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Iowa high school football playoffs: First round scores, stats and more

Cedar Rapids Xavier's Ethan Hurkett (49) tackles Pella's Samuel Warner (25) during the second half of a Class 3A first round playoff game at Xavier High School in Cedar Rapids on Friday October 26, 2018. (Cliff Jette/The Gazette)
Cedar Rapids Xavier's Ethan Hurkett (49) tackles Pella's Samuel Warner (25) during the second half of a Class 3A first round playoff game at Xavier High School in Cedar Rapids on Friday October 26, 2018. (Cliff Jette/The Gazette)

The Iowa high school football postseason is here, with 48 first-round games Friday around the state.

Here's a look at our coverage, plus other area stats and final scores from around the state.

Iowa City West 38, Cedar Rapids Kennedy 14

The turnovers they made in a playoff game had to be kind of disconcerting. But the Iowa City West Trojans had more than enough firepower to overcome them Friday night.

Sophomore quarterback Marcus Morgan threw for 259 yards and a pair of touchdowns, and fifth-ranked West played past its miscues in a 38-14 win over Cedar Rapids Kennedy in a Class 4A first-rounder.

The Trojans (9-1) lost a pair of fumbles and suffered an interception in a first half they still ended up leading, 21-7. They played a clean second half and move along to next week’s quarerfinals.

» Continue reading Jeff Johnson's story

Johnston 28, Cedar Rapids Prairie 14

Big plays doomed Cedar Rapids Prairie on Friday as the Hawks lost 28-14 to Johnston in the first round of the Class 4A state football playoffs.

The first three Johnston touchdowns all came on plays that went 30 yards or more. The longest was a 76-yard touchdown strike from quarterback Andrew Nord to Anthony Coleman on the second play of the second half to extend the Dragons’ lead to 21-0.


Johnston scored another touchdown in the third quarter to increase its lead to 28-0.

» Continue reading Ben Visser's story

Cedar Rapids Xavier 14, Pella 6

The offense sputtered for much of the night, but the defense sported fangs whenever it needed them.

The No. 1-ranked Cedar Rapids Xavier football team opened the Class 3A postseason with its first four-quarter tussle of the season. While the points were limited and the mistakes plentiful, one theme remains constant in late October playoff football.

Just win and get to the next one.

It was the fourth playoff meeting in five years between Xavier and Pella. The Saints won the 3A title game last season, 31-13, over a Dutch squad that had won the previous three state championships and had eliminated Xavier during the 3A semifinals twice in the process.

» Continue reading Douglas Miles' story

Western Dubuque 48, Solon 13

Western Dubuque was firing on all cylinders.

And Solon got run over, suffering one of its worst playoff losses.

Bobcats quarterback Calvin Harris hit Drake George for their third touchdown on the first play of the final quarter, starting a continuous clock and leading eighth-ranked Western Dubuque to a 48-13 victory over No. 4 Solon in the first round of the Class 3A state football playoffs Friday at Spartan Stadium.

» Continue reading K.J. Pilcher's story


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Williamsburg 51, West Marshall 32

The game was a microcosm of Williamsburg’s season.

Get down early. Come roaring back.

The Raiders overcame an early 11-point deficit, broke it open with a four-touchdown third quarter and whipped ninth-ranked West Marshall, 51-32, in a Class 2A first-round playoff football game Friday night at D.F. Miller Field.

» Continue reading Jeff Linder's story

Benton Community 45, Greene County 20

Seeking its first playoff victory since 1980, fourth-ranked Benton Community found itself in a dogfight early against No. 10 ranked Greene County.

In a 10-0 hole at the end of the first quarter, the Bobcats (9-1, 4-1 2A-7) needed a spark. They certainly found one in “pony” Matt Davis, who led Benton to a 45-20 first-round victory.

“Matt’s been a pony all year,” Benton Coach Kal Goodchild said. “He’s been a four-year varsity player. I can’t say enough about him.”

» Continue reading Ryan Pleggenkuhle's story

Don Bosco 62, Central City 37

It’s never easy to dethrone a state champion.

