A dozen key area football games for Week 6:
CEDAR RAPIDS XAVIER at CEDAR RAPIDS WASHINGTON
Time and site: 7:15 p.m. Thursday, at Kingston Stadium
TV: KCRG 9.2
Records and rankings: Class 4A fourth-rated Xavier is 5-0 overall, 2-0 MVC Valley Division; Washington is 1-4, 0-3.
Notable: Xavier continues to motor through its schedule; the Saints rank third in Class 4A offensively (46.6 points per game) and second defensively (7.0 ppg). Their latest victim was Cedar Rapids Kennedy last week, with the Saints rolling to a 35-0 win. Reggie Schulte is the epitome of efficiency, completing 76 percent of his passes for 18 touchdowns and just one interception. Brendan Miller has rushed for 362 yards since taking over at running back for the injured Cal Stovie. Washington has dropped three straight games after opening with a win. A pair of Mitches lead Washington’s attack: Mitch Bredeson has rushed for 402 yards; Mitch Blades has passed for 863 and rushed for 265.
CEDAR FALLS at CEDAR RAPIDS PRAIRIE
Time and site: 7:15 p.m. Friday, at John Wall Field
TV: KCRG 9.2
Records and rankings: Class 4A No. 5 Cedar Falls is 5-0 overall, 3-0 MVC Valley Division; Prairie is 3-2, 1-1.
Notable: Cedar Falls isn’t winning big, but it’s winning. The Tigers stayed perfect by beating Linn-Mar, 27-10, last week, and if they can get past Prairie this week, all signs will point toward a Week 8 showdown with Cedar Rapids Xavier for the division title. This is a potential pothole, though. Jace Hanna and targets DeMetrius Harper and Jarred Edmonds are explosive enough to cause problems. The Hawks broke a two-game losing streak by whipping Dubuque Wahlert, 44-14, last week. Interesting side note: Cedar Falls’ Brayden Longnecker has more takeaways (two interceptions, one fumble recovery) than turnovers (he has thrown two INTs).
ALBURNETT at IOWA CITY REGINA
Time and site: 7 p.m. Friday, at Regina
Records and rankings: Alburnett is 3-2; Class 1A No. 1 Regina is 5-0.
Notable: After revitalizing its district title hopes with a 22-14 win over Maquoketa Valley, Alburnett steps out of league play for a gigantic challenge. Regina has won 33 straight games, and — with the exception of a 15-13 squeaker at West Branch — has shown little if any vulnerability this season. Mark Ward has passed for 643 yards and 12 touchdowns while Riley Dixon has rushed for 556 yards. Regina’s defense is as stout as usual, allowing 6.8 points per game. Four of Alburnett’s games have been decided by 10 points or less, and the Pirates have won three of them. Alec Philipp has passed from 432 yards and rushed for 353.
DUBUQUE SENIOR at IOWA CITY HIGH
Time and site: 7:15 p.m. Friday, at Bates Field
Records and rankings: Senior is 4-1 overall, 1-1 MVC Mississippi Division; Class 4A No. 9 City High is 4-1, 2-0.
Notable: For the second straight week, the Rams head to Iowa City. The previous trip wasn’t so joyous; Iowa City West handed them their first loss of the season, 42-7. City High had more difficulty than expected with winless Dubuque Hempstead last week — a 35-21 win — and can’t be caught looking ahead to next week’s showdown with West. Amos Lavela has rushed for 480 yards and eight touchdowns. Rams quarterback Austin Clemens has enjoyed a productive season, passing for 802 yards and seven touchdowns against just one interception.
MARION at BENTON COMMUNITY
Time and site: 7:30 p.m. Friday, at Van Horne
Records and rankings: Marion is 4-1 overall, 2-0 Class 3A District 6; Benton is 1-4, 1-2.
Notable: Get past this week, and the stakes get higher for the Indians, who play Solon next week in a game that should pit the 3A-6 co-leaders. The Indians scored 17 points in the fourth quarter in a 25-14 win over Maquoketa last week, giving Coach Tony Perkins his 150th career victory. Trev Biery ran for two touchdowns and returned an interception for another. Biery has 555 rushing yards this season. Benton got its first win last week, outlasting Anamosa, 35-28, but closes with four opponents that are a combined 15-5.
IOWA CITY WEST at DUBUQUE HEMPSTEAD
Time and site: 7:15 p.m. Friday, at University of Dubuque
Records and rankings: Class 2A second-rated West is 5-0 overall, 2-0 MVC Mississippi Division; Hempstead is 0-5, 0-3.
Notable: All signs would point toward an easy West win, but Hempstead showed some spunk last week before bowing to Iowa City High, 35-21. West quarterback Nate Boland is the first Mississippi Valley Conference quarterback to eclipse the 1,000-yard passing mark this season. He’s got 1,049 yards on 67-percent accuracy. Wideouts Dondre Alexander and Jeremy Morgan have combined for 45 catches and 788 receiving yards. West’s 49.2 points per game rank No. 2 in Class 4A.
