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Week 6 Eastern Iowa high school football preview

Kennedy faces Washington at Kingston on Friday in a critical 4A meeting

Marion's JuCorey Higgins (23) eludes Center Point-Urbana's Max Chesmore (right) during the Indians' 24-21 win last week. Marion hosts Maquoketa on Friday. (Rebecca F. Miller/The Gazette)
Marion's JuCorey Higgins (23) eludes Center Point-Urbana's Max Chesmore (right) during the Indians' 24-21 win last week. Marion hosts Maquoketa on Friday. (Rebecca F. Miller/The Gazette)

Week 6 area capsules for Cedar Rapids Metro/Iowa City and select area high school football games:

Davenport North at Iowa City High

Site and time: 7:15 p.m. Friday, at Bates Field

Records and rankings: North is 4-1 overall, 1-0 Class 4A District 4; City High is 2-3, 0-1.

Overview: North has been one of the big surprises in Class 4A behind a defense that had held four of its first five opponents to 10 points or less. Brant Carter leads that unit with 39 tackles, and freshman Cade Sheedy has three interceptions to his credit. City High suffered a tough loss to Muscatine last week, 46-17, and hopes to play the spoiler’s role this week. Junior RB Tonka Hickman has rushed for 514 yards.

 

 

North Scott at Iowa City Liberty

Site and time: 7:15 p.m. Friday, at North Liberty

Records and rankings: No. 4 North Scott is 4-1 overall, 1-0 Class 3A District 5; Liberty is 2-3, 0-1.

Overview: It’s another first for Liberty — a homecoming with a varsity football game. School officials certainly didn’t give the Lightning a pushover for the occasion; North Scott is a threat to go deep into the 3A playoffs after moving down a class this year. Lancers QB Nile McLaughlin has passed for 920 yards, and has not thrown an interception in 107 throws this season. Kaleb Williams leads Liberty’s attack with 446 rushing yards, 6.0 per carry.

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Cedar Rapids Kennedy vs. Cedar Rapids Washington

Site and time: 7:15 p.m. Friday, at Kingston Stadium (Washington is the home team, and its fans are assigned to the west bleachers)

Records and rankings: Kennedy is 3-2 overall, 1-0 Class 4A District 5; Washington is 2-3, 0-1.

Overview: It’s highly possible that we’ll look back in four weeks and say that the winner of this game qualified for the playoffs and the loser did not. Kennedy enjoyed a nice bounce-back last week, 47-7 over Davenport West. Kennedy’s backfield duo of Cairron Hendred and Max White has combined for 828 rushing yards, while Cade Parker’s 57 tackles ranks second in 4A. Washington lost 35-0 to Bettendorf last week, and probably needs to run the table to make the postseason.

 

 

Iowa City West at Linn-Mar

Site and time: 7:15 p.m. Friday, at Linn-Mar Stadium

Records and rankings: No. 7 West is 4-1 overall, 1-0 Class 4A District 4; Linn-Mar is 1-4, 0-1.

Overview: West owns a three-game winning streak and will be a solid favorite through the remainder of the regular season. The Trojans have been successful behind a passing duo of Marcus Morgan and Joey Kuehn, who have combined for more than 1,000 aerial yards. Jalen Gauden (19 catches, 544 yards) leads the receiving corps. Linn-Mar is more competitive than its record indicates. Three of the Lions’ four losses have come by a total of eight points, and the Lions are allowing a very respectable 16.8 points per game.

 

 

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Dubuque Wahlert at Cedar Rapids Xavier

Site and time: 7:15 p.m. Friday, at Saints Field

Records and rankings: Wahlert is 0-5 overall, 0-1 Class 3A District 4; No. 1 Xavier is 5-0, 1-0.

Overview: Expect the trend of one-sided Xavier victories to continue this week. The Saints rank second offensively in 3A with 44.6 points per game, and their defense (4.4 allowed per contest) is No. 1. Bryson Bastian has intercepted three passes this fall, one for a touchdown, and Kyle Krezek leads the Saints with 27 tackles. Quarterback Quinn Schulte has passed for 10 touchdowns and has run for 11. The Saints’ biggest game of the season is next week, at home vs Western Dubuque.

Cedar Rapids Jefferson at Cedar Falls

Site and time: 7:15 p.m. Friday, at Cedar Falls (UNI-Dome)

Records and rankings: Jefferson is 1-4 overall, 1-0 Class 4A District 3; No. 3 Cedar Falls is 5-0, 1-0.

