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North Scott's Avion Lard celebrates a successful on-side-kick against Pleasant Valley earlier this season. The Lancers can earn at least a share of a district title and first-round home playoff game with win Thursday at Davenport West.

We've reached the final week of the high school football regular season. It is time to crunch the numbers and playoff possibilities for each district.

Going into this week's games, the only two Quad-City metro/area teams guaranteed to be in the postseason are Bettendorf (Class 4A) and Bellevue (1A).

There are several -- North Scott (4A), Assumption (3A), Wilton (1A) and Midland (8-player) -- in with victories.

Here is a breakdown of where each district stands heading into Week 9:

Class 4A (eastern half)

District 5

Standings (top 3): Waterloo West 4-0, Cedar Rapids Washington 3-1, Cedar Falls 3-1

Outlook: Waterloo West is assured a playoff berth. If it beats Cedar Rapids Washington and Cedar Falls beats Waterloo East, West is district champion and Cedar Falls runner-up. If Washington beats Waterloo West, Washington and Waterloo West advance.

District 6

Standings (top 5): North Scott 3-1, Western Dubuque 3-1, PV 2-2, Dubuque Senior 2-2, Dubuque Hempstead 2-2

Outlook: North Scott is district champion, top seed and earns first-round home game with win over winless Davenport West. Western Dubuque is in as runner-up with win over Dubuque Hempstead or district champion with win and North Scott loss. If Hempstead beats Western Dubuque and PV knocks off Dubuque Senior by six points or more, Spartans would win three-team tiebreaker for runner-up spot based on point differential. Going into final week, Western Dubuque is +32 in points, PV +26 and Dubuque Senior +3.

District 7

Standings (top 4): Bettendorf 4-0, Iowa City High 3-1, Muscatine 2-2, Clinton 2-2

Outlook: This district is settled. Bettendorf is the district champion and assured a first-round home playoff game. Iowa City High is runner-up and will travel for the opening round.

District 8

Standings (top 3): Cedar Rapids Prairie 4-0, Iowa City West 3-1, Cedar Rapids Kennedy 3-1

Outlook: Prairie is assured a playoff berth. Prairie is district champion and earns first-round home game with win over Kennedy. Iowa City West would be runner-up. If Iowa City West beats 0-8 Ottumwa by 17 points or more, Kennedy would have to beat Prairie by 12 points or more to get in.

Class 3A

District 4

Standings (top 4): West Delaware 5-1, Assumption 5-1, Marion 4-2, Clear Creek Amana 4-2

Outlook: West Delaware is in and top seed out of district with win at 1-7 Maquoketa. Assumption is district champion with win at Marion and West Delaware loss. Assuming West Delaware wins, the Assumption-Marion winner qualifies as runner-up.

Class 2A

District 5

Standings (top 4): Mount Vernon 6-0, Williamsburg 6-0, West Liberty 4-2

Outlook: Williamsburg and Mount Vernon play for district title in Williamsburg. Winner is top seed and gets a home playoff game. Loser is district runner-up.

Class 1A

District 3

Standings (top 3): Bellevue 6-0, West Branch 5-1, Clayton Ridge 5-1

Outlook: Bellevue is district champion based on head-to-head wins over West Branch and Clayton Ridge. West Branch and Clayton Ridge play for runner-up spot this week.

District 4

Standings (top 3): Iowa City Regina 6-0, Wilton 5-1, Sigourney-Keota 5-1

Outlook: Regina is district champion based on wins over Wilton and Sigourney-Keota. Wilton travels to Sigourney-Keota on Friday. Winner is runner-up and advances to playoffs.

Class 8-player

District 4

Standings (top 3): Midland 5-0, Lone Tree 4-1, Iowa Valley 4-1

Outlook: Midland is district champion with win at Lone Tree on Friday. Iowa Valley would be runner-up. If Lone Tree beats Midland and Iowa Valley defeats WACO, there is three-way tie. Currently, Midland is +74 in points, Lone Tree +51 and Iowa Valley +47. If Iowa Valley gets maximum 17 points for win at WACO, Midland can’t lose by more than 10 points to qualify.


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.