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Week two of the high school football season gets an early start in eastern Iowa.

Cedar Rapids Washington hosts Marion at Kingston Stadium in Cedar Rapids Thursday night. The Warriors (1-0) opened their season with a 79-0 blowout of intra-city rival Cedar Rapids Jefferson last week, while Marion (0-1) is looking to rebound from a 36-35 setback to Clear Creak-Amana.

There are several marquee match-ups Friday night that are indicators of which teams may be competing in the playoffs in November.

One of the top games is for the bragging rights of Grundy County. Grundy Center (1-0), the top-rated team in Class A, plays at Dike-New Hartford (1-0), which ranked No. 8 in Class 2A. Grundy Center opened with a 35-7 victory over South Hardin at home last week, while the Wolverines went to McLaughlin Field in Waterloo and stunned Columbus Catholic 35-21. The Sailors were ranked No. 5 in the preseason Class 1A poll.

Another of the other No.1-ranked teams is also involved in a top-10 showdown. Class 3A's West Delaware (1-0) gets a good early season test from Cedar Rapids Xavier (1-0), which is ranked No. 2 in Class 4A. The top-ranked Hawks opened with a decisive 41-7 over Dubuque Wahlert last week, while the Saints beat Western Dubuque 28-14.

In the northeast corner of Iowa, Waukon travels to Decorah for another game of rated opponents. The Indians (1-0) are ranked No. 5 in Class 2A and the Vikings (1-0) are No. 3 in Class 4A.

The fourth game featuring a head-to-head match-up of rated teams is a Class 5A battle at Dalzell Field in Dubuque. No. 9 Senior (1-0) hosts No. 7 Cedar Rapids Prairie (1-0).

In addition to the games involving rated teams, the race to secure one of those coveted playoff spots begins for many eight-player teams and those who compete in Class A. Under the new eight-game regular season schedule, the majority of the squads in Iowa's two smallest classes play their district openers this week.

Here is the full schedule of eastern Iowa games:

Thursday, Sept. 2:
Marion at Cedar Rapids Washington - 7:15 PM (Kingston Stadium)

Friday, Sept. 3:
AGWSR, Ackley vs. North Tama, Traer - 7 PM
Alburnett at Pekin, Packwood - 7 PM
Anamosa at Beckman Catholic, Dyersville - 7 PM
Central, Elkader at 8P #3 Easton Valley, Preston - 7 PM
East Marshall, Le Grand at Roland-Story, Story City - 7 PM
Edgewood-Colesburg at Springville - 7 PM
Gladbrook-Reinbeck at Colo-Nesco - 7 PM
A #1 Grundy Center at 2A #8 Dike-New Hartford - 7 PM
Hudson at BCLUW, Conrad - 7 PM
1A #3 Iowa City Regina at West Liberty - 7 PM
8P #7 Janesville at West Central, Maynard - 7 PM
Kee High, Lansing at Central City - 7 PM
Lone Tree at English Valley, North English - 7 PM
Madrid at Belle Plaine - 7 PM
Meskwaki Settlement at Dunkerton - 7 PM
1A #7 MFL-Mar-Mac, Monona at Clayton Ridge, Guttenberg - 7 PM
Mid-Prairie, Wellman at Sigourney-Keota - 7 PM
North Butler, Greene at North Union, Armstrong - 7 PM (Homecoming)
a #7 North Linn at East Buchanan - 7 PM
Postville at Jesup - 7 PM
Riceville at Tripoli - 7 PM
Rockford at Clarksville - 7 PM
South Hamilton, Jewell at South Hardin, Eldora - 7 PM
South Tama at Saydel - 7 PM
South Winneshiek, Calmar at Maquoketa Valley, Delhi - 7 PM
Starmont at A #6 Bellevue - 7 PM
Turkey Valley, Jackson Junction at 8P #8 Don Bosco, Gilbertville - 7 PM
Twin Cedars at BGM, Brooklyn - 7 PM
Waterloo Columbus Catholic at West Branch - 7 PM
8P #10 WACO, Wayland at HLV, Victor 7 PM
Wapsie Valley, Fairbank at Nashua-Plainfield - 7 PM

Cedar Rapids Jefferson at Iowa City High - 7:15 PM (Bates Field)
5A #7 Cedar Rapids Prairie at 5A #9 Dubuque Senior - 7:15 PM (Dalzell Field)
Iowa City Liberty at Linn-Mar, Marion - 7:15 PM
3A #6 Solon at Mount Vernon - 7:15 PM
Waterloo West at 5A #10 Cedar Falls - 7:15 PM (UNI-Dome)

Aplington-Parkersburg at Osage - 7:30 PM
Benton Community, Van Horne at Center Point-Urbana - 7:30 PM
Bettendorf at 5A #4 Cedar Rapids Kennedy - 7:30 PM (Kingston Stadium)
4A #2 Cedar Rapids Xavier at 3A #1 West Delaware, Manchester - 7:30 PM
Charles City at New Hampton - 7:30 PM
Crestwood, Cresco at 4A #10 Waverly-Shell Rock - 7:30 PM
Denver at Union, La Porte City - 7:30 PM
3A #10 Independence at Clear Creek-Amana, Tiffin - 7:30 PM
Iowa Falls-Alden at Hampton-Dumont-CAL - 7:30 PM
Marshalltown at Waterloo East - 7:30 PM (Memorial Stadium) (Hall of Fame Inductions)
Sumner-Fredericksburg at North Fayette Valley, West Union - 7:30 PM
2A #5 Waukon at 4A #3 Decorah - 7:30 PM
Vinton-Shellsburg at Oelwein - 7:30 PM

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