Cedar Rapids Xavier at Clinton
Time & place: 7 p.m., at Clinton.
Radio: KMRY-AM (1450), KGYM-AM (1600).
Records: No. 8 Xavier is 9-2; No. 3 Clinton is 11-0.
Notable: Four days after holding Linn-Mar’s Jer Garman to 32 yards in a 41-3 stroll, the Saints try to slow another prolific running attack. Clinton’s David Johnson has rushed for 1,304 yards and 27 touchdowns. The River Kings were champions of the Mississippi Athletic Conference, and the only MAC team to survive the substate round. Xavier has won eight straight games after a 1-2 start.
Linder’s pick: Xavier, 21-10.
Cedar Rapids Washington at Iowa City High
Time & place: 7 p.m., at Bates Field, Iowa City.
Radio: WMT-AM (600).
Records: Washington is 9-2; No. 1 City High is 11-0.
Notable: When these teams met in Week 2, City High brutalized the Warriors in a 65-21 win. Iowa recruit A.J. Derby has passed for 16 touchdowns (12 to John Chelf) and rushed for 12. Washington RB Andre Dawson upped his season rushing total to 2,021 yards in the Warriors’ first-round victory over Cedar Rapids Kennedy, netting 222 yards on 44 carries.
Linder’s pick: City High, 38-24.
New Hampton at Decorah
Time & place: 7 p.m., at Decorah
Records: Both teams are 9-2.
Notable: It’s a rematch of Week 3, when New Hampton notched a 26-14 win in a game that vaulted the Chickasaws into control of the 3A District 3 race. Decorah advanced with a thrilling 37-30 double-overtime win at Marion in the first round — Robby Jewell intercepted a pass to seal it — while New Hampton beat Union, 29-22. Brock Boeding has rushed for 1,416 yards for the Chickasaws, who have won nine straight games.
Linder’s pick: New Hampton, 19-16.
North Fayette at Osage
Time & place: 7 p.m., at Osage.
Records: Both teams are 11-0.
Notable: No. 2 North Fayette’s offensive machine continues to hum along. The Hawks have scored 40 points or more on nine occasions. Tanner Mork has rushed for 1,644 yards and 31 touchdowns, Tom Nesvik 1,160 and 14. No. 4 Osage handled Cascade, 47-19, in the first round. Brad Ringhofen and Dan Evans rushed for 1,002 and 895 yards, respectively, in the regular season.
Linder’s pick: North Fayette, 40-28.
Solon at Iowa City Regina
Time & place: 7 p.m., at Regina.
Records: Solon is 11-0; Regina is 10-1.
Notable: The Spartans win streak is 38 games and counting; that streak is eighth-longest in state history. Included was a 42-7 defeat of the Regals in Week 8 of the regular season. James Morris has rushed for 1,656 yards while 21 of Andy Ashton’s 59 tackles have been for loss. Regina is led by a stout defense that has held the opposition to a touchdown or less on seven occasions.
Linder’s pick: Solon, 33-16.
Turkey Valley at South Winneshiek
Time & place: 7 p.m., at Calmar.
Records: Both teams are 10-1.
Notable: This is a rematch of Turkey Valley’s 28-14 win in Week 9, a win that gave the Trojans a district championship. Both teams have been extremely impressive in the postseason. No. 9 South Winn pummeled top-ranked and defending state champion Emmetsburg, 40-6, Monday. The Warriors are averaging 44 points per game and allowing 8.5. Spencer Bruess, QB for the No. 7 Trojans, has a TD-to-INT ratio of 15-to-3.
Linder’s pick: South Winn, 21-14.
Clayton Ridge vs. West Branch
Time & place: 8:45 p.m., at UNI-Dome, Cedar Falls.
Radio: KCTN-FM (100.1).
Records: No. 8 Clayton Ridge is 10-1; No. 3 West Branch is 11-0.
Notable: Clayton Ridge is riding a defensive wave; the Eagles have allowed 21 points in a 10-game winning streak. They’ll have their hands full with a West Branch attack that features Cole Kelly (1,769 yards, 24 TDs). The Bears have rarely been tested this season. Only one team (Pekin) has played them to a margin closer than 20 points.
Linder’s pick: West Branch, 20-6.
North Tama vs. WACO
Time & place: 6:15 p.m., at UNI-Dome, Cedar Falls.
Records: No. 1 North Tama is 11-0; WACO is 8-3.
Notable: North Tama’s defense has been as good as anybody’s in the state. The Redhawks have allowed 18 points all year, none in the last four games. James Weida has intercepted seven passes. WACO pulled a minor surprise in the first round, bumping No. 10 BGM, 21-14. Tad Morrow and Spencer Shepherd have rushed for more than 1,100 yards apiece.
Linder’s pick: North Tama, 26-0.
Preston at West Central
Time & place: 7 p.m., at Maynard.
Records: No. 5 Preston is 11-0; No. 8 West Central is 10-1.
Notable: A 23-22 victory over the Blue Devils in Week 6 launched Preston to a district championship, and the Trojans will try to duplicate the feat tonight. Three Preston backs — Kyle Feller, Austin Hughes and Jason Feddersen — have rushed for at least a dozen touchdowns apiece. West Central’s Kaleb Buhrow has rushed for 1,223 yards and 20 touchdowns, Dustin Bunn 1,024 and 23.
Linder’s pick: West Central, 32-28.
Tri-County at Lenox
Time & place: 7 p.m., at Lenox.
Records: Both teams are 11-0.
Notable: This game matched a pair of terribly efficient quarterbacks. Tri-County’s Andy Thomas has passed for 1,532 yards with 26 TDs and only two INTs while Lenox’s Austin Hancock has passed for 18 TDs and one pick. Tri-County’s Colt Brumbaugh has rushed for 1,519 yards and 26 TDs. Both teams play exceptional defense for the eight-man game: Lenox is allowing 12 points per game, Tri-County 16.8. Defending champion Lenox is ranked No. 1; Tri-County is No. 4.
Linder’s pick: Lenox, 28-18.
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