Posted On: 10/15/20 8:15 AM

There should be some fun opening round games around north-central Iowa from the Class 2A playoffs this week.

A handful of byes were handed out, but others will be looking to punch their ticket into the next round and move one step closer to the UNI-Dome.

Here’s a look at those games on deck this week:

Clear Lake at Garner-Hayfield/Ventura

After playing each other in each of the past six seasons, Clear Lake and Garner-Hayfield/Ventura collide this year in the playoffs.

The Lions have won the last three, escaping last season with a 28-27 victory.

However, Garner-Hayfield/Ventura holds home-field advantage in this one.

Joe Pringnitz has rushed for 733 yards and scored 11 touchdowns for the Cardinals, with Evan Sloan anchoring the defense with 6.5 sacks.

Clear Lake’s Carson Toebe, a standout on the basketball court, directs the Lion offense. Toebe has thrown for 1,181 yards with 12 touchdowns, adding 314 and six scores on the ground.

The winner meets Spirit Lake, which received a bye.

Cherokee at Algona

Several years ago, Cherokee was one of the first teams in the state to embrace the spread offense. That is no longer the case, as Cael Wood leads the Braves with

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