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

Cedar Rapids Xavier quarterback Tyler Dupont (8) participants in the senior walk after winning their game at Cedar Rapid
Cedar Rapids Xavier quarterback Tyler Dupont (8) participants in the senior walk after winning their game at Cedar Rapids Xavier High School on Friday, Oct. 25, 2019. (Andy Abeyta/The Gazette)

For most Iowa high school football teams, the road ended Friday night. For others, they’re already looking forward to next week’s playoffs. A few more had a chance to get in with a win — or wait until the at-large spots are revealed late Friday.

We’re tracking it all in Week 9 and will post playoff pairings when they’re released. Here’s everything you need to know.

PLAYOFFS: Official list of qualifiers in every class

Rankings: How the Top 10 teams in every class face Friday night

4A No. 2 Cedar Falls 56, 4A No. 10 Cedar Rapids Prairie 42

This was the kind of game that gave each team’s defensive coordinator a massive headache, each team’s offensive players massive egos and each team’s stat keepers writer’s cramp.

Cedar Falls completed a perfect regular season Friday night with a 56-42 win over Cedar Rapids Prairie in a prep football game that put the shoot in shootout.

The Class 4A second-ranked Tigers (9-0) assured themselves an opportunity to play every playoff game right here in the comfortable and controlled environs of the UNI-Dome. Tenth-rated Prairie (6-3) also is in but will now have to travel for its first-round game next week.


Read Jeff Johnson’s game story

Iowa City West 36, Iowa City High 32

The Boot is staying on Melrose Avenue for a third straight year after Iowa City West beat crosstown rival Iowa City High, 36-32, in a wild, seesaw battle Friday night at Bates Field.

After not running a single offensive play in the third quarter, the Trojans marched down the field to take the lead for good with 6:39 left in the game. Quarterback Marcus Morgan, who finished 9 of 13 for 109 yards, found Grahm Goering for the game-winning 29-yard touchdown pass.

Read Casey Wagner’s game story

Pleasant Valley 29, Linn-Mar 28

One yard short.

Senior quarterback Marcus Orr took off for the goal line on a third-and-goal play with 14 seconds remaining. He was stopped just short of the goal line and, with no time outs, the Lions couldn’t run their field goal team out fast enough, allowing Pleasant Valley to escape Friday night with a 29-28 victory at Linn-Mar Stadium.

Despite the loss, the Lions (6-3, 4-1 Class 4A District 4) have the automatic playoff berth that goes to the district winner.

Read Mike Condon’s game story

Cedar Rapids Jefferson 24, Dubuque Senior 10

Jefferson senior quarterback Jacob Coyle found his twin brother, wideout Gabe Coyle, for a 28-yard connection through the air that gave the J-Hawks a 7-0 lead with 2:36 remaining in the opening frame.


Jacob Thompson then added to the J-Hawk advantage with a 1-yard plunge midway through the second quarter, giving Jefferson a 14-0 lead and some breathing room.

Dubuque Senior answered with a Cain McWilliams score from 15 yards out three minutes later that cut the deficit to just seven points with five minutes left in the first half.

Jefferson was able to add to its total, however, when Jacob Cross popped a 41-yard field goal for a 17-7 edge with under a minute to play in the third.

The J-Hawks then held the Rams to their own 40-plus-yard field goal on their next possession.

Thompson dove across the goal line for his second 1-yard touchdown run that extended the home team’s lead to

two scores and a 24-10 victory.

Ezeki Leggins rushed 16 times for 103 yards and the J-Hawks, who totaled 297 yards on the ground as a team on 48 attempts.

The J-Hawks snapped a three-game losing streak and finished 4-5.

— Justin Webster

3A No. 3 Cedar Rapids Xavier 52, Marion 14

Cedar Rapids Xavier tried out some new tricks in its final tuneup before postseason play begins, but succumbed to a few tricks themselves. Ultimately the third-ranked Saints had too much firepower, muscling their way past pesky Marion, 52-14, Friday night at Saints Field.

Kaiden Cuevas led the charge for the Saints (8-1, 4-1) — rushing, receiving and nearly throwing for a touchdown in a first half that saw Xavier rack up 253 yards. For good measure, Cuevas opened the second half with a 96-yard kickoff return for a score.

Read Culley Kline’s game story

3A No. 5 Independence 28, Decorah 21

This moment was a year in the making.


Independence has waited for this chance ever since Decorah denied it a chance at a share of a district title and playoff berth at the end of last season.

The Mustangs earned another chance and capitalized this time.

Logan Schmitt rushed for four touchdowns and fifth-ranked Independence clinched the Class 3A District 3 championship with a 28-21 victory over Decorah Friday night at Lyle Leinbaugh Field. Independence captured its first district title and first unbeaten regular season since 1973.

Read K.J. Pilcher’s game story

Iowa City Liberty 56, Clinton 0

Iowa City Liberty did its best to remove all doubt.

