SC Calhoun takes on No. 1

Titans will face defending champs Boyden-Hull/RV

Messenger photo by Britt Kudla Jonathon Frantz of South Central Calhoun scores a touchdown against Southeast Valley during the regular season.

HULL — The South Central Calhoun football team gets their shot at No. 1 this Friday night, taking on defending state champion Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley here in a Class 2A quarterfinal.

Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

Since a Week 1 loss to Carroll, the Titans (9-1 overall) have won nine a row, including a 37-7 victory in the first round last Friday. This is their fifth consecutive season qualifying for the playoffs.

During that run, they have allowed seven points or less seven times and have scored at least 35 six times. No team has scored over seven points against the SCC defense since Sept. 29 in a 26-16 victory over Carroll Kuemper.

Hunter Muhlbauer is completing 54 percent of his passes for 1,138 yards with 13 touchdowns and just three interceptions. Chase McAlister is his favorite target, catching 17 balls for 449 yards with nine touchdowns. McAlister also has 610 yards rushing and 11 scores to go along with three interception returns for touchdowns and a punt return for a score.

Jonathon Frantz leads the Titans with 711 yards rushing and eight scores, with Tanner Macke adding 376 and six touchdowns. Muhlbauer has also rushed for six scores.

On defense, Tyler Jones has recorded a team-high 69 tackles, with seven solo stops and two sacks. Hunter Riedesel has 45 tackles and Macke 42. McAlister picked off nine passes this year as South Central Calhoun forced 30 turnovers — 21 of which were interceptions.

Under head coach Bryan Case, SCC has missed the playoffs just once in 2012. They won back-to-back state titles in 2008 and ’09.

Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley (9-1) has won eight in a row since a 35-28 loss to West Lyon, who is still alive in 1A. Last week, the Nighthawks topped Kuemper, 37-14.

JT Van’t Hul has stepped in as the starting quarterback for Brett Moser, throwing for 1,617 yards with 19 touchdowns. The junior also leads the team in rushing with 930 yards and has scored 18 times.

Elliot Van Kekerix has 534 yards and nine scores, with Cade Moser the leading receiver with 40 catches, 741 yards and eight touchdowns.

Austin Rozeboom anchors the B-H/RV defense with 50 tackles, including 14 for loss. Brayton Van Kekerix has 46.5 tackles and two sacks, and Billy Rankin has 39 stops.

Outside of two regular season losses to West Lyon, Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley is unbeaten the last two years, winning 21 games including the state title last season.

During their postseason run in 2016, they knocked out the Titans, 49-10, in the first round of the playoffs. The Nighthawks defeated Union LaPorte City in the finals last year, 41-22.

The winner between Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley and South Central Calhoun will meet either Waukon or New Hampton in the semifinals on Saturday, Nov. 11 at either 4:06 p.m. or 7:06 p.m. inside the UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls.

The other side of the bracket features quarterfinal round games pitting Union LaPorte City against Cascade and Williamsburg vs. Mount Vernon.


Class 4A


Friday’s Games

Lewis Central (9-1) at Ankeny Centennial (8-2)

WDM Dowling (9-1) at Johnston (9-1)

Cedar Falls (9-1) at Iowa City West (10-0)

North Scott (9-1) at Bettendorf (9-1)

Class 3A


Friday’s Games

Sergeant Bluff-Luton (10-0) at Harlan (9-1)

Pella (9-1) at Dallas Center-Grimes (10-0)

Davenport Assumption (8-2) at Cedar Rapids Xavier (10-0)

West Delaware (8-2) at Solon (10-0)

Class 2A


Friday’s Games

South Central Calhoun (9-1) at Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley (9-1)

Waukon (9-1) at New Hampton (8-2)

Union LaPorte City (7-3) at Cascade (10-0)

Williamsburg (8-2) at Mount Vernon (9-1)

Class 1A


Friday’s Games

Hull Western Christian (8-2) at West Lyon (10-0)

Van Meter (10-0) at Denver (9-1)

Wilton (9-1) at Iowa City Regina (8-2)

Pleasantville (8-2) at Pella Christian (10-0)

Class A


Friday’s Games

West Hancock (7-3) at West Sioux (10-0)

LeMars Gehlen (8-2) at Council Bluffs St. Albert (9-1)

Gladbrook-Reinbeck (9-1) at Saint Ansgar (10-0)

Lynnville-Sully (9-0) at Hudson (10-0)



Friday’s Games

Remsen St. Mary’s (9-0) at Audubon (10-0)

Fremont-Mills (8-2) at Sidney (10-0)

Tripoli (9-1) at Midland (8-2)

Victor-HLV (9-2) at Don Bosco (10-0)