The Iowa high school football season reaches the halfway mark with games being played across the state on Friday night (Sept. 23, 2017). Week five also marks the beginning of district play for Class-4A teams in Iowa.

The area schedule features the 105th meeting between Waterloo East and Waterloo West. East (2-2) is hosting the rivalry game, but West (3-1) is seeking its fifth-straight win in the series. The last time the Trojans and Wahawks met when both teams had at least a .500 record or better was in 1996.

One other notable game is a marquee match-up of unbeaten rated teams in Class-3A featuring No. 8 Decorah (4-0, 2-0) playing at No. 3 Cedar Rapids Xavier (4-0, 2-0). The winner gets a leg-up in what's expected to be a competitive three-way race for the District 3 championship.

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Injuries will keep two area teams off the field this week. Administrators at Central Community and North Butler have decided to forfeit their scheduled district games due to a lack of available varsity players. Central was supposed to host top-ranked Don Bosco, and the Bearcats were to play Nashua-Plainfield on the road. This is the second-straight forfeit for North Butler. It's Homecoming at Central this week.

By rule, Don Bosco and Nashua-Plainfield will be credited with a 1-0 victories. Each team be awarded the maximum 17 points in the playoff tie-breaker system. Central and North Butler are not eligible for the playoffs now, since the game they are forfeiting are district contests.

Here’s the entire list of this week's games involving teams from the Cedar Valley and northeast Iowa, all of which are scheduled to be played Friday night:

**Turkey Valley, Jackson Junction @ AGWSR, Ackley
North Tama, Traer @ Belle Plaine
(1A, $10) Denver @ Belmond-Klemme
Mason City @ (4A, #6) Cedar Falls
Clear Creek-Amana @ Center Point-Urbana
West Delaware, Manchester @ Central DeWitt
**(8P, #1) Don Bosco, Gilbertville @ Central, Elkader (Cancelled-Central Forfeiting)
Independence @ Charles City
New Hampton @ Clarion-Goldfield-Dows/CAL
North Iowa, Buffalo Center @ Clarksville
Jesup @ Clayton Ridge, Guttenberg
(A, #4) Wapsie Valley, Fairbank @ Edgewood-Colesburg
B-G-M, Brooklyn @ (A, #2) Gladbrook-Reinbeck
GMG, Garwin @ Hudson
**Central City @ Janesville
**Dunkerton @ Kee, Lansing
MFL-Mar-Mac @ Lake Mills
East Buchanan, Winthrop @ Lisbon
North Butler, Greene @ Nashua-Plainfield (Cancelled-North Butler Forfeiting)
Oelwein @ North Fayette Valley
Crestwood, Cresco @ Osage
North Linn, Troy Mills @ Postville
Aplington-Parkersburg @ South Hardin
BCLUW, Conrad @ South Winneshiek, Calmar
Alburnett @ Starmont
Central Springs @ Sumner-Fredericksburg
Beckman Catholic, Dyersville @ Union, La Porte City
Waterloo West @ Waterloo, East
Columbus Catholic, Waterloo @ Waukon
Benton Community @ Waverly-Shell Rock
**(8P, #7) Tripoli @ West Central, Maynard
Grundy Center @ West Hancock, Britt
Dike-New Hartford @ West Marshall, State Center
(3A, #8) Decorah @ (3A, #3) Xavier, Cedar Rapids

**Denotes 8-Player Games