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Get Ready for Football Friday: Iowa High School All-Time Records

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By IHSAA and Sports Spotlight.

DES MOINES, Iowa – The 2014 Iowa high school football season is set to kick off and as we head into the  new season we remind you of the past seasons champions.  Dowling Catholic returns as the Class 4A champion.  Bishop Heelan (Sioux City) won the Class 3A title, there fourth in school history to go along with eight runner-up-finishes.

Kuemper Catholic was crowned the Class 2A champion, their first in school history.  Iowa City Regina won their second straight Class 1A crown after winning the two Class 2A championships for their fourth consecutive title.  West Lyon (Inwood) captured their fourth state football title, this time in Class A and Don Bosco (Gilbertville) won their first 8-player title.

Waterloo East still holds the all-time record for consecutive games without a loss at 56 which included a tie in game 55 of the streak.  Iowa City Regina comes into this season tied with Waterloo East and will try to set the new all-time Iowa high school record when they face a stern test against Class 3A rival, Solon.  The Regals streak however does stand alone as all of their 56 game streak were victories while Waterloo East did have a tie in their streak.  Harlan holds the record for consecutive regular season wins (66) from 1985-1992.  Regina has a 37-game winning streak heading into the season.

There are many legendary coaches over the years and many of the greats are still on the sidelines again this season.  Dick Tighe decided not to retire as he begins his 62nd season as a head coach after coaching in his only state title game last season with St. Edmond (Fort Dodge).  Tighe has career record of 413-155-8, the best in Iowa high school football history.

Legendary football coach Dick Tighe being carried off by his kids after his 400th career victory

Five coaches return to the sidelines this season with over 300 career wins and a spot on the top-ten all-time list.  Curt Bladt at Harlan begins his 38th season with a career record of 382-45, second on the all-time list.  Jerry Pezzetti also is back at Ankeny Centennial for his 54th season and a record of 378-146-1 and two state titles with Ankeny in 1997 and 2012.  Pat Mitchell retired after 47 season at Cedar Falls and a career record of 344-138-2 with a state title in 1986.

Gary Swenson (311-100) in begins his 39th season and 20th at West Des Moines Valley.  Swenson has title with the Tigers in 2002, 2003, 2005, 2008 and 2011 and another Tiger team in Spencer in 1994.  Bob Sanger (309-142) begins his 47th season at West Hancock (Britt) and Randy Hinkel (302-75) begins his 35th season.

Bob Howard at Webster City is next in line to join the elite 300-win club.  Howard comes into his 37th season with a record of 295-84 with 229 of those victories (229) at Sigourney/Keota.  Last season, Steve Ehret (North Mahaska, New Sharon) joined the 200-win club

There have been 12 running backs in state history to run for 2,000 yards in back-to-back seasons but only Rick Thompson of Madrid (1998-2000) accomplished the feat three straight years.  In the history of Iowa high school quarterbacks, only Blake Gimbel (Marshalltown) stands alone with three consecutive seasons of passing for over 3,000 yards.  Trenton Solsma (Bishop Heelan, Sioux City) and Eli Dunne (Grinnell) are now part of the back-to-back 3,000 yards passing in a season club.

Three others have gone three straight seasons with 2,000-plus yards in the air which include Tyler Peschong (Marshalltown), Gavin Glenn (A-D-M, Adel) and Jesse Ertz (Mediapolis).  Seventeen others have passed for 2,000 yards in consecutive years.  Gimbel (301) is the only Iowa high school quarterback the complete over 300 passes in a single season.

Last season, Clayton Plowman (Adair-Casey) set the new all-time record for rushing touchdowns in 8-Player in a career with 148 while Brennan Riedeman (River Valley, Correctionville) finished fifth all-time with 101 touchdowns.  Plowman also tops the all-time charts in points scored in a career with 988 and in career rushing yards with 7,646 yards.  Elias Nissen (Springville) finished fifth with his 716 points in his career.

Eli Dunne (Grinnell) finished fourth in Iowa in career passing yards with 8,107 yards while Brent Parker (Twin Cedars, Bussey) finished fourth all-time in 8-Player with 5,798 yards.

Other new faces to the top-five list in an Iowa high school football career include Connor Niles (bishop Heelan, Sioux City) with 37 TD receptions.  Drew Cornwell (Iowa City High) is fourth all-time with his 164 PAT’s while Austin Errthum (Mid-Prairie, Wellman) is tied for third all-time with 25 field goals made.  Cornwell is the all-time leader in career point by a kicker with 230.

