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Iowa high school football roundup: Week 6 area scores, stats and more

Solon Spartans' Adam Bock (right) closes on punter Logan Escher after Escher fumbled the snap and tries to get the ball away during the first half of their high school football game at Spartan Stadium in Solon, Iowa on Friday, Sept. 28, 2018.  (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)
Solon Spartans' Adam Bock (right) closes on punter Logan Escher after Escher fumbled the snap and tries to get the ball away during the first half of their high school football game at Spartan Stadium in Solon, Iowa on Friday, Sept. 28, 2018. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)

The temperature dropped this week and fans can feel the Iowa high school football playoffs are getting closer.

Some more district races started to take shape in Week 6. Find all of our coverage, as well as stats and scores from around the area here in our roundup.

Cedar Rapids Kennedy 21, Cedar Rapids Washington 11

It was methodical. But methodical is what Cedar Rapids Kennedy does well.

“That’s how we play,” Coach Brian White said, after his team beat Cedar Rapids Washington, 21-11, Friday night at Kingston Stadium.

Cairron Hendred ran for two touchdowns and Max White one as the Cougars improved to 4-2 overall and most importantly 2-0 in Class 4A, District 5.

Read Jeff Johnson’s story

Iowa City West 41, Linn-Mar 7

Iowa City West Coach Garrett Hartwig challenged his players midway through a lackluster week of practice.


He wanted to see the Trojans perform closer to their potential. Those were words his players didn’t take lightly.

Seventh-ranked West used a suffocating defense and big drives for a dominant 41-7 victory over Linn-Mar in a Class 4A District 4 prep football game Friday night at Linn-Mar Stadium.

Read K.J. Pilcher’s story

Iowa City Regina 22, South Hardin 19

The home crowd sat anxiously waiting as the clock trickled down to 2.6 seconds. Timeout. Out comes Iowa City Regina kicker Michael Dunn.

“Mike’s the guy,” Regina quarterback Bryce Barnett said. “I knew it was going in right as he kicked it. He’s money.”

Money he was. Dunn hit a 24-yard game-winning field goal as time expired to give Iowa City Regina (3-3, 2-0) a 22-19 win over South Hardin (2-4, 1-1) in Class 1A District 6 play Friday night.

Read Ryan Pleggenkuhle’s story

Solon 37, Washington 14

The Solon football team has a slogan among its players.

“In control of everything.”

With quick stops on defense and short fields for their offense, the Class 3A fourth-ranked Spartans more than lived up to the motto at their homecoming game at Spartan Stadium.


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Read Douglas Miles’ story

Cedar Rapids Xavier 45, Dubuque Wahlert 6

Cedar Rapids Xavier started a little slow in the first quarter in Friday night’s game with Dubuque Wahlert.

Then came the second quarter.

Coach Duane Schulte’s top-ranked Saints exploded for 35 points in the period and went on to an impressive 45-6 win over the Golden Eagles at Saints Field.

Read Mike Condon’s story

Marion 42, Maquoketa 7

The Marion crowd let out a thunderous cheer following a completed pass in the second quarter during Marion’s 42-7 win over Maquoketa on Friday.

The Indians’ Trevor Paulsen escaped a sack and completed a pass for a Marion first down. The applause following the completion set off a car alarm in the parking lot.

Moments later, the alarm was silent, but the Indians’ Isaac Cecheta made some noise, hauling in a 42-yard touchdown pass from Paulsen. The touchdown was the junior’s second of the night and put Marion up 28-0 before half.

Read Matt Sulentic’s story


North Scott 44, Iowa City Liberty 15

Iowa City Liberty’s first varsity homecoming game ended in unceremonious fashion. Nile McLaughlin and No. 6 North Scott had too much firepower, beating the Lightning, 44-15, Friday night.

“We’re trying to be them,” Liberty Coach Jeff Gordon said. “We’re trying to play that physical, we’re trying to be that fast, we’re trying to execute as well as them. Hats off to North Scott. They’re one of the premier programs in the state. I hope our boys can learn from it.”

The Lightning (2-4, 0-2 3A-5) had a difficult time sustaining drives against the North Scott front seven.

On the other side of the ball, McLaughlin, the North Scott (5-1, 2-0) quarterback, got off to a hot start and didn’t cool off. McLaughlin completed his first eight passes. He did it with his legs, as well, as the Lancers raced out to a 14-0 lead with 5:09 to play in the first quarter.

— Culley Kline, correspondent

Cedar Rapids Prairie 35, Dubuque Wahlert 0

Keegan Simmons proved you don’t need a quarterback to be successful.

