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Area playoff football capsules
Area capsules for the second round of the high school football playoffs:
CLASS 4A: CEDAR FALLS (8-2) at No. 1 CEDAR RAPIDS WASHINGTON (10-0)
* Site and time: 7 p.m. Monday, at Kingston Stadium
* Overview: Washington continued to roll, opening the playoffs with a record-setting performance, scoring 73 points against an outmatched Clinton squad. The road gets much tougher with perennial power Cedar Falls. The Warriors lone loss in their last 17 games came to the Tigers in the first round of last year's playoffs. The Warriors are tied for third in Class 4A with 2,783 rushing yards led by Tavian Patrick's 882 yards. Johnny Dobbs also has 591 with a team-high 11 rush TDs. Washington averages more than 43 points per game, while allowing only 10.4 a game. Cedar Falls has won three straight and seven of its last eight. The Tigers have won every game they have scored at least 20 points.
CLASS 4A: IOWA CITY WEST (6-4) at No. 6 LINN-MAR (9-1)
* Site and time: 7 p.m. Monday, at Linn-Mar
* Overview: The Lions have a dual-threat leader at quarterback who has given opponents fits, helping them rebound this season. Ryan Schmidt has 1,934 total yards of offense, putting up 274 total yards in about a half of play during Linn-Mar's 34-14 workmanlike first-round win over Davenport Central. Linn-Mar's defense has been solid all season. Senior Trevor Long leads the team with 12 solo tackles for loss, while Devon Rushing has a team-high five solo sacks for the Lions, who are second in 4A with 24 solo sacks. The Trojans blanked Ottumwa, 28-0, to open the postseason. West overcame early season struggles to score at least 24 points in the last seven games. West's Aaron Bleil has thrown for 1,837 yards and 15 TDs, including 677 yards and four scores to Oliver Martin.
CLASS 4A: CEDAR RAPIDS KENNEDY (3-7) at No. 2 BETTENDORF (10-0)
* Site and time: 7 p.m. Monday, at Bettendorf
* Overview: Kennedy is looking to continue its late-season magic that has seen the Cougars win three of its last four games, including a 20-17 first-round win over district runner-up Muscatine. The Cougars have rediscovered their rush attack, running for 276 yards or more in their three wins. Junior Tyler Dralle rushed for 234, helping Kennedy tally 320 yards on the ground. Dralle has 892 yards and eight touchdowns. Bettendorf brings a physical approach on both sides of the ball. Justice O'Connor has 892 rushing yards and Quarterback Cyle Cox has 1,174 passing yards with 539 on the ground. The Bulldogs defense and special teams have scored five touchdowns, including two punts and a kickoff return.
CLASS 3A: No. 10 WAVERLY-SHELL ROCK (8-2) at No. 8 CEDAR RAPIDS XAVIER (7-3)
* Site and time: 7 p.m. Monday, at Saints Field
* Overview: Cedar Rapids Xavier remains in the hunt for a third straight trip to the state finals, earning state runner-up finishes in Class 4A the last two years. The Saints defense has thrived against 4A competition, allowing double-digits against one opponent and shutting down Charles City in a 35-6 first-round win. Dylan Eller leads the Saints with seven turnovers, including five interceptions. Xavier has surrendered an average of 9.1 points in its 10 games. The Saints' Jay Kortemeyer has been a focus of the offense, rushing for 1,065 on 192 carries. QB Bryce Schulte has contributed 21 TDs, including 10 rushing. The Go-Hawks have a strong run game, led by Ryan Sprain (752 yards, six TDs) and Riley Steckelberg (630 yards and 9 TDs). WSR's Andrew Ragsdale is tied for fourth in 3A with 21 solo tackles for loss.
CLASS 3A: No. 3 SOLON (9-1) at No. 7 WEST DELAWARE (9-1)
* Site and time: 7 p.m. Monday, at Manchester
* Overview: A case could be made for this being the marquee matchup this round. The Spartans are coming off a 38-20 win over Davenport Assumption and have reeled off seven straight wins. West Delaware leads 3A in total offense, racking up 4,488 with 3,065 coming via the run. West Delaware's Brent Lammers has thrown for 1,330 yards and run for 1,218. Coy Roussell has run for 994. Solon held teams to under 90 rushing yards four times this season. The Spartans have a strong 1-2 punch in running back Brandon Kramer, who 1,229 rushing yards and 12 TDs. Junior QB Brandon Childs has more than 1,110 total yards of offense 15 scores.
