Live updates, observations from the first round of the high school football playoffs

After a wild (and shortened) regular season of high school football, the postseason has arrived. And everyone’s invited.


That means a lot of the top contenders in Class 4A and some in the other classes are on byes this week, but Week 1 still has a l fun action on this first real Friday night where you say, “Yeah, you know what, I think I might bring those gloves after all.”

This is Matthew Bain. I’ll be out in Grinnell to watch the Tigers and Wyatt Hunter, the state’s leading rusher, take on Newton. Cody Goodwin is in Council Bluffs tonight to watch four-star tight end Thomas Fidone and Lewis Central play Creston. Meanwhile, Tommy Birch is up in Bondurant, where Bondurant-Farrar is hosting ADM Adel.

So, let’s get things started!

Wyatt Hunter is already doing Wyatt Hunter things

… Yeah this happened pretty fast. Iowa’s leading rusher, who entered today’s game with 1,800 yards on the ground and also an Iowa-best 27 rushing touchdowns, blasted through the line and ran untouched 43 yards for a score on Grinnell’s first possession.

That was Hunter’s 54th career rushing touchdown, tying the school record set by Justin Jansen in the 1990s.

I mean, Thomas Fidone is AT LEAST adequate at football …

Lewis Central’s Nebraska-bound tight end, and the Register’s No. 1 in-state 2021 prospect, held offers from just about every school in the country for a reason. And he showed why early to give the Titans a quick 7-0 lead over Creston.

Tonight, we bow down to Tamin Lipsey

Ames’ blue-chip point guard could also be a Division I football player, if he wanted.

Lipsey has consistently dazzled in this, his first high school season at quarterback, and he continues to do so tonight. He’s already up to 262 rushing yards in the first quarter as in the Little Cyclones’ game against Cedar Rapids Jefferson.


Hi, Tiffin readers.

Your Clippers are getting the job done early against Marion.

I think you can classify this as a blowout, right?

CAM just scored a touchdown to take a 53-0 lead against Griswold with 8:23 left … in the first half.

That’s 53 points in 13:47 of game time. That’s about four points per minute. That’s a lot.

We knew that having every team make the playoffs would lead to some lopsided results. This, friends, is a lopsided result. Let’s hope Griswold gets on the board in the second half.