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Week 7 Eastern Iowa high school football preview

Iowa Valley hosts New London in a battle of 8-player unbeatens

Cedar Rapids Kennedy's Max White (5) is tackled by Cedar Rapids Washington's Ross Snitker (5) during the Cougars' 21-11 win last week. Kennedy is at Bettendorf on Friday; Washington is at Davenport Central. (Justin Torner/Freelance for the Gazette)
Cedar Rapids Kennedy's Max White (5) is tackled by Cedar Rapids Washington's Ross Snitker (5) during the Cougars' 21-11 win last week. Kennedy is at Bettendorf on Friday; Washington is at Davenport Central. (Justin Torner/Freelance for the Gazette)

Week 7 area capsules for select Cedar Rapids Metro/Iowa City and area football games:

Iowa City West at Davenport North

Site and time: 7:15 p.m. Thursday, at Davenport (Brady Street Stadium)

Records and rankings: Both teams are 5-1 overall, 2-0 Class 4A District 4. West is ranked No. 7.

Overview: To the victor goes sole ownership of the 4A-4 lead, and West is favored to get it. North continued its best start in school history last week, outlasting Iowa City High 24-21 in overtime. All five of North’s wins have been by 13 points or less, so the Wildcats haven’t overpowered anybody, but they know how to come through in clutch situations. West, meanwhile, has won four straight games. West’s Jalen Gaudet ranks third in 4A in receiving yards, with 611, averaging 25.5 yards per catch.

Western Dubuque at Cedar Rapids Xavier

Site and time: 5 p.m. Friday, at Saints Field

Records and rankings: No. 7 Western Dubuque is 5-1 overall, 2-0 Class 3A District 4; No. 1 Xavier is 6-0, 2-0.

Overview: Xavier faces its biggest challenge to date. The Saints are riding a 34-game regular-season win streak, and a 19-game overall spree. The Saints have been dominant on both sides of the ball, averaging 44.7 points per game and allowing 4.7. They’ll try to contain Bobcats WR Drake George, the 3A leader in receptions (42), yards (678) and touchdowns (nine). Xavier’s Quinn Schulte has passed for 13 touchdowns and has run for 13 more. Western Dubuque’s lone loss was a 7-6 decision to North Scott in Week 4. The five wins all have been convincing.

 

 

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Cedar Rapids Kennedy at Bettendorf

Site and time: 5:30 p.m. Friday, at Bettendorf

Records and rankings: Kennedy is 4-2 overall, 2-0 Class 4A District 5; No. 5 Bettendorf is 5-1, 2-0.

Overview: It’s a three-team race for the 4A-5 title with three weeks to go (Davenport Central also won its first two district games). This figures to be a physical, low-scoring confrontation — Bettendorf allows 9.5 points per game, Kennedy 16.2. The Cougars have one of the top linebackers in the state in Cade Parker, who ranks third in 4A with 67 tackles. Both teams have multiple threats on the ground — Austin Kalar and Carter Brown for Bettendorf, Cairron Hendred and Max White for Kennedy.

Cedar Rapids Prairie at Cedar Rapids Jefferson

Site and time: 5:30 p.m. Friday, at Kingston Stadium

Records and rankings: No. 10 Prairie is 5-1 overall, 2-0 Class 4A District 3; Jefferson is 1-5, 1-1.

Overview: Keegan Simmons and the Hawks are on a collision course to face Cedar Falls for the district title in two weeks. Simmons has moved into the 4A lead in rushing yards with 1,277 — one more than Burlington’s Taven Harris — and has scored 16 touchdowns. Armon Pledge leads the defense was four takeaways (three interceptions and a fumble recovery). Jefferson’s Karl Green has three fumble recoveries of his own.

Iowa City Regina at North Linn

 

 

Site and time: 5 p.m. Friday, at Troy Mills

Records and rankings: Regina is 3-3 overall, 2-0 Class 1A District 6; North Linn is 4-2, 1-1.

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Overview: Regina’s flickering playoff hopes appeared to be nearly snuffed out when the Regals trailed South Hardin 19-3 last week, but they rallied with the final 19 points to prevail and maintain a share of the district lead. In terms of RPI, North Linn is at the bottom of the 4-2 teams in 1A, meaning the Lynx probably must run the table to reach the postseason. They snapped a two-game losing streak last week, 23-0 over Jesup. Brennan Becker has 542 rushing yards to his credit.

 

 

Cedar Rapids Washington at Davenport Central

Site and time: 7:15 p.m. Friday, at Davenport (Brady Street Stadium)

Records and rankings: Washington is 2-4 overall, 0-2 Class 4A District 5; Central is 3-3, 2-0.

