Jayce Levy and the Davenport Assumption football team kicks off the season Friday night in Eldridge against North Scott. The Knights won last year's meeting, 35-21.

As we move into the second week of the high school football season, we've got two top-10 showdowns, Assumption versus Bettendorf and a battle for city bragging rights.

There is no lack of intrigue with this week's slate.

No. 7 Iowa City High visits No. 6 Pleasant Valley in the Spartans' home opener. It is PV's first home game since City High knocked coach Rusty VanWetzinga's team out of the playoffs in the second round last year, 13-7. 

Down Highway 61, No. 9 Iowa City West visits No. 10 Muscatine. Both teams are coming off impressive wins in Week 1 -- West over Southeast Polk and Muscatine clipping last year's state runner-up Cedar Rapids Kennedy.

Assumption tries to build on last week's two-touchdown win over North Scott at TouVelle Stadium. Bettendorf looks to avoid a 0-2 start for the first time in 32 years.

Meanwhile at Brady Street Stadium, Central and West meet in the first of three games this season between Davenport public schools. 

Here is a deeper look at what's on tap ... 


Burlington (0-1) at Davenport North (0-1)

When: Approx. 7:15 p.m. kickoff

Where: Brady Street Stadium, Davenport

Twitter: @mattcoss78

BCMoore’s take: North by 8

Thoughts: Both teams were victimized by turnovers in the opener. Burlington led Central in the third quarter before a fumble return by the Blue Devils resulted in a 19-14 win. North, meanwhile, threw four interceptions, one returned 102 yards, in a 42-20 road loss to Dubuque Hempstead. North quarterback Rudy Juarez did throw for more than 200 yards despite the picks. Robert Bladel, a West transfer, was his top target with six receptions for 134 yards. This is definitely a winnable game for North if it can avoid the miscues and limit Spencer Sherwood, who is coming off a 103-yard receiving game and double-digit tackles.


Davenport Assumption (1-0) at Bettendorf (0-1)

When: Approx. 7:15 p.m.

Where: TouVelle Stadium, Bettendorf

Twitter: @dox5

BCMoore’s take: Bettendorf by 8

Thoughts: Assumption kept things quite simple last week in the 35-21 win over North Scott -- 49 runs versus five passes. It'll be interesting to see if the Knights break from that trend this week. Assumption's offensive line had its way last week, but this will be a tougher challenge with Cameron Maxfield anchoring the Bulldogs' defensive front. Bettendorf tries to rebound from a 36-point loss at West Des Moines Valley, its most lopsided defeat in four years. The series generally has produced some defensive slobberknockers, but Bettendorf has scored 41 and 35 in the last two meetings. The Bulldogs were minus-4 in the turnover battle last week and will need to play better up front.

No. 7 Iowa City High (1-0) at No. 6 Pleasant Valley (1-0)

When: Approx. 7:15 p.m.

Where: Spartan Stadium, Bettendorf

Twitter: @mattcoss78

Online: qcsn.co/pvspartans

BCMoore’s take: PV by 18

Thoughts: The Spartans should have plenty of motivation for this one -- home opener, ranked opponent and the team which knocked them out of the playoffs last year. PV was convincing in a Week 1 rout over Cedar Rapids Jefferson thanks to 350 rushing yards. Arthur Braden and Terry Saul teamed for 279 yards on the ground and three scores. This will be a much steeper test for the Spartans as the Little Hawks have a Division I quarterback prospect in Nate Wieland and talented back in Bryan Frantz. Wieland, a Northern Illinois recruit, didn't play much last year after battling an assortment of injuries. This is the start of a rugged three-game stretch for PV -- City High, at Muscatine, Bettendorf. 

No. 9 Iowa City West (1-0) at No. 10 Muscatine (1-0)

When: Approx. 7:15 p.m.

Where: Muscatine Community Stadium

Twitter: @jakearyder

BCMoore’s take: Iowa City West by 2

Thoughts: This shapes up to be a dandy. Both teams grabbed the attention of pollsters with eye-opening wins in Week 1. Iowa City West dismantled Southeast Polk 42-17 and Muscatine went on the road and tripped up Cedar Rapids Kennedy, 29-25. Receiver Oliver Martin, a three-year starter, is a handful. Considered one of the top 70 prospects in the country in the 2017 class and with offers from Michigan, Michigan State, Iowa, Notre Dame and others, the 6-foot and 190-pounder had eight grabs for 156 yards in the opener. He reportedly has a 41-inch vertical leap. In addition to him, Matthew Huff rushed for 170 yards and averaged almost 9 yards per carry. Muscatine is explosive as well behind Alphonso Soko, Luke Wichers and Drew Greenhaw. Soko had more than 330 all-purpose yards last week. Whatever defense can establish itself likely will prevail. Or possibly the last team to have the ball.

North Scott (0-1) at Clinton (1-0)

When: Approx. 7:15 p.m.

Where: Coan Field, Clinton

Twitter: @Zach_Martin95

BCMoore’s take: North Scott by 3

Thoughts: The Lancers are trying to rebound from a 14-point loss at Assumption, a game in which they trailed 35-7 in the third quarter. North Scott used two quarterbacks last week -- sophomore Nile McLaughlin and senior Sam Stonskas. I don't expect that to change the next couple of weeks. The Lancers have to be crisper in the passing game after completing only 5 of 22 throws. They also need to be more physical in the trenches. Clinton put up more than 440 total yards in last week's 51-point output against Davenport West. Gage Harris was a thorn in North Scott's side last year with 241 rushing yards and two scores in a 20-19 win. Clinton is seeking a 2-0 start for the second consecutive season.

Davenport West (0-1) at Davenport Central (1-0)

When: Approx. 7:15 p.m.

Where: Brady Street Stadium, Davenport

Twitter: @QCVarsity

BCMoore's take: Central by 9

Thoughts: It is a non-district game but an important one for both programs. West tries to pick itself up after a 51-18 home loss to Clinton. Central attempts to build on last week's 19-14 road win against Burlington. West won this meeting last year, 35-20, behind 130 yards and three scores from Dot Combs. Since a 3-0 start last season, West has scuffled out of the chute. It trailed 16-0 after the first quarter and 37-6 at halftime last week. Central does not have much depth with its low numbers, but the offensive line is a source of strength. Junior Jatoviay Hill rushed for 176 yards and a score for the Blue Devils, who compiled 312 yards on the ground and averaged more than 7 yards per rush.


BCMoore's record in Week 1: 5-1


Peeking ahead

Week 3

Dubuque Senior at Davenport North (Thursday)

Cedar Rapids Prairie at Clinton

Cedar Rapids Washington at Bettendorf

Davenport Central at North Scott

Davenport West at Burlington

Pleasant Valley at Muscatine

West Delaware at Assumption 


Sports Editor

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.