Five for Friday: Top-ranked Xavier faces big challenge

Five for Friday: Top-ranked Xavier faces big challenge

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Five for Friday: Top-ranked Xavier faces big challenge

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In the last one and a half seasons, Cedar Rapids Xavier’s football team has gone 17-1.
Xavier is 4-0 this fall after a 13-1 finish last year. The team’s defense has been dominant, giving up seven points all season and shutting out its last three foes.
Tonight’s game at Cedar Rapids Kennedy could be the toughest challenge so far for Xavier. Kennedy (3-1) has a strong offense that has rolled up more than 800 yards rushing (Miles Moa has run for 324 yards). Derek Jacobus has passed for 345 yards and three touchdowns.
Will Xavier’s momentum continue? Or will Kennedy be the team that pins the first regular-season loss on Xavier since 2011? Stay tuned.
Here are four more great games:
Waukee (3-1) vs. Des Moines Roosevelt (3-1) at Drake Stadium: I can’t resist the curiosity factor here. Waukee is ranked No. 6 and is accustomed to success. The only loss on the team’s record is a season-opening defeat to Valley. But Roosevelt starting 3-1 doesn’t happen often. The big difference this fall has been the emergence of running back Clyde McGregor, who has rushed for 503 yards and seven touchdowns. Fans can watch another great back for Waukee. Trevor Allen, this week’s Shining Star, has rushed for 603 yards and nine TDs.
West Delaware (4-0) at Decorah (4-0): Defending state champ Decorah has won 16 straight games and is ranked fourth in Class 3-A. Despite graduating a lot of talent from last year, the Vikings have been solid on defense and steady, if not spectacular, on offense. No. 10 West Delaware of Manchester has a spectacular passing game. Brent Lammers has thrown for 805 yards and 10 touchdowns.
North Polk (4-0) at West Marshall (4-0): Here’s another case of two unbeatens. No. 2 West Marshall of State Center has racked up more than 1,300 yards of rushing offense. Duncan Ferch has run for more than half of that total along with 11 touchdowns. No. 9 North Polk has continued the sports momentum after the summer’s state runner-up baseball season. Cole Jackson, a key player for the baseball squad, has passed for 463 yards and six touchdowns. Pretty good arm for pitching baseballs and footballs.
Exira-EHK (4-0) at Glidden-Ralston (4-0): No. 1-ranked Exira-EHK has averaged nearly 50 points a game this season. Drew Peppers has rushed for 674 yards and 15 touchdowns and leads the team in tackles with 40. Glidden-Ralston is ranked No. 5 and has a defensive star in Adam Ewoldt, who already has 51 tackles, eight for losses.

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