Week 2 Prep Football Preview
Game of the Week
West Marshall (1-0) at Aplington-Parkersburg (1-0)
Class 2A No. 1 West Marshall heads up to Parkersburg for Class 1A No. 4 Aplington-Parkersburg's home opener.
The Falcons are the last team to defeat West Marshall in the regular season, 35-6 in State Center last fall. The Trojans have won eight straight regular season games since then, including last Friday's 58-0 pounding of then-Class A No. 1 Madrid.
Dalton Ferch averaged 29 yards per carry for West Marshall against Madrid and scored three TDs.
Aplington-Parkersburg defeated 3A Humboldt last week. There's no secret what the Falcons want to do - run the ball. A-P put the ball in the air only three times compared to 70 runs against Humboldt.
Marshalltown (2-0) at Johnston (2-0)
The MHS defense will have a focus on Johnston running back Marcus Montgomery in tonight's matchup of 2-0 teams.
The Bobcats stuffed Des Moines North last week as the Polar Bears netted 24 yards of total offense on 41 plays. MHS scored a pair of safeties and blocked three punts. Lineman Pedro Gomez led the Bobcats with four solo and three assisted tackles. He had three tackles for loss. Kyle Carnahan had an interception (his third of the year, tied for the 4A lead according to quikstatsiowa.com) and blocked two kicks.
Montgomery has rushed for 222 yards and five touchdowns in two games.
Marshalltown has scored 112 points through two games. Quarterback Blake Gimbel is the state of Iowa's leader in both passing yards and touchdowns.
South Tama (1-0) at Vinton-Shellsburg (1-0)
South Tama put 58 points on the scoreboard in its Week 1 win over Saydel.
Quarterback Sam Kuhter threw for three touchdowns and rushed for another score. Brandon Boldt had two rushing TDs in the win, while Kyle Stephenson had two touchdown receptions. The STC defense pocketed four interceptions, two by Chase Schuett.
Vinton-Shellsburg features running back Nolan Edwards - 24 carries for 144 yards and three touchdowns in Week 1.
East Marshall (0-1) at Nevada (1-0)
East Marshall dropped a back-and-forth contest to BCLUW with neither team having consecutive scores last week. BCLUW scored last and won, 26-22. East Marshall quarterback Walker Steward finished 10-for-14 passing for 188 yards and two touchdowns.
Nevada opened the year with a 34-33 win over Colfax-Mingo. Andre Thomas racked up 160 rushing yards and a touchdown, while Tai Le added 99 rushing yards and a score for the Cubs. Nevada had four backs with over 50 yards on the ground.
South Hamilton (0-1) at South Hardin (0-1)
The Tigers make their home debut against its neighbor South Hamilton.
Ben Ferris had a rushing touchdown, four receptions, nine tackles and an interception for South Hardin in its opener against Gladbrook-Reinbeck.
South Hamilton fell to Roland-Story last week.
GMG (0-2) at BCLUW (1-0)
Cole Thompson's two fourth-quarter rushing scores helped BCLUW win at East Marshall in the opener. Thompson had 20 carries for 154 yards on the night.
The Comet defense came up with a huge turnover in the late going to pull out the win. Wyatt Gunderson had five solo and five assisted tackles with 4 1/2 stops going for a loss.
GMG was shut out by defending Class A state champion North Tama, 60-0, in Week 1.
Gladbrook-Reinbeck (1-0) at Grundy Center (1-1)
The rivalry game for the 'Victory Bell' goes down tonight in Grundy Center. G-R holds control of the bell after last season's 35-0 victory over the Spartans.
Brady Billerbeck had four solo and seven assisted tackles in the Rebels' opening win over South Hardin.
The Class A Spartans play a 1A school for the third consecutive week. Grundy Center defeated AGWSR then lost to current No. 6 Dike-New Hartford.
Colo-NESCO (0-2) at Lynnville-Sully (0-1)
The Royals have scored 14 points in both of their defeats to start 2011. Garrett Eley rushed 17 times for 112 yards last week against AGWSR.
Lynnville-Sully lost a 48-40 shootout at CMB in Week 1. Cale Van Wyk rushed for three TDs for L-S. CMB passed for over 300 yards on the night.
HLV (0-1) at North Tama (1-0)
No. 3 North Tama plays at Dennis Field for the first time since winning the 2010 state championship. The Redhawks rolled to a 60-0 win over GMG last week.
Jacob Wrage, in his first start at QB, finished 9-for-11 passing for 105 yards and a touchdown to go with a team-high 71 rushing yards and two scores.
Dillon McClenathan of HLV had four receptions for 91 yards and a touchdown to go with 17 solo tackles in a loss to WACO in Week 1.
Meskwaki (1-1) at Midland (2-0)
The Warriors set a new school record for least points allowed as the third-year program was a 30-8 winner over Central City last Friday.
Kane Youngbear had a pair of interceptions for Meskwaki. The Warriors were led on offense by Vincent Lasley's 96 rushing yards and two touchdowns.
Midland is tops in 8-man and second overall in Iowa high school football with 710 rushing yards for the season. The Eagles are averaging 8 yards per rush as a team. Ryan Leonard has turned his 40 rushes on the year into 405 yards and six touchdowns.