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A return to rankings for Trojans and Redhawks

August 28, 2012
By TIMES-REPUBLICAN STAFF (sports@timesrepublican.com) , Times-Republican

The rankings reflect what the past has told the voters.

West Marshall and North Tama belong in the top 10.

The Associated Press released its first Iowa high school football poll of the new season, and both the Trojans and the Redhawks are back in them again.

The two area teams who ended last year in the AP's top 10 rankings are back there again, with West Marshall polled fourth in Class 2A and North Tama listed seventh in Class A despite a decisive Week 1 setback.

West Marshall (2-0) gained a pair of first-place votes from sports writers across the state. The Trojans, who reached last year's state semifinals, defeated 3A Iowa Falls-Alden in Week Zero and took down Waterloo Columbus last Friday night.

Junior tailback Duncan Ferch ranks third in the state - second in 11-man football - with a rushing total of 367 yards according to quikstatsiowa.com.

The Trojans play at 1A Panorama (1-0) this Friday night in Panora.

North Tama (1-1) knocked off Nashua-Plainfield in a Week Zero tilt at Wartburg College, but the Redhawks were handed a 52-24 loss by 1A No. 3 Aplington-Parkersburg Friday night in Traer.

The Falcons rumbled for 477 yards against the perennially stout North Tama defense. Lone Tree (0-1) comes to Traer this week.

Redhawks quarterback Jacob Wrage currently ranks fifth in the state with 505 passing yards. Marshalltown and senior QB Blake Gimbel rank first with 852 yards.

Marshalltown (1-1) is the only other area football team to have received votes in the first AP poll of the fall. The Bobcats got four votes in 4A after beating 3A vote-getter Pella last Friday night at Leonard Cole Field.

The Bobcats are at home for the second week in a row, hosting a Waukee (0-1) squad that fell to 4A's top-ranked Valley, 45-21, in Week 1.