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Iowa high school football roundup: Week 9 scores, stats and more

Iowa City West's Jalen Gaudet (17) pulls in a pass around Iowa City High's Malik Kimber (12) on a 79-yard touchdown reception during the first quarter of their high school football game in the
Iowa City West's Jalen Gaudet (17) pulls in a pass around Iowa City High's Malik Kimber (12) on a 79-yard touchdown reception during the first quarter of their high school football game in the "Battle for the Boot" at Iowa City West High School in Iowa City on Friday, Oct. 19, 2018. (Stephen Mally/The Gazette)

The final week of the Iowa high school football regular season meant district titles and playoff berths were on the line in a handful of games.

Of course, school pride and bragging rights defined other games without playoff implications.

Here’s a look at our Week 9 coverage, with stats from select games and all the area scores.

Iowa high school football playoffs: 2018 brackets

Cedar Falls 28, Cedar Rapids Prairie 14

Most teams don’t put together drives like that. Ones that are state championship quality do.

Cedar Falls pieced together a clutch 99-yard march late in the fourth quarter to score a touchdown that cemented its 28-14 win over Cedar Rapids Prairie in a tussle of Class 4A ranked clubs.

Continue reading Jeff Johnson’s story

Iowa City West 54, Iowa City High 13

Iowa City High came to battle, but the big-play Iowa City West Trojans showed just how dangerous they can be.

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West High took command of the 50th “Battle for the Boot” with an explosive final five minutes during the first half, turning a competitive game into a blowout. West (8-1, 5-0) wrapped up an unblemished district season and its second straight victory in the series with a 54-13 win Friday night at West High School.

Continue reading Culley Kline’s story

Cedar Rapids Xavier 51, Marion 0

The Saints clinched a district title, a 22nd straight victory and 36th consecutive regular-season win. Top-ranked Xavier pounced on early mistakes and steamrolled Marion, 51-0, to secure the Class 3A District 4 prep football crown at Thomas Park.

The defending state champion Saints (9-0, 5-0) will now turn their attention to the postseason, hosting a first-round game next Friday.

“We’re just trying to get better every day,” senior lineman Kyle Krezek said. “We’re just going to keep doing the same thing. We’re going to do it better and keep working hard. We’re going to do whatever it takes.”

Continue reading K.J. Pilcher’s story

West Liberty 33, Tipton 8

It’d been 20 years since West Liberty clinched an outright district title. Coach Jason Iske was a player the last time it happened.

But thanks to a dominant all-around performance by the Comets Friday, now, Iske can say he’s been part of an outright district title as a player and a coach at West Liberty.

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Continue reading Ryan Pleggenkuhle’s story

Dike-New Hartford 56, Iowa City Regina 28

For the first time in 15 years, the Iowa high school football playoffs will not include Iowa City Regina.

The Regals knew they needed a victory against Class 1A No. 1 Dike-New Hartford in a de-facto District 6 championship game Friday night in order to receive an automatic berth in the 16-team playoff field.

Regina got within seven points twice in the second half, but Dike-New Hartford scored three unanswered touchdowns in the fourth quarter on its way to a 56-28 victory and a district championship at Regal Field.

Continue reading Douglas Miles’ story

Iowa Valley 32, HLV 30

Garet Sims scored two fourth-quarter touchdowns, including a 35-yard pass from Ben Smith on fourth-and-9 with 4:59 to go, and third-ranked Iowa Valley held off HLV, 32-30, to clinch the 8-Player District 4 football championship at the Iowa Valley athletics complex.

“I knew this was going to be a heck of a district, and to win it ... that feels really good,” Sims said.

The Tigers (9-0 overall, 8-0 district) will host a first-round playoff game next Friday.

Continue reading Jeff Linder’s story

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Central City 63, Springville 22

If there was any question how Central City would respond to losing, it was answered quickly here Friday night.

The Wildcats suffered their first defeat of the season last week against Midland and needed a win over rival Springville in the annual Tractor Bowl to secure a spot in the 8-Player playoff field.

Central City forced a fumble on the first play from scrimmage and it took just two plays for Wyatt Starry to find the end zone. That started an offensive onslaught as the Wildcats rolled to a 63-22 win at the Alex Evans Athletic Complex.

Continue reading Mike Condon’s story

Cedar Rapids Washington 21, Davenport West 10

Cedar Rapids Washington faced a test early in its final game of the season.

Lined up on the 1-yard line, Davenport West appeared ready to claim the lead and capture the first-half momentum.

