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How Iowa's top high school football prospects performed in Week 7

Matthew Bain
Des Moines Register

Through the end of the Iowa high school football season, the Des Moines Register will take a weekly look at how the state's top prospects performed the previous Friday night.

From blue-chip talents to FCS darlings to guys trying to boost their Division I stock, Iowa is full of football talent right now. With a historically good 2021 class and a 2022 class shaping up to be nearly as strong, we've certainly got plenty of star performers to choose from every week.

Here's a look at performances from some of the state's best football prospects during Week 7. It's broken down by position and class, with each player's in-state ranking listed next to his name.

Quarterback

2021

No. 4 Jake Rubley, Valley: Did not play — ineligible

No. 19 Jase Bauer, Ankeny: 17/25, 181 yds, 2 TDs, 1 INT; 4 carries, 6 yds, 1 TD in 45-14 win vs. Indianola

No. 20 Marcus Morgan, Iowa City West: 17/20, 394 yds, 5 TDs in 48-21 win vs. Cedar Rapids Kennedy

No. 24 Ashton Cook, Iowa City Regina: 11/11, 254 yds, 2 TDs in 56-19 win vs. Highland 

2022

No. 6 Jaxon Dailey, Southeast Polk: 25/28, 255 yds, 3 TDs in 28-10 win vs. Johnston

SE Polk Rams Jaxon Dailey (15) leads the offense during their game against the Johnston Dragons at Rams Stadium on Friday, Oct. 9, 2020.

No. 18 Tyler Manske, Algona: 1/2, 30 yds, 1 TD; 4 carries, 38 yds in 57-21 win vs. Okoboji

Running back

2021

No. 14 Jayden Williams, Valley: 26 carries, 68 yds, 1 TD in 27-10 win vs. Ankeny Centennial

No. 40 Dayton Clayton, Fort Dodge: Did not play

2022

No. 16 Kjuan Owens, Waterloo East: 3 carries, 15 yds; 3 catches, 55 yds in 62-6 loss vs. West Delaware

No. 17 Colin Kadolph, Ankeny: 17 carries, 172 yds, 1 TD in 45-14 win vs. Indianola

No. 19 Kael Kolarik, Indianola: 12 carries, 27 yds, 1 TD in 45-14 loss vs. Ankeny

Receiver/tight end

2021

No. 1 Thomas Fidone, Lewis Central: 3 catches, 91 yds in 28-10 loss vs. Harlan

No. 5 Brody Brecht, Ankeny: 3 catches, 42 yds, 2 TDs in 45-14 win vs. Indianola

No. 12 Arland Bruce IV, Ankeny: 7 catches, 88 yds; 6 carries, 71 yds, 1 TD in 45-14 win vs. Indianola

No. 13 Tyler Moore, Johnston: 3 catches, 49 yds, 1 TD in 28-10 loss to Southeast Polk

No. 23 Matthew Mahoney, Valley: 3 catches, 23 yds in 27-10 win vs. Ankeny Centennial

No. 30 Carson Williams, Marshalltown: 5 catches, 32 yds; 7 tackles, 1 INT in 38-18 win vs. Sioux City North

No. 34 Andrew Lentsch, Dowling Catholic: 3 catches, 68 yds, 1 TD in 49-14 win vs. Fort Dodge

No. 39 Grahm Goering, Iowa City West: 3 catches, 74 yds, 1 TD in 48-21 win vs. Cedar Rapids Kennedy

2022

No. 7 Eli Raridon, Valley: 4 catches, 52 yds, 1 TD in 27-10 win vs. Ankeny Centennial

No. 8 Gabe Burkle, Cedar Rapids Prairie: Did not play — injury

No. 11 Corey Phillips, Ames: 3 catches, 64 yds, 2 TDs in 42-21 win vs. Ottumwa

No. 14 Tynan Numkena, Bettendorf: 3 catches, 34 yds, 1 TD; 4 carries, 117 yds, 2 TDs in 45-0 win vs. Davenport West

Athlete

2021

No. 15 Cooper DeJean, OABCIG: 21/28, 243 yds, 2 TDs; 6 carries, 120 yds, 4 TDs; 8 tackles in 57-20 win vs. Treynor

