Prep football

Davenport Assumption's Justus Burke (7) on a kick return during the second quarter of their high school football game at Thomas Park Field in Marion on Friday. The Knights open the postseason Friday at Cedar Rapids Xavier.

Stephen Mally, The Gazette

The high school football playoffs are here in Iowa.

After nine weeks of the regular season, we have whittled it down to 96 schools — 16 in each of the six classifications.

There are three Quad-City metro programs still playing — Bettendorf and North Scott in Class 4A along with Davenport Assumption in 3A.

What can you expect in Friday's opening round?

Here is a detailed breakdown on each of the three games ...

Class 4A playoffs

Iowa City West (7-2) at No. 5 Bettendorf (7-2)

When: Friday, 7 p.m.

Where: TouVelle Stadium, Bettendorf

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At stake: Winner advances to quarterfinals Nov. 4 against Waterloo West (8-1) or Cedar Rapids Prairie (8-1). If Bettendorf wins, Bulldogs would host Waterloo West or travel to Prairie. If Iowa City West wins, it would travel regardless of opponent.

BCMoore’s take: Bettendorf by 15

Previous meetings: This is the fifth game between the schools in the past four years. Bettendorf has won the previous four, including 48-20 and 43-18 victories last season.

Iowa City West’s season:

def. Southeast Polk 42-17

def. Muscatine 31-27

def. Cedar Falls 17-10

lost to Iowa City High 20-7

lost to Cedar Rapids Prairie 39-20

def. Burlington 59-7

def. Cedar Rapids Kennedy 24-10

def. Linn-Mar 50-7

def. Ottumwa 63-14

Iowa City West’s stat leaders: Passing — Evan Flitz 96-143-4, 1,247 yards, 12 TDs. Rushing — Devontae Lane 64-562, 9 TDs. Receiving — Oliver Martin 59-907, 10 TDs; Traevis Buchanan 15-212; Lane 14-138, 4 TDs. Tackles — Max Brown 55, Cole Mabry 42, Dillon Shephard 35.5. Tackles for loss — Shephard 15.5, Brown 10. Interceptions — Lane 5, Martin 2. Kicking — Lucas Karwal 31-34 PATs, 5-7 FGs (36 long); Evan Hermiston 22 punts, 38.3 average

Scouting the Trojans: West was the runner-up in District 8 behind Cedar Rapids Prairie. Receiver Oliver Martin has not made a college commitment but has more than 15 Division I offers, including Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Oregon, Wisconsin and Iowa. The 6-foot, 190-pounder is the first 4A player in Iowa prep football history to record 200 receptions and 3,000 yards receiving in a career. In his previous four games against Bettendorf, he has hauled in 28 catches for 345 yards and six touchdowns. The Trojans moved senior Devontae Lane from receiver to tailback after Matthew Huff went down with a season-ending injury. Lane rushed for 215 yards and two scores against Prairie. West is averaging 40.8 points per game in its seven wins compared to just 13.5 in its two defeats.

Bettendorf’s season:

lost to West Des Moines Valley 49-13

def. Assumption 55-0

lost to Cedar Rapids Washington 28-27 (OT)

def. Pleasant Valley 23-13

def. Muscatine 44-16

def. Clinton 36-16

def. Davenport North 38-0

def. Iowa City High 44-7

def. Davenport Central 45-7

Bettendorf’s stat leaders: Passing — JMichael Young 86-157-1, 982 yards, 9 TDs. Rushing — Keegan Glaus 139-1,029, 14 TDs; Young 96-690, 8 TDs; Nijel McIntosh 59-294, 4 TDs. Receiving — Suni Lane 39-628, 7 TDs; Ben Wilson 22-191, TD. Tackles — Jacob Durkin 58, Glaus 52.5, Mason Morris 31.5, Jatten Kuhrt 31. Tackles for loss — Cameron Maxfield 12, Tucker Schoenfelder 9, Durkin 7.5, Glaus 7. Interceptions — Josiah Graves 2, Lane 2, Blake Rollinger 2, Glaus 2. Kicking — Justin Wehr 26-29 PATs, 4-7 FGs (37 long); Wehr 16 punts, 30.9 average; Ryan Fall 14 punts, 37.6 average.