LINN-MAR at DUBUQUE WAHLERT
Time and site: 7:15 p.m. Friday, at Loras College
Records and rankings: Linn-Mar is 1-4 overall, 1-2 MVC Valley Division; Wahlert is 1-4, 0-2.
Notable: The Lions need a win Friday, and an upset somewhere down the line, to have a shot at a playoff berth. They’ve undoubtedly made progress recently, knocking off Cedar Rapids Washington, then playing Cedar Falls tough last week before falling, 27-10. Rhys Davis has passed for 429 yards and has rushed for 375. Wahlert is playing its third Metro foe in three weeks; the Golden Eagles lost to Cedar Rapids Xavier and Cedar Rapids Prairie by a combined 97-28. Kyle Steines has 16 catches for 219 yards.
CEDAR RAPIDS JEFFERSON at CEDAR RAPIDS KENNEDY
Time and site: 7:15 p.m. Friday, at Kingston Stadium
Records and rankings: Jefferson is 1-4 overall, 1-2 MVC Mississippi Division; Kennedy is 0-5, 0-2.
Notable: The date: Oct. 16, 2008. The event: Jefferson’s last victory over a Metro foe (27-19, over Linn-Mar). The J-Hawks have to believe the drought could end Friday against the winless Cougars. They broke a 24-game losing streak Sept. 7, then played Waterloo East extremely tough last week before going down, 30-24. Kennedy has played the eighth-toughest schedule in 4A, and the Cougars need to win three of their last four games to be in playoff discussion. Kennedy’s Alex Hillyer continues to lead the MVC in rushing, with 685 yards.
WAUKON at UNION
Time and site: 7:30 p.m. Friday, at LaPorte City
Records and rankings: Seventh-ranked Waukon is 5-0 overall, 3-0 Class 2A District 3; No. 8 Union is 4-1, 2-0.
Notable: It’s a virtual certainty that both of these teams will make the playoffs; now, it’s all about positioning. Waukon has made great strides after a 2-7 campaign last season. Nobody had played closer than 28 points of the Indians; on the other hand, the schedule has been quite soft so far. Marcus Weymiller has rushed for 605 yards and 13 touchdowns while Austin Troendle has four interceptions to his credit. Last year’s 3A state champion, Union has recovered nicely after a season-opening loss, racking up four straight lopsided wins. Jay Scheel has passed for 966 yards and 11 touchdowns while rushing for 699 and eight scores.
WEST LIBERTY at MEDIAPOLIS
Time and site: 7:30 p.m. Friday, at Mediapolis
Records and rankings: West Liberty is 3-2 overall, 3-0 Class 2A District 5; No. 2 Mediapolis is 5-0, 2-0.
Notable: The Mediapolis Bulldogs have been destructive and dominant, outscoring their first five foes by a 246-26 margin and lead the state in 2A both offensively and defensively. Quarterback Jesse Ertz, a Kansas State recruit, has completed better than 80 percent of his passes for 873 yards and 15 touchdowns (against no interceptions). He also has rushed for a team-best 434 yards. On the other hand, it’s been five weeks since Mediapolis has played a team with a winning record. The Comets qualify in that regard, claiming three straight victories. Tyler Newsom has passed for 546 yards and eight TDs.
WACO at LISBON
Time and site: 7 p.m. Friday, at Lisbon
Records and rankings: WACO is 4-1 overall, 2-1 Class A District 5; Lisbon is 4-1, 3-0.
Notable: The bottom end of this district is weak, and Lisbon has devoured three of the bottom feeders by a combined 200-8 in the last three weeks. It gets quite a bit tougher this week. Junior quarterback Logan Rickard has rushed for 410 yards and passed for 323. WACO dropped its district opener to Lone Tree, so the Warriors needs this one to stay in title contention. Tyler Ayers has rushed for 785 yards and seven touchdowns.
SPRINGVILLE at PRESTON
Time and site: 7 p.m. Friday, at Preston
Records and rankings: Springville is 5-0 overall, 4-0 Eight Man District 4; Preston is 4-1, 4-0.
Notable: Sole possession of the district lead is on the line. Preston is a quirky outfit; the Trojans are among the state’s top eight-player scoring teams, averaging 62.8 points per game. On the other hand, they yield 48 points per game and got beat, 58-41, last week by Don Bosco. Springville has been more uniform, scoring at a 51-point pace and allowing 20 points per game. Elias Nissen has rushed for 529 yards for the Orioles, who would be a virtual shoo-in for the playoffs with a win. Preston’s Andrew Driscoll has rushed for 797 yards and 14 touchdowns.
OTHER METRO/IOWA CITY GAMES
Midland (2-4 overall, 2-3 Eight Man District 4) at Cedar Valley Christian (0-5, 0-4), 7 p.m. Friday, at LaSalle Middle School
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