Central City gave Don Bosco its best shot here Friday night, but in the end, it was simply too much Thomas Even for the Wildcats to overcome. The 5-foot-7, 170-pound junior ran for 163 yards on 20 carries and scored five touchdowns, four coming in the first half as the No. 3-ranked Dons posted a 62-37 victory before an overflow crowd at Tom Ryan Field.


Coach Matt Miers’ 10th-ranked Wildcats, back in the playoffs for the first time in 10 seasons, finish at 8-2.

» Continue reading Mike Condon's story

Decorah 17, Clear Creek Amana 6

Decorah won its seventh straight game Friday night, grinding out a 17-6 win over Clear Creek Amana in the first round of the Class 3A high school football playoffs.

Kailer McCabe rushed for 138 yards and two touchdowns for the Vikings (8-2), who will get a rematch with No. 1 Cedar Rapids Xavier (10-0) next Friday in the quarterfinals. McCabe scored on runs of 4 and 26 yards.

Drake Shelton added 108 rushing yards for Decorah, which totaled 330 yards on the ground.
The Vikings defense held CCA to 174 yards and forced two turnovers.

“They were awesome,” Decorah Coach Pat Trewin said of his defense. “We prepped very well.”
Andrew Rohert led the Clippers (8-2) with 75 rushing yards and a TD, a 4-yard run in the first quarter that gave CCA a 6-0 lead.

— Darin Svenson, correspondent

West Branch 56, Osage 14

Beau Cornwell passed for 269 yards and three touchdowns to help lead the Bears to a Class 1A first round playoff road victory.

Cornwell used his legs to score on West Branch’s first play, a 14-yard scamper. He had scoring strikes to Tanner Lukavsky, Brady Lukavsky and Trey Eagle.


Tanner Lukasvky also had three rushing scores and totaled 206 yards on 12 rushes.
Cornwell added two rushing scores.

It was the Bears’ first playoff victory since 2015. They advance to play at Van Meter next Friday night.

“We continue to work hard and improve each day in practice,” West Branch Coach Butch Pedersen said after his team improved 9-1. “Our team is becoming more of a family. That is one of our goals.”

— Jason Miller, correspondent

Iowa Valley 92, Midland 46

Ben Smith rushed for 173 yards and four touchdowns as the Tigers (10-0) rolled to an 8-player win in Marengo.

Smith did most of his damage in the first half, gaining 143 yards, and didn’t play in the fourth quarter.

Noah Munby added 159 yards and two TDs on the ground, and also had a TD reception.

Midland’s Britan Martens completed 12 of 25 passes for 243 yards and two TDs and Jensen Dodge caught six passes for 118 and three TDs.

— Daryl Schepanski, correspondent

Edgewood-Colesburg 58, BGM 21

Preston Rochford rushed for 444 yards on 33 carries and scored five touchdowns as the Vikings (9-1) rolled to a win at home.

Rochford scored on runs of 4, 33, 6, 65 and 24 yards — and had a 70-plus yard called back by penalty.


Ethan Streicher completed 5 of 13 passes for 119 yards and two TDs — a 35-yarder to Parker Rochford and a 30-yarder Spencer Staner. Streicher also ran for a TD.

Ulisis Felix scored on a 71-yard pass from Scott Tibbetts for BGM (8-2), which played most of the game without leading rusher Noah Beck, who was injured in the first quarter after gaining 81 yards.

— Bill Logan, correspondent

West Liberty 30, Chariton 10

Seth Feldman threw for 203 yards and accounted for three touchdowns to lead the Comets to a Class 2A playoff win at home.

West Liberty is in the quarterfinals for the first time since 1988.

“They deserve it, they left it all on the field,” West Liberty Coach Jason Iske said. “These guys have put in a lot of time, a lot of effort. Not just for the team, but for the community, it’s great to still be playing football this time of year.”

Feldman got West Liberty on the board with less than a minute in left in the first quarter on a 66-yard touchdown pass to Talen Dengler to give the Comets an 8-0 lead. West Liberty (7-3) never looked back.

The Comets held Dylan Cain to 127 rushing yards on 29 carries, a number they will gladly take. The Chargers (8-2) only managed 250 yards and didn’t score a touchdown until the game’s final minutes.

