Friday's football capsules: Postseason Round of 16

Jake Ryder
The Grundy Register

All games kick off at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 28.

Class A

Columbus Community at Grundy Center

History: First-ever meeting between the two teams.

Last week: Grundy Center defeated Belle Plaine 49-0; Columbus Community beat Maquoketa Valley 62-14.

At stake: The winner advances to the state quarterfinals against East Buchanan or Alburnett.

Wildcats notes: Columbus Community is in the second round of the playoffs for the first time since 1997. Kaden Amigon rushed for 246 yards and four touchdowns in the win against Maquoketa Valley as Columbus accumulated 561 rushing yards as a team. Columbus leads Class A in total touchdowns (69), rushing touchdowns (61), all-purpose yards (4,923), and rushing yards (3,739). Amigon is fourth in Class A with 1,744 rushing yards so far this season. The Wildcats also have the 12th-best scoring defense in Class A at 15.6 points per game. The Wildcats’ strength of schedule, according to, is rated 56th out of 56 teams in Class A.

BCMoore computer model prediction: Grundy Center by 16

Class 1A

Dike-New Hartford at MFL MarMac

History: The Wolverines won two district games against the Bulldogs in 2014-2015.

Last week: D-NH beat Cascade 48-14; MFL MarMac beat Durant 48-12.

At stake: The winner takes on either Waterloo Columbus or West Branch next Friday in the state quarterfinals.

Bulldogs notes: MFL MarMac has been consistently making deep runs in the postseason in recent years but have been stopped short of the UNI-Dome, including by Grundy Center in 2019. The Bulldogs are a top-10 team in 1A in rushing yards per game with 275.9 yards per contest. That comes from a variety of options in the backfield - Carter Blietz-Bentien and Wyatt Powell have carried the lion's share thus far this season but Karter Decker scored four touchdowns on four carries last week against Durant. The Bulldogs rank in the top 10 in Class 1A in scoring offense and scoring defense per game, outscoring opponents by an average of 29 points per game. MFL's only loss this season came against New Hampton in Week 1, 22-19.

BCMoore computer model prediction: MFL MarMac by 3


Gladbrook-Reinbeck at Turkey Valley

History: Turkey Valley is 5-2 all-time against Gladbrook-Reinbeck, including 2-0 in their only 8-player meetings in 2018-2019 in non-district contests.

Last week: G-R defeated New London 46-14; Turkey Valley beat Edgewood-Colesburg 71-42.

At stake: The winner advances to the state quarterfinals and will play the winner of Newell-Fonda vs. Don Bosco.

Trojans notes: Marcus Herold has rushed for 1,171 yards and 24 touchdowns this season. Garrett Kurtenbach has caught eight touchdown passes this season from quarterback Noah Hanson. Turkey Valley's only loss this season, much like the Rebels, was also to Don Bosco, 48-8 on Sept. 2.

BCMoore computer model prediction: Gladbrook-Reinbeck by 12


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