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Iowan ties state interception record; ranks second nationally

This fall, Woodward-Granger (Iowa) High School linebacker Marshall Nieland has returned four interceptions for touchdowns. In the process, he tied the state record and ranks tied for second nationally.

In 2009, Jacob Edelman of Stanwood (Iowa) North Cedar School had four interceptions for touchdowns to set the state mark.

According to the National Federation of State High School Associations’ online multimedia National High School Sports Record Book, Maurice Cooper of Saginaw (Michigan) Nouvel High School returned six interceptions for touchdowns in 1994 to set the national record. Nieland is tied for second with three other players.

Defense has been a big part of Woodward-Granger High School’s success this fall, as the squad has compiled 19 interceptions, five of which were returned for touchdowns. Woodward-Granger is 11-0 and is ranked No. 1 in Iowa High School Athletic Association Class 1A.


John Gillis is the associate director of publications and communications of the NFHS. If you have any comments or articles ideas, please forward them to Gillis at
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