The Valley High School varsity football team will take on Dowling Catholic on Friday, Nov. 22, in a battle for the championship title in the Class 4A Iowa high school state football playoffs.
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at the UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls. Get directions to the UNI-Dome.
The Tigers are the No. 1 seed in 4A and are currently 12-0, recently beating Bettendorf, the No. 7 seed 35-7 in the semifinals. The Maroons, the third seed, handled Cedar Rapids Kennedy 42-6 in their semifinal matchup. > View the brackets.
Valley is searching for its first state football crown since 2011, while Dowling is looking to win the title for the seventh straight year. During the regular season, the Tigers toppled the Maroons, 29-22.
Photos: Valley vs. Bettendorf at State Football Semifinal-Courtesy of Rachel Naba
The Tigers This Season
Valley has the top scoring offense in all 4A. During the regular season, Valley has outscored its opponents 461-92.
The Tigers offensively are led this season by a pair of dominant running backs in senior Creighton Mitchell and junior Jayden Williams. Mitchell, a University of North Dakota commit, has rushed for 1,423 yards (third best in 4A) and 19 touchdowns (fourth best in 4A). He’s averaging about 10 yards per carry. Williams has totaled 1,016 yards on the ground and has 12 scores. He’s averaging about 12 yards per carry.
Quarterback Braden Katcher, a senior, has been the primary Tiger under center this year. He has thrown for 1,353 yards, 16 touchdowns and seven interceptions. He’s completing nearly 59 percent of his passes. Katcher’s favorite receivers this year have been seniors Jack Johnson and Ryan Neu as well as junior Matthew Mahoney. Johnson leads Valley with 429 receiving yards, 35 receptions, and seven TDs. Mahoney and Neu both have five touchdown grabs, where Mahoney has recorded 357 yards and Neu at 353.
Defensively, the Tigers haven’t allowed more than 22 points during the regular season — that’s the Dowling Catholic game from Sept. 6. The Tigers top three tacklers leading into Friday’s title game are seniors Blake Underwood (56.5 total tackles), Carsen Shelton (50.5), and Clayton Adamson (45). Senior Jake Coleman has posted a team-high seven solo tackles for loss, and is tied with Underwood with a team-high two solo sacks.
Senior Drew Jirak has intercepted a team-high four passes this season — tied for sixth in 4A.
Additionally, senior kicker Samuel Ridgway is four-of-eight in field-goal attempts this year. His longest this season is from 41 yards. On point-after attempts, senior Aiden Feldman is 54-of-55.
Ticket and Parking Information
Since it is postseason play, semifinal and championship round games cost $10, the Iowa High School Athletic Association says. Student Activity Tickets (SAT or VAT) or any pass will not be valid.
Fans can purchase tickets in advance online. Use the promotion code ValleyTigers to remove the service charge for online ticket sales. Please note that the promotional code to wave fees is void once the first state championship game starts on Thursday. > Buy your tickets now.
Parking at the UNI-Dome is $10 per car. Learn more by visiting the IHSAA’s website.
Please remember and follow these guidelines when at the UNI-Dome, per the IHSAA:
- Avoid bringing bags into the facility. All bags, purses, etc. are subject to search by security.
- No outside food or beverage may be brought into the facility.
- The Home Team sits on the east side of the Dome, the Visitors sit on the west side of the bleachers.
- No seating in the first row of bleachers.
- No artificial noisemakers.
- No signs or banners are to be used in the crowd. This includes “fat heads” pictures of players on sticks, good luck posters, etc.
- “Homer Hankies” of approximately 11 inches by 16 inches are permissible, as are pom-poms that are not on a stick.
- Shirts and shoes are required.
- No masks or helmets are to be worn.
Video courtesy: Justin Smith | @lightsmithia
Livestream, Television, and Radio Details
For fans who are unable to attend Friday’s game in Cedar Falls, the Iowa High School Sports Network will televise Friday’s semifinal. Learn more.
Fans can also download the IHSSN app in order to watch the game.
The IHSSN also teamed up with local television stations and statewide cable companies to ensure all six championship games will be on TV. Here’s how you can watch the action on TV.
KDSM in Des Moines
- Digital HD 17.1 and 17.3
- Mediacom 111
- DirecTV 17
- Dish Network 17
Fans can also listen to the game on 1460-AM (KXNO).
Live Tweets From The Game
Additionally, fans can follow the action with real-time updates from @vhstigers on Twitter.