No. 6 Cedar Falls (10-1) at Washington (8-3)
Site: Kingston Stadium
Time: 7 p.m.
Radio: KGYM (AM-1600)
Storyline - This Class 4A playoff quarterfinal is a showdown of traditional football powers from the Mississippi Valley Conference. Cedar Falls is making its eighth straight playoff appearance and 23rd overall. The Tigers have a 34-21 playoff record, won a state title in 1986 and finished second four times, the last in 2008. Washington is making its fifth straight playoff appearance and 20th overall. The Warriors have an 18-19 playoff record and are in search of their first state title. Cedar Falls finished second in the MVC Valley Division, Washington tied for fourth in the Mississippi Division. The winner advances to next week's semifinals at the UNI-Dome against either Iowa City West or Bettendorf.
Cedar Falls - The Tigers spent the first six weeks of the season atop the AP Class 4A football poll, slipped to No. 2 for two weeks and dropped to No. 6 after a 21-10 loss to Iowa City West in their regular-season finale. Senior Barkley Hill, an Iowa State recruit, is the state's top rusher in Class 4A with 2,196 yards and averages 8.3 yards per carry. He also has scored 35 touchdowns. Hill is the MVC Valley Division Player of the Year. Senior Grant Grainger has taken over at quarterback in place of injured junior Ike Boettger. The Tigers don't pass much, even though senior wide receiver James Harrington is a blur. Harrington has committed to run sprints at Alabama. He has caught eight passes for 245 yards in two playoff games. Top players: RB Barkley Hill, sr. (265-2196, 35 TDs rushing); WR James Harrington, sr. (33-689, 8 TDs receiving); QB Grant Grainger, sr. (23-43-0-373, 4 TDs passing); WR Jake Gallu, sr. (22-276, 2 TDs receiving); OL Ross Pierschbacher, soph.; LB Ben Challgren, sr. (101 tackles, 14 for loss, 4 int.); LB/S Jared Farley, soph. (87 tackles, 6 for loss); S Shawn Hagarty, sr. (62 tackles, 4 int.); PK Jacob Fagersten, sr. (55-57 PATs, 4-5 FGs, long 41).
Washington - Washington knocked off a second-ranked team for the second time this season when it toppled Linn-Mar in Monday's playoff second round. Braedon Tovey, who completed only three passes the first time the Warriors played Linn-Mar, threw three touchdown passes Monday, the final one with nine seconds left in the game. Will Griffin has run for 489 yards the last four games. He missed the first five games after undergoing preseason ankle surgery. The Warriors have scored 181 points in their last four games, whipping Iowa City West (66-37) and Waterloo West (49-7), and downing Assumption (38-35) and Linn-Mar (28-26) in the playoffs. Flynn Heald caught the winning touchdown pass against Linn-Mar and has a conference-best 58 receptions, including 21 in a loss to Kennedy on Sept. 9. Senior wideout Ryan Cain, who had missed most of the first four games (collarbone), caught the winning touchdown pass against City High. David Tann is a sure tackler and quick through the line at fullback. Top players: RB Will Griffin, sr. (110-570, 11 TDs rushing); QB Braedon Tovey, sr. (103-206-12-1448, 13 TDs passing; 47-256, 5 TDs rushing); WR/CB Flynn Heald, sr. (58-899, 5 TDs receiving; 19-85, 1 TD rushing); RB Mitch Bredeson, jr. (165-854, 8 TDs rushing); FB/S David Tann, sr. (73-580, 7 TDs rushing; 96 tackles, 17 for loss, 3 int.); WR/DB Ryan Cain, sr. (10-80, 2 TDs receiving; 31 tackles, 3 int.); OL/DL Storhm Henry, sr. (32 tackles); T/LB Sean Bredl, sr. (91 tackles, 8 for loss); LB/PK Michael Daughtery, sr. (77 tackles; 50-51 PATs, 3-3 FGs, 36 long); P Michael Peterson (31-39.3).
Friday's other Class 4A quarterfinal games
Bettendorf (10-1) at Iowa City West (9-2), 7 p.m.
West Des Moines Dowling (9-2) at West Des Moines Valley (11-0), 7 p.m.
Southeast Polk (10-1) at Ankeny (10-1), 7 p.m.
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