Friday prep football matchup breakdowns
Fairfield (1-3) vs.
The Story: If Fairfield could pull off an upset at Williamsburg, that would give the Trojans just the momentum they need for the rest of the season. After Friday, Fairfield will enter the softer part of its schedule, with games against Mount Pleasant, Fort Madison, Centerville and Chariton to finish off the year. Williamsburg has won its last two games by the combined score of 116-22, and lost its only game to Grinnell.
Matchups: Fairfield’s downfall last week against Keokuk was its inability to stop the run late in the ballgame. Williamsburg likes to pass the ball with senior quarterback Jacob Donohue at the helm, and it will be interesting to see whether or not the Raiders test their luck with the ground game.
New London (1-3) vs.
Van Buren (2-2)
Where: Van Buren High School
The Story: Let’s just say New London isn’t a very good team. The Warriors should win this homecoming matchup and improve to 3-2 before hitting the road for two winnable games at Highland Riverside and Lone Tree.
Matchups: Here is Garrett Saunders’ stat line from last week: 9-16 passing for 147 yards, 16 carries for 101 yards, 12 tackles and two interceptions. Yes, that all just happened. Saunders is indeed a one man wrecking crew. New London hasn’t shown the ability to stop the run so far this season, so Saunders, Aaron Clemens and Vaughn Helling should have tremendous nights running the football.
Pekin (3-1) vs.
North Mahaska (2-3)
Where: North Mahaska
The Story: North Mahaska is 2-3 and one of its wins came because of a forfeit. Pekin beat them 67-0 last season, so don’t expect much to change.
Matchups: Frankly, Pekin should be able to run all over their opponent.
Cardinal (1-3) vs.
Iowa City Regina (4-0)
Where: Iowa City Regina
The Story: Cardinal is coming off of two tough losses and now has to play a team that hasn’t given up more than 16 points in a game. Regina is a playoff regular and always has an extremely good team. They have a 46-game winning streak and have won three consecutive state titles.
Matchups: Cardinal will need all the help they can get. Tyler Albert, who has been the Comets’ best offense player, will have to run wild if they expect to come back to Eldon with a victory.