The history of Iowa high school football is a storied on and before we kick off this season 2014 season, we want to take a look back at some of the best in Iowa high school football history, both single season and career marks.

Iowa High School Football Career Records
11-Player

Most Career Touchdowns: 1. Levi Ferguson (North Mahaska, New Sharon) – 129; 2. Brandon Wegher (Bishop Heelan, Sioux City) – 114; 3. James Morris (Solon) – 113; 4. Sean Shafer (Bedford) 105; 5. Dalton Ferch (West Marshall, State Center) – 98

Career Points Scored: 1. Levi Ferguson (North Mahaska, New Sharon) – 847; 2. Brandon Wegher (Bishop Heelan, Sioux City) – 789; 3. James Morris (Solon) – 686; 3. Sean Shafer (Bedford) – 686; 5. Andrew McCune (Woodward-Granger) – 606

Career Rushing Yards: 1. Levi Ferguson (North Mahaska, New Sharon) – 7,142; 2. Rick Thompson (Madrid) – 7,037; 3. Brandon Wegher (Bishop Heelan, Sioux City) – 6,823; 4. Terrance Freeney (Cedar Falls) – 6,582; 5. Sean Shafer (Bedford) – 6,536

Career Passing Yards: 1. Tyler Jones (Cherokee) – 9,146; 2. Gavin Glenn (A-D-M, Adel) – 8,314; 3. Blake Gimbel (Marshalltown) – 8,206; 4. James Vandenberg (Keokuk) – 7,701; 5. Jesse Ertz (Mediapolis) – 7,317

Career Completions: 1. Tyler Jones (Cherokee) – 755; 2. Gavin Glenn (A-D-M, Adel) – 633; 3. Blake Gimbel (Marshalltown) – 595; 4. Matt Sherman (Saint Ansgar) – 550; 5. James Vandenberg (Keokuk) – 540

Career Touchdown Passes: 1. Jesse Ertz (Mediapolis) – 98; 2. James Vandenberg (Keokuk) – 93; 3. Tyler Jones (Cherokee) – 77; 3. Trenton Solsma (Bishop Heelan, Sioux City) – 84; 4. Tyler Jones (Cherokee) 81; 5. Cole Neary (Kuemper Catholic, Carroll) – 79

Career Touchdown Receptions: 1. Grant McGraw (Pleasantville) – 48; 2. James Hurt (Keokuk) – 38; 2. Tyler Tryon (Ar-We-Va, Westside) – 38; 4. Connor Niles (Bishop Heelan, Sioux City) – 38; 5. Michael Burger (Harlan) – 30; 5. Jeremy VanSolen (Lynnville-Sully) – 30

Career Pass Receptions: Christopher Campbell (Cherokee) – 225; 2. Michael Harper (Oelwein) – 22; 3. Quenton James (Sioux City East) – 196; 4. Britt Anderson (Sioux City East) – 188; 5. Josh Rohret (Clear Creek-Amana) – 178

Career Receiving Yards: 1. Grant McGraw (Pleasantville) – 3,710; 2. Michael Harper (Oelwein) – 2,922; 3. Chris Campbell (Cherokee) – 2,836; 4. Jeremy VanSolen – 2,768; 5. James Hurt (Keokuk) – 2,762

Iowa High School Football Single Season Records

Single Season Rushing Yards: 1. Brandon Wegher (Bishop Heelan, Sioux City) – 3,238; 2. Dustyn Baethke (Williamsburg) – 3,109; 3. Levi Ferguson (North Mahaska, New Sharon) – 3,082; 4. Sean Smith (Martensdale-St. Marys) – 2,873; 5. Clifford Kwaw-Mensah (Ames) – 2,806

Single Season Passing Yards: 1. Blake Gimbel (Marshalltown) – 3,979 (2012); 1. Blake Gimbel (Marshalltown) – 3,979 (2011); 3. James Vandenberg (Keokuk) – 3,729; 4. Chanse Creekmur (Marshalltown) – 3,589; 5. Trenton Solsma (Bishop Heelan, Sioux City) – 3,586

Single Season Touchdowns Scored: 1. Levi Ferguson (North Mahaska, New Sharon) – 64; 2. Sean Shafer (Bedford) – 60; 3. Brandon Wegher (Bishop Heelan, Sioux City) – 54; 4. Dustyn Baethke (Williamsburg) – 51; 5. Jack Kline (B-G-M, Brooklyn) – 50

