Iowa football: CL/G-LR plays key contest today
ROCK RAPIDS, Iowa — The Central Lyon/George-Little Rock Lions would surely like a home game to begin the Iowa high school football playoffs Wednesday, but they need a win in Week Nine at Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley to earn it.
Central Lyon/G-LR (6-2 overall, 4-1 in district play) comes into the pivotal battle today (Oct. 25) with aspirations of climbing back into the win column after its first district setback of the season a week ago. That came as a 35-0 loss to Sioux Center.
The Lions were held to just 116 yards of total offense last week by a defense that has four straight shutouts to its credit. Placing that in perspective alongside the 327 yards per game that CL/G-LR averages each week and the two turnovers the team suffered in its loss, the Lions hope to come back and remain hungry this week.
Central Lyon/G-LR knows for sure it will face a foe from District 2 in the first round of the playoffs. Should they win today, the Lions would be the second-seeded squad and face a home game against District 2’s third seed. If B-H/RV wins on its home field, the Lions would become the third seed and go on the road to face the District 2 runner-up. B-H/RV would host a first round tilt as its own district’s second seed.
The top two teams from each district are assured home games in the first round and the next two squads go on the road.
Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley hosts the Lions today following four wins that were capped by last week’s 55-6 drubbing of Cherokee. B-H/RV earned a 28-7 win last year in Rock Rapids. Nighthawks quarterback Andrew Van Ginkel leads District 1 with 1,013 yards passing through eight contests to go with 13 touchdown passes. He has 941 yards and nine touchdowns on the ground and leads the district there.
The Nighthawks have a district-leading three scoop-and-scores and are knotted with Sheldon for 11 interceptions on defense. B-H/RV has earned three shutouts this year.
Needless to say, this regular season finale will be a big one for the Lions.
Harris-Lake Park still has postseason action as a possibility as it sits in fifth place, going into the final week of the regular season in 8-Man District 1. The Wolves (3-3 in District 1, 4-4 overall) are given a strong opportunity by their schedule today as they travel to Remsen St. Mary’s (3-5, 3-3), the district’s current fourth-place team.A win today would mean a fourth seed for the Wolves when the postseason begins next Wednesday and it would leave St. Mary’s out. That would warrant a road trip for H-LP to face its sister district’s champion. That will be whoever wins a game set for today between Newell-Fonda and West Bend-Mallard. Both of those teams are unscathed going into the final week of the season.
In Class 2A District 1, Sheldon finds itself on the outside looking in, as a loss by fourth-place MOC-Floyd Valley would still find the Orabs trailing the Dutchmen with four losses. MOC-FV would then have three and still finish as the fourth seed in the district.
In Class A’s District 1, Sibley-Ocheyedan seeks its first win in district play today. The Generals take a long road trip south to face Woodbury Central in Moville.