Friday Night Lights: Comet’s Streak Snapped, Osage Pulls Upset

Decorah 49, Charles City 38

The Charles City Comet Football team’s win streak — snapped.

The Decorah Vikings spoiled the Comet’s homecoming with a 49-38 win at Comet Field Friday Night.  In the middle of the second quarter, after a Marcus Cranshaw Fumble, Decorah had cut the lead but a 97-yard kickoff return for Jeremiah Chapman.


The Vikings would return the favor with a kickoff return themselves.  The Vikings would score four unanswered times and hold on for the win. Sophomore running back Trevor Heitz ran 20 times for 128 yards and two scores.  Chapman collected 35 yards and two touchdowns. With the loss, the Comets fall to 4-2 and host Independence Friday.

Osage 22, #9 Sumner-Fredricksburg 14

The Osage Green Devils are atop the district all by themselves.  The Green Devils upset ninth-ranked and undefeated Sumner-Fredricksburg on Friday night 22-14.  After falling behind 16-0, the Cougars clawed their way back to 16-14, but couldn’t come up with a stop they needed.  Osage quarterback Brett Bobinet threw 12 for 16 for 123 yards a pair of touchdowns and an interception. Thor Maakestad and Hayden Meek each caught a touchdown pass.  Sumner-Fred quarterback Brandon Meyer threw a pair of interceptions and Spencer Schmitz led the Cougars with 17 carries and 67 yards and a score on the ground. Osage is 4-2 and hosts North Butler Friday.  Sumner-Fred hosts Denver and falls to 5-1.

Rockford 64, North Iowa 6

The Rockford Warriors are 5-1 after blowing out North Iowa Friday night 64-6.  Quarterback Jacob Staudt threw for 156 yard son seven completes for a pair of scores to Dillon Schriever.  Kaden Lyman, Schriever and Staudt each bagged two touchdowns on the ground and combined for 271 yards. The Warriors are at Tripoli Friday night.  

South Winneshiek 38, Nashua-Plainfield 16

Nashua-Plainfield found pay dirt for the first time this season, but couldn’t find their first victory of 2018.  The South Winneshiek Warriors topped the Huskies 38-16. Nashua-Plainfield is 0-6 and hosts Central Springs Friday.

Lake Mills 37, North Butler 7

North Butler has now lost five in a row.  The Bearcats fell to Lake Mills 37-7 Friday night.  The Bearcats travel to Osage.

#1 Hudson 27, #4 Saint Ansgar 12

Fourth ranked Saint Ansgar fell to top ranked Hudson on Friday night 27-12.  Quarterback Collin Kramer threw for 86 yards and a pair of touchdowns. The Saints rushing attacked didn’t muster any touchdowns and combined for only 142 yards on the ground.  Saint Ansgar is 4-2 and hosts South Winneshiek Friday.

Duknerton 56, Riceville 38

The Riceville Wildcats have lost four in a row falling to Dunkerton Friday night 56-38.  Sully Fair threw for a touchdown and Judge Losee, Lawson Losee and Carter Mauer all scored and combined for 198 rushing yards.  Riceville is 2-4 and travels to Buffalo Center Friday.

TCU 17, Iowa State 14

Iowa State coach Matt Campbell is not sure about running back David Montgomery’s status for this week’s game at Oklahoma State. Montgomery rushed for 101 yards in a 17-14 loss at TCU but left the game in the fourth quarter with an injury and did not return.


The Horned Frogs won the game with a field goal with 37 seconds remaining. Campbell remains confident in his team despite a 1-3 start.


It was another stellar effort by the Iowa State defense though Campbell says they had trouble getting the TCU offense off the field on third down. The Horned Frogs lone second half touchdown was scored by the defense on a 53 yard return of a Zeb Noland fumble.


Iowa vs Minnesota 

Iowa is expected to be without linebacker Nick Niemann (nee-mun) when the Hawkeyes return from their bye week with a visit to Minnesota. Niemann suffered a leg injury late in a loss to Wisconsin and defensive coordinator Phil Parker says sophomore Barrington Wade and junior Kristian Welch are expected to fill in.


Parker has been pleased with the play of the linebackers after losing all three starters from a year ago.


Offensive coordinator Brian Ferentz says the tweaked their practice schedule heading into the Minnesota game. The Iowa offense has struggled the past few years coming off a bye week.


Ferentz says the improvement on offense the past few weeks can be traced to better production on first down.



Chris Berg

Chris was born in Webster City and raised in Charles City. As a young kid, he would always be caught singing along to songs on the radio. He says he's good at karaoke but we think otherwise. ;) In his free time, he enjoys beginning new projects at home and hardly ever finishing them. Chris lives in Charles City with his wife Vicki, daughter Brynlee and son Jaxon.
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