Previews of Friday's football games involving CIML schools

Previews of Friday's football games involving CIML schools

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Previews of Friday's football games involving CIML schools

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Mason City at Fort Dodge
Where: Dodger Stadium, 7 p.m.
About Mason City (0-3): It took nine games for Mason City to complete 79 passes last season, and senior quarterback Matt Meyer is already 68-of-134 passing in this campaign. The change in philosophy hasn’t changed that the Mohawks are still playing from behind, struggling on both lines in last week’s 56-20 loss to Waukee.
About Fort Dodge (1-2): After seeing potent offenses on the opposite sideline for two weeks, the Dodgers displayed their own last week. Quarterback Andrew Stover threw four touchdowns and sophomore Sam Cook rushed for 149 yards against Marshalltown — the highest total in nearly two full years.
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D.M. Hoover at Council Bluffs Thomas Jefferson
Where: Council Bluffs Stadium, 7 p.m.
About Hoover (1-2): Putting 49 points up on rival Des Moines North marked Hoover’s highest scoring output in the past five years. Receivers Nic Snider and Kalen Toliver turned Brock Larsen’s throws into big plays, and that opportunity should exist again as 101 points have been scored on Jefferson in the past two weeks.
About C.B. Jefferson (1-2): The Yellow Jackets had a week to forget against Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln. Junior quarterback Jason Wallace threw four interceptions in a 63-14 loss, and is completing just 40 percent of his passes this season. A chance to bounce back would double as Jefferson’s second win over a Des Moines school.
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Dowling Catholic at Urbandale
Where: Frerichs Field, 7 p.m.
About Dowling (3-0): Exerting physical force like few other teams in the state, the Maroons have averaged 285 yards rushing per game against Southeast Polk, Valley and Ankeny. Traveling to Urbandale is a last high hurdle before divisional play; Dowling plays only one more road game.
About Urbandale (3-0): The J-Hawks have turned the start of the season into a track meet, and Johnston managed to make it a close race last week. The offensive and defensive lines face their toughest challenge so far in the Maroons. Big plays in the pass game, including a 77-yard touchdown pass to Allen Lazard led Urbandale past Dowling last season.
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D.M. East at D.M. Lincoln
Where: Hutchens Stadium, 7:30 p.m.
About East (1-2): The ball has stayed in Chino Alcala’s hands, for better or worse, and the junior quarterback has made strides. Coming up short against Ottumwa with 22 pass attempts and 15 rushes, the Scarlets will likely seek to get playmakers like Greg Hatchett and Jaylin James more involved.
About Lincoln (0-3): Despite more than 100 yards rushing from senior Alex Seakor, the Railsplitter offense didn’t score against Roosevelt last week. The defense controlled big plays for the first time this season, and will have to duplicate that effort against East’s spread attack.
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D.M. Roosevelt at D.M. North
Where: Grubb Stadium, 7:30 p.m.
About Roosevelt (2-1): As the only team in Class 4-A with a winning record averaging less than five yards per play — 3.9 to be exact — the Roughriders continue their fortuitous nondivisional run. Running back Clyde McGregor continues plugging away and will be looking for his sixth career 100-yard rushing game.
About North (0-3): Shymere Williams was one of few bright spots for the Polar Bears in last week’s loss to Hoover, racking up more than 150 yards of rushing and receiving. Roosevelt will enforce the run game against North’s defensive front. The Polar Bears are allowing 185 rush yards per game.
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Ankeny Centennial at W.D.M. Valley
Where: Valley Stadium, 7:30 p.m.
About Centennial (2-1): Offense hasn’t been a problem for the Jaguars, but the defense gave up late rushing touchdowns in last week’s loss to Ames. Playing Johnston and Ames’ speedy attacks in back-to-back weeks has resulted in over 900 yards of total offense allowed.
About Valley (1-2): Another 100-yard rushing game for Tyus Mason, another loss. The Tigers struggled in the waning moments against Southeast Polk, and Centennial offers no relief in terms of pressure and coaching. Valley plays just one home game in the divisional schedule.
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Ames at Marshalltown
Where: Leonard Cole Field, 7 p.m.
About Ames (3-0): The Little Cyclones are 3-0 for the first time since 2005, but it took them a late rally last week to remain unbeaten. Ames overcame a 16-point deficit late in the third quarter to beat Ankeny Centennial 34-30. Ames boasts the leading passer (Sam Straub), rusher (Clifford Kwaw-Mensah) and receiver (Alex Brammer) in Class 4-A through the first three weeks.
About Marshalltown (0-3): The Bobcats are dealing with a multi-layered problem. Their defense is surrendering 419 yards per game and their offense is producing just 165. They’ve turned the ball over six times in the last two games. They gave up four rushing touchdowns two weeks ago against Waukee and four passing touchdowns last week against Fort Dodge.
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Indianola at Ottumwa
Where: Schaefer Field, 7:30 p.m.
About Indianola (3-0): The Indians are off to a 3-0 start for the second straight season after clipping Council Bluffs Lewis Central 21-20 last week when the Titans missed a 32-yard field goal with three seconds remaining. Indianola has had at least one back rush for more than 100 yards in each game. Cameron Bunting leads the team with 355 yards rushing and three touchdowns.
About Ottumwa (2-1): The Bulldogs used two fourth-quarter touchdown runs last week by Shane Frazier to rally past East 22-14. Ottumwa outgained East 277-150 on the ground and Isaiah Cox carried 29 times for 214 yards for the Bulldogs. Linebacker Chris Peden collected nine tackles, including two for loss, running his team-high total to 26 stops on the season.
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Ankeny at Southeast Polk
Where: Southeast Polk Stadium, 7:30 p.m.
About Ankeny (1-2): The Hawks spotted Dowling a four-touchdown lead in the first quarter last Friday and spent the rest of the night trying to recover in a 42-14 loss. Through three games, Ankeny hardly looks like a team built for overcoming deficits. The Hawks have accumulated 802 yards this season, but 412 came in a win against winless Lincoln. Ankeny will try to get its offense going when first-year coach Brad Zelenovich returns to Southeast Polk, where he was the offensive coordinator last year for the Rams.
About Southeast Polk (1-2): The Rams have made sizeable gains each week thus far against three ranked opponents, going from getting blown out against Dowling Catholic and losing a shootout to Ames to beating Valley last week on a 37-yard field goal by Carter Wright with four seconds remaining. Their first-year starting quarterback has demonstrated improvement, too. Nick Arnold completed 15-of-25 passing last week for 231 yards and a touchdown.
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Johnston at Waukee
Where: Waukee Stadium, 7:30 p.m.
About Johnston (1-2): The Dragons have scored 39 and 40 points in their last two games and still lost both as they surrendered 51 against Ankeny Centennial and 50 last week against Urbandale. Johnston gave up 988 yards during those two defeats. On the flipside, the Dragons are developing into one of the area’s top offenses. Quarterback Mike Mahanna is seventh in Class 4-A with 637 yards passing and receiver Andrew Heuss leads 4-A with six touchdown catches.
About Waukee (2-1): After losing the opener at Valley, the Warriors bounced back by beating up Marshalltown and Mason City by a collective 118-26 margin. All-state running back Trevor Allen ran for seven touchdowns during those two games and the past two outings vaulted Waukee up to fourth in 4-A in scoring. The Warriors have also collected seven takeaways during the past two weeks, including a pair of interception returns for touchdowns.
— Andy Hamilton and Chris Cuellar

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