Week 3 of the season saw Fort Dodge have it’s biggest test of the season at Dodger Stadium and saw SC Calhoun continue to roll along. Other teams from the area were in action and continued their winning ways remaining unbeaten like Southeast Valley, Humboldt, Pocahontas Area, Newell-Fonda and others.
Fort Dodge came into the Week 3 game ranked for the 1st time this season at #10. The Dodgers had a tough draw in 8th ranked Ankeny. The Dodgers would fall 52-18 in the game their 1st loss of the season. The Hawks were big, physical, and dominant up front on both sides of the ball. They loaded the box defensively to take away the Dodger run game and contain Iowa’s leading rusher going into week 3, Dodger RB Dayson Clayton. That game plan would work as they held Clayton to 74 yards on 22 carries, the first time this year he’s been held under a 100 yards. The Hawks impressed with how they well they pursued the football and gang tackled. Ankeny’s big, physical offensive line would outweigh the Dodger D-line by at least 50 pounds at some spots more than that. They would get a surge off the ball and open up holes for the run game. Ankeny QB Jase Bauer would have 3 rushing TD’s on the night and the Hawks offense would have 6 scores on the ground. Dodgers would get a big game out of Tyler Schreier with 5 catches for 169 yards and 2 TD’s. Jerry Chada would get an interception in the end zone and the Dodger defense would hang tough until late in the game. Dodgers managed just 2 1st downs in the 1st half of the game and Ankeny rolled up 17 while possessing the ball for 18 of the first 24 minutes of play. The Dodger defense showed tremendous fight and determination but ultimately was worn down late after being on the field almost all night. LB’s Ben Egli and Dylan Zimmerman along with DB Jake Erickson had what would probably be considered their best games of the season thus far.
In the old days of football coaches primarily leaned almost solely on the run game. The philosophy was “their are 3 things that can happen when you throw the ball and two of them are bad”. SCC Head Coach Brian Case channeled that philosophy in Week 3 as the Titans threw the ball just 4 times in a 49-13 win against Clarion-Goldfield-Dows. The Titans out gained them 331-187. SCC got 101 rushing yards and a rushing TD from Blake Mcalister, Brennan Holder added 107 yards on the ground and 2 scores. The Titans are 3-0 having beaten their opponents by a combined score of 97-20. The Titans are on the road taking on another area unbeaten in Pocahontas Area in week 4.
Elsewhere Around The Area
Southeast Valley moved to 3-0 with a 36-20 over Belmond-Klemme. Jags QB Kolson Kruse with 3 TD passes in the game.
Newell-Fonda rolled past West Bend-Mallard 55-0
Class 3A’s 8th ranked squad Webster City edged Ballard 8-7
Humboldt rolled 36-0 over Boone. Wildcats remain unbeaten they host Webster City next week.
Pocahontas Area remains unbeaten after cruising past Eagle Grove 63-14. They host 2nd ranked South Central Calhoun in week 4.
Treynor edged East Sac County 9-7 ona 35 yard FG as time expired.
Spirit Lake over Algona 40-17
West Hancock the defending Class A state champs blanked Bishop Garrigan 35-0.
South Hamilton remains unbeaten with a 20-0 win over Dike-New Hartford.