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Area football capsules for Week 4:
Time and site — 7:15 p.m. Friday, at Trojan Field
Records and rankings — Class 4A fifth-ranked West is 3-0; No. 10 City High is 2-1.
Overview — The Battle for the Boot doesn’t have any implications in district races for playoff hopes, but it promises to be a competitive, evenly matched game. City High suffered its first loss of the season, 30-27 in overtime to Ames last week. West continued its rise from last year’s 4-7 season by outlasting Cedar Falls, 17-10. Oliver Martin caught five more passes for 104 yards and a touchdown, running his season totals to 21 for 371 (with four TDs). Nate Wieland and Bryce Frantz both are averaging more than 100 yards rushing per game for City High.
Time and site — 7:15 p.m. Friday, at Linn-Mar Stadium
Records and rankings — Class 4A third-ranked Washington is 3-0; Linn-Mar is 1-2.
Overview — Washington remained unbeaten by surviving Bettendorf’s two-point conversion gamble in overtime last week, winning 28-27. Drew Dostal has accumulated three takeaways (two interceptions and a fumble recovery). Linn-Mar picked up its first win in comeback fashion, outscoring Cedar Rapids Jefferson, 45-38. Reese Phillips ran for two touchdowns and passed for two more, and Josh Gassmann broke free for an 86-yard TD run on his only carry.
Time and site — 7 p.m. Friday, at Regina
Records and rankings — Sigourney-Keota is 3-0 overall, 1-0 Class 1A. Top-ranked Regina is 2-1, 1-0.
Overview — If Regina is going to be seriously challenged in this district it could come Friday, or in two weeks against Wilton. The Regals rolled past Wapello, 48-6, in their district opener, as six different players scored touchdowns (Jacob Phillips ran for two of them). Sigourney-Keota opened some eyes with a 38-8 romp over Highland. The Cobras are averaging 41 points per game.
Time and site — 7:30 p.m. Friday, at Saints Field
Records and rankings — Class 3A second-ranked Xavier is 3-0 overall, 1-0 District 3; Charles City is 1-2, 1-0.
Overview — Xavier opened district play with a 47-14 triumph at Benton Community, and the Saints will be heavily favored through the remainder of the regular season. Maliki Wilson got just five carries last week, but still managed 61 yards and two touchdowns. He has 615 yards (most among 11-player backs) and eight TDs. The Saints are averaging 42.3 points per game. Charles City picked up its first win last week, a 28-27 overtime decision against South Tama.
Time and site — 7:15 p.m. Friday, at Kingston Stadium (Kennedy is the home team, its fans will sit on the west side)
Records and rankings — Jefferson is 0-3; Kennedy is 1-2.
Overview — Kennedy picked up its first win in major fashion last week, bouncing Dubuque Hempstead, 42-0. The Cougars held the Mustangs to 155 yards of offense, led by Johnson Mator’s 12 tackles. Rizaiha Maide ran for a pair of touchdowns. Jefferson was unable to hold a double-digit lead against Linn-Mar, and fell 45-38. The J-Hawks need to patch up a defense that is allowing 38 points per contest.
Time and site — 7:15 p.m. Friday, at Dubuque (Loras College)
Records and rankings — Marion is 2-1 overall, 1-0 Class 3A District 4; Wahlert is 1-2, 0-1.
Overview — Marion has crafted a two-game winning streak, and looks to put another link in the chain Friday. The Indians slogged out a 7-0 win over DeWitt Central in the rain last week, limiting the Sabers to 80 yards of total offense. Owen Cartensen has rushed for 248 yards, and shines defensively as well (13 tackles and an interception). The Indians face a Wahlert outfit that has managed just 24 points in three games.
Time and site — 7:30 p.m. Friday, at Washington
Records and rankings — Solon is 2-1 overall, 1-0 Class 3A District 5; fourth-ranked Washington is 3-0, 1-0.
Overview — All signs point toward this being the game that will determine the 3A-5 championship. Washington has been stellar on both sides of the ball, outscoring its first three foes by a 138-26 margin. Quarterback Ryan Reighard engineers the high-flying offense with 1,181 total yards; he is completing 81 percent of his passes. Solon blanked Keokuk, 42-0, in its district opener. Greg Brandt has two interceptions and a fumble recovery for the Spartans.
Time and site — 7:30 p.m. Friday, at West Union
Records and rankings — Monticello is 2-1 overall, 0-1 Class 2A District 4; top-rated North Fayette Valley is 3-0, 1-0.
Overview — North Fayette Valley solidified its hold on the No. 1 ranking with a 34-14 defeat of Cascade last week. Tanner Kuhens rushed for 145 yards and three touchdowns, and Jesse Mackey ran for 158 yards and a score. The Tigerhawks’ defense ranks second in 2A in defense, allowing 8 points per game. Monticello suffered its first loss of the season last week, 42-6, to Union. Jacob Manternach has thrown for 526 yards and six TDs.
Time and site — 7 p.m. Friday, at West Branch
Records and rankings — Maquoketa Valley is 3-0 overall, 1-0 Class 1A District 3; ninth-ranked West Branch is 2-1, 1-0.
Overview — Maquoketa Valley has crafted a 3-0 start, but this is by far the toughest test the Wildcats have faced yet. West Branch rebounded nicely from a Week 2 loss, handling Jesup on the road, 35-14. Luke Lenoch is the school’s all-time rushing leader; he has 482 yards this season with six touchdowns. The Wildcats counter with Alec McDowell, who has 404 yards and four touchdowns to his credit this season.
Time and site — 7 p.m. Friday, at Lisbon
Records and rankings — North Linn is 2-1 overall, 0-1 Class A District 4; sixth-ranked Lisbon is 3-0, 1-0.
Overview — Lisbon has ridden an unyielding defense to a fast start. The Lions have not yet allowed a point, outscoring their first three opponents by a count of 124-0. Tysen Williams leads a balanced defense with 11.5 tackles. Lisbon’s three foes are a combined 0-9, and this will be its toughest test to date. North Linn is coming off a 42-8 loss at East Buchanan. Ryan Miller has caught 19 passes for 240 yards, and also has 209 yards on the ground.
Time and site — 7:30 p.m. Friday, at Waukon
Records and rankings — 10th-ranked Cascade is 2-1 overall, 0-1 Class 2A District 4; No. 7 Waukon is 2-1, 1-0.
Overview — With just 16 teams making the playoffs in each class now, there’s precious little room for error, especially in a district as stacked as 2A-4. Cascade’s backs are against the wall after a 34-14 loss to North Fayette Valley, and Waukon really can’t afford a loss either, with unbeatens NFV and Union still on the horizon. Waukon’s Mitchell Snitker has 19 catches for 281 yards and four touchdowns and has rushed for 232 yards.