Prep football: Class 4A, District 5 predictions

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Known in recent years for its athletic playmakers, Cedar Rapids Washington shifts identities this season.

With the return of five of their top six tacklers from 2015, the Warriors should own one of the stingiest defenses in the state. At the heart of it is O’Rien Vance (101 tackles), last year’s Gazette defensive player of the year.

More: Class 4A District 8 predictions

The race for the remaining playoff spot appears to be a three-team chase between Cedar Rapids Jefferson, Cedar Falls and Waterloo West.

The J-Hawks have things moving in the right direction, despite significant graduation losses, and return two-way star Tavian Rashed (687 rushing yards, 117 tackles).

Team Previews

• O'Rien Vance's versatility will be on display for Washington

• Jefferson targets sustained success

How They'll Finish

 1. Cedar Rapids Washington*

 2. Cedar Rapids Jefferson*

 3. Cedar Falls

 4. Waterloo West

 5. Waterloo East

 6. Mason City

*Playoff qualifier

You Pick

Who will win Class 4A, District 5?
Cedar Falls
Cedar Rapids Jefferson
Cedar Rapids Washington
Mason City
Waterloo East
Waterloo West

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