Algona (9-1) at Waukon (9-1)
After a convincing, 45-20 victory against Crestwood away from home, Algona will hit the road once again to face Waukon. Bulldogs quarterback Matt Grein started the postseason with tremendous success, racking up 237 yards and four touchdowns with zero interceptions against Crestwood.
Waukon hasn’t allowed its opponents to score more than 24 points in any game this season. Algona’s offense, led by Grein, could be the first to do so with another impressive performance.
Edgewood-Colesburg (9-1) at Bishop Garrigan (10-0)
The Golden Bears’ defense was stellar during their victory against Wapsie Valley last week, allowing only one score, which was only made possible by an interception return into Bishop Garrigan’s red zone.
Bishop Garrigan will have to post another solid defensive performance against Edgewood-Colesburg, which has won every game since its Week 1 loss to Bellevue. Running back Preston Rochford had an insane game against BGM last week, rushing for 401 yards and five touchdowns. Stopping him will be key as the Golden Bears look to advance to the UNI Dome.
West Hancock (8-2) at Akron-Westfield (8-2)
A road contest against Hinton wasn’t too tall of a task for the Eagles, who won 42-20 behind a successful rushing attack. Tate Hagen rushed the ball 44 times for 203 yards and four scores, while Josef Smith racked up 137 yards on 17 carries. Bennett Burns, who carried the ball 10 times for 66 yards, also scored a pair of touchdowns.
Akron-Westfield defeated Westwood 42-21 last week, but it allowed 4.8 yards per carry. West Hancock should look to take advantage of that susceptible run defense as it hits the road once more.
Rockford (9-1) at Don Bosco, Gilbertville (9-1)
The Warriors find themselves faced with a rematch with the Dons, who handed Rockford its worst loss of the season in Week 3. Rockford has a chance to make amends after suffering that 80-6 loss when it travels to Don Bosco on Friday.
The Warriors will have to use that result as motivation or erase it from their minds completely as they look to extend their winning streak to eight games. The Warriors’ past four victories have been by 10 points or fewer. That success in tightly contested games would be important if this game goes down to the wire.