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Week 4 Prep Football Preview

September 20, 2013
By TIMES-REPUBLICAN STAFF (sports@timesrepublican.com) , Times-Republican

Ames (3-0) at Marshalltown (0-3)

Class 4A's top passing attack takes to Leonard Cole Field tonight, but for the first time in a long time it's not the Bobcats.

Eighth-ranked Ames is averaging 265.7 yards per game through the air entering tonight's rivalry contest with host Marshalltown. The Bobcats, who are off to an 0-3 start for the first time since 2001, have thrown for just 320 yards total.

The Little Cyclones are led by quarterback Sam Straub, the state's third-leading passer who has nine touchdowns and only one interception. Fellow senior Alex Brammer leads 4A with 23 receptions and 387 yards, while tailback Clifford Kwaw-Mensah is 4A's leading rusher (91-549).

The Bobcats rank 45th out of 48 4A teams with 495 yards of total offense, led by QB Dylan Diveney's 298 passing and 97 rushing yards.

Newton (1-2, 0-1) at South Tama (1-2, 0-1)

Two teams coming off district-opening defeats clash tonight as Newton visits South Tama in a Class 3A District 4 battle.

Newton was dropped last week by a now-ranked Boone squad, while STC fell on the road at Dallas Center-Grimes. Last year's match was decided by one point, 28-27, in favor of the Cardinals.

Newton has gained 610 of its 961 yards offensively via the run, led by Deonne Harris' 28 carries and 205 yards. South Tama's has been a balanced attack, with 381 rushing yards and 386 passing gains.

West Marshall (3-0, 0-0) at Nevada (1-2, 0-1)

The Trojans bounced Nevada from last year's Class 2A playoffs to make it five straight in the series.

This year's meeting is West Marshall's District 7 opener, and the fourth-ranked Trojans have won 24 straight in district play.

West Marshall's quest for a sixth straight district title officially begins in Nevada, where the Trojans' vaunted rushing attack will take center stage. The Trojans rank second in 2A in rushing offense, with Duncan Ferch and Devin Chesler leading the way. Ferch has 506 yards and nine touchdowns, while Chesler has 339 yards and six scores. West Marshall is averaging 44.3 points per game - fifth-best in 2A.

Nevada is averaging just 14 points per game, leaning once again on tailback Chase Dobson. The junior is second in 2A with 563 yards rushing.

Center Point-Urbana (2-1) at East Marshall (0-4)

The only 0-4 team in Class 2A looks to break into the win column tonight in Le Grand, where East Marshall hosts non-district foe Center Point-Urbana for the programs' second-ever meeting. Last year's outcome was a 20-point decision for the Stormin' Pointers.

CPU's Brandon Kinsey ranks ninth in 2A with 353 rushing yards, while East Marshall's Zach Rubenbauer stands 13th with 319 yards.

The Mustangs are allowing 44.3 points per game, which ranks 52nd out of 56 teams in 2A. Last week's 35-19 loss to South Hardin was East Marshall's closest contest yet.

Roland-Story (0-3, 0-1) at South Hardin (1-2, 1-0)

South Hardin will look to its prolific passing attack to try and break Roland-Story's streak of five straight wins in the series.

The host Tigers rank second in Class 2A with 691 passing yards through three games, including last week's District 7 win at East Marshall. QB Sam Shindelar leads 2A with all of those yards, throwing for seven touchdowns but five interceptions. Eric Mulder has 14 receptions for 244 yards and two scores.

Roland-Story's offense ranks 51st out of 56 teams in scoring just 9 points per game. Josiah Soderstrum leads the Norse with 154 rushing and 59 receiving yards.

AGWSR (4-0, 1-0) at Bishop Garrigan (2-1, 1-0)

AGWSR can make this season its best in shared school history with another win to open the year as the Class A No. 4-ranked Cougars meet ninth-ranked Bishop Garrigan tonight in Algona.

The host Bears took last year's clash by eight, and another defense-driven contest could be in store. AGWSR has allowed just 5 points per game - fourth-best in Class A - while Garrigan has surrendered just 10.7 ppg.

The Cougars lead all of Class A with 1,378 rushing yards, with five players accumulating at least 190 yards apiece so far. Clay Bohner is tops with 326 yards while Clay Meinders has 320 yards and six touchdowns.

Grundy Center (2-2, 1-0) at GMG (3-1, 1-0)

GMG can find out if its fast start is for real tonight as it tries to avenge last year's 37-point loss against Grundy Center in Class A District 4 play.

The Spartans have claimed all three meetings against GMG, including a 43-6 victory last fall. But GMG has things turned around behind a much-improved offense. Bridger Claassen ranks ninth in Class A with 370 passing yards, while Homecoming king Austin Vaughn is 12th in rushing with 382 yards.

Grundy Center's offensive numbers break down similarly, with Jordan Clapp (27-316) and Bryce Moats (33-273) leading the rushing attack and Brock Rohler throwing for 324 yards.

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

Class A's yards-from-scrimmage leader will likely be the center of BCLUW's attention when Gladbrook-Reinbeck visits Comet Country tonight.

G-R senior Chase Clark is the state's second-leading rusher with 81 attempts for 730 yards and nine touchdowns, carrying Class A's third-leading offense on his back thus far. That's more yards than BCLUW has accumulated in three games so far this season (679).

The Rebels have won seven straight in the series.

North Tama (0-4, 0-1) at Iowa Valley (1-3, 0-1)

Four touchdowns in four games has North Tama staring at its first 0-4 start since the 1960s.

The Redhawks once again have a strong passing attack, but not the ground game to go with it. North Tama is next-to-last in the entire state with just 47 rushing yards. The team will turn to junior QB Brody Hulme to distribute the ball, which he has done to the tune of 495 yards so far - second-best in Class A. Riley Rohach has seven catches for 164 yards and three TDs, and Caden Stuart adds 12 catches for 161 yards.

Iowa Valley is led by Austin Carney, who has carried the pigskin 95 times for 373 yards but no touchdowns.

Twin Cedars (4-0, 2-0) at Meskwaki (0-3, 0-2)

One of 13 unbeaten 8-man teams visits Meskwaki Settlement tonight as Twin Cedars brings its high-powered passing attack in for a District 5 clash.

The Sabers and QB Brent Parker have passed for 1,165 yards this season - 401 more than the nearest competitor in 8-man football. They have 22 of their 29 touchdowns through the air, with Coy Moore (11-358) hauling in seven of them.

Twin Cedars is averaging 54 points per game while the host Warriors have surrendered nearly 59 per contest. Meskwaki has struggled to generate enough offense with just 223 rushing yards compiled so far. Tyus Grant has thrown for 435 yards and four touchdowns, while Adonis Lasley leads the way with 11 catches for 237 yards and three scores.

East Union (1-3, 0-1) at Colo-NESCO (1-3, 1-1)

Colo-NESCO came away from last week with its first home game, and Homecoming king and senior quarterback Taylor Hill was a big reason. Hill ran for 189 yards and two touchdowns as the Royals ran away from Ankeny Christian Academy, 60-6, last Friday night.

On Homecoming, the Royals welcome an East Union team that has surrendered more than 46 points per game.