Heading into the 2010 high school football season, not many experts predicted Carlisle or Norwalk to be in the hunt for the Class 3A, District 8 championship this year.
Carlisle was coming off a 5-4 season, while Norwalk was worse than that in 2009.
Both teams have turned heads in a big way this season, and the head-to-head showdown between two unbeaten teams took place Friday.
And No. 9 Carlisle (7-0) put itself in the driver’s seat for the district crown as Carter Stephens rushed for 81 yards and two scores in the 17-3 win over Norwalk.
Jeremy Plaus had 109 passing yards in the win, while Kyle Joiner had 17 tackles on defense. Matt Wilkson added 12 tackles on defense as well.
Norwalk had just 192 total yards in the game. Corey Anderson led the Warriors with 56 rush yards and 44 passing yards. Zach Crain pitched in 72 rush yards and 10 receiving yards in the loss for Norwalk, who is now 6-1 on the season.
Austin Katzureck had 13 tackles and Carson Klocko had 11 tackles in the loss for Norwalk.
Ballard 48, Algona 7
The Bombers improved to 5-2 Friday night after Tanner Weatherman rushed for 131 yards and two scores and passed for 193 yards and two touchdowns.
Tanner Hiatt added 73 yards and two scores for Ballard, while Jack Carney had 134 receiving yards and two scores.
Ross Larson had 14 tackles on defense, while Kordell Lettow added 11 tackles.
ADM of Adel 20, Newton 13
Newton’s drop to Class 3A has not gone very well in the first season. The Cardinals are more competitive than they were in Class 4A having been in most of the games they have played this season.
However, Newton dropped to 2-5 on the season Friday following a home loss to the ADM Tigers at H.A. Lynn Field.
Leading the Tigers was standout quarterback Gavin Glenn, who rushed for 146 and a score and threw for 201 and a touchdown.
Lane Hovey had six catches for 115 yards and a touchdown in the win as the Tigers rolled up 431 total yards.
In the loss for Newton, Ira Mitchell had 75 rushing yards and a touchdown, while Reid McDermott rushed twice but gained 68 yards on the ground.
Brian Rose did manage to throw for 113 yards. Most of those yards went to Colton Hoffmann and Kole Wilson on two plays as each caught 52-yard passes. Hoffmann also led the Cardinal defense with 11 tackles.