Muscatine (4-2) at Class 4A No. 5 City High (5-1)
Where: Bates Field, 7:30 p.m.
Last Season: City High 42, Muscatine 41
Player to Watch: Muscatine senior running back Alphonso Soko (5-10, 185) ranks fourth in Class 4A in rushing with 823 yards and has run for 10 touchdowns.
Key Stat: In the last two meetings between Muscatine and City High the two teams have combined for 1,827 total yards and 174 points.
About Muscatine: The Muskies bounced back from a 44-16 loss to Bettendorf in its District 7 opener with a 52-7 win over Davenport North last week.
Soko has continued to build his reputation as one of the most dangerous playmakers in the state. The senior running back returned his second punt for a touchdown last week and is averaging an astounding 45 yards per punt return.
Senior quarterback Luke Wichers and wide receiver Drew Greenhaw give the Muscatine offense balance. Wichers has thrown for 946 yards and eight touchdowns with Greenhaw hauling in 36 passes for 537 yards and six scores.
About City High: The Little Hawks won their third consecutive game, all coming on the road, with a 49-20 win over Davenport Central on Friday. City High was dominant during its three-game road swing, outscoring teams 118-55 and outgaining foes by an average of 379 to 260.
Senior quarterback Nate Wieland has been a big reason for the recent offensive success for City High. Wieland has thrown for more than 200 yards in back-to-back games and has passed for 945 yards and three touchdowns this season with just one interception.
West High (4-2) at Cedar Rapids Kennedy (4-2)
Where: Kingston Stadium, 7:15 p.m.
Last Season: Cedar Rapids Kennedy 34, West High 31
Player to Watch: Sophomore running back Keyshawn Allers has provided a boost to the Cougar backfield with back-to-back 100-yard rushing performances. Allers has run for 228 yards and a touchdown and is averaging 8.1 yards per carry in two games this season.
Key Stat: The last two meetings between Kennedy and West High have been decided by a combined six points.
About Cedar Rapids Kennedy: The defending 4A runner-up Cougars have found their footing following an 0-2 start, averaging 51 points and 399 total yards during its current four-game winning streak. After opening the season with back-to-back losses to Muscatine (29-25) and Cedar Rapids Washington (21-0) Kennedy has outscored four opponents 202-34.
The Kennedy offense has gotten rolling the past four weeks but it has been the defense that has carried the Cougars. Kennedy is holding opponents to 244 yards per game on the season and has forced 18 turnovers.
About West High: The Trojans snapped a two-game losing skid in emphatic fashion last week with a 59-7 win over Burlington. Making his first career start in replace of injured Evan Flitz junior quarterback Ethan Postler threw for 118 yards and three touchdowns in the win over Burlington.
After mustering a combined 171 rushing yards against Cedar Falls and City High the Trojans have gotten the ground game going behind Devontae Lane. The senior has rushed for 266 yards and three touchdowns in the past two games helping West High average 258 rushing yards per game during that span.
Class 1A No. 1 Regina (5-1) at Van Buren (0-6)
Where: Van Buren, 7 p.m.
Last Season: Did not play.
Player to Watch: Van Buren junior running back Donny Roberts has rushed for a team-high 348 yards and four touchdowns.
Key Stat: The 402 rushing yards for Regina last week against Wilton were the most for the Regals since they rolled up 417 in a win at Wilton on Oct. 11 2013, a span of 40 games.
About Van Buren: Since an 8-3 season in 2014 the Warriors have gone 1-14 after falling to Highland 67-14 on Friday.
Van Buren is allowing 52 points per game this season and has 56 points or more four times. Roberts has accounted for better than 52 percent of Van Buren’s offensive production this season with his 348 rushing yards and has scored four of the Warriors’ seven touchdowns.
About Regina: The Regals sit alone atop the District 4 standings after rolling past previously unbeaten Wilton 41-17 last week. Regina has been dominant in district play, outscoring opponents 175-51 and averaging 431 yards per game in four district wins.
Juniors Isaac Vollstedt and Jake Phillips have combined for 949 rushing yards and 14 touchdowns for Regina.
Class 3A No. 6 Clear Creek Amana (6-0) at Marion (4-2)
Where: Thomas Park Field, 7:15 p.m.
Last Season: Did not play.
Players to Watch: The backfield duo of Owen Carstensen (5-11, 170) Chris Mohwinkle (5-11, 165) has combined to rush for 1,112 yards and 10 touchdowns.
