Week 1 was a blast, wasn’t it?
I mean, it’s hard to not call the first full Friday night under the lights in Iowa a raging success when the game of the week, No. 1 Southeast Polk vs. then-No. 2 Dowling Catholic, goes down the way it did. A 38-yard Hail Mary as time expired? C’mon.
That’s classic. Instant classic.
And that’s not even mentioning some of the other tremendous games from around the state last Friday, including Harlan’s thrilling 36-29 win over Lewis Central, Johnston’s toppling of Cedar Falls out east and chaos throughout Iowa that resulted in two new No. 1 teams in the Register’s Week 2 class-by-class rankings.
So, good luck, Week 2. You’ve got a lot to live up to. But don’t worry: Literally everybody in Iowa is rooting for you, because we love good football.
Tonight, once again this is Matthew Bain, deputy sports editor for the Register and all USA TODAY Network sites in Iowa. I’ll be keeping tabs on everything that happens on football fields across the state tonight and providing frequent updates here. Think of this as your one-stop shop for all things Iowa high school football Week 2.
Something I’m going to definitely keep my eye on? Des Moines Roosevelt vs. Waukee. Since 2009, Des Moines Public Schools high schools are a combined 0-128 against the CIML suburb schools. That streak could end tonight, as the 1-0 Roughriders are favored against the 0-1 Warriors, which lost, 49-0, to Ankeny in Week 1.
Cody Goodwin is over in Southeast Polk, where the top-ranked Rams host No. 4 Valley, which held off an upstart Waukee Northwest team for a 42-41 double-overtime win last Friday. Cody said in his predictions to expect some points in this affair.
Tommy Birch is on hand in Urbandale as the No. 9 J-Hawks host No. 8 Johnston. I already mentioned the Dragons’ big Week 1 win over Cedar Falls. Urbandale toppled an eastern Iowa power, too, stifling Bettendorf for a 13-3 win.
Joe Randleman is up in Ames tonight as the Little Cyclones host Class 4A No. 5 Fort Dodge, both of whom are coming off strong Week 1 wins.
Out east, Dargan Southard is watching Iowa City Regina take on West Liberty to see how the 1-0 Regals look in their first year without head coach Marv Cook in a long, long time. Cook’s defensive coordinator, Jason Dumont, is now in charge.
A little further east, Matt Levins and Joe Geren have the Burlington area covered. Levins will be reporting on Burlington at Keokuk, while Geren will be on hand as West Burlington hosts Fort Madison.
Enjoy tonight. Again, I’ll be updating this story often throughout the night.
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8 p.m. Upsets brewing??
Raise your hand if you expected these scores as we close in on, or have reached, halftime:
Waukee Northwest 10, Dowling Catholic 0, halftime
Ankeny Centennial 14, Ankeny 0, 3:11 in second quarter
Stop lying. Put down your hand. Mind you, Ankeny just trounced Waukee, 49-0, in Week 1, and Centennial lost handily to Class 4A Indianola. And Waukee Northwest is playing its second game ever. Imagine of the Wolves’ first program win came against Dowling?
7:54 p.m. Hello, Jahsiah Galvan
After not playing in Week 1, West Liberty super-athlete Jahsiah Galvan is off to a good start in the Comets’ Week 2 contest against Iowa City Regina.
The 6-foot-2, 190-pounder who holds offers from the likes of Nebraska, Buffalo and Northern Iowa as a safety, hasn’t broken through for a big run yet. But he has shown off his stellar vertical leaping abilities. Just look at this photo taken from Iowa City Press-Citizen photographer Joseph Cress. Can you do that?
Yeah, me neither. The Regals lead West Liberty 7-6 in the second quarter.
7:50 p.m. So far, so good for the Roughriders
Des Moines Roosevelt now leads Waukee 13-3 midway through the second quarter after quarterback Jamison Patton, an Iowa State target, scrambled and found Lukas Pollman from 15 yards out.
Remember, we’ve already discussed it: If the Roughriders beat Waukee, it will end the 128-game losing streak Des Moines Public Schools football teams have against CIML suburb football teams.
