Waterloo West (4-3, 1-2)
at Mason City (1-6, 1-2)
- When: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
- Where: Mohawk Stadium, Mason City
- Last week: West absorbed a 38-0 defeat at the hands of fifth-ranked Cedar Falls. Mason City fell to Cedar Rapids Washington, 46-7.
- Last meeting: Devon Moore passed for 311 yards and six touchdowns as West rocked the Mohawks 41-6 last season.
- What to watch: It's an important week for West, which is coming off back-to-back losses that have jeopardized its playoff outlook. The Wahawks have been dealing with nagging injuries and illness, but head coach Lonnie Moore expects his team to rise above that and finish the regular-season strong. Offensively, West is led by quarterback Cade Dodd (74-121-8, 1,267 yards, 11 TDs), running backs Richardson Gbeynie (487 yards, five TDs), Kadin Paulus (339 yards, five TDs) and Tanner Pollock (217 yards, three TDs). All three average at least 4.4 yards per carry. Mario Wright (34 catches, 686 yards, 7 TDs) and Kalen Bu4rt (21-283, 1 TD) lead the receiving corps, and Pollock has turned seven receptions into 106 yards and two scores. Defensively, Caleb Dodd leads the Wahawks in tackles with 42 solos among 59 total stops, and Noah Susong has 38 solos and 60 total. Burt has 11 tackles for loss. ... Mason City has struggled to find offensive consistency and has scored more than 22 points just once. The Mohawks have been held in single digits four times. Quarterback Danny Kamm has thrown for 622 yards and rushed for 445, and Joseph Quintero has 250 receiving yards and three TDs on 14 catches. Overall, Mason City is averaging 259 yards of total offense per game with 162 of that coming on the ground each week. Defensively, Kamm has 71 tackles
- West coach Lonnie Moore: "These last two weeks are very important. We've definitely got to win these last two. Our seniors are only guaranteed two more games. Anything after that is based on how we perform in these next two games."
On Mason City: "Their defense is really tough. They run a 3-4 and try to blitz a little bit and bring some pressure. We've got to be ready for that. Offensively they run the option, so we've got to be sound funamentally. We've got to do our own jobs on defense and not try to do somebody else's because that's when you get burned."