Week 8 Football Capsules
Regina senior Jared Brinkman snaps the ball against Solon. Jackie Blake Jensen/IC Pixx. Clear Creek Amana (6-1) at Davenport Assumption (5-2)
Where: Thursday at Brady Street Stadium, 7:15 p.m.
Last Season: Davenport Assumption 37, Clear Creek Amana 14
Player to Watch: Davenport Assumption senior running back Justus Burke (5-11, 195) has rushed for 921 yards and 11 touchdowns and is averaging 7.9 yards per carry.
Key Stat: Davenport Assumption is averaging 267 rushing yards per game and has run for at least 161 yards in every game this season while Clear Creek Amana is allowing 87 rushing yards per game and hasn’t given up more than 155 rushing yards in a game this season.
About Davenport Assumption: The Knights have won four straight games and outscored opponents 172-43 since back-to-back losses to Bettendorf and West Delaware.
Assumption is averaging 312 rushing yards per game during its four-game winning streak led by Burke and quarterback Jayce Levy (6-0, 185).
Levy is averaging 113 rushing yards per game since taking over at quarterback in week three and has rushed for at least 100 yards in three straight games. Assumption is averaging 39 points and 424 yards per game since Levy took over at quarterback.
About Clear Creek Amana: The Clippers had their six-game winning streak snapped with a 15-14 overtime loss to Marion last week. Clear Creek Amana allowed just 118 total yards against Marion but had a season-low 156 rushing yards and 199 total yards in the loss to the Indians.
Clear Creek Amana has split a pair of games with Assumption the past two seasons winning 27-0 in 2015 and falling 37-14 at Brady Street Stadium last year. The Clippers rushed for a season-high 392 yards in the loss to the Knights last season, averaging 8.5 yards per carry.
Class 4A No. 6 Bettendorf (5-2) at 4A No. 4 City High (6-1)
Where: Bates Field, 7:15 p.m.
Last Season: Bettendorf 44, City High 7; Bettendorf 31, City High 7 (Class 4A quarterfinals)
Player to Watch: Bettendorf senior quarterback J Michael Young (6-4, 185) has passed for 754 yards and six touchdowns with just one interception and run for 589 yards and seven scores.
Key Stat: In the three meetings between these two teams over the past two seasons Bettendorf holds an 831 to 34 advantage in rushing yards.
About Bettendorf: The Bulldogs have looked like the Bettendorf of old the past four weeks after opening the season 1-2. The two losses for Bettendorf were to top-ranked West Des Moines Valley and a one-point, overtime setback to No. 7 Cedar Rapids Washington.
Bettendorf has won four straight since the loss to Cedar Rapids Washington on Sept. 9 outscoring opponents 141-45 during that stretch.
The Bulldogs are averaging 251 rushing yards per game led by senior Keegan Glaus (6-0, 215) who has rushed for 743 yards and 11 touchdowns.
About City High: The Little Hawks can lock up the District 7 title and a first-round home game in the playoffs with a win over their long-time rivals to the east. Bettendorf has won three straight games over City High by a combined score of 123-21 the past two seasons.
City High enters on a four-game winning streak after downing Muscatine 36-28 last week. The Little Hawks are averaging 38.5 points per game during their winning streak and have scored at least 36 points in three straight games.
Senior quarterback Nate Wieland has passed for 1,041 yards and four touchdowns and rushed for 549 yards and nine scores to lead City High.
West High (5-2) at Linn-Mar (2-5)
Where: Linn-Mar Stadium, 7:15 p.m.
Last Season: Did not play.
Player to Watch: Linn-Mar senior quarterback Reese Phillips (6-0, 185) has passed for 1,049 yards and six touchdowns and run for five scores.
Key Stat: West High hasn’t allowed an opponent to pass for more than 100 yards in five games and is allowing 75 yards passing per game during that span.
About Linn-Mar: It has been a tale of two schedules for the Lions. The two wins for Linn-Mar have come against teams with a combined 1-13 record while the Lions’ five losses have come to opponents that have gone 29-6.
Linn-Mar has lost back-to-back district games by more than 17 points after a 49-14 loss to Cedar Rapids Prairie on Friday. Better than 58 percent of Linn-Mar’s points this season came in wins over Cedar Rapids Jefferson and Ottumwa.
The duo of Neme Siaway and Brennan McGaffee has accounted for 944 rushing yards and six touchdowns this season.
About West High: The Trojans took a big step toward a sixth straight playoff appearance with a 24-10 road win over Cedar Rapids Kennedy last week. West High will likely need to close the season with back-to-back wins to secure a playoff bid.
