Area postseason roundup
Mustangs roll into quarters
NEWELL – Third-ranked (8-man) Newell-Fonda will get its shot at revenge, advancing to the state quarterfinals with a 52-26 victory over Graettinger-Terril here Monday night.
The Mustangs (11-0 overall) face No. 7 and defending state champion Marcus-MMC (10-1) Friday, a 28-18 winner over eighth-ranked West Bend-Mallard last night.
Gabe Podraza scored six touchdowns, three in the air and another three on the ground. The senior finished with 202 yards of total offense, including 151 passing.
Brady Bohe ran for 223 yards on 28 carries, while Dalton Anderson had two catches for 94 yards and a score.
“It all starts up front for us with our offensive line,” N-F head coach Brian Wilken said. “They did a good job in terms of controlling the line of scrimmage and making holes for our backs.
“They also did a good job of giving Gabe time to throw when he did.”
Last year, Marcus-MMC earned a 42-38 victory over Newell-Fonda to move into the semifinals. They went on to defeat Exira-EHK and Don Bosco to claim the school’s first-ever state title.
“This is what you work all year for,” Wilken said. “To have these opportunities. Hopefully we will have a good couple days of practice and go play well (Friday night).”
The game will be played in Marcus, the first time Newell-Fonda has been forced to leave home in the postseason.
Bryce Nielsen and Derek Wolterman, both seniors, had the other two touchdown catches from Podraza. Anderson led the defense with 15 tackles.
While getting another shot at Marcus-MMC is nice, Wilken is more focused on seeing his team improve over these next few days before hitting the field.
“Our goal all year has been to win our next football game,” Wilken said. “It just happens to be against MMC this time.
“I am happy for our kids and this football team. Any win right now is big.”
Garrigan trounces Hinton in Class A
ALGONA – The sixth-ranked (Class A) Bishop Garrigan football team moved within one victory of another semifinal round berth, defeating No. 5 Hinton here Monday night, 54-20.
The Golden Bears (9-2 overall) will face top-ranked West Lyon (11-0), a 50-7 winner over Lawton-Bronson in second round action.
Last year, West Lyon knocked Garrigan out in the first round in Inwood, 41-19. That game will be played at Inwood once again.
Reece Wadle was a perfect 4-for-4 passing, with three of those going for touchdowns. All three scores went to Chris Loss, covering 79 yards.
Brayton Loss did damage on the ground, carrying the ball 24 times for 184 yards and three TDs. Wadle added 95 yards rushing and Conner Langerman added 54 and a score.
David Klein had an interception and Cameron Langerman recovered a fumble. Chris Loss made 12 tackles and Connor Langerman 11 to lead the defense, which limited Hinton to just 36 yards rushing on 16 carries.
The Golden Bears jumped out early, scoring 21 points in the first quarter. Brayton Loss had two of his TD runs, while Chris Loss caught a 30-yard pass from Wadle.
Back-to-back scores by Hinton made it 28-14 before each Loss added another touchdown, pushing the advantage back up to 40-14.
Garrigan held a plus-three advantage in the turnover department and ran for 407 yards as a team.
Hinton (8-3) was the state runner-up last season, falling to Wapsie Valley, which advanced to the quarters last night.
to MMC again
MARCUS – Defending state champion Marcus-MMC knocked No. 8 (8-man) West Bend-Mallard out of the postseason yet again, scoring a 28-18 victory Monday night.
The Wolverines (10-2 overall) lost to seventh-ranked Marcus MMC (10-1) last year in the first round, 49-6.
Next up for MMC will be No. 3 Newell-Fonda (11-0), a 52-26 winner over Graettinger-Terril last night.