This is the kind of week we’ve been waiting for. There’s nothing more exciting than watching an offense move up and down the field a score some points — maybe some coaches would disagree. Now that it’s all said and done, Week 3 will be one to remember in North Iowa.
MaCoy Yeakel, West Hancock – It’s hard enough to take one punt return back for a touchdown, let alone three. That’s exactly what MaCoy Yeakel did Friday night against North Butler, and in doing so, he etched his name in the state record book as his three returns tied a single-game record. Yeakel also had one rushing touchdown in the 62-18 victory.
Zack Santee, Central Springs – Get used to this name because it’s one that will most certainly pop up throughout the season. For the second time in three games, Santee eclipsed the 300-yard mark on the ground in the Panthers’ 31-14 win over MFL-Mar-Mac. Santee, who went for 304 and three touchdowns in the season opener, bulldozed his way to 345 yards and three touchdowns on 31 carries. It’s the second-best rushing game in the state this season.
Jaylen DeVries, Clear Lake – When DeVries first hit the field last season as a freshman, you could tell he had the tools to be a standout quarterback at the prep level, but still had plenty of room to grow. If Friday’s performance — 20 for 26 for 350 yards and four touchdowns in a win over GHV — is any kind of indication, look out during his final two-plus years of high school.
Games of the week
Riceville triumphs – With so many skill guys back this year, it was hard not to pick Riceville as one of the contenders in their district. While the Wildcats’ season may have gotten off to a bumpy start with a season-opening loss, the last two weeks have made up for it … especially Friday. Riceville played its best game of this young season to knock off 10th-ranked (8-man) AGWSR 36-10.
St. Ansgar hangs on – The learning process is still an active one for the Saints’ inexperienced roster, but a couple close games to start the season won’t hurt in the long run. St. Ansgar pulled out another tight win Friday night, 35-32 over Nashua-Plainfield. Dayton Hanson (152 rushing yards and a TD) and Collin Kramer (three TDs) starred for the Saints.
Gutsy Bulldogs – After rattling off two wins in a row to start the season, Algona faced its toughest test to date Friday at No. 7 (3A) Storm Lake, and even though a win slipped through their fingers in a 35-34 defeat, the Bulldogs are clearly a team to watch the rest of the way. Algona scored a touchdown with 1:44 to play and elected to go for 2, but the Storm came up with the stop to win the game.