Week 5 Football Capsules
Solon celebrates a win over Washington on Sept. 16.Class 4A No. 6 City High (3-1) at Clinton (3-1)
Where: Coan Field, 7:30 p.m.
Last Season: Did Not Play
Player to Watch: Gage Harris is one of the most versatile offensive threats in the state. The Clinton senior leads Class 4A with 31 receptions for 509 yards and seven touchdowns and has rushed for 283 yards and six scores.
Key Stat: Clinton senior quarterback Johnny Sullivan (6-1, 180) has completed 68 percent of his passes while throwing for a state-best 1,254 yards and 15 touchdowns.
About Clinton: An explosive offense that is averaging more than 45 points and 467 yards per game has helped the River Kings to a 3-1 start. Sullivan and Gage headline a Clinton offense that has scored 40 points or more in eight of its last 14 games dating back to last season.
The River Kings scored 51 points in back-to-back wins to open the season and rebounded from a 46-42 loss to Cedar Rapids Prairie in week three with a 37-22 win over Dubuque Senior last week. Clinton has been vulnerable at times on defense allowing at least 403 of offense in each of its first three games.
About City High: The Little Hawks bounced back from a 30-27 loss to Ames with a win over cross-town rival West High last week and they did it with defense. After allowing season-highs in points (30) and yards (423) in the loss to Ames the Little Hawks limited a potent West High offense to seven points and 159 yards.
City High senior Bryce Frantz logged his third 100 yard game of the season against West High rushing for a season-high 142 yards and two touchdowns on 30 carries. Frantz leads City High with 466 rushing yards and seven touchdowns this season.
Class 4A No. 10 West High (3-1) at Cedar Rapids Prairie (3-1)
Where: John Wall Field, 7:15 p.m.
Last Season: West High 35, Cedar Rapids Prairie 20 (1st Round 4A Playoffs)
Player to Watch: Prairie senior running back Joseph Meyer (5-10, 170) has three straight 100 yard games during the Hawks three-game winning streak and has rushed for a team-high 470 yards and eight touchdowns.
Key Stat: Prairie is averaging 317 rushing yards during its current three-game winning streak and has 16 rushing touchdowns during that stretch.
About Cedar Rapids Prairie: Year two of the Mark Bliss era is off to a strong start at Prairie with the Hawks winning three straight games following a 27-14 season-opening loss to Cedar Rapids Washington. Prairie is averaging 44.3 points per game during its three-game winning streak that included a 49-7 win over Davenport Central last Thursday. Prairie has found traction in its wing T offense in the second year under Bliss, averaging 260 yards per game on the ground. Running backs Zachary Ganske (6-1, 195) and Joseph Meyer have combined to rush for 813 yards and 12 touchdowns.
About West High: The West High offense produced a season-low 159 total yards in a 20-7 loss to cross-town rival City High last week. West High started its third running back in as many weeks against City High as Devontae Lane and Jason Strunk split time in place of injured Matthew Huff and Andre White. Strunk rushed for 35 yards in his varsity debut while Lane had 25 yards on eight carries.
West High will need another strong performance from its defense which has been solid against the run this season. The Trojans are allowing 148 rushing yards per game and haven’t allowed a team to rush for more than 184 yards this season.
Class 1A No. 1 Regina (3-1) at Highland (2-2)
Where: Highland, 7 p.m.
Last Season: Regina 52, Highland 0
Player to Watch: Regina junior Isaac Vollstedt came off the bench to rush for 177 yards and four touchdowns in the second half of last week’s win over Sigourney-Keota.
Key Stat: Regina senior receiver Jack Jensen has caught a touchdown pass in three straight games. Jensen has a team-high 16 receptions for 319 yards and three scores.
About Highland: After averaging 55.5 points in back-to-back wins to open the season the Huskies have been held to 13 points per game in consecutive losses the past two weeks.
The Huskies opened the season by outscoring Danville and West Liberty by a combined score of 111-20 but have been outscored 73-26 in consecutive loss to Sigourney-Keota and Wilton.
About Regina: The Regals ended the game with 21 unanswered points to turn a 29-28 lead into a 50-28 win over Sigourney-Keota last week. Regina rolled up a season-high 490 yards of total offense in the win while scoring more than 34 points for the third straight week.
Junior quarterback Michael Conlon has completed 24-of-37 passes for 345 yards and three touchdowns the past two weeks while filling in for injured starter Tommy Rapp.
Center Point-Urbana (2-2) at Clear Creek Amana (4-0)
Where: Clipper Field, 7:15 p.m.
