Saturday, October 25, 2014
SATURDAY'S SCOREBOARD: COLLEGE FOOTBALL - Central 45, Coe 21 ..... COLLEGE VOLLEYBALL - Kirkwood 3, Fort Scott 1 ..... Kirkwood 3, SE Nebraska 0 ..... Wisconsin Stevens-Point 3, Coe 0 ..... Coe 3, Olivet 0 ..... Ashford 3, Mount Mercy 0 ..... WOMEN'S SOCCER - Coe 3, Buena Vista 0 ..... Mount Mercy at William Penn ..... MEN'S SOCCER - Coe at Buena Vista ..... Mount Mercy at William Penn
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3 Metro teams seek playoff berths

It will be interesting to see how many high school football teams with 2-and-7 records make the Class 4A playoffs this year.

The Kennedy Cougars will make the 32-team field with a 2-7 mark if they defeat Waterloo West at Kingston Stadium Friday night, but they're not the only ones who could advance with a 2-7 record.

Iowa City High, Clinton and Mason City also could "earn" spots in the Class 4A tournament with 2-7 marks. That would be an improvement for Mason City, which qualified a few years ago with a 1-8 record.

We can thank - or blame - the district format for all this. The only results that count are district games. The non-district games are simply exhibitions, as far as making the playoffs, so it's a lot easier to make the playoffs now.

You can lose all of your non-district games, finish fourth in your district with a wobbly record and march into the playoffs at 2-7 (and sometimes even 1-8).

Under the old conference format, it normally took at least four victories to make the playoffs, although occasionally a team would slip through with a 3-6 mark. The schools voted for this system, so now everyone has to live with it.

Washington, Linn-Mar and Xavier have clinched playoff berths. The top-ranked Warriors are 8-0 and rolling along. The sixth-ranked Lions are 7-1, with the only loss to Washington. The Saints are 5-3, but have struggled on offense in their losses to Dowling (24-2), Western Dubuque (7-6) and Iowa City Regina (21-7) with only one touchdown on offense.


VanDraska, Lions win titles in Marshalltown

MARSHALLTOWN - The Linn-Mar Lions and Prairie Hawks have battled all season to see who has the best boys cross country team in Eastern Iowa.

They'll settle things at the Class 4A state meet in Fort Dodge Nov. 1.

Linn-Mar captured top honors Thursday with an impressive performance at the district meet in Marshalltown, but Prairie placed second and also earned a trip to state.

It was the fifth time the two powers have clashed in a meet this year. Linn-Mar leads the series, 3-2, but it's not over yet.

Prairie is the defending state champion and boasts Tysen VanDraska, who won the individual title Thursday at Marshalltown Community College.

"They're a great team and they're always pushing us," said VanDraska. "I don't want to say we're rivals. We're buds with them. We like the right kind of competition."


Pairings set for football playoffs

High school football coaches, players and fans' Friday night got extended as many stayed up late to catch the first glimpse of the 2014 playoffs.

The IHSAA posted the pairings at approximately 2 a.m. Saturday morning.

One of the most intriguing matchups in Class 4A will send Coach Mike Morrissey and the Prairie Hawks against Pleasant Valley. Morrissey played his high school football at Pleasant Valley for his father, Ed Morrissey.

Here are all the Metro pairings for the first-round games, which will be played Wednesday night at 7 p.m.

+ Top-ranked Washington hosts Clinton at Kingston Stadium in Class 4A.
+ Linn-Mar hosts Davenport Central at Linn-Mar Stadium in Class 4A.
+ Xavier entertains Charles City at Saints Field in Class 3A.
+ Jefferson visits second-ranked Bettendorf in Class 4A.
+ Kennedy visits Muscatine in Class 4A.
+ Prairie travels to Pleasant Valley in Class 4A.


Schmidt is 'Mr. Touchdown' in Metro

Linn-Mar senior quarterback Ryan Schmidt knows his way into the end zone.

Schmidt has scored 17 touchdowns this season and leads all Metro football players by a wide margin in scoring with 102 points. He ranks fourth in Class 4A in scoring.

Jefferson tailback Tavian Rashed and Xavier quarterback Bryce Schulte are tied for second in Metro scoring with 10 touchdowns for 60 points.


Heitland joins MSR as Vice President

Advertising with the Metro Sports Report really works.

Take it from me. I know from first-hand experience.

Some of you may remember the "help-wanted" column we posted on the MSR website on Sunday, Oct. 19. I announced we were looking for a General Manager and invited folks to apply.

Within 24 hours, I received inquiries from six very talented and qualified people, all of whom were good candidates. The talent pool was so deep that we decided to hire two of them - one as General Manager and another as Vice-President.

We introduced Kenyon Murray as the GM on Monday, filling one spot with an outstanding person.

Now it is my great pleasure to introduce Scott Heitland as the new Vice-President of the Metro Sports Report, adding another very talented and successful person to our team.


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Metro Schedule

Sunday, Oct.19 Friday, Oct. 24
No events scheduled USHL: RoughRiders 2, Chicago 1

HSFB: Linn-Mar 42, Jefferson 21
Monday, Oct. 20 HSFB: Kennedy 48, Waterloo West 28
WSOC: Mount Mercy 3, Grace 1 HSFB: Xavier 37, Marion 6
MSOC: Mount Mercy 17, Grace 0 HSFB: Washington 63, Burlington 19
Tuesday, Oct. 21 HSFB: Prairie 48, Ottumwa 0
HSVB: Wamac Tournament: Clear Creek-Amana 2, Marion 0; Mount Vernon 2, Marion 1 HSFB: Springville 58, Cedar Valley Christian 13
HSVB: Iowa City High 3, Jefferson 1 CVB: Coe at Wisconsin-Whitewater Tournament: Coe 3, No. 23 Wisconsin-Whitewater 2, Coe 3, North Central 0
HSVB: Kennedy 3, Washington 0 CVB: Kirkwood at Iowa Central Tournament: Kirkwood 3, Carl Sandburg 0,  Kirkwood 3, Neosho 0
HSVB: Linn-Mar 3, Xavier 0 Saturday, Oct. 25
HSVB: Iowa City West 3, Prairie 0 CFB: Central 45, Coe 21
HSVB: Central City 3, Cedar Valley Christian 0 USHL: Sioux Falls at RoughRiders
CVB: Coe 3, Central 1 CVB: Kirkwood at Iowa Central Tournament: Kirkwood 3, Fort Scott 1, Kirkwood 3, SE Nebraska 0
MSOC: Wisconsin-Platteville 1, Coe 0 CVB: Coe at Wisconsin-Whitewater Tournament: Wisconsin-Stevens Point 3, Coe 0; Coe 3, Olivet 0

CVB: Mount Mercy at Clinton Tournament: Ashford 3, Mount Mercy 0
Wednesday, Oct. 22 WSOC: Coe 3, Buena Vista 0
CVB: Indian Hills 3, Kirkwood 1 WSOC: Mount Mercy at William Penn
CVB: Mount Mercy 3, AIB 1 MSOC: Coe at Buena Vista
WSOC: Coe 1, Clarke 0 WSOC: Mount Mercy at William Penn

M/WCC: Mount Mercy Invitationa
Thursday, Oct. 23
B/GCC: 4A Regional at Marshalltown Sunday, Oct. 26
B/GCC: 4A Regional at Cedar Falls No events scheduled
B/GCC: 3A Regional at Solon
B/GCC: 3A Regional at West Delaware
HSVB: Marion 3, Iowa City High 2



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