Cedar Rapids Kennedy (8-3) at Cedar Rapids Xavier (10-1)
Radio:KGYM-AM (1600), KMRY-AM (1450)
Notable:These teams played in the regular season, with Xavier winning handily, 24-0. Kennedy was held to 74 total yards. The Saints have posted seven shutouts, including a pair in the playoffs: 45-0 over Clinton and 34-0 over Iowa City High. Kennedy is almost exclusively a running team, with Miles Moa accounting for 1,436 yards and 11 TDs. You’d think QB Derek Jacobus would have to pass some for the Cougars to move the football. Brendan Miller has 1,323 yards and 16 touchdowns rushing for Xavier.
Solon (10-1) at Decorah (11-0)
Notable:Two traditional powers. Decorah has won 25 games in a row, including a 40-24 second-round playoff win Monday night over Maquoketa. Quarterback Bryce Pierce threw for 163 yards and a touchdown and led the Vikings in rushing as well, with 96 yards and three scores. Holt Johansen, Decorah’s leading rusher, did not play and is out for the rest of the season with a broken ankle. Solon has won nine straight after a Week 2 loss to Iowa City Regina. That includes a 49-20 stomping of West Delaware in the second round. Quarterback Jacob Black has accounted for 30 TDs rushing and throwing.
Washington (10-1) at Pella (11-0)
Notable:These clubs met in Week 2, with Pella scratching out a 14-7 victory. Washington has rolled off nine straight wins since then, all by at least 25 points. The Demons smashed Oskaloosa in the second round Monday, 42-7, behind 209 rushing and passing yards and two TDs from quarterback Daryn Seibelius. Running back Alex Coker has 1,301 yards and 28 total TDs this season. Pella shutout Williamsburg in the second round, 14-0. The team’s quarterback (Noah Clayberg) and leading rusher (Nathan Henry) are both sophomores.
Waukon (10-1) at New Hampton (11-0)
Notable:Another rematch from the regular season, a very recent one. New Hampton stunned then-No. 1 Waukon in Week Nine, 19-14. Quarterback Cole McDonald completed 10 of 13 passes in that game for 187 yards and two TDs. The 14 points were the fewest Waukon has scored in a game this season. The Indians are coming off an impressive 48-14 second-round playoff win at Dyersville Beckman. Marcus Weymiller rushed for 169 yards and two TDs, while quarterback Parker Hesse had 275 passing and rushing yards and five TDs.
>South Winneshiek (9-2) at North Fayette Valley (10-1)
Radio: KCTN-FM (100.1)
Notable:North Fayette Valley won the regular-season game, 44-34, in early October, and that was when South Winn had its starting quarterback. Garrett Bohach broke his arm in a 76-0 win over MFL/Mar-Mac late in the regular season and has been replaced by sophomore Logan Schweinefus, who has 12 TD passes in just 50 attempts. The Warriors surprised second-ranked Dike-New Hartford in the second round, 36-17. NFV shutout Nashua-Plainfield, meanwhile, 28-0. Josh Mackey and Derrick Kuehner have combined to rush for 2,600-plus yards for NFV.
Iowa City Regina (11-0) at Maquoketa Valley (11-0)
Notable:Regina’s win streak shot up to 53 with a 35-3 second-round win over Clayton Ridge. Quarterback Drew Cook continued his very good junior season with 141 yards passing and a touchdown. There’s no question what MV will try to do offensive: run Ryan Parmely a lot and hope to shorten the game. Parmely has 2,402 yards rushing (second in the state) and 23 touchdowns. Parmely had 249 yards on 40 carries in a 35-27 second-round win over Wilton.
Pekin (9-2) at BGM (11-0)
Notable:Yet another rematch, as these teams played to conclude the regular season, with BGM picking up a 19-7 win at home. The Bears beat Lynnville-Sully, 35-7, Monday night in the second game those clubs played this season. BGM still leads 11-player teams by averaging 59 points per game. Running back Jack Kline has scored 44 TDs. Pekin’s other loss was to Class 1A Sigourney-Keota, 27-21. The Panthers outscored Lone Tree and Lisbon by a combined 70-6 margin in their two playoff games thus far.
Springville (11-0) at Don Bosco (11-0)
Notable:The 8-Player game everyone on this side of the state has been looking forward to. Springville’s close game came in the second round of the playoffs, a 68-36 win over Easton Valley. Elias Nissen is “The Man” for Springville, with 2,136 and 48 TDs rushing. He has 53 touchdowns overall. Don Bosco beat Northwood-Kensett in Round Two by a 48-20 margin. The Dons are led by senior quarterback Jake Hogan, who has accumulated 3,151 yards passing and rushing and 55 TDs.