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Posted October 24, 2011
First-round area football playoff capsules

Cedar Rapids Kennedy's Brandon Holmes (23) and Josh Jahlas (30) tackle Ronald Thompson of Iowa City High in the Little Hawks' 34-14 regular-season win. The Cougars face the Little Hawks in a Class 4A playoff game Wednesday at Bates Field. (Cliff Jette/SourceMedia Group)

The area’s top dozen football games for the first round of the playoffs Wednesday:

CEDAR RAPIDS KENNEDY at IOWA CITY HIGH (4A)

Time & site: 7 p.m., at Bates Field

Records & rankings: Kennedy is 5-4; No. 9 City High is 7-2.

Notable: City High picked up a 34-13 win over Kennedy in Week 5; the Little Hawks led that game 6-0 at halftime before a big third quarter took the doubt out of that one. The Cougars wrapped up a winning season by running away late to beat Dubuque Wahlert, 36-14, on Friday. Kennedy has a recent history of postseason success, shocking Bettendorf in Round 1 in 2009, then advancing to the quarterfinal round last year. City High won the 4A championship in 2009, then was the runner-up in 2010. City’s Ronald Thompson ranks third in 4A rushing at 1,556 yards.

CEDAR RAPIDS WASHINGTON at DAVENPORT ASSUMPTION (4A)

Time & site: 7 p.m., at Davenport (Brady Street Stadium)

Records & rankings: Washington is 6-3; Assumption is 7-2.

Notable: One of five MVC-vs.-MAC first-round matchups, and (along with Xavier-Pleasant Valley) probably the most compelling. Washington is a hard teeam to figure, but a team that when it’s at its best, could be an extremely difficult team to eliminate. Four Washington backs have more than 300 yards, and Flynn Heald is fourth in 4A in receptions with 52 (for 797 yards). Assumption’s Zach Mumm was fifth in the MAC in rushing at 926 yards and has run for 13 touchdowns.

CEDAR RAPIDS XAVIER at PLEASANT VALLEY (4A)

Time & site: 7 p.m., at Pleasant Valley

Records & rankings: Xavier is 5-4; Pleasant Valley is 7-2.

Notable: Another potential dandy between the MVC and the MAC. Pleasant Valley owns a five-game winning streak, averaging 48.8 points per game in that run. Quarterback Grant Lang has a 13-to-3 TD-to-INT ratio, while Dylan Latham has rushed for 805 yards. Xavier has lost four of six after a 3-0 start, and all four of those defeats have been by 20 points or more. Carter Valentine has rushed for 1,036 yards and eight touchdowns.

CLINTON at LINN-MAR (4A)

Time & site: 7 p.m., at Linn-Mar Stadium

Records & rankings: Clinton is 3-6; No. 2 Linn-Mar is 9-0.

Notable: It has been a dream season so far for Linn-Mar, but the Lions suffered a setback Friday when leading rusher Mitch Wantock sustained a broken ankle. Wantock ran for 1,109 yards in the regular season. Brandon Ophoff is the next man in at tailback. Linn-Mar still has weapons, including Andy Henry — the MVC single-season record holder in receiving touchdowns (17) and receiving yards (925) — and Mark Atwater (585 rushing yards, 1,523 passing yards). Linn-Mar is allowing 10.3 points per game, third-best in 4A. Clinton had trouble competing with the top-end teams in the MAC.

DUBUQUE WAHLERT at IOWA CITY WEST (4A)

Time & site: 7 p.m., at Trojan Field

Records & rankings: Wahlert is 5-4; West is 7-2.

Notable: West gathered the MVC Valley Division title Friday, downing Cedar Falls 21-10 in the title-deciding showdown at the UNI-Dome. These teams did not play in the regular season. Expect a lot of points, because both defenses are vulnerable. The Trojans are explosive, scoring 41.0 points per game while allowing 24.1. Wahlert scores at a 25.1-point clip but surrenders 30.3 per game. Wahlert’s Riley McCarron and West’s Charles Rogers are 2-3 in Class 4A in total yardage for quarterbacks at 2,482 and 2,389 yards, respectively. 

CENTER POINT-URBANA at SOLON (3A)

Time & site: 7 p.m., at Solon

Records & rankings: CPU is 4-5; No. 6 Solon is 8-1.

Notable: Solon’s road to a possible fifth consecutive state championship begins Wednesday at home. The Spartans were 2A titlists in 2007, 2008 and 2009, then nabbed the 3A title last year. Solon hasn’t been demolishing the opposition as in the past, but carries a nifty seven-game win streak into the playoffs. Center Point-Urbana has won four straight after an 0-5 start, including a 10-9 win Friday over DeWitt Central that got the Stormin’ Pointers into the postseason dance. Brandon Roseberry has rushed for 951 yards for CPU.

WASHINGTON at UNION (3A)

Time & site: 7 p.m., at LaPorte City

Records & rankings: Washington is 5-4; Union is 7-2.

Notable: Wes Burnside is healthy again, making Union a threat in the 3A playoffs. Burnside has rushed for 1,252 yards and 23 touchdowns this fall despite an early hamstring injury. Union has won three straight games. Washington also is gathering steam; the Demons have won four of their last five, with the lone setback in that string a 21-19 loss to Solon in Week 8. The Demons’ four losses have been by a total of 22 points. Washington has nice offensive balance between the run and pass, led by QB Jake Redlinger (687 rushing yards, 961 passing yards).