Single Season Touchdown Passes: 1. James Vandenberg (Keokuk) – 49; 2. Jesse Ertz (Mediapolis) – 45; 2. Trenton Solsma (Bishop Heelan, Sioux City) – 45; 4. Joel Osborn (Harlan) – 42; 5. Trenton Solsma (Bishop Heelan, Sioux City) – 39; 5. Blake Gimbel (Marshalltown) – 39; 5. Cole Neary (Kuemper Catholic, Carroll) – 39

Single Season Receiving Yards: 1. Ted Hergert (Clear Creek-Amana) – 1,591; 2. Chris Aldrich (Oelwein) – 1,550; 3. Jarred Carlson (Marshalltown) – 1,540; 4. Brock Campbell (Cherokee) – 1,531; 5. Alex Brammer (Ames) – 1,496

Single Season Receptions: 1. Josh Rohret (Clear Creek-Amana) – 100; 2. Ty Steffensen (Marshalltown) – 97; 3. Brock Campbell (Cherokee) – 95; 4. Christopher Campbell (Cherokee) – 94; 5. Michael Harper (Oelwein) – 88

Single Season Touchdown Receptions: 1. Tyler Tryon (Ar-We-Va, Westside) – 23; Jarred Carlson (Marshalltown) – 22; 3. Alex Drees (Kuemper Catholic, Carroll) – 21; 3. Joseph Dougherty (Grinnell) – 21; 5. Connor Niles (Bishop Heelan, Sioux City) – 19; 5. Jordan Wagenbach (Mediapolis) – 19; 5. James Hurt (Keokuk) – 19; 5. Chris Aldrich (Oelwein) – 19

Iowa High School Football Single Game Records

Single Game Rushing Yards: 1. Don Larson (Alden, 1954) – 455; 2. Austin Ebertowski (Council Bluffs Abe Lincoln, 2008) – 451; 3. Jason Scales (West Des Moines Valley, 2003) – 450; 4. Dalton Ferch (West Marshall, State Center, 2011) – 443; 5. Terry Lambert (Perry, 1982) – 436

Single Game Passing Yards: 1. Blake Gimbel (Marshalltown, 2011) – 567; 2. D.J. Freesmeier (Central Lee, Donnellson, 2007) – 542; 3. Robert Clough (Mason City, 2003) – 523; 4. Blake Gimbel (Marshalltown, 2011) – 520; 5. Korey Stephens (Cherokee, 2003) – 502

Single Game Touchdown Passes: 1. Harry Saggau (Denison, 1921) – 9; 11 others tied with 7 including Blake Gimbel (Marshalltown), Blake Wiltgen (Gehlen Catholic, LeMars) and Matthew Wright (Woodbury Central, Moville) in 2012.

Single Game Pass Completions: 1. Blaze Smith (Clear Creek-Amana, 2009) – 43; 2. Blake Gimbel (Marshalltown, 2012) – 42; 2. Blake Gimbel (Marshalltown, 2011) – 42; 2. Tyler Jones (Cherokee, 2006) – 42; 5. Ben Stover (Muscatine, 2000) – 39

Game Receiving Yards: 1. Brock Campbell (Cherokee, 2003) – 318; 2. Allen Rogers (Melcher-Dallas, 1996) – 309; 3. Tad Steffensen (Marshalltown, 2011) – 305; 4. Todd Blythe (Indianola, 2002) – 299; 5. Cal Bobier (Akron-Westfield, 2002) – 295

Single Game Touchdown Receptions: 1. Joe Audlehelm (Central Decatur, Leon, 2006) – 7; 2. Michael Whitehead (Gehlen Catholic, LeMars, 2012) – 6; 3. Chris Kehe (Tripoli, 2003) – 5; 3. Joseph Dougherty (Grinnell, 2000) – 5; 3. Chris Aldrich (Oelwein, 2002) – 5

Single Game Pass Receptions: 1. Joe Audlehelm (Grinnell, 2006) – 22; 2. Flynn Heald (Cedar Rapids Washington, 2011) – 21; 3. Wes McGraw (Central Lee, Donnellson, 2007) – 19; 3. Mike Assenmacher (Preston, 1999) – 19; 3. Jim Luse (Southeast Warren, Liberty Center, 1971) – 19

Single Game Touchdowns Scored:  1. Jason Scales (West Des Moines Valley, 2003) – 9; 2. Dalton Ferch (West Marshall, State Center, 2011) – 8; 2. Brett Tompkins (Estherville-Lincoln Central, 2006) – 8; 2. Chad Shuff (LeMars, 1992) – 8; 2. Scott Meek (Gilbert, 1975) – 8; Burdell Gilleard (New London, 1937) – 8

