This week marks the halfway point of the Iowa high school football season, but it comes with some disappointment for one northeast Iowa team.

School officials at Independence have canceled the Mustangs' Homecoming game against Crestwood Friday night over safety concerns related to the coronavirus. The freshmen-sophomore game was also called off.

In a Facebook statement, Independence administrators said they are hoping that next week's home games against Waukon can played. The Mustangs are currently planning to play the Indians at Lyle Leinbaugh Stadium, as scheduled.

Cedar Falls and Waterloo East are among other teams hosting Homecoming games Friday night. The Tigers play Dubuque Hempstead at the UNI-Dome and the Trojans battle undefeated Decorah, which ranked is ranked No. 9 in Class 3A (Associated Press poll).

Fan restrictions are in place for East's game at Waterloo Memorial Stadium. Any spectator attending the game must get a wristband from a football player, band member, cheerleader, dance team member or the Homecoming Court for admittance. Tickets will not be sold to spectators who do not have a wristband, Waterloo School officials said.

Midway through the season, Friday night's home game for Dunkerton will feel like a season-opener -- that's because it is. The Raiders didn't schedule any opponent on Aug. 28 (Week 1), then COVID-19 forced them to cancel consecutive road games at No. 1-ranked Don Bosco and West Central. Dunkerton's game this week is against Rockford.


Here’s the entire list of this week's games involving teams from the Cedar Valley and northeast Iowa, all of which are scheduled to be played Friday night:

**(8P, #7) Newell-Fonda @ AGWSR, Ackley
Dike-New Hartford @ Aplington-Parkersburg
Belle Plaine @ BCLUW, Conrad
Dubuque, Hempstead @ Cedar Falls
Waterloo, West @ Cedar Rapids Jefferson
Union, La Porte City @ Center Point-Urbana
**Kee, Lansing @ Central City
Columbus Catholic, Waterloo @ Central Springs
MFL-Mar-Mac @ Clayton Ridge, Guttenberg
**Rockford @ Dunkerton
East Buchanan, Winthrop @ (A, #4) Edgewood-Colesburg
Waverly-Shell Rock @ Epworth, Western Dubuque
**Collins-Maxwell @ (8P, #10) Gladbrook-Reinbeck
Iowa Falls-Alden @ Hampton-Dumont-CAL
East Marshall, LeGrand @ Hudson
**Clarksville @ Janesville
Denver @ Jesup
Nashua-Plainfield @ Lake Mills
(A, #1) Grundy Center @ Lynnville-Sully
Fort Dodge @ Marshalltown
**West Central, Maynard @ Midland, Wyoming
Vinton-Shellsburg @ (2A, #5) Mount Vernon
New Hampton @ North Fayette Valley
North Tama, Traer @ North Mahaska, New Sharon
Sumner-Fredericksburg @ Osage
South Hardin @ (1A, #9) South Hamilton, Jewell
Postville @ (A, #5) South Winneshiek, Calmar
**Riceville @ Tripoli
**Northwood-Kensett @ Turkey Valley, Jackson Junction
Starmont @ (A, #6) Wapsie Valley, Fairbank
(3A, #9) Decorah @ Waterloo, East
Oelwein @ (2A #7) Waukon
Charles City @ (3A, #10) West Delaware, Manchester

**Denotes 8-Player Games

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