 10, Riceville 9, North Iowa 9.



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