First home game in Galva in two years; Stark and Mercer battle it out

Ridgewood at Mid-County

Kickoff –– 7 p.m. at Galva High School

Last year –– Mid-County 26, Ridgewood 6

The boys are back in town –– Tonight will be the first varsity football game at Galva High School since Oct. 7, 2016 – a 23-0 Princeville win over Mid-County. A new scoreboard, new goal posts and some handicap accessible seating have all been added to the stadium.

Parking –– Handicap accessible parking will be at the lot for the elementary school, next to the bus garage. All general parking for home and away fans will be at the Jr/Sr High parking lot.

Preview –– Mid-County (1-1) and Ridgewood (2-0) are both looking to get conference play started on the right foot. Ridgewood has allowed just six points through two weeks, including a shutout win last week against Bushnell-West Prairie.

Both teams have played and beat Peoria Heights this season, Mid-County by a score of 41-20 and Ridgewood in a 48-6 romp.

 

Mercer County at Stark County

Kickoff –– 7 p.m. at Gary Johnson Field in Wyoming

Last year –– Mercer County 31, Stark County 14

In the polls –– Mercer County is #9 in the latest 2A poll

Preview –– Mercer County and Stark County are both 1-1 entering an early season showdown between perennial LTC contenders. 

Stark County is coming off of a 14-12 win over Lewiston last week, with four starters sidelined. Mercer County fell in a hard-fought game against Elmwood-Brimfield, 30-22.

Stark County could get a boost this week if junior running back Hunter Kiesewetter is able to make his season debut after recovering from a shoulder injury. 

The Rebels have been outgained 939-463 through two games, with 673 of those yards coming on the ground. Mercer County has rushed for just 225 yards so far this season.

The Golden Eagles’ junior quarterback Rashaun King has completed 60 percent of his passes this year for 298 yards and four scores. Last week, the Rebels’ defense held Lewiston quarterback Cade Beekman to just 4 of 17 throwing and picked him off twice.

 

Bureau Valley at Fulton

Kickoff –– 7:30 p.m. at Fulton High School

Last year –– Fulton 48, Bureau Valley 8

Preview –– Bureau Valley (1-1) travels to Fulton (0-2) for each teams conference opener. The Storm lost a high scoring affair to St. Bede 41-33 last week, while the Steamers fell to Monmouth-Roseville 33-16. In week one, Fulton lost to St. Bede 27-20.

Bureau Valley’s offense has been explosive so far this season, averaging more than 30 points per game. 

It’s a bit of a rebuilding year for Fulton, which lost 10 starters on each side of the ball from last year’s 8-4 team.