The Warriors had none of that, stalling the Falcons at the 1 to start the second quarter and claiming a 21-10 win at Kingston Stadium.

“That could have been the difference between us winning and losing really,” Warriors head coach Maurice Blue said. “Luckily they (Davenport West) called a timeout and we were able to get things right. That whole drive we weren’t executing. But we were able to talk it through and get the stop.”

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Jones punctuated the defensive stand on the offensive side of the ball. The Warriors’ senior running back rumbled 71 yards down to the Falcon 4-yard line. Moments later, Jones finished the 99-yard drive with a 4-yard run to put the Warriors ahead 14-7.

“It was quite an adventure, coming out here with these guys,” said Jones, who finished with 162 yards rushing and a pair of touchdowns. “The season didn’t turn out how we wanted, but tonight was good enough for the win.”

The Warriors defense was just getting started. Jamar Thurmon sacked Falcons quarterback Zach Trevino to force a Falcons punt. Eight plays later, Jones scored his second touchdown of to put the Warriors ahead 21-7.

— Matt Sulentic, correspondent

Cedar Rapids Kennedy 55, Burlington 20

Cairron Hendred scored three first-half touchdowns as the Cougars closed the regular season with a win at Bracewell Stadium.

Hendred had 120 rushing yards on his first three carries and finished the game with 178 yards on seven rushes. He had touchdown runs for 20, 87 and 38 yards.

Cade Parker had a 15-yard touchdown run in the first half as Kennedy built a 27-13 halftime lead.

Kennedy put the game away in the second half, scoring two touchdowns in the first 70 seconds. Brandtley Koske opened the third quarter with an 80-yard kickoff return for a touchdown, then Parker added a 3-yard scoring run. Jay Oostendorp had a 63-yard touchdown run and Max White added a 21-yard touchdown run to close the scoring.

White added 138 yards on 13 carries.

— John Bohnenkamp, Burlington Hawk Eye

Decorah 45, Independence 8

Drake Shelton rushed for 168 and two touchdowns as Decorah wrapped up the Class 3A-3 title with a win at home, its first title since 2013.

Clay Johansen scored twice for the Vikings (7-2, 5-0), who rushed for 304 yards.

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Decorah held the Mustangs (6-3, 3-2) to 102 yards of offense and limited Logan Schmitt to seven rushing yards and 74 passing.

Vikings QB Jace Johnson completed all five of his passes for 72 yards and a 10-yard TD pass to Carston Baumler. Logan Halverson scored on a 21-yard interception return for Decorah.

— Darin Svenson and Matt Shannon, correspondents

West Branch 48, Dyersville Beckman 24

Beau Cornwell threw for 331 yards and four touchdowns as the Bears won in Dyersville.

Trey Eagle hauled in three of the four TD passes and Tanner Lukavsky tallied almost 300 total yards and had three scores West Branch (8-1, 4-1 in 1A-4).

— Jason Miller, correspondent

West Delaware 53, Waterloo East 19

Nick Casey passed for 225 yards and four touchdowns as the Hawks closed their season with a win at home.

Casey completed 11 of 16 passes, hitting Logan Winn for three of the TDs (55, 20 and 24 yards).

Cael Meyer added 183 yards on 29 rushes with three TDs.

— Bill Logan, correspondent

Pleasant Valley 35, Linn-Mar 28

Marcus Orr threw for 317 yards to rally the Lions, but the Spartans held on.

Linn-Mar trailed, 28-6, after the Spartans opened the second half with a TD. Orr found a rhythm as Linn-Mar rallied with a series of rapid-fire drives, scoring on marches of 1:12, 1:25 and 1:19 to pull within 28-21 on a two-yard carry by Orr with 1:26 to go in the third quarter.

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Orr completed 21 of 32 passes. Coy Sarsfield led Linn-Mar with eight catches for 47 yards and Brandon Raus finished 115 yards on three catches.

— Steve Batterson, Quad City Times

Oelwein 44, Anamosa 35

Dillon Arndt completed 27 of 43 passes for 267 and five touchdowns as the Huskies won at home.

Matthew Walton passed for 286 yards for Anamosa (1-8, 0-5), completing 23 of 37 passes, including 10 for 119 yards to Zac McLean.

— Daryl Schepanski, correspondent

Waterloo Columbus 27, Monticello 21

A seven-yard touchdown run by Donald Patnode with 1:44 to play was the difference as the host Sailors (7-2, 4-1) kept their slim playoff hopes alive.