WILLIAMSBURG at MAQUOKETA (3A)

Time & site: 7 p.m., at Maquoketa

Records & rankings: Williamsburg is 6-3; No. 8 Maquoketa is 8-1.

Notable: This is one of the most attractive matchups in Class 3A. Maquoketa is the 3A District 4 champion and is on the wave of an eight-game winning streak. The Cardinals’ closest game in district play was a 28-14 triumph over Western Dubuque in Week 8. Chase Coakley completes 64 percent of his passes and has thrown for 1,209 yards while Craig Johnson has rushed for 1,226. Williamsburg has dropped two of its last three but remains a threat. Trevor Knepper has rushed for 1,016 yards while Adam Aljets has passed for 965.

DAVIS COUNTY at IOWA CITY REGINA (2A)

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

Records & rankings: Davis County is 6-3; No. 1 Regina is 9-0.

Notable: Regina begins chase of a second consecutive 2A crown; the Regals have won 23 straight games. They’ve been extremely dominant this fall, outscoring their foes by a combined 430-39. Jacob Vollstedt and Joe McCaffery have rushed for 896 and 601 yards, respectively. Davis County has played a lot of tight games; the Mustangs are 3-2 in games decided by eight points or less.

SOUTH WINNESHIEK at NEW HAMPTON (2A)

Time & site: 7 p.m., at New Hampton

Records & rankings: No. 10 South Winn is 8-1; New Hampton is 7-2.

Notable: Less than a week ago, South Winneshiek was riding high at 8-0. But after a 37-0 loss to Dyersville Beckman, the Warriors moved down to third in their district and are forced to hit the road for Round 1. New Hampton has won three straight games, including a 27-20 overtime victory over Clarion-Goldfield in Week 9. Brendon Tenge has rushed for 1,114 yards for the Chickasaws. Colton Hageman has rushed for 1,231 yards and 22 TDs for South Winn; he did not play against Beckman.

STARMONT at WEST BRANCH (1A)

Time & site: 7 p.m., at West Branch

Records & rankings: Both teams are 7-2.

Notable: A pair of perennially strong teams collide right off the bat at Oliphant Street Stadium. West Branch started a rare 1-2, but has rebounded with six straight wins — and all have been decisive. Cade Jones has rushed for 1,248 yards and 22 touchdowns, averaging 8.5 yards per carry. Starmont’s Vincent Otdoerfer is the second-leading rusher in 1A at 1,568 yards. He has scored 23 touchdowns. The Stars started 6-0, but have lost two of their last three.

IOWA VALLEY at LONE TREE (A)

Time & site: 7 p.m., at Lone Tree

Records & rankings: Iowa Valley is 6-3; No. 6 Lone Tree is 8-1.

Notable: Lone Tree has been an offensive juggernaut most of the season, averaging a 46.4 points per game. That ranks second among Class A schools. Levi Reitzler, Gabe Lorack and Lucas Sieverding all have rushed for more than 500 yards in a spread-it-around attack. Iowa Valley had a three-game winning streak snapped last week, 50-9, by Lynnville-Sully. John Gormley has rushed for 1,596 yards (third most in Class A) and 25 TDs for the Tigers.

OTHER GAMES INVOLVING AREA TEAMS:

Class 3A: Ballard (5-4) at No. 7 West Delaware (8-1), 7 p.m.

Class 3A: Boone (5-4) vs. Decorah (7-2), 6:15 p.m., UNI-Dome, Cedar Falls

Class 3A: Oelwein (6-3) at No. 1 Clear Lake (9-0), 7 p.m.

Class 3A: Western Dubuque (6-3) at Grinnell (7-2), 7 p.m.

Class 2A: Cascade (5-4) at Forest City (7-2), 7 p.m.

Class 2A: Clarion-Goldfield (5-4) at North Fayette (7-2), 7 p.m.

Class 2A: Mid-Prairie (6-3) at Wilton (7-2), 7 p.m.

Class 2A: Osage (6-3) at No. 7 Dyersville Beckman (8-1), 7 p.m.

Class 2A: West Liberty (6-3) at Albia (7-2), 7 p.m.

Class 1A: Bellevue (7-2) at No. 7 Alburnett (9-0), 7 p.m.

Class 1A: North Cedar (6-3) at Turkey Valley (7-2), 7 p.m.

Class A: Belle Plaine (3-6) at No. 1 Lisbon (9-0), 7 p.m.

Class A: Danville (7-2) at BGM (5-4), 7 p.m.

Class A: Elkader Central (4-5) at No. 3 Mason City Newman (8-1), 7 p.m.

Class A: North Butler (5-4) at No. 4 North Tama (8-1), 7 p.m.

Class A: Rockford (4-5) at No. 8 Postville (8-1), 7 p.m.

Eight Man: Janesville (7-2) at Lansing Kee (7-2), 7 p.m.

Eight Man: Midland (7-3) at No. 3 Northeast Hamilton (8-1), 7 p.m.

Eight Man: Tri-County (5-5) at Adair-Casey (7-2), 7 p.m.

Eight Man: West Central (5-4) at No. 5 Clarksville (8-1), 7 p.m.

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