Class 3A

No. 7 Waverly-S.R. (8-1)

at West Delaware (7-2)

  • Time: Friday, 7 p.m.
  • Postseason history: Waverly-Shell Rock is in the playoff field for a seventh consecutive season. The Go-Hawks won state titles in 1990 and 1992 and have qualified 22 times overall. West Delaware is making its 10th consecutive postseason appearance. The Hawks won a state title in 1991 and have reached the playoffs 23 times.
  • Quick slants: This is a rematch of a first round playoff game Waverly-Shell Rock won at West Delaware last year, 28-14. Current senior fullback Gabriel Santoiemma rushed for 150 yards and a touchdown to lead W-SR on that night. ... Dual threat quarterback Luke Velky has powered W-SR's offense this season, passing for 1,007 yards and 13 touchdowns and rushing for a team-high 719 yards and 14 scores. Jordan Downing, Jordan Gayer, Mosai Newsom, Brady Leonard and Ben Hemer each have surpassed 30 tackles for a Go-Hawk defense that has held six opponents under 10 points. ... West Delaware's Nick Casey has passed for 1,639 yards and 13 touchdowns with Tyler Kelly racking up 717 receiving yards. Running back Caleb Kehrli has rushed for 971 yards at 5 per carry. The Hawks' lone losses are to Class 2A No. 3 Mount Vernon (24-21) and at Marion (16-14).

Decorah (7-2) at

No. 1 Solon (9-0)

  • Time: Friday, 7 p.m.
  • Postseason history: These two storied programs rank among the state leaders with five championships apiece. Decorah is making its 24th playoff appearance and won its most recent title in 2012. Solon is in the playoffs for a 28th time and won its most recent championship in 2010.
  • Quick slants: Despite finishing third in its district, Decorah reached the playoffs as a wild card due to its high average margin of victory. Vikings' quarterback Brannan Hogan has thrown for 733 yards and eighth touchdowns. Running back Jake Muhlbauer has rushed for 905 yards and 14 scores. Muhlbauer has also returned two kickoffs and one punt for touchdowns. ... Solon has dominant throughout the season, averaging 40.2 points per game and allowing just 2.3 per contest. Quarterback Cam Miller is a 1,446 yard passer with 21 touchdowns, spreading the ball evenly to his top three receivers. Hunter Kula (747 yards) and Kendrick Harris (704 yards) lead the rushing attack.
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