Overview: It’s unlikely to be enough to snag a playoff berth, but a late rush could lift Washington to a winning season. The potential is there; this is the Warriors’ toughest remaining game. They’ll need to be more productive for a stretch run. The Warriors have scored more than 11 points in just one game. Central likes to pass the ball; Adin DeLaRosa has thrown for 573 yards, but just three touchdowns to go with six interceptions.

Linn-Mar at Muscatine

Site and time: 7:15 p.m. Friday, at Muscatine

Records and rankings: Linn-Mar is 1-5 overall, 0-2 Class 4A District 4; Muscatine is 4-2, 1-1.

Overview: Despite its offensive shortcomings (just 12.7 points per game), Linn-Mar has an opportunity to win this one. The Lions have managed just one touchdown in each of the past two games, and will need more than that to keep pace with the prolific Muskies, who average 27.5 points per game but allow 27.3. Linn-Mar’s Marcus Orr (1,028) and Muscatine’s Carson Orr (993) rank seventh and eighth in 4A in passing yards. Muscatine’s Eli Gaye has a 4A-best 47 receptions (for 579 yards and five TDs).

Marion at Dubuque Wahlert

Site and time: 6 p.m. Friday, at Dubuque (Rock Bowl)

Records and rankings: Marion is 3-3 overall, 2-0 Class 3A District 4; Wahlert is 0-6, 0-2.

Overview: Marion is heavily favored to roll Friday and send its winning streak to three. The Indians pasted Maquoketa 42-7 last week. Despite missing some time with injury, Marion QB Trevor Paulsen is seventh in 3A in passing yards (1,141). Mitch McAllister is the top target with 25 catches for 416 yards. Wahlert is struggling, but won’t get much sympathy from the Indians; the Golden Eagles have beaten Marion four straight years.

New London at Iowa Valley

Site and time: 6 p.m. Friday, at Marengo

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Records and rankings: Both teams are 6-0 overall, 5-0 8-Player District 4. New London is ranked third, Iowa Valley fifth.

Overview: A postseason qualifier last season in Class A, New London has made a loud entrance into the 8-player game, beating its first six opponents by 35 points or more. Both of these teams are explosive, ranking 1-2 in the class in scoring — Iowa Valley at 65.3 points per game, New London at 63.3. Iowa Valley’s Ben Smith has rushed for 628 yards and 12 touchdowns; New London’s Keontae Luckett has netted 594 yards and 10 TDs. New London’s defense is No. 2 in 8-Player at 8.3 points per game allowed.

 

 

Waterloo Columbus at Waukon

Site and time: 7:30 p.m. Friday, at Waukon

Records and rankings: Both teams are 5-1 overall, 2-0 Class 2A District 4. Waukon is ranked fourth, Columbus ninth.

Overview: The defending 2A state champion, Waukon has been playing like it lately, rattling off five consecutive wins after a season-opening loss to Decorah. There are as lot of new names and faces on this team, including sophomore QB Creed Welch (972 yards, 11 TDs) and junior RB Dawson Baures (654 rushing yards, nine scores). After a seven-year drought that netted a composite 7-56 record, Columbus is sailing again. Parker Westhoff is over 1,000 yards passing, and Ray Seidel averages more than 9 yards per carry.

Davenport Assumption at Clear Creek Amana

Site and time: 5:30 p.m. Friday, at Tiffin

Records and rankings: Assumption is 3-3 overall, 2-0 Class 3A District 5; No. 9 CCA is 6-0, 2-0.

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Overview: Clear Creek Amana’s defense is top-shelf — the Clippers’ 4.8 points per game allowed ranks second in 3A, only behind Cedar Rapids Xavier (4.7). The Clippers have blanked three opponents, most recently Clinton last week. Andrew Rohret leads the Clippers’ offense, rushing for 643 yards and 10 touchdowns. Assumption has won two straight games to reach the .500 mark. Brandon Schlichting has accounted for 14 touchdowns.

Independence at Charles City

Site and time: 7:30 p.m. Friday, at Charles City

Records and rankings: Independence is 5-1 overall, 2-0 Class 3A District 3; Charles City is 4-2, 1-1.

Overview: Two of the biggest surprises in 3A collide with a lot on the line. Explosive Independence is third in 3A in scoring offense at 42.8 points per game, but this game marks the beginning of three weeks’ worth of challenges that stand between the Mustangs and a district title. QB Logan Schmitt has passed for 1,088 yards and has rushed for 739, with a combined 25 touchdowns. It’s been nine years since Charles City’s last winning season, and the Comets need just one more victory to get there. Like Indee, the Comets have a daunting closing schedule.

Other Metro/Iowa City games

4A District 4: Pleasant Valley (2-4, 1-1) at Iowa City High (2-4, 0-2), 6 p.m. Friday

3A District 5: DeWitt Central (3-3, 0-2) at Iowa City Liberty (2-4, 0-2), 7:15 p.m. Friday

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