WEST HIGH (6-1) AT C.R. JEFFERSON (1-6)
* When: 7:15 p.m.
Where: Kingston Stadium in Cedar Rapids.
Last season: West High 71, Jefferson 14.
Summary: West High will try to bounce back from Friday’s loss to City High against a Jefferson team that is just 2-23 in its past 25 games. Jefferson lost its first four games of the season before picking up its lone win against West High’s final regular season opponent, Waterloo East. The J-Hawks enter tonight’s game having dropped two straight to Cedar Rapids rivals Kennedy (35-14) and Washington (14-7). The Trojans have made a living running the football this season, ranking first in Class 4A in rushing yards with 2,048 — better than 292 yards a game. West High has three players with more than 478 yards rushing, led by senior quarterback Nate Boland’s 640 yards. When it comes to stopping the Jefferson offense, the key is stopping senior Layne Sullivan. The 6-foot-2, 190-pound quarterback has directly accounted for just less than 70 percent of the J-Hawks total yards this season with 440 yards rushing and 927 yards passing. Sullivan also has had a hand in nine of Jefferson’s 10 touchdowns. At 6-1, West has its sights set on a high seed in the playoffs that begin Oct. 30.
LINN-MAR (2-5) AT CITY HIGH (6-1)
When: 7:15 p.m.
Where: Bates Field.
Last season: Linn-Mar 33, City High 20.
Summary: Fresh off its upset of then-No. 2 West High, the Little Hawks will look to continue their redemption tour this week against Linn-Mar. After defeating Dubuque Senior and West the previous two weeks, City High will try make it three straight wins against teams it lost to last year tonight against the Lions. City High already has eclipsed last year’s win total and has won six straight games since dropping its opener to Cedar Falls. The Little Hawks come into tonight’s game as the third best team in Class 4A at running the football, averaging better than 263 yards per game on the ground. Senior Xavier Washpun leads the Little Hawks’ ground game, averaging 165 yards per game on the ground to rank third in 4A. The City High ground game could be in for a big night against a Linn-Mar defense that has struggled to stop the run this year. The Lions are allowing opponents to rush for an average of 315 yards per game this season and are coming off a 63-17 loss to Cedar Rapids Prairie in which they gave up 519 rushing yards. Linn-Mar’s top offensive weapon is 6-foot-3 senior receiver Griffin Brennecke, who has racked up 647 yards receiving this season while averaging better than 29 yards per catch and scoring eight touchdowns.
WAPELLO (3-4) AT REGINA (7-0)
When: 7 p.m.
Last season: Regina 35, Wapello 0.
Summary: A week ago, Regina clinched a playoff berth with its 49th straight win, a 45-27 victory over previously unbeaten Wilton. This week, the Regals will go for a district title and consecutive win number 50. Regina received a big boost last week from senior Riley Dixon who returned from an injury to run for 280 yards and three touchdowns in the win over then fourth-ranked Wilton. The Regals have been one of the most balanced offensive teams in Class 1A this season ranking in the top 16 in both rushing and passing yards per game. Through seven games, Regina is averaging 240 yards per game on the ground and 170 through the air while averaging 44 points per game. Despite missing time with injury, Dixon has run for 769 yards and 10 touchdowns. Wapello snapped a four-game losing skid with a 34-6 win over Cardinal last week. Wapello’s offense is led by senior quarterback Alex Rollinger, who ranks sixth in 1A in passing yards per game with 174. Rollinger has completed 61 percent of his passes while throwing for 1,220 yards and 10 touchdowns. Rollinger’s favorite target is Jorge Osornio, who has caught 35 passes for 540 yards.
MARION (3-4) AT CLEAR CREEK AMANA (3-4)
When: 7:30 p.m.
Last season: Marion 27, CCA 0.
Summary: A lot will be on the line tonight in Tiffin as Clear Creek Amana and Marion battle for one of the final playoff spots in Class 3A, District 6. Marion is tied for third in District 6 at 2-2 while CCA is 1-3 in district play, meaning Marion can clinch a spot with a win and the Clippers need a win tonight to keep their playoff hopes alive. Since starting the season 1-3, CCA has won two of its last three including a 48-19 win at Anamosa on Friday. Marion, meanwhile, has dropped three of its last four games after starting the year 2-1. The key for Marion lies on offense, where the Indians have struggled at times this season. Marion has averaged 46 points per game in its three wins, compared with just seven points per game in its four losses and posted just 25 yards of offense in last week’s loss at Solon. The Indians are led by senior quarterback Trevor Hardman, who has thrown for 822 yards and eight touchdowns this season. More than half of those yards have gone to wide out Quinn Cannoy, who has caught 22 passes for 463 yards and seven scores. CCA has had success this season running the football and comes into tonight’s game as the ninth best rushing team in Class 3A at better than 267 yards per game. Senior running back Jon Nzombo leads CCA way with 677 yards and six touchdowns.
