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Fast-paced offense off to slow start for ISU

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September 5th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

AMES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa State wants to push the tempo on offense this season, in the hopes that a faster pace will wear out opponents. The Cyclones speedy attack got off to a slow start in the opener. Iowa State, behind new quarterback Steele Jantz, mustered only 20 points in a one-point win over Northern Iowa of the FCS on Saturday night. It took the Cyclones 30 minutes to score against the Panthers, and through three quarters they had just 185 yards of offense. Those kind of numbers likely won’t be good enough when Iowa State hosts rival Iowa on Saturday. The Hawkeyes have three straight over the Cyclones while allowing just 15 points.

8AM Sportscast 09-05-2011

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September 5th, 2011 by Chris Parks

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High School Football: Atlantic @ Kuemper Catholic 09-02-2011

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September 5th, 2011 by Chris Parks

Broadcast of game on September 2, 2011.

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Reds beat Cardinals 3-2 in 10 innings

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September 5th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

ST. LOUIS (AP) – Juan Francisco capped a career-best four-hit day with the go-ahead hit in the 10th inning and the Cincinnati Reds beat the St. Louis Cardinals 3-2 on Sunday, taking two of three from a team desperately trying to stay in contention. Jon Jay homered and Daniel Descalso had an RBI triple for the Cardinals, who fell 9 1/2 games behind NL Central-leading Milwaukee heading into a three-game series with the Brewers starting Monday night. St. Louis was 0 for 8 with runners in scoring position and 2 for 20 with men on base. Francisco Cordero went through the heart of St. Louis’ order for his 30th save in 35 chances and 13th in a row, also giving him seven 30-save seasons.

Greg Bennett joins wife with win in Des Moines

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September 5th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Greg Bennett cruised to a 30-second victory in the Hy-Vee Triathlon in Des Moines on Sunday, joining wife Laura as a champion of the event. The 39-year-old Bennett earned $151,500 for the victory, part of a $1.1 million purse that’s the richest in the sport. American Hunter Kemper was second, followed by Britain’s Stuart Hayes. Laura Bennett, who won in Iowa in 2007, finished fifth Sunday. Sweden’s Lisa Norden took top honors in the women’s elite race, beating Australian Mirinda Carfrae by eight seconds. The event, which moved from downtown Des Moines to nearby West Des Moines because of flooding in 2008, returned to downtown this year and was pushed back from June to Labor Day weekend.

Chiefs put Moeaki on IR, cut down to 53-man limit

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September 4th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – The Kansas City Chiefs have put Tony Moeaki on injured reserve after the second-year tight end was hurt in their final preseason game against the Green Bay Packers. The Chiefs also put linebacker Gabe Miller on IR on Saturday and waived 25 other players to reach the 53-man roster limit before the NFL deadline. Unlike most other teams, the Chiefs played their starters for much of their final preseason game Thursday night. Moeaki limped off the field in Green Bay with a reported knee injury. His loss is a significant blow to the defending AFC West champions. Moeaki caught 47 passes for 556 yards and three touchdowns last season. That leaves tight ends Leonard Pope, Jake O’Connell and Anthony Becht to fill in, though Kansas City could add someone else off waivers.

Iowa pounds Tennessee Tech 34-7

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September 3rd, 2011 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – The only thing that could slow down Iowa in its impressive season opener was the weather, which only delayed the inevitable. James Vandenberg threw for 219 yards and a pair of touchdowns to Marvin McNutt and Iowa pounded Tennessee Tech 34-7 on Saturday for its 11th straight win in a home opener. McNutt had 140 yards receiving for the Hawkeyes, who along with Tennessee Tech had to wait through an 84-minute delay because of lightning. “We’re pleased to get the win. Needless to say it was pretty unusual circumstances,” Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said. “I give our players credit for doing a good job of handling that.” Iowa overwhelmed the Golden Eagles of the FCS with 24 points during a dry second quarter. McNutt took a Vandenberg pass 88 yards for a touchdown, and Shaun Prater returned an interception 89 yards for a TD late in the first half to put the Hawkeyes ahead 27-0.

Vandenberg’s 19-yard TD pass to McNutt gave Iowa a 34-0 lead with 6:19 left in the third quarter, as McNutt wove through Tennessee Tech’s defense off a screen pass. The game was delayed shortly thereafter and the stadium was cleared – but by then all that was left to do was run out the clock. “It was nasty out there,” Vandenberg said. “I remember gripping down the laces and … just kind of shot-putting it out there to make sure I wasn’t messing it up.” Dontey Gay rushed for 108 yards for Tennessee Tech, including a 1-yard TD run with 5:02 left. The game kicked off in a driving rain, which led to three first-quarter fumbles.

The clouds parted to start the second, allowing the Hawkeyes to impose their will on the overmatched Golden Eagles. Wide receiver Keenan Davis, who the Hawkeyes are counting on to take pressure off of McNutt, leapt over Tennessee Tech’s Richmond Tooley, tipped the ball and caught it at the 1-yard line. Vandenberg’s plunge put Iowa up 10-0 early in the second quarter. Vandenberg then floated a pass to McNutt in coverage, and McNutt sprinted past the Golden Eagles’ secondary for the sixth-longest TD reception in school history, making it 17-0 just over three minutes later.