CLASS 2A: DYERSVILLE BECKMAN (8-2) at No. 6 CASCADE (9-1)
* Site and time: 7 p.m. Monday, at Cascade
* Overview: The postseason rivalry between these two schools moves from the baseball diamond to the football field. The second-round matchup pits Cascade's vaunted spread offense against Beckman's defense. The Cougars lead 3A in passing yards (2,589) and touchdowns (29). Derek Lieurance has accounted for all but 19 of those yards and each passing TD. Nate Bergfeld has been his top target, catching 72 passes for 1,168 yards. Five Cougars have at least two receiving scores, including 14 for Bergfeld. The Blazers have five shutouts this season. Beckman has 16 interceptions and has held opponents to an average of just 75.4 passing yards per game. Beckman's Tyler Hirsch has 1,126 rushing yards and 10 TDs.
CLASS 2A: SOUTH TAMA (8-2) at No. 3 WILLIAMSBURG (10-0)
* Site and time: 7 p.m. Monday, at Williamsburg
* Overview: Williamsburg has run the table so far in its first year back in 2A. The Raiders are powered by Mitchell Stahl. He ranks third in 2A with 1,417 rushing yards, amassing 231 in a 45-31 first-round win over PCM. He is fifth in points, running for 19 scores. Stahl also has four interceptions, which is two behind team leader Noah Heitshusen. South Tama held Stahl to 92 yards in a 28-20 loss earlier this season. The Trojans' Jerry Lowe rushed for 98 yards in that game and has 1,007 yards this season.
CLASS 2A: MOUNT VERNON (6-4) at No. 5 NORTH FAYETTE VALLEY (9-1)
* Site and time: 7 p.m. Monday, at West Union
* Overview: The Mustangs are looking for another upset over a ranked team, dropping No. 10 Mediapolis 20-9 in Lance Pedersen's first playoff game leading Mount Vernon. Drew Adams connected with Connor Hermann for two touchdowns and Mickey Hines rushed for 140 yards. The Tigerhawks, a 1A semifinalist last season, rolled to a 73-9 win over Monticello in the opening round. No mistake on what they will do, ranking second in 2A with 3,296 yards and 48 TDs rushing. Josh Mackey (1,092) and Derrick Kuehner (893) have combined for almost 2,000 yards. Kuehner had 152 yards and four TDs and Mackey added 139 and three against Monticello.
CLASS 1A: PANORA (7-3) at No. 1 IOWA CITY REGINA (9-1)
* Site and time: 7 p.m. Monday, at Regina
* Overview: Iowa City Regina has not lost a playoff game since 2009 and that streak is likely to be extended with Panora making the 150-plus mile trip. Regina's offense is potent as ever, averaging more than 45 points per game. The Regals opened with a 66-7 win over Alburnett, getting 243 total yards and four TDs from QB Drew Cook, who has thrown for more than 1,500 yards this season. Jake Brinkman led Regina with 119 yards and two scores against the Pirates and has 910 rushing yards and 11 TDs this year.
CLASS 1A: No. 10 DIKE-NEW HARTFORD (8-2) at No. 4 WEST BRANCH (10-0)
* Site and time: 7 p.m. Monday, at West Branch
* Overview: The Bears have been one of the most dominant teams this season, winning by an average of 38.5 points. Lucas Lamont and Luke Lenoch have posted gaudy offensive statistics this season. Lenoch has rushed for 1,972 yards and 29 touchdowns. Lamont has thrown for 1,487 yards and 16 TDs, including 503 yards and seven TDs going to Devin Kindon. Lamont also has 308 yards and 12 scores on the ground. The Bears have five shutouts and have held opponents to single digits seven times.
OTHER GAMES INVOLVING AREA TEAMS (All games, 7 p.m. Monday)
* Class 3A: No. 9 Carlisle (8-2) at Washington (7-3)
* Class 2A: New Hampton (7-3) at Union Community (8-2)
* Class 1A: No. 8 North Cedar (9-1) at No. 3 South Winneshiek (9-1)
* Class A: BGM (8-2) at No. 4 Gladbrook-Reinbeck (9-1)
* Class A: Lisbon (7-3) at No. 3 Pekin (10-0)
* Class A: Denver (6-4) at No. 1 Maquoketa Valley (10-0)
* Class A: Earlham (7-3) at No. 5 Montezuma (10-0)
* 8-Player: No. 9 Turkey Valley (9-1) at No. 1 Don Bosco (10-0)
* 8-Player: No. 6 HLV (9-1) at No. 2 Janesville (10-0)
* 8-Player: Northwood-Kensett (7-3) at No. 5 Elkader Central (10-0)
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