In high school football action tonight (October 12) there is a rated matchup in class A as second ranked Manning visits third ranked IKM Manilla. IKM coach Tom Casey says staying away from turnovers and mistakes in the kicking game is important in a big game like this. Casey says the loser of this game will still have a shot at the playoffs, but a victory would be a major hurdle. This game will go a long way toward determining the district 10 title and a trip to the playoffs. Manning coach Floyd Forman says this game could be similar to last year’s 7-0 outcome. In class 4A, fourth ranked Newton has rolled to a 6-0 mark but the Cardinals close out the season against three playoff contenders. It begins tonight with a visit to eighth-ranked West Des Moines Valley. Newton coach John Jenkins says the schedule has really favored them this year. Valley has not put up the numbers on offense it has in previous years but Jenkins says with an oustanding defense, the Tigers remain one of the state’s top teams. One of the state’s top rivalries is renewed tonight in Bettendorf as the third ranked Bulldogs host number-six Davenport Assumption. Assumption coach Mark Kaczmarek says this is a great rivalry with a lot of respect on both sides. Assumption lost early in the season to 10th ranked Burlington so Kaczmarek says there is more on the line for his team. In class 3A, fifth ranked Jefferson JSPC visits third rated Creston. Jefferson coach Bill Kibby says time of possession will be a big factor in this game. Kibby says these are the games players and coaches enjoy the most. In eight-man football, fifth ranked Lamoni looks to wrap up the district three title and a trip to the playoffs at home against Melcher-Dallas.
Lamoni coach Bryan Nowlin says Melcher-Dallas will bring a physical style of play.