Four Downs: Week 3 Iowa high school football questions

Prep writers tackle football questions

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The Gazette's Jeff Linder, Jeff Johnson and K.J. Pilcher tackle Week 3 prep football questions.

1st and 10

Q: Who is your surprise unbeaten team?

JL: Alburnett continued to raise eyebrows when it went to Belle Plaine last week and came home with a 27-10 win. What looked like a four-team race in Class A District 4 may have evolved into a five-team foray.

2nd and Long 

Q: Who is your surprise winless team?

JJ: Even with a very, very tough opening schedule, anytime Iowa City Regina is 0-2 is a big surprise. That the Regals lost by scores of 23-6 (to Cedar Rapids Xavier) and 33-0 (Solon) makes it even more surprising. The guess is the Regals will turn things around now that they’re back playing Class 1A schools the rest of the way, though.

3rd and short 

Q: If you were creating a prep football team, what Gazette-area quarterback would you want as the starter?

KJP: I think you could point to a number of QBs to fill the spot. The Metro/Iowa City is filled with capable signal callers. Iowa City West’s Evan Flitz has been impressive. He has thrown for 572, completing more than 70-percent of his passes for a 244.8 QB rating. Flitz has thrown for four TDs and ran for two more. He is third in Class 4A with 617 combined passing/rushing yards.

4th and Goal 

Q: With another forfeit this week, will this be a continuing trend in prep football?

JL: Unfortunately, I believe so. Starmont’s stuck in a bad place, with a numbers problem and an enrollment above the 8-player threshold. First Montezuma, now this, and this isn’t the last we’ll see of this sort of issue this season.

KJP: We’ve seen this become more frequent. Schools have canceled seasons due to numbers. Now, two forfeits in as many weeks. Rural schools seem to be shrinking and that makes it hard to sustain participation numbers. If you don’t have the bodies in the school, you can’t have the bodies on the field. Maybe it leads to more sharing agreements, but I’m afraid it will continue.

JJ: Yes, this is a trend. We’re going to see more and more forfeits occur. Schools aren’t as big as they used to be, don’t have the number of football players they used to have. I think we’ll be seeing more and more football-only mergers as years go on. 

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