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Iowa high school football roundup: Quarterfinal playoff scores, stats and more

Trips to the UNI-Dome were on the line across the state Friday night as the Iowa high school football playoffs reached the quarterfinal round in each of the six classes.

Find all the final scores, semifinal matchups and complete Gazette area coverage here.

4A: No. 1 Southeast Polk 48, Cedar Rapids Kennedy 0

The score was what the score was.

No. 1 Southeast Polk beat Cedar Rapids Kennedy 48-0 in a Class 4A state football quarterfinal game Friday night.

But that’s not what Kennedy coach Brian White wanted his team to focus on. In his postgame speech, he reflected on everything the team has been through this season.

The August derecho devastated central and east-central Iowa. Kennedy was hit as hard as anyone.

“This is a unique group because they have had more taken from them than anyone in the state of Iowa — and I feel confident in saying that,” White said. “These guys lost their school, we lost a week of practice at the beginning because we didn’t have a school — we didn’t even have a field to practice on. We didn’t get into a locker room until three weeks ago. We didn’t have a locker room.”

» Read the full story from Gazette correspondent Ben Visser

3A: No. 1 Cedar Rapids Xavier 21, Grinnell 7


Woe was not them.

An early 14-point swing went against them. They committed three first-half turnovers.

“The kids could have hung their heads,” Cedar Rapids Xavier football coach Duane Schulte said. “They could have said, ‘Woe is me.’

“But they came back and showed some grit.”


Jaxon Rexroth bounced back with three rushing touchdowns, and also intercepted two fourth-quarter passes to lead top-ranked Xavier past Grinnell, 21-7, in a Class 3A state football quarterfinal Friday night at Saints Field.

“It feels great to be going to the UNI-Dome, but we’re not done yet,” defensive lineman Josh Barish said.

» Read the full story from The Gazette's Jeff Linder


3A: No. 8 North Scott 24, No. 9 West Delaware 21

No. 8 North Scott snuck out a victory after No. 9 West Delaware fumbled at the 2-yard line going in for the go-ahead score late in the game. Instead of a Hawks win, the ball bounced into the end zone, and the Lancers recovered in a Class 3A state quarterfinal at Eldridge.

Wyatt Voelker scored three touchdown for West Delaware (10-2), which led 21-7 at halftime.

Hunter Davenport had a big interception for the Lancers (7-1) that led to a TD that made it 21-14. Max Solis scored the game-tying touchdown for North Scott, and Oliver Hughes kicked the game-winning field goal.

The Hawks were trailing 24-21 when, on the last drive of the game, quarterback Jared Voss dove for the end zone, lost the football, and the Lancers got the fortuitous recovery.

— Andrew Thill, Dubuque Telegraph Herald

2A: No. 4 Waukon 24, No. 6 Solon 8

Ethan O’Neill smiled from ear to ear.

He seemed happy to return to a familiar place to wrap up his season and prep football career.


“It is special,” O’Neill said after fourth-ranked Waukon dropped No. 6 Solon, 24-8, in a Class 2A state quarterfinal Friday night at Richard Hermeier Sports Complex. “Creed Welch and I were freshmen on the varsity team when they won it in 2017, so to be going to the (UNI) Dome four straight years is a dream come true.”

O’Neill scored a pair of touchdowns and Welch passed for another, helping the Indians win their eighth straight game in a battle of 2019 state runners-up. Waukon was second in 2A last year, while Solon was a 3A finalist.

The victory is an example of Waukon’s evolution of a program. Waukon Coach Chad Beerman said this would have been unimaginable a decade ago as Solon was closing a state championship run and the Indians were still a couple years away from their first UNI-Dome trip.

» Read the full story from The Gazette's K.J. Pilcher


2A: No. 9 Camanche 34, West Liberty 20

Camanche earned its first-ever trip to the UNI-Dome with a 34-20 victory in a Class 2A quarterfinal game against West Liberty.

The Indians — in just their fourth playoff appearance (1985, 1995, 2010) — started their drive to the Dome with Cade Everson taking the opening kickoff 99 yards for a 7-0 lead.


“We didn’t think they could kick that far so we were playing up,” Everson said. “I thought it was going to bounce into the end zone, but then it took a bad bounce at the 1.”

