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Posted October 28, 2012
Area second-round playoff capsules

Key area football games for the second round of the playoffs Monday:

CEDAR RAPIDS PRAIRIE at IOWA CITY WEST (Class 4A)

Time and site: 7 p.m., Trojan Field

Records and rankings: Prairie is 7-3; No. 2 West is 10-0

Notable: Prairie’s 30-28 first-round win over Dubuque Senior was the Hawks’ first playoff win since 2008 and just its second since its Class 3A state championship in 1981. West is looking for its second straight trip to the 4A state quarterfinals. West handled Prairie, 58-27, in Week 4 behind a strong rushing game that amassed 452 yards with Ezra Reiners and Devin Raffensperger running for 176 and 136, respectively. West quarterback Nate Boland has set a school record with 19 TD passes, including a West record four in a 41-13 first-round win over Waterloo West. Jeremy Morgan owns the West record for most TD catches in a season with 10, giving him a school-best 17 for his career. Prairie QB Jace Hanna has been banged up, but is expected to play Monday. Hanna has thrown for 2,019 yards with 24 TDs. He has athletic weapons in Demetrius Harper and Jarred Edmonds, who is third in Class 4A with 1,039 receiving yards and tied for first in the class with 14 TDs.

WATERLOO EAST AT CEDAR RAPIDS XAVIER (Class 4A)

Time and site: 7 p.m., Saints Field

Records and rankings: Waterloo East is 6-4; No. 3 Xavier is 10-0

Notable: The Saints continued its dominance with a 48-10 first-round win over Iowa City High at home. Xavier has an average margin of victory of 34.6 this season, ending seven of its game with a continuous clock (leading by 35 points after halftime). The Saints closest game was a 17-point win over No. 7 Cedar Falls. Quarterback Reggie Schulte has powered the Saints tied for second in the state with 33 passing TDs, including a school-record five and more than 300 yards Wednesday against City High. He has completed almost 76-percent of his passes, hitting Corbin Woods 41 times for 915 yards and 14 TDs. Brendan Miller leads the Saints with 723 rushing yards and seven TDs. Waterloo East has played well recently, sandwiching a loss to No. 2 Iowa City West with wins over Dubuque Senior and Davenport Assumption, which the Trojans thumped 33-14 in the first round. East’s Desmond VanArsdale is a yard short of 2,000 total offensive yards this season and 22 TDs, including 1,358 passing yards and 15 rushing TDs.

CEDAR RAPIDS KENNEDY at CEDAR FALLS (Class 4A)

Time and site: 8:45 p.m., UNI-Dome

Records and rankings: Kennedy is 5-5; No. 7 Cedar Falls is 9-1

Notable: Few teams are as hot as Cedar Rapids Kennedy, but the Cougars face their toughest test since the beginning of a five-game winning streak. Kennedy beat Muscatine, 20-17, on the road in the opening round, led by Alex Hillyer’s 121 rushing yards and two TDs. Hillyer is one of the state’s top rushers, ranking third in 4A with 1,539 yards. He also has 18 TDs on the ground. The Cougars defense has made an impact during the team’s resurgence, forcing 11 of their 14 turnovers this season during the streak. Kennedy has five interceptions and six fumble recoveries the last five games after not recording a turnover since the season opener. Cedar Falls only loss came at home to Cedar Rapids Xavier. The Tigers blanked Davenport Central, 22-0, in the first round. Cedar Falls has a rush attack led by Jake Buck, who has 978 yards and nine TDs. Nick Clark has 592 rush yards and 10 TDs. Brayden Longnecker provides a pass threat, throwing for 736 yards and seven scores.

