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GAME OF THE WEEK

CRW 44, ICW 19

There was a belief on the Cedar Rapids Washington coaching staff before the season started that the offense would be multiple receivers, shotgun formation and wide open.

But a funny thing happened. Ground and pound began working and working great.

So that's what the Warriors stuck with, and they are running all the way to the UNI-Dome. Tavian Patrick rushed for 176 yards and a touchdown, and Johnny Dobbs added 122 and three scores as top-ranked Washington rolled past Iowa City West, 44-19, in a Class 4A playoff quarterfinal Friday night at Kingston.

Washington gets No. 2 Bettendorf in a battle of physical 12-0 teams next Friday in Cedar Falls. May the best rushing attack win.

“I've been surprised a little bit because at the start of the season, we were looking at maybe running some spread more, like we did last year,” said Washington Coach Paul James. “But we did so well in our “21” set, our regular right and left, that we just stayed with it and got better and better.”

OTHER GAMES TO WATCH

Takeaway-happy Albia denies Williamsburg

ALB 9, WILL 7

Albia's ball-hawking secondary struck again.

The seventh-rated Blue Demons forced eight turnovers — including five interceptions to add to their state-leading total — and edged No. 3 Williamsburg, 9-7, in a Class 2A football playoff quarterfinal Friday night at D.F. Miller Field.

“Our guys are aggressive, they're in really good condition, we two-platoon, and they get in the weight room so they're strong in the fourth quarter,” said Albia Coach Jerry Staton, who celebrated his 73rd birthday with a repeat trip to the UNI-Dome.

HLV knocks off another top-5 team

HLV 36, ELK 28

The No. 6 HLV football team was no stranger to a challenge headed into Friday night's quarterfinal game at No. 5 Elkader Central.

HLV has faced three Top 5 teams this season, including No. 2 Janesville on Monday. Those tests set them up to spoil the dream season in Elkader, reaching the UNI-Dome for the first time since 2006 with a 36-28 8-man quarterfinal win.

“They fight, they work, they don't quit,” HLV Coach Kevin Smith said. “We bend, we bend, we bend, but we don't break.

MORE COVERAGE

Bruised Xavier headed to UNI-Dome

CRX 27, WD 17

Cedar Rapids Xavier will take that 57-minute drive up the aptly named Avenue of the Saints, back to the UNI-Dome again. No. 8 Xavier overcame injuries and bruises to beat No. 7 West Delaware, 27-17, in an Class 3A quarterfinal last night at Saints Field.

Cook's passing propels Regina

ICR 56, CD 14

Central Decatur dared Drew Cook to pass by jamming the line. The Iowa City Regina senior took advantage. Cook threw for a career-high 407 yards and four touchdowns — including 215 yards and three scores to Nathan Stenger — in Regina's 56-14 victory over Central Decatur last night in a Class 1A quarterfinal at Regina Stadium.

North Fayette Valley rallies past New Hampton

NFV 26, NH 24

After getting thoroughly out-executed in the first half, fourth-ranked North Fayette Valley scored 19 unanswered second half points to defeat New Hampton 26 to 24 and advance to a Class 2A semifinal next week at the UNI-Dome.

Quarterfinal roundup

South Winn, Beckman, headed to the Dome, and more.