Semifinal Football Capsules
Evan Flitz looks for a receiver against Bettendorf. Jeff Yoder/For Your Prep SportsWest High (9-2) vs. No. 4 Cedar Rapids Washington (10-1)
Where: UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls
When: Friday, 7:06 p.m.
Last Season: Cedar Rapids Washington 42, West High 13
Last Round: West High 38, Cedar Rapids Prairie 21; Cedar Rapids Washington 30, City High 14.
Player to Watch: Cedar Rapids Washington senior and Iowa State recruit O’Rien Vance (6-3, 235) has 14 tackles for loss and seven sacks among his 82 tackles.
Key Stat: West High is allowing an average of 206 total yards per game during its six-game winning streak and hasn’t allowed a team to gain more than 310 yards during that stretch.
About West High: The Trojans avenged one of its two regular season losses with a 38-21 win over sixth-ranked Cedar Rapids Prairie in the quarterfinals to return to the semifinals for the first time since 2002. West High is after its first title game appearance since winning back-to-back state titles in 1998 and 1999.
West High brings a six-game winning streak into the semifinals and is averaging 43 points and 374 yards per game during that stretch. The Trojans had 444 total yards in the quarterfinal win over Prairie, the most since posting 541 in the season opener against Southeast Polk.
Junior quarterback Evan Flitz has completed 69 percent of his passes for 1,797 yards and 19 touchdowns despite missing two games with an injury. Senior Oliver Martin leads Class 4A with 75 receptions and 1,128 yards and has caught 12 touchdowns on the season while Devontae Lane has rushed for 676 yards and nine touchdowns all in the last seven games.
About Cedar Rapids Washington: The Warriors are seeking their second title game appearance in the past three seasons after a runner-up finish in 2014. Washington defeated Waterloo West 35-21 in the regular season finale to secure a playoff berth and downed Western Dubuque by the same score in its postseason opener before forcing six turnovers in a 30-14 quarterfinal win over No. 10 City High.
The Warriors have one of the top defenses in Class 4A, holding opponents to 214 total yards and 14.5 points per game. Washington has been especially stingy against the run, holding teams to 97 yards per game on the ground and just 2.8 yards per carry.
Offensively, Washington is led by junior quarterback Bryan Kunde who has passed for 1,746 yards and 19 touchdowns with 43 of those passes going to senior Drew Dostal for 744 yards. Washington has scored at least t30 points in every game during its current five-game winning streak and is averaging 34.8 points per game this season.
Noah Felderman catches a pass against Pella Christian. Jeff Yoder/For Your Prep Sports. No. 1 Regina (10-1) vs. No. 3 Denver (11-0)
Where: UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls
When: Saturday, 10:06 a.m.
Last Season: Did not play.
Last Round: Regina 45, Pella Christian 43; Denver 34, Bellevue 6
Player to Watch: Denver senior quarterback Eli Barrett (6-0, 165) has passed for 537 yards and eight touchdowns and rushed for 888 yards and a team-high 16 scores.
Key Stat: Denver has attempted 94 passes this season, only six teams in Class 1A have thrown the ball less.
About Denver: The Cyclones are making their third consecutive trip to the UNI-Dome after reaching the Class A semifinals each of the past two seasons. Denver is seeking its first championship game appearance since winning the 1A title in 1995.
The Cyclones have been impressive in the postseason, outscoring opponents 84-12 in a pair of playoff wins. Denver ranks third in Class 1A averaging 344 rushing yards per game and has rushed for more than 300 yards in nine straight games.
Even with all the yards Denver has piled up on the ground the Cyclones don’t have a 1,000-yard rusher but do have three players that have rushed for more than 880 yards. Sam Joerger (6-0, 175) leads the way with 986 yards and 10 touchdowns while Bo McMahon (5-11, 185) has rushed for 902 yards and nine scores and quarterback Eli Barrett has 888 yards and 16 touchdowns.
About Regina: The Regals ran their postseason winning streak to 32 straight and advanced to the state semifinals for the seventh straight season with a 45-43 win over second-rank Pella Christian in the quarterfinals.
Regina rolled up a season-high 510 yards in the win over Pella Christian and has now scored more than 40 points in six straight games. After its 45-point performance in Friday’s quarterfinal round Regina has now scored at least 31 points in 14 consecutive playoff games dating back to 2013.
Isaac Vollstedt has rushed for more than 100 yards in back-to-back games since returning from injury and leads Regina with 816 yards and 11 touchdowns on the season. Junior quarterback Michael Conlon has rushed for 635 yards and nine touchdowns and passed for 1,268 yards and 15 touchdowns.