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Area football capsules for Week 6:
Time and site — 7:15 p.m. Thursday, at Kingston Stadium
Records and rankings — Eighth-ranked West is 5-0 overall, 1-0 Class 4A District 5; Jefferson is 0-5, 0-1.
Overview — West’s breakout year has finally arrived. Behind quarterback Devon Moore, the Wahawks are riding high with their best start in a long, long time. Take away a 14-13 nail-biter against Dubuque Hempstead in Week 2, and West has been dominant. Moore has passed for more than 1,000 yards, throwing for 15 touchdowns against just two interceptions. Jefferson is in desperate need of a spark. The J-Hawks are allowing 42 points per game, and have suffered in the second half of most of their games.
Time and site — 7:15 p.m. Friday, at Linn-Mar Stadium
Records and rankings — Kennedy is 3-2 overall, 1-0 Class 4A District 8; Linn-Mar is 2-3, 1-0.
Overview — Kennedy has righted its ship after an 0-2 start, outscoring its last three opponents by a margin of 171-20. That includes a 77-13 drubbing of Burlington last week, a game that was 70-6 at halftime. Rizaiha Maide has rushed for 330 yards and seven touchdowns, and Jesse Price has three interceptions to his credit. Linn-Mar joins the Cougars and Cedar Rapids Prairie in a first-place tie in the district after hammering Ottumwa, 46-7, last week. Neme Siaway has 474 rushing yards under his belt.
Time and site — 7:15 p.m. Friday, at Kingston Stadium
Records and rankings — Cedar Falls is 3-2 overall, 1-0 Class 4A District 5; third-ranked Washington is 5-0, 1-0.
Overview — Two of the top 4A defenses are on display at Kingston. Cedar Falls allows 9.4 points per game and ranks third among the big schools; Washington surrenders 13.8 ppg and has blanked two opponents, including a 44-0 job last week against Cedar Rapids Jefferson. O’Rien Vance has 51.5 tackles to his credit, and Drew Dostal has two interceptions and a fumble recovery. They’ll try to slow Cedar Falls RB Hayden Clausen, who has run for 513 yards.
Time and site — 7:15 p.m. Friday, at Davenport (Brady Street Stadium)
Records and rankings — Sixth-ranked City High is 4-1 overall, 1-0 Class 4A District 7; Central is 3-2, 1-0.
Overview — Central’s respectable record is somewhat misleading; the Blue Devils have faced the fourth-softest schedule in Class 4A. It strengthens mightily Friday against the Little Hawks, who had their best offensive performance of the season last week in a 49-28 win at Clinton. Nate Wieland has completed 62 percent of his passes for 727 yards, and Bryce Frantz has rushed for 527 yards and nine TDs.
Time and site — 7:15 p.m. Friday, at Trojan Field
Records and rankings — Burlington is 2-3 overall, 0-1 Class 4A District 8; West is 3-2, 0-1.
Overview — West has dropped two straight games, but figures to get well against the Grayhounds, who are coming off a 77-13 shellacking at Cedar Rapids Kennedy last week. West moved Devontae Lane from wideout to running back last week, and he netted 215 yards on 15 carries, with two touchdowns. Oliver Martin caught 10 passes, upping his season total to 37 receptions for 529 yards and four touchdowns. Burlington QB L.T. Beck II has passed for 646 yards and 10 touchdowns (against one INT).
Time and site — 7:15 p.m. Friday, at Ottumwa
Records and rankings — Ninth-rated Prairie is 4-1 overall, 1-0 Class 4A District 8; Ottumwa is 0-5, 0-1.
Overview — Prairie is on a tear offensively, putting up totals of 38, 46, 49 and 39 points in its current four-game winning streak. The Hawks posted four scoring drives of eight or more plays last week against Iowa City West and rolled, 39-20. The Hawks are heavily favored to win again against a team that hasn’t scored more than 10 points in a game all season. Prairie’s Joe Meyer and Zachary Ganske have developed into a nice 1-2 punch in the backfield, combining for 1,029 yards and 16 touchdowns.
