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Cedar Falls’ Sam Gary, seen here in a regular season game with Cedar Rapids Washington, looks to lead the Tigers past top-ranked Iowa City West in the state playoffs Friday. Gary was held to a season-low 46 yards when the teams met in the regular season, a 32-31 West win.

MATTHEW PUTNEY, COURIER PHOTO EDITOR

No. 5 Cedar Falls (9-1)

at No. 1 Iowa City West (10-0)

Time: Friday 7 p.m.

Postseason history: Cedar Falls is making its 28th postseason appearance and attempting to reach the state semifinals for the first time since 2012. Returning state finalist Iowa City West is in the playoffs for the 16th time. The program won state titles in 1995, 98 and 99.

Opening statements: Cedar Falls defeated No. 8 Cedar Rapids Prairie, 28-7. Iowa City West cruised past Cedar Rapids Washington, 49-7.

Quick slants: This is a rematch from a Week 3 classic inside the UNI-Dome when Iowa City West won on a two-point conversion in overtime, 32-31. Cedar Falls led that contest 17-0 at halftime. Iowa City West rallied with three consecutive touchdowns, and answered a go-ahead Tigers' touchdown with a field goal to send the game into overtime. ... Cedar Falls quarterback Luke Gillett passed for 360 yards in the previous encounter with Iowa City West, while the Trojans featured a balanced attack of 166 yards rushing and 206 through the air. ... Aside from the 32 points it surrendered to Iowa City West, Cedar Falls' defense is allowing just 5.8 points a game in its other nine opponents. Linebacker Jack Campbell's 89.5 tackles lead the Tiger defense. On offense, Cedar Falls has found balance with Sam Gary rushing for 1,481 yards and Gillett passing for 1,452. ... Iowa City West's Evan Flitz has passed for 2,197 yards and rushed for 514. Running back Trumell Roberts is coming off a 183-yard, three-touchdown performance during the playoff win over Washington. Roberts also leads Iowa City West's defense with 44.5 tackles.

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