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Three area teams travel, SK hosts, WACO has bye

Photo courtesy of Mediapolis News

Chance Colby of Columbus runs away from the Mediapolis defense Sept. 28 in Columbus Junction. The Wildcats lost to the (Class 2A) fifth-ranked visitors 55-40.
Photo courtesy of Mediapolis News Chance Colby of Columbus runs away from the Mediapolis defense Sept. 28 in Columbus Junction. The Wildcats lost to the (Class 2A) fifth-ranked visitors 55-40.
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The high school football season is winding down and the playoffs’ possibilities are beginning to take shape with Highland and Sigourney-Keota still alive.

The Iowa High School Athletic Association has Highland 14th in its Ratings Percentage Index that will be used to determine playoff teams after district champions have been crowned.

The RPI takes into account a team’s opponent’s overall record and the opponents opponents’ cumulative record.

Highland (5-2) is at Cardinal of Eldon (4-3) Friday in a Class A District 6 matchup. The Comets’ RPI is 28. They have lost three straight after winning their first four. The Huskies dealt No. 10 Pekin a loss at its Homecoming, then dropped its own Homecoming game to Durant. Durant (5-2) is sixth in the RPI. Pekin (4-3) is 22nd. Nobody in this district has a losing record. There are 62 teams in Class A and six teams in a district. The others in this district have an RPI of three (BGM) and 24 (Belle Plaine).

Highland’s Trey Lasek leads the district in total yards with 1,454 from 764 yards rushing and 690 passing. Cardinal’s Trey Albert is fourth at 1,223, gaining 367 rushing and 856 passing.

In Class 1A District 5, Sigourney-Keota (5-2) hosts Wapello (3-4). The Cobras are at 16 in the RPI. Wapello is at 33.

The Cobras’ JD Stout is second in the district in total offense with 879 yards rushing and 133 passing for 1,012 total. Wapello’s Ricky Pforts is first in the district with 1,017 total yards from 929 rushing and 88 yards receiving.

Columbus has to play a ranked team for the second week in a row. The Wildcats (0-7) are at No. 7 Wilton (6-1) in a Class 1A District 5 game. Wilton is at 10 in the RPI. Columbus lost last week to No. 9 Mediapolis, which is 14th in the RPI.

The Wildcats’ Chance Colby is fourth in the district in total offense with 926 yards, 629 rushing and 297 passing. Wilton’s Jerome Mays leads the district and is eighth in 1A with 1,430 total yards, 590 rushing and 840 passing.

Mid-Prairie (1-6) is at Davis County (2-5) in Class 2A District 6 game.

Justin Schwartz of Mid-Prairie is third in the district with 683 yards. Davis County’s Dreven Dekraai is second with 1,005.

WACO (5-3) has a bye. The Warriors have the highest RPI (23) of any team in its class with three losses. The bye will give Colton Horak some time to rest, since he is leading the 8-man class in total offense with 971 yards rushing on 126 attempts and has 40 catches for 624 yards receiving, totaling 1595. Second place is 1332.