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Posted September 28, 2010
Top area football games, Week 6

Alex Carr (3) and sixth-ranked Cedar Rapids Washington face their toughest test to date on Thursday when No. 3 and defending 4A state champion Iowa City High comes to Kingston Stadium. (Liz Martin/SourceMedia Group News)

This week’s top 10 area football games:

IOWA CITY HIGH at CEDAR RAPIDS WASHINGTON

Time & place: 7:15 p.m. Thursday, at Kingston Stadium.

Records: Both teams are 5-0.

Notable: After roughing up five teams with a combined 3-22 record, Class 4A sixth-ranked Washington makes a giant leap in competition. Alex Carr scored on each of the first five times he touched the ball in the Warriors’ 62-7 rout of Dubuque Senior last week. Washington led, 55-0, at halftime. Carr has rushed for 906 yards and 18 touchdowns. Defending state champion and third-rated City High has won 19 straight games and is led offensively by quarterback Andrew McNulty (574 yards passing, 516 yards rushing) and tailback Ronald Thompson (668 yards, 11 touchdowns). These teams are two of four in the MVC that are unbeaten; Cedar Falls and Linn-Mar are the others.

NORTH TAMA at POSTVILLE

Time & place: 7 p.m., at Postville

Records: North Tama is 5-0 overall, 2-0 Class A District 4; Postville is 5-0, 3-0.

Notable: Postville continues to find ways to win the close games. Four of the Pirates’ five wins have been decided by seven points or less, including a 19-12 triumph over East Buchanan last week. North Tama had a thin win last week as well, rallying past Valley Community, 21-14, behind Brendon Boerm’s three touchdowns. Boerm has rushed for 682 yards and passed for 648. Dallas Imoehl and Cody Jarmas rank 1-2 for Postville in both rushing yards and tackles.

UNION at MAQUOKETA

Time & place: 7:30 p.m., at Maquoketa

Records: Union is 5-0 overall, 3-0 in Class 3A District 5; Maquoketa is 4-1, 2-1.

Notable: Don’t be surprised if a shootout develops in this one. Union brings the highest-scoring offense (51.2 points per game) in 3A. Wes Burnside, a junior running back, is the state’s second-leading rusher at 1,105 yards in 112 carries. He has found the end zone 19 times. Maquoketa counters with a highly potent passing attack that features quarterback Chase Coakley (56 for 105, 1,051 yards, 9 TDs) and receivers Perry Hawks (17 receptions, 399 yards) and Eric Callahan (15 for 345). The Cardinals average 28 points per game. Both defenses are vulnerable: DeWitt Central scored 46 on Union in a one-point loss; Maquoketa is allowing about 20 points per contest.

CAMANCHE at IOWA CITY REGINA

Time & place: 7 p.m., at Regina

Records: Camanche is 4-1 overall, 3-0 Class 2A District 5; Regina is 5-0, 3-0.

Notable: Talk about turnarounds. Camanche exorcised a 38-game losing streak in Week 2 against Bellevue. Now the Indians are riding a four-game winning streak. But the load gets a lot heavier against the 2A top-ranked Regals, who have pasted their first three district rivals to the tune of 158-12. Quarterback Jack Verducci has completed 24 of 38 passes for 507 yards with nine touchdowns and no interceptions. Camanche’s Mike Sullens has rushed for 853 yards and six scores.

WEST DELAWARE at DECORAH

Time & place: 7:30 p.m., at Decorah

Records: Both teams are 4-1 overall, 3-0 in Class 3A District 4.

Notable: Both teams lost their season-openers, and both have rattled off four straight wins since. This game marks the first part of a three-week segment that will determine the 3A-4 champion — West Delaware faces Waverly-Shell Rock (5-0, 3-0) in Week 7, Decorah meets the Go-Hawks in Week 8. West Delaware enjoys a balanced offense; Brandon Domeyer has rushed for 760 yards and 13 touchdowns while Jordan Hoffmann has passed for 725 yards and nine scores. Decorah’s Cody Sacquitne has rushed for 450 yards. The Vikings’ defense has made positive strides lately — they allowed 27.3 points per game in the first three games, 7.0 in the last two.

