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Iowa high school football: The Register’s picks for Week 7’s top games

Des Moines Register logo Des Moines Register 10/10/2019 Cody Goodwin, Des Moines Register
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The Iowa high school football playoffs will be here before we know it. But this Friday will give us a postseason preview.

With the institution of the Iowa High School Athletic Association's RPI, every game matters. But this week’s slate of games features plenty of star power.

In Class 4A, the Bettendorf-Cedar Rapids Kennedy matchup will draw many eyeballs. In 3A, the Cedar Rapids Xavier-Western Dubuque contest, a rematch of last year’s state championship game, might draw even more.

Other excellent contests are on the schedule, too.

A pair of 2A games featuring ranked sides — top-ranked Waukon against No. 3 Waterloo Columbus, and No. 7 Des Moines Christian hosting No. 8 PCM — are expected thrillers. A Siouxland clash between West Sioux and West Lyon, plus the Van Meter-Panorama game, will draw the attention for those following 1A.

In all, there are eight games featuring ranked teams around the state this week, and so many more that will have impacts, both large and small, on next week’s RPI. So much will be decided between now and the end of the month.

Buckle up. It’s bound to be a fun ride. 

a group of people playing football on a field: Bettendorf's Harrison Bey-Buie (32) gets embraced by teammate Tynan Numkena after scoring a touchdown during a Class 4A varsity football game, Friday, Sept. 6, 2019, at Trojan Field in Iowa City, Iowa. © Joseph Cress/Iowa City Press-Citizen Bettendorf's Harrison Bey-Buie (32) gets embraced by teammate Tynan Numkena after scoring a touchdown during a Class 4A varsity football game, Friday, Sept. 6, 2019, at Trojan Field in Iowa City, Iowa.

No. 4 Bettendorf at No. 5 Cedar Rapids Kennedy

Analysis: This game should decide Class 4A’s District 5, and in doing so, it also carries big seeding implications with regards to the 4A playoff race.

Bettendorf has the star running back, in Harrison Bey-Buie, Class 4A’s rushing leader. The defense is among the state’s stingiest, allowing just 13.8 points per game. Cedar Rapids Kennedy is built in the same mold, a run-first offense and mean defense. Cairron Hendred is the Cougars’ featured back, but far from their only weapon.

As such, big plays might be at a premium and mistakes will be costly. Both learned that in closes losses earlier this year — Kennedy to West Des Moines Valley, Bettendorf to Cedar Falls. Expect this one to be close.

Pick: No. 4 Bettendorf, 28-21

Readers’ vote: No. 4 Bettendorf, 63%

a group of young men playing a game of football: Cedar Rapids Kennedy's Cairron Hendred (21) reacts after scoring a touchdown during a Class 4A varsity football game, Friday, Sept. 13, 2019, at Kingston Stadium in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. © Joseph Cress/Iowa City Press-Citizen Cedar Rapids Kennedy's Cairron Hendred (21) reacts after scoring a touchdown during a Class 4A varsity football game, Friday, Sept. 13, 2019, at Kingston Stadium in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

3A-No. 3 Cedar Rapids Xavier at 3A-No. 1 Western Dubuque

Analysis: Despite the large-school appeal of Bettendorf-Kennedy, this game between unbeatens might be the one most around the state are curious about.

Xavier’s potent offense (35 points per game) is led by quarterback Tyler Dupont, and the defense has authored three shutouts in six weeks. Western Dubuque has Calvin Harris leading the way, and the Bobcat defense has been even better, allowing 6.5 points per game.

Hard to gauge what ultimately happens here. We could have a shootout. We could have a hard-hitting, defensive struggle. A mix of both is also possible, because these players are that good.

