Top area games in the first round of football playoffs:
CEDAR RAPIDS KENNEDY at CEDAR RAPIDS XAVIER (4A)
Time & place: 7 p.m., at Saints Field
Records: Kennedy is 5-4; Xavier is 7-2.
Notable: This a 42nd Street sequel to a game played in Week 1; the Saints jumped on Kennedy early and romped to a 35-7 win. Both teams have won four consecutive games. Xavier is the No. 5 seed in the east side in Class 4A; Kennedy is No. 12. Xavier’s Pat Chizek has crossed the 1,000-yard mark (he’s at 1,081) while Andy Didio has passed for 989 yards and 15 TDs. Kennedy’s R.J. Adams and Trevor Heitland have rushed for 802 and 782 yards, respectively.
CEDAR RAPIDS WASHINGTON at DUBUQUE HEMPSTEAD (4A)
Time & place: 7 p.m., at Dalzell Field, Dubuque
Records: Washington is 6-3; Hempstead is 7-2.
Notable: The 8-vs.-9 matchup in the 4A East. Hempstead has feasted on one of the weakest schedules in Class 4A (the Mustangs’ opponents are a combined 29-52) and take a six-game winning streak into tonight. In that span, the Mustangs have allowed just 5.7 points per game. Washington ended a three-game losing streak Friday by punishing Waterloo West, 53-7. Washington’s Alex Carr has rushed for 1,687 yards on 241 carries (7.0 yards per carry) and 23 touchdowns. David Tann has 108 tackles and three interceptions.
PLEASANT VALLEY at LINN-MAR (4A)
Time & place: 7 p.m., at Armstrong Field
Records: Pleasant Valley is 5-4; Linn-Mar is 7-2.
Notable: One of five MVC-MAC first-round matchups; Linn-Mar is seeded seventh in the 4A East; Pleasant Valley is No. 10. This very possibly could be the final game at tradition-rich Armstrong Field; Linn-Mar opens a brand-new stadium next year. The Lions hope to bounce back quickly from Friday’s 45-28 loss to Cedar Rapids Xavier. Mark Atwater has passed for 1,370 yards and 18 touchdowns while making 70 tackles, and Jer Garman has rushed for 1,371 yards and 21 touchdowns. Pleasant Valley’s Jason Stewart has 44 receptions for 511 yards.
DAVENPORT CENTRAL at IOWA CITY HIGH (4A)
Time & place: 7 p.m., at Bates Field
Records: Central is 4-5; City High is 9-0.
Notable: Defending 4A state champion City High carries a 23-game winning streak, and the 4A East-No. 2 seed Little Hawks have been extremely impressive throughout the season, outscoring their opposition by an average of 24 points per game. Andrew McNulty has accumulated 1,782 yards of total offense (1,012 passing, 770 rushing) and 17 touchdowns. Ronald Thompson has rushed for 1,030 yards and 15 touchdowns. The 15 seed, Central has played nearly evenly with all of the MAC’s heavyweights; the Blue Devils’ five losses have come by a total of 15 points (2, 1, 4, 7 and 1). Kyle Franklin has passed for 1,210 yards.
IOWA CITY WEST at NORTH SCOTT (4A)
Time & place: 7 p.m., at Eldridge
Records: West is 4-5; North Scott is 8-1.
Notable: Last year, a 4-5 team from the MVC (Cedar Rapids Kennedy) went on the road and dumped the MAC runner-up (Bettendorf). West faces the same potential Wednesday. The Trojans, seeded 13th in the 4A East, proved they are capable when they knocked off Cedar Rapids Washington, 14-13, in Week 8. West’s Charles Rogers has compiled 1,976 yards of total offense (1,339 passing, 637 rushing) and 15 total TDs. Aaron Huber has rushed for 1,081 yards and 17 touchdowns for No. 4 seed North Scott.
GRINNELL at MARION (3A)
Time & place: 7 p.m., at Thomas Park Field
Records: Both teams are 7-2.
Notable: Marion enters the playoffs on the heels of back-to-back setbacks after starting 7-0. The Indians dropped the district-title game, 41-35, to Union, then played flat in a 30-10 loss to Maquoketa. Colton Storla has rushed for 1,195 yards and 15 touchdowns while Dusty Albaugh is extremely solid on both sides of the ball. Grinnell counters with Jordan Ferch (1,192 yards, 20 TDs). The Tigers fell to Solon, 17-10, last Friday.
BALLARD at WEST DELAWARE (3A)
Time & place: 7 p.m., at Manchester
Records: Both teams are 7-2.
Notable: West Delaware was part of a three-way title tie in Class 3A District 4, but received the No. 2 spot in the district based on points. The Hawks have won three consecutive games and are averaging a robust 36.The Hawks are averaging 36.2 points per game. Brandon Domeyer has rushed for 1,289 yards and 22 touchdowns. Ballard also is on a three-game run. Tanner Hiatt leads the Bombers’ attack at 903 rushing yards.