IOWA CITY WEST at CEDAR RAPIDS XAVIER

Time & place: 7:15 p.m., at Saints Field

Records: Both teams are 3-2.

Notable: Xavier has fallen out of the 4A top 10 after suffering back-to-back losses to Iowa City High (26-24, in the last second) and Cedar Falls (28-7). Quarterback Andy Didio has been extremely accurate, completing 78 percent of his passes for 627 yards, with eight touchdowns. Nathan Even (18 catches, 265 yards) and Alex Ries (16 for 176) have been Didio’s favorite targets. West has made strong strides forward the last couple years, and the young Trojans are putting themselves in line for a big 2011. Charles Rogers has passed for 1,020 yards and rushed for 383.

BENTON COMMUNITY at WILLIAMSBURG

Time & place: 7:30 p.m., at Williamsburg

Records: Benton is 2-3 overall, 1-2 in Class 3A District 6; Williamsburg is 5-0, 3-0.

Notable: Williamsburg is the top-ranked team in Class 3A, but the Raiders would be ill-advised to overlook the Bobcats, who have been competitive in losses to 3A powers Marion, Solon and Grinnell. The Raiders have skated through the first five games, holding four opponents to single digits and outscoring its foes 225-41. Williamsburg travels to Solon next week. Zach Twedt leads Benton’s rushing attack (491 yards, 8 TDs) and defense (a team-high 48 tackles).

WAPSIE VALLEY at MAQUOKETA VALLEY

Time & place: 7:30 p.m., at Delhi

Records: Wapsie Valley is 5-0 overall, 3-0 Class 1A District 5; Maquoketa Valley is 3-2, 1-2.

Notable: Maquoketa Valley is playing its third straight unbeaten, and the results of the two previous games were shutout losses to Turkey Valley and Starmont. Now the Wildcats must contend with Connor O’Brien, whose 1,111 rushing yards lead the state in all classes. O’Brien has scored 19 touchdowns. Maquoketa Valley is a junior-dominated team, though its leading tackler — Jared Kracke (61 stops) — is a senior.

MONTICELLO at SUMNER-FREDERICKSBURG

Time & place: 7:30 p.m., at Fredericksburg

Records: Monticello is 4-1 overall, 2-1 Class 2A District 4; Sumner-Fredericksburg is 2-3, 2-1.

Notable: These are two of four teams standing a game behind North Fayette in the 2A-4 standings, and both teams still get a crack at the second-ranked Hawks later this season. Monticello bounced back from a hurtful double-OT loss to MFL MarMac by downing South Winneshiek, 27-13, last week. Quarterback Cody Gullett has accumulated 1,281 total yards and has rushed for 10 touchdowns. Sumner-Fredericksburg averages 22.8 points per game and allows 22.8. Cole Becker is a defensive standout for the Cougars; he has accumulated 58 tackles, three interceptions and a fumble recovery.

CEDAR RAPIDS JEFFERSON at CEDAR RAPIDS KENNEDY

Time & place: 7:15 p.m., at Kingston Stadium (Kennedy is the home team and its fans will sit on the west side of the stadium)

Records: Jefferson is 0-5; Kennedy is 1-4.

Notable: Despite the less-than-glowing record, much is still at stake for Kennedy. The Cougars’ schedule is soft the rest of the way, and a winning season is a possibility. R.J. Adams has rushed for 388 yards while Josh Jahlas leads the defense with 50 tackles. Jefferson has struggled to compete against the second-toughest schedule in 4A; the J-Hawks have allowed 46.6 points per game. Junior QB Alex Baxter has compiled 629 yards of total offense.

OTHER GAMES INVOLVING METRO/IOWA CITY TEAMS

Linn-Mar (5-0) at Dubuque Senior (0-5), 7:15 p.m.

Waterloo East (1-4) at Cedar Rapids Prairie (0-5), 7:15 p.m.

Center Point-Urbana (0-5) at Marion (5-0), 7:30 p.m.

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