A dozen key area football games for Week 3:
CEDAR RAPIDS KENNEDY at IOWA CITY WEST
Time and site: 7:15 p.m. Friday, at Trojan Field
Records and rankings: Both teams are 2-0 overall, 0-0 MVC Mississippi Division. West is ranked No. 3 in Class 4A.
Notable: Kennedy has shown resilience and grit through the first two weeks, rallying from 10 points down to beat both Cedar Rapids Washington and Cedar Rapids Prairie. For now, the Cougars can rightfully claim the title of “second-best team in the Metro,” behind their neighbors to the west. They face a giant challenge, particularly on defense, this week. West is averaging 58 points per game behind Nate Boland (410 yards, 6 TDs, 0 INT). On the other hand, this will be West’s toughest test to date, as well. The Cougars have moved the ball effectively behind a big, physical front line, spreading out the carries between Miles Moa, Logan Wedo and Terrence Hall.
WEST BRANCH at IOWA CITY REGINA
Time and site: 7 p.m. Friday, at Regina
Records and rankings: Both teams are 2-0 overall, 0-0 Class 1A District 6. Regina is No. 1 in 1A; West Branch No. 9.
Notable: Who can hang with Regina? It looks like an extremely short list, but West Branch might be a possibility. The Bears were competitive with the Regals twice last season. District 6 is probably the toughest 1A district in the state (a combined 13-1 in the first two non-district weeks), and Regina is the best of the best. The Regals ran over Solon, 38-0, last week for their 44th consecutive win. Regina Coach Marv Cook starred at West Branch; he was a Gazette Male Athlete of the Year in 1984. Regina’s Riley Dixon has run for 276 yards, nearly 10 yards per carry.
CEDAR RAPIDS PRAIRIE at CEDAR RAPIDS XAVIER
Time and site: 7:15 p.m. Friday, at Saints Field
Records and rankings: Prairie is 1-1 overall, 0-0 MVC Valley Division; Class 4A No. 1 Xavier is 2-0, 0-0.
Notable: Not a lot, but a little of the luster peeled off this game when Prairie fell last week to Cedar Rapids Kennedy. The Hawks let a 10-point fourth-quarter lead slide away in a 28-24 defeat. Mitch Dellamuth caught seven passes for 135 yards and two scores in the loss. Xavier has been a freight train so far against second-division competition, outscoring Dubuque Hempstead and Cedar Rapids Jefferson by a combined 79-7. Quinton Scholer has been pinpoint, completing 78 percent of his passes, throwing and running for three touchdowns apiece. Brendan Miller has rushed for 169 yards and a pair of scores.
CEDAR RAPIDS WASHINGTON at CEDAR FALLS
Time and site: 7:15 p.m. Friday, at Cedar Falls (UNI-Dome)
Records and rankings: Washington is 0-2 overall, 0-0 MVC Valley Division; Class 4A No. 7 Cedar Falls is 2-0, 0-0.
Notable: After absorbing a 49-8 loss to Iowa City West, the Warriors tackle their second straight ranked opponent. Paul James still is looking for his first win in his second stint as the Washington coach. He hopes to get more punch out of an offense that has managed just 17 points in two weeks. Reid Snitker has completed 54 percent of his passes for 253 yards; his favorite target thus far has been Landen Akers (6 receptions, 102 yards). Cedar Falls has been stern defensively, allowing 9.5 points per game. The Tigers’ attack has been run, run, run behind Eli Berregaard (333 yards, 3 TDs).
WATERLOO WEST at LINN-MAR
Time and site: 7:15 p.m. Friday, at Linn-Mar Stadium
Records and rankings: West is 1-1 overall, 0-0 MVC Valley Division; Linn-Mar is 0-2, 0-0. Both teams are unranked.
Notable: After a Week 1 punishing, Linn-Mar showed progress last week in a 27-13 loss to Dubuque Senior. This is a game the Lions probably need to get if they’re going to entertain postseason hopes. Ryan Schmidt has thrown for 444 yards in two games, but just one touchdown against three interceptions. Six of Linn-Mar’s top eight tacklers are juniors. West played close to Iowa City High last week before falling, 42-34. The Wahawks upset Senior in Week 1. Running is West’s staple; it has two strong rushers in Alex Young (301 yards) and Lance Dunn (218).
DUBUQUE HEMPSTEAD at CEDAR RAPIDS JEFFERSON
Time and site: 7:15 p.m. Friday, at Kingston Stadium
Records and rankings: Hempstead is 1-1 overall, 0-0 MVC Mississippi Division; Jefferson is 0-2, 0-0. Both teams are unranked.
Notable: It was at this point last year that Jefferson ended a 24-game losing streak, doing it with a 12-7 win over Hempstead. Friday, the J-Hawks would like to repeat the feat (it’s a more modest nine-game skid now) in front of their home fans at Kingston. To do so, they’ll have to ratchet up an offense that hasn’t scored in seven straight quarters. Hempstead appears to be a lot better than last year’s 0-9 outfit; the Mustangs handled Dubuque Wahlert, 41-14, last week.
