Davenport North (5-2, 2-1) at Pleasant Valley (3-4, 2-1)
Basics: Approx. 7:15 p.m., Spartan Stadium, Bettendorf
Last week: North was dealt a 35-0 loss by state-ranked Iowa City West. PV defeated Iowa City High 38-21.
Last meeting: PV 57, North 20 (2015)
Overview: Iowa City West needs to lose for either team to get into the mix for a district title, but both schools still have a legitimate shot at the playoffs. The loser of this game, though, faces an uphill climb. North defensive end Brant Carter is among the 4A leaders in tackles for loss (11) and sacks (6). PV quarterback Max Slavens has six rushing, three passing and a defensive touchdown in last two games. The Spartans are averaging 38 points per game in their three wins. PV hasn't lost to North since 2006.
Bettendorf (6-1, 3-0) at Davenport West (2-5, 1-2)
Basics: Approx. 7:15 p.m., Brady Street Stadium
Last week: Bettendorf stifled Cedar Rapids Kennedy 41-14. West won its first district game in program history with 28-27 triumph over Burlington.
Last meeting: Bettendorf 60, West 13 (2015)
Overview: Ranked fourth again this week in Class 4A, Bettendorf seeks its 22nd straight win in district play. With a Central loss on Thursday and a win, Bettendorf clinches a share of the district title and a playoff berth. The Bulldogs have been over 30 points the last three weeks after not reaching that mark in any of the first four games. West's Zach Trevino threw four touchdown passes, three to Payton Heath, in last week's victory. The Falcons haven't beaten the Bulldogs since 1995.
North Scott (6-1, 3-0) at Clear Creek-Amana (7-0, 3-0)
Basics: Approx. 7:15 p.m., Clear Creek-Amana High School, Tiffin
Last week: North Scott rolled past Clinton 37-7. CCA beat Davenport Assumption in a weather-shortened game 17-7.
Last meeting: none
Overview: Sole possession of first place and a playoff berth is on the line. North Scott is ranked fourth and CCA is sixth in 3A this week. The Clippers are off to their best start in school history behind a defense that has posted three shutouts. The Lancers, winners of six straight, are averaging almost 340 yards of offense per game and have scored at least 35 points in each of their last three outings. Led by quarterback Andrew Rohret (777 rushing yards, 12 TDs), CCA registers more than 220 yards per game on the ground.
Clinton (3-4, 0-3) at Central DeWitt (4-3, 1-2)
Basics: Approx. 7:15 p.m., Birney Field
Last week: Clinton lost to North Scott 37-7. Central DeWitt ripped Iowa City Liberty 35-0.
Last meeting: Clinton 40, Central DeWitt 10 (2015)
Radio: KROS 1340 AM
Overview: Both schools are out of the playoff chase, but the Clinton County rivals still have a shot at a winning season. That would be significant for the Sabers under first-year coach Ryan Streets. Easton Necker has been limited to 109 yards in the last two games, but QB Drew Kueter has picked up the slack with 302 yards through the air. Clinton is trying to snap a three-game losing streak. The River Kings have just one touchdown in the last 11 quarters. LJ Henderson has 9.5 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks on defense.
Muscatine (4-3, 1-2) at Iowa City West (6-1, 3-0)
Basics: Approx. 7:15 p.m., Trojan Field
Last week: Muscatine stumbled at home to Linn-Mar 28-10. West stymied Davenport North 35-0.
Last meeting: West 51, Muscatine 3 (2017)
Radio: KWPC 860 AM, 95.1 FM
Overview: West clinches a playoff berth with a victory. Its defense, led by tackle Landon Green (16.5 TFL, 7 sacks) and linebacker Cole Mabry, has been a handful, allowing just 9.9 points and about 200 total yards per game. The Muskies have seen their postseason hopes take a big hit with back-to-back losses. Muscatine has been vulnerable against the run in the last four games, giving up almost 290 yards per contest. Tailback Tim Nimely ranks among the top five in 4A with 1,024 rushing yards.
Moline (6-1, 4-0) at Quincy (6-1, 4-0)
Basics: Approx. 7:30 p.m., Flinn Stadium, Quincy
Last week: Moline defeated Rock Island 45-26. Quincy defeated Alleman 63-28.
Last meeting: Moline 35, Quincy 32 (2017)
Overview: For the second year in a row, the Western Big Six championship will be decided by the matchup between these two teams. The Maroons upset the Blue Devils in Week 7 last season and have won eight of 10 games since then. Both teams enter with five-game winning streaks. Quincy will be trying to claim a share of the league title for the third time in five years.
United Township (1-6, 0-4) at Rock Island (3-4, 2-2)
Basics: Approx. 7:30 p.m., Almquist Field, Rock Island
Last week: UT lost to Galesburg 48-7. Rock Island lost to Moline 45-26.
Last meeting: Rock Island 44, UT 14 (2017)
Overview: Rock Island’s high-powered offense, led by running back Davion Wilson, has been slowed the past two weeks, but it could be revitalized against a United Township team that has lost a record 37 consecutive conference games and given up 53.8 point per game in league play. Even though he has been held under 100 yards the past two games, Wilson has rushed for 1,200 yards this fall.
Alleman (3-4, 1-3) at Galesburg (1-6, 1-3)
Basics: Approx. 7:15 p.m., F&M Bank Stadium, Galesburg
Last week: Alleman lost to Quincy 63-28. Galesburg defeated UT 48-7.
Last meeting: Alleman 28, Galesburg 14 (2017)
Overview: Galesburg finally broke into the victory column week with a rout of UT. Running back Kobe Ramirez ran for four touchdowns and has now scored nine of the Silver Streaks’ 16 TDs for the season. Alleman needs victories in each of its last two games, including a season finale at Chicago Heights Bloom, to finish 5-4 and qualify for the playoffs for the second consecutive season.
BGM, Brooklyn (7-0, 3-0) at Durant (5-2, 3-0)
Basics: Approx. 7 p.m., Durant High School
Last week: BGM outlasted Pekin 28-13. Durant blanked Highland 14-0.
Last meeting: no recent meetings
Overview: This is a battle for first place in Class A District 6, with the winner getting a leg up in the race for the playoffs. Durant is led by the dynamic combination of Bryce Lafrenz and Mason Compton. Compton has caught nine of Lafrenz's 12 touchdown passes. BGM has a similar pairing in quarterback Scott Tibbetts and Devon Maxfield. Maxfield has caught six of Tibbetts' 10 touchdown throws, but Noah Beck has added a big piece in the running game as well with 929 yards and 16 touchdowns.