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Area football capsules for Week 8:
Time and site — 7:15 p.m. Thursday, at Kingston Stadium
Records and rankings — East is 0-7 overall, 0-3 Class 4A District 5; No. 4 Washington is 6-1, 2-1.
Overview — Washington closes the regular season with the two Waterloo schools. The one next week — at Waterloo West — will decide the Warriors’ postseason fate. This one, frankly, shouldn’t be much of a challenge. East has lost 35 consecutive games, and the Trojans’ average score this season has been 56-6. Washington bounced back from a Week 6 loss to Cedar Falls by handling Mason City, 30-7, last week. Drew Dostal has 30 catches for 556 yards and seven touchdowns, and also has picked off two passes.
Time and site — 7:15 p.m. Thursday, at Davenport (Brady Street Stadium)
Records and rankings — No. 10 CCA is 6-1 overall, 4-1 Class 3A District 4; Assumption is 5-2, 4-1.
Overview — It’s a four-team logjam atop the 3A-4 standings, and that will be pared in half this week. CCA is coming off a 15-14 overtime loss at Marion despite surrendering less than 150 yards of total offense. The Clippers have been that stingy all season; their defensive average of 7.3 points per game allowed ranks second in 3A. Cory Siders has five interceptions to his credit. Assumption is on a four-game winning streak. Justus Burke has rushed for 921 yards and 11 touchdowns.
Time and site — 7:15 p.m. Friday, at Bates Field
Records and rankings — Sixth-ranked Bettendorf is 5-2 overall, 3-0 Class 4A District 7; No. 5 City High is 6-1, 3-0.
Overview — Both teams have clinched playoff berths, and the winner of this game is the 4A-7 champion. Both teams have won four consecutive games, and their offensive and defensive averages are nearly identical. City High quarterback Nate Wieland has passed for 1,041 yards (completing 62 percent of his throws) and has rushed for 549 yards and nine touchdowns. Keegan Glaus has 741 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns to lead the Bulldogs.
Time and site — 7:15 p.m. Friday, at Manchester
Records and rankings — Marion is 5-2 overall, 4-1 Class 3A District 4; No. 8 West Delaware is 6-1, 4-1.
Overview — Along with Thursday’s game between Clear Creek Amana and Assumption, this contest will go a long way toward determining the pecking order in 3A-4. Marion’s return to football prosperity has been both swift and surprising, and it reached a new zenith with last week’s 15-14 overtime win over Clear Creek Amana. But another tall challenge awaits. The Hawks are strong on both sides of the ball, and have playmakers in QB Tanner Wessels, RB Caleb Kehrli and WR Kabryn Cook. Marion’s Owen Cartensen and Chris Mohwinkle have combined for more than 1,100 yards on the ground.
Time and site — 7:15 p.m. Friday, at John Wall Field
Records and rankings — Burlington is 3-4 overall, 1-2 Class 4A District 8; No. 9 Prairie is 6-1, 3-0.
Overview — Prairie is on a six-game winning streak and is heavily favored to make it seven in a row. The Hawks’ offense continues to click to the tune of 46.5 points per game in the last six weeks. Joseph Meyer has netted 676 yards on the ground with 13 touchdowns, and Dakota Simonson completes 64 percent of his passes, and has thrown for 700 yards. Burlington is coming off a 21-10 win over Ottumwa, but the Grayhounds have been plastered by district contenders Cedar Rapids Kennedy and Iowa City West by scores of 77-13 and 59-7.
Time and site — 7:30 p.m. Friday, at Saints Field
Records and rankings — Vinton-Shellsburg is 2-5 overall, 1-4 Class 3A District 3; No. 2 Xavier is 7-0, 5-0.
Overview — Xavier has won 13 consecutive district games dating back to 2014. The Saints already have a playoff berth sewn up, and can claim the district championship with a victory Friday. Maliki Wilson (117 carries, 1,276 yards, 14 touchdowns) remains the top rusher in 3A, and Bryce Schulte (61-92-1, 806 yards, 11 TDs) is among the most efficient passers. The defense isn’t shabby, either, allowing 10.0 points per game. Vinton-Shellsburg broke a five-game losing streak last week, 39-0, over Independence.
