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GAME OF THE WEEK

ICR 66, ALB 7

Drew Cook's 36-yard heave to the end zone with no time left in the first half appeared like it might be intercepted.

Instead, receiver Payton Raso jumped and somehow wrestled it away from the defensive back in a better position. It was that kind of night for top-ranked Iowa City Regina.

Cook totaled 250 yards and four touchdowns as the Regals rolled to a 66-7 win over Alburnett in a Class 1A opening round playoff game Wednesday night at Regina Stadium.

“I like where our heads are at right now,” Cook said. “We're definitely a focused group. That was a good start.”

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Linn-Mar moves on

LM 34, DC 14

Linn-Mar Coach Bob Forsyth said he expects to feel better when he sits down to watch some video of his Lions' playoff debut. Even though he didn't seem very impressed by what he saw from the sidelines, he acknowledged the players achieved the most important goal.

Sixth-ranked Linn-Mar scored on its first six possessions of the game and handled Davenport Central, 34-14, in a Class 4A first-round playoff game last night at Linn-Mar Stadium. The Lions advanced to the second-round Monday, which is the main objective.

Spartans pull away from Assumption

SOL 38, DA 20

Nothing special and nothing fancy.

The Solon Spartans' kickoff return success came down to this:

“Those guys are just athletes,” Solon Coach Kevin Miller said.

Brandon Kramer returned the opening kickoff 88 yards for a touchdown, and Connor Ham added a 77-yard scoring jaunt as third-ranked Solon downed Davenport Assumption, 38-20, in a Class 3A first-round playoff football game Wednesday night at Spartan Stadium.

MORE COVERAGE

Jefferson learns lesson in playoff loss

BETT 35, CRJ 7

All Cedar Rapids Jefferson wanted this season was a chance. A chance to compete, to show Eastern Iowa it was no longer an automatic win on the schedule, to shake off some of the demons from the past decade-plus. The J-Hawks got that chance on Wednesday night in Bettendorf, though it didn't go the way they wanted in a 35-7 loss.

Washington crushes Clinton

CRW 78, CLI 13

There was no suspense, no edge of the seat drama Wednesday night at Kingston Stadium. There was just a whole lot of punishment. No. 1 Cedar Rapids Washington rolled to a 64-0 halftime lead and destroyed Clinton, 78-13, in the first round of the Class 4A state football playoffs.

Saints start playoff march strong

CRX 35, CHC 6

When it was announced two-time Class 4A state runner-up Cedar Rapids Xavier was dropping down a class, it was widely assumed the Saints would run roughshod through 3A. One game into the Class 3A playoffs, and the assumption holds.

Koch shines in West win

ICW 28, OTT 0

Steam rose off Iowa City West receiver Xavier Koch as he answered questions after West's 28-0 victory over Ottumwa in a Class 4A first-round playoff game Wednesday night. The evening was cold, but Koch was that hot. The Trojan senior scored three second-quarter touchdowns, each more spectacular than the last, to give the home team a 21-0 halftime lead.

Lisbon shakes off sloppy start, rolls to first-round win

LIS 40, LT 0

Lisbon's Ryan Light shot up the middle on the opening kickoff and looked poised for a big return. Then the ball tumbled out of his hands and landed at the Lisbon 40-yard line. Lone Tree and Lisbon players piled on the ball, but Lisbon retained possession and eventually cruised to a 40-0 victory.

No apology necessary after late kick wins it for Kennedy

CRK 20, MUSC 17

Teams that finish the regular season with a 2-7 record have no business being anywhere near the state football playoffs. A lot of people have said that, Brian White heard it. He doesn't care.

Fumble in OT thwarts Prairie

PV 31, CRP 24

The Pleasant Valley football team saved all the drama for the end. The Spartans scored with 10 seconds left in regulation to tie the game, then recovered a Cedar Rapids Prairie fumble at the 1 yard line in overtime to seal a wild, 31-24, victory in a Class 4A first-round playoff game at Spartan Stadium on Wednesday night.

Area roundup

PV 31, CRP 24

North Fayette Valley rolls, Anamosa run ends, Newton upsets Clear Creek-Amana, and much more.