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GAME OF THE WEEK

Jefferson at Linn-Mar

7:15 p.m., Linn-Mar Stadium

A 63-28 win over Waterloo West last week clinched a Class 4A district title for seventh-ranked Linn-Mar. Jefferson beat Waterloo East, 35-0, to keep its playoff hopes alive.

The quarterback matchup (pictured above) between Jeff's Jesse Furrow (1,178 rushing and passing yards, 12 TDs) and Linn-Mar's Ryan Schmidt (1,412 yards, 26 TDs) is intriguing. Schmidt accounted for seven touchdowns (three rush, four pass) against West.

OTHER GAMES TO WATCH

Decorah at West Delaware

7:30 p.m., Manchester, KCRG 9.2.

Class 3A, District 3 is a jumbled mess, but this game will clarify a lot of things.

WD is in the playoffs, despite a 10-0 loss last week to Independence, with the health of quarterback Brent Lammers (injury) and running back Coy Roussell (illness) questions. Decorah last missed the playoffs in 2007.

Anamosa at Cascade

7:30 p.m., Cascade

The winner of this game is the 2A-4 champion, the loser its runner-up.

It's been an incredible turnaround season for Anamosa, which ended a 26-game losing streak in Week Two. The Blue Raiders' only loss was in the opener to 1A qualifier North Cedar, by three points in overtime.

Cascade quarterback Derek Lieurance has had an incredible season (79-percent completions, 2,252 yards, 24 touchdowns, one interception. How will Anamosa handle him? We'll find out.

MORE COVERAGE

Ottumwa at C.R. Prairie

7:15 p.m., John Wall Field

Prairie must win and get some help to qualify for the postseason. Senior running back Keagan Pinter needs 79 yards to get 1,000 for the season. Two of Ottumwa's three losses have been by six points or less, including one in double-overtime.

Marion at C.R. Xavier

7:15 p.m., Saints Field

Xavier is in the Class 3A playoffs, Marion out. The Saints still have a shot at a district championship. They have lost two of three, including last week to 1A top-ranked Iowa City Regina, 21-7. Marion Coach Tony Perkins still needs one victory to tie the school's all-time career record.

Waterloo West at C.R. Kennedy

7:15 p.m., Kingston Stadium

You can debate the merits of a 1-7 team still having a shot at the playoffs, but that's the deal for Kennedy, which can get in with a win here. The Cougars have lost a lot of close games, including last week at Cedar Falls, 21-20, when a fourth-quarter two-point attempt was stuffed.

Center Point-Urbana at Dyersville Beckman

7:30 p.m., Dyersville

These teams are both in the 2A playoffs but fighting for the District 3 crown. Beckman has posted five shutouts defensively, including three in the last four games. CP-U has rebounded from a two-game losing streak to win its last two games.

Muscatine at City High

7:15 p.m., Bates Field

The last time the Little Hawks didn't quality for the postseason was 2002. A win here gets them into the playoffs, as does an Ottumwa win at Prairie.

Pleasant Valley at I.C. West

Seventh-ranked Linn-Mar racked up 554 total yards and was a 8-for-8 on offensive drives as it rolled to a 63-28 win over Waterloo West Friday at Memorial Stadium. Kennedy came back from a 14-point halftime deficit, but gave up some big plays late.