Players to watch
Jacob Nethers, Ballard (Huxley): The leading rusher in Class 3-A is coming off a 44-carry, 305-yard performance. Nethers scored five touchdowns last week, including one on a 75-yard run, in Ballard’s 33-26 win against Carlisle.
Zach Uhlenhopp, PCM (Monroe): Uhlenhopp is tied for the state lead in interceptions with four after picking off three passes last week in a 40-3 win against Pella Christian. He also caught a touchdown pass and ran for a score.
Games to watch
Grinnell (2-0) at Pella (2-0): The Eli Dunne-led offense was supposed to carry third-ranked Grinnell early in the season and it has. The Tigers are second in Class 3-A in yards after outscoring Oskaloosa 55-46 last week. No. 4 Pella is leaning on a defense that is allowing 10 points and 181 yards per game.
West Marshall (2-0) at PCM of Monroe (2-0): Second-ranked West Marshall has scored at least 50 points during its first two games and all-state running back Duncan Ferch already has 10 touchdowns. No. 9 PCM has collected seven turnovers in its two victories.
— Don Bosco of Gilbertville’s Jake Hogan accounted for 584 yards and nine touchdowns last week in a 65-49 win against Janesville. Hogan ran for 397 yards and five touchdowns and threw for 187 yards and four scores.
— South Winneshiek’s Jordan Rommes turned in the state’s top receiving line of the season thus far when he caught eight passes for 240 yards and four touchdowns last week in a 50-6 win against Turkey Valley.
— Guess who leads Class 3-A in scoring? Yes, Saydel — which scored 43 points in 10 games last year. The Eagles have 93 points in two games, including 46 last week when they ended a 35-game losing streak with a victory against Clarke of Osceola.
— Iowa City West is leading Class 4-A in offense through the first two weeks. The Trojans are averaging 551.5 yards per game.