MOVILLE, Iowa | Quarterback Carter Schultzen passed for 169 yards and ran for 70 yards in leading Woodbury Central to a 25-0 victory over South O'Brien in a non-district football opener for both teams here on Friday night.
Schultzen, a senior, began the scoring with a 65-yard scoring strike to classmate Nick Phelps on a slant pattern with 1:01 remaining in the first quarter. Phelps added the extra-point kick for a 7-0 WC advantage.
Woodbury Central stopped the visitors on a fourth-down conversion attempt at the South O'Brien 35 yard line early in the second quarter. Senior Christopher Mandl then burst through the Wolverines on a 23-yard scamper, making it 13-0.
With 4:51 left in the first half, Schultzen eluded a trio of Wolverines while scrambling right. He then found senior Patrick Carney on the receiving end of a 25-yard pass that gave the Wildcats a 19-0 halftime lead.
Schultzen tacked on the lone second-half score, a 36-yard jaunt that followed a South O'Brien fumble forced by Mitchell Countryman on the kick to begin the second half.
Schultzen ended the evening with six completions and two TD aerials against one interception.
Garrett Arment, a Wildcat junior, paced a stout defensive effort with seven solo tackles and three assists. Sophomore Wade Mitchell contributed six solos in the shutout.
South O'Brien was plagued by turnovers, losing five of seven fumbles on the night.
Senior Clayton Leng topped the offensive chart for the Wolverines by gaining 83 yards on 17 totes. The Wolverines travel to Sheldon on Friday evening for another non-district matchup.
Woodbury Central, meantime, takes a 1-0 record on the road to Hinton to face the Blackhawks in a non-district tilt.
SIOUX CENTER 27, LE MARS 9: Cade Bleeker threw for 204 yards and four touchdowns as the Sioux Center football team opened its season by defeating Le Mars 27-9 here Friday.
Brendan Zeutenhorst caught eight passes for 66 yards and two touchdowns for Sioux Center (1-0).
Le Mars drops to 0-1.
TRI-CENTER 26, MVAO/COU 0: Ben Sorenson had four rushing touchdowns as the Tri-Center football team opened its season with a 26-0 win over MVAO/COU on Friday in Mapleton.
Quarterback Ely Funderman had 140 rushing yards for MVAO/COU (0-1).
HARRIS-LAKE PARK 63, NORTH IOWA 0: Dylan Meyer ran for 111 yards and had three total touchdowns as the Harris-Lake Park football team defeated North Iowa 63-0 on Friday in Buffalo Center.
Meyer had six carries for 111 yards and scored on runs of 31 and 51 yards. He also returned a fumble 39 yards for a touchdown.
Bryce Perkins completed 11 of 15 passes for 143 yards and two touchdowns for HLP (1-0). Lucas Gunderson caught five passes for 81 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Trevor Gunderson had rushing touchdowns covering 15 and 12 yards.
Defensively, Bret Sohn had two sacks.
North Iowa falls to 0-1.
BOYER VALLEY 63, WOODBINE 26: Quarterback Joe Weber passed for 265 yards and five touchdowns as he lead the Bulldogs to a football win in a season opener Friday evening in Dunlap, Iowa.
Weber accounted for 344 total yards and was 21-for-31 on passes.
AKRON-WESTFIELD 24, HINTON 12: Regan Frankl and Conner Anderson both had two touchdowns as the Akron-Westfield football team defeated Hinton 24-12 on Friday in Akron.
GEHLEN 69, MMCRU 20: Eli Ellensohn ran for 153 yards on 12 carries and Adam Ellensohn added 93 on 11 rushes as they combined for five touchdowns.
Gehlen ran 40 times for 343 yards and seven touchdowns to get the season-opening victory.
Cole Wiltgen was 9 of 13 for 188 yards and two touchdowns for the Jays.
MMCRU was led by Evan Cluck's 66 yards on the ground while quarterback Andrew Presscott was 4 of 6 for 23 yards.
RIDGE VIEW 49, ALTA-AURELIA 22: Jake Mitchell ran for 112 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 16 carries and Ridge View rolled up 216 yards on the ground to get the win on Friday.
Raptors quarterback Jake Tokheim was 3 of 7 throwing the ball for 94 yards and two touchdowns.
Alta-Aurelia was led by Kaleb Sleezer ran for 57 yards and Anthony Krier added 55.
Ridge View led 29-14 at the halftime.
STORM LAKE 49, CHEROKEE 7: Storm Lake, fresh off a state-qualifying appearance in a breakthrough 2016 season, began the 2017 campaign with a 49-7 victory over the Cherokee Braves in the 15th annual contest for the Battle Axe Trophy here on Friday.
Senior Brayden Hoops paced the Tornado effort with 70 yards on 10 carries and two rushing touchdowns. Hoops added eight tackles, including two sacks, and picked off a pass for Coach Rudy Wieck's club.
Senior Chris Shima added six tackles, including three sacks, and had an interception as well.
Senior Kevin Duque, the visitors' signal-caller, added a 42-yard interception return for a touchdown, one of four times Storm Lake picked off Braves' passes.
Storm Lake, 1-0 on the season, hosts Pocahontas Area on Friday evening.
Senior Tyler Zeimen scored the lone TD for the hosts, going in from two yards out. Zeimen topped the Braves' defensive chart with 7.5 tackles, an honor he shared with classmate Tyler Croonquist and junior Mason Goebel.
Cherokee, now 0-1 on the season, hosts Okoboji on Friday.
PONCA 24, ARCHBISHOP BERGAN 13: Dalton Tremayne had 217 rushing and receiving yards and a pair of touchdowns as the Ponca football team opened its season with a 24-13 win over Archbishop Bergan.
Tremayne had five catches for 151 yards, including a 91-yard touchdown reception. He also had 13 carries for 66 yards and scored on a 27 yard run. Michael Hegge had 11 carries for 101 yards and scored on a 74-yard run for Ponca (1-0).
Ethan Villwok scored on an 87-yards kickoff return for Bergan (0-1).
CEDAR CATHOLIC 42, BANCROFT-ROSALIE 6: Hartington Cedar Catholic ran for 188 yards and rolled to a convincing victory over Bancroft-Rosalie on Friday night.
Cedar Catholic scored 21 points in both the second and third quarters.
Jackson Eickhoff had 97 yards on the ground with a touchdown while Jacob Keiser ran for 45 yards and two trips to the end zone.
Bancroft-Rosalie's Dustin Burgett had 11 tackles, including two tackles for loss.
MCCOOK CENTRAL/MONTROSE 21, ELK POINT-JEFFERSON 14: Bryce Smart threw two touchdown passes as the McCook Central football team defeated Elk Point-Jefferson 21-14 on Friday in Elk Point.
Blake Gessner had 59 yards rushing on seven carries and scored on a 5-yard run for McCook Central/Montrose (2-0).
Logan Donelan threw for 204 yards and one touchdown and also had 52 rushing yards and scored on a 2-yard run for EP-J (0-1).