A dozen key area football games for Week 6:
CEDAR RAPIDS WASHINGTON at CEDAR RAPIDS XAVIER
Time and site: 7:15 p.m. Friday, at Saints Field
Records and rankings: Washington is 2-3 overall, 2-1 MVC Valley Division; Class 4A No. 1 Xavier is 5-0, 2-0.
Notable: After last week’s miracle finish (two touchdown passes from Reid Snitker to Isaiah Nimmers in the final 1:01 to beat Waterloo West), Washington will need a Herculean effort to topple the Saints. Xavier has posted four straight shutouts and has allowed a 4A-best seven points this season. Brendan Miller (559 rushing yards, 6 touchdowns) and Quinton Scholer (484 passing yards, 8 TDs) have been the top offensive weapons. Washington has won two straight games after starting 0-3. Snitker has passed for 614 yards and rushed for 261.
CEDAR RAPIDS PRAIRIE at CEDAR FALLS
Time and site: 7:15 p.m. Friday, at Cedar Falls (UNI-Dome)
Records and rankings: Prairie is 2-3 overall, 1-1 MVC Valley Division; Cedar Falls is 4-1, 2-1.
Notable: Prairie snapped a three-game losing streak last week, dropping Dubuque Wahlert 27-0, and looks to close the regular season with a flourish. Mitch Christensen rushed for a career-high 229 yards and three touchdowns, and the Hawks’ defense kept Wahlert off the scoreboard. Christensen has 582 yards this season. Cedar Falls had its biggest offensive night of the season last week, handling Linn-Mar, 56-28. Eli Berregaard has rushed for 732 yards and 10 touchdowns.
CEDAR RAPIDS KENNEDY at CEDAR RAPIDS JEFFERSON
Time and site: 7:15 p.m. Friday, at Kingston Stadium (Jefferson is the home team; its fans sit on the west side)
Records and rankings: Kennedy is 3-2 overall, 1-1 MVC Mississippi Division; Jefferson is 1-4, 1-2.
Notable: Jefferson snapped a 10-game losing streak last week, 37-20, over Waterloo East. Layne Sullivan topped 150 yards in both rushing and passing, and Nick Rocha drilled three field goals. But Kennedy is a different level of competition than East. The Cougars will be eager to get their offense back on track after failing to score last week against Cedar Rapids Xavier (though they’re certainly not alone in that regard). Kennedy’s Tristan Christopher is fifth in the MVC in tackles, with 49.
DUBUQUE HEMPSTEAD at IOWA CITY WEST
Time and site: 7:15 p.m. Friday, at Trojan Field
Records and rankings: Hempstead is 3-2 overall, 2-1 MVC Mississippi Division; Class 4A No. 3 West is 5-0, 2-0.
Notable: Hempstead heads to Iowa City for the second straight week; the Mustangs hung with Iowa City High before falling 27-24 last week. As for West, its the second straight Dubuque opponent; the Trojans survived Senior, 32-20, in Week 4. West’s Nate Boland in sixth in 4A passing efficiency; he has completed 63 percent of his passes for 796 yards and seven touchdowns (with no interceptions). Hempstead’s Matt Zenner has rushed for 733 yards and eight TDs.
IOWA CITY REGINA at ALBURNETT
Time and site: 7:30 p.m. Friday, at Alburnett
Records and rankings: Class 1A No. 1 Regina is 5-0; Alburnett is 2-3.
Notable: Regina steps out of district play for a matchup with the Pirates, who have dropped three straight games after a promising start. The Regals have strung together five straight dominating performances and have run their winning streak to 47, which ranks third all-time in Iowa. Quarterback Drew Cook has completed two-thirds of his passes for 782 yards and seven touchdowns. Alburnett loves the passing game; Alec Philipp is third in 1A in aerial yards (1,046) with 11 touchdowns and eight interceptions.
IOWA CITY HIGH at DUBUQUE SENIOR
Time and site: 7:15 p.m. Friday, at Dubuque (Dalzell Field)
Records and rankings: City High is 4-1 overall, 3-0 MVC Mississippi Division; Senior is 1-4, 0-2.
Notable: The Battle for the Boot is a week away, and the Little Hawks would be well advised to keep it out of their minds because Senior is a team desparate for a victory if it is to reach the playoffs. City High’s Xavier Washpun ranks second in Class 4A rushing (890 yards, with 10 touchdowns). The Little Hawks have won four straight games after a season-opening loss, including a dramatic 27-24 win over Dubuque Hempstead last week. Senior may have played its best game of the season last week, competing with Iowa City West in a 32-20 loss.
SOUTH WINNESHIEK at NORTH FAYETTE VALLEY
Time and site: 7:30 p.m. Friday, at West Union
Records and rankings: Fourth-ranked South Winn is 5-0 overall, 3-0 Class 1A District 4; No. 10 North Fayette Valley is 5-0, 2-0.