Just snap it to the running back.

Simmons ran for 180 yards and four touchdowns as 10th-ranked Cedar Rapids Prairie spoiled Dubuque Hempstead’s homecoming, 35-0, on Friday night at Dalzell Field.

“Our coaches spend all weekend coming up with game plans and schemes for us to execute against other defenses,” Simmons said.

Izaak Lindgren lined up at quarterback for Prairie (5-1, 2-0 4A-District 3), but the majority of the first-half snaps went directly to Simmons, who gained 141 yards on 13 direct-snap runs in the first half. Simmons ran for 154 yards on 16 carries total in the first half.


Simmons entered the game averaging 7.3 yards per carry with 1,083 yards and 12 touchdowns in just five games this season.

Hempstead (1-5, 0-2) was held to 81 yards of offense as it lost its fourth straight. The Mustangs have been outscored, 74-0, the last two weeks against ranked opponents.

— Tim O’Neill, Telegraph-Herald

BGM 28, Belle Plaine 20

Noah Beck rushed for four touchdowns and 199 yards and had a fourth-quarter interception as the Bears stayed unbeaten.

BGM (6-0) didn’t lead until Beck’s 1-yard TD run and Cam Loschen’s extra-point kick gave the Bears a 21-20 edge with 9:49 remaining in the game.

Trevin Straight rushed for one touchdown and had a 27-yard TD pass to Jason Kress for the Plainsmen (3-3).

— Mike Hlas, The Gazette

Decorah 49, Charles City 38

Jace Johnson rushed for two touchdowns and threw for another as the Vikings (4-2, 2-0 in 3A-3) won on the road.

Drake Shelton added two rushing touchdowns and a punt return touchdown, and Kailer McCabe had an 83-yard kickoff return for a TD.

Decorah scored 36 points after being down 22-13 with 5:47 left in the second quarter.

— Darin Svenson, correspondent

West Branch 52, North Cedar 14

Brett Schiele returned a kick and punt for a touchdown to help the Bears rebound at home.

Schiele is the first player in program history to achieve the feat.


Beau Cornwell completed 10 of 11 passes for four touchdowns, including a 70-yarder to Wyatt Goodale.

— Jason Miller, correspondent

Independence 52, Waterloo East 12

Logan Schmitt rushed for 219 yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries and completed 11 of 19 passes for 148 yards and three touchdowns as the Mustangs (5-1, 2-0 in 3A-3) won at home.

Schmitt scored on runs of 60 and 32 yards and connected with Brady Webb (9 yards), Hunter Shannon (22) and Kaleb Lampier (32) with TD passes.

— Matt Shannon, correspondent

Springville 57, Elkader Central 0

Kyle Koppes threw for 204 and four touchdowns as the Orioles (4-2, 2-2) won an 8-player District 3 road game.

Koppes added another 75 yards on the ground and scored three more TDs. Zach March caught six passes for 134 and two TDs.

Williamsburg 62, Mid-Prairie 28

Gage Hazen-Faber rushed for 238 yards and scored four touchdowns as the Raiders won at home.

“Our line doesn’t need to give Gage much room because he is explosive and fast,” Williamsburg Coach Curt Ritchie said.

— Doug Brenneman, Washington Evening Journal


Monticello 28, North Fayette Valley 21

Devin Kraus caught a 14-yard touchdown pass from Jeff Carlson with 34.5 seconds to play as the Panthers (1-1, 3-3) won their homecoming game.

Lake Stahlberg rushed for 189 yards, and Carlson threw four touchdown passes, including two to Gavin Cooper. Mac Whelan had 99 rushing yards for the Tigerhawks (1-1, 3-3).

— Pete Temple, correspondent

Waverly-Shell Rock 30, West Delaware 24

Ben Hemer rushed for 108 yards and a touchdown and Luke Velky rushed for a pair of TDs as the Go-Hawks held on in Manchester.

Waverly-Shell Rock led 30-6 with 5:47 left when the Hawks (3-3, 0-2) mounted a comeback behind Jordan Bries, who scored on runs of 28 and 50 yards. Gavin Soppe then caught an 11-yard pass from Nick Casey before time ran out. West Delaware failed on all four PATs.

Bries finished with 139 yards on nine carries.

— Bill Logan, correspondent

Cedar Falls 38, Cedar Rapids Jefferson 7

A spark was all the Tigers needed. After its opening possession fizzled after three plays, Chip Custer blocked a Jefferson punt and the Tigers’ Jack Campbell recovered it in the end zone. The 7-0 lead less than three minutes into the contest was all Cedar Falls needed to get roaring as it improved to 6-0 overall, and 2-0 in district play.

