Riceville football in the playoffs

RICEVILLE — The Wildcats will be looking for that 1993 magic — which is when Riceville won its lone state football championship — when they host Tripoli on Friday, Oct. 27.

This first-round game of the Iowa 8-man football state tournament begins at 7 p.m. Both teams have 8-1 regular season records.

The Wildcats’ only loss was to Tripoli, 30-34, on the road in the season opener.

Tripoli’s lone loss was in the final week of the regular season, 20-78, on the road against undefeated Don Bosch, Gilbertville.

Friday’s winner will face either Janesville or Midland, Wyoming on Nov. 3.

Riceville defeated Janesville on the road 22-14 Oct. 6.

The Wildcats finished in first place in District 2 with a district record of 6-0. Janesville was second at 4-2.

Riceville led the district in rushing yards with 2315 on 452 attempts, and 32 touchdowns. It’s longest touchdown run was 45 yards.

The Wildcats were a distant fifth in passing yards with only 431 on 30 completions compared to Turkey Valley’s 1,302 yards on 62 completions.

The Wildcats’ 14.4 yards per catch was the second lowest in the district.  Turkey Valley led at  21 followed by Janesville at 19.1.

Janesville led the district in interceptions with 13. Riceville had 5.

Riceville’s defense led the district by far in sacks with 25 solo sacks. Janesville had 6.

Riceville’s regular season results:

  • Aug. 25 loss at Tripoli, 30-34
  • Sept. 1 win at home against Kee, Lansing, 38-20
  • Sept. 8 win at AGWSR, Ackley, 36-10
  • Sept. 15 win at Turkey Valley, 52-44
  • Sept. 22 win at home against  Northwood-Kensett, 14-13
  • Sept. 29 win at Clarksville, 52-14
  • Oct. 6 win at Janesville, 22-14
  • Oct. 14 win at home against North Iowa, Buffalo Center, 17-0
  • Oct. 20 win at home against Dunkerton, 44-28