The Register’s Chris Cuellar and John Naughton and the Iowa City Press-Citizen’s Ryan Murken weighed in on the top games around Iowa. Here are their picks for the Week 2 winners. (Make sure you make your picks in our survey at the bottom.)
Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn at Coon Rapids-Bayard
CHRIS CUELLAR: Coon Rapids Bayard: Youth is not a problem for the Crusaders. Juniors Sam Obert and Brandon Riley can score enough to pick up another win.
RYAN MURKEN:Coon Rapids-Bayard. Both teams cruised last week with big offensive showings; defensive stops a key in Week 2.
JOHN NAUGHTON: Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn. Both teams won lopsided openers.
Davenport Assumption at Cedar Rapids Xavier
CHRIS CUELLAR: Cedar Rapids Xavier: The Saints will have to sort out any season opener issues in a hurry against a hungry Assumption squad.
RYAN MURKEN:Cedar Rapids Xavier. Season-opener for Saints after week one game against Dowling was washed out by weather.
JOHN NAUGHTON: Cedar Rapids Xavier. Xavier starts after its opener was rained out.
Sioux City Heelan at Central Lyon/George-Little Rock
CHRIS CUELLAR: Central Lyon/George-Little Rock: The Lions put up a fight last year in Sioux City, and a deep, physical roster means they can do one better in Rock Rapids.
RYAN MURKEN: Sioux City Heelan. Defending 3A runner-up Heelan opened with impressive win over 4A Sioux City East.
JOHN NAUGHTON: Sioux City Heelan. Heelan opened with a win over 4A Sioux City East
Pella at Dallas Center-Grimes
CHRIS CUELLAR: Pella: This Little Hawkeye game handily gave DCG its only loss of the 2014 regular season. The reigning 3A champs roll until proven otherwise.
RYAN MURKEN: Pella. Two of the best in 3A meet in early season blockbuster.
JOHN NAUGHTON: Pella. Pella extends unbeaten streak against good DCG team.
Des Moines East at Des Moines North
CHRIS CUELLAR: Des Moines East: The Scarlets’ spread run attack has talented options, as evidenced by Jaron Turner and Brandon Trotter in the opener.
RYAN MURKEN: Des Moines East. East rushed for 284 yards in week one win over Roosevelt.
JOHN NAUGHTON: Des Moines East. Scarlets win in state’s longest continuous series.
Audubon at IKM-Manning
CHRIS CUELLAR: IKM-Manning: The Wolves won’t be stifled like they were in a 7-6 win in Week 1, although the Wheelers and star Jake Mulford should keep it close.
RYAN MURKEN: Audubon. Both teams earned hard-fought week one wins. Audubon wins another tight one.
JOHN NAUGHTON: IKM-Manning. Wolves need to stop Audubon rushing game.
Bettendorf at Iowa City High
CHRIS CUELLAR: Bettendorf: Splitting time with two senior quarterbacks will be fine for the Bulldogs if they can move the ball.
RYAN MURKEN: Bettendorf. Bulldogs a little too much for shorthanded Little Hawks.
JOHN NAUGHTON: Bettendorf. Bulldogs had a strong offensive showing in opener.
Council Bluffs St. Albert at Treynor
CHRIS CUELLAR: Council Bluffs St. Albert: The Class A power should be riding high after beating 4A city rival Thomas Jefferson last week.
RYAN MURKEN: Council Bluffs St. Albert. St. Albert rolled up 380 yards and 45 points in opener at Thomas Jefferson.
JOHN NAUGHTON: Council Bluffs St. Albert. St. Albert scored 45 points in its first game.
Earlham at Van Meter
CHRIS CUELLAR: Earlham: Two completed passes went for two touchdowns in Earlham last week. That’s a nice complement to a powerful run game.
RYAN MURKEN: Van Meter. Plenty of offense in this one after teams combined for 100 points in week one.
JOHN NAUGHTON: Earlham. This one could go either way.
Southeast Polk at Waukee
CHRIS CUELLAR: Waukee: Both teams are desperate for a win before playing the West Des Moines powers in Week 2. The Warriors will clean up enough for the home debut.
RYAN MURKEN: Waukee. Key early season matchup with both teams coming off opening week losses to ranked teams.
JOHN NAUGHTON. Waukee. Both teams trying to rebound from losses.