Cedar Falls led 38-0 at the half, and most of its starters played just one series in the second half before resting.

— Jim Nelson, Waterloo Courier

Waterloo Columbus 22, Anamosa 16

Donald Patnode scored on a 5-yard run with 2:23 left to break a 16-16 tie and lift the Sailors at home.

Anamosa’s Matt Walton, who passed for 260 yards, connected with Zac McLean to the Columbus 1-yard line with three seconds left, but time ran out before the Raiders could get off a play.

Ryan Seidel rushed for 105 yards for Columbus.

— Daryl Schepanski, correspondent

Class 4A scores

District 3

Cedar Falls 35, C.R. Jefferson 7

Cedar Rapids Prairie 35, Dubuque Hempstead 0

Dubuque Senior 27, Waterloo West 20

District 4

Davenport North 24, Iowa City High 21 (OT)

Iowa City West 41, Linn-Mar 7

Pleasant Valley 49, Muscatine 35

District 5

Bettendorf 65, Burlington 0

Cedar Rapids Kennedy 21, C.R. Washington 11

Davenport Central 45, Davenport West 7

Class 3A scores

District 3

Decorah 49, Charles City 38

Independence 52, Waterloo East 12

Waverly-Shell Rock 30, West Delaware 24

District 4

Cedar Rapids Xavier 45, Dubuque Wahlert 6

Marion 42, Maquoketa 7

Western Dubuque 35, Center Point-Urbana 7

District 5

Clear Creek Amana 28, Clinton 0

North Scott 44, Iowa City Liberty 15

District 6

Fairfield 42, Fort Madison 14

Mount Pleasant 53, Keokuk 0

Solon 37, Washington (Iowa) 14

District 7

Grinnell 19, Knoxville 7

Oskaloosa 56, Newton 20

Pella 56, South Tama 6

Class 2A scores

District 3

Crestwood 40, Clear Lake 27

Hampton-Dumont 20, Forest City 0

New Hampton 28, Iowa Falls-Alden 7

District 4

Monticello 28, North Fayette Valley 21

Waterloo Columbus 22, Anamosa 16

Waukon 46, Oelwein 16

District 5

Camanche 33, Louisa-Muscatine 22

Mount Vernon 68, Tipton 8

West Liberty 39, West Burlington/Notre Dame 0

District 6

Albia 64, Central Lee 0

Eddyville EBF 29, Davis County 21

Williamsburg 62, Mid-Prairie 28

District 7

Benton Community 56, Nevada 16

Union Community 44, Roland-Story 8

West Marshall 50, Vinton-Shellsburg 6

Class 1A scores

District 3

Denver 22, Aplington-Parkersburg 13

Lake Mills 37, North Butler 7

Osage 22, Sumner-Fredericksburg 14

District 4

Bellevue 42, Dyersville Beckman 7

Cascade 57, Northeast 20

West Branch 52, North Cedar 14

District 5
Mediapolis 55, Columbus Community 40

Sigourney-Keota 46, Van Buren 8

Wilton 35, Wapello 6

District 6

Dike-New Hartford 56, East Marshall 0

North Linn 23, Jesup 0

Iowa City Regina 22, South Hardin 19

Class A scores

District 4

South Winneshiek 38, Nashua-Plainfield 16

Mason City Newman 35, Postville 7

Hudson 27, Saint Ansgar 12

Central Springs 2, Starmont 0

District 5

Clayton Ridge 24, Alburnett 15

Edgewood-Colesburg 41, Lisbon 8

MFL MarMac 26, Maquoketa Valley 21

District 6

BGM 28, Belle Plaine 20

Durant 56, Cardinal 6

Highland 23, Pekin 21

District 7

East Buchanan 63, GMG 0

North Tama 34, Grundy Center 26

Hudson 27, Saint Ansgar 12

Wapsie Valley 53, BCLUW 0

District 8

Lynnville-Sully 32, Central Decatur 14

North Mahaska 34, Martensdale-St. Marys 12

8-Player scores

District 3

Central City 78, Easton Valley 44

Springville 57, Elkader Central 0

Turkey Valley 46, Lansing Kee 38

Midland 60, West Central 21

District 4

Iowa Valley 80, English Valleys 20

Montezuma 74, Tri-County 0

HLV 48, WACO 36

New London 82, Winfield-Mount Union 8

District 5

AGWSR 63, Melcher-Dallas 14

Twin Cedars 66, Baxter 64

Gladbrook-Reinbeck 48, Collins-Maxwell 0

Colo-Nesco 58, Meskwaki 6

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