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Iowa high school football Week 7 roundup: Final scores, stats and more

Benton's Sam Wallace (3) is called for a face mask as he tries to bring down Xavier's Jack Breitbach (23) during the fir
Benton's Sam Wallace (3) is called for a face mask as he tries to bring down Xavier's Jack Breitbach (23) during the first quarter of their game at Xavier High School in Cedar Rapids on Friday, Oct. 9, 2020. (Andy Abeyta/The Gazette)

It was a warm October Friday night, not your typical final week of the Iowa high school football regular season. But it hasn’t been a typical year.

The expanded playoffs get started next week, but for Week 7, plenty of teams had one more week to gear up for the postseason, clinch district titles or complete an unbeaten regular season.

Find complete area coverage, final scores and more here. Playoff brackets will be released around noon Saturday.

4A No. 6 Iowa City West 48, Cedar Rapids Kennedy 21

It was a dream performance by Marcus Morgan.

Iowa City West’s senior quarterback was so scary good that he was a nightmare for Cedar Rapids Kennedy’s defense.

Morgan passed for 394 yards and five touchdowns, leading the Class 4A sixth-ranked Trojans to a 48-21 victory over the Cougars in the regular-season prep football finale for both programs Friday night at Trojans Field.

Morgan connected on 17 of 20 passes, hitting five receivers. He seemed to have an answer every time the Cougars went after him, starting with the opening offensive play.

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

 

4A No. 9 Cedar Rapids Prairie 57, Cedar Rapids Washington 21

Cedar Rapids Prairie looks like a team peaking at the right time.

The No. 9-ranked Hawks rolled to their fourth straight win Friday at John Wall Field, downing Cedar Rapids Washington 57-21 to finish the regular season 4-2 and likely earn a first-round bye in the Class 4A playoffs, which begin next Friday.

After starting the season 3-0, an injury-riddled Warriors team fell to 3-4, but could also still get a first-round playoff by when the pairings are announced on Saturday.

“We’re exactly where we hoped we’d be at this time,” Prairie Coach Mark Bliss said. “My biggest thing has been that we’ve taken baby steps with these kids and the last three or four weeks they’ve been playing like MVC (division) champs and they played like it tonight."

» Read the full story from Gazette correspondent Mike Condon

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Iowa City Liberty 28, Iowa City High 24

Down three with the ball on Iowa City High’s 1-yard-line and the clock ticking away, Iowa City Liberty quarterback Tye Hughes fumbled the snap. The Lightning recovered, giving the offense one last chance with just 12 seconds remaining.

On the next snap, Hughes dashed into the end zone from 2 yards out to give Liberty (2-2) a 28-24 victory in the first annual Battle for Zeus and newly-created Titan Trophy.

“We fumble on the goal line, but by God we practice fumble drills every day,” Liberty Coach Jeff Gordon said. “We didn’t want to fumble it, but we got the ball back and gave ourselves a chance.”

» Read the full story from Gazette correspondent Ryan Pleggenkuhle

Dubuque Senior 45, Cedar Rapids Jefferson 7

Dubuque Senior quarterback Jack Gilligan had the kind of game at Kingston Stadium that most kids growing up in Cedar Rapids could only dream of, as his Rams defeated Cedar Rapids Jefferson, 45-7, in the regular-season finale.

Gilligan produced six scores, three through the air and three more on the ground, as Dubuque Senior built a 45-0 lead on Jefferson with 2:08 remaining in the game after Rams kicker Jacob Konrardy added a 37-yard field goal to his six PATs.

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That’s when the J-Hawks moved down the field to score their only points of the game on senior Dylan Markham’s dive into the end zone from the 2-yard line with 1:22 left in the game.

“I’ve been working hard, trying to fight for my spot on the field,” Markham said after scoring for the first time in his varsity career. “It finally paid off.”

As for head coach Chris Buesing, he believes the J-Hawks have something left in the tank.

“I love coaching football and we have kids who love it,” Buesing said. “We want to get better, so that’s what we’re going to do. This one isn’t over yet.”