Everson had no choice but to return it.

“I didn’t think I was going to get that many yards,” Everson said. “After I made the first guy miss, I don’t think I got touched the rest of the way.”

Camanche scored twice more in the first half for a 21-0 advantage and built a 34-0 lead with 4:50 left in the third period.

Everson tallied three total touchdowns, including the opening kickoff.

“It’s just amazing for us seniors to play together our whole life and now to go this far,” Everson said. “It’s something totally different for Camanche.”

The senior tailback tallied 36 carries for 176 yards on the ground and also caught three passes for 26 yards.

“My legs started to get tired,” Everson said. “I had to put the team on my back and go as hard as I could until the final whistle.”

West Liberty ended its season 6-3.

“I’m proud of all of us,” West Liberty junior tailback Jahsiah Galvan said. “We didn’t give up at all, we put up a fight and played to the last whistle. I couldn’t be more proud of these guys. There’s no reason to get our heads down.”

— Justin Webster

1A: No. 3 Sigourney-Keota 35, No. 10 Waterloo Columbus 32

There is an adage in football that a team can’t score if it doesn’t have the ball.


After a back-and-forth first half sent third-ranked Sigourney-Keota to the locker room with a 21-19 lead on No. 10 Waterloo Columbus, the Cobras took control of this Class 1A playoff quarterfinal game with ball control in the second half to win, 35-32.

Sigourney-Keota advances to face No. 1 Ida Grove OABCIG, last year’s Class 2A state champion, in next Saturday’s semifinals at 12:30 p.m.

The Cobras ran 45 plays in the second half and Columbus ran nine.

“It doesn’t have to be pretty or cute, but when you’re faced with adversity and pull through, we’re going to come out ahead,” S-K head coach Jared Jensen said.

» Read the full story from The Union's Doug Brenneman

A: No. 2 Iowa City Regina 32, No. 8 Wapsie Valley 27

Ashton Cook and Alec Wick have completed numerous passes on their home field during four years of starting for Iowa City Regina.

They will always remember their last.

Cook connected with Wick for an 8-yard scoring pass with just over three minutes remaining to give the Regals a stirring 32-27 victory over Wapsie Valley in a Class A state quarterfinal game on a unseasonably warm Friday night at Regina.

With the game on the line, Cook found his favorite target cutting across the middle of the Wapsie Valley defense. He then fought his way over the goal line through a host of tacklers for what proved to be the winning score.

“They can do a lot of that with their eyes closed,” Marv Cook said. “They are two really talented kids and they just love playing the game.”


» Read the full story from Gazette correspondent Mike Condon


A: No. 3 Saint Ansgar 49, No. 5 MFL MarMac 14

No. 5 MFL MarMac took an early 14-0 lead in the first quarter on a 70-yard Cullen McShane run and a 55-yard pass from Max Havlicek to Karter Decker, and led this Class A quarterfinal 14-7 at the half.

But No. 3 Saint Ansgar recovered an onside kick to start the second half and scored quickly. The Bulldogs fumbled the next kick return and Saint Ansgar scored again.

The Saints dominated the rest of the game.

Junior Cullen McShane ran for 184 yards on just 10 carries for MFL MarMac (9-2), which missed its chance to play in the UNI-Dome for the first time in program history.

Decker had four catches for 104 yards. The Bulldogs return nine starters on defense, seven on offense, in 2021.

8P: No. 5 Montezuma 62, No. 7 Easton Valley 35

Eddie Burgess threw for 575 yards and eight touchdowns, plus a rushing score, to lead No. 5 Montezuma to a 62-35 thrashing of No. 8 Easton Valley in the 8-player quarterfinals at Badger-Gabriel Field in Montezuma.


It’s the first time the Braves (10-0) will make the trek to the UNI-Dome since 2006. The River Hawks (9-2) stumbled in the final eight for the second straight year.

Burgess, a junior, had 413 yards in the first half as Montezuma had three of its final five first-half drives go one play, each of them 50 yards or more on the score.

A trifecta of Braves receivers — Cole Watts, Trey Shearer and Kodie Strong — each finished with over 135 yards and all had multiple touchdowns.