Notable: The most prolific offense in Class 1A tangles with the most testy defense: South Winn is averaging 50.8 points per game while North Fayette Valley is allowing 4.0. The TigerHawks love to run, run, run … and it’s possible they could have multiple 1,000-yard rushers by season’s end. Josh Mackey has accumulated 762 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns, and Derrick Kuehner has added 543 yards and 6 TDs. Both are juniors. South Winn is a little more run/pass diverse. Quarterback Garrett Bohach is the primary weapon; he has thrown for 982 yards and 11 touchdowns while running for 572 yards and six more scores.
UNION at WAUKON
Time and site: 7:30 p.m. Friday, at Waukon
TV: KCRG 9.2
Records and rankings: No. 9 Union is 4-1 overall, 2-0 Class 2A District 3; No. 1 Waukon is 5-0, 3-0.
Notable: Union fell from the list of unbeatens with a 30-21 upset loss to Cascade last week, and the Knights need an upgrade in play to bounce back. Waukon has steamrolled through its first five opponents by a margin of 241-19, but there’s a catch. Those five opponents have a combined record of 2-23. Union represents the beginning of a season-ending four-game grind, led by University of Iowa recruit Jay Scheel (874 passing yards, 13 TDs). Marcus Weymiller has rushed for 477 yards for Waukon; Jacob Ronan has three interceptions while Glyeb Ewing has posted a team-high 39 tackles (10 for loss).
WILLIAMSBURG at WASHINGTON (Iowa)
Time and site: 7:30 p.m. Friday, at Washington
Records and rankings: No. 7 Williamsburg is 4-1 overall, 3-0 Class 3A District 7; No. 9 Washington is 4-1, 2-0.
Notable: Book it — the winner of this game will win the 3A-7 championship. These teams are miles above the rest of the pack. Both teams have kicked around their district foes so far (Williamsburg 171-36 in three games, Washington 107-23 in two), and that’s likely to resume after this week. Williamsburg QB Jacob Donohoe has passed for 762 yards and 10 touchdowns, with Aaron Schultz (17 catches, 365 yards, 8 TDs) the primary target. Washington prefers the running game behind Alex Coker, who has rushed for 493 yards and nine touchdowns.
EASTON VALLEY at SPRINGVILLE
Time and site: 7 p.m. Friday, at Springville
Records and rankings: Easton Valley is 3-1 overall, 3-0 8-Man District 4; No. 5 Springville is 6-0, 4-0.
Notable: Both of these teams are on the cusp of clinching 8-man playoff berths, and Springville would clinch a spot – and take control of the title race — with a victory. The Orioles have been a wrecking crew through their first six games; their 66.7 points per game is second in the eight-man game, and their 7.0 ppg allowed is No. 1. Elias Nissen has accounted for 31 touchdowns (25 rushing, three receiving, three returns), and his 188 points in tops in the state in 8-man. Easton Valley is in Year 1 after the Preston/East Central merger. The River Hawks suffered their first loss last week, 72-24 to Don Bosco.
TIPTON at NORTH CEDAR
Time and site: 7:30 p.m. Friday, at Stanwood
Records and rankings: Tipton is 3-2 overall, 2-0 Class 1A District 5; North Cedar is 5-0, 3-0.
Notable: North Cedar has made the area’s most drastic turnaround after suffering through an 0-9 campaign last year. Friday, the Knights will try to avenge a 77-18 loss suffered at the hands of the Tigers in 2012. Knights QB Jayden Johnson leads 1A in passing yards, with 1,069, and owns a 17-to-1 TD-to-INT mark. Jacob Hay has 29 catches for 412 yards and six TDs, Derrick Gray has 572 rushing yards and eight scores, and the defense is allowing just 6.8 points per game. Tipton counters with Chandler Harden, the third-leading 1A rusher with 904 yards (and 11 touchdowns).
MEDIAPOLIS at WEST LIBERTY
Time and site: 7:30 p.m. Friday, at West Liberty
Records and rankings: No. 5 Mediapolis is 5-0 overall, 2-0 Class 2A District 5; West Liberty is 3-2, 3-0.
Notable: Last year’s 2A state runner-up, Mediapolis hasn’t missed a beat. The Bulldogs face their two toughest opponents in the next two weeks (they go to Mid-Prairie in Week 7). They remain potent after the graduation of quarterback Jesse Ertz (now at Kansas State); Drew Foster has passed for 826 yards and eight touchdowns. West Liberty has reaped dividends of a tough pre-district schedule, winning three straight games. Two of them (42-40 against Louisa-Muscatine and 31-28 vs. Central Lee) went to the wire.
OTHER METRO/IOWA CITY GAMES:
* Dubuque Wahlert (2-3 overall, 0-2 MVC Valley Division) at Linn-Mar (1-4, 1-2), 7:30 p.m. Friday
* Benton Community (2-3 overall, 2-1 Class 3A District 6) at Marion (2-3, 1-1), 7:30 p.m. Friday
* Cedar Valley Christian (0-4 overall, 0-3 8-Man District 4) at Midland (1-4, 1-3), 7 p.m. Friday
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