Last Season: Center Point-Urbana 17, Clear Creek Amana 10
Player to Watch: Center Point-Urbana senior quarterback Zach Thurm (6-0, 190) has completed 61 percent of his passes while throwing for 445 yards and six touchdowns without an interception.
Key Stat: Clear Creek Amana is allowing 177 yards of total offense per game this season.
About Center Point-Urbana: The Stormin’ Pointers had a two-game winning streak snapped with a 48-15 loss at fourth-ranked West Delaware on Friday. The passing numbers have been consistent for CPU this season as Thurm has thrown for between 99 and 116 yards in all four games. The difference in the Stormin’ Pointer offense has been the ability to run the ball. CPU is averaging 268.5 yards rushing yards per game on 7.5 yards per carry in its two wins and 85.5 yards per game on 2.7 yards per attempt in two losses.
About Clear Creek Amana: The Clippers built on the best start in the Matt and Ronnie Hughes era last week improving to 4-0 with a 44-0 win at Maquoketa. Clear Creek Amana has continued to rely on a dominant defense that has posted a pair of shutouts and is holding opponents to 5 points per game.
Running backs Matt Brimeyer and Jared Eckrich are settling in after replacing Drake Brezina who was lost for the season with an injury in week two. Eckrich and Brimeyer have combined to rush for 326 yards and five touchdowns the past two weeks.
Class 1A No. 10 West Branch (3-1) at Bellevue (4-0)
Where: C.C. Hammann Field in Bellevue, 7 p.m.
Last Season: West Branch 42, Bellevue 0
Player to Watch: Bellevue senior running back Peter Kilburg (5-8, 145) has rushed for 788 yards and 12 touchdowns this season and is averaging 9.4 yards per carry.
Key Stat: After being held to 78 rushing yards on 23 carries in a week two loss to West Burlington/Notre Dame Luke Lenoch has averaged 39.5 carries, 255.5 yards and five touchdowns per game in two district wins.
About Bellevue: The Comets have been impressive through four weeks outscoring opponents 190-21 during a 4-0 start. Bellevue blanked Durant 44-0 on Friday as Kilburg ran for 258 yards and three touchdowns.
The Bellevue offense has been impressive thus far averaging better than 424 yards per game but it has been the Comet defense that has played the biggest role in a 4-0 start.
Bellevue has been stingy against the run, holding its first three opponents to 31 yards or less rushing and opportunistic against the pass with nine interceptions and 22 sacks.
West Branch will provide easily the toughest test of the season for Bellevue as its first four opponents have a combined 1-15 record.
West Branch: The Bears ground out 367 rushing yards and got a school-record six rushing scores f
rom Lenoch in a 54-32 win over Maquoketa Valley last week. Since scoring 18 points in a week two loss to West Burlington/Notre Dame the Bears have scored 35 and 54 points in their last two games and are averaging 487 yards per game.
Lenoch ranks seventh in the state with 767 rushing yards this season and leads a West Branch offense that is putting up 441 rushing yards per game. Senior quarterback Brandon Rummelhart has passed for 335 yards and three touchdowns in two starts this season.
Oskaloosa (3-1) at Class 3A No. 9 Solon (3-1)
Where: Spartan Field, 7:30 p.m.
Last Season: Did Not Play.
Player to Watch: Oskaloosa senior receiver Bennett Spry (5-10, 160) is a threat to score any time he touches the ball. Spry has five touchdowns of 70 yards or longer this season, returning a kick off and two punts for scores to go with touchdown receptions of 78 and 74 yards.
Key Stat: The return game has been key for Oskaloosa with Spry averaging 27.2 yards per kickoff return and 19 yards per punt return.
About Oskaloosa: The Indians have won three straight games by a combined score of 102-19 following a season opening loss to two-time defending state champion Pella. Oskaloosa improved to 2-0 in Class 3A, District 5 play with a 30-13 win over Mount Pleasant last week.
The Indians have been stingy on defense this season allowing an average of 214 yards per game. In two district wins Oskaloosa has been even better holding foes to three points and 131 yards per game.
About Solon: Following a 34-0 loss to Regina in week two Solon has outscored a pair of district opponents 78-15 following a 36-15 win at fourth-ranked Washington last week. Solon returned a pair of interceptions for touchdowns last week and has now forced 10 turnovers this season.
Kendrick Harris has rushed for 357 yards and four touchdowns and senior quarterback Blayze Griffis has thrown for 541 yards and six scores to lead the Spartans.