A dozen key area football games for Week 5:
DUBUQUE SENIOR at IOWA CITY WEST
Time and site: 7:15 p.m. Friday, at Trojan Field
Records and rankings: Both teams are 4-0 overall, 1-0 MVC Mississippi Division. West is ranked No. 2 in Class 4A.
Notable: Four-and-0 is 4-0, but these teams have come upon their perfect starts in completely different fashion. Senior probably has locked up its first playoff berth since 1997 (and only its second overall) by winning four straight close games against opponents that have a combined record of 3-13, including a 21-14 victory over Cedar Rapids Kennedy last week. West, on the other hand, possesses an explosive offense that averages 51 points per game, second most in Class 4A. One of the ringleaders of that attack, Jeremy Morgan, is questionable after suffering a foot injury in last week’s 58-27 win over Cedar Rapids Prairie.
IOWA CITY REGINA at CARDINAL
Time and site: 7 p.m. Friday, at Eldon
Records and rankings: Top-rated Regina is 4-0 overall, 2-0 Class 1A District 6; Cardinal is 3-1, 0-1.
Notable: This figures to be a severe wakeup call for Cardinal, which fields a somewhat misleading 3-1 record. There’s a common opponent here: Regina whipped Eddyville-Blakesburg, 52-14, last week. That same team handled the Comets, 48-13, the previous week. Regina owns a 32-game win streak and has a punishing defense that allows 8.5 points per game. Mark Ward has passed for 580 yards and 10 touchdowns while Riley Dixon has rushed for 506 yards.
MAQUOKETA at MARION
Time and site: 7:30 p.m. Friday, at Thomas Park Field
Records and rankings: Maquoketa is 3-1 overall, 1-1 Class 3A District 6; Marion is 3-1, 1-0.
Notable: Marion faced its first close-game test of the season last week and passed it, 13-10, at Washington (Iowa). Another potentially tight contest awaits. Trev Beiry has rushed for 409 yards, averaging 8.9 yards per carry. It will be tough sledding against a Maquoketa defense that ranks fourth in 3A, allowing a puny 6.8 points per game. The Cardinals’ Jeb Miller has been opportunistic on the defensive side of the ball, intercepting two passes and recovering a pair of fumbles.
CEDAR FALLS at LINN-MAR
Time and site: 7:15 p.m. Friday, at Linn-Mar Stadium
Records and rankings: Class 4A fourth-ranked Cedar Falls is 4-0 overall, 2-0 MVC Valley Division; Linn-Mar is 1-3, 1-1.
Notable: After pulling a mild upset last week — a 24-21 victory over Cedar Rapids Washington in overtime — Linn-Mar goes after a bigger shocker. Austin Wolter kicked a 23-yard field goal for the winning points. Cedar Falls was nearly upset last week against Waterloo West, rallying from a 16-7 deficit to nip the Wahawks, 17-16. Cedar Falls quarterback Brayden Longnecker has completed 66 percent of his passes for 302 yards.
CEDAR RAPIDS KENNEDY at CEDAR RAPIDS XAVIER
Time and site: 7:15 p.m. Friday, at Saints Field
Records and rankings: Kennedy is 0-4; Class 4A No. 6 Xavier is 4-0.
Notable: Long known for its punishing defense, Xavier has been an offensive machine through the first month of the season. The Saints have piled up 48, 49, 48 and 53 points in their first four games. In last week’s 53-14 drubbing of Dubuque Wahlert, Xavier racked up 589 yards of offense (419 in the first half). Thrust into the role of key ball carrier after an injury to Cal Stovie, Brendan Miller rushed for 226 yards. Reggie Schulte remains one of the most efficient passers in 4A, completing 76 percent of his passes with a 14-to-1 TD-to-INT rate. A season that began with high hopes has transformed into a disappointment for Kennedy, though Alex Hillyer leads the MVC in rushing with 600 yards.
CEDAR RAPIDS PRAIRIE at DUBUQUE WAHLERT
Time and site: 7:15 p.m. Friday, at Dubuque (Loras College)
Records and rankings: Prairie is 2-2 overall, 0-1 MVC Valley Division; Wahlert is 1-3, 0-1.
Notable: After suffering lopsided losses to two of the league’s top teams (Cedar Rapids Xavier and Iowa City West), the Hawks’ schedule eases up considerably this week. Prairie plays just one winning team (Cedar Falls) in the final five weeks. However, the Hawks need to drastically shore up a defense that has allowed 139 points in the past three weeks. Wahlert has lost two straight — against unbeatens Dubuque Senior and Cedar Rapids Xavier.
