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Week 5 Prep Football Preview

September 23, 2011
By TIMES-REPUBLICAN STAFF ( , Times-Republican

Game of the Week

North Polk (3-1, 1-1) at West Marshall (4-0, 2-0)

Class 2A No. 2 West Marshall has won 13 of its last 14 games with its lone setback being a playoff quarterfinal loss to North Polk last November.

Two of the state's elite running backs will be on the field in West Marshall's Dalton Ferch (52 carries for 623 yards and 11 TDs) and North Polk's Noah Pickard (84-701-9).

The Trojans are second in 2A in defense, allowing 3.5 points per game.

South Tama (2-2, 1-1) at Williamsburg (3-1, 1-1)

Two of District 6's four teams with 1-1 marks square off in Williamsburg.

South Tama is coming off a 20-12 loss at Mount Vernon in Week 4. Kyle Stephenson had a 90-yard kickoff return and Brandon Boldt a 5-yard run to account for the Trojans' two scores.

Williamsburg suffered a 28-21 setback at Grinnell last Friday.

East Marshall (0-4, 0-2) at St. Edmond (4-0, 2-0)

Third-ranked St. Edmond held off CMB last week to remain undefeated as fullback Alex Mericle rushed for 100 yards and two touchdowns.

Brendan Wanatee's 15 total tackles along with 14 stops by Nate Judge led East Marshall last week against Gilbert. Dalton Beadle had an interception return touchdown.

South Hardin (1-3, 0-2) at Gilbert (1-4, 1-1)

The defense of No. 2 West Marshall held South Hardin to less than 100 yards of total offense last week in State Center. Dayton Balvanz has been a top target in the passing game as the Tigers look to get on track - 16 catches and three touchdowns on the season.

Jared Oelmann's 127 rushing yards and three touchdowns helped Gilbert to its first district win last week. Drew Mullenbach finished with 125 receiving yards and two scores.

AGWSR (1-3, 0-2) at St. Ansgar (2-2, 1-1)

Three of St. Ansgar's games have been decided by three points or less with the Saints breaking through in a close game last week - a 23-20 win over Garner-Hayfield.

AGWSR received two rushing touchdowns from Chris Dutcher and an 85-yard kickoff return score from Austin Jaspers in Week 4.

BCLUW (2-2, 0-2) at Ogden (2-3, 0-2)

After a 2-0 loss to Woodward Academy last week in Conrad, BCLUW heads west to face Ogden. Freshman Blake Cooper finished with a total of 12 tackles (five solos and seven assists) against Woodward Academy, while Mac Simpson had a sack, interception and two fumble recoveries.

Ogden has lost three in a row.

South Hamilton (2-2, 2-0) at Gladbrook-Reinbeck (3-1, 1-1)

After going winless in non-district play, South Hamilton has scored 20 points in back-to-back district wins. Kyle Lucas had 123 rushing yards and Chris Jacobson added 90 last Friday.

The Rebels look to bounce back in 'The Pit' after a 24-0 loss to Woodward-Granger last week.

North Tama (4-0, 1-0) at Valley Community (0-4, 0-1)

Second-ranked North Tama has run through its first four opponents by a combined score of 203-0. The Redhawks' 50.75 points per game is second in Class A.

North Tama is the only remaining Iowa high school team to not allow any points this season. The Redhawks had 27 different players register a tackle last week against Colo-NESCO. Nolan Hefty had a team-high seven stops - two solos and five assists.

Colo-NESCO (0-5, 0-1) at Rockford (3-2, 1-0)

Rockford takes a three-game winning streak into tonight's matchup. Sophomore Ryan Turner had a pair of touchdown passes in a 22-14 victory over GMG in Week 4.

Colo-NESCO lost quarterback Brandyn Niemeyer to injury last Friday against North Tama and were limited to less than 50 yards of total offense.

GMG (0-5, 0-2) at North Butler (1-3, 0-1)

The Wolverines travel to North Butler coming off an eight-point loss to Rockford last week. Chris Read had a 100-yard receiving night in that contest, while he and Luke Petty both had a touchdown catch from quarterback Brandon Lolwing.

North Butler has lost three in a row since winning its season opener.

Grundy Center (2-2, 1-0) at Newman Catholic (4-1, 2-0)

No. 8 Newman Catholic has allowed only seven points in both of its district wins and used that defense to down North Butler and GMG in back-to-back weeks.

Grundy Center also is undefeated in district play and has had two weeks to prepare for the Knights after having a bye in Week 4.

Meskwaki (3-2, 2-0) at Moravia (4-0, 2-0)

Two of the three 2-0 teams in the district meet tonight in Moravia. The third-year Meskwaki program has won back-to-back games for the second time in its history.

The Warriors lead 8-man football in rushing this season with 1,706 yards, an average of 341 yards per game. Vincent Lasley has a team-high 714 yards to go with eight TDs. Winston Wolf adds 509 yards and seven scores.

Moravia won last year's meeting 65-0. The Mohawks are again a top offensive team, ranking third in 8-man at 61.8 points per game.