On the cusp of a possible first playoff berth for the second-year football program, the Lightning leaned on their stellar running attack to make their case.

“Our goal is the playoffs,” Liberty senior tailback Kaleb Williams said after the Lightning ran for 434 yards and steamrolled Clinton, 56-0, in the Class 3A District 5 finale for both teams Friday night at Liberty High School.

Read Douglas Miles’ game story

West Liberty 14, Tipton 7

Brodie Kilburn might awaken with a bruise on his left forearm.

Call it a badge of honor.

Kilburn blocked a potential game-tying extra-point kick Friday night at Diedrichsen Field, helping preserve West Liberty’s 14-13 victory over Tipton, giving the Comets the Class 2A District 5 football championship.


Read Jeff Linder’s game story

3A No. 1 Western Dubuque 49, Maquoketa 13

Western Dubuque has its own version of the Killer Bs.

Ben Bryant and Will Burds were absolutely lethal Friday night in Epworth.

Bryant ran for two touchdowns and caught another in the first half, and Burds added three total touchdowns and a handful of big plays on special teams as the Class 3A No. 1-ranked Bobcats completed an undefeated regular season — just the second in program history — with a 49-13 thrashing of Maquoketa at Buchman Field.

Bryant ran 10 times for 75 yards and two touchdowns, and caught four passes for 64 yards and another score as Western Dubuque moved to 9-0 overall, 5-0 in District 4. The Bobcats will host a playoff game for the first time since the 2001 championship season.

— Tim O’Neill, Telegraph Herald

1A No. 4 West Branch 44, Dyersville Beckman 20

Tanner Lukavsky rushed for 156 yards, eclipsing the 1,000-yard mark this season, and scored twice as the Bears clinched a perfect season.

The Bears outscored the Blazers 21-6 in the second half.

West Branch’s Trey Eagle hauled in two touchdown receptions.

— Jason Miller

Cedar Rapids Washington 45, Davenport West 6

After starting the season with six consecutive losses, the Warriors closed with three straight wins.

Washington built a 31-6 lead at halftime and went on to a lopsided win at Brady Street Stadium.

Jabari Dobbs had a rushing touchdown and Carter Bell hauled in an 11-yard pass for a touchdown in the opening quarter. Washington added three more scores in the second quarter, including a 26-yard touchdown from quarterback Henry Clymer and a 38-yard interception return for a score by Simon Novak.

Clymer threw two touchdown passes in the second half for the Warriors (3-6).

— Quad City Times

1A No. 1 Dike-New Hartford 42, 1A No. 10 Iowa City Regina 10

The top-ranked Wolverines scored the final 35 points to secure back-to-back district championships.


Regina has won 65 of its last 67 district games with Dike-New Hartford now responsible for both losses.

Running back Cade Bennett rushed for 212 yards and two touchdowns on 11 carries for D-NH.

Regina’s Ashton Cook completed 14 of 24 passes for 128 yards against a talented D-NH secondary. The Regals rushed for 156 yards.

— Nick Petaros, Waterloo Courier

2A No. 6 Waterloo Columbus 34, Monticello 21

Ray Seidel rushed 37 times for 278 yards and two touchdowns as Columbus (7-1, 4-1) won at Monticello.

The Sailors took a 20-7 lead midway through the second quarter and led the rest of the way. Ben Sinnott scored three touchdowns for Columbus, two on passes from Carter Gallagher.

Jeff Carlson completed 26 of 41 passes for 254 yards and two scores for Monticello (6-3, 2-3)

— Pete Temple

Anamosa 35, Oelwein 20

Grahm Humpal rushed for 169 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries as the Raiders won at home.

His TD clinched the win with 22 seconds left.

Humpal also completed 16 of 21 passes for 207 yards and a first quarter 9-yard touchdown pass to Trae Klatt.

Seth Schoon was Humpal’s main receiving target, hauling in six passes for 103 yards.

Gage Voshell rushed 125 yards for Oelwein.

— Daryl Schepanski

Center Point-Urbana 7, Dubuque Wahlert 0

Kole Tupa caught a touchdown in the fourth quarter to lift the Stormin’ Pointers in Dubuque.

— Telegraph Herald

Springville 36, Central City 14

Spencer DeMean rushed for 158 yards and caught three passes for another 98 and three touchdowns as the Orioles (8-3) won the Tractor Bowl.

Kyle Koppes threw for two TDs and ran for another.

Isaiah Damm rushed for 133 yards and two TDs on 23 carries for Central City (4-6)


Mediapolis 28, 1A No. 9 Sigourney-Keota 6

Three second-quarter touchdowns were the different for Mediapolis in Sigourney.

S-K scored halfway through the third on an 8-yard run by JD Stout.

But Mediapolis clinched it with fourth-quarter TD.

— Doug Brenneman, Southeast Iowa Union

West Delaware 36, Waterloo East 35

Cael Meyer’s two-point conversion after a Wyatt Voelker touchdown lifted the Hawks in a back-and-forth thriller in Waterloo.

