Orion playoff opener

Orion's Sam West gets through Rockford Christian's defense during the Class 2A playoff opener Saturday at Charger Field in Orion. The Chargers host Clifton Central on Saturday.

MEG MCLAUGHLIN, Lee News Network


Iowa Class 1A playoffs

Wilton (9-1) at Iowa City Regina (8-2)

Basics: 7 p.m., Regina High School, Iowa City

Last week: Regina edged South Winneshiek 27-21. Wilton upset Bellevue 28-14.

Last meeting: Regina 49, Wilton 7 (Sept. 29)

Twitter: @EvanRRiggs

Storylines: Wilton is in the quarterfinals for the first time in school history and has to vault a massive hurdle in Regina if it wants to get to the UNI-Dome. Jerome Mays has combined for more than 2,400 yards and has 32 total touchdowns this year for the Beavers but threw four interceptions in the loss to Regina earlier this year. Isaac Vollstedt rushed for four of his 15 touchdowns against Wilton in that matchup.

Iowa 8-player playoffs

Tripoli (9-1) at Midland (8-2)

Basics: 7 p.m., Midland High School, Wyoming, Iowa

Last week: Midland cruised to a 42-7 win over Janesville. Tripoli outlasted Riceville 28-18.

Last meeting: No recent meetings

Storylines: Midland is looking to get back to the UNI-Dome for the second straight season. Austin Smith has been a workhorse for the Eagles. The senior leads the state of Iowa with 2,533 rushing yards and has added 396 yards through the air and 237 receiving yards. All told, Smith has 53 total touchdowns this season. Tripoli is led by Elijah Cheever, who has thrown for 1,142 yards and 18 touchdowns, and Marquise Paino, who has 1,304 yards and 26 touchdowns rushing.


Illinois Class 2A playoffs

Clifton Central (8-2) at Orion (8-2), 2 p.m.

Basics: 2 p.m., Charger Field

Last week: Orion throttled Rockford Christian 40-0. Clifton Central beat Mercer County 43-22.

Last meeting: No recent meetings

Twitter: @QCVarsity

Storylines: The Chargers are looking to get to the quarterfinals for the third time under head coach Chip Filler. The Chargers piled up more than 350 yards on the ground in their first-round win, led by Sam West, who had 123 yards and three touchdowns. Clifton Central is led by senior running back Kollin Krumwiede, who has 1,582 yards and 32 touchdowns this season.

Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley (10-0) at West Carroll (7-3)

Basics: 2 p.m., West Carroll High School, Savanna

Last week: West Carroll pounded Fieldcrest 40-0. Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley handled Eastland-Pearl City 50-14.

Last meeting: No recent meetings

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Storylines: It's the first playoff game in Savanna in a decade after the Thunder rolled in their opener, just their second-ever playoff win. The Thunder defense has been stout all year, holding teams to just over 10 points per game. Twins Kody and Kaleb Plattenberger have led the offense, with Kody throwing for 15 touchdowns and Kaleb rushing for 10 scores. The Falcons are averaging 47.4 points per game, and running back Mitch McNutt has 1,191 yards and 24 touchdowns this season.

Illinois Class 1A playoffs

Annawan-Wethersfield (9-1) at Princeville (8-2)

Basics: 1 p.m., Princeville High School

Last week: Annawan-Wethersfield beat Orangeville 31-14. Princeville edged Dakota 27-24.

Last meeting: Annawan-Wethersfield 14, Princeville 6 (Sept. 29)

Twitter: @TDuckett_DA

Storylines: It's a different Annawan-Wethersfield team than the one that beat Princeville in September. Because of injuries, the Titans are without running back Bryce Elias and could be without quarterback Zac VanOpdorp in this game. Freshman Coltin Quagliano has filled in nicely at quarterback, throwing for 166 yards and three touchdowns while rushing for 77 yards and a score in his playoff debut last week. The Titans are coming off of consecutive Class 2A state semifinal appearances.

Forreston (9-1) at Fulton (7-3)

Basics: 1 p.m., Fulton High School

Last week: Fulton cruised to a 34-16 win over Marquette. Forreston thumped Salt Fork 50-14.

Last meeting: Forreston 53, Fulton 20 (2014)

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Storylines: This is the third time these teams have met in the playoffs, and both previous times the winner went on to claim a state title. Forreston is the defending state champion and is averaging 42 points per game. Fulton has plenty of weapons, with running backs Austin Schroeder and Austin Rash as well as tight end Tyler Bruggenwirth, to test a Cardinals defense that is allowing 11 points per game. 

— Compiled by Bobby Metcalf


Sports reporter for the Quad-City Times