IOWA CITY HIGH at WATERLOO EAST
Time and site: 7:15 p.m. Friday, at Waterloo
Records and rankings: City High is 1-1 overall, 0-0 MVC Mississippi Division; East is 0-2, 0-0. Both teams are unranked.
Notable: The Little Hawks head to Waterloo for the second straight week and face a Waterloo/Cedar Falls foe for the third week in a row. It’s been a mixed bag so far — a 14-13 loss to Cedar Falls at home and a 42-34 road win over Waterloo West. This figures to be the easiest contest of the three; the Trojans lost a lot of pieces that drove them to respectability the last two seasons. City High’s Xavier Washpun has rushed for 316 yards on 46 carries while Ivan Diaz anchors the defense (he has 19 tackles).
MARION at ANAMOSA
Time and site: 7:30 p.m. Friday, at Anamosa
Records and rankings: Marion is 1-1 overall, 0-0 Class 3A District 6; Anamosa is 0-2, 0-0. Both teams are unranked.
Notable: Anamosa is mired in an 18-game losing streak, and faces an uphill climb against the Indians. Marion handled Mount Pleasant in its opener before taking a 34-7 loss last week against defending 3A state champion Decorah. Trevor Hardman has passed for 231 yards, including 169 (on six receptions) from Quinn Cannoy. Tyler Frasher has rushed for 100 yards for the Raiders.
SPRINGVILLE at CEDAR VALLEY CHRISTIAN
Time and site: 7 p.m. Friday, at LaSalle Middle School
Records and rankings: No. 7 Springville is 3-0 overall, 1-0 Eight-Man District 4; Cedar Valley is 0-1, 0-0.
Notable: This has all the makings to become one-sided in a hurry. Springville has been one of the most dominant eight-man teams in the state so far, winning its three games by a margin of nearly 50 points per contest. Cedar Valley Christian, on the other hand, has played just one game — a 70-6 loss to HLV in a game that lasted just one half. The Orioles handled HLV 58-14 three weeks ago, if you’re into the common-opponents thing. Fourteen of Elias Nissen’s 34 offensive touches have resulted in touchdowns, and Sam Scriver has completed nearly 70 percent of his passes.
CLAYTON RIDGE at MAQUOKETA VALLEY
Time and site: 7:30 p.m. Friday, at Delhi
Records and rankings: Both teams are 2-0 overall, 0-0 Class 1A District 5. Maquoketa Valley is rated No. 8; Clayton Ridge is 10th.
Notable: Alburnett could beg to differ, but the winner of this game probably has the early inside track on the 1A-5 championship. Maquoketa Valley’s Ryan Parmely is the state leader in 11-man football with his 248 rushing yards per game. He is averaging 9.2 yards per carry and has run for four scores. Oh, and if that’s not enough, he leads the team with 26 tackles through two games. Clayton Ridge is more balanced; the Eagles like to throw it behind QB Kohle Helle (484 yards, 7-to-0 TD-to-INT ratio). Three Eagles have netted more than 100 rushing yards, and three have more than 100 receiving yards to their credit.
WILTON at SIGOURNEY-KEOTA
Time and site: 7 p.m. Friday, at Sigourney
Records and rankings: Both teams are 2-0 overall, 0-0 Class 1A District 6. They share the No. 6 ranking.
Notable: The West Branch-Regina showdown isn’t the only high-stakes game in 1A District 6. Two more ranked teams collide at Sigourney. Wilton opened some eyes with a 44-0 blitzing over Louisa-Muscatine, which had been ranked in 2A. Beavers quarterback Tyler Hetzler has been remarkably efficient, completing more than 70 percent of his throws for 427 yards and six touchdowns. Sigourney-Keota’s single wing results in a balanced running attack. Kolton Greiner leads the way with 175 yards and three touchdowns. The Savage Cobras outlasted Pekin, 27-21, last week.
DYERSVILLE BECKMAN at MOUNT VERNON
Time and site: 7:30 p.m. Friday, at Mount Vernon
TV: KCRG 9.2
Records and rankings: Both teams are 1-1 overall, 0-0 Class 2A District 4. Beckman is ranked No. 8.
Notable: Both teams played an ambitious pre-district schedule with mixed results. Beckman split with 3A teams Western Dubuque and West Delaware, while Mount Vernon shrugged off a Week 1 loss to Solon by handling West Liberty last week. Both teams still figure to be in the 2A-4 title mix, making this district opener a biggie. Beckman’s Mitch Steger has rushed for 266 yards, more than 13 per carry. Trey Ryan has rushed for 164 yards for Mount Vernon, with Tommy Hook and Jake Pisarik sharing the QB duties.
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