Tonight's prep football games

Tonight's prep football games


Tonight's prep football games



* When: 7:30 p.m.

Where: Dalzell Field in Dubuque.

Last season: Senior 21, City 0.

Summary: Being held scoreless against the Rams last season might have been the low point for City, which won only four games and failed to make the playoffs in 2012. City already has matched its win total from last season, winning four games in a row since losing to Cedar Falls 14-13 in the season opener. City’s most recent win wasn’t easy, though, with the Little Hawks nipping Dubuque Hempstead 27-24 at Bates Field. Star halfback Xavier Washpun led the way with 222 rushing yards against Hempstead. Washpun is the second leading rusher in Class 4A with 890 yards and 10 touchdowns. City also features one of the most versatile players in the state in 6-2, 215-pound senior Jake Leohr. He has made significant contributions at tight end, running back, outside linebacker and as a punter. Senior is coming off what coach Dale Ploessl said was its best game of the season, even though it resulted in a 32-20 loss to West High. The Rams are led by one of the top offensive linemen in the state in senior Lucas LeGrand, who has made a verbal commitment to Iowa.


When: 7:30 p.m.

Where: Trojan Field.

Last season: West 76, Hempstead 28.

Summary: West has faced more resistance in its last two games after cruising to victories in the first three. The Trojans used their power rushing attack to defeat Dubuque Senior 32-20 last Friday. Micah Kelsay, a 6-2, 215-pound senior fullback pounded his way for 122 rushing yards and scored three touchdowns against Senior. Friday’s victory came a week after West withstood Linn-Mar’s upset bid, winning 21-14. Hempstead had won three games in a row before losing at City by three points last Friday. The Mustangs’ other loss was against top-ranked Cedar Rapids Xavier 35-7 in the season opener. Hempstead is the only team to score on Xavier this season.


When: 7 p.m.

Where: Alburnett.

Last season: Regina 54, Alburnett 20.

Summary: A victory would extend Regina’s winning streak to 48 games. That would be the third longest winning streak in state history, trailing only Waterloo East (55 games) and Harlan (49 games). Regina is tied with Dowling Catholic and Anamosa for the third longest winning streak at 47 games. Star halfback Riley Dixon missed the last two games because of an ankle injury, but it didn’t matter as Regina pounded Cardinal 51-0 last week and Eddyville-Blakesburg 42-12 the week before.


When: 7 p.m.

Where: DeWitt.

Last season: Central DeWitt 30, CCA 14.

Summary: It’s still too early to bury either of these teams’ playoff hopes, but time is running out with only three regular-season games left after tonight. The Clippers have lost four games in a row under first-year coach and former Iowa linebacker Matt Hughes, and it took them three overtimes to win their only game, a 44-41 victory over Independence in the season opener. DeWitt Central will try to bounce back from a 35-14 loss to Solon on Friday at home. The Sabers fell to 1-4 with the loss. However, two of the losses were games that DeWitt Central actually won but had to forfeit for using an ineligible player.

ANAMOSA (0-5) AT SOLON (4-1)

When: 7:30 p.m.

Where: Spartan Stadium.

Last season: Solon 56, Anamosa 0.

Summary: Take away the 38-0 loss to Regina in week two and the Spartans have outscored their four other opponents by a 153-42 margin. Solon is coming off a 35-14 victory at DeWitt Central on Friday in a game that matched Solon coach Kevin Miller against his younger brother Mike Miller. Solon has rushed for 1,423 yards and scored 16 touchdowns in five games. The Spartans have the seventh highest rushing total in Class 3A, whereas Anamosa has rushed for only 619 yards in five games and is averaging just 3.3 yards per carry as a team. Solon quarterback Jacob Black has just 2 fewer rushing yards (617) than Anamosa has as a team. Anamosa hasn’t won a game this season after finishing 0-9 last season.


When: 7:30 p.m.

Where: West Liberty.

Last season: Mediapolis 56, West Liberty 21.

Summary: West Liberty has won three games in a row, but extending the streak to four will be a daunting task. Mediapolis is undefeated this season and is coming off a 2012 season in which it finished runner-up to Spirit Lake in Class 2A, losing 17-15 in the title game. These teams last met in the 2012 playoffs, with Mediapolis winning 42-7 in the second round. Mediapolis was hit hard by graduation, losing several key players from last year’s team, most notably QB/DB Jesse Ertz, who now attends Kansas State on a football scholarship. The Bulldogs have a balanced attack on offense with 1,074 rushing yards and 828 passing yards. West Liberty has rushed for 1,154 yards in five games this season.


When: 7 p.m.

Where: Winfield.

Last season: Lone Tree 55, Winfield-Mount Union 8.

Summary: Lone Tree junior QB Nick Viner is coming off what he called the most fun he ever had playing in a football game. His fun came at the expense of rival Highland on Friday. Viner threw three touchdown passes covering 74, 85 and 30 yards and also ran for two touchdowns from 81 and 27 yards during the 39-20 victory. Winfield-Mount Union also defeated Highland this season, but by a much closer score of 32-30 on Sept. 20. Lisbon crushed Winfield-Mount Union 49-6 Friday.


When: 7 p.m.

Where: Wellman.

Last season: Mid-Prairie 35, Columbus 0.

Summary: Mid-Prairie defeated Tipton 21-14 Friday to extend its winning streak to four games, its only blemish a 35-14 loss to Class 3A Washington (4-1) in the season opener. Senior QB Reid Miller has passed for 664 yards and fellow senior Eesaa Baylor leads a balanced ground attack with 349 rushing yards. Despite its losing record, Columbus has out-rushed Mid-Prairie by 68 yards as a team — 992 to 924 — and both teams have similar passing statistics. Sophomore Maurico Ramirez leads Columbus in rushing with 620 yards, which ranks sixth in Class 2A.


When: 7 p.m.

Where: Riverside.

Last season: Highland 66, Van Buren 14.

Summary: The Huskies will try to bounce back from Friday’s 19-point loss to Lone Tree against a Van Buren squad that already has surpassed its two victories from last season. The Warriors have rushed for 1,132 yards and scored 10 rushing touchdowns in five games this season. Highland has rushed for 989 yards and scored 14 touchdowns in five games. The Huskies have an edge in passing behind senior Kody Wood, whose 796 passing yards are the second most in Class A.

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