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Week 7 Prep Football Preview

October 7, 2011
By TIMES-REPUBLICAN STAFF (sports@timesrepublican.com) , Times-Republican

Game of the Week

St. Edmond (6-0, 4-0) at West Marshall (6-0, 4-0)

Another Friday night in State Center, another highly regarded challenger for Class 2A No. 2 West Marshall.

The Trojans have wins over last year's Class A finalist Madrid and 2A finalist North Polk already to their credit this season at home. Tonight they face fourth-ranked St. Edmond in a matchup of unbeatens on breast cancer awareness night.

Both teams are in the top 10 in 2A in both offense and defense. West Marshall is third in both scoring offense (46.33 points per game) and defense (6 ppg), while the Gaels are eighth in offense (34.5 ppg) and seventh in defense (10.17 ppg).

Senior running back Dalton Ferch is fifth in 2A in rushing with 875 yards to go with 17 touchdowns. St. Edmond's Neil Flattery stands seventh in 2A with 843 yards on the ground to go with 11 scores.

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

The Bobcats travel west on Highway 30 for tonight's rivalry game. Marshalltown is third in Class 4A in scoring offense at 43.67 points per game. The Bobcats were first in 4A going into Week 6 and 28 points against Waukee couldn't allow MHS to remain No. 1. Des Moines Lincoln is the state's new scoring leader at 48.83 ppg after putting up 86 points last week against Des Moines North. Marshalltown's last trip to Ames produced 60 points in 2009.

The Little Cyclones were shut out 41-0 by Valley in Week 6 in West Des Moines.

South Tama (2-4, 1-3) at Washington (3-3, 2-2)

South Tama is tied for fifth in the district with three weeks remaining and has a chance to catch fourth-place Washington tonight with a win.

Washington has won back-to-back games, sparked by 28 carries for 135 yards and two touchdowns by Parker Turner last week.

North Polk (4-2, 2-2) at South Hardin (2-4, 1-3)

Homecoming night in Eldora has the Tigers facing North Polk. South Hardin used a 34-20 win over East Marshall last week to break into the win column in district play. Levi Prosser threw for 100 yards and a touchdown and also had a rushing score.

North Polk has played one of 2A's toughest schedules and had a season-high 53 points in last week's win over Gilbert.

Roland-Story (3-3, 1-3) at East Marshall (0-6, 0-4)

Roland-Story has lost three in a row and those three teams have a combined record of 14-4. The Norsemen have a strong running attack led by Nolan Samo's 76 carries for 500 yards and six touchdowns this season.

East Marshall started a run of three of four home games with a 34-20 loss to South Hardin last week. Penalties and turnovers hampered the Mustangs. Josh Wilson had four receptions for 119 yards and is averaging 18.2 yards per catch for the season.

AGWSR (1-5, 0-4) at West Fork (2-4, 0-4)

The Cougars travel to West Fork in a matchup on the final two winless teams in District 3. Both teams won their final non-district game before starting 0-4 in district action.

West Fork quarterback Spencer Halloran rushed for 87 yards and passed for 103 last week at Garner-Hayfield.

BCLUW (2-4, 0-4) at South Hamilton (2-4, 2-2)

BCLUW won its first two games of 2011 and has dropped four in a row. South Hamilton started by losing two straight, then won two in a row and now has lost back-to-back contests.

Both teams have had issues putting points on the board in district play. The Comets have scored a combined 20 points in its four district games, while South Hamilton has put up seven or fewer points four times this season.

Hudson (3-3, 3-1) at Gladbrook-Reinbeck (5-1, 3-1)

Second place in District 4 is up for grabs as the Rebels entertain the visiting Pirates. Both teams are in the top 10 in Class 1A in defense with Hudson allowing 10.67 points per game (eighth) and Gladbrook-Reinbeck (10.83 ppg, tenth).

The Pirates have won three straight games since starting the year 0-3, losing to ranked teams in Newman Catholic, Dike-New Hartford and Woodward-Granger. Elliot Lamb (21 total tackles) and Ben Huber (17 tackles) led Hudson's defense in a 10-7 win over Ogden.

Mack Wheeldon (12 total tackles), Brady Billerbeck (11 tackles) and Parker Bolt (interception) paced G-R defense during Week 6's 43-6 triumph at Conrad.

East Buchanan (1-5) at Grundy Center (3-3)

Tonight's non-district matchup at Spartan Stadium has Grundy Center looking to build off last week's big win over Rockford. The Spartans moved into a tie for second place in the district standings and now have the head-to-head tiebreaker after a 32-6 victory over Rockford. Cody Cole had eight rushes for 106 yards and two scores for Grundy Center.

East Buchanan has allowed 40 points per game on the road this season. Backs Brent Barth and Vincent Mossman both had two rushing touchdowns in Week 6 against Valley Community.

GMG (0-7, 0-3) at Colo-NESCO (0-7, 0-3)

The remaining two winless teams in District 3 meet in Colo as the Royals host the Wolverines.

Two of GMG's last three losses have been by eight points or less, including an 18-13 setback to Class 1A Wapello, a team that is 5-2. Blane Anderson had 18 total tackles to go with 131 rushing yards for the Wolverines against Wapello.

Colo-NESCO has scored a combined 13 points over the last three contests. Adam Lytle rushed for 83 yards and a TD in a Week 6 loss to current-No. 6 Newman Catholic.

North Tama (5-1, 2-1) at Don Bosco (5-1, 3-1)

A matchup of teams ranked in Class A's top 5 didn't go North Tama's way last week as the Redhawks saw a 36-game regular season winning streak end 31-20 to Postville.

No. 7 North Tama faces another of the district's top teams as it travels to Waterloo to face Don Bosco. The Dons are receiving votes in the Top 10 are and the first team on the outside of the poll. Don Bosco's only defeat also is to Postville.

Meskwaki (3-4, 2-2) at Seymour (0-6, 0-4)

Meskwaki comes into Week 7 tied for fourth place in District 5 and makes the long trip toward the Missouri border tonight.

Vincent Lasley rushed for 183 yards and three touchdowns for the Warriors in last week's loss to Tri-County. Seymour is allowing 67 points per game and has allowed 70 or more in five of its last six contests.