Scouting the Bulldogs: Since losing to West Des Moines Valley and Cedar Rapids Washington in the first three weeks of the season, Bettendorf has won six straight — all by double figures. The Bulldogs are fourth in 4A in total offense (390.3 yards per game) behind an athletic QB in Young, an athletic receiver in Lane, a bruising back in Glaus and a dominant offensive line. Glaus is one of seven tailbacks in 4A with more than 1,000 yards rushing. Bettendorf’s defense has allowed only two touchdowns in the past four games. Maxfield, a 270-pound senior, anchors the defensive front. Coach Aaron Wiley’s program, beginning its quest for an eighth state-sanctioned title, has reached the semifinal round each of the past three seasons.


No. 10 Iowa City High (7-2) at North Scott (5-4)

When: Friday, 7 p.m.

Where: Lancer Stadium, Eldridge

Twitter: @QCVarsity

At stake: Winner advances to quarterfinals Nov. 4 against Cedar Rapids Washington (8-1) or Western Dubuque (7-2). If North Scott wins, Lancers would host. If City High wins, it would host Western Dubuque or travel to Cedar Rapids Washington.

BCMoore’s take: City High by 14

Previous meetings: This marks first game between these schools in 10 years. City High upended North Scott 28-7 in the opening round of the 2006 playoffs.

Iowa City High’s season:

def. Linn-Mar 26-6

def. Pleasant Valley 19-17

lost to Ames 30-27 (OT)

def. Iowa City West 20-7

def. Clinton 49-28

def. Davenport Central 49-20

def. Muscatine 36-28

lost to Bettendorf 44-7

def. Davenport North 55-20

Iowa City High’s stat leaders: Passing — Nate Wieland 82-136-2, 1,261 yards, 5 TDs. Rushing — Bryce Frantz 138-691, 13 TDs; Wieland 100-595, 10 TDs. Receiving — Zach Jones 27-389, 3 TDs; Vance Dillon 22-286, TD; Gabe Nkumu 8-269, TD. Tackles — Brock Hunger 54.5, Naeem Smith 46, Dillon 32.5, Nkumu 31.5. Tackles for loss — Cam Ring 7, Hunger 5.5, Dillon Africa 5. Interceptions — Nkumu 3, N. Smith 3, Hunger 2, Dillon 2, Jones 2. Kicking — Miles Morrow 23-33 PATs, 3-3 FGs (27 long); Wieland 22 punts, 41 average

Scouting the Little Hawks: City High was the runner-up behind Bettendorf in District 7. Little Hawks have two wins against teams which beat North Scott this season in Clinton and Muscatine. Wieland, 6-foot-2 and 215 pounds, is a dual threat. The Northern Illinois recruit missed most of last season with injury, but has accounted for a little more than 1,850 yards and 15 scores this season. Other than the Bettendorf game, City High hasn’t been held below 20 points since Week 2. Coach Dan Sabers’ club has picked off 15 passes this season, most in 4A. Three have been returned for touchdowns. The Little Hawks reached the quarterfinals last season before falling to Bettendorf. The program is 45-22 all-time in the postseason with state titles in 1993, ’94, ’96 and ’09.

North Scott’s season:

lost to Assumption 35-21

lost to Clinton 51-28

def. Davenport Central 28-7

lost to Muscatine 30-13

lost to Dubuque Hempstead 27-24

def. Western Dubuque 20-17

def. Pleasant Valley 32-28

def. Dubuque Senior 36-14

def. Davenport West 28-7

North Scott’s stat leaders: Passing — Sam Stonskas 96-151-2, 1,315 yards, 12 TDs. Rushing — Jared Rus 195-995, 10 TDs; Stonskas 100-488, 6 TDs. Receiving — Nate Wilkerson 41-570, 2 TDs; Cole Rollinger 41-522, 6 TDs. Tackles — Drew Boffeli 46, Rollinger 42, Zach Petersen 30.5, Drake Gollinghorst 30. Tackles for loss — Boffeli 8, Rollinger 5, Wyatt Wriedt 5. Interceptions — Wilkerson 2, Joey Ragona, Boffeli, Petersen. Kicking — Colin Fairfield 28-28 PATs, 4-6 FGs (31 long); Rollinger 28 punts, 32.2 average

Scouting the Lancers: It has been a tale of two seasons for coach Kevin Tippet’s season. After leaving Dubuque with a 1-4 record in late September, North Scott has won four straight and earned a share of the district title. Based on its head-to-head win against Western Dubuque, North Scott was top seed from its district and earned right to host. The Lancers are plus-5 in turnover margin during the win streak. Stonskas sat out last Thursday against West, but is expected to play against City High. Wilkerson and Rollinger have caught nearly 70 percent of North Scott’s passes this season. The Lancers are in the postseason for the ninth consecutive year and 11th time in the past 12. They reached the quarterfinals in 2014 and second round last season.


