Assumption's Justus Burke surpassed 1,000 rushing yards last Thursday in a 33-20 win against Clear Creek Amana. The Knights face a pivotal game at Marion on Friday.

Davenport Assumption and North Scott opened the football season playing each other at Brady Street Stadium.

Now, the two Quad-City metro programs are in a similar situation heading into the final week of the season. Win and they are in the postseason.

North Scott has the Thursday night game at Brady Street Stadium this week against winless Davenport West. The Lancers would earn a first-round home playoff game with a victory and at least a share of the district title depending on how Western Dubuque fares with Dubuque Hempstead on Friday.

Assumption goes on the road to play Marion, a program which had lost 18 consecutive games until earlier this season. The Knights are in with a win. Assumption could possibly get in as one of the state's two wild-card teams if it were to lose by a close margin. 

Here is a deeper look at the Week 9 schedule ...

Thursday’s game

North Scott (4-4, 3-1) at Davenport West (0-8, 0-4)

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

Where: Brady Street Stadium, Davenport

Twitter: @QCVarsity

BCMoore’s take: North Scott by 34

Last season: North Scott 49, West 7

Thoughts: After a 1-4 start to the season, North Scott seeks its fourth consecutive win. If it happens, the Lancers secure at least a share of the district title, the top seed out of District 6 and a first round home playoff game on Oct. 28. Since its three-point loss to Dubuque Hempstead, North Scott has wins over Western Dubuque, Pleasant Valley and Dubuque Senior. "Our kids have really come together," defensive coordinator Tim Brunkan said. "It has been really fun to watch. The kids have refused to give up. We haven't been perfect but done enough to put ourselves in this position." Junior Jared Rus had 29 carries for 136 yards and three scores last week. QB Sam Stonskas has completed almost 64 percent of his throws for 1,315 yards and 12 scores. Nate Wilkerson and Cole Rollinger have 75 of the team's 107 receptions.  The Lancers have won the last 17 meetings against the Falcons, 13 of those by 21 points or more. West tailback Dot Combs eclipsed 2,000 career yards rushing in last week's 43-7 setback to Western Dubuque. Combs has scored 11 of West's 14 rushing touchdowns. The seven points for West last week was a season low. It will be the final game for 13 West seniors. 

Friday’s games

Assumption (6-2, 5-1) at Marion (5-3, 4-2)

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

Where: Thomas Jones Park, Marion

Twitter: @mattcoss78

BCMoore’s take: Assumption by 10

Last season: Did not play

Thoughts: The winner of this game is in the playoffs, most likely as a district runner-up unless Maquoketa upsets West Delaware. Since falling to West Delaware in Week 3, Assumption has strung together five consecutive wins, all by double figures. Despite six turnovers last week, Assumption came up with six takeaways of its own in a 33-20 win against Clear Creek Amana. The Knights have scored at least 33 points in each game during the win streak. Justus Burke has rushed for 1,001 yards and 11 scores while Jayce Levy has 793 yards rushing and 11 touchdowns. Assumption has had eight different players pick off a pass this season. Marion came into the season saddled with a 17-game losing streak. After dropping the opener, first-year coach Tim Lovell's team has won five of its last seven. Included in that was an overtime win at home against Clear Creek Amana. Marion's Owen Carstensen leads team with 729 yards rushing and six scores. Half of Marion's eight games have been decided by seven points or less. "They've gotten better each and every week," Assumption coach Wade King said of Marion. "They found a young quarterback that has really made them click. ... We've been in playoff mode for six weeks. What is one more?"

Dubuque Senior (3-5, 2-2) at Pleasant Valley (3-5, 2-2)

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

Where: Spartan Stadium, Bettendorf

Twitter: @sbatt79

BCMoore’s take: PV by 16

Last season: PV 31, Senior 16

Thoughts: The Spartans pieced together their best performance of the season last week in a 52-7 rout against Dubuque Hempstead. Terry Saul returned from a knee injury and completed six passes for 191 yards and two scores along with 98 yards on the ground. PV had more than 400 yards rushing in the contest, distributed among 10 ballcarriers. "I thought our offensive line did an outstanding job," PV coach Rusty VanWetzinga, whose team isn't out of the postseason conversation. The Spartans need to beat Senior by at least six points and hope for a Hempstead victory against Western Dubuque to snag the second spot out of District 6. PV hasn't missed the playoffs since 2007. Cameron Trentz and David Matthews lead the Spartans' defense with 56 and 53 tackles, respectively, while safety Dajour Lester has four interceptions. Senior has dropped two straight since beating Davenport West and Hempstead. The Rams have given up 78 points the past two Fridays. Sam Schnee has 998 yards rushing and 13 touchdowns. Chaz Hancock and Erik Edminster have split time at quarterback. "They run the inside-zone, power, and that's going to pose some challenges because we are undersized this year," VanWetzinga said. 

