1. Bettendorf (6-1, LW: 1)

The Bulldogs can lock up their 20th consecutive playoff berth with a win over Iowa City High, marking the second longest active streak in the state behind West Des Moines Valley. Bettendorf has outscored its three district opponents 156-30 and has had 13 different players score touchdowns this year. 

This week: vs. Iowa City High (2-5)

2. North Scott (6-1, LW: 3)

Coach Kevin Tippet's team can earn at least a share of the district title and secure a first-round home playoff game with a victory Friday. Quarterback Nile McLaughlin rushed for 253 total yards in the first five games but has registered more than 200 in the last two outings. 

This week: at Dubuque Senior (6-1)

3. Moline (5-2, LW: 4)

The Maroons have won more than five games in a season only once since 2008. They can accomplish that along with securing an outright Western Big Six title with a triumph over Alleman. Quarterback Eric Maffie accumulated 142 yards in last week's victory over Quincy. 

This week: at Alleman (5-2)

4. Pleasant Valley (5-2, LW: 2)

The Spartans don't entirely control their own destiny in making the playoffs but have a very good opportunity to be in the Class 4A field of 16 with wins over Hempstead and Dubuque Senior. PV had a season-high three turnovers and scored a season-low 14 points in the loss to North Scott.

This week: vs. Dubuque Hempstead (3-4)

5. Alleman (5-2, LW: 5)

The Pioneers, seeking a sixth win for the first time since 2013, can earn a share of the Western Big Six crown with a win over rival Moline. Defense is the biggest reason for Alleman's improvement. It has allowed 21 or fewer points five times this year. That happened only once in 2016.

This week: vs. Moline (5-2)


Prep sports editor, with emphasis on covering the Mississippi Athletic Conference and Iowa area high schools. I've been in sports journalism for 17 years, the last five at the Quad-City Times.