Strong, entering the night with three touchdowns for the season, finished with four and a game-high 189 yards.

— Zach Martin, Quad-City Times

Friday’s quarterfinal scores


No. 6 Pleasant Valley 38, No. 5 Iowa City West 24

No. 1 Southeast Polk 48, Cedar Rapids Kennedy 0

No. 3 Ankeny 28, No. 4 Waukee 7


Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley 23, No. 6 Webster City 14

No. 2 Harlan 21, No. 7 Lewis Central 14

No. 1 Cedar Rapids Xavier 21, Grinnell 7

No. 8 North Scott 24, No. 9 West Delaware 21


No. 3 Central Lyon/George-Little Rock 34, No. 5 West Lyon 13

No. 1 Monroe PCM 21, No. 7 West Marshall 20

No. 9 Camanche 34, West Liberty 20

No. 4 Waukon 24, No. 6 Solon 8


No. 1 Ida Grove OABCIG 63, No. 8 West Sioux 13

No. 7 South Central Calhoun 26, No. 6 Southeast Valley 6

No. 2 Van Meter 33, No. 5 Underwood 14

No. 3 Sigourney-Keota 35, No. 10 Waterloo Columbus 32


Council Bluffs St. Albert 24, No. 6 Logan-Magnolia 0

No. 1 Grundy Center 20, No. 9 West Hancock 14

No. 2 Iowa City Regina 32, No. 8 Wapsie Valley 27

No. 3 Saint Ansgar 49, No. 5 MFL MarMac 14


No. 2 Remsen St. Mary’s 42, No. 3 Audubon 27

No. 8 Fremont-Mills 30, No. 4 Anita CAM 28

No. 1 Don Bosco 42, No. 10 Janesville 12

No. 5 Montezuma 62, No. 7 Easton Valley 35

State semifinal matchups set

The Iowa High School Athletic Association redrew brackets following the quarterfinals and released the matchups for next week's semifinal games.

Here's the schedule.

8-PLAYER — Thursday, Nov. 12

No. 2 Remsen St. Mary's (10-0) vs. No. 5 Montezuma (10-0), 9 a.m.

No. 1 Don Bosco (9-0) vs. No. 8 Fremont-Mills (7-1), 12:30 p.m.

CLASS 3A — Thursday, Nov. 12

No. 2 Harlan (10-0) vs. Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley (8-2), 4 p.m.

No. 1 Cedar Rapids Xavier (10-0) vs. No. 8 North Scott (7-1), 7:30 p.m.

CLASS A — Friday, Nov. 13

No. 3 Saint Ansgar (10-0) vs. No. 2 Iowa City Regina (9-1), 9 a.m.

No. 1 Grundy Center (10-0) vs. Council Bluffs St. Albert (8-2), 12:30 p.m.

CLASS 4A — Friday, Nov. 13

No. 1 Southeast Polk (9-0) vs. No. 6 Pleasant Valley (10-0), 4 p.m.

No. 3 Ankeny (9-1) vs. No. 2 West Des Moines Dowling (7-1), 7:30 p.m.

CLASS 1A — Saturday, Nov. 14

No. 2 Van Meter (10-0) vs. No. 7 South Central Calhoun (9-1), 9 a.m.

No. 1 Ida Grove OABCIG (10-0) vs. No. 3 Sigourney-Keota (10-0), 12:30 p.m.

CLASS 2A — Saturday, Nov. 14

No. 3 Central Lyon/George-Little Rock (10-0) vs. No. 9 Camanche (9-1), 4 p.m.

No. 4 Waukon (8-1) vs. No. 1 Monroe PCM (10-0), 7:30 p.m.

Valley-Dowling canceled

Friday's Class 4A quarterfinal game between West Des Moines Valley and No. 2 West Des Moines Dowling was canceled due to COVID-19 cases in the Valley program.

As a result, Dowling advances to the semifinals.

“I am heartbroken for the players, families, coaches and Valley fans, but we are very proud of all the team has accomplished this fall. Overall, we have to do what is safe for both our team and our opponents,” Valley athletics director Brad Rose said in a statement.

Dowling has won seven straight Class 4A state titles.

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