High School Football: Eastern Iowa Week 8 Schedule
With the Iowa high school football season winding down, district races and playoff qualifiers are being decided across the state.
For teams that qualify for the playoffs in the state's smallest four classes (8-player, A, 1A and 2A), their regular season ends this week. The playoff field in each class will feature 32 teams. The non-playoff qualifiers have the option of scheduling a ninth game, if they choose to.
Teams that compete in Iowa's three largest classes (3A, 4A and 5A) are playing a nine-game schedule, therefore each of them have two regular season games remaining. There will be 16 playoff qualifiers in each class.
Week eight of the season got off to an early start with Vinton-Shellsburg playing at Davenport Assumption Thursday night.
Three games on Friday night feature a match-up of rated (Associated Press poll) teams. The outcome of each one will determine a district championship.
One of the marquee games is a Class 3A showdown at Lyle Leinbaugh Stadium in Independence, where the sixth-ranked Mustangs (7-0) host No. 5 West Delaware (6-1). The winner claims the championship of District 3.
The co-leaders of Class A District 2 also play for the title and a favorable seed in the playoffs. Top-ranked West Hancock (7-0) hosts No. 3 North Butler (7-0) at Sanger Field in Britt.
In the eight-player class, No. 3 Easton Valley takes the 130-mile trip north along the Mississippi River from Preston to Lansing, where the River Hawks (7-0) will play Kee High (7-0) for bragging rights in District 5.
Grundy Center is also hosting a showcase game in Class A District 3. The fifth-ranked Spartans (6-1) host unranked North Tama (6-1) for the championship. North Tama, which has the state's leading passer in quarterback Gabe Kopriva (2,095 yards), fell out of the top 10 this week after a 14-0 setback to Wapsie Valley.
Here is the full schedule of this week's eastern Iowa games with approximate start times:
Thursday, Oct. 14:
Davenport Assumption 28, Vinton-Shellburg 21 (at Brady Street Stadium, Davenport)
Friday, Oct. 15:
West Fork, Sheffield at AGWSR, Ackley - 7 PM
MFL-Mar-Mac at 1A-#6 Dyersville, Beckman Catholic - 7 PM
Lynnville-Sully at A-#8 Belle Plaine - 7 PM
Clayton Ridge, Guttenberg at Bellevue - 7 PM
Springville at Calumus-Wheatland - 7 PM (at Fairgrounds, Wyoming)
Postville at Cascade - 7 PM
1A-#5 Dike-New Hartford at Central Springs, Manly - 7 PM
Central City at Central, Elkader - 7 PM (Dittmer Sports Complex)
Meskwaki Settlement at Don Bosco, Gilbertville - 7 PM
South Winneshiek, Calmar at A-#9 East Buchanan, Winthrop - 7 PM
Midland, Wyoming at Edgewood-Colesburg - 7 PM
Collins-Maxwell at 8P-#10 Gladbrook-Reinbeck - 7 PM ("The Pit", Gladbrook)
North Tama, Traer at A-#5 Grundy Center - 7 PM
Nashua-Plainfield at Hudson - 7 PM
Durant at 1A-#3 Iowa City Regina - 7 PM
8P-#3 Easton Valley, Preston at 8P-#9 Kee High, Lansing
Lone Tree at Iowa Valley, Marengo - 7 PM
Woodward Academy at 8P-#2 Montezuma - 7 PM
HLV, Victor at New London - 7 PM
Maquoketa Valley at A-#2 North Linn, Troy Mills - 7 PM
1A-#10 Denver at South Hardin, Denver - 7 PM
A-#6 Lisbon at Starmont, Arlington - 7 PM
Waterloo Columbus Catholic at Sumner-Fredericksburg - 7 PM
Rockford at Tripoli - 7 PM
BCLUW, Conrad at Wapsie Valley, Fairbank - 7 PM
Wilton at West Branch - 7 PM (Butch Pederson Field/Little Rose Bowl)
8P-#7 Turkey Valley, Jackson Junction at West Central, Maynard - 7 PM
A-#3 North Butler, Greene at A-#1 West Hancock, Britt - 7 PM
Anamosa at West Liberty - 7 PM
Cedar Falls at Bettendorf - 7:15 PM
Iowa City West at 5A-#8 Cedar Rapids Prairie - 7:15 PM
Mount Vernon at Central DeWitt - 7:15 PM
Pella at Clear Creek-Amana, Tiffin - 7:15 PM
5A-#6 Marion Linn-Mar at Davenport Central - 7:15 PM (Brady Street Stadium)
Mid-Prairie, Wellman at Davis County, Bloomfield - 7:15 PM
Waterloo East at 4A-#9 Decorah - 7:15 PM
3A-#3 Solon at Grinnell - 7:15 PM
Center Point-Urbana at Hampton-Dumont-CAL - 7:15 PM
Davenport West at 5A-#7 Iowa City High - 7:15 PM (Bates Field)
3A-#8 Benton, Van Horne at Maquoketa - 7:15 PM
Mason City at Marion - 7:15 PM
4A-#3 Cedar Rapids Xavier at Newton - 7:15 PM (H.A. Lynn Stadium)
Johnston at 5A-#1 Cedar Rapids Kennedy - 7:30 PM (Kingston Stadium)
3A-#5 West Delaware, Manchester at 3A-#6 Independence - 7:30 PM (Lyle Leinbaugh Stadium)
Burlington at Iowa City Liberty - 7:30 PM
Chariton at Iowa Falls-Alden - 7:30 PM (Cadet Field)
Dubuque Wahlert Catholic at Jesup - 7:30 PM
Cedar Rapids Jefferson at Marshalltown - 7:30 PM (Leonard Cole Field)
Clear Lake at New Hampton - 7:30 PM
Oelwein at North Fayette Valley, West Union - 7:30 PM
Crestwood, Cresco at Osage - 7:30 PM
Cedar Rapids Washington at Oskaloosa - 7:30 PM
Charles City at South Tama - 7:30 PM
Dubuque Hempstead at Waterloo West - 7:30 PM
Union, La Porte City at Waukon - 7:30 PM
4A-#5 Waverly-Shell Rock at Western Dubuque, Epworth - 7:30 PM