Jared Voss passed for 233 yards, completing 15 of 22 passes, and a TD and rushed for three more and Kyle Kelley caught 10 passes for 167 yards for West Delaware (5-4).

— Bill Logan

Lone Tree 70, English Valleys 0

Harmon Miller rushed for four touchdowns and Alex Viner scored twice, including returning the opening kickoff for a TD, for the Lions.

Josh Mills, Moses Martinez and Levi Sotzen also added TDs on the ground.

Class 4A scores

District 3

No. 2 Cedar Falls 56, No. 10 Cedar Rapids Prairie 42

Cedar Rapids Jefferson 24, Dubuque Senior 10

Dubuque Hempstead 38, Waterloo West 34

District 4

Davenport North 23, Muscatine 12

Iowa City West 36, Iowa City High 32

Pleasant Valley 29, Linn-Mar 28

District 5

No. 7 Bettendorf 55, Davenport Central 20

Cedar Rapids Washington 48, Davenport West 6

Class 3A scores

District 3

3A No. 5 Independence 28, Decorah 21

Waverly-Shell Rock 31, Charles City 27

West Delaware 36, Waterloo East 35

District 4

No. 3 Cedar Rapids Xavier 52, Marion 14

Center Point-Urbana 7, Dubuque Wahlert 0

Western Dubuque 49, Maquoketa 13

District 5

Clear Creek Amana 35, DeWitt Central 21

Iowa City Liberty 56, Clinton 0

District 6

Keokuk 28,Fort Madison 20

Solon 54, Fairfield 6

No. 10 Washington 64, Mount Pleasant 61

District 7

Knoxville 41, Newton 14

Oskaloosa 52, South Tama 7

Pella 28, Grinnell 14

Class 2A scores

District 3

Clear Lake 28, Iowa Falls-Alden 7

Crestwood 7, Forest City 6

New Hampton 21, Hampton-Dumont 6

District 4

Anamosa 35, Oelwein 20

No. 6 Waterloo Columbus 34, Monticello 21

No. 1 Waukon 56, North Fayette Valley 36

District 5

Camanche 52, West Burlington 0

Mount Vernon 24, Louisa-Muscatine 6

West Liberty 14, Tipton 13

District 6

Central Lee 28, Davis County 6

Mid-Prairie 77, Albia 13

No. 9 Williamsburg 54, EBF 0

District 7

No. 7 Benton Community 31, Vinton-Shellsburg 28

No. 10 Nevada 27, Roland-Story 14

No. 10 West Marshall 34, Union Community 6

Class 1A scores

District 3

Denver 56, Lake Mills 13

Osage 30, Aplington-Parkersburg 20

Sumner-Fredericksburg 23, North Butler 6

District 4

Bellevue 26, Cascade 14

Northeast 29, North Cedar 28

No. 4 West Branch 44, Dyersville Beckman 20

District 5

Mediapolis 28, No. 9 Sigourney-Keota 6

Wapello 62, Columbus Community 0

Wilton 42, Van Buren 8

District 6

No. 1 Dike-New Hartford 42, No. 10 Iowa City Regina 10

Jesup 27, East Marshall 6

North Linn 14, South Hardin 6

Class A scores

District 4

GMG 26, Starmont 20

Postville 13, Nashua-Plainfield 0

No. 2 Saint Ansgar 42, Central Springs 0

South Winneshiek 50, Mason City Newman 19

District 5

No. 10 Edgewood-Colesburg 33, Clayton Ridge 6

No. 4 MFL MarMac 49, Alburnett 8

Maquoketa Valley 30, Lisbon 18

District 6

Belle Plaine 50, Highland 14

BGM 41, Cardinal 0

Durant 21, Pekin 14

District 7

Garwin GMG 26, Starmont 20

No. 5 Grundy Center 17, Wapsie Valley 14 (OT)

Hudson 46, East Buchanan 20

No. 3 North Tama 57, Conrad BCLUW 12

District 8

Central Decatur 24, Wayne 8

Martensdale-St. Marys 14, Lynnville-Sully 0

8-Player scores

District 2

No. 1 Don Bosco 73, Riceville 18

Janesville 43, North Iowa 6

Rockford 43, Northwood-Kensett 12

Tripoli 26, Dunkerton 24

District 3

No. 9 Easton Valley 73, West Central 6

Midland 36, Lansing Kee 18

Springville 36, Central City 14

No. 3 Turkey Valley 72, Elkader Central 0

District 4

HLV 52, Iowa Valley 6

Lone Tree 70, English Valleys 0

New London 94, Montezuma 68

WACO 64, Winfield-Mt. Union 38

District 5

Ackley AGWSR 58, Twin Cedars 18

Baxter 90, Meskwaki 88

Collins-Maxwell 66, Melcher-Dallas 14

No. 10 Gladbrook-Reinbeck 46, Colo-Nesco 14

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