Ethan Postler made his second straight start at quarterback against Kennedy, throwing for three touchdowns for the second straight game. Postler has completed 19-of-29 passes for 301 yards six touchdowns without an interception in two starts.
Class 3A No. 7 Solon (6-1) at West Burlington/Notre Dame (4-3)
Where: Bill Nelson Field in West Burlington, 7:30 p.m.
Last Season: Did not play.
Player to Watch: West Burlington/Notre Dame senior defensive end Shavontae Nelson (5-11, 225) has been a disruptive force with 19 tackles for loss and nine sacks.
Key Stat: After playing two games decided by single digits last season, West Burlington/Notre Dame has already had five games decided by less than 10 points this year and is 3-2 in those games. Those five games have been decided by a combined 28 points.
About West Burlington/Notre Dame: The Falcons opened the season with four straight wins but have lost three straight following a 49-7 loss to Washington on Friday.
West Burlington/Notre Dame allowed 97 rushing yards per game and 2.4 yards per carry during its four-game winning streak to open the season. The Falcons are giving up 229 yards per game on the ground and 5.9 yards per rushing attempt during their current three-game losing streak.
Sophomore quarterback Drake Day has passed for 1,218 yards and 10 touchdowns for the Falcons while Rodrigo Ramos and Isaiah Trousil have combined to rush for 669 yards and five touchdowns.
About Solon: The Spartans won their fifth straight game on Friday with a 26-0 shutout of Mount Pleasant and are allowing just five points per game during the winning streak.
Solon has held four of its last five opponents under 167 yards of total offense and has allowed just one touchdown in its last 14 quarters. During that stretch the Spartan defense has scored five touchdowns, returning two interceptions and three fumbles for scores.
Senior quarterback Blayze Griffis has passed for at least 150 yards in three straight games and has seven touchdowns and no interceptions during that span.
Class 1A No. 1 Regina (6-1) at Columbus (1-6)
Where: Columbus, 7 p.m.
Last Season: Regina 55, Columbus 28
Player to Watch: Senior quarterback Carter Colby has passed for 318 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for a team-high 424 yards and two more scores.
Key Stat: Regina has rushed for more than 350 yards in back-to-back games for the first time during it run of six consecutive state titles.
About Columbus: The Wildcats have lost five in a row after falling to Highland 28-0 last week. Columbus is averaging seven points per game during its five-game losing skid and hasn’t score more than 14 points in a game during that stretch.
Colby has accounted for nearly 50 percent of the Wildcats’ total offense this season, with 742 total yards and has been a part of five of the nine touchdowns for Columbus
Ruben Paz is averaging 25.4 yards per reception on a team-high seven grabs and has two touchdowns.
About Regina: The Regals ran their winning streak to six straight with a 56-8 win over Van Buren last week and can secure the District 4 title with a win over Columbus. Regina has held four of its last six opponents under 135 yards of total offense and is allowing 189 yards and 9.8 points per game during its six-game winning streak.
Regina rushed for 368 yards last week against Van Buren and has rushed for at least 250 yards in four straight games. During its six-game winning streak Regina is averaging 433 yards and 44 points per game.
West Branch (5-2) at Tipton (4-3)
Where: Tipton, 7:30 p.m.
Last Season: Did not play.
Player to Watch: Tipton junior Ben Emrich (5-10, 125) has passed for 486 yards and four touchdowns and is second on the team with 448 rushing yards and four scores.
Key Stat: West Branch has allowed -2 yards rushing in its last two games.
About Tipton: The Tigers have won three of their last four games after a 1-2 start to the season that included a season-opening loss to No. 10 Wilton and a 13-12 setback to Clayton Ridge in their district opener.
Tipton has relied heavily on the run game this season, averaging 251 yards per game on the ground, but has seen that production pick up over the last four weeks. The Tigers have rushed for more than 265 yards in each of their last four games and are averaging 311 rushing yards per game during that stretch.
About West Branch: Despite a long list of injuries West Branch is two wins away from a ninth consecutive playoff appearance. West Branch controls its own destiny in the Class 1A, District 3 chase and can earn a playoff spot with wins over Tipton and Clayton Ridge to end the regular season.
West Branch has won back-to-back games since a 26-13 loss at Bellevue on Sept. 23 after defeating North Cedar 35-14 on Friday. Senior running back Luke Lenoch is averaging 210 yards and four touchdowns per game during district play and has rushed for 1,307 yards and 22 touchdowns this season.