Both South Central Calhoun and Pocahontas Area put on an offensive display in Week 1.
Now, the two squads will face off in Lake City in a showcase of high powered attacks.
The Messenger area teams got a glimpse of their new squads last Friday and tried to work out the kinks to smooth things over. Area teams went 10-6 combined last week.
The ninth-ranked Titans earned a 48-7 victory over East Sac County, while the Indians shut out Manson Northwest Webster, 38-0.
As impressive as the Titans were with 452 yards of total offense, it was the defense that allowed just 110 yards to the Raiders.
Junior quarterback Gavin Batta, who threw for 930 yards last season, threw for a third of that last Friday in a 308-yard, four-touchdown effort. He was an efficient 13-for-21 pass as he also ran for a touchdown.
Four different receivers caught TD passes, with junior Keegan Soard leading the way with five catches for 158 yards and two touchdowns. He averaged 31.6 yards per catch.
Junior Brock Nattress had two receptions for 85 yards and a 59-yard touchdown. Senior Justin Hanks had a 15-yard touchdown.
Senior Chance Roeder and classmate Jordan Moreno had a combined pass and catch, respectively, but it was for a 65-yard Roeder touchdown.
What the Titans did in the air, the Indians did on the ground. Pocahontas Area rushed for 329 yards, led by two 100-yard rushers.
Senior Alex Welander was the groundhog with 23 carries for 121 yards and three touchdowns. Junior Lucas Kopriva had 131 yards, while junior Ryan Sommerlot had 10 carries for 77 yards and two TDs.
The Pocahontas Area defense held the Cougars to 76 yards of total offense.
Emmetsburg (0-1) at No. 7 Southeast Valley (1-0)
Defending Class 2A state champion Southeast Valley won its sixth straight contest since last season, defeating Interstate 35 Truro in a 20-7 final.
The seventh-seeded Jaguars rushed for 134 yards, led by Brady Hanson. The sophomore rushed for 75 yards and two TDs. Senior Carl Berglund rushed for 33 yards and touchdowns.
Senior Justin Loseke led the defense with 10 tackles. Loseke now has 206 career tackles from him and trails only University of Iowa defensive lineman Aaron Graves (221) on career lists.
The E-Hawks had 317 yards of offense in a 39-27 loss to Algona last week. Senior Cade Shirk rushed for 108 yards, and classmate Ryan Brennan had 94 rushing yards. Sophomore Carson Baak added two touchdowns.
Brennan threw for 87 yards and two touchdowns. He connected with Shirk for 35 yards, while senior Ben Saxton also had a receiving TD.
No. 3 Humboldt (1-0) at Garner-Hayfield/Ventura (0-1)
A year after reaching the Class 3A state semifinals, Humboldt sits in third place in 3A and is coming off an impressive 10-0 victory over Webster City on Friday night.
There were no offensive touchdowns in that contest, just a 52-yard interception late by senior Kaleb McCullough and a 27-yard field goal by senior Trever Beach.
Senior quarterback Joshua Thurm was 11-for-19 for 129 yards. Junior Lance Coon led the offense with 48 yards.
The Cardinals suffered a 32-8 loss to West Hancock in their first game. Garner-Hayfield/Ventura rushed for 71 yards and threw for 15. The only touchdown came from senior AJ Tusha.
Clear Lake (1-0) at Algona (1-0)
Algona put up solid offensive numbers in a 39-27 victory over Emmetsburg.
The Bulldogs had 449 yards of total offense and were balanced, with 269 rushing and 180 passing.
Second-year quarterback Alex Manske threw for 180 yards on 11-of-14 passes and four touchdowns. He connected with senior Caden Weber (six yards), junior Jayden Erpelding (17) and junior Porter Reffer (63) for scores.
Manske also rushed for 104 yards and a 46-yard touchdown on 10 carries.
Refer had 60 rushing yards and a 36-yard touchdown and senior Lamorn Ulfers had a one-yard touchdown.
Clear Lake threw a 42-0 shutout over Iowa Falls-Alden in Week 1. Sophomore Titan Schmitt had 119 yards on 25 totals and five touchdowns.
Junior Cael Stephany was 16 of 17 for 186 yards and a nine-yard touchdown pass to senior Ezekiel Nelson. Nelson caught five balls for 50 yards.
Clarion-Goldfield/Dows (1-0) at Belmond-Klemme (0-1)
The Cowboys began their season with a 48-20 win over Eagle Grove.
Senior Preston Gardner had a career night, rushing for 257 yards and two touchdowns with a long scoring 76 yards on 15 carries.
His classmate Nevan Foss had 106 yards on seven totals and two touchdowns, a long 45 yards.
Junior Diego Gonzalez (30 yards) and senior Cale Kirstein (eight) also had touchdowns.
Belmond-Klemme suffered a 36-8 loss to AGWSR last Friday.
Other area games: Boone (0-1) at Webster City (0-1); Sioux Central (0-1) at Manson NW (0-1); MVAOCOU (0-1) at Eagle Grove (0-1); Bishop Garrigan (1-0) at Northern Iowa (0-1); East Sac County (0-1) at Ridge View (0-1); Greene County (1-0) at Perry (0-2); North Union (1-0) at North Butler (0-1); Siouxland Christian (0-1) at No. 4 Newell-Fonda (1-0).
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