Iowa City High (2-5) at Bettendorf (6-1)
Basics: Approx. 7:15-7:30 p.m., TouVelle Stadium
Last week: City High lost on the road to Muscatine, 21-16. Bettendorf slammed Davenport North last Thursday, 49-0.
Last meeting: Bettendorf 44, City High 7 (2016)
Radio: JACK 93.9 FM
Overview: Since going to district play in 2014, Bettendorf has won the four meetings over City High — 48-17, 44-7, 31-7 and 44-7. QB Carter Bell is completing 69 percent of his throws for the Bulldogs, and tailback Nijel McIntosh averages 10.8 yards per carry. Undersized up front, City High does possess an all-state receiver in Zach Jones (64 receptions, 910 yards, 7 TDs).
Muscatine (2-5) at Davenport Central (5-2)
Basics: Approx. 7:15-7:30 p.m., Brady Street Stadium
Last week: Muscatine clipped Iowa City High 21-16. Central overcame a shaky first half to race past Clinton 44-12.
Last meeting: Muscatine 50, Central 28 (2016)
Radio: KWPC 860 AM and 95.1 FM
Overview: Central is in the playoffs with a win. Muscatine has the inside track for a postseason berth with a victory. The Blue Devils haven't been in the Class 4A field of 16 since 1992. Freshman Tim Nimely rushed for a career-high 111 yards last week for the Muskies. Central is averaging 55 points per game in three district outings. Tailback Jatoviay Hill's 18 rushing scores are third most in 4A.
North Scott (6-1) at Dubuque Senior (6-1)
Basics: Approx. 7:15-7:30 p.m., Dalzell Stadium
Last week: North Scott stymied Pleasant Valley 23-14. Senior handcuffed Western Dubuque 23-6.
Last meeting: North Scott 36, Senior 14 (2016)
Overview: Winners of six straight and ranked ninth in this week's Class 4A state poll, North Scott can claim a district title and home playoff game with a win. The Lancers are allowing 11.3 points per game, fourth fewest in 4A. Senior lost to Waterloo West in its opener but has won six straight. Sam Schnee has rushed for 1,199 yards and is the Rams' top receiver with 20 grabs for 358 yards.
Dubuque Hempstead (3-4) at Pleasant Valley (5-2)
Basics: Approx. 7:15-7:30 p.m., Spartan Stadium
Last week: Hempstead waltzed past Davenport West 47-21. PV fell on the road to North Scott 23-14.
Last meeting: PV 52, Hempstead 7 (2016)
Overview: The Spartans need a win on Senior Night or a Dubuque Senior loss to keep their playoff hopes alive. Arthur Braden is 83 rushing yards shy of 3,000 for his career, believed to be the first PV back to reach that mark. Hempstead hasn't beaten a team with a winning record this year. Chase Sabers leads the Mustangs in rushing (581 yards, 6 TDs).
Davenport North (2-5) at Clinton (1-6)
Basics: Approx. 7:15-7:30 p.m., Coan Field
Last week: North lost at home to Bettendorf 49-0. Clinton dropped its sixth consecutive game with a 44-12 loss to Davenport Central.
Last meeting: Clinton 55, North 13 (2016)
Overview: Both teams are eyeing a first district win. North's Akendre Abbey enters with 1,157 yards rushing and 11 TDs. The Wildcats are still looking for their first passing score of the year. Clinton QB Brennen Lemke is closing in on 900 passing yards for the season. The River Kings have yielded 40 or more points in five of their last six games.
Assumption (5-2) at Clear Creek Amana (2-5)
Basics: Approx. 7:15 p.m., Clipper Field in Tiffin
Last week: Assumption clobbered Center Point-Urbana 41-0. CCA lost to Marion 35-0.
Last meeting: Assumption 33, CCA 20 (2016)
Overview: The Knights have been in playoff mode since an overtime loss to West Delaware in Week 3. They've outscored their last four foes 173-27. Coach Wade King's team is assured a playoff berth with two more wins. CCA is out of playoff contention but has a couple viable playmakers in QB Ethan Postler (1,270 yards passing) and receiver Darius Moore (39 rec., 538 yards).
Moline (5-2) at Alleman (5-2)
Basics: Approx. 7:30 p.m., Almquist Field
Last week: Alleman beat Galesburg 28-14. Moline beat Quincy 35-32
Last meeting: Alleman 35, Moline 20 (2016)
Overview: A year ago, Alleman QB/DB Sam Mattecheck took over in the second half, batting multiple passes away on defense and finishing the night with 103 yards rushing and two touchdowns on offense. Mattecheck is back and has rushed for 768 yards and 10 TDs. Alleman coach Todd Depoorter is worried about Moline’s explosiveness with QB Eric Maffie’s passing and the running tandem of Eddie Doran and Aboubacar Barry, who have teamed up for more than 1,300 yards.
Rock Island (3-4) at Galesburg (3-4)
Basics: Approx. 7:30 p.m., Galesburg High School Stadium
Last week: Rock Island upended UT 44-14. Galesburg lost to Alleman 28-14.
Last meeting: Rock Island 26, Galesburg 14 (2016)
Overview: Both teams need to win to keep playoff hopes alive. The Rocks get LB/RB DeAngelo Horne back for first time since the opener. Galesburg features running back Kobe Ramirez, who has rushed for 929 yards and scored 15 TDs. The Rocks got a good game off the bench by kicker/QB Nickolas Roessler against UT. Coach Ben Hammer won’t announce a QB starter before the game but expects to face sound, physical Streak defense.
Quincy (4-3) at United Township (1-6)
Basics: Approx. 7:30 p.m., Soule Bowl
Last week: Quincy lost to Moline 35-32. United Township fell to Rock Island, 44-14.
Last meeting: Quincy 49, UT 0 (2016)
Overview: UT has lost six in a row. Quincy needs to win this game to possibly earn a share of the Western Big Six title. The Blue Devils also need Alleman to beat Moline. Quincy features Division I recruit Jirehl Brock, who has rushed for 1,181 yards this season and more than 2,500 in less than two seasons. UT’s offense is led by RB/WR Neicko Williams, who has 7 TDs and 277 yards rushing and 423 receiving.