— Justin Webster

3A No. 1 Cedar Rapids Xavier 39, Benton Community 0

Cedar Rapids Xavier’s football team can use one hand to count the number of regular-season losses it has incurred these past half-dozen years.

Can use just one finger, actually. Another perfect regular season officially is in the books after Friday night’s 39-0 win over Benton Community at Saints Field.

Xavier Coach Duane Schulte expressed a bit of surprise when informed of this bit of impressiveness. He was asked how it has been accomplished.

“The first thing that says to me is the players are doing their jobs and buying into what we want them to do,” he said. “Then it seems like the younger guys see that and want to uphold the same kind of tradition and legacy. It sounds kind of corny, but I think that’s what has happened.”

Xavier (7-0) is top ranked and highly dangerous as it heads into the playoffs next week. Quarterback Jaxon Rexroth and running back Jack Lux each accounted for three touchdowns here, with the continous clock rolling after Rexroth’s 47-yard scoring run to begin the second half.

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

 

West Branch 35, Dyersville Beckman 21

The West Branch Bears played only one football game on their home turf this fall.

Friday night, they earned one more. At least.

The Bears spotted Dyersville Beckman the first touchdown, then roared back with the next 35 points and prevailed, 35-21, in a Class 1A District 5 showdown at Beckman High School.

“At halftime, the coaches asked us, ‘Who wants a district championship more?’” Bears quarterback Gavin Hierseman said.

Friday’s outcome, plus Cascade’s 42-41 overtime win over Durant, forged a virtual three-way tie atop the 1A-5 standings between West Branch (5-2, 3-1), Beckman (4-2, 4-1) and Cascade (5-2, 4-1).

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

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A No. 1 Iowa City Regina 56, Highland 19

In their final regular season tune-up, Iowa City Regina looks to be calibrated for a deep postseason run. The Class A top-ranked Regals were firing on all cylinders on their way to a 56-19 victory Friday night over Highland.

The Regals raced out to a 49-0 lead early in the third quarter.

“Honestly, I feel a little bad for Highland,” Regina Coach Marv Cook said. “That’s the best we’ve played. I thought we played extremely fast. I thought the timing was perfect on what we were trying to do execution-wise on offense. Defensively, that’s the best we’ve played.”

The Huskies (1-5, 1-4) did not shoot themselves in the foot with no turnovers and minimal penalties. They just couldn’t get anything going against the Regals' front seven. Going backward for much of the first half, they entered the halftime break with seven punts, five coming on three-and-outs.

Regina (6-1, 5-0) had no such trouble. The Regals' first-team offense amassed 435 yards on just 23 plays, 18.9 yards per pop. Of their seven scoring drives, none took more than six plays.

Quarterback Ashton Cook couldn’t miss, finishing 11-of-11 with 254 yards through the air and a pair of touchdowns. These weren’t dump-offs. Cook fired downfield with confidence, finding favorite targets Levi Quinlan and Alec Wick. Cook’s final throw was a perfect deep ball down the left sideline that Wick hauled in for a 52-yard score.

Theo Kolie was just as impressive out of the backfield with 11 carries for 167 yards for four scores. The Regals' last drive of the half consisted of Kolie ripping off runs of 16 and 38, followed by a touchdown from 24 yards out on three consecutive plays. He began the third quarter with a 61-yard catch and run.

“I felt great,” Kolie said. “My line did a great job of opening holes for me. My receivers did a great job blocking.”

— Culley Kline

3A No. 9 West Delaware 62, Waterloo East 6

Wyatt Voelker rushed for 152 yards and three touchdowns and Jared Voss passed for 152 yards and two scores as West Delaware closed the regular season with a 62-6 whipping of Waterloo East in Manchester.

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Voss also scored on a 2-yard run for the Hawks (7-1), who have won four straight since a 31-27 loss to Decorah.

Voelker scored on runs of 6, 15 and 2 yards.

Voss completed 8 of 12 passes, connecting with Kyle Cole from 45 yards out and Kyle Kelley from 53. Cole also scored on an 11-yard run and backup quarterback Connor Funk scored two late TDs.

