A dozen key area football games for Week 3:
IOWA CITY WEST at CEDAR RAPIDS KENNEDY
Time and site: 7:15 p.m. Thursday, at Kingston Stadium
Records and rankings: Class 4A third-ranked West is 2-0 overall, 0-0 MVC Mississippi Division; Kennedy is 0-2, 0-0.
Notable: West brings the highest-scoring offensive outfit in Class 4A into Kingston; the Trojans are averaging 55.5 points per contest and are coming off a 62-37 win over Cedar Rapids Washington, a team that beat Kennedy, 17-6, in Week 1. West QB Nate Boland has completed 36 of 49 passes for 571 yards and five touchdowns; his favorite targets are Dondre Alexander (12 catches, 260 yards) and Jeremy Morgan (nine for 111). Kennedy sits at 0-2 for the third straight season after dropping a 41-33 decision to Cedar Rapids Prairie last week. Alex Hillyer ranks third among 4A rushers, at 349 yards.
CEDAR RAPIDS XAVIER at CEDAR RAPIDS PRAIRIE
Time and site: 7:15 p.m. Friday, at John Wall Field
Records and rankings: Both teams are 2-0 overall, 0-0 MVC Valley Division. Xavier is ranked No. 8 in Class 4A.
Notable: Two games pit 4A unbeatens against each other, and this is one of them (the other is Ankeny at West Des Moines Dowling). Xavier has been dominant through two weeks, winning by a combined 97-7, but those triumphs have come against Dubuque Hempstead and Cedar Rapids Jefferson, both of whom are 0-2. Quarterback Reggie Schulte is the most efficient quarterback in 4A, posting a rating of 276.0 (20 of 26, 365 yards, seven touchdowns, one interception), and Cal Stovie has developed into an explosive running back. Speaking of explosive, Prairie put up 34 first-half points last week capped by a marvelous 90-yard kickoff return by DeMetrius Harper in a 41-33 win over Cedar Rapids Kennedy. Harper caught 13 passes last week, and Jace Hanna passed for 333 yards. Craig Jelinek, who retired as Prairie's coach following the 2010 season, is now a volunteer assistant at Xavier.
IOWA CITY REGINA at WEST BRANCH
Time and site: 7 p.m. Friday, at West Branch
Records and rankings: Both teams are 2-0 overall, 0-0 Class 1A District 6. Regina is ranked No. 1; West Branch is fifth.
Notable: Mentor Butch Pedersen tangles with pupil Marv Cook in one of the area's biggest games of the week. Cook was an all-state player at West Branch, from which is graduated in 1984. He went on to the University of Iowa, then the NFL, and now coaches at Regina. The Regals have won two straight Class 2A state titles before dropping to 1A this season, and carries a 30-game winning streak. Regina blasted Solon, 31-7, last week. Mark Ward has passed for 356 yards and six touchdowns while Riley Dixon has rushed for 326 yards. Regina's 3.5-point defensive average is tied for second in the state in 1A. The Regals will be tested by a West Branch attack spearheaded by Cade Jones (373 yards, 6 TDs, 11.0 yards per carry). Pedersen is two wins away from 250 for his career.
CEDAR FALLS at CEDAR RAPIDS WASHINGTON
Time and site: 7:15 p.m. Friday, at Kingston Stadium
Records and rankings: Class 4A fifth-rated Cedar Falls is 2-0 overall, 0-0 MVC Valley Division; Washington is 1-1, 0-0.
Notable: After playing so well in the opening week against Cedar Rapids Kennedy, Washington's defense sprung a leak in a 62-37 loss to Iowa City West, surrendering 48 first-half points. The Warriors try to bounce back behind the ground attack led by Mitch Bredeson (264 yards) and Mitch Blades (217 yards, 10.9 yards per carry). Cedar Falls is unbeaten, but had to work in both of their victories. Jake Buck has rushed for 201 yards and four touchdowns.
WATERLOO EAST at IOWA CITY HIGH
Time and site: 7:15 p.m. Friday, at Bates Field
Records and rankings: Both teams are 1-1 overall, 0-0 MVC Mississippi Division.
Notable: After pushing Cedar Falls hard before bowing 30-20 last week, East gets another shot an established program. Based on common opponents, this could be a relatively even matchup. Cedar Falls beat City High 28-14 in Week 1, then the Little Hawks rebounded to whip Waterloo West last Friday. East quarterback Desmond VanArsdale has rushed for 191 yards and passed for 392.
