Area teams back in action

After getting their first taste of action last Friday, high school football teams will continue to gear up for the start of district play tonight.

No. 10 (Class 3A) Humboldt welcomes Garner-Hayfield/Ventura in a battle of 1-0 squads. Looking to stay unbeaten, South Central Calhoun travels to East Sac County.

Coming off a victory in its opener, seventh-ranked (1A) Emmetsburg hits the road to face long-time rival Spencer. Pocahontas Area will also try to stay on the winning track at No. 10 (A) Bishop Garrigan.

Here’s a closer glance at those games, along with the rest of this evening’s area matchups:

GH/Ventura (1-0)

at No. 10 (3A)

Humboldt (1-0)

There was no slowing down the Wildcats in Week 1, as they rolled to a 27-0 shutout over Spencer.

Junior Kyle McBeth rushed for 79 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries for Humboldt, while junior Tony Nielsen and senior Jaxon Heinz combined for 104 yards and a score.

Wildcat signal-caller Drew Thomas, a sophomore, went 10-for-17 through the air for 81 yards, including two TDs. Austin Zylstra and Kenny Kuyper both hauled in scoring receptions.

Geoff Bruder and all-stater Brady Ross anchored the stingy Humboldt defensive unit, which held the Tigers to just 145 yards of total offense – all coming on the ground.

In their opener, the Cardinals narrowly escaped with a 19-16 home triumph against West Hancock. G-H/V received 165 yards and a touchdown on the ground from Logan Miller. Lucas Prochaska and Conner Shaw each found paydirt as well for the Cardinals, who never attempted a single pass.

Corey Haupton and Connor Smith recovered fumbles for G-H/V, while Harley Forry posted a team-high eight stops.

South Central Calhoun (1-0) at East Sac County (0-1)

Following a tight 12-6 victory at Greene County, the Titans have some momentum on their side.

Senior Jeff King accounted for the lone offensive TD last week for South Central Calhoun, reaching the endzone from 19 yards out.

Derrick Henkenius of SCC also returned an interception 65 yards to paydirt. At quarterback, Henkenius was 10 of 18 passing for 128 yards. Cyle King was his favorite target, hauling in three catches for 52 yards.

Rylan Richardson (14) and Zayne Barrett (10) were the tackle leaders for the Titans, who received one vote in the first 1A poll of the season. Richardson added a sack and a fumble recovery.

On the heels of a 28-7 road setback to IKM-Manning, the Raiders are hoping to right the ship.

Michael Halbur, a senior, sparked East Sac County with 106 yards and a score on only five totes in Week 1. Halbur’s touchdown gallop was from 69 yards out.

Junior Nick Snyder was next in line for the Raiders, gaining 97 yards on 16 attempts. Signal-caller Ty Jacobsen hit on 10 of 24 passes for 96 yards, spreading the ball around to five different receivers.

Shoring up the run defense is a top priority for East Sac County, which yielded 313 yards and four TDs to the Wolves.

No. 7 (1A) Emmetsburg (1-0) at Spencer (0-1)

Relying on their traditional ground attack, the E-Hawks hammered Storm Lake last Friday by a 42-7 final.

Sophomore Thomas Schultes delivered 118 yards and a pair of scores for Emmetsburg, while senior Jacob Kibbie ran for 100 yards and three touchdowns.

Only 12 of the E-Hawk 436 total offensive yards came through the air.

Wesley Schultes collected a team-best six stops and a sack for Emmetsburg. Zach Anderson also recovered a fumble.

John Greer managed 69 yards rushing on 12 attempts in Spencer’s 27-0 defeat to Humboldt, while Dylan Ellis ran only three times for 42 yards.

Kenser Ellis had a pick for the Tigers, and Austin Roberts, Jacob Sandvig and Reagan Wilson all chipped in sacks.

A year ago, Emmetsburg dropped a lopsided 44-21 decision to Spencer. In 2012, the E-Hawks pounded the Tigers by a 46-21 count.

Pocahontas Area (1-0) at No. 10 (A) Bishop Garrigan (0-1)

With last Friday’s 12-6 comeback triumph over Sioux Central, the Indians already matched their 2013 win total. Tyler Case, a junior, was the offensive focal point for Pocahontas Area in Week 1, producing 121 yards on 22 carries. Jake Kopriva and Ben Olson found paydirt from 41 and 20 yards out, respectively, in the fourth quarter.

Junior Danny Sommerlot racked up a team-high 10 tackles for the Indians, while classmate Matt Lenz recovered two fumbles.

The Golden Bears fell just short, 14-7, to third-rated (1A) and defending state runner-up St. Edmond in their opener. Senior Reece Wadle (12 attempts, 51 yards), junior Cameron Langerman (8-40) and senior Ben Vaske (13-36) spearheaded the ground charge for Garrigan. Vaske’s two-yard jaunt was the lone TD for the Golden Bears.

Grant Buscherfeld, a sophomore, finished with seven stops for the Golden Bears. Classmate Gibson Behr also recovered a fumble.

Garrigan limited the Gaels to 206 yards rushing, nearly 100 yards under last season’s average, which ranked second among all 1A programs.

Other area games tonight: Algona (0-1) at Estherville-Lincoln Central (0-1); Webster City (0-1) at No. 1 (2A) Clear Lake (1-0); Greene County (0-1) at Carroll Kuemper (0-1); Iowa Falls-Alden (0-1) at Clarion-Goldfield (1-0); Eagle Grove (0-1) at Southeast Valley (0-1); North Union (0-1) at Sioux Central (0-1); No. 8 (1A) Manson Northwest Webster (1-0) at Panorama (0-1); Newell-Fonda (0-1) at Harris-Lake Park (0-1); No. 8 (8-man) Glidden-Ralston (1-0) at Laurens-Marathon (0-1); Northwood-Kensett (0-1) at No. 10 (8-man) West Bend-Mallard (1-0).