The top 12 games across the area this Friday night (complete statewide schedule):
IOWA CITY HIGH at CEDAR RAPIDS XAVIER
Time and site: 7:15 p.m. Friday, at Saints Field
Records and rankings: Both teams are 3-0. City High is ranked No. 2 in Class 4A; Xavier is No. 7.
Notable: Which will impose its will? Will it be City High’s offense, which averages 40.7 points per game? Or will be the Xavier ‘D,’ which hasn’t surrendered a point through three games? City’s Ronald Thompson set a school record with 362 rushing yards in last week’s 42-24 victory over Iowa City West, and has 623 yards and eight touchdowns. Xavier has a quality back of its own in Carter Valentine (440 yards, 5 TDs). City prevailed last year, 26-24, on Drew Cornwell’s field goal in the final seconds. The Little Hawks would be well-served to shore up their special teams; they allowed West to block three punts.
DUBUQUE WAHLERT at CEDAR RAPIDS WASHINGTON
Time and site: 7:15 p.m. Friday, at Kingston Stadium
Records and rankings: Both teams are 2-1.
Notable: Washington’s Flynn Heald is coming off a monster game in a losing cause. Heald caught 21 passes for 293 yards in the Warriors’ 41-28 loss to Cedar Rapids Kennedy last week. Both of those marks are Mississippi Valley Conference records; the 21 catches rank second all-time in the state while the yardage is No. 5. Heald’s 36 receptions leads the state in 11-man football, as do his 611 receiving yards. Expect a wealth of points in this one. Washington averages 38 points per game while Wahlert scores 30 a game and allows 34.3.
ANAMOSA at MARION
Time and site: 7:30 p.m. Friday, at Thomas Park Field
Records and rankings: Both teams are 2-1 overall, 0-1 Class 3A District 5.
Notable: Anamosa came back to earth last week after snapping a 19-game losing streak with back-to-back wins to start the season. The Raiders fell to DeWitt Central last week. Marion, on the other hand, is coming off a 7-0 loss at Western Dubuque to start the district schedule. Marion’s Jake McDonald has 41 tackles to his credit, 11 for loss. Anamosa quarterback Nik Schulte has passed for 612 yards and five touchdowns; Josh Schulte has 13 receptions for 341 yards and three scores.
WATERLOO WEST at LINN-MAR
Time and site: 7:15 p.m. Friday, at Linn-Mar Stadium
Records and rankings: West is 0-3; Class 4A sixth-ranked Linn-Mar is 3-0.
Notable: At 43.7 points per game, Linn-Mar rates third in 4A in scoring offense. Mark Atwater leads the show, passing for 480 yards and rushing for 305. Atwater has combined for 12 touchdowns. Andy Henry has caught 13 passes for 293 yards and five touchdowns. Waterloo West can score too, but the Wahawks haven’t proven they can stop anyone. West is allowing 41.3 points per game and lost to Dubuque Senior 24-21 in overtime last week.
CEDAR RAPIDS JEFFERSON at CEDAR FALLS
Time and site: 7:30 p.m. Friday, at Cedar Falls
Records and rankings: Jefferson is 0-3; Class 4A top-rated Cedar Falls is 3-0.
Notable: At first glance, this appears to be a mismatch. The Tigers have outscored their first three opponents by an average score of 44-12, though Cedar Rapids Prairie hung close through most of last week’s game. Barkley Hill has amassed 698 yards (which ranks second in 4A) and 14 touchdowns. CF does not throw often, but Ike Boettger has completed nearly 76 percent of his passes. Jefferson has lost 16 straight games, including a 33-10 defeat against Waterloo East last week.
IOWA CITY REGINA at TIPTON
Time and site: 7 p.m., at Tipton
Records and rankings: Class 2A No. 1 Regina is 3-0 overall, 1-0 Class 2A District 5; Tipton is 0-3, 0-1.