IOWA CITY HIGH at DUBUQUE HEMPSTEAD
Time and site: 7:15 p.m. Friday, at University of Dubuque
Records and rankings: Class 4A 10th-ranked City High is 3-1 overall, 2-0 MVC Mississippi Division; Hempstead is 0-4, 0-2.
Notable: City High has gotten its motor running after a Week 1 loss to Cedar Falls, rolling to three straight wins and averaging 41.7 points in the process. The Little Hawks are highly favored to extend that streak; Amos Lavela and Bryson Runge have rushed for more than 200 yards apiece. Hempstead has gotten little going offensively, averaging 10.3 points per game. Leading rusher Matt Zenner has netted 351 yards, but has not yet found the end zone.
WATERLOO EAST at CEDAR RAPIDS JEFFERSON
Time and site: 7:15 p.m. Friday, at Kingston Stadium
Records and rankings: East is 2-2 overall, 1-1 MVC Mississippi Division; Jefferson is 1-3, 1-1.
Notable: The J-Hawks’ 24-game losing streak ended Sept. 7, but much work remains this rebuilding project. Jefferson ranks dead last in 4A in scoring offense at 4.8 points per game. East provides a nice blueprint in rebuilding; the Trojans grabbed their first playoff berth in 19 years last season and has a fine team behind Desmond VanArsdale, who has passed for 516 yards and rushed for 204.
CEDAR RAPIDS WASHINGTON at WATERLOO WEST
Time and site: 7:15 p.m. Friday, at Waterloo
Records and rankings: Washington is 1-3 overall, 0-2 MVC Valley Division; West is 1-3, 1-1.
Notable: The winner of this game will be in pretty decent shape in securing a playoff berth; the loser will face an uphill climb. West nearly pulled the upset of the season in the MVC last week, but squandered a 16-7 lead in a 17-16 heartbreaker against Cedar Falls. Washington is coming off a 24-21 overtime loss to previously winless Linn-Mar. Washington QB Mitch Blades has passed for 683 yards and rushed for 203.
DECORAH at WEST DELAWARE
Time and site: 7:30 p.m. Friday, at Manchester
TV: KCRG 9.2
Records and rankings: Top-ranked Decorah is 4-0 overall 1-0 Class 3A District 5; No. 10 West Delaware is 3-1, 2-0.
Notable: True, there are four games to play after Friday, but consider this the 3A-5 championship game. Decorah has been dominant on both sides of the ball; the Vikings are third in Class 3A in scoring offense (42.0 ppg) and second in scoring defense (5.3 ppg). Josey Jewell is the team’s second-leading rusher and co-leader in tackles. West Delaware’s Ryan Dudak and Tim Tutton have more than 1,000 rushing yards between them.
DYERSVILLE BECKMAN at CENTER POINT-URBANA
Time and site: 7:30 p.m. Friday, at Center Point
Records and rankings: Beckman is 3-1 overall, 2-0 Class 2A District 4; sixth-rated CPU is 4-0, 1-0.
Notable: Cascade and Mount Vernon may have something to say about it, but the winner of this game certainly paints itself a pretty picture in the 2A-4 title hunt. Beckman’s Grant Hammann-to-Mitch Steger passing combo is one of the best in 2A; Hammann has completed 57 percent of his passes while Steger has 26 catches for 406 yards. CPU honored former coach Ted Rogers with a 42-22 win over East Marshall last week, and the Stormin’ Pointers’ four wins matches their victory output from a year ago.
SOUTH WINNESHIEK at SAINT ANSGAR
Time and site: 7:30 p.m. Friday, at Saint Ansgar
Records and rankings: Seventh-ranked South Winn is 4-0 overall, 2-0 Class 1A District 4; No. 3 Saint Ansgar is 4-0, 1-0.
Notable: The best 1A game in the state this week as South Winn goes after the defending state champs. Warriors QB Garrett Bohach has passed for 680 yards and nine touchdowns while Colton Hageman has rushed for 550 and six. Saint Ansgar is a run-run-run outfit, with Kyle Hanson netting 657 yards (9.8 per carry) and eight TDs.
OTHER GAMES INVOLVING METRO/IOWA CITY TEAMS
Lansing Kee (3-1 overall, 2-1 Eight Man District 4) vs. Cedar Valley Christian (0-4, 0-3), 7 p.m. Friday, at LaSalle Middle School
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