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#34 Ricky Pforts of Wapello makes the open field tackle on #7 Brock Hartley of Wilton during the first quarter of last Friday's game.

DAVE CHESLING, MUSCATINE JOURNAL

Wilton (6-1) at Van Buren Keosauqua (1-6)

Time: 7 p.m.

Last week: Wilton topped Wapello 38-13. Van Buren lost 43-6 at Iowa City Regina.

Key stat: Wilton leads Class 1A with 13 interceptions and three of those were returned for touchdowns.

What to watch: With a 4-1 record in Class 1A district 4, Wilton needs a win to keep up with Sigourney-Keota for second place in the district. Wilton won last season’s matchup 54-0, and its offense should have similar success this time around against a Van Buren defense that’s allowing 40.3 points per game this season.

Wilton coach Ryan Hetzler: “They’re struggling as a team this year, but we have to make sure our kids are ready to play. Our focus this week is really on what we’re going to do as a team as far as limiting turnovers and making sure everybody is on the same page. We want to play to the level we’re going to need to play in order to beat Sigourney-Keota next week.”

West Liberty (5-2) vs. No. 2 Mount Vernon (6-1)

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Last week: West Liberty upset Williamsburg, the No. 1 ranked team in Class 2A, 14-9 on the road. Mount Vernon drilled Mediapolis 43-20.

Key stat: West Liberty has rushed for 2,140 yards and 25 touchdowns this season on 7.2 yards per carry.

What to watch: Mount Vernon is currently 5-0 and in first place of Class 2A district 5, and West Liberty is 4-1 and tied with Williamsburg in second. The Comets likely need to pull an upset for the second week in a row to keep their playoff hopes alive. West Liberty will have to deal with a balanced attack from Mount Vernon, led by quarterback Drew Adams’ 1,327 passing yards and 21 touchdowns.

West Liberty coach Jason Iske: "We've played three good teams in a row now. For us we have to execute the game plan and handle adversity, because it's going to come."

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Louisa-Muscatine (2-5) at Highland Riverside (2-5)

Time: 7 p.m.

Last week: Louisa-Muscatine lost 68-28 to Sigourney-Keota. Highland Riverside lost 28-14 to Columbus Community.

Key stat: Both Cody Calvelage and Brock Jeambey rank in the top 20 in Class 1A in receiving yards. Calvelage ranks 17th with 325 yards, while Jeambey ranks 13th with 334 yards.

What to watch: After showing promise by winning two consecutive games earlier in the season Louisa-Muscatine sputtered and lost its last three. However, Louisa-Muscatine will take on a Highland team that has lost its last five games by an average margin of 49.8 points per game.

Wapello (4-3) at Sigourney-Keota (4-3)

Time: 7 p.m.

Last week: Wapello lost to Wilton 38-13. Sigourney-Keota beat Louisa-Muscatine 68-28.

Key stat: Wapello hasn’t played a game decided by fewer than 16 points, and the average margin in its seven games is 34.2 points.

What to watch: Logan Belzer is coming off one of his worst games of the season against Wilton last week, as the senior quarterback completed just 5 of 19 passes for 112 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions. The senior will face a more forgiving secondary tonight as Sigourney-Keota surrendered 221 yards passing and three touchdowns to Louisa-Muscatine last week. 

Wapello coach Todd Parsons: "They run a unique style of offense that you don't see any other week of the season so that presents some challenges. The kids have had a good week of practice and prepared well."

Columbus Community (2-5) at No. 4 Iowa City Regina (5-2)

Time: 7 p.m.

Last week: Columbus Community beat Riverside Highland 28-14. Iowa City Regina beat Van Buren 43-6.

Key stat: Quarterback Abel Mena has accounted for 1,145 yards and 12 of the Wildcats’ 13 touchdowns.

What to watch: Since starting 0-2 Iowa City Regina has arguably been the most impressive team in Class 2A with five straight wins. The Wildcats are coming off an impressive win, but they've scored less than eight points four times this season, while the Regals have only allowed more than seven points once in the last five games.

Durant (2-5) vs. Clayton Ridge Guttenberg (3-4)

Time: 7 p.m.

Last week: Durant lost 15-6 at Tipton. Clayton Ridge Guttenberg lost 35-6 to Bellevue.

Key stat: The Wildcats have forced 14 turnovers this season.

What to watch: After losing to No. 8 West Branch by one point two weeks ago, Durant scored a season low six points despite gaining 279 yards of total offense. However, the Durant defense has shown potential at times this season, and it takes on a Clayton Ridge offense that only managed 64 total yards and six points last week.

-- Evan Riggs

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