Pick: 3A-No. 1 Western Dubuque, 20-14

Readers’ vote: 3A-No. 3 Cedar Rapids Xavier, 54%

a man wearing a uniform: Cedar Rapids Xavier head coach Duane Schulte talks with players after a week one varsity high school football game, Friday, Aug. 30, 2019, at Saints Field in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. © Joseph Cress/Iowa City Press-Citizen Cedar Rapids Xavier head coach Duane Schulte talks with players after a week one varsity high school football game, Friday, Aug. 30, 2019, at Saints Field in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

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a group of people standing next to a football ball: Waukon head coach Chad Beerman points to a sticker in honor of David Schoeberlein who was a teacher and coach at Waukon that passed away in September. Waukon defeated Williamsburg 29-0 in the class 2A state final football game at the UNI Dome on Friday, Nov. 17, 2017, in Cedar Falls. © Brian Powers/The Register Waukon head coach Chad Beerman points to a sticker in honor of David Schoeberlein who was a teacher and coach at Waukon that passed away in September. Waukon defeated Williamsburg 29-0 in the class 2A state final football game at the UNI Dome on Friday, Nov. 17, 2017, in Cedar Falls.

2A-No. 1 Waukon at 2A-No. 3 Waterloo Columbus

Analysis: Another small-school game that should draw plenty of eyeballs. Waterloo Columbus (6-0) has shown the ability to do it all. Quarterback Carter Gallagher has been solid. Running back Ray Seidel has been the workhorse. The defense is allowing just a touchdown per game.

But this Waukon (6-0) team is as tough as they come — a pick-your-poison offense that averages 41.5 points per game, a defense that pressures the quarterback and forces turnovers. Even though the Sailors are playing at home, these Indians are going to be a tough out.

Pick: 2A-No. 1 Waukon, 21-13

Readers’ vote: 2A-No. 1 Waukon, 72%

a group of people standing in front of a crowd: PCM head coach Greg Bonnett lets his team celebrate after the Mustangs defeated Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley 28-7 to win the class 2A state championship football game on Friday, Nov. 16, 2018, in Cedar Falls. © Brian Powers/The Register PCM head coach Greg Bonnett lets his team celebrate after the Mustangs defeated Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley 28-7 to win the class 2A state championship football game on Friday, Nov. 16, 2018, in Cedar Falls.

2A-No. 8 PCM (Monroe) at 2A-No. 7 Des Moines Christian

Analysis: PCM (Monroe), last year’s 2A state champ, is back in contention again and are riding high with four straight wins. The Mustangs enter into perhaps their most crucial game yet against a Des Moines Christian team that, statistically, owns 2A’s best offense (56 points per game) and defense (5.3 points allowed per game).

The winner here gains the inside track to winning 2A’s District 8. A year ago, Des Moines Christian lost this game and another in Week 8 to miss the playoffs. I think the Lions get it done this time.

Pick: 2A-No. 7 Des Moines Christian, 35-21

Readers’ Vote: 2A-No. 7 Des Moines Christian, 58%

a group of men playing a game of baseball: West Sioux, Hawarden's Hunter Dekkers (8) runs in for a touchdown to make the score 51-38 during their class 1A state championship football game on Friday, Nov. 16, 2018, in Cedar Falls. West Sioux, Hawarden would go on to beat Dike-New Hartford 52-38. © Brian Powers/The Register West Sioux, Hawarden's Hunter Dekkers (8) runs in for a touchdown to make the score 51-38 during their class 1A state championship football game on Friday, Nov. 16, 2018, in Cedar Falls. West Sioux, Hawarden would go on to beat Dike-New Hartford 52-38.

1A-No. 4 West Lyon at 1A-No. 7 West Sioux

Analysis: The second of three games that’ll decide 1A’s District 1. West Sioux is coming off a stunning loss to Western Christian last week. West Lyon gets the Wolfpack in Week 9 and will have to deal with a motivated Falcon team this week.

The last time West Sioux lost, a 17-game winning streak followed. Consider last week a "medicine game" for the Falcons — one that shows what can happen when things don’t go according o plan, and what still needs work moving forward.

West Lyon’s defense is just as mean as Western Christian’s, and offensive playmakers are finding their stride. Hunter Dekkers and West Sioux are in for another stiff test. This should be a fun one.

Pick: 1A-No. 7 West Sioux, 35-20

Readers’ vote: 1A-No. 7 West Sioux, 61%

Last Week — Cody, 1-4; Readers, 2-3

2019 Season Record — Cody, 21-9; Readers, 22-8

Cody Goodwin covers wrestling and high school sports for the Des Moines Register. Follow him on Twitter at @codygoodwin.

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