Results from around the area
This story will be updated throughout the night.
WDM Valley 69, Ames 7
Valley visited Ames on Friday night, and showed why they’re quite deserving of their No. 2 ranking in Class 4A. The Tigers scored on their first play from scrimmage and dominated the Little Cyclones to the tune of a 69-7 win.
With the victory, Valley improved to 8-0 and 4-0 in the district to take sole possession of first place in district play. Ames fell to 3-5 (3-1), tied for second in the district. The Little Cyclones have now dropped five straight to the Tigers; they last defeated the perennial contenders in 2010.
Valley’s Creighton Mitchell, a North Dakota commit, jetted 70 yards on the game’s first play to give the Tigers an early lead. They then scored on each of their first half possessions to take a 55-0 lead into intermission.
The Tigers gained 557 total yards, rushing for 479 of those.
Ames put together one 80-yard touchdown drive in the third quarter, highlighted by a 22-yard completion to Evan Grey and a 1-yard touchdown sneak from quarterback Cooper Downs.
Ames will close out its season next week at Urbandale (5-3, 3-1).
- Hayes Gardner
Norwalk 28, Ballard 7
The Bombers lost their second-straight, this one a 28-7 setback on the road to Norwalk.
Ballard (3-5) finishes the regular season at North Polk
Nevada 35, Union 21
NEVADA - Nevada used the big play ability of receiver Caeden DaSilva and a strong finish on defense to get past Union, 35-21, Friday at Cub Stadium.
DaSilva caught seven passes for 126 yards and two touchdowns. He caught a 50-yard touchdown reception in the first quarter and a 25-yard scoring strike late in the second quarter.
Nevada led 28-21 early in the fourth quarter when James Edwards returned an interception 12 yards for a touchdown to ice the game. The Cubs bounced back from a loss at West Marshall last week to improve to 6-2 overall and 3-1 in Class 2A District 7 with one game remaining.
“What I love about this team is they’re just resilient,” Nevada coach Andrew Kleeman said. “They just kind of find a way to win. It’s not always pretty, but they find a way.”
Keaton Fry threw for 205 yards and three touchdowns and Caden Jones added 67 yards rushing, 48 receiving and one touchdown for Nevada. Union fell to 2-6 overall and 2-2 in the district.
- Joe Randleman
South Hamilton 46, Ogden 20
OGDEN - South Hamilton turned the ball over four times on Friday, but they played so well outside of those four plays that it hardly mattered.
The Hawks churned out 410 yards on the ground and dominated the line of scrimmage in a 46-20 win over Ogden, keeping alive the possibility of getting into the playoffs in two weeks.
South Hamilton will need a win next week against Eagle Grove and likely some help from a few teams in the RPI standings, but on Friday they looked playoff-ready if they do indeed get the nod.
Cade Flaugh ran for 176 yards and three touchdowns on 27 carries, while Trevor Thompson added 159 yards and three scores on 19 carries.
After forcing an Ogden punt to open the game, the Hawks’ offense got right to work from its own 44.
A 17-yard run by Flaugh and a 13-yard run by Thompson set up Thompson’s 28-yard touchdown run. Brock Galetich ran in the two-point conversion to make it 8-0.
South Hamilton had a chance to build on its lead in the first quarter because the Hawk defense wouldn’t allow the Ogden offense to piece together any drives. But three fumbles – one on a punt return – were all recovered by the Bulldogs, preventing South Hamilton from putting pulling away.
The Hawks forced a turnover on downs in the second quarter, taking over at their own 39. A 34-yard run up the middle set up a four-yard touchdown run by Thomson, making it 16-0 with just under 10 minutes to play in the half.
When Galetich intercepted Ogden quarterback Sam Christensen, South Hamilton took over at the Bulldog 33 and seven plays later, Flaugh bulled his way into the end zone from five yards out. Lineman Jeremiah Smith ran in the two-point conversion, making it 24-0.
Christensen answered just before halftime, driving Ogden 53 yards before finding Kolby Moorman for a 10-yard score. Christensen ran in the conversion, making it 24-8 at the break.
The Bulldogs struck again early in the third quarter, following an interception of Freddie Lewis. Christensen ended that drive when he found Griffin Diggs for a 7-yard score, but Christensen’s pass failed on the conversion, leaving the score 24-14.
South Hamilton needed an answer and got one in the form of a 64-yard drive that Flaugh ended with a 4-yard touchdown run. Smith’s conversion made it 32-14 with 5:32 left in the third quarter.
Ogden only threatened one more time, and Dominic Summers sacked Christensen on fourth down to end that drive in the fourth quarter.
Flaugh and Thompson would each add touchdowns late in the fourth to seal it.
- Dan Wright
Bondurant-Farrar 28, Gilbert 7
Gilbert lost its fifth-straight game, a 28-7 defeat at Bondurant-Farrar.
The Tigers (2-6) round out the season with a home contest against Norwalk.
Vinton-Shellsburg 25, Roland-Story 7
Vinton-Shellsburg 25, Roland-Story 7
STORY CITY — The Roland-Story football team scored on its opening possession of Friday night’s Class 2A District 7 game against Vinton-Shellsburg. However, that was the only time the Norsemen scored in the contest as the Vikings went home with a 25-7 win.
Zach Twedt scored on a 14-yard touchdown run to open the game. The Norsemen (1-7, 0-4) couldn’t sustain any momentum built early on, but the Vikings (3-5, 1-3) struggled to find any offensive footing in the first half. Roland-Story held a 7-6 halftime lead after a goal line stand by the Norse defense stopped Vinton-Shellsburg on 4th and goal from the one-yard line as time expired on the second quarter.
The Vikings scored a pair of touchdowns in the third quarter and put the game out of reach going up 18 in the fourth quarter.
Kyle Selby led the Norsemen with 107 yards rushing on 16 carries. Twedt added 80 yards on nine carries and the touchdown as Roland-Story finished with 284 yards of offense.
The Norsemen close out the season this Friday at Nevada.
- Adam Ring
Collins-Maxwell 72, Twin Cedars 20
The Spartans moved over the .500 mark with a dominating 72-20 win over Twin Cedars.
Collins-Maxwell (5-4) hosts Melcher-Dallas next week.
Baxter 72, Colo-NESCO 69
The Royals lost a shootout to Baxter, 72-69.
Gladbrook-Reinbeck visits Colo next week.