DEWITT CENTRAL at MARION (Class 3A)

Time and site: 7 p.m., Thomas Park Field

Records and rankings: DeWitt Central is 7-3; No. 10 Marion is 8-2

Notable: DeWitt Central put a damper on Marion’s district title, preventing the Indians from winning it outright with a 17-16 win in the regular-season finale at DeWitt. Marion won after a three-way tie with Central and Solon, but the Indians lost starters Andrew Davis and Justin Dolley in that game. Now, the Indians attempt to exact revenge at home, where they edged Western Dubuque, 29-27, to advance. Trev Biery, who has 1,177 yards this season, rushed for 156 yards and a touchdown in the win over the Bobcats. The Indians’ success could rely on quarterback Trevor Hardman. He threw for 136 yards and two touchdowns last game, including a late 75-yard score to Quinn Cannoy. The Sabers took advantage of Marion mistakes in the previous meeting, and received a boost from freshman kicker Keegan Lass, who kicked the game-winner against the Indians and in the 24-21 upset over No. 6 West Delaware. Chris Keitel rushed for 188 yards and Mitch Green added 79 and three TDs, leading the Sabers tough run game against the Hawks. They have combined for 1,968 rushing yards and nine TDs apiece.

SOLON at DECORAH (Class 3A)

Time and site: 7 p.m., Decorah

Records and rankings: Solon is 8-2; No. 1 Decorah is 10-0

Notable: The Vikings have held the top spot, and haven’t been challenged all season after reaching the 3A championship game last year. Decorah handled Maquoketa, 35-0, for its fourth shutout of the season. Josey Jewell had two rushing TDs, while Holt Johansen led the Vikings with 112 rush yards. Jewell and Johansen have 805 and 785 rushing yards, respectively. Quarterback Jacob Kvale had one incompletion against the Cardinals, throwing for 117 yards and two 48-yard TDs to Michael Peter. Solon beat Crestwood, 24-7, in the first round after having its string of titles stopped by Union last year. The top Spartan on offense is Rory Siddell, who leads the team with 1,242 passing yards and 832 on the ground, contributing to 19 TDs.

PELLA at WILLIAMSBURG (Class 3A)

Time and site: 7 p.m., Williamsburg

Records and rankings: Pella is 7-3; No. 3 Williamsburg is 9-1

Notable: The Raiders were one of the first area teams to clinch a district title, and have rolled since the achievement. Williamsburg has been powered by a strong defense with a knack to force turnovers. The Raiders own a plus-24 turnover margin with 16 fumble recoveries and 14 interceptions. Williamsburg topped Carlisle, 35-7, behind 222 team rushing yards. Lorren Stahl had 88 and had 66 with two TDs for the Raiders. Corbin Blythe leads the Raider defense with 71 tackles, including 13 solo tackles for loss and nine solo sacks. Pella drubbed Keokuk, 38-14. Pella’s defense has held opponents to 14 points or less in each of its wins and six of the last seven games, which included three shutouts.

WAUKON AT UNION COMMUNITY (Class 2A)

Time and site: 7 p.m., La Porte City

Records and rankings: No. 10 Waukon is 8-2; No. 6 Union is 9-1

Notable: The last time these two teams met Waukon let a win slip through its fingers, while the Knights snagged a win out of the jaws of defeat. Waukon led by 19 with 8:43 to play before fumbles and poor play allowed Union to score in the final minute for a 34-33 win. Waukon was impressive in a 35-0 win over Center Point-Urbana, who handed Union its only loss. Union pounded Mount Vernon, 63-20, to reach the second round. Waukon’s Marcus Weymiller, who has 838 yads and 16 TDs, rushed for three TDs, including two 80-yarders, in the previous meeting. Parker Hesse leads Waukon with 1,029 rushing yards and also has 16 TDs. The Knights are led by dynamic duo Jay Scheel and Trev Hadachek. Scheel has thrown for 1,509 yards and 19 TDs, rushing for 1,252 yards and 19 TDs. Hadachek has 430 rushing yards and 11 scores, leading Union with 624 receiving yards and six TDs. Andrew Osuna has provided a third option, replacing Wes Burnside, running for 617 yards and four TDs.

