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Game of the Week
2A No. 3 South Tama (6-0) @ 2A No. 5 Williamsburg (5-1)
A couple of touchdowns might be enough to capture this non-district dandy.
South Tama has been downright nasty on defense, allowing a scant eight points. The Trojans have posted five straight shutouts behind Cody Kellogg (four interceptions) and Bailey Chyma (28 tackles, three INTs).
Jerry Lowe has done the heavy lifting in the backfield, with 928 yards and 17 touchdowns.
Williamsburg beat the Trojans twice last year — 28-20 in the regular season and 17-7 in the playoffs.
The Raiders can defend too; they're allowing 8.3 points per game, which rates third in 2A. Derek Greiner has 52 tackles to his credit.
Quarterback Vic Malloy has passed for 1,065 yards and 11 TDs.
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Waterloo East (0-6) @ 4A No. 4 Cedar Rapids Kennedy (6-0): This has all the appearances of a mismatch. Kennedy's defense has taken center stage in the past four weeks, allowing just three touchdowns in that span. Tyler Dralle has been durable (31 carries per game) and effective (he's second in 4A in rushing with 1,019 yards and five touchdowns). East has lost 25 straight games and has been outscored 104-13 in its first two district games.
Dubuque Hempstead (5-1) @ Iowa City West (1-5): Despite the 1-5 record, a district championship certainly remains a possibility for West, which has battled the state's toughest schedule through the first six weeks. Quarterback Alex Henderson is third in 4A with 1,391 passing yards; he has thrown for 10 touchdowns. Hempstead is on a five-game win streak, but none of those victories have come against teams with winning records.
Pleasant Valley (4-2) @ Dubuque Senior (3-3): Since a pair of losses to top-five teams, PV has rolled past two Davenport schools by a combined 88-20. Senior hopes to provide a stiffer test in this non-district meeing. Lee Bonifas is the Rams' leading passer and rusher with a combined 12 touchdowns.
Burlington (1-5) @ Iowa City High (4-2): After missing the playoffs last year, City High can nail down a return trip if it defeats the Grayhounds. The Little Hawks are on a four-game win streak, including last week's 28-21 triumph over Cedar Rapids Prairie. Jason Jones is fifth in Class 4A in receiving yards, with 635 on 37 receptions (with seven touchdowns). Burlington has had troubles scoring; its 11.0 points per game ranks 43rd of the 46 teams in 4A.
3A No. 2 West Delaware (6-0) @ DeWitt Central (1-5): The big one comes next week for West Delaware against fellow unbeaten Independence. It's tough to imagine DeWitt Central spoiling that matchup, as only Crestwood has managed to come within 20 points of the Hawks thus far, and that was a 28-15 result. Coy Roussell has already racked up 1,281 yards (9.2 per carry) and 16 touchdowns on the ground this season.
Solon (3-3) @ Maquoketa (4-2): The schedule lightens up for the Spartans following a 2-3 start that dropped them out of the rankings. Maquoketa is no slouch, though, and is tied with Solon and Dubuque Wahlert in the loss column for second in District 4. With Xavier seemingly steaming ahead, this game could help determine which other team will have first-round home field advantage.
Dubuque Wahlert (2-4) @ 3A No. 3 Cedar Rapids Xavier (5-0): Xavier already has a playoff berth stashed away, and a win Friday would wrap up the district championship. The Saints' last three wins have been convincing behind the running of Maliki Wilson (609 yards, seven touchdowns this season), the passing tandem of Bryce Schulte (921 yards, 14 TDs) and Nick Stark (14 catches, 340 yards, seven TDs) and the always-stout defense, which is allowing 11.4 points per game. Wahlert is probably in the playoffs with one more win, but it's unlikely to come this week.
2A No. 4 Anamosa (6-0) @ 2A No. 6 Mount Vernon (5-1): Anamosa is the district champion if it picks up a road win. Mount Vernon, on the other hand, would take sole possession of the district lead, but still has a stern challenge ahead in Week 9 at Tipton. Anamosa has scored 40 points or better in the last five games. Four different backs have 250 yards or more, while Kyle Shepanski leads the defense with 26.5 tackles and three interceptions. Mount Vernon has a potent pitch-catch tandem in Drew Adams (1,060 yards, 11 touchdowns) and Connor Herrmann (33 catches, 458 yards, five TDs).
Oelwein (1-5) @ Center Point-Urbana (3-3): In what is one of the strongest districts in the state, the Stormin' Pointers and Huskies find themselves below the playoff line at the beginning of Week 7. A win would put either in contention for a bid in District 4.
Waverly-Shell Rock (3-3) @ Vinton-Shellsburg (2-4): These two teams are a combined 5-1 in non-district play but have each lost to the top three teams in the District 3 standings. That makes this game a must-win for a shot at a playoff spot. With Charles City and Crestwood still on both teams' schedules, they control their own destiny for the final spot beginning Friday.
West Marshall (2-4) @ 1A No. 1 Iowa City Regina (6-0): Regina finally has a true test on the horizon — next week at home against 3A power Cedar Rapids Xavier. As for Friday, the Regals figure to keep on humming. They have scored 50-plus games in their last five games. Regina has won 19 consecutive games and 75 of its last 76. Nathan Stenger has combined for 18 touchdowns — 10 passing, eight rushing. Nick Phillips and Michael Conlon both have intercepted four passes.
West Central (2-5) @ Cedar Valley Christian (1-5): Since a season-opening victory over Harmony, Cedar Valley Christian has given up 305 total points in five straight defeats. West Central needs a win to keep pace in the District 4 playoff race, as the Blue Devils sit tied for sixth with Springville, one game back of Central City and Lansing Kee.
Lansing Kee (2-4) @ Springville (2-5): This is a game with playoff implications, as Kee holds a one-game lead over Springville in a tie for fourth in District 4. The Orioles prevailed against Central City last week behind Athlete of the Week finalist Henry Hoogland, who rushed 30 times for 262 yards and five touchdowns.
Capsules by Jeff Linder and Nathan Ford, The Gazette
Friday Night Lights Live Schedule
|Oct. 9||South Tama @ Williamsburg|
|Oct. 16||Cedar Falls @ Cedar Rapids Kennedy|
|Oct. 22||Linn-Mar @ Cedar Rapids Jefferson|
|Oct. 23||West Deleware @ Decorah|
|Nov. 12, 13, 14||Semifinals|
|Nov. 19, 20||Championships|