Iowa High School Football Career Records
8-Player

Most Career Touchdowns: 1. Clayton Plowman (Adair-Casey) – 148; 2. Tyler Tonderum (Armstrong-Ringsted) – 143; 3. Alex Whigham (Stanton) – 127; 4. Dalton Ciavarelli (Clarksville) – 115; Brennan Riedeman, (River Valley, Correctionville) – 101; 6. Nate Meier (Fremont-Mills, Tabor) – 100

Career Point Scored: 1. Clayton Plowman (Adair-Casey) – 988; 2. Tyler Tonderum (Armstrong-Ringsted) – 866; 3. Alex Whigham (Stanton) – 836; 4. Dalton Ciavarelli (Clarksville) – 737; 5. Elias Nissen (Springville) – 716

Career Rushing Yards: 1. Tyler Tonderum (Armstrong-Ringsted) – 6,389; 2. Dalton Ciavarelli (Clarksville) – 5,651; 3. Clayton Plowman (Adair-Casey) – 5,422; 4. Marcus Mechaelsen (Northeast Hamilton, Blairsburg) – 5,416; 5. Michael Lincoln (West Central, Maynard) – 5,028

Career Passing Yards: 1. Luke Schafer (East Mills) – 6,538; 2. Robert Bingham (Melcher-Dallas) – 6,426; 3. Michael Schwenk (Coon Rapids-Bayard) – 6,102; 4. Johnny Schwaller (Coon Rapids-Bayard) – 6,085; 5. Chris Palmquist (Stanton) – 5,531

Career Completions: 1. Johnny Schwaller (Coon Rapids-Bayard) – 506; 2. Michael Schwenk (Coon Rapids-Bayard) – 467; 3. Brennan Riedeman (River Valley, Correctionville) – 404; 4. Tim Olejniczak (Ankeny Christian/Iowa Christian) – 393; 5. Trevor Banks (Seymour) – 384

Career Touchdown Passes: Michael Schwenk (Coon Rapids-Bayard) – 108; 2. Luke Schafer (East Mills) – 107; 3. Johnny Schwaller (Coon Rapids-Bayard) – 94; 4. Chris Palmquist (Stanton) – 89; 4. Robert Bingham (Melcher-Dallas) – 89; 5. Brent Parker (Twin Cedars, Bussey) – 88

Career Touchdown Receptions: 1. Daniel Duysen (East Mills) – 55; 2. Clay Harreld (Northeast Hamilton, Blairsburg) – 52; 3. Tyler Boeke (Coon Rapids-Bayard) – 50; 4. Kenneth Wadle (Melcher-Dallas) – 47; 5. Alex Whigham (Stanton) – 44

Career Pass Receptions: 1. Alex Whigham (Stanton) – 191; 2. Jacob Esdohr (Coon Rapids-Bayard) – 162; 3. Daniel Duysen (East Mills) – 151; 4. Tyler Boeke (Coon Rapids-Bayard) – 150; 5. Kenneth Wadle (Melcher-Dallas) – 143

Career Receiving Yards: 1. Alex Whigham (Stanton) – 3,091; 2. Daniel Duysen (East Mills) – 2,775; 3. Cody Scroggie (Murray) – 2,446; 4. Kenneth Wadle (Melcher-Dallas) – 2,445; 5. Tyler Boeke (Coon Rapids-Bayard) – 2,335

Iowa High School Football Single Season Records

Single Season Rushing Yards: 1. Andrew Leeper (Adair-Casey) – 2,758; 2. Jake Hogan (Don Bosco, Gilbertville) – 2,577; 3. Dalton Ciavarelli (Clarksville) – 2,554; 4. Nate Meier (Fremont-Mills, Tabor) – 2,494; 5. Tyler Lenox (Tripoli) – 2,454

Single Season Passing Yards: 1. Brent Parker (Twin Cedars, Bussey) – 3,277; 2. Luke Schafer (East Mills) – 3,235; 23. Michael Schwenk (Coon Rapids-Bayard) – 2,940; 4. Ryan Turner (Rockford) – 2,916; 5. Michael Schwenk (Coon Rapids –Bayard) – 2,795

Single Season Touchdowns Scored: 1. Tyler Tonderum (Armstrong-Ringsted) – 61; 1. Nate Meier (Fremont-Mills, Tabor) – 61; 3. Elias Nissen (Springville) – 59; 4. Dalton Ciaverelli (Clarksville) – 51; 4. Clayton Plowman (Adair-Casey) -48; 4. Tyler Riedeman (River Valley, Correctionville) – 48

