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Xavier and Ankeny battle for 4A state football title in Iowa

Five non-Super 25 games to watch

12:09 PM, Nov. 16, 2012 EST

Linebacker Tanner Clayberg, right, and the Ankeny Hawks will take on Cedar Rapids Xavier on Friday night at the UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls. / DAN HOLM / REGISTER PHOTO

Xavier (Cedar Rapids, Iowa) vs. Ankeny (Iowa), Friday

This 4A state title game could settle the unstoppable force vs. immovable object argument. Ankeny (13-0) has rolled into the title game by averaging more than 45 points a game, led by Iowa State recruit Joel Lanning, who has passed for 2,188 yards and 22 touchdowns. But Xavier (13-0) has allowed but 7.5 points a game. Xavier also has a great passer in Reggie Schulte, who has thrown for 2,373 yards and 37 touchdowns. Ankeny lost in the state title game in 2007. Xavier last won it in 2006.

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Waunakee (Wis.) vs. Homestead (Mequon, Wis.) Friday

Waunakee (12-0) is going for a state-record 49th win in a row and its fourth consecutive Division 2 state title. The Warriors' last defeat was on Oct. 2, 2009 to Reedsburg. Manitowoc also won 48 in a row from 1983-87. Knocking off Homestead won't be easy, the Highlanders are 11-1 and are only giving up 10 points a game.
Wildwood (N.J.) at Woodbury (N.J.), Saturday

Wildwood (5-3), one of the smallest high schools in New Jersey, is playing its first playoff game. The school was a three-time state basketball champion in the 1940s, but  since the state football playoffs began in 1974, the resort town school hasn't always had enough students to field a football team, much less a winning one.
Windsor (Colo.), at Pueblo West (Colo.), Friday

This 4A state quarterfinal is worth watching just to see Pueblo West running back Derek Jackson, who has rushed for more than 300 yards in each of his past four games. If Pueblo West (11-0) can continue to advance, Jackson has a chance at the state single-season rushing record. He's only 651 yards away, two good games for him.
Middleton (Idaho), vs. Blackfoot (Idaho), Friday

It's a rematch of last year's 4A state title game, which Blackfoot won. Both teams are 10-1, but Blackfoot has the postseason edge and is looking for its fourth title in six years.



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