WEST BRANCH AT IOWA CITY REGINA (Class 1A)

Time and site: 7 p.m., Regina

Records and rankings: West Branch is 8-2; No. 1 is Regina 10-0

Notable: A postseason streak is coming to an end at the conclusion of this game. Regina has won 38 straight games, including the last two Class 2A state titles before moving back to 1A this season. West Branch has also had an impressive postseason run recently, advancing to the state semifinals the last four years. The road to a fifth straight trip to the UNI-Dome goes through Regina Monday and means avenging a 15-13 loss to open district competition.  Mark Ward has been impressive, passing for 1,530 yards and 23 TDs, including 12 to Alex Balke. Riley Dixon paces the Regals run game with 1,223 and 11 TDs. The only time Regina, which has scored 434 points, was held under 31 points once this season, allowing a season-high 20 to Alburnett, thumping Tipton 42-7 last game. West Branch blanked Clayton Ridge, 33-0, to set up the rematch. All-stater Cade Jones powers the Bears potent rushing attack, gaining 1,815 yards with 28 TDs. Bo Bower averages 10 yards per carry for West Branch and has 791 yards and 11 scores this season. Michael Gould leads the Bears with 100 tackles, including eight solo tackles for loss.

BGM AT LISBON (Class A)

Time and site: 7 p.m., Lisbon

Records and rankings: No. 9 BGM is 8-2; No. 7 Lisbon 9-1

Notable: Lisbon, the defending Class A state champion, lost the majority of last year’s starting lineup to graduation, but the Lions have continued their success. Lisbon has not lost to a Class A foe since dropping a 2010 state quarterfinal game to Waco, sweeping its way through District 5 competition for the second straight year. Lisbon shut out Pekin, 14-0. Logan Rickard has powered the Lions with 1,471 total yards, including 769 rushing and 16 TDs on the ground. Rickard also ranks among team leaders in tackles, tying Alex Dean for the team lead with 12 sacks. Trevor Mooore adds 723 rushing yards and 11 TDs for the Lions, while Tyler Svatosch leads Lisbon with 222 receiving yards. BGM has won six straight games, beating Highland, 24-17, in the first round. The Bears use a balanced attack. Quarterback Bryan Kriegel has thrown for 765 yards and 10 TDs. Three Bears have more than 500 yards rushing, including Jack Kline, who has 936 yards on 165 carries, and Kyle Gritsch, who has 748 on 102 carries.

SPRINGVILLE AT DON BOSCO (Eight-man)

Time and site: 7 p.m., Gilbertville

Records and rankings: Springville is 8-2; No. 3 Don Bosco 9-0

Notable: Springville ushered in a new era of football, posting a dominant 76-22 win over Janesville in the Orioles first playoff game in school history. The task gets considerably tougher with the highly-ranked Dons, who beat West Central, 58-26, last round and are just eight years removed from starting up their program. Elias Nissen has been a key component of the Orioles offense, rushing for 1,128 yards and 19 TDs. Nissen has 363 receiving yards and eight scores. Jake Hulett leads the team, accounting for 566 of Sam Scriver’s 1,154 passing yards and hauling in 10 of Scriver’s 17 TD passes. Hulett is tied for the team lead with 91 tackles, tallying 14 solo tackles for loss and eight solo sacks.Drake Coonrod is second with 607 rushing yards and leads Springville with five interceptions. Jake Hogan leads Don Bosco with 1,423 rushing yards and 949 passing yards with 39 total TDs.

 

Other playoff games involving area teams:

Class 3A: Washington (7-3) at Winterset (7-3), 7 p.m.

Class 3A: No. 9 South Tama (8-2) at Humboldt (7-3), 7 p.m.

Class 2A: No. 8 New Hampton (9-1) at No. 7 Dyersville Beckman (9-1)

Class 2A: West Liberty (6-4) at No. 1 Mediapolis (10-0), 7 p.m.

Class 2A: Mid-Prairie (8-2) at Bondurant-Farrar (9-1), 7 p.m.

Class 1A: No. 6 Aplington-Parkersburg (8-2) at No. 9 South Winneshiek (9-1), 7 p.m.

Class 1A: Wilton (8-2) at No. 10 Maquoketa Valley (9-1), 7 p.m.

Class A: Gladbrook-Reinbeck (6-4) at No. 2 Wapsie Valley (10-0), 7 p.m.

Class A: Montezuma (7-3) at No. 9 Lynnville-Sully (8-2), 7 p.m.

Eight man: No. 9 Adair-Casey (9-1) at No. 6 HLV (9-0), 7 p.m.

 

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