Overview: Jefferson pulled a big surprise last week, tripping Waterloo West 21-19 for its first win of the season behind Jacob Thompson’s 157 rushing yards. The J-Hawks share first place in the district with Cedar Falls and Cedar Rapids Prairie, but this will be a big, big challenge. Cedar Falls is one of just four remaining unbeatens in 4A and yields only 6 points per game. Offensively, the Tigers are led by the passing tandem of Cael Loecher and Logan Wolf.

Cedar Rapids Prairie at Dubuque Hempstead

Site and time: 7:15 p.m. Friday, at Dubuque (Dalzell Field)

Records and rankings: No. 10 Prairie is 4-1 overall, 1-0 Class 4A District 3; Hempstead is 1-4, 0-1.

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Overview: Despite the disparity in records, this might be a closer game than you’d think. Prairie is rolling along offensively behind 1,000-yard rusher Keegan Simmons, but the Hawks can’t look too far ahead to their Week 9 showdown with Cedar Falls quite yet. Hempstead is a tough team to figure — the Mustangs walloped Cedar Rapids Washington 55-10 in Week 2 and took Bettendorf to the wire the following week, but is coming off a 39-0 loss to Cedar Falls.

Maquoketa at Marion

Site and time: 7:15 p.m. Friday, at Thomas Park Field

Records and rankings: Maquoketa is 0-5 overall, 0-1 Class 3A District 4; Marion is 2-3, 0-1.

Overview: After outlasting Center Point-Urbana 24-21 last week, Marion has the opportunity to put a string of wins together (the Indians follow this week’s game with 0-5 Dubuque Wahlert next week) before the schedule gets tough again in the final two weeks. Despite missing some time with injury, Trevor Paulsen has compiled 924 passing yards. Mitch McAllister has 22 catches for 360 yards. Maquoketa is trying to end a 16-game losing streak.

South Hardin at Iowa City Regina

Site and time: 7 p.m. Friday, at Regina

Records and rankings: Both teams are 2-3 overall, 1-0 Class 1A District 6

Overview: Regina snapped a rare two-game losing streak by handling East Marshall, 28-0, and is favored to win soundly again this week. Regals receiver Alec Wick is third among 1A competitors with 30 receptions (for 384 yards). South Hardin has followed an 0-3 start with two consecutive wins. Tanner Lawrence ran for 176 yards and two touchdowns last week in a victory over Jesup.

Iowa Valley at English Valleys

Site and time: 7 p.m. Friday, at North English

Records and rankings: No. 5 Iowa Valley is 5-0 overall, 4-0 8-Player District 4; English Valleys is 4-1, 3-1.

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Overview: Two of the top three scoring teams in the 8-player game collide, with English Valleys averaging 66 points per game, Iowa Valley 62.4. English Valleys’ four wins this season surpasses the total of the three previous seasons combined (3-26), but the Bears’ schedule takes a turn for the tougher, starting this week. Cooper Andreassen has been the workhorse in the backfield, netting 791 yards on 88 carries, including 16 touchdowns. Iowa Valley spreads the wealth a bit more, with Ben Smith leading the way with 510 yards and 10 TDs.

Washington (Iowa) at Solon

Site and time: 7:30 p.m. Friday, at Solon

Records and rankings: Washington is 3-2 overall, 1-0 Class 3A District 6; No. 4 Solon is 5-0, 1-0.

Overview: 3A District 6 can also be called “Solon and the Southeast Conference,” and Solon is expected to be the cream of the crop. The Spartans opened league play with a 49-6 ambush of Fort Madison behind a balanced attack; Adam Bock accounted for three touchdowns. The Spartans have won 21 straight regular-season games. Washington is on a three-game win streak, including a 28-6 pounding of Keokuk last week.

 

 

Belle Plaine at BGM

Site and time: 7 p.m. Friday, at Brooklyn

Records and rankings: Belle Plaine is 3-2 overall, 0-1 Class A District 6; No. 9 BGM is 5-0, 1-0.

Overview: Every game is going to be a battle in A-6, where a favorite has not yet been determined. BGM can lay claim to the role of frontrunner as much as anyone; the Bears tipped Highland 31-22 last week to stay perfect. Noah Beck has rushed for 598 yards and 12 touchdowns. Belle Plaine is talented in the backfield as well, led by Trevin Straight (553 yards, 10 TDs). BGM’s 9.2 ppg allowed is second-best in Class A.

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