MAQUOKETA at WILLIAMSBURG (3A)
Time & place: 7 p.m., at Williamsburg
Records: Maquoketa is 6-3; Williamsburg is 8-1.
Notable: Maquoketa was in must-win mode Friday, and the Cardinals delivered by taking down Marion, 30-10. The Cardinals are inconsistent, but capable of rising up against superior opponents. Marion was once such victim; West Delaware was another. Chase Coakley has passed for 1,756 yards and 15 touchdowns. Williamsburg possesses a balanced attack; Brett Waughop has rushed for 1,056 yards and 15 TDs; Kelly O’Rourke has passed for 11,538 yards and 18 scores. Williamsburg was 6-0 and ranked No. 1 before losing to Solon in Week 7.
ALBIA at IOWA CITY REGINA (2A)
Time & place: 7 p.m., at Regina
Records: Albia is 6-3; Regina is 9-0.
Notable: Regina has been consistently brilliant all season, putting up wins with scores like 42-6 (three times), 42-0 (twice) and 41-0. Only Solon has seriously pushed Regina, with the Regals claiming a 21-15 decision in Week 2 to snap Solon’s 42-game winning streak. The Regals are averaging 43.1 points per game while allowing 4.3 — both of those marks rank second in 2A. Zach Pechous has six returns for touchdowns. Albia’s Kile Overman has rushed for 1,365 yards and 20 touchdowns.
TURKEY VALLEY at NORTH CEDAR (1A)
Time & place: 7 p.m, at Stanwood
Records: Turkey Valley is 7-2; North Cedar is 8-1.
Notable: How is North Cedar’s health? And how is the Knights’ state of mind? North Cedar let a 21-0 halftime lead slip away Friday, as two special-teams letdowns helped West Branch rally for a 28-21 lead. Several key players went down with injuries throughout the game. The Knights still have a dynamite defense that allowed 3.9 points per game. Turkey Valley’s Jordan Mitchel rushed for 1,414 yards and 13 touchdowns.
CLAYTON RIDGE at WEST BRANCH (1A)
Time & place: 7 p.m., at West Branch
Records: Clayton Ridge is 7-3; West Branch is 9-0.
Notable: West Branch’s regular-season winning streak — now at 25 games — is safe for another year, thanks to the Bears’ comeback from a 21-point halftime deficit to beat North Cedar. A blocked punt set up the tying touchdown and an interception set up the game-winner. Quarterback Brandon Young has passed for 1,118 yards and 12 touchdowns. Jeremy Greve has rushed for 1,161 yards and 16 touchdowns for Clayton Ridge.
BELLE PLAINE at LISBON (A)
Time & place: 7 p.m., at Lisbon
Records: Belle Plaine is 5-4; Lisbon is 7-2.
Notable: This is a rematch of a non-district game contested in Week 3. Lisbon won that encounter, 34-6. The Lions had district title hopes up until the last game of the season, when they lost to WACO, 38-8. Tait Simpson has passed for 851 yards and run for 401 and was responsible for 17 touchdowns. He also collected a team-high 65 tackles. Belle Plaine got into the playoffs by winning its last two games, including a 9-7 decision over Montezuma on Friday. Logan Baburek passed for 852 yards and 12 touchdowns.
Class 3A: Boone (5-4) vs. Decorah (7-2), 6:15 p.m., UNI-Dome
Class 3A: Clear Creek Amana (5-4) at Union (9-0), 7 p.m.
Class 3A: DeWitt Central (4-5) at Solon (8-1), 7 p.m.
Class 3A: Oelwein (5-4) at Clear Lake (9-0), 7 p.m.
Class 2A: MFL MarMac (3-6) at Waterloo Columbus (7-2), 7 p.m.
Class 2A: Clarion-Goldfield (6-3) at Dyersville Beckman (7-2), 7 p.m.
Class 2A: Osage (4-5) at North Fayette (9-0), 7 p.m.
Class 2A: West Liberty (4-5) at Sigourney-Keota (9-0), 7 p.m.
Class 1A: Alburnett (4-4) at Starmont (9-0), 7 p.m.
Class A: Valley Community (3-6) at Mason City Newman (9-0), 7 p.m.
Class A: Colo-Nesco (5-5) at Postville (7-2), 7 p.m.
Class A: North Butler (2-7) at North Tama (9-0), 7 p.m.
Class A: Elkader Central (6-3) at Rockford (8-1), 7 p.m.
Class A: Iowa Valley (6-3) at WACO (9-0), 7 p.m.
Class A: Lone Tree (5-4) at HLV (5-4), 7 p.m.
Class A: English Valleys (3-6) at BGM (8-1), 7 p.m.
Eight-Man: Clarksville (7-2) at West Central (7-2), 7 p.m.
Eight-Man: Lansing Kee (7-2) at Tripoli (8-1), 7 p.m.
Eight-Man: Meskwaki Settlement (4-6) at Lenox (9-0), 7 p.m.
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