STATE CENTER - Duncan Ferch rumbled for 165 yards and three more touchdowns as the West Marshall football team improved to 2-0 with a convincing 41-14 victory over Waterloo Columbus on Friday night.
Ferch had touchdown runs of 11, 17 and 70 yards to run his season rushing total to 397 yards after two games. Devin Chesler dashed to 122 yards on just seven carries, boosted by a 76-yard TD scamper that put the Trojans ahead 27-0 at the half.
Quarterback Jake Pszanka added a 34-yard scoring run, and Dale Hilleman added a 61-yard touchdown dash. Pszanka also completed 2 of 3 passing attempts for 21 yards. Kicker Gustavo Rodriguez was 5-for-6 on point-after attempts.
Bailey Brockman led the Trojan defense with five tackles, a total that included three stops for loss and one quarterback sack.
Waterloo Columbus (0-1) was led by quarterback Charlie Verduzco, who had a 5-yard touchdown run and connected with Collin Beyer for a 19-yard TD strike - all in the second half.
West Marshall remains in non-district play with next Friday's journey to Panora for a 7:30 p.m. contest against the Panorama Panthers.
GMG 27, North Mahaska 24
NEW SHARON - One week after Southeast Webster-Grand ended its 53-game losing streak in Garwin, the GMG football team snapped it own 26-game skid with a 27-24 victory over North Mahaska with the go-ahead touchdown as time expired.
The Wolverines (1-1) had not won since Sept. 18, 2009, but got over the hump when Austin Vaughn's pass sailed through the hands of a pair of Warhawk defenders and into the awaiting arms of Bryce Newcomb. The 38-yard scoring pass was not the plan, exactly, but it did the job.
"The goal was to get the ball to the 25 because we have a good kicker," said GMG head coach Kyl Gillespie.
GMG led 14-6 at the half but had to rally past North Mahaska (0-2) after the Warhawks went ahead 24-21 on Karson Stodghill's second TD run of the game with 58 seconds left.
"They had a determined look in their eyes," Gillespie said of his squad. "You couldn't tell who's night it was but it ended up being ours."
Vaughn finished 9-for-14 passing for 106 yards with the game-winning touchdown. Luke Petty made five grabs for 65 yards.
Brock Fisher had touchdown runs of 4 and 17 yards and finished with 62 yards on eight attempts. Blake Warren gained 117 yards on 19 carries with a 35-yard scoring scamper that gave GMG a 21-12 lead with 1:55 left in the game.
The Wolverines' starting tailback Lansana Mohr was lost for the season with an ACL injury, according to Gillespie.
Vaughn led the GMG defense with 11 tackles while Matt Smith and Ryan Spurlin added nine stops apiece.
The Wolverines remain on the road next week with a non-district game at AGWSR (2-0) in Ackley.
Aplington-Parkersburg 52, North Tama 24
TRAER - Three players rushed for more than 100 yards and Class 1A power Aplington-Parkersburg piled up a 52-24 triumph over North Tama in Friday's Week 1 clash.
It was the most points scored against North Tama in a game since 1993.
Tyler Peters rushed for 139 yards, Brady Frey had 136 and Kollin Cuvelier had 85 of his 108 on a long touchdown run as the Falcons opened the season with a win for the eighth year in a row.
Peters also picked off two passes to lead the A-P defense.
North Tama (1-1) was limited to a total of 38 yards rushing, while Jacob Wrage threw for 266 yards on 21-for-29 passing. Brent Billerbeck had seven catches for 77 yards, Mitchell Boerm made 10 grabs for 73 yards, and Jacob Watson had four catches for 75 yards with a 41-yard touchdown reception near the end of the first half that tied the game at 17-all.
The Redhawks are at home again next Friday night, facing Lone Tree in a non-district tilt.
Adair-Casey 49, Colo-NESCO 14
ADAIR - Colo-NESCO's fast start fizzled and Adair-Casey ran away with a 49-14 triumph over the Royals in Friday's 8-man District 6 contest.
A 54-yard fumble return for touchdown by Tyler Guy got Colo-NESCO out front early, and Adam Lytle's 25-yard TD run gave the Royals a 14-13 lead after one quarter.
But the host Bombers (2-0) outscored their guests 29-0 in the second period and 7-0 in the second half.
Gunnar Dinkla had TD runs of 15 and 37 yards and added a 36-yard touchdown pass to Emmitt Wheatley. Charlie Terry tallied scoring sprints of 57, 1 and 3 yards to salt away the win for Adair-Casey.
Lytle led Colo-NESCO with 88 yards rushing on 11 carries, while Brandyn Niemeyer had 69 yards on 18 attempts. The Royals managed just 13 yards passing with two interceptions.
Tyler Erickson led the defense with 16 tackles, while Jake Webb had 11, and both Lytle and Niemeyer had 10 stops.
Colo-NESCO returns home in Week 2 to play Northeast Hamilton in a non-district contest next Friday.
BGM 41, East Marshall 16
BROOKLYN - Josh Wilson rushed for 105 yards and one touchdown to lead East Marshall (1-1) in a Week 1 loss at BGM (1-0).
Dalton Beadle returned a fumble for the Mustangs' only other score.
East Marshall plays Hudson (0-1) in its home opener next Friday night.