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Wilton senior Jerome Mays scrambles with his eyes upfield during a game earlier this season.

Friday's games

4A: Pleasant Valley (5-4) at Bettendorf (8-1)

Basics: 7 p.m., TouVelle Stadium, Bettendorf

Twitter: @mattcoss78


Overview: This will be third playoff meeting between the schools in the last six years. Bettendorf won the season opener over PV 20-0, a game in which QB Carter Bell rushed for 152 yards. The Spartans have only one playoff win over their crosstown rival in 10 tries, a 13-6 victory in 1996. Bettendorf has held its last five opponents to a collective 24 points. PV has scored 166 points in the last four weeks. The winner gets Iowa City West or Cedar Rapids Kennedy in the quarterfinals. 

3A: Waverly-Shell Rock (8-1) at North Scott (8-1)

Basics: 7 p.m., Lancer Stadium, Eldridge

Twitter: @QCVarsity

Overview: Ranked ninth in final Class 3A poll, WSR is in the playoffs for the ninth straight season. The Go-Hawks were district runners-up to Decorah. WSR has won four straight, two by shutout. Luke Velky is a dual-threat quarterback with 658 rushing yards and 739 passing. North Scott, in the postseason for the 11th consecutive year, has won eight straight. It has generated 25 takeaways, among the most in 3A. The winner gets Western Dubuque or Solon in the quarterfinals.

6A: Rock Island (5-4) at Oak Lawn Richards (9-0)

Basics: 7 p.m., Korhonen Field, Oak Lawn

Twitter: @jaydub_DA


Overview: Richards is ranked No. 2 in Class 6A in the latest Illinois high school poll and is seeded No. 1 in this half of the bracket. The Bulldogs have outscored opponents 354-43 this season. Rock Island averages 31.2 points per game but has given up 40-plus four times. The two teams have met twice previously in the playoffs — in 2006 and 2009 — with Richards winning both times.

A: Highland (7-2) at Durant (7-2)

Basics: 7 p.m., Durant High School

Twitter: @Dox5

Overview: This is a rematch of a game played earlier this season, with Durant grabbing a 14-0 win. The Wildcats have not made the playoffs since 2010 and have never hosted a playoff game in their history. Since entering district play, Durant has allowed 36 total points. Bryce Lafrenz has throw for 19 touchdowns, 12 to Mason Compton. Highland quarterback Trey Lasek has thrown for 10 touchdowns and rushed for 15 scores on the year.

1A Mediapolis (8-1) at Bellevue (9-0)

Basics: 7 p.m., Bellevue High School

Twitter: @BobbyMetcalf88

Quick hit: Despite missing two games with a high ankle sprain, Bellevue's Hunter Clasen finished the regular season with 1,214 rushing yards and 22 touchdowns as well as 39 tackles and six sacks.

1A Pella Christian (6-3) at Wilton (8-1)

Basics: 7 p.m., Wilton High School

Twitter: @HeimKyle

Quick hit: Wilton is making back-to-back trips to the postseason for the first time since reaching the playoffs three straight years from 2011-13. 

2A Chariton (8-1) at West Liberty (6-3)

Basics: 7 p.m., Memorial Field, West Liberty

Twitter: @EvanRRiggs

Quick hit: West Liberty quarterback Seth Feldman has compiled over 1,700 total yards and 27 touchdowns this year.

8P: Midland (9-1) at Iowa Valley (9-0)

Basics: 7 p.m., Iowa Valley High School, Marengo

Quick hit: Midland is making its third straight trip to the postseason and has reached the state semifinals in each of the past two years.

Saturday's games

3A: Alleman (5-4) at Byron (9-0)

Basics: 2 p.m., Stine Stadium, Byron

Twitter: @Dox5

Overview: Alleman is in the playoffs for the second straight year and is hoping for a better result than a year ago, when it lost to Chicago Raby 58-6 in the opening round. Byron has been ranked No. 1 in Class 3A all season after losing to eventual state champion Immaculate Conception in the state semifinals last season. The Tigers have three backs with 700-plus rushing yards and 10 or more touchdowns.

7A: Glenbrook North (7-2) at Moline (8-1)

Basics: 6 p.m., Browning Field, Moline

Twitter: @BobbyMetcalf88


Overview: Moline comes into the playoffs with a seven-game winning streak. The Maroons led the Western Big Six in defense, Zidain Sterling led the league in passing yardage and the Killer B backfield duo of Harrison Bey-Buie and Aboubacar Barry devastated opponents week after week. Glenbrook North is in the playoffs for the 17th time, the 12th under current head coach Bob Pieper.

2A: Fieldcrest (5-4) at Orion (9-0)

Basics: 1 p.m., Charger Field

Twitter: @BobbyMetcalf88

Overview: All the Chargers have done since losing Division-I recruit Logan Lee is outscore their opponents 88-0. On the season, Orion is holding teams to 7.2 points per game, the third-best mark in Class 2A. Fieldcrest needed a 26-6 win over El Paso-Gridley last week to make the playoffs for the second straight season. Fieldcrest quarterback Tyler McKay has thrown for 1,400 yards and 15 touchdowns on the year.

1A: Fulton (5-4) at Milledgeville (9-0)

Basics: 1 p.m., Floyd Daub Field, Milledgeville

Twitter: @TDuckett_DA

Quick hit: Despite starting the season 0-2, Fulton put the pieces together to reach the playoffs for the third straight season.

3A: Mid-County (6-3) at North Boone (7-2)

Basics: 1 p.m., North Boone High School, Poplar Grove

Quick hit: Mid-County returned to the playoffs for the first time since 2015, its 19th appearance in school history.

2A: Rockridge (6-3) at Clifton Central (7-2)

Basics: 2 p.m., Bill Burrell Memorial Field, Clifton

Twitter: @KyleH_DA

Quick hit: Rockridge has made the playoffs nine straight seasons, including six straight under head coach Sam Graves.

2A: Mercer County (5-4) at Illini West (9-0)

Basics: 2 p.m., Fuzz Berges Field, Carthage

Quick hit: Since reaching the state semifinals in 2013, Mercer County has lost its last four playoff games.

1A: Aurora Christian (6-3) at Annawan-Wethersfield (6-3)

Basics: 5 p.m., Wethersfield Memorial Stadium, Kewanee

Quick hit: The Titans are 11-9 all-time in the playoffs under head coach Brandon Johnston.


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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.