— Bill Logan

Decorah 35, Western Dubuque 20

Keenan Tyler came is as quarterback and scored on runs of 31 and 3 yards to lead the Vikings to the district title with a win at home.

Tyler had 81 yards on 10 rushes.

Western Dubuque’s Garrett Baumhover completed 17 of 36 passes for 169 yards.

— Randy Iverson

Independence 12, New Hampton 7

Mitchell Johnson passed for 214 yards and Marcus Beatty rushed for 184 as the Mustangs won on the road.

Johnson completed 12 of 18 passes, including a 6-yard touchdown pass to Jacob Sidles in the fourth quarter for the winning points. Beatty scored on a 2-yard run in the third for Independence’s first score.

Springville 38, Midland 20

Spencer DeMean rushed for 222 yards on 38 carries and scored three touchdowns as the Orioles won at home.

Midland scored two of its three TDs on fumble returns — a 20-yarder by Izaek Soper and a 79-yarder by Zain Sauer.

— Daryl Schepanski

4A No. 10 Cedar Falls 35, Linn-Mar 14

Working against a Lion defense intent on slowing him down, Ryan Ostrich scored on three long runs while surpassing the 1,000-yard mark for the season and caught a 49-yard touchdown strike to power the Tiger offense at the UNI-Dome.

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Defensively, Cedar Falls (4-2) dominated the first half, then held on as the Lions (1-4) recharged at halftime and moved the ball effectively over the final two quarters.

Bricen White rushed for 124 yards (85 in the second half) and McKade Jelinek completed 19 of 33 passes for 137 yards (119 in the second half) for the Lions.

— Doug Newhoff

Tipton 34, Anamosa 31

The Tigers outscored the Raiders, 27-7, in the second half for the win at home.

Grahm Humpal led Anamosa, completing 13 of 25 passes for 202 yards and three touchdowns and rushing for 69 yards on 18 carries. Trey Klatt caught two of the TD passes.

North Cedar 44, Columbus Community 26

The Knights scored 32 unanswered points in the fourth quarter, notching their first win of the season.

DeWitt Central 27, Marion 24

Sabers quarterback Henry Bloom used a 1-yard touchdown plunge with 36 seconds left to give his team the final edge in a back-and-forth battle.

“It really came down to who had the ball last,” said Marion coach Tim Lovell.

Marion sophomore QB Alex Mota scored his team’s first 16 points, and finished with 188 yards rushing and three touchdowns.

— Quad City Times

A No. 1 Grundy Center 42, Belle Plaine 0

The top-ranked Spartans’ defense shut down the Plainesmen’s smash-mouth style of football, notching their fifth shutout in this winner-take-all title in their district finale.

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Zach Opheim rushed for 188 yards and four touchdowns to lead a Grundy Center team that scored on its first four possessions to take a 28-0 lead into halftime.

— Nick Petaros, Waterloo Courier

North Iowa 38, Turkey Valley 36

A Riley Murray 16-yard touchdown run and a Max Schaefer 2-point conversion run with 2:14 remaining capped a 22-point second half comeback for North Iowa.

Noah Hanson had a 65 yard kickoff return for a touchdown, a rushing touchdown and an interception for the Trojans.

— Darin Svenson

How the ranked teams fared

The final week of the regular season didn't bring us quite as many marquee matchups as last week, but there were still some notable games on the schedule, especially out west.

In both Class 3A and Class 2A, the No. 3 and No. 4-ranked teams, all undefeated, collided. Harlan knocked off Lewis Central in 3A and Central Lyon-GLR rallied to beat West Lyon in the Beef Bowl in 2A.

Here’s a look at how all the teams ranked in this week’s Gazette/KGYM poll fared Friday night.