Single Season Touchdown Passes: 1. Luke Schafer (East Mills) – 57; 2. Brent Parker (Twin Cedars, Bussey); 3. Michael Schwenk (Coon Rapids-Bayard) – 53; 4. Michael Schwenk (Coon Rapids-Bayard) – 46; 5. Johnny Schwaller (Coon Rapids-Bayard) – 44

Single Season Receiving Yards: 1. Jacob Esdohr (Coon Rapids-Bayard) – 1,398; 2. Trevor Sherrard (Seymour) – 1,303; 3. Reed Ostrander (East Greene) – 1,253; 4. Tyler Boeke (Coon Rapids-Bayard) – 1,208; 5. Joe Knoer (Ruthven-Ayrshire) – 1,195

Single Season Receptions: 1. Trevor Sherrard (Seymour) – 101; 2. Joe Knoer (Ruthven-Ayrshire) – 99; 3. Josh Pansegrau (River Valley, Correctionville) – 79; 3. Jacob Esdohr (Coon Rapids-Bayard) – 79; 5. Reed Ostrander (East Greene) – 78

Single Season Touchdown Receptions: Daniel Duysen (East Mills) – 26; 2. Tyler Boeke (Coon Rapids-Bayard) – 24 (2009); 3. Jacob Esdohr (Coon Rapids-Bayard) – 23; 3. Tyler Boeke (Coon Rapids-Bayard) – 23 (2008); 5. Ryan Mullen (Stanton) – 21

Iowa High School Football Single Game Records

Single Game Rushing Yards: 1.Nate Meier (Fremont-Mills, Tabor, 2011) – 500; 2. Andrew Leeper (Adair-Casey, 2006) – 492; 3. Matt Rowley (Twin Cedars, Bussey, 2008) – 411; 4. Caleb Byers (Murray, 2008) – 410; 5. Jeff Struecker (Sentral, Fenton, 2002) – 395

Single Game Passing Yards: 1. Jake Bolton (East Mills, 2009) – 524; 2. Johnny Schwaller (Coon Rapids-Bayard, 2007) – 489; 3. Trevor Banks (Seymour, 2011) – 478; 4. Luke Schafer (East Mills, 2011) – 447; 5. Keaton Schlatter (Coon Rapids-Bayard, 2011) – 437

Single Game Touchdown Passes: 1. Michael Schwenk (Coon Rapids-Bayard, 2010) – 9; 2. Dan Dacken (Sentral, Fenton, 2011) – 8; 3. 10 other tied with 7 including Keaton Schlatter (Coon Rapids-Bayard) in 2012.

Single Game Pass Completions: 1. Johnny Schwaller (Coon Rapids, Bayard, 2007) – 39; 2. Michael Schwenk (Coon Rapids-Bayard, 2010) – 38; 3. Trevor Banks (Seymour, 2011) – 37; 4. Michael Schwenk (Coon Rapids-Bayard, 2009) – 36; 5. Tory Berger (East Greene, 2011) – 35; 5. Trevor Banks (Seymour, 2011) – 35

Single Game Receiving Yards: 1. Andy Golay (Coon Rapids-Bayard, 2007) – 304; 2. Wil Bauer (Melcher-Dallas, 2006) – 260; 3. Willy Westberry (Melcher-Dallas, 2005) – 254; 4. Jason Bedard (Dunkerton, 2012) – 253; 5. Josh Schrader (Melcher-Dallas, 2009) – 250

Single Game Touchdown Receptions: 1. Alec West (Whiting, 2006) – 6; 2. Cody Scroggie (Murray, 2012) – 5; 2. Kenneth Wadle (Melcher-Dallas, 2012) – 5; 2. Beau Pick (St. Marys, Remsen, 2011) – 5; 2. Daniel Duysen (East Mills, 2011) – 5; 2. Mason Nielsen (Central City, 2008) – 5; 2. Andy Golay (Coon Rapids-Bayard, 2007) – 5

Single Game Pass Receptions: 1. Trevor Sherrard (Seymour, 2011) – 19; 1. Joe Knoer (Ruthven-Ayrshire, 2005) – 19; 3. Andy Golay (Coon Rapids-Bayard, 2007) – 18; 4. Jacob Esdohr (Coon Rapids-Bayard, 2010) – 16

Single Game Touchdowns Scored: 1. Nate Meier (Fremont-Mills, Tabor, 2011) – 10; 2. Willy Westberry (Melcher-Dallas, 2005) – 10; 1. Tim Seils (Charter Oak-Ute, 2004) – 10; 4. Michael Lincoln (West Central, Maynard, 2012) – 9

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