Time and site — 7:30 p.m. Friday, at Saints Field
Records and rankings — Independence is 0-5 overall, 0-3 Class 3A District 3; No. 1 Xavier is 5-0, 3-0.
Overview — This appears to be a mismatch in the making. Xavier is a 3A championship contender and has run through its first three district opponents by a count of 120-27. Maliki Wilson is fifth in the state among 11-player running backs with 959 yards and averages 11.4 yards per carry. Independence enjoyed a couple years of prosperity, but has backtracked. The Mustangs have scored just eight points in their first five games.
Time and site — 7:15 p.m. Friday, at Center Point
Records and rankings — Marion is 3-2 overall, 2-1 Class 3A District 4; CPU is 2-3, 1-2.
Overview — Marion’s defense has sparkled in district play; the Indians have allowed just 17 points since league play began. For the Indians to achieve a winning season, Friday’s game is probably a must-get, because they close the season with games against Clear Creek Amana, West Delaware and Davenport Assumption. Owen Cartensen and Chris Mohwinkle have rushed for 949 yards and nine touchdowns between them. CPU had dropped two straight games (against a pair of unbeatens). JoJo Frost has 16 receptions for 225 yards and four TDs.
Time and site — 7 p.m. Friday, at Regina
Records and rankings — Eighth-ranked Wilton is 5-0 overall, 3-0 Class 1A District 4; No. 1 Regina is 4-1, 3-0.
Overview — This is the last legitimate hurdle between Regina and yet another district championship. The Regals have won four consecutive games since a Week 1 loss to Cedar Rapids Xavier. Three different rushers have posted more than 300 yards this season. Wilton has won all five of its games by 17 points or more, and is allowing just 11.6 points per contest. Beavers QB Jerome Mays has passed for 767 yards, and has thrown 82 passes without an interception.
Time and site — 7:15 p.m. Friday, at Tiffin
Records and rankings — Both teams are 5-0 overall, 3-0 Class 3A District 4. West Delaware is ranked sixth, CCA is No. 9.
Overview — The biggest game in the area this week, and the biggest regular-season game for Clear Creek Amana in a long, long time. The Clippers lead 3A in scoring defense, surrendering just 4.4 points per game. Jared Eckrich has a team-best 29.5 tackles, and is second in rushing with 324 yards rushing (he has five TDs). West Delaware ranks third in 3A in offense (41.8 ppg) and fifth in defense (11.4). The Hawks are led by sophomore Caleb Kehrli on the ground (721 rushing yards, 11 TDs), and quarterback Tanner Wessels (871 passing yards, 10 TDs).
Time and site — 7 p.m. Friday, at Lisbon
Records and rankings — 10th-ranked Wapsie Valley is 3-2 overall, 3-0 Class A District 4; Lisbon is 4-1, 2-1.
Overview — Lisbon really needs a win to stay in prime playoff contention. After recording three straight shutouts to start the season, the Lions have surrendered 64 points in the last two weeks, including a 44-20 loss to East Buchanan last Friday. Wapsie Valley can strengthen its hold on the district lead with a win. Jake Kuhlman has rushed for 463 yards and eight touchdowns. The Warriors allowed a single touchdown in each of their first two district contests.
Time and site — 7 p.m. Friday, at Elkader
Records and rankings — Fourth-ranked Turkey Valley is 5-0; Central is 4-1.
Overview — Central pulled off a major upset last week; its 44-34 win at former No. 1-ranked Don Bosco ended a 40-game regular-season win streak for the Dons. Now, the Warriors go after another top-five opponent in a non-district showdown. The Trojans are a prolific outfit, averaging 60 points per game, second-highest among 8-Player teams. Wyatt Blazek has 746 yards and 11 touchdowns to his credit, and also leads TV with 46 tackles. Central’s Derek Ehrhardt can beat you multiple ways; he has netted 802 passing yards and 417 on the ground with a total of 23 touchdowns.
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