Gazette area scoreboard

CLASS 4A

No. 10 Cedar Falls 35, Linn-Mar 14

No. 9 Cedar Rapids Prairie 57, Cedar Rapids Washington 21

No. 8 Dubuque Hempstead 52, Waterloo West 14

Dubuque Senior 45, Cedar Rapids Jefferson 7

Iowa City Liberty 28, Iowa City High 24

No. 6 Iowa City West 48, Cedar Rapids Kennedy 21

 

CLASS 3A

District 3

Decorah 35, Western Dubuque 20

Waverly-Shell Rock 49, Charles City 7

No. 9 West Delaware 62, Waterloo East 6

District 4

No. 6 Davenport Assumption 38, Dubuque Wahlert 0

DeWitt Central 27, Marion 24

No. 10 North Scott 50, Clinton 0

District 5

Fort Madison 55, Fairfield 0

Mount Pleasant 42, Burlington 16

No. 5 Washington 62, Keokuk 8

District 6

No. 1 Cedar Rapids Xavier 39, Benton Community 0

Grinnell 31, Clear Creek Amana 24

Oskaloosa 28, Newton 26 (OT)

 

CLASS 2A

District 4

Crestwood 41, Oelwein 6

Independence 12, New Hampton 7

No. 5 Waukon 48, North Fayette Valley 22

District 5

No. 10 Camanche 42, Maquoketa 7

Tipton 34, Anamosa 21

District 6

No. 8 Mount Vernon 41, South Tama 27

No. 6 Solon 41, Center Point-Urbana 14

Vinton-Shellsburg 35, Union Community 12

District 7

Eddyville EBF 36, Davis County 12

Mid-Prairie 35, West Burlington 12

No. 2 Williamsburg 59, Central Lee 0

 

CLASS 1A

District 3

Dike-New Hartford 41, East Marshall 0

No. 4 South Hamilton 40, Aplington-Parkersburg 14

South Hardin 41, Hudson 20

District 4

Sumner-Fredericksburg 22, Jesup 18

No. 10 Waterloo Columbus 21, Denver 14

Osage 53, Central Springs 6

District 5

Cascade 42, Durant 41 (2OT)

West Branch 35, Dyersville Beckman 21

Wilton 41, Northeast 6

District 6

Mediapolis 60, Louisa-Muscatine 8

Pekin 42, Van Buren County 21

No. 3 Sigourney-Keota 68, Cardinal 8

District 7

Interstate 35 22, Pleasantville 7

Mount Ayr 21, Central Decatur 14

Pella Christian 63, Colfax-Mingo 34

 

CLASS A

District 4

No. 4 MFL MarMac 60, Postville 0

No. 6 South Winneshiek 35, Starmont 0

No. 7 Wapsie Valley 49, Clayton Ridge 6

District 5

Alburnett 21, North Linn 14

Bellevue 41, East Buchanan 22

No. 4 Edgewood-Colesburg 44, Maquoketa Valley 14

District 6

No. 1 Iowa City Regina 56, Highland 19

Lisbon 52, Wapello 28

North Cedar 44, Columbus Community 26

District 7

No. 1 Grundy Center 42, Belle Plaine 0

North Tama 35, Conrad BCLUW 18

North Mahaska 21, Lynnville-Sully 8

 

8-PLAYER

District 2

Ackley AGWSR 56, Riceville 24

No. 9 Janesville 70, Rockford 30

North Iowa 38, Turkey Valley 36

Northwood-Kensett 70, Elkader Central 21

District 3

Central City 46, West Central 22

No. 1 Don Bosco 62, Lansing Kee 6

No. 7 Easton Valley 57, Dunkerton 0

Northwood-Kensett 70, Elkader Central 21

Springville 38, Midland 20

District 4

English Valleys 56, Collins-Maxwell 6

No. 6 Montezuma 62, Lone Tree 24

Moravia 53, Tri-County 12

New London 62, Twin Cedars 12

Winfield-Mount Union 42, WACO 28

District 5

Baxter 74, Colo-Nesco 61

BGM 56, Meskwaki 6

English Valleys 56, Collins-Maxwell 6

Gladbrook-Reinbeck 54, Garwin GMG 16

HLV 58, Iowa Valley 6

[IHSAA statewide scoreboard]

 

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