No 29 Aaron Smith, Waukee: 2 catches, 46 yds, 1 TD; 2 carries, 14 yds, 1 TD; 2 tackles in 38-17 win vs. Urbandale

No. 36 Jaxon Rexroth, Cedar Rapids Xavier: 9/10, 132 yds, 2 TDs; 7 carries, 62 yds, 2 TDs; 2 tackles in 39-0 win vs. Benton

2022

No. 20 Eddie Burgess, Montezuma: 22/27, 326 yds, 5 TDs, 2 INTs; 17 carries, 211 yds, 3 TDs; 12.5 tackles, 4.5 TFL, 0.5 sack, 1 INT in 62-24 win vs. Lone Tree

Defensive end

2021

No. 2 T.J. Bollers, Clear Creek Amana: 5 tackles in 31-24 loss vs. Grinnell

No. 8 Max Llewellyn, Urbandale: 5.5 tackles, 0.5 sack; 1 catch, 12 yds in 38-17 loss vs. Waukee

Urbandale team captains Jaden Harrell (31), Tucker Langenberg (6), and Max Llewellyn (4) head to the center of the field before the No. 2 Urbandale J-Hawks compete against the No. 5 Waukee Warriors in the first half of play during Week 7 of the Class 4A game on Friday, October 9, 2020 at Waukee Stadium.

No. 9 Jeff Bowie, West Branch: 4.5 tackles, 3 TFL, 2 sacks in 35-21 win vs. Beckman Catholic

No. 22 Nasir Washington, Valley: Did not play

No. 26 Kody Huisman, Pella: 7 tackles, 2 TFL, 58-yard fumble recovery TD in 35-7 win vs. Nevada

No. 28 Joey Petersen, North Scott: 3 tackles in 50-0 win vs. Clinton

No. 33 Mark Gorbatenko, Clear Creek Amana: Did not play — ineligible

No. 38 Ethan Weirather, Benton: 4 tackles, 1 TFL in 39-0 loss vs. Cedar Rapids Xavier

2022

No. 2 Aaron Graves, Southeast Valley: 6 tackles, 2 TFL, 1 sack in 26-20 win vs. Pocahontas Area

No. 15 Luke Gaffney, Linn-Mar: 2 tackles in 35-14 loss vs. Cedar Falls

Defensive tackle

2021

No. 7 Griffin Liddle, Bettendorf: No stats in 45-0 win vs. Davenport West

2022

No. 3 Hunter Deyo, Lewis Central: 2.5 tackles, 2 TFL in 28-10 loss vs. Harlan

No. 9 Dominic Wiseman, Davenport North: Did not play

Linebacker

2021

No. 10 Jaden Harrell, Urbandale: 9 tackles, 1 TFL; 4 carries, 9 yds in 38-17 loss vs. Waukee

No. 18 Zach Twedt, Roland-Story: Did not play — injury

No. 21 Seth Malcom, Fremont-Mills: 4 tackles, 1 TFL; 15 carries, 142 yds, 1 TD; 14-yd TD pass in  25-16 loss vs. Central Valley 

No. 31 Seth Bullock, Dubuque Senior: 2 tackles in 45-7 win vs. Cedar Rapids Jefferson

No. 32 Tucker Langenberg, Urbandale: 5.5 tackles; 12 carries, 90 yds, 2 TDs in 38-17 loss vs. Waukee

2022

No. 4 Will McLaughlin, Harlan: 8 tackles, 1 sack; 2 catches, 30 yds in 28-10 win vs. Lewis Central

No. 10 Jacob Imming, Sergeant Bluff-Luton: 10.5 tackles, 0.5 TFL; 5 catches, 78 yds in 27-24 loss vs. Spencer

Defensive back

2022

No. 1 Xavier Nwankpa, Southeast Polk: 3 tackles, 2 TFL, 1 INT in 28-10 win vs. Johnston

Southeast Polk junior Xavier Nwankpa (5) and senior Caleb Daniels (85) celebrate after Nwankpa returned an interception for a touchdown Oct. 2 at Ottumwa. Southeast Polk won, 69-21.

Matthew Bain covers recruiting and pretty much anything else under the sports sun for the Des Moines Register and USA TODAY Network.  Contact him at mbain@dmreg.com and follow him on Twitter @MatthewBain_.

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