Class 3A playoffs

Assumption (7-2) at No. 2 Cedar Rapids Xavier (9-0)

When: Friday, 7 p.m.

Where: Saints Field, Cedar Rapids

Twitter: @mattcoss78

At stake: Winner advances to quarterfinals Nov. 4 against Waverly-Shell Rock (6-3) or West Delaware (8-1). If Assumption wins, Knights would host W-SR or travel to West Delaware. If Xavier wins, it would host regardless of opponent.

BCMoore’s take: Cedar Rapids Xavier by 24

Previous meetings: Schools have met in a non-district game each of the past two years. Xavier won 30-6 in 2014 and 14-7 last year at Saints Field.

Assumption’s season:

def. North Scott 35-21

lost to Bettendorf 55-0

lost to West Delaware 39-22

def. Central DeWitt 55-17

def. Dubuque Wahlert 35-0

def. Maquoketa 48-7

def. Center Point-Urbana 34-19

def. Clear Creek Amana 33-20

def. Marion 49-21

Assumption’s stat leaders: Passing — Jayce Levy 55-93-4, 854 yards, 9 TDs. Rushing — Justus Burke 154-1,172, 13 TDs; Levy 144-942, 15 TDs. Receiving — Ryan Wohlers 24-459, 4 TDs; Ray Thrapp 11-173, 2 TDs; Burke 11-150, 3 TDs. Tackles — Donaven Juarez 63, Nick Hempel 50, Pete Laubenthal 43, Jon Bassier 34. Tackles for loss — Laubenthal 13, Juarez 10, Hempel 4. Interceptions — Cole Hager 3, Chris Bridges 2, Burke 2. Kicking — Nate McMullen 37-41 PATs, no FG attempts; Adam Sigwarth 27 punts, 36.5 average

Scouting the Knights: Coach Wade King’s team has been in playoff mode the past six weeks and responded with six double-digit victories. It shared the District 4 title with West Delaware but lost right to host after head-to-head defeat to Hawks. Levy was inserted as starting QB after Bridges went down with injury late in Bettendorf game in Week 2. Levy has accounted for 2,168 all-purpose yards and 26 touchdowns. Offensive line has been source of strength for Knights with seniors Justin Wright (6-3, 305), Nolan Melchert (6-1, 235), Nico Chieffo (6-1, 210), Brock Grenier (6-3, 245) and junior center Payton O’Neill (5-11, 215). Assumption is eighth in 3A rushing at 269 yards per game. The Knights are 2-2 in the playoffs since moving to 3A in 2014.

Xavier’s season

def. Iowa City Regina 35-26

def. Linn-Mar 45-17

def. Benton 47-14

def. Charles City 35-7

def. Decorah 38-6

def. Independence 45-0

def. Waverly-Shell Rock 42-0

def. Vinton-Shellsburg 32-8

def. South Tama 48-12

Xavier’s stat leaders: Passing — Bryce Schulte 89-129-1, 1,140 yards, 17 TDs. Rushing — Maliki Wilson 153-1,435, 15 TDs; Erik Rodriguez 48-328, 4 TDs. Receiving — Nolan Butkowski 26-501, 5 TDs; Quinn Schulte 43-423, 4 TDs. Tackles — Jack Lemke 32, Joshua Gerke 31.5, Zachary Barish 31.5, John Rocca 30.5. Tackles for loss — Rocca 10, Barish 9.5, Lucas Miller 7. Interceptions — Butkowski 4, Gerke 2. Kicking — Shane Scott 34-43 PATs, 3-6 FGs (44 long); Ryan Jasper 29 punts, 35.0 average

Scouting the Saints: Other than a nine-point game with six-time defending 1A state champion Iowa City Regina in the opener, Xavier has breezed through its schedule. The Saints are a mind-blogging plus-17 in turnover margin and scored at least 32 points in every outing. Wilson is third in 3A rushing and averages an eye-popping 9.4 yards per rush. He had 16 rushes for 263 yards and three scores against Linn-Mar in Week 2. Bryce Schulte is a three-year starter at quarterback, the son of head coach Duane Schulte. He has thrown 51 touchdowns versus nine picks in that span. Xavier’s defense allowed just 81.3 yards rushing per game in seven district contests. The Saints reached 3A state semifinals in 2014 and lost to Decorah in second round last season.


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.