7:45 p.m. Johnston vs. Urbandale is awesome so far
Good offense and good defense all around so far in the No. 8 vs. No. 9 matchup in Class 5A. Remember, both these teams were unranked in the preseason before toppling ranked eastern Iowa teams in Cedar Falls (Johnston) and Bettendorf (Urbandale).
The J-Hawks have tied things up at 7-7 midway through the second quarter with this 20-yard pass from Peyton Rottinghaus.
7:36 p.m. Starting to look like a blowout …
So, yeah … remember how Southeast Polk vs. Valley was a top-five matchup.
Apparently somebody didn’t tell the Rams, who just scored again and lead the Tigers 23-0. And we’re still in the first quarter.
7:28 p.m. Here’s some more video of the cool moment in Carroll
7:25 p.m. One of Iowa’s top running backs enjoying great start
If you haven’t heard of Jonathan Humpal, you probably will soon.
He’s the talented junior running back out of Lewis Central who already holds an offer from Iowa State. The Titans lead Carlisle 14-8 early in the first quarter, and Humpal, our No. 15 in-state 2023 prospect, has scored both touchdowns.
The first was a 61-yarder. The second was 15 yards.
Lewis Central is coming off a heartbreaking 36-29 loss to Harlan in Week 1. Humpal rushed 21 times for 113 yards and two touchdowns in that game. He also caught four passes for 49 yards.
7:20 p.m. Efficiency, thy name is Greene County
Wanna talk about efficiency?
How about executing four plays and scoring touchdowns on two of them? That’s the case early on for the Greene County Rams, who scored on a three-play, 74-second possession, then returned a punt to Perry’s 1-yard line and punched it in one play later from there.
7:16 p.m. Things are going well for Southeast Polk
Like, really well.
The top-ranked Rams have barely played four minutes against No. 4 Valley and they’re already up 13-0 after a Jaxon Dailey-to-Xavier Nwankpa touchdown and a score on the ground from Titus Christiansen.
7:10 p.m. Really cool deal in Carroll
This is really cool. Before the game between Atlantic at Kuemper Catholic in Carroll, a young boy named Austin got to meet at midfield with captains from both teams and was honored over the public address system.
“Sometimes real superheroes live in the heart of small children fighting big battles,” the PA announcer said, “and Austin is definitely a superhero. Let’s give Austin our version of the Kinnick Wave and let’s all keep him in our prayers.”
6:43 p.m. Some background on a potentially historic night
I mentioned it earlier, but it’s worth discussing again.
There could be history made in Waukee tonight. For 128 consecutive games, dating back to 2009, Des Moines Public Schools high schools have lost every game they’ve played against the CIML suburb schools. Teams have come close, but close hasn’t cut it. That 0-128 streak over the past 12 years could end soon, though.
Soon, as in, like, a few hours.
Because Des Moines Roosevelt is good this year. Really good. Junior quarterback Jamison Patton is the Register’s No. 9 in-state 2023 football prospect who already holds an offer from Iowa State. The Roughriders roughed up Des Moines East, 47-0, in Week 1 and seem to be DMPS’ best team in a long time.
The Waukee Warriors, meanwhile, appear to be in a rebuilding year after losing half their roster and most of their coaches to brand-new Waukee Northwest. Waukee lost, 49-0, in Week 1 to Ankeny.
Put two and two together … and, at least on paper, there seems to be a good chance that Roosevelt tops Waukee tonight.
The last time a DMPS school beat a CIML suburb school: Des Moines Lincoln beat Urbandale, 13-12, at the end of the 2008 season. The last time Roosevelt beat a CIML suburb school? It came in 2004, in a 41-28 win over Johnston.
6:30 p.m. Let’s see those photos!
It’s a tradition as rich as Friday night lights: Friday late-evening journalist photos of football fields … I know, doesn’t roll off the tongue as easily.
But seriously. It’s basically a rule that, if you’re a sports reporter covering a college or high school football game, you snap a photo when you get to the stadium and tweet it out. Don’t ask my why. I don’t make the rules.
Matthew Bain is the deputy sports editor for the Des Moines Register. He still covers some recruiting, too. Contact him at email@example.com and follow him on Twitter @MatthewBain_.