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Heading into Week 2 of the football season some area teams will learn more about where they’re at and what they need to do to succeed. Here’s what we think are the biggest questions for each area team.
Mid-Prairie (0-1) at Pekin (1-0), 7 p.m.
Last week: L, Grinnell 27-12
BCMoore prediction: Pekin by 27 points.
Big question: Can the Golden Hawks stop a one-dimensional Pekin?
Pekin scored a 19-point victory over Sigourney last week almost exclusively through their ground game. Pekin junior Dayne Eckley rushed for 302 yards on 27 carries. He took three in for scores including an 86-yard touchdown.
The Panthers averaged nearly nine yards per carry as a team and only threw the ball six times. If Mid-Prairie can hold the Pekin running game somewhat in check and avoid the big plays, the Golden Hawks can put themselves in a tight game and potentially win.
The Golden Hawks held Grinnell to about 4.2 yards per carry last week.
Highland (1-0) at Class A No. 6 Alburnett, 7 p.m.
Last week: W, Columbus 48-16
BCMoore prediction: Alburnett by 43 points.
Big question: How will the Huskie defense hold up?
Alburnett showed their offensive prowess in a 49-7 win over Vinton-Shellsburg last week with two running backs going over 100 yards and scoring two touchdowns each.
The Huskies thrived against Columbus, forcing two turnovers and totaled six tackles for loss on the night.
Highland was 2-7 a year ago and gave up nearly 48 points per game in their losses. We’ll see what their year over year improvement is if they can keep the Pirates close.
Lone Tree (1-1) vs Iowa Valley (2-0), 7 p.m.
Last week: W, Montezuma 36-25
BCMoore prediction: Lone Tree by 16 points.
Big question: Can Lone Tree hold on to the ball?
Lone Tree gave up three fumbles last week in a win against Montezuma and two the week before in a loss to Midland.
They’ve seen how turnovers can hurt, so fixing that should be high on the priority list for Lone Tree.