Notable: Regina’s win streak stands at 17, and the Regals are heavily favored to keep it going Friday and through the remainder of the regular season. The Regals’ defensive average of 3.0 points per game is tops in 2A, and Jacob Vollstedt spearheads the offense with 473 yards and nine touchdowns. Tipton has struggled defensively, allowing 38.3 points per game. Chandler Harden has rushed for 257 yards.
CEDAR RAPIDS PRAIRIE at IOWA CITY WEST
Time and site: 7:15 p.m. Friday, at Trojan Field
Records and rankings: Prairie is 0-3; West is 2-1.
Notable: Prairie has faced the third-toughest schedule in 4A football, and though the Hawks haven’t broken through with a win, they seem to be getting stronger each week. Last Friday, they played tough with Cedar Falls throughout before falling 41-28. Jace Hanna has passed for 718 yards. West suffered its first loss last week (42-24 at Iowa City High), giving up nearly 500 rushing yards. Charles Rogers has passed for 430 yards and rushed for 266.
CEDAR RAPIDS KENNEDY at DUBUQUE SENIOR
Time and site: 7:15 p.m. Friday, at Dubuque
Records and rankings: Both teams are 1-2.
Notable: After opening the season with two discouraging losses, Kennedy jumped up and bit Cedar Rapids Washington 41-28 last week, and the Cougars are favored to even their record Friday. Trevor Heitland and Alex Hillyer scored three touchdowns apiece. Winless last year, Senior broke through with an overtime victory over Waterloo West. Zayne Moore has rushed for 324 yards; Robby Jones has passed for 392.
LISBON at DANVILLE
Time and site: 7 p.m. Friday, at Danville
Records and rankings: Class A third-ranked Lisbon is 3-0 overall, 0-0 in District 6. Danville is 3-0, 1-0.
Notable: Lisbon has been driven by defense; the Lions have allowed eight points in three games. Offensively, Lisbon has been efficient and balanced. Ben Knake has completed 61 percent of his passes for three touchdowns and no interceptions. Danville has gotten to 3-0 against the easiest schedule in Class A; now, the Bears follow with top-10 teams in Lisbon and Lone Tree. Chris Barton has passed for 373 yards and six touchdowns.
WILLIAMSBURG at GRINNELL
Time and site: 7:30 p.m. Friday, at Grinnell
Records and rankings: Class 3A seventh-rated Williamsburg is 3-0 overall, 1-0 Class 3A District 6; Grinnell is 2-1, 1-0.
Notable: The winner of this game probably can be classified as Solon’s chief challenger in 3A-6. Williamsburg appears solid as always. Trevor Knepper leads the ground attack with 296 yards while Adam Aljets has passed for 393 yards and five touchdowns. Grinnell has a pass-oriented attack led by Eli Dunne (42 for 74, 591 yards). Dillon Gretzky has 13 catches for 206 yards and three TDs.
MAQUOKETA VALLEY at TURKEY VALLEY
Time and site: 7:30 p.m. Friday, at Jackson Junction
Records and rankings: Maquoketa Valley is 3-0 overall, 1-0 Class 1A District 5; Turkey Valley is 2-1, 1-0.
Notable: Maquoketa Valley is unbeaten behind a stingy defense; the Wildcats’ seven points yielded in three games ranks as second-best in 1A (behind Dike-New Hartford). But the Wildcats’ schedule stiffens through the next three weeks. Turkey Valley opened with a 31-24 loss to South Winneshiek, but has responded with 96 points and two wins since. MV’s Kyle Whitman has churned out 452 rushing yards.
CASCADE at NORTH FAYETTE
Time and site: 7:30 p.m. Friday, at West Union
Records and rankings: Both teams are 2-1 overall, 1-0 Class 2A District 4. North Fayette is rated ninth in 2A.
Notable: It is likely that North Fayette’s biggest district challenge is behind; the Hawks outlasted Dyersville Beckman, 14-12, last week and apparently is in the driver’s seat for another league crown. Jake Greco has rushed for 440 yards on 84 carries. Cascade is coming off a 35-18 win last week over Monticello.
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