Time and place — 7:30 p.m. Today, H.A. Lynn Stadium, Newton
Records — Burlington 0-3, Newton 3-0
Last year’s records — Burlington 3-6, Newton 6-3
Rankings — Neither team is ranked.
Series — Newton leads, 1-0.
Series streak — Newton has won 1.
Current streak — Burlington has lost 5; Newton has won 4.
Last meeting — Newton won, 35-219, on Sept. 16, 2016, at Bracewell Stadium.
Last week’s results — Burlington lost to Davenport West, 20-13; Newton beat Des Moines North, 60-2.
Offensive average (points) — Burlington 13.6; Newton 52.6.
Defensive average (points) — Burlington 26.6; Newton 11.6.
On the air — KBUR-FM (99.3) and KBUR-AM (1490).
What to look for — The Grayhounds will look to shore up their inconsistency up front and their third-down conversion efficiency. The Grayhounds have shown they can move the ball when they have time and room, but haven't been able to do so on a consistent basis. The Grayhounds were just 13 of 42 in third-down conversions, meaning many of their drives have stalled. The defense has played stellar, but has been on the field too much and has worn down in the second half, thanks in part to the offense's inability to convert third downs. That will be critical against a Cardinals team that leads Class 4A in scoring (52.6 points per game) and rushing (372.7 yards per game) and is fifth in 4A in total offense (425.3 yards per game). The Cardinals don't have any one standout, but have four backs (Garrett Sturtz, 212 yards, 4 TDs), Josh Miravallis (206, 5), Josh Miller (176, 2) and Jaron Roush (174, 4) who carry the load in their misdirection offense. Ball control will be the key if the Grayhounds are to keep the ball away from Newton and stay in the game.
What BHS coach Zach Shay says — "We have to slow them down. They put a bunch of points on the board. I told our guys that if we keep the score in the 20s, we have a chance to win it. If it's higher, it's going to be tough. We have to control the ball offensively and keep it away from them."
— By Matt Levins