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Week 3 Prep Football Preview

September 7, 2012
By TIMES-REPUBLICAN STAFF (sports@timesrepublican.com) , Times-Republican

Marshalltown (1-2) at Fort Dodge (0-2)

The Bobcats will try to get back on track on the road after falling at home last Friday to Waukee. Fort Dodge, on the other hand, is fighting to remove itself from the list of 14 teams in Class 4A without a win this fall.

Four interceptions doomed the Dodgers in last week's lopsided loss at Sioux City East. Fort Dodge's defense ranks 45th out of 47 teams in 4A, having allowed 45 points per game.

Marshalltown's prideful passing attack got a complementary running game last week with Connor Ruddick's 122 yards and two touchdowns on the ground.

Dallas Center-Grimes (0-2) at South Tama (2-0)

South Tama opens 3A District 4 play with a chance to open the season 3-0 for just the third time this millenium.

The Trojans have the sixth-best rushing attack in 3A behind the fourth-leading rusher in Kyle Stephenson, who has scampered for 348 yards and five TDs.

Dallas Center-Grimes' record is a little deceiving, considering the Mustangs' losses have come to still-unbeatens No. 8 ADM and No. 3 Norwalk.

PCM (1-2) at West Marshall (3-0)

A state quarterfinal rematch from a year ago unites this year's top 2A passing attack from PCM with the top rushing team in West Marshall.

The fourth-ranked Trojans actually lead the entire state with 1,139 rushing yards, as does tailback Duncan Ferch (684).

PCM quarterback Nate VandeWall has the top single-game passing performance in the state this year, with 460 yards in a Week 1 loss to Knoxville.

BCLUW (1-1) at East Marshall (1-2)

East Marshall boasts the second-best rushing attack in 2A, while BCLUW's passing attack is among the Class A leaders. The host Mustangs are at home for the second week in a row, while the Comets leave Conrad for the first time this season.

East Marshall junior Zach Rubenbauer's 550 rushing yards bolster his team's run-first offense, while BCLUW junior quarterback Conner Ubben has a 115.7 passer rating so far.

The Mustangs had won two in a row in the series until BCLUW took last year's meeting in Le Grand, 26-22.

AGWSR (3-0) at West Hancock (1-1)

Class A's top-ranked rushing attack resides in Ackley, and has better balance than a trapeze artist. Six players have rushed for 75 yards or more, with Nick Pieters leading the way with 195 of AGWSR's 713 rushing yards.

West Hancock is ranked fourth, coming off a two-point loss to 1A No. 4 St. Ansgar. Chris Schleluger has 245 rushing yards to lead the Hawks.

Gladbrook-Reinbeck (1-2) at Iowa Valley (3-0)

Iowa Valley is off to a perfect start with an average margin of victory of more than 30 points, posting a pair of shutouts along the way. Gladbrook-Reinbeck was shut out last week at home.

The Rebels are averaging just 12 points per game going into their Class A District 4 opener in Marengo. Iowa Valley has put up 37.3 points per game and was the top vote-getter outside the top 10 in The Associated Press poll.

G-R tailback Chase Clark's 255 yards against Hudson stands as the state's top Class A rushing performance. Iowa Valley's Logan Loftus has thrown for at least 122 yards each week.

Grundy Center (0-2) at Belle Plaine (2-1)

The Spartans go on the road for the third time in as many games in search of their first win under head coach Brent Thoren, taking with them an average of just 6.5 points per game.

Belle Plaine is allowing just 9 points per game and is led on offense by Adam Daily, the class's seventh-leading rusher with 302 yards.

Grundy Center's previous opponents (AGWSR, Dike-New Hartford) have a combined 5-0 record. Dylan Lyman is the Spartans' leading passer and rusher, including 224 rushing yards.

North Tama (2-1) at GMG (1-2)

The Wolverines will try to topple North Tama for the first time since 2005 when they host the eighth-ranked Redhawks Friday night in Garwin.

GMG snapped its 26-game losing streak two weeks ago against still-winless North Mahaska (0-3), but the Wolverines' two losses have come to yet-unbeaten teams in Southeast Webster-Grand (2-0) and AGWSR (3-0).

Injuries have plagued North Tama of late, yet the Redhawks survived a second-half comeback to take down Lone Tree last week, 20-19. The team has the second-best passing attack in Class A with 589 yards.

Meskwaki Settlement (0-2) at HLV, Victor (2-0)

HLV has outscored its first two foes 126-7, but the Warriors' opponents are a combined 0-5 so far this season, while the Meskwaki Warriors have surrendered 106 points in two games against a pair of 2-0 teams.

Meskwaki will need to find its footing in the running game after gaining just 95 yards on the ground through two losses. The team has a total of 192 yards of offense so far, with freshman receiver Terrell Grant gaining 121 of them through the air.

HLV's defense has forced five turnovers in two wins and has a balanced offense.

Colo-NESCO (1-2) at Ankeny Christian Academy (0-3)

The Royals broke through for their first 8-man win last week and travel to Saydel High School in Des Moines in search of a second straight victory.

The winless Ankeny Christian Academy Eagles are allowing 63 points per game. Abraham Lopez leads the team with 178 yards rushing.

Colo-NESCO's Adam Lytle has rumbled for 441 yards and four touchdowns to pace the Royals' seventh-ranked rushing attack.