Iowa Prep Sports

Despite loss, Xavier stays at No. 2 in 3A

Opening-week losses to Cedar Rapids Xavier and Iowa City Regina caused them minimal damage in the Gazette/KCRG/KGYM state football rankings, released Monday.

Xavier, which suffered a 24-2 defeat to Class 4A top-ranked West Des Moines [...]

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Murphy paces Linn-Mar to invitational crown

CEDAR RAPIDS — Daniel Murphy took a page out of the Josh Evans book of class Saturday morning, shaking the hand of every runner that followed him across the finish line.

“They deserve it,” Murphy said. “It& [...]

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Linn-Mar defense much-improved as Lions stomp Prairie

CEDAR RAPIDS — Most improved football team in the Metro? Through one week, it’s the Linn-Mar Lions.

Gotta be.

“Thank you for saying that,” said quarterback Ryan Schmidt, after his four touchdowns (three rush [...]

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Dowling topples Xavier in rematch

WEST DES MOINES — Cedar Rapids Xavier may have turned up the knob on its level of defensive intensity, but it wasn’t sustained long enough to take down the No. 1-ranked team in Class 4A.

In a rematch of last year’s 4A s [...]

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Area prep football standings

Football

District Standings

THROUGH FRIDAY, AUG. 29

CLASS 4A DISTRICT 5 Dist All

Cedar Falls 0-0 1-0

Linn-Mar 0-0 1-0

Cedar Rapids Jefferson 0-0 0-1

Cedar Rapids Kennedy 0-0 0-1

Waterloo East [...]

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Washington outlasts Jefferson, 43-26

CEDAR RAPIDS — Cedar Rapids Washington Coach Paul James did not expect perfection in the opening week.

He couldn’t have expected a late start, a weather delay, muggy weather that led to widespread cramping among players [...]

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Cedar Valley Christian earns first victory

Cedar Valley Christian opened its season in memorable fashion.

Simply, the Huskies made history.

Cedar Valley Christian earned its first prep football victory Friday night, beating Harmony, 30-20, in a non-district 8-man contest at Far [...]

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Gazette/KCRG football top 10: How they fared

How the Gazette/KCRG ranked football teams fared in Week 1:

CLASS 4A

1. West Des Moines Dowling (1-0) beat 3A No. 2 Cedar Rapids Xavier, 24-2.

2. Waukee (1-0) beat No. 3 West Des Moines Valley, 28-6.

3. West D [...]

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Special teams make the difference for Tigers

IOWA CITY — Dan Sabers might be spending extra time on special teams in practice next week.

No. 6 Cedar Falls couldn’t do anything against Iowa City High’s defense, but the Tigers scored touchdowns on a blocked pu [...]

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Wildcats too much for Pirates

ALBURNETT — The first game of the year was no snap for Alburnett.

A slick field, a few gusts of wind and top-ranked Maquoketa Valley stormed into town, providing the Pirates all they could handle last night. Ultimately, the Wil [...]

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High School Journalism

By Nick Hogan, Cedar Rapids Prairie senior