ANAMOSA at MARION
Time and site: 7:30 p.m. Friday, at Thomas Park Field
Records and rankings: Anamosa is 0-2 overall, 0-0 Class 3A District 6; Marion is 1-1, 0-0.
Notable: Marion came back down to earth last week, suffering a 35-0 defeat to top-ranked Decorah, and is heavily favored to rebound. Trev Beiry leads the Indians with 136 rushing yards and a pair of touchdowns. Anamosa remains a pass-happy outfit, and receiver Josh Schulte has 11 receptions for 119 yards.
LINN-MAR at WATERLOO WEST
Time and site: 7:15 p.m. Friday, at Waterloo
Records and rankings: Both teams are 0-2 overall, 0-0 MVC Valley Division.
Notable: Is it too early to call this a must-win for Linn-Mar? Probably not, if the Lions are to turn things around and reach the postseason. Linn-Mar led a victory opportunity slip away last week, dropping a 39-36 overtime decision at Dubuque Senior. Quarterback Rhys Davis has developed into the Lions' top running threat, netting 239 yards on the ground. West's losing streak has reached 15 games, but Dequayvious Martin is a threat running and catching the ball.
CEDAR RAPIDS JEFFERSON at DUBUQUE HEMPSTEAD
Time and site: 7:15 p.m. Friday, at Dubuque
Records and rankings: Both teams are 0-2 overall, 0-0 Mississippi Division.
Notable: Most likely, this is Jefferson's best chance to earn a victory this season. The J-Hawks got stung 49-0 last week against Cedar Rapids Xavier, but the schedule softens drastically this week. Hempstead is coming off a 21-20 overtime loss to Dubuque Wahlert.
SOUTH WINNESHIEK at SUMNER-FREDERICKSBURG
Time and site: 7:30 p.m. Friday, at Sumner
Records and rankings: Both teams are 2-0 overall, 0-0 Class 1A District 4. South Winneshiek is ranked No. 7.
Notable: Four teams from 1A-4 got through the pre-district portion of their schedules unscathed (defending state champion Saint Ansgar and North Fayette are the others), and two of them meet in the first league showdown. South Winn's offense has been flying high, putting up 48 points in each of its first two games. Garrett Bohach has been remarkable, completing 15 of 18 passes for 543 yards (36.2 yards per completion. Sumner-Fredericksburg counters with a defense that has allowed seven points in two games.
WESTERN DUBUQUE at WEST DELAWARE
Time and site: 7:30 p.m. Friday, at Manchester
Records and rankings: Both teams are 1-1 overall, 0-0 Class 3A District 5.
Notable: If Decorah is indeed the heavy favorite to win the district, this game could go a long way toward deciding the runner-up. West Delaware has its typical strong running game, led by Ryan Dudak (353 yards, 5 TDs) and Tim Tutton (249 yards). The Bobcats haven't generated much offense yet, a touchdown apiece in their first two games. There's a common opponent here: Western Dubuque beat Dyersville Beckman, 7-6, while the Blazers edged West Delaware, 30-26.
MOUNT VERNON at DYERSVILLE BECKMAN
Time and site: 7:30 p.m. Friday, at Dyersville
Records and rankings: Both teams are 1-1 overall, 0-0 Class 2A District 4.
Notable: It's too early to say that Mount Vernon is back, but it's safe to mention that the Mustangs are on their way. They led Solon at halftime in Week 1 before falling, then handled a respectable West Liberty team last week. A 2A state semifinalist in 2011, Beckman has split a pair of close games against good 3A competition. Grant Hammann has passed for 339 yards; his favorite target is Mitch Steger (19 catches, 218 yards).
CASCADE at MONTICELLO
Time and site: 7:30 p.m. Friday, at Monticello
Records and rankings: Both teams are 1-1 overall, 0-0 Class 2A District 4.
Notable: A potential early swing game in 2A-4, which appears to have five teams chasing four playoff berths. Alec Hoffman has carried the load on the ground for Cascade, piling up 344 rushing yards and three touchdowns. Tanner Felton has run for 275 yards and 3 TDs for Monticello.
OTHER GAMES INVOLVING METRO/IOWA CITY TEAMS
Cedar Valley Christian (0-2 overall, 0-1 Eight Man District 4) at Springville (2-0, 1-0), 7 p.m. Friday, KCRG-TV 9.2