No. 7 Tripoli (9-1)
at Midland (8-2)
Time: Friday, 7 p.m.
Postseason history: Midland is making its seventh appearance and lost to eventual champion Don Bosco in the semifinals a year ago. ... Tripoli is back in the playoffs after missing last season and is making its eighth overall appearance. The Panthers were state runners-up in 1983 as a Class 1A team.
Opening statements: Tripoli defeated ninth-ranked Riceville, 28-18. Midland took out Janesville, 42-7.
Quick slants: Both teams have lost to No. 1 Don Bosco with Tripoli falling 78-20 in the regular-season finale and Midland dropping a 60-26 decision in its season-opener. Tripoli has averaged 48.2 points and allowed 26.4. Midland has scored 55 per game and surrendered 26.5. Tripoli averages 348.7 yards per game. Quarterback Elijah Cheever has passed for 1,142 yards and 18 TDs with eight interceptions. Marquise Paino has rushed for 1,304 yards and 26 scores while also returning two kickoffs and two punts for TDs. The top receivers are Zach Johnson (25 catches, 478 yards, seven TDs) and Tyler Halverson (19-413, nine TDs). Defensively, the Panthers have 14 interceptions, including six by Zach Johnson. ... Midland's offense revolves around the state's leading rusher, Austin Smith, who has 2,533 yards and 43 TDs and averages 10.6 yards per carry. He also throws the ball occasionally and has 396 passing yards (73.1 percent completions). Altogether, Midland averages 343.3 rushing yards and 96.8 passing yards per game.
HLV (9-2) at
No. 1 Don Bosco (10-0)
Time: Friday, 7 p.m.
Postseason history: Don Bosco is making its seventh straight appearance and owns a 20-4 playoff record that includes titles in 2013 and 2016, along with runner-up finishes in 2012 and 2015. ... HLV is in for the 16th time overall and sixth year in a row.
Opening statments: HLV raced past Lone Tree 59-22 while Don Bosco dominated Moravia 62-0.
Quick slants: HLV started the season 1-2, but has reeled off eight straight wins since. During that run, the Warriors have outscored their opponents by an average margin of 60.3-17.6. The offense is run-heavy with Brandon Schafbuch and Chase Sternhagen both over 1,000 yards on the season (1,059 and 1,028, respectively). Cody Frahm has passed for 683 yards. Defensively, HLV has intercepted 11 passes and recovered 13 fumbles. The Warriors are one of the state's most dangerous teams in the return game where they have 12 touchdowns, including six by Sternhagen and five by Dean Shaull. ... Don Bosco has averaged 68.9 points in the eight games it has played (the Dons won twice by forfeit this season). Wyatt Sawvel has passed for 1,013 yards and 20 TDs and rushed for 926 yards and 21 scores. Austin Svoboda has 699 rushing yards, Austin Hellman 542 and Thomas Even 505. Svoboda (15-382) and Cael Tenold (14-324) both have seven receiving TDs. The Dons average 362.8 rushing yards and 489.3 in total offense per game. Defensively, Tenold and Kendall Becker have four interceptions each and Even three.