This week’s top 10 area football games:
CEDAR RAPIDS XAVIER at CEDAR FALLS
Time & place: 7:15 p.m., at Cedar Falls (UNI-Dome).
Records: Xavier is 3-1; Cedar Falls is 4-0.
Notable: For the second Friday in a row, No. 7 Xavier takes to the road for an extremely difficult test. The Saints fell to Iowa City High, 26-24, on a field goal in the final second. No. 2 Cedar Falls ranks third in Class 4A in scoring defense (5.3 points per game allowed) while Xavier is ninth at 10.8. Cedar Falls’ leading rusher (Barkley Hill) and leading tackler (Ben Challgren) both are juniors. Xavier’s Pat Chizek has rushed for 419 yards on 82 carries.
CEDAR RAPIDS KENNEDY at IOWA CITY HIGH
Time & place: 7:15 p.m., at Bates Field.
Records: Kennedy is 1-3; City High is 4-0.
Notable: Class 4A No. 3 City High extended its winning streak to 18 games by edging Cedar Rapids Xavier, 26-24, last week. The Little Hawks outgained Xavier by nearly a 2-to-1 margin, but it took a Drew Cornwell field goal in the final second to send City to victory. Kennedy hammered Dubuque Senior, 46-0, last week, allowing 20 yards and zero first downs. Despite the 1-3 record, the Cougars have outscored their opposition by an 82-73 margin.
CEDAR RAPIDS PRAIRIE at LINN-MAR
Time & place: 7:15 p.m., at Armstrong Field.
Records: Prairie is 0-4; Linn-Mar is 4-0.
Notable: It’s another toughie for Prairie, which has played the most difficult slate in 4A (the Hawks’ first five opponents are a combined 17-3). The Hawks have been competitive in stretches against Cedar Rapids Washington, Cedar Rapids Prairie and Iowa City West, but don’t have a win to show for it yet. Linn-Mar moved up three spots in the 4A rankings to No. 5 after romping past Waterloo West, 45-0, behind a school-record 313 rushing yards by Jer Garman.
MARION at VINTON-SHELLSBURG
Time & place: 7:30 p.m., at Vinton.
Records: Marion is 4-0 overall, 2-0 3A-5; Vinton-Shellsburg is 2-2, 1-1.
Notable: Marion has been nothing short of dominant through the first four weeks, and the Indians have climbed to No. 5 in the 3A rankings. Junior Colton Storla has filled the shoes of the graduated Logan Pickering; Storla has rushed for 622 yards and nine touchdowns. The Indians have outscored the opposition, 147-24, and their defensive average of 6.0 ppg is third-best in 3A. The Vikings have been an entertaining team to watch; they’ve averaged 23.2 points per game while allowing 27.8. Logan Williams has rushed for 455 yards and eight touchdowns.
CHARLES CITY at WEST DELAWARE
Time & place: 7:30 p.m., at Manchester.
Records: Both teams are 3-1 overall, 2-0 Class 3A District 4.
Notable: These teams are among a pack of four (Decorah and Waverly-Shell Rock are the others) in a logjam atop 3A-4. West Delaware has shored up its defense since beginning district play; the Hawks allowed 59 points in their first two games, 14 in their next two. Brandon Domeyer has rushed for 703 yards on 90 carries, with 12 touchdowns. Charles City lost to No. 2 Clear Lake, 14-7, in Week 1, but has rattled off three straight wins since. Ethan Voelker has 12 tackles for loss.
MFL MAR MAC at NORTH FAYETTE
Time & place: 7:30 p.m., at West Union.
Records: MFL MarMac is 2-2 overall, 2-0 Class 2A District 4; North Fayette is 4-0, 2-0.
Notable: The winner of this game grabs sole possession of the district lead. No. 2 North Fayette certainly expected to be in this position. The Bulldogs, meanwhile, are a surprise. They upset then-unbeaten Monticello, 37-34, in double overtime last week. MFL MarMac’s offensive output has improved each week. North Fayette has the top scoring average of any team in 2A at 46.0 points per game. Jake Greco has rushed for 532 yards and 12 touchdowns.
MAQUOKETA VALLEY at STARMONT
Time & place: 7:30 p.m., at Arlington.
Records: Maquoketa Valley is 3-1 overall, 1-1 Class 1A District 5; Starmont is 4-0, 2-0.
Notable: Maquoketa Valley is in the teeth of its schedule; the Wildcats lost to Turkey Valley, 28-0, last week. This week, it’s Starmont. Next week, it’s unbeaten Wapsie Valley. Starmont has flourished with a ground attack that has netted nearly 350 rushing yards per game. Ethan Moses leads it at 350 yards and six touchdowns. The Stars have scored 30-plus points each week. Kyle Whitman leads a young Maquoketa Valley squad offensively; he has rushed for 374 yards and has caught seven passes for 164.
WAPELLO at WEST BRANCH
Time & place: 7 p.m., at West Branch.
Records: Both teams are 4-0 overall, 2-0 Class 1A District 6.
Notable: West Branch has notched back-to-back shutouts since district play began, and the Bears’ 5.3-point defensive average is third-best in 1A. The Bears’ defense is balanced — 10 players have double-figure tackles through the first three weeks. Both teams have played Pekin in district play; West Branch won, 39-0 while Wapello edged the Panthers, 48-47, in double OT (one of two one-point wins the Indians have picked up).
HIGHLAND at NORTH CEDAR
Time & place: 7 p.m., at Stanwood.
Records: Highland is 2-1 overall, 0-1 Class 1A District 6; North Cedar is 4-0, 2-0.
Notable: Class 1A 10th-rated North Cedar has dismantled its first four foes to the tune of 162-7 and ranks No. 1 in its class in scoring defense. Mitchell Schroeder has done a little bit of everything for the Knights, rushing for 316 yards and two touchdowns while collecting a team-high 31 tackles (four for loss) with three fumble recoveries. Highland is in the midst of a three-game stretch against unbeatens (Wapello, North Cedar and West Branch). The Huskies lost to Wapello, 56-21, last week.
IOWA VALLEY at BGM
Time & place: 7 p.m., at Brooklyn.
Records: Iowa Valley is 3-1 overall, 1-1 Class A District 6; BGM is 3-1, 2-0.
Notable: A season-opening loss to Class 2A top-ranked Iowa City Regina certainly did not demoralize BGM; the Bears have rebounded to win their next three games — all against Class A schools — by a 114-21 margin. The Bears own sole possession of the A-6 lead. Danny Brau has rushed for 409 yards and eight touchdowns. Iowa Valley opened 3-0 before stubbing its toe, 16-8, last week to Belle Plaine. Senior quarterback Brian Behrens has rushed for 359 yards and passed for 433.
OTHER METRO/IOWA CITY GAMES
Cedar Rapids Jefferson (0-4) at Iowa City West (2-2), 7:15 p.m.
Dubuque Senior (0-4) at Cedar Rapids Washington (4-0), 7:15 p.m. (Kingston)
Iowa City Regina (4-0) at Columbus Junction (0-4), 7 p.m.
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