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Tanner Iske of West Liberty gets in the open after the screen pass for the first down during the first quarter of last Friday's game against Mount Vernon.

DAVE CHESLING, MUSCATINE JOURNAL

Wilton (7-1) vs. Sigourney-Keota (5-3)

Time: 7 p.m.

Last week: Wilton defeated Van Buren 56-8. Sigourney-Keota beat Wapello 48-41. 

Key stat: Sigourney-Keota is first in Class 1A and second in the state in total offense with 4,001 yards. 

What to watch: Wilton and Sigourney-Keota find themselves in the same position they were a year ago when they entered Week 9 − a matchup that will decide who will join Iowa City Regina as the second team from Class 1A District 4 to advance to the playoffs. Wilton lost a heartbreaker to Sigourney-Keota in last year's season finale, 35-28, and turned the ball over six times. 

Wilton coach Ryan Hetzler: "Sigourney-Keota is a football program with great tradition. This year's team is no different as they have a lineup filled with tough-nosed players. The boys know a state playoff appearance is on the line and they will be ready to go. Friday looks to be a great night and atmosphere for a high school football game." 

West Liberty (5-3) at Camanche (1-7)

Time: 7 p.m. 

Last week: West Liberty lost to Mount Vernon 34-27. Mediapolis shut out Camanche 43-0. 

Key stat: Seth Feldman is the only player in Class 2A District with double-digit rushing and passing touchdowns. 

What to watch: The Comets need help this week. Not only do they need to defeat Camanche, but they need Mount Vernon to beat Williamsburg in order to get into the playoffs. It's crowded at the top of the district, with Mount Vernon at 6-0, Williamsburg at 5-1 and West Liberty at 4-2 in district play.

Wapello (4-4) vs. Highland (2-6)

Time: 7 p.m. 

Last week: Wapello lost at Sigourney-Keota 48-41. Highland fell to Louisa-Muscatine 38-28.

Key stat: Wapello has thrown eight more touchdowns (21) than any other team in the district this season. 

What to watch: Senior quarterback Logan Belzer will start his final game as an Indian, concluding three years as the starter under center, as Wapello looks to finish above .500 for the second straight season. The Indians' season has been a bag of mixed results to this point. In the games its won, Wapello has outscored it opponents 153-12. In the games its lost, Wapello has been outscored 167-61. 

Wapello coach Todd Parsons: "We have had a good week of preparation. We are trying to finish the year strong and send our seniors out with a win."

Louisa-Muscatine (3-5) vs Iowa City Regina (6-2)

Time:  7 p.m.

Last week: Louisa-Muscatine defeated Highland 38-28. Iowa City Regina beat Columbus Community 47-21. 

Key stat: Louisa-Muscatine leads Class 1A District 4 in tackles with 384.5.

What to watch: The Falcons have a chance to reach four wins for the first time since the 2014 season. They will have their hands full, however, Friday night with an Iowa City Regina team that has won its past six football games while outscoring its opponents 282-68.

Durant (3-5) at Jesup (0-8) 

Time: 7 p.m.

Last week: Durant shut out Clayton Ridge 27-0. Jesup lost at Bellevue 43-6. 

Key stat: The Wildcats have outscored their opponents 104-60 in the last four weeks despite going 2-2 during that stretch. 

What to watch: Durant has a good opportunity to end the season on a high note and win consecutive games for the first time this season. The Wildcats face a winless Jesup team that has been outscored 332-47. 

Durant coach Joel Diederichs: "We're excited to go up there and play, it's going to be a good challenge. They have really good athletes ... and we're looking to finish off the district strong and see if we can get the fourth-place spot. That's our goal, and we're going after it hard." 

Columbus Community (2-6) at Van Buren (1-7)

Time: 7 p.m.

Last week: Columbus lost to Iowa City Regina 47-21. Van Buren fell to Wilton 56-8. 

Key stat: The 21 points Columbus put up last Friday were the most a team in Class 1A District 4 has scored against Iowa City Regina in six games this season. 

What to watch: Senior offensive leaders Abel Mena and Nicolas Hernandez have been key to the offense hitting its stride recently, as the Wildcats have strung together at least three touchdowns in back to back games for the first time all season. Columbus will take on a Van Buren team that has lost seven straight to conclude the season.

Columbus coach Scott Symmonds: "Our offense is finding its stride, as last week's game vs. Iowa City Regina showed. Our defense continues to play well, and we will have our hands full chasing down a Van Buren running attack that features two good backs and a running/throwing threat at quarterback."

-- Kyle Heim

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