DANVILLE (2-5) AT LONE TREE (5-2)
When: 7 p.m.
Where: Lone Tree.
Last season: Lone Tree 68, Danville 14.
Summary: Lone Tree has won four straight games since a 45-14 setback to WACO on Sept. 13 and will try to keep that streak going against a Danville team that has lost four straight. Since its loss to WACO, Lone Tree has averaged 36 points per game and has held all four of its opponents to 20 points or fewer. Sophomore Jared Hudson leads Lone Tree with 767 yards rushing and 11 touchdowns and ranks in the top 20 in Class A in rushing yards. Danville hasn’t won since Sept. 13, when they downed Winfield-Mount Union 27-22, and is coming off a 41-34 loss to Highland on Friday. Grant Samples leads Danville with 390 yards rushing and six touchdowns.
WEST BURLINGTON/NOTRE DAME (3-4) AT MID-PRAIRIE (5-2)
When: 7:30 p.m.
Last season: Mid-Prairie 49, West Burlington-Notre Dame 0.
Summary: Coming off a hard-fought 12-10 loss to Class 2A No. 5 and defending state runner-up Mediapolis last week, Mid-Prairie is looking to get back on the winning track and cement itself as one of the most dangerous two-loss teams in 2A. Sandwiched between a season-opening loss to Class 3A No. 7 Washington and last week’s loss to Mediapolis, Mid-Prairie won five straight games by an average of 24 points. The Golden Hawks will face a West Burlington/Notre Dame squad that has lost three straight games since starting the year 3-1. West Burlington/Notre Dame has allowed opponents an average of 54 points per game during its three-game losing skid. The West Burlington/Notre Dame offense is led by the quarterback and receiver combination of Brant Wrede and Xavier Williams. Wrede ranks seventh in Class 1A in passing with 1,137 yards, while Williams ranks fourth in receiving yards with 551.
WEST BRANCH (5-2) AT EDDYVILLE- BLAKESBURG (5-2)
When: 7 p.m.
Last season: West Branch 62, Eddyville-Blakesburg 24.
Summary: Another week, another tough matchup for West Branch. The Bears will be facing their fifth opponent of the season that has won at least five games tonight when they face an Eddyville-Blakesburg squad that, like West Branch, has suffered losses only to Wilton and Regina. Both teams have had success running the ball this season. Eddyville-Blakesburg averages 223 yards per game on the ground, while West Branch has averaged 179 rushing yards per game, led by senior running back Michael Gould’s 820 yards and 14 touchdowns. The difference in this one could be West Branch’s ability to throw the football. West Branch quarterback Lucas Lamont has thrown for 1,160 yards and 11 scores while completing 63 percent of his passes. Meanwhile, Eddyville-Blakesburg has attempted only 48 passes this season and completed 19 for 332 yards. Cory Archer leads the Rockets with 565 rushing yards and four touchdowns.
WEST LIBERTY (4-3) AT MONTICELLO (4-3)
When: 7:30 p.m.
Last season: West Liberty 31, Monticello 6.
Summary: West Liberty steps out of district play tonight for a trip to Monticello before wrapping up district play Oct. 25 against Mid-Prairie. The Comets have won four of their last five games after starting the season with back-to-back losses and will look to keep that momentum going against a Monticello team that also has rebounded from a slow start to the season. Despite not having an individual ranked in the top 35 rushers in Class 2A, West Liberty still ranks as the 12th best team in 2A in running the ball, at better than 245 yards per game. West Liberty has four players with at least 199 yards rushing this season led by quarterback Brett Becker with 542 yards and eight touchdowns. Monticello is led by Tanner Felton, who has run for 640 yards and 12 touchdowns this season.
LISBON (5-2) AT HIGHLAND (4-3)
When: 7 p.m.
Last season: Lisbon 35, Highland 7.
Summary: This game has all the makings of a shootout as two of the top offenses in Class A will be on display in this one. Highland enters the game ninth in Class A in total offense at 364 yards per game, while Lisbon is right behind at 354 yards per game. The Huskies have had success through the air this season and rank fourth in Class A in passing behind quarterback Kody Wood. Wood has thrown for 979 yards and 10 TDs while completing 58 percent of his passes and also has run for a team-high 626 yards and seven scores. Lisbon comes into tonight’s game as hot as any team in Class A. After dropping their first two games of the season, the Lions have won five straight by an average of 51 to 4. Tyler Svatosch leads Lisbon with 550 yards rushing and 10 touchdowns and averages 9.2 yards per carry.