With four weeks of the season now in the books teams are starting to find out exactly where they stand. In week 4, one area team gutted out a comeback win with late game heroics, another was incredibly impressive and one ran into a buzzsaw against an elite level team.
The Fort Dodge Dodgers renewed their rivalry with Marshalltown and were able to pull out a win in what could be described as a “gutsy” and “gritty” performance. Dodgers trailed 14-0 late in 1st half, they would get on the board on a hailmary TD pass on an un-timed down to end the 1st half. Connor Carver found Sam Daniel for a 45 yard strike. Dodgers trailed 14-7 at half but would score on their 1st two possessions of the 2nd half to take the lead. The game would go back and forth and be tied at 28-28 with less than 3 minutes to play and the Dodgers would get the lead for good on this play.
Javion Jondle with one of his two TD catches on the night in what was a breakout game for the Sophomore. Junior QB Carson Peterson also had his breakout game and was masterful in the 2nd half. “Petey” was 22 of 28 for 239 yards and 4 TD’s. Senior Tyler Schreier with 14 catches for 116 yards and two TD’s. Dodger defense held Marshalltown to just 123 total yards in the second half and forced 3 turnovers. Two of those turnovers were huge in the 4th quarter the 1st was when D-End Kaden Lynch made a play 20 yards down field stripping the ball loose, Ben Egli would recover. The 2nd was a pick by Sam Daniel with less than 20 seconds left as Marshalltown had driven the ball into the red zone and was trying to score late to tie it. Dodger DB’s were really good again as they limited D-1 TE prospect Carson Williams to 6 catches for 55 yards and held him out of the end zone. He is committed to play at Buffalo University of the MAC Conference next season. RB Dayson Clayton suffered an injury late in the 1st half he did return in the second half and toughed it out. Clayton had 89 rushing yards on 27 carries, he moved into 3rd all time for career rushing yards in Dodger Football history.
South Central Calhoun had their most impressive performance of the season with a 40-7 win at Pocahontas Area. Titans trailed 7-0 early after Pocahontas would drive the field and score. SC Calhoun would reel off 40 unanswered after that. They outgained Pocahontas Area 394-187 in total yardage. Titans RB Blake Mcalister with a TD catch and a TD run. QB Cole Corey with 3 total TD’s , 2 on the ground and one through the air. South Central Calhoun hosts Southeast Valley in Week 5 in a game that could well determine the district champion.
St. Edmond fell to defending State Champs West Hancock 55-14. RB Cole Kelly was as advetrised he had 5 rushing TD’s in the 2nd half. West Hancock 1ed 41-0 at half after taking a 27-0 lead at the end of the 1st. West Hancock had 458 rushing yards and did not attempt a pass all game. Gaels got TD’s from Sean Flattery and Parker Oswald. Gaels look to bounce back in week 5 as they host Manson NW Webster.
Elsewhere around the area
Webster City edged Humboldt 21-14 in of the area’s biggest week 4 games.
#1 OABCIG 55-0 over East Sac County
Algona 27-7 over Garner-Hayfield-Ventura
South Hamilton remains unbeaten after a 28-6 win over South Hardin
Newell Fonda still unblemished they roll AGWSR 41-6
Southeast Valley cruised past Eagle Grove 60-0. Jags are 4-0 they will travel to take on SC Calhoun in a huge week 5 matchup.