Tech quarterback Tre Lamb, whose interception to Iowa linebacker James Morris set up Mike Meyer’s 20-yard field goal, tried to force the ball to the sidelines late in the first half. Prater, an All-Big Ten pick in 2010, was waiting for it, and he saw little resistance on an 89-yard TD return that gave the Hawkeyes a 27-0 lead with 10 seconds left in the second quarter. Lamb finished 14-of-24 passing for 128 yards and those two costly picks. Vandenberg, a junior in his first start since taking over for Ricky Stanzi, was 13-of-21 passing, including a few drops from his receivers. The rain returned right around the time Vandenberg and McNutt hooked up for their second touchdown. It brought some hail and the threat of lightning with it, and Kinnick Stadium was cleared as officials and players waited out the weather.

“We hadn’t had one drop of rain in preseason, and I am just dumb enough to never work with a wet football. Well, we don’t have to worry about it the rest of the year. We got plenty of wet football work (Saturday),” Tennessee Tech coach Watson Brown said. About the only hiccup for Iowa besides the conditions came from its running backs – a source of considerable consternation for the Hawkeyes of late. Coker, last seen ripping apart Missouri’s defense for 219 yards and two TDs in the Insight Bowl, fumbled the ball away on Iowa’s opening possession. He put it on the ground again in the first quarter and was subbed out for freshman Mika’il McCall – whose debut was impressive but brief. McCall, the son of former heavyweight boxing champion Oliver McCall, rushed for a team-high 61 yards on nine carries before breaking his ankle late in the first quarter. Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said after the game that McCall will miss the rest of the season.

“We’re all disappointed,” Ferentz said. “He’s just a really tremendous young guy with a great attitude, great spirit.” Coker finished with 41 yards on 11 carries. The Hawkeyes are coming off one of their most disappointing seasons in recent memory. Picked by many to contend for the Big Ten title in 2010, Iowa stumbled to an 8-5 finish and just 4-4 in league play. The Hawkeyes have just 10 starters back on offense and defense. But that didn’t matter against the Golden Eagles, who simply couldn’t match up with them.

Iowa’s first true test comes next Saturday at rival Iowa State. “We’re 1-0 and have a lot of work to do. Pretty much simple as that,” Ferentz said.

Friday High School Football Scores (9/2)

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September 2nd, 2011 by Jim Field

Non-District

  • Kuemper Catholic 30, Atlantic 13
  • Lewis Central 20, Thomas Jefferson 3
  • Carlisle 27, Winterset 20
  • Norwalk 13, Creston 0
  • Carroll 21, Dallas Center-Grimes 0
  • St. Albert 35, Glenwood 7
  • Harlan 28, Abraham Lincoln¬†7
  • Shenandoah 7, Red Oak 0
  • Underwood 22, Missouri Valley 21
  • Logan-Magnolia 35, Clarinda 13
  • SCAL-RCL 13, IKM-Manning 10
  • Woodward-Granger 33, West Central Valley 10
  • Nodaway Valley 42, Corning 0
  • Panorama 61,¬† Earlham 7
  • Woodward Academy 35, Clarinda Academy 22
  • Griswold 52, Riverside 6
  • Audubon 27, Guthrie Center 0
  • Treynor 36, A-H-S-T 0
  • Bedford 36, Mount Ayr 34
  • Des Moines Christian 32, Exira/EHK 0

8-Man, Non-District

  • Fremont-Mills 80, Adair-Casey 8
  • Murray 76, Harmony 24
  • Stanton 18, CAM 15
  • East Union 58, Essex 32
  • Sidney 43, Lamoni 8
  • East Mills 55, Lenox 6 (called due to weather)
  • Moravia 42, Mormon Trail 22
  • Tri-County 48, Ankeny Christian 6
  • Coon Rapids-Bayard 42, Grandview Park Baptist 9
  • River Valley 64, Ar-We-Va 61
  • Kingsley-Pierson 21, Boyer Valley 20 (OT)
  • Woodbine 48, Whiting 8
  • Newell-Fonda 45, Glidden-Ralston 8
  • Remsen Union 58, Charter Oak-Ute 0
  • Melcher-Dallas 22, Villisca 20

Hawkeye recruit Malloy to change plea

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September 2nd, 2011 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — A Sioux City prep football star who has committed to playing football next year for Iowa is expected to change his not guilty plea to four misdemeanor charges in Nebraska. Court documents in Dakota County, Neb., show a plea and sentencing hearing for Michael Malloy is set for Sept. 12. Malloy is charged with obstructing a peace officer, trespassing, possession of drug paraphernalia and driving without headlights. He was arrested on Aug. 15 in connection with an incident early on July 31 in South Sioux City, Neb. A police office says in an affidavit that Malloy ran from a vehicle that the officer had pulled over. Malloy is a senior running back at Bishop Heelan High School.

Iowa State wary of speedy Panthers in opener

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September 2nd, 2011 by Ric Hanson

AMES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa State will open its third season under coach Paul Rhoads on Saturday night against Northern Iowa. Rhoads says the Panthers are faster than his Cyclones. The Panthers are the prohibitive favorites to win the Missouri Valley Football conference this season and are among a handful of teams in serious contention for the FCS title. Iowa State beat Northern Iowa 27-0 last season.