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10/14/2017 Email this articlePrint this article 
Nothing to worry about on Friday the 13th; knock on wood

By Ross Eberhart
Sports editor

I am ready for anything.

Fumbles that get touched by eight different players.

Touchdown passes off deflections.

A black cat running across the field.

After all, anything can happen on Friday the 13th.

For the first time since 2006, October will have its 13th day fall on a Friday, the same day that the Central DeWitt and Northeast football teams head west for district road games.

There was certainly some strangeness surrounding the Central DeWitt football team's most recent Friday the 13th appearance.

That game, taking place in September 2013, shows up in the record books as a - wait for it - 13-0 setback to Maquoketa, despite the Sabers actually winning the game on the field, 28-21.

Central, though, had mistakenly used a player in both the junior varsity and varsity games, when state rules allow a player to take part in only four quarters in one night.

The result was a forfeit and, because of the 13-point rule used to break ties in the district standings, the Cardinals were given a 13-0 victory.

That makes the Sabers 0-2 in their last two Friday the 13th, as Central was blanked 34-0 in its October game in 2006.

There is an eerie connection to Friday the 13th for the Rebels, too.

Northeast has split its last two games on Friday the 13th, falling in September 2013 and winning the October 2006 game.

The opponent in both games - played seven years apart - was the same: Bellevue.

That streak will end this time around as the Rebels will take on Williamsburg.

Both teams will strive to make their own good fortune Friday.

And I will be ready for whatever wackiness comes with it.

THE AREA'S CROSS COUNTRY AND VOLLEYBALL TEAMS learned their postseason paths earlier this month, and the push for Fort Dodge for runners and Cedar Rapids for volleyball players starts this week.

The Calamus-Wheatland volleyball team kicks things off Tuesday with a home match against Lone Tree.

The Warriors and Lions met in the postseason two seasons ago, with Cal-Wheat coming up with a sweep.

Lone Tree has just a single victory this season, and it came against another one-win team in Tri-County (Thornburg).

A victory would set up a road showdown the next Monday with No. 2 Springville, which has yet to lose to a 1A team this fall and has won 23 of its past 24 sets.

The Central DeWitt and Northeast volleyball teams will open their postseasons a night later with road matches against a pair of Mississippi Athletic Conference teams.

The Sabers will be in Clinton for a quarterfinal match with the River Queens (16-9).

The two teams met at Clinton's home tourney, with Central falling in a pair of games.

The winner will meet another MAC squad in North Scott, which is ninth in the 4A rankings.

The Rebels, meanwhile, will face a tough test in the form of Davenport Assumption - the seventh-ranked team in 3A.

Like the Sabers and River Queens, the Rebels and Knight met this year at a weekend tournament, with Assumption coming up with the victory.

This is the third straight year the two teams have met in the postseason. The Knights are the No. 1 seed in the region.

On Thursday, the area's cross country teams will vie for a spot at Fort Dodge at state-qualifying meets across eastern Iowa.

The Calamus-Wheatland boys will be among four ranked squads at Solon - the most of any state-qualifying meet in 1A. (The site will also host five ranked girls teams, also a class-high.)

Central DeWitt will join four ranked boys squads - including top-ranked Decorah - and three ranked girls squads - two in the top six - at West Delaware, while Northeast will compete with five total ranked teams at Iowa City.

The top three teams and top-15 individual finishers at each meet will earn a spot at the state meet the next Saturday.

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