Key Stat: Marion has made a living on the ground this season averaging 219 rushing yards per game and 5.5 yards per carry. Meanwhile Clear Creek Amana hasn’t giving up more than 155 yards rushing in a game and is holding opponents to 90 yards per game on the ground.
About Marion: If Clear Creek Amana is the best story in Class 3A this season then Marion is a close second. The Indians and first-year coach Tim Lovell snapped an 18-game losing streak that dated back to 2014 with a 45-22 win over Benton Community and haven’t slowed down since.
Marion has won four of five games since a season-opening loss to Union, the only loss during that stretch a 17-14 setback and Dubuque Wahlert.
Sophomore quarterback Trevor Paulsen has provided some balance for the Indian offense since taking over two games ago and has passed for 429 yards and five touchdowns. Paulsen (6-2, 175) is coming off the best game of his career when he threw for 213 yards and three touchdowns last week in a 28-26 win over Center Point-Urbana.
About Clear Creek Amana: The Clippers made a big-time statement and some history last week, improving to 6-0 for the first time in program history with a 30-14 win over perennial power West Delaware.
Clear Creek Amana has yet to allow more than 14 points in a game this season and is holding opponents to 185 yards and 6 points per game. Jared Eckrich and Matt Brimeyer have combined for 852 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns this season helping the Clippers average 294 yards per game on the ground.
North Cedar (1-5) at West Branch (4-2)
Where: The Little Rose Bowl, 7:30 p.m.
Last Season: West Branch 31, North Cedar 8
Player to Watch: Cooper Kabela is the man under center for West Branch the rest of the way and the senior will look to build on a strong debut last week in which he completed 9-of-12 passes for 82 yards and two touchdowns.
Key Stat: North Cedar is averaging 62.5 rushing yards per game and 2.1 yards per carry and faces a West Branch defense that held Durant to 1 yard rushing on 13 attempts last week.
About North Cedar: Following a 9-2 season in 2014 the Knights have lost 12 of 15 games over the past two seasons after a 38-6 loss to Jesup last week. North Cedar has struggled on offense this season averaging 8.8 points and 134 yards per game and has scored double figures points in two games this season.
Senior quarterback Carter Johnson has thrown for 429 yards and five touchdowns and scored the Knights lone two rushing touchdowns on the season. Senior Jacob Jensen is tied for the team lead with five receptions but has made the most of them, averaging 30.8 yards per catch and scoring three touchdowns.
About West Branch: Cooper Kabela became the third West Branch quarterback to start a game last week when he filled in for injured starter Brandon Rummelhart. With Rummelhart out for the season it is Ka
bela’s job now as West Branch seeks to stay in the playoff hunt.
In Kabela’s first start West Branch rebounded from a 26-13 loss to Bellevue with a 50-22 win over Durant last week. After allowing more than 400 yards in back-to-back games the West Branch defense held Durant to 267 yards last week with most of that total coming with the game in hand.
Mount Pleasant (3-3) at Class 3A No. 8 Solon (5-1)
Where: Spartan Field, 7:30 p.m.
Last Season: Did not play.
Player to Watch: Pat Canby (6-0, 210) does a little bit of everything for Mount Pleasant. The senior has rushed for a team-high 609 yards and 11 touchdowns, is second on the team with 12 receptions for 119 yards and has 32.5 tackles.
Key Stat: The key to stopping Mount Pleasant is slowing Canby. The senior running back has rushed for 493 yards and 10 touchdowns and averaged 10.3 yards per carry in three wins. He has 116 rushing yards and one touchdown on 4.1 yards per carry in three losses.
About Mount Pleasant: After starting the season 1-3 the Panthers have outscored their last two opponents 55-14 in back-to-back wins. Mount Pleasant has won four of its last seven games dating back to last season after starting 0-8 a year ago.
With three games left the Panthers are just 14 points away from equaling their scoring total from all of last season and are averaging 20 points per game. The three losses for the Panthers have come to teams with a combined record of 14-4 including district losses to Washington (47-12) and Oskaloosa (30-13).
About Solon: The Spartans have outscored opponents 168-25 in four consecutive district wins while taking control of the District 5 race. The offensive production has been solid but Solon is making its mark with defense. The Spartans are allowing 6.3 points and 188 yards per game during district play and have forced 15 turnovers in their four-game winning streak.
Senior quarterback Blayze Griffis has been as efficient as the Spartan defense over the past four games. Griffis is completing better than 76 percent of his passes and averaging 146 yards per game during the winning streak and has thrown two touchdown passes in four straight games.