Gazette area prep football capsules for Week 3:
Cedar Rapids Kennedy at West Des Moines Valley
Site and time: 7:15 p.m. Friday, at West Des Moines
Records and rankings: Both teams are 2-0. Kennedy is ranked ninth in Class 4A; Valley is No. 1.
Overview: Valley surged to the top of the 4A rankings after taking down five-time defending state champion West Des Moines Dowling, 20-6, last week. The Tigers bent somewhat, allowing 343 yards of offense to the Maroons, but allowed just one touchdown. QB Beau Lombardi has passed for 262 yards in two weeks, completing 65 percent of his passes. Kennedy has two decisive victories under its belt, outscoring Cedar Rapids Jefferson and Linn-Mar by a combined 67-7. Cairron Hendred and Max White have run for a combined 524 yards and seven touchdowns.
Marion at Solon
Site and time: 7:15 p.m. Friday, at Solon
Records and rankings: Marion is 1-1; Class 3A No. 8 Solon is 2-0.
Overview: Defense saved the day for Solon last week; the Spartans were in a scoreless stalemate through regulation with West Liberty before finally emerging with a 7-0 overtime win, with Cam Miller scoring on a 3-yard touchdown run. Adam Bock collected 12 tackles in the game and has a team-high 17 this season. Marion held a 21-12 halftime lead on West Delaware before falling, 25-21. Travor Paulsen threw for 316 yards last week, and his 581 yards through two weeks ranks third in Class 3A.
Waukee at Cedar Rapids Prairie
Site and time: 7:15 p.m. Friday, at John Wall Field
Records and rankings: Waukee is 1-1; Class 4A No. 6 Prairie is 2-0.
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Overview: Led by workhorse Keegan Simmons, who rushed for 267 yards on 29 carries last week, the Hawks have racked up 90 points in the first two weeks, a figure that ranks fourth-best in 4A. That includes last week’s 49-42 shootout victory over Pleasant Valley. This is an intriguing intersectional matchup; Waukee is a perennially competitive team in Central Iowa and is coming off a 21-14 win over Southeast Polk.
Davenport Assumption at Cedar Rapids Xavier
Site and time: 7:15 p.m. Friday, at Saints Field
Records and rankings: Assumption is 1-1; Class 3A No. 1 Xavier is 2-0.
Overview: It’s becoming a question of who can challenge the Saints. The defending 3A state champions have been a juggernaut this far, plowing through Iowa City Regina and Decorah by the count of 91-10. Xavier has been effective by land and air, with Braden Stovie rushing for 10.7 yards per carry and Quinn Schulte completing 64 percent of his passes for 17.7 yards per completion with seven touchdowns and no interceptions. The defense has been virtually impenetrable. Assumption QB Brandon Schlichting has passed for 356 yards.
Pella Christian at Iowa City Regina
Site and time: 7 p.m. Friday, at Regina
Records and rankings: Both teams are 1-1. Regina is ranked No. 6 in Class 1A.
Overview: This is a pivotal game in Class 1A, with both teams still somewhat of a mystery. Regina bounced back from its Week 1 shellacking from Cedar Rapids Xavier by downing Anamosa, 34-15. Pella Christian, meanwhile, is smarting after a 27-7 loss to defending 1A state champion Van Meter. The all-sophomore passing combination of Ashton Cook-to-Alec Wick has begun to click for the Regals. Cook has thrown for 392 yards, with Wick catching 13 passes for 172 yards.
Southeast Polk at Iowa City West
Site and time: 7:15 p.m. Friday, at Trojan Field
Records and rankings: Southeast Polk is 0-2; Class 4A No. 7 Iowa City West is 1-1.
Overview: Even in defeat (10-7 against Bettendorf) last week, West has proven that its defense is elite. The Trojans have yielded just 17 points in two games against very good competition. Ironically, the Trojans haven’t yet forced a turnover. Offensively, Jalen Gaudet is a big-play receiver, with his seven catches netting a 40.3-yard average and three touchdowns. Don’t be fooled by Southeast Polk’s 0-2 mark. The Rams’ defeats have come against West Des Moines Valley and Waukee.
Dubuque Senior at Cedar Rapids Washington
Site and time: 7:15 p.m. Friday, at Kingston Stadium
Records and rankings: Senior is 1-1; Washington is 0-2.
Overview: A 55-10 drubbing last week to Dubuque Hempstead should be the cause for major concern in the Washington camp. The Mustangs ran for 311 yards, and after getting outscored 96-16 in the first two weeks, the Warriors have to figure things out fast to avoid a long season. Senior has split a pair of low-scoring games, falling to Davenport North, 20-7, last week. The Rams have scored just one touchdown in each of their first two games.
Ames at Iowa City High
Site and time: 7:15 p.m. Friday, at Bates Field
Records and rankings: Ames is 0-2; City High is 1-1.
Overview: The high-school version of the Cy-Hawk game figures to be a competitive one. The teams have a common opponent in Cedar Falls, with similar results. City High hopes to bounce back after a 47-0 defeat to the Tigers. City’s Tonka Hickman has rushed for 233 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Ames has surrendered 83 points in two losses, and is a pass-heavy outfit. Cooper Downs has completed 44 of 84 passes for 512 yards.
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Iowa City Liberty at Washington (Iowa)
Site and time: 7:15 p.m. Friday, at Washington
Records and rankings: Liberty is 1-1; Washington is 0-2.
Overview: It took only two games for Liberty to get in the win column; the Lightning downed Waterloo East, 18-6, in a triumphant home debut. Jack Ankenbauer rushed for 125 yards on 35 carries, scoring the first two touchdowns as Liberty roared to an 18-0 first-quarter lead. Washington has allowed 70 points in the first two weeks in losses to Marion and Oskaloosa. Demons QB Luke Turner has combined for 439 yards and four touchdowns.
Cedar Rapids Jefferson at Linn-Mar
Site and time: 7:15 p.m. Friday, at Linn-Mar Stadium
Records and rankings: Both teams are 0-2.
Overview: Chris Buesing’s J-Hawks came excruciatingly close to their first win, dropping a 40-37 overtime decision to Muscatine. Ezeki Leggins had three touchdowns, including a 95-yard return. Linn-Mar has scored just two touchdowns through two weeks. Marcus Orr threw for 240 yards last week against Cedar Rapids Kennedy.
Center Point-Urbana at Benton Community
Site and time: 7:30 p.m. Friday, at Van Horne
Records and rankings: Both teams are 2-0. Benton is ranked No. 5 in Class 2A.
Overview: Two of the area’s biggest surprises collide. Both teams knocked off ranked foes in Week 2, with Benton taking down Cascade, 30-12, and CPU holding off Mount Vernon, 21-16. Benton’s Clay Krousie has passed for 340 yards, while Matt Davis has rushed for 280 yards and five TDs. CPU’s Max Chesmore has intercepted two passes.
Alburnett at North Linn
Site and time: 7 p.m. Friday, at Troy Mills
Records and rankings: Alburnett is 1-1; North Linn is 2-0.
Overview: Led by Brennan Becker (360 yards, 14.4 yards per carry, five touchdowns), North Linn has stormed through its first two opponents by the tune of 89-6. Quarterback Austin Miller is 12 of 17 passing for 158 yards, and has recovered two fumbles. Alburnett rolled in Week 1, but hit a road bump against Highland last week, 18-8. The Pirates’ Mason Wickman and Matt Barrett have combined for 259 rushing yards and four TDs.
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