Ray Seidel carried 22 times for 181 yards, and returned an interception for a score.

For Monticello (5-4, 3-2), Jeff Carlson passed for 211 yards, and Lake Stahlberg rushed for 109.

— Pete Temple, correspondent

Lone Tree 55, English Valleys 32

Bryce Houser rushed for 116 yards and two touchdowns and Keegan Edwards added two receiving TDs as the Lions (4-5, 4-4) won on the road.

Cale Yoder and Dwayne Drayfahl both returned fumbles for TDs.

Class 4A scores

District 3

Cedar Falls 28, Cedar Rapids Prairie 14

Dubuque Hempstead 28, Waterloo West 14

Dubuque Senior 21, Cedar Rapids Jefferson 20

District 4

Iowa City West 54, Iowa City High 13

Muscatine 21, Davenport North 14

Pleasant Valley 35, Linn-Mar 28

District 5

Cedar Rapids Kennedy 55, Burlington 20

Cedar Rapids Washington 21, Davenport West 10

Class 3A scores

District 3

Decorah 45, Independence 8

Waverly-Shell Rock 47, Charles City 0

West Delaware 53, Waterloo East 19

District 4

Cedar Rapids Xavier 51, Marion 0

Center Point-Urbana 28, Dubuque Wahlert 7

Western Dubuque 58, Maquoketa 8

District 5

Clear Creek Amana 53, DeWitt Central 26

Iowa City Liberty 42, Clinton 21

North Scott 48, Davenport Assumption 14

District 6

Fort Madison 35, Keokuk 14

Solon 57, Fairfield 14

Washington (Iowa) 28, Mount Pleasant 23

District 7

Newton 55, Knoxville 12

Oskaloosa 63, South Tama 21

Pella 43, Grinnell 14

Class 2A

District 3

Clear Lake 42, Iowa Falls-Alden 0

Crestwood 33, Forest City13

New Hampton 8, Hampton-Dumont 0

District 4

Oelwein 44, Anamosa 35

Waterloo Columbus 27, Monticello 21

Waukon 40, North Fayette Valley 22

District 5

Mount Vernon 40, Louisa-Muscatine 0

West Burlington 55, Camanche 8

West Liberty 33, Tipton 8

District 6

Davis County 46, Central Lee 27

Mid-Prairie 48, Albia 20

Williamsburg 54, Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont 21

District 7

Benton Community 43, Vinton-Shellsburg 21

Roland-Story 49, Nevada 34

West Marshall 26, Union Community 16

Class 1A

District 3

Lake Mills 28, Denver 0

Osage 34, Aplington-Parkersburg 7

District 4

Bellevue 19, Cascade 7

Northeast 20, North Cedar 14

West Branch 48, Dyersville Beckman 24

District 5

Mediapolis 41, Sigourney-Keota 33

Wapello 49, Columbus Community 7

Wilton 60, Van Buren 0

District 6

Dike-New Hartford 56, Iowa City Regina 28

Jesup 18, East Marshall 7

North Linn 28, South Hardin 6

Class A scores

District 4

Mason City Newman 53, South Winneshiek 39

Nashua-Plainfield 8, Postville 0

Saint Ansgar 57, Central Springs 14

District 5

Alburnett 12, MFL MarMac 9

Edgewood-Colesburg 41, Clayton Ridge 14

Maquoketa Valley 33, Lisbon 24

District 6

BGM 53, Cardinal 8

Durant 34, Pekin 7

Highland 33, Belle Plaine 8

District 7

Hudson 42, East Buchanan 20

North Tama 52, BCLUW 0

Wapsie Valley 14, Grundy Center 7

District 8

Central Decater 42, Wayne 14

Grand View Christian 35, North Mahaska 0

Lynnville-Sully 49, Martensdale-St. Marys 7

8-Player scores

District 3

Central City 63, Springville 22

Easton Valley 76, West Central 16

Midland 46, Lansing Kee 44

Turkey Valley 60, Elkader Central 8

District 4

Iowa Valley 32, HLV 30

Lone Tree 55, English Valleys 32

New London 69, Montezuma 20

WACO 55, Tri-County 8

District 5

AGWSR 55, Twin Cedars 18

Baxter 76, Meskwaki 30

Collins-Maxwell 28, Melcher-Dallas 20

Gladbrook-Reinbeck 56, Colo-Nesco 14

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