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Week 6 Prep Football Preview

September 30, 2011
By TIMES-REPUBLICAN STAFF (sports@timesrepublican.com) , Times-Republican

Week 6 Prep Football Preview

Game of the Week

Postville (5-0, 3-0) at North Tama (5-0, 2-0)

Only three games in Iowa tonight are between undefeated teams, one of those is in Traer for the Redhawks' Homecoming.

North Tama has followed its 2010 state championship by taking its first five games of 2011. The Redhawk defense, led by top tacklers Nolan Hefty and Nick Whannel, has yet to allow a point. In addition to being the only team in Iowa yet to be scored upon, North Tama also has been strong on offense. The Redhawks are second in Class A in scoring at 49.6 points per game.

Postville has a half-game lead on the Redhawks in the district standings and brings Class A's No. 10 defense (15.6 ppg) and No. 12 offense (31.2 ppg) to town.

Waukee (3-2, 1-0) at Marshalltown (4-1, 0-1)

The 4A top scoring team from Marshalltown (46.8 points per game) squares off against 4A's No. 20 defense from Waukee (23 ppg).

The Bobcats are coming off a bye week and last time out set an Iowa high school record with 567 passing yards against against Sioux City East. Blake Gimbel finished 42-for-62 passing for 567 yards with five TDs and two interceptions. Marshalltown's previous school record for passing yards in a game was 505 against Waukee in 2008.

The Warriors' losses in 2010 are to No. 4 Ankeny and No. 7 Southeast Polk. Quarterback Cole Pederson threw for four touchdowns and had a 100-yard rushing performance in Waukee's CIML Iowa win over Mason City.

Solon (4-1, 3-0) at South Tama (2-3, 1-2)

The defending state champion No. 6 Spartans make their first trip to Tama tonight in district play. Solon lost to Iowa City Regina and has rebounded to win its last three games by a combined 116-22. Senior quarterback J.J. Hanus rushed for 153 yards and three touchdowns last week against Mount Vernon.

South Tama fell 48-21 to Williamsburg last week. Sam Kuhter threw three touchdowns for the Trojans, connecting with Erik Lux, Kyle Stephenson and Clay Waterbury for scores.

South Hardin (1-4, 0-3) at East Marshall (0-5, 0-3)

Le Grand is the location of tonight's district matchup between the Tigers and Mustangs.

South Hardin dropped a 1-point contest at Gilbert last week. Ben Ferris rushed for 92 yards, while Tyler Petersen had 88 yards and a score.

Mitch Berry of East Marshall is one of 2A's leaders in kickoff returns as he is averaging 33.7 yards per attempt and has two touchdowns.

West Marshall (5-0, 3-0) at CMB (4-1, 2-1)

No. 2-ranked West Marshall takes a 14-game district winning streak to the site of its last loss, CMB on Sept. 25, 2009. The Trojans own the No. 2 defense in Class 2A, allowing four points per game and have yet to surrender more than seven points in a contest. Sophomores Devin Chesler (nine total tackles) and Duncan Ferch (eight) led the way in last week's Homecoming win over North Polk.

CMB has shown an ability to both run and throw the ball effectively and stand eighth in 2A in scoring at 36 points per game. The Raiders' lone loss was a 28-21 setback to No. 4 St. Edmond. CMB used a last-second field goal by freshman Joe Nissen to down Roland-Story 31-30 last week. The Raiders passed for 216 yards in that contest and rushed for 215.

Nashua-Plainfield (5-1, 3-1) at AGWSR (1-4, 0-3)

Seven different Nashua-Plainfield receivers caught passes from quarterback Matthew Sharp in a 28-19 win over Garner-Hayfield last week.

AGWSR's Josh Bagley threw for 120 yards last time out at Saint Ansgar. Austin Jaspers had six catches for 59 yards and a touchdown.

Gladbrook-Reinbeck (4-1, 2-1) at BCLUW (2-3, 0-3)

The Rebels used a strong second half to down South Hamilton last week and bounce back from a loss to Woodward-Granger. Brady Billerbeck is second in the district in total tackles with 64, including 10 against South Hamilton.

Injuries have hampered the Comets as they've lost three in a row and scored a combined 14 points.

Newman Catholic (5-1, 3-0) at Colo-NESCO (0-6, 0-2)

No. 8-ranked Newman Catholic brings Class A's fifth-best defense to Colo. The Knights are holding teams to 11.2 points per game.

Colo-NESCO lost starting quarterback Brandyn Niemeyer earlier in the season and ran the ball 30 times and threw it only once last week against Rockford. Weston Neuendorf was involved in 20 tackles (13 solo, 7 assist) against Rockford, while Adam Lytle had 19 (10-9).

Rockford (4-2, 2-0) at Grundy Center (2-3, 1-1)

The winner of tonight's matchup between the Warriors and Spartans will be in second place in the district standings.

Grundy Center returns home after a two-game road swing, winning against Colo-NESCO and losing to district leader Newman Catholic. Rockford running back Travis Johnson had 31 carries for 190 yards and a touchdown in a Week 5 win over Colo-NESCO.

Wapello (4-2) at GMG (0-6)

Non-district action has the Wolverines hosting Class 1A Wapello. GMG quarterback Brandon Lolwing threw for 157 yards in Week 5 at North Butler. Luke Petty had five receptions for 92 yards and a 38-yard touchdown.

Wapello allowed 398 rushing yards last week in a 56-8 loss to West Branch.

Tri-County (2-4, 1-2) at Meskwaki (3-3, 2-1)

Undefeated Moravia handed Meskwaki its first district loss of the season last week. The Warriors return home to host Tri-County.

Tri-County's Colton Molyenux rushed for six touchdowns two weeks ago.