In North Iowa’s Sports Leader’s Inaugural Game of the Week, it pitted two Top of Iowa Conference rivals against each other desperate for a win. Both North-Butler-Clarksville and Nashua-Plainfield combined for three wins last year.
The NBC Bearcats snapped their eight-game losing streak with a 6-2 win.
The lone touchdown came in the first quarter on a Cole Negen 33 yard touchdown run.
Nashua-Plainfield’s safety cut the deficit in the third quarter, but their game winning drive stalled before reaching midfield. The Huskies had a kick-off return called back from a penalty and dropped a potentially game sealing touchdown catch early fourth quarter.
NBC’s Kolben Miller registered a game-high 62 yards on 11 carries and Negen collected 54 yards. Nashua-Plainfield’s Michael Stille carried the ball 14 times for 24 yards but tossed 69 passing yards.
Charles City fell to third-ranked Crestwood 34-27. The Comets fell behind by double digits in a game taking almost three hours, but clawed back with in a score. Comet quarterback Marcus Cranshaw completed four passes for 105 yards and a score. Running back Trever Heitz bagged 115 yards on 23 carries. Jeremiah Chapman and Cranshaw also had a rushing touchdown. Ian Collins had four receptions for 103 yards and two scores. Charles City is 0-1.
New Hampton blew a late-game lead at Aplington-Parkersburg.
Jordan Holthaus reports.
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Statement heard – The Rockford Warriors hosted the west central Maynard Blue Devils in their home opener and ran away with the game 78-20. The warrior offense scored on their first drive with 10:10 left in the first quarter. Rockford found the end zone seven times in the first half and led 56 to 14 at the half. The Warrior defense forced a fumble and three interceptions, two by senior Trey Norby.
Second-ranked Clear Lake dumped Osage 56-12.
Nolan Peters reports.
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Sumner-Fredericksburg dumped Postville 40-14. The Cougars got touchdowns from their quarterback Brandon Meyer, Peyton Schmitz and receiver Kody VanEnglenburg to halt Postville in Jacob Coyle’s debut with the Cougars who’s offense didn’t need more than 200 yards in offesne for the win.
They face South Winn Friday on North Iowa’s Game of the Week.
MFL-Mar-Mac beat South Winn 44-28. Warrior quarterback Jacob Herold threw for 257 yards, two interception sand one score to Noah Tieskoetter. South Winn used five running backs in the game.
Fifth-ranked Turkey Valley smashed AGWSR 56-6. The Trjoans used nine-running backs in the game with quarterback Ethan Leibold eating 118 yards and two scores. Marcus Herold, Dylan Eslbernd, Seth Huinker each bagged a score. Eli Reicks added two more touchdowns in the game. The Trojans ran for 435 yards.
Other scores, North Fayette Valley lost to Waverly-Shell Rock 18-7 and Riceville beat Kee High 26-6.
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Charles City went 3-1 in their opening weekend debut. The lone Comet loss came against Iowa City Liberty in a sweep, but Charles City registered wins over Iowa Falls Alden, Mason City and Decorah.
North Butler is 5-1 after four weekend wins. The only loss came to Clarion-Goldfield-Dows.
Iowa State survived the upset bid by Northern Iowa 29-26 in triple overtime Saturday in the season opener at Jack Trice Stadium in Ames. Cyclone quarterback Brock Purdy saved the game by diving on a fumble at the goal line in the third overtime and running back Sheldon Croney scored the winning touchdown one play later.
Iowa State was the heavy favorite going in — but Purdy says it was better to be tested than to have a runaway game.
Purdy threw for 278 yards and two touchdowns in leading the Cyclones from behind to tie the game in the fourth quarter and then twice in the overtime periods.
UNI got a defensive touchdown on a fumble recovery that was upheld on review that gave them the lead late in the third quarter.
Iowa State has the week off before they host Iowa on September 14th. The Panthers host Southern Utah next Saturday.
Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz was pleased with the balance on offense in a 38-14 win over Miami of Ohio. The Hawkeyes rushed for 213 yards and quarterback Nate Stanley connected with 10 different receivers in throwing for 252 yards and three touchdowns.
Junior running back Mehki Sergeant rushed for 91 yards and added another 65 in receiving.