High school football: Previewing Friday's CIML games

High school football: Previewing Friday's CIML games

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High school football: Previewing Friday's CIML games

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Week 5 of the season has arrived, and with it comes divisional play for the western half of Class 4-A. Below are Friday night’s games featuring CIML teams, broken down by Chris Cuellar (Divisions 1 & 2) and Andy Hamilton (Divisions 3 & 4).
Friday’s Games
Fort Dodge at Ames
Where: Ames Stadium, 7 p.m.
About Fort Dodge (2-2): Forcing turnovers and relying on a young workhorse have led the Dodgers to back-to-back victories heading into divisional play. The Fort Dodge defense has collected seven takeaways in those games, and sophomore Sam Cook rushed 40 times last week for 207 yards and two touchdowns against Mason City.
About Ames (4-0): Quarterback Sam Straub leads Class 4-A in touchdown passes and passing yards, throwing multiple scores in each Little Cyclone win. The Ames defense struggled with Fort Dodge for stretches last season, but allowed just seven points at Marshalltown last week.
D.M. Hoover at Ankeny Centennial
Where: Ankeny Stadium, 7 p.m.
About Hoover (2-2): The Huskies reached the two-win mark for the first time in six years with last week’s 51-27 victory at Council Bluffs Thomas Jefferson, but Hoover has its sights set on something bigger — its first playoff appearance since 1994. Can the No. 2 passing offense in 4-A help the Huskies overcome their struggles defending the run? Hoover’s Brock Larsen is second in 4-A in passing with 1,042 yards and 11 touchdowns.
About Ankeny Centennial (2-2): Two consecutive losses have left the Jaguars searching for solutions at the start of divisional play, particularly on defense. Ankeny Centennial has given up 38 points per game in its last three contests. Valley piled up 437 yards last week against the Jaguars in a 41-21 victory. Though quarterback Isaiah Kramme produced 300 yards last week for the Jaguars, the rest of the Centennial roster accounted for eight.
Southeast Polk at D.M. East
Where: Williams Stadium, 7 p.m.
About Southeast Polk (2-2): The Rams rode a wave of 42 consecutive points to a 42-10 victory last week against Ankeny. After dropping two straight to open the season and giving up 82 points in the process, Southeast Polk has allowed 31 points during the past two games. Quarterback Nick Arnold has completed 65.7 percent of his passes in Southeast Polk’s two wins.
About East (1-3): The Scarlets are trying to brush themselves off after getting thumped 39-7 by previously-winless Lincoln last week. The offense that showed potential early in the season has been grinding its gears lately. Quarterback Chino Alcala has thrown for 156 yards during the past two weeks and the Scarlets managed just 96 yards rushing last week.
Urbandale at D.M. Lincoln
Where: Hutchens Stadium, 7 p.m.
About Urbandale (3-1): Prevented from hitting the home run play by Dowling’s defense, the J-Hawks were narrowly edged last week. Shoring up the run defense should help Urbandale in divisional play, after allowing the Maroons 281 yards and four touchdowns on the ground.
About Lincoln (1-3): Nick Motsinger was Lincoln’s quarterback last season, and showed he can play more than one position in a surprisingly lopsided defeat of East last week. The junior completed five passes, ran 12 times for 87 yards and two touchdowns, and even caught an 89-yard touchdown pass.
Sioux City North at D.M. North
Where: Grubb Stadium, 7 p.m.
About Sioux City North (2-2): The Stars are leaving city limits for the first time this season. Running back Carlos Elizalde had 100-yard games in Sioux City North’s two victories, but was held to 49 yards on 10 carries in defeat. Brandon Konz and Zachary Kraus each have 40 tackles for the season.
About D.M. North (0-4): Youth is getting action in the backfield to take pressure off of seniors Kajuan Davenport and Shymere Williams. Sophomores Caleb Lara and Brad Warren split 15 carries in last week’s loss to Roosevelt, supplementing Williams’ team-high 61 yards.
Waukee at D.M. Roosevelt
Where: Drake Stadium, 7:30 p.m.
About Waukee (3-1): The Warriors are gradually making their climb, both up the rankings and up the 4-A rushing chart. Trevor Allen’s 216-yard rushing performance last week in a 20-7 win against Johnston vaulted Waukee up to ninth in rushing in 4-A and helped the Warriors climb to sixth in the state rankings. Maybe more impressive, Waukee’s defense held the Dragons 35 points under their season average and picked off five passes.
About Roosevelt (3-1): The Roughriders are not only winning these days, they’re winning big. Roosevelt, which went 1-8 last year, won for the third time in four weeks with a 43-13 demolition of North last week. Clyde McGregor carried 20 times for 174 yards and three touchdowns in the win. This might be the toughest test to date for the Roughriders. Their first three wins came against teams with a combined 3-9 record.
Mason City (0-4) at Dowling Catholic (4-0)
Where: Valley Stadium, 7:30 p.m.
About Mason City (0-4): Four turnovers and a blocked punt last week derailed Mason City’s bid for its first win and left the Mohawks with a 24-21 loss against Fort Dodge. Problems on defense surfaced as well. The Mohawks gave up 207 yards rushing to Sam Cook and surrendered an 80-yard touchdown pass. Matt Danielson caught two touchdown passes in the defeat and four Mohawks reached double figures in tackles.
About Dowling Catholic (4-0): The Maroons jumped to No. 2 in the state rankings after overcoming a two-touchdown deficit last week in a 31-27 win against Urbandale. For the first time this season, Chase Dowell — the leading rusher for the Maroons last season — led Dowling in rushing with 19 carries for 170 yards and a touchdown. The Dowling defense held elite all-state receiver Allen Lazard to a season-low two catches for 17 yards in the win.
Valley at Indianola
Where: Buxton Stadium, 7 p.m.
About Valley (2-2): Ankeny Centennial looked ready to add to Valley’s woes with an 80-yard touchdown pass on the first play of last week’s game. The Tigers rallied and prevented a three-game losing streak in a strong effort. Six-foot-6 receiver Anthony Holmes might have finally broken out, with six catches for 119 yards and a touchdown.
About Indianola (4-0): Welcome the Indians to the top ten rankings, but they were 4-1 when they opened division play against Valley last season. They lost that game by 28. Indianola and its 217.8 rushing yards per game average will be tested here.
Ankeny at Johnston
Where: Johnston Stadium, 7:30 p.m.
About Ankeny (1-3): Ankeny lost two games in the 2011 and 2012 seasons, and lost its third straight last Friday at Southeast Polk. The offense struggled to get a push in the nondivisional schedule, scoring just 31 points in the three defeats.
About Johnston (1-3): The high-powered Johnston offense was finally slowed last week, with Waukee holding the Dragons to seven points. Junior Jordan Weddington still got 127 yards and 33 carries, but five interceptions doomed the offense when it needed to make a play.
Marshalltown at Ottumwa
Where: Schafer Field, 7:30 p.m.
About Marshalltown (0-4): Teams that took a beating from the Bobcats last year are getting payback this season. Ames piled up 571 yards last week and became the third squad to avenge a 2012 defeat against Marshalltown. The Bobcats are still searching for some segment they can count on. They rank 45th out of 48 teams in offense in Class 4-A and 44th in scoring. One positive: Linebacker Derek Mann collected 34 tackles in the past two games.
About Ottumwa (2-2): The Bulldogs, stripped of their first win of the season for using an ineligible player against Keokuk, felt defeat on the field last week against Indianola when the Indians routed Ottumwa 34-7. Indianola racked up 202 yards rushing and collected three turnovers on defense. Four Bulldogs finished in double figures last week in tackles.

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