West Liberty will hit the road next week and take on Benton Community (9-1), fresh off a 45-20 win over Greene County in the opening round of the playoffs.

— Evan Riggs, Muscatine Journal

Highland 14, Durant 13

Brady Hahn blocked a PAT attempt with 3:18 left as the Huskies held on for a Class A playoff win.


“On the PAT before that, I saw that if I went as hard as I could, I could get there,” Hahn said.

Highland got on the board when Bradley Rodgers sacked Durant‘s Bryce France in the end zone for a safety with 3:18 remaining in the first half. Highland was up 8-7 at halftime after Mason McFarland scored on a 43-yard touchdown reception.

The Huskies added to the lead with 7:30 left in the third quarter when Trey Lasek swept left for a 21-yard score and a 14-7 advantage.

— Doug Brenneman, Washington Evening Journal

Final scores


Bracket A

Southeast Polk 21, No. 2 Ankeny Centennial 17

No. 8 Johnston 28, No. 9 Cedar Rapids Prairie 14

Bracket B

No. 1 West Des Moines Valley 24, Ankeny 21

No. 4 West Des Moines Dowling 41, No. 9 Fort Dodge 0

Bracket C

No. 3 Cedar Falls 48, Indianola 14

No. 7 Waukee 42, Urbandale 22

Bracket D

No. 5 Iowa City West 38, Cedar Rapids Kennedy 14

No. 5 Bettendorf 31, Pleasant Valley 14



Bracket A

No. 5 Sergeant Bluff-Luton 42, Sioux City Heelan 0

Spencer 24, Norwalk 20

Bracket B

No. 2 Lewis Central 51, Carroll 7

No. 10 Harlan 36, No. 6 Oskaloosa 14

Bracket C

No. 1 Cedar Rapids Xavier 14, No. 7 Pella 6

No. 10 Decorah 17, Clear Creek Amana 6

Bracket D

No. 8 Western Dubuque 48, No. 4 Solon 13

No. 3 North Scott 39, No. 9 Waverly-Shell Rock 9



Bracket A

No. 1 Monroe PCM 49, Carroll Kuemper 0

Williamsburg 51, No. 9 West Marshall 32

Bracket B

No. 2 Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley 35, No. 8 Spirit Lake 7

No. 5 Southeast Valley 58, Ida Grove OABCIG 42

Bracket C

No. 3 Waukon 40, Union 11

No. 6 Algona 45, Crestwood 20

Bracket D

No. 4 Benton Community 46, No. 10 Greene County 20

West Liberty 30, No. 7 Chariton 10



Bracket A

No. 4 South Central Calhoun 10, No. 9 West Lyon 0

No. 2 West Sioux 49, No. 10 Treynor 14

Bracket B

No. 5 Bellevue 49, Mediapolis 14

Pella Christian 31, No. 8 Wilton 28

Bracket C

No. 7 Interstate 35 35, Mount Ayr 0

No. 1 Dike-New Hartford 42, South Hamilton 8

Bracket D

No. 3 Van Meter 42, Sumner-Fredericksburg 16

No. 6 West Branch 56, Osage 14



Bracket A

No. 1 Hudson 44, Lynnville-Sully 22

Highland 14, No. 10 Durant 13

Bracket B

No. 2 Algona Garrigan 12, No. 7 Wapsie Valley 7

No. 5 Edgewood-Colesburg 58, BGM 21

Bracket C

Akron-Westfield 42, No. 8 Westwood 21

No. 6 West Hancock 42, Hinton 20

Bracket D

No. 3 Avoca AHSTW 30, Alta-Aurelia 28 (3OT)

Mason City Newman 31, No. 4 North Tama 28 (OT)



Bracket A

No. 2 Iowa Valley 92, Midland 46

No. 6 New London 60, Gladbrook-Reinbeck 12

Bracket B

No. 1 Ar-We-Va 27, No. 9 Northwood-Kensett 6

No. 5 Southeast Warren 47, No. 8 Newell-Fonda 31

Bracket C

No. 7 Exira-EHK 51, Stanton 14

No. 4 Fremont-Mills 61, Lenox 8

Bracket D

Rockford 64, Turkey Valley 58

No. 3 Don Bosco 62, No. 10 Central City 37

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