Davenport Central (3-5, 1-3) at No. 6 Bettendorf (6-2, 4-0)

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

Where: TouVelle Stadium, Bettendorf

Twitter: @QCVarsity

BCMoore’s take: Bettendorf by 53

Last season: Bettendorf 43, Central 7

Thoughts: Bettendorf already has clinched the district title and secured a first round home playoff game. Central, meanwhile, was eliminated from playoff contention a week ago. The Bulldogs racked up more than 520 yards of offense last Friday in a 44-7 rout at then-No. 4 Iowa City High. Keegan Glaus has rushed for 913 and 13 scores this season. The next reception for Suni Lane will be the 100th of his Bettendorf career. The senior has registered 1,305 yards and nine touchdowns in his three-year varsity tenure. Among the possible first-round playoff foes for Bettendorf are Iowa City West or Western Dubuque. Central fell behind 42-0 in the first half at Muscatine last week, but scored four touchdowns in the second half of a 50-28 defeat. Kobe Williams had 135 yards rushing and two touchdowns. The Blue Devils have scored at least 20 points in four straight games, but they've given up 49, 56 and 50 the past three games. Central has not beat Bettendorf since 1990. "We're trying to move forward as a program, and sometimes when you do that, some guys don't want to buy into your program," Central coach Ben Sacco said. "We've had to do some player shuffling the last couple of weeks, with guys that don't want to follow rules. The morale in practice, though, has been a lot better since we made those changes."

Muscatine (5-3, 2-2) at Clinton (5-3, 2-2)

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

Where: Coan Field, Clinton

Twitter: @TBrownsports

BCMoore's take: Muscatine by 1

Last season: Muscatine 56, Clinton 49

Thoughts: The teams combined for more than 100 points and 1,100 yards of offense in last year's game in Clinton. Even though neither team can reach the postseason, it marks the final game for some accomplished seniors. Muscatine tailback Alphonso Soko likely won't play for a second straight week after suffering a high-ankle sprain in the fourth quarter against Iowa City High. Senior receiver Drew Greenhaw leads 4A in receiving with 48 grabs for 818 yards and 10 touchdowns. He also is second on the team with 44 tackles. Nolan Osland had three first-quarter interceptions, one returned for a touchdown, in last week's 50-28 win against Central. Clinton, meanwhile, is looking for its highest win total in a season since 2009. The River Kings have registered the most total yards of any team in 4A and have scored 328 points, fourth in their class. QB Johnny Sullivan eclipsed 5,000 yards passing in last week's win against Davenport North. Senior tailback Gage Harris has scored 23 touchdowns this season, second in 4A.

No. 9 Iowa City High (6-2, 3-1) at Davenport North (1-7, 0-4)

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

Where; Brady Street Stadium, Davenport

Twitter: @dox5

BCMoore’s take: City High by 52

Last season: Did not meet

Thoughts: City High, already assured a playoff berth, tries to rebound from a 44-7 home loss to Bettendorf. The Little Hawks were held below 200 yards in that contest. "I'm sure they are going to be chomping at the bit ready to get going and prove what type of football team they are after last week," North coach Brandon Krusey said. North is coming off a 55-13 loss to Clinton, a game in which it trailed 35-0 at half but scored twice in the third quarter to close the gap. The Wildcats lost starting quarterback Rudy Juarez to injury in the second quarter and he did not return. Aikeem Hill stepped in at quarterback. "Rudy has done a nice job of being a leader and really been our only guy to take snaps," Krusey said. "When he goes down, that was hard for our kids to respond from." Zeke Hayslett leads North in rushing with 730 yards, including a 68-yard scoring run last week. The Wildcats have scored only two offensive touchdowns in the past four games.


BCMoore’s record: Week 8 (5-1-1); Overall (40-10-1)


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