Time and site — 7:15 p.m. Friday, at Linn-Mar Stadium
Records and rankings — West is 5-2 overall, 2-1 Class 4A District 8; Linn-Mar is 2-5, 1-2.
Overview — West kept its playoff hopes alive with a pivotal 24-10 win over Cedar Rapids Kennedy, but there’s still work for the Trojans to do. Oliver Martin ranks second in the big-school class with 49 catches, and his 740 receiving yards leads 4A. He’ll try to break free from a Linn-Mar defense that is allowing 35 points per game. Lions quarterback Reese Phillips has gone over 1,000 passing yards; he has a pair of good targets in Josh Gassmann and Kirby Kerr.
Time and site — 7 p.m. Friday, at Columbus Junction
Records and rankings — No. 1 Regina is 6-1 overall, 5-0 Class 1A District 4; Columbus is 1-6, 0-5.
Overview — Regina is heavily favored to win its seventh straight game. If they do so, the Regals will wrap up the district championship. Juniors Isaac Vollstedt, Michael Conlon and Jacob Phillips share the workload in the backfield, and have combined for 1,335 yards and 21 touchdowns. The Regals are averaging 46.2 points per game in district competition and allowing 11.8.
Time and site — 7:15 p.m. Friday, at Kingston Stadium
Records and rankings — Cedar Falls is 4-3 overall, 2-1 Class 4A District 5; Jefferson is 1-6, 1-2.
Overview — Cedar Falls has made a habit of playing low-scoring, close games this season. The Tigers are 1-3 in games decided by seven points or less, including a 21-14 loss last week against Waterloo West. Jefferson is coming off its first win of the season, a 50-0 thrashing of Waterloo East. Tavian Rashed continues to lead 4A in tackles, with 79. He also has rushed for 469 yards. Hayden Clausen has rushed for 901 yards for the Tigers.
Time and site — 7:15 p.m. Friday, at Ottumwa
Records and rankings — Kennedy is 4-3 overall, 2-1 Class 4A District 8; Ottumwa is 0-7, 0-3.
Overview — Despite last week’s 24-10 loss to Iowa City West, Kennedy still has its playoff destiny in its own hands, but the Cougars will need to win their last two games decisively. That will be a challenge in Week 9 against Cedar Rapids Prairie. It should be easy sledding Friday against a team that has struggled to score all season; the Bulldogs are 47th among the 48 4A teams in scoring at 7.1 points per game. Kennedy’s Johnson Mator ranks second in 4A in tackles, with 75.
Time and site — 7:30 p.m. Friday, at West Union
Records and rankings — Both teams are 7-0 overall, 5-0 Class 2A District 4. Union is ranked No. 2; North Fayette Valley is No. 1.
Overview — Along with a 4A showdown between West Des Moines Dowling and Ankeny Centennial, this is as good as it gets in the state this week. After a 4-6 season in 2015, Union has bashed the competition all season, leading 2A in scoring offense (48.1 ppg) and scoring defense (4.1 ppg, with three shutouts). The Knights warmed up with a 37-16 win over Waukon last week. North Fayette Valley is nearly as stingy, allowing 5.6 points per game. The TigerHawks had last week off, accepting a forfeit from Waterloo Columbus. Union is a bear on the ground and in the air; Troy Hanus has passed for 1,001 yards, completing nearly 70 percent of his throws, while Isaiah Vaughn has rushed for 1,010 yards and 21 TDs. Tanner Kuhens has rushed for 662 yards and five touchdowns for NFV.
Time and site — 7 p.m. Friday, at Mount Vernon
Records and rankings — West Liberty is 4-3 overall, 4-1 Class 2A District 5; No. 4 Mount Vernon is 5-2, 5-0.
Overview — After five straight district victories, Mount Vernon gears up for a stretch run that features its top two challengers in 2A-5 (Williamsburg awaits in Week 9). The Mustangs have rung up 291 points in the last five weeks, and appear ready to make another deep postseason run. Drew Adams has passed for 1,276 yards and 14 touchdowns. Jack Cochrane has rushed for 575 yards and also has 30 receptions. West Liberty suffered its first district loss last week to Williamsburg by a 36-14 count, but still, this has been a season of great progress for the Comets after a 1-8 campaign in 2015. Joe Kelly has rushed for 770 yards.
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