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Smothers 'brothers' power No.1 Warriors

The Smothers Brothers was a popular television show in the 1970's that featured comedy, music and political satire by Dick and Tommy Smothers.

"I've heard a lot about it," Cedar Rapids Washington fullback Caleb Smothers said with a smile Monday night. "A lot of the older substitute teachers throw that at me."

The top-ranked Warriors had their own version of the Smothers Brothers Monday night in their 25-14 victory over Cedar Falls in the second round of the Class 4A playoffs at rainy Kingston Stadium.

Caleb Smothers and Connor Vincent are not really brothers, but the two fullbacks looked like twins in the Washington backfield Monday with their power running and absolute aversion to being tackled.

Smothers and Vincent are known more for their blocking and tackling than their running, but they played key roles as the Warriors (11-0) advanced to a date with Iowa City West (7-4) in the quarterfinals Friday night at Kingston.

Smothers and Vincent normally combine for 42 yards in Washington's running attack, but they combined for 110 yards on 14 carries Monday and were especially effective on a 77-yard touchdown drive that clinched the game in the fourth quarter.


Saints top Waverly-Shell Rock

The Go-Hawks of Waverly-Shell Rock found out right away Monday night that they had nowhere to go against Xavier’s stout defense.

They were held to one first down and forced into quick punts the first four times they had the ball in a second round Class 3A playoff game on the Saints’ rain-soaked field.

Xavier, meanwhile, had a missed field goal and three touchdowns to show for its first four possessions.

With a 21-0 cushion barely into the second quarter, the Saints (8-3) soared 33-20 and advanced to the quarterfinals Friday night at home against West Delaware.

“We knew they had a good running game,” said Xavier Coach Duane Schulte. “So the first thing you want to do is stop the run. And we did that, for the most part, by playing some sound fundamental football.”

For the game, the G-Hawks managed just 78 yards rushing on 32 carries.

“We were just flying to the ball and making gang tackles,” said Saints linebacker Thomas Ickes.


Linn-Mar bumped off by IC West

One stop.

That's all the Linn-Mar Lions needed in the final two minutes with Iowa City West sitting 93 yards from the winning score.

That stop never came.

Iowa City West drove the length of the field and scored the winning touchdown on a 9-yard run by Yeshuwa Hicks with 25 seconds left for a 38-34 victory win in the second round of the Class 4A playoffs Monday night at rainy Linn-Mar Stadium.

The victory sends Coach Garrett Hartwig's 7-4 Trojans into a Friday night quarterfinal game against top-ranked Cedar Rapids Washington at Kingston Stadium. The Warriors advanced with a win over Cedar Falls.

Linn-Mar closes its season at 9-2.

Having to play catch-up against good football teams is nothing new for Iowa City West. Linn-Mar was the fifth No. 1 playoff seed the Trojans have faced this year.


No.2 Bettendorf stops Cougars

BETTENDORF – They remarkably went from winless to reaching the show in 30 days. Chia Pets don't mature this fast.

But the true test of how far the Kennedy Cougars have come in their late autumn surge from an 0-6 club to a playoff team came Monday night.

And as far as the Cougars have come over the last month and as far as they traveled in a marvelous first-half performance at TouVelle Stadium Monday, they couldn't overcome second-ranked Bettendorf on its home turf in this daunting Class 4A playoff exam.

Bettendorf won, 31-7

Continuing to look like one of the teams to beat for the 4A state championship, unbeaten Bettendorf again rode its powerful defense to victory. Iowa sack leader Jack Kallenberger fronted a Bulldogs defense that limited Kennedy to a single touchdown.

Bettendorf quarterback Cyle Cox produced 247 offensive yards – including 116 rushing yards – and a touchdown pass, and tailback Justice O'Conner added a hat trick of rushing touchdowns in a decisive triumph in the second round of the playoffs.


Linn-Mar claims 4A state title

FORT DODGE - Daniel Murphy has lived with a nightmare the past year after collapsing at the state cross country meet in 2013 and needing medical attention.

Now he's living a dream.

Murphy and the Linn-Mar Lions raced to the first state title in school history Saturday when they captured top honors at the Class 4A meet in Fort Dodge.

The Lions nudged Cedar Rapids Prairie, 85-98, in the team standings. Prairie won the state title last year, making it back-to-back crowns for Metro schools.

Murphy finished dead-last in 2013 after he collapsed several times and staggered to the finish line, due to dehydration and a possible virus. Linn-Mar might have challenged Prairie for the state title last year if Murphy had been in top form.

"I felt like I let the team down," he said Saturday.

That's all in the past now. Linn-Mar came home with the top prize this time thanks to Daniel Murphy, Michael Mather, Ryan Murphy, Bryan Fogerty, Jay Halverson and the entire program of coaches, runners, trainers and managers.

"It's amazing," said Murphy, who finished sixth. "That's all you can say. Amazing."


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Metro Schedule

Sunday,Nov. 23 Friday, Nov. 28
No events scheduled MBB: Mount Mercy vs. Dakota State at Midland Tourney (Fremont, Neb.), 5:30 p.m.

Monday, Nov. 24 Saturday, Nov. 29
BBOWL: Washington at Kennedy (CR Bowling Center), 3:45 p.m. USHL: Waterloo at RoughRiders, 7:05 p.m.
GBOWL: Washington at Kennedy (CR Bowling Center), 3:45 p.m. GBB: Jefferson at Bettendorf, 6:30 p.m.

GBB: Linn-Mar at Muscatine, 6:30 p.m.
GBB: North Scott at Jefferson, 7:30 p.m. AT KENNEDY
GBB: Kennedy at Davenport Central, 7:30 p.m. Linn-Mar vs. Marion, 1:30 p.m.
GBB: Linn-Mar at Waterloo East, 7:30 p.m. Wapsie-Valley vs. Vinton-Shellsburg, 3 p.m.
GBB: DeWitt Central at Marion, 7:30 p.m. Prairie vs. Aplington-Parkersburg, 4:30 p.m.
GBB: Prairie at Muscatine, 7:30 p.m. Kennedy vs. Center Point-Urbana, 6 p.m.
GBB: Cedar Valley Christian at Central City, 7 p.m. MBB: Clarke at Coe, 2 p.m.
BBOWL: Iowa City High at Jefferson (May City), 3:45 p.m. MBB: Mount Mercy at Midland (Neb.) Tourney, TBA
BBOWL: Linn-Mar at Prairie (Lancer), 3 p.m.
BBOWL: DeWitt Central at Marion (CR Bowling Center), 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 30
BBOWL: Xavier at Iowa City West (Colonial), 3:15 p.m. WBB: Mount Mercy at Cardinal Stritch (Wis.), 1 p.m.
GBOWL: Iowa City High at Jefferson (May City), 3:45 p.m.
GBOWL: Linn-Mar at Prairie (Lancer), 3 p.m.
GBOWL: DeWitt Central at Marion (CR Bowling Center), 3 p.m.
GBOWL: Xavier at Iowa City West (Colonial), 3:15 p.m.
BSWM: Metro Meet at Washington, 5 p.m.
WBB: South Australia at Kirkwood, 5:30 p.m.
WBB: Elmhurst at Coe, 6:30 p.m.
WBB: Mount Mercy at Simpson, 7 p.m.
MBB: Coe JV at Kirkwood, 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 26
USHL: RoughRiders at Lincoln, 7:05 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 27
USHL: RoughRiders at Waterloo, 7:05 p.m.



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