Here is a game-by-game breakdown of the tonight's area high school football games:
Marshalltown at Waukee
Marshalltown's playoff hopes are likely hinging on the Bobcats (3-4, 0-3) getting at least one win in the last two weeks. That slippery slope starts tonight against Waukee (4-3, 2-1).
The Warriors gave top-ranked West Des Moines Valley its best game yet, falling 24-17 at Valley Stadium last week. Waukee running back Walker Woods rushed for 161 yards and one touchdown against the Tigers.
Marshalltown netted 208 total yards against Valley in a decisive Week 3 loss.
Centerville at South Tama
Chances are dwindling for returning state semifinalist South Tama (0-7, 0-5) to nab its first win of this season. Centerville (6-1, 4-1) represents STC's last home game.
Tanner Susin leads a run-dominated Reds offense, rushing seven times for 152 yards and three TDs in a rout of Grinnell last week.
The Trojans lost last week to now-No. 7 Pella, gaining 36 yards of total offense. Nick Clancy had two interceptions and Micah Hayek had 12 tackles for the STC defense.
West Marshall at East Marshall
The intra-county rivalry takes on new meaning in this Class 2A District 7 showdown slated for tonight in Le Grand.
Ninth-ranked West Marshall (6-1, 5-0) has locked up a place in the substate finals, while East Marshall (2-5, 1-4) needs a win to keep its uphill climb alive.
The visiting Trojans are led by one of 2A's top rushers in junior Drake Ferch, who has 1,138 yards and 18 TDs this season.
Jase Schossow led East Marshall with 122 yards rushing in last week's loss to PCM.
Dike-New Hartford at South Hardin
The host Tigers (1-6, 1-4) need consecutive victories and a lot of help to find themselves on the top side of 2A's District 3.
South Hardin is coming off its second shutout loss this season last week at Hudson, marred by minus-33 yards of first-half offense and 10 total for the game.
Dike-New Hartford (4-3, 4-1) had three players rush for more than 80 yards and a TD each in a 21-7 win over Central Springs.
Turkey Valley at BCLUW
The murky playoff picture could play into the favor of BCLUW (4-3, 2-3) if the Comets could come away with a win over Turkey Valley (5-2, 3-2) tonight in Conrad.
The visiting Trojans scored three defensive touchdowns in their win over Grundy Center last week. BCLUW had a hard time trudging against the defense of top-ranked Aplington-Parkersburg in a home loss.
Back-up tailback Corey Quinn led the Comets with 74 yards rushing against A-P.
Denver at Gladbrook-Reinbeck
The host Rebels hope 'The Pit' can bring in another win as G-R's playoff chances would increase greatly with a victory over Denver.
Gladbrook-Reinbeck (5-2, 3-2) shares a three-way tie for second in 1A's District 3, hosting the last team without a district win in Denver (1-6, 0-5). The Cyclones are led by quarterback Aaron Eilbert, who had 216 yards of total offense in last week's loss to South Winneshiek.
The Rebels pulled off another late victory with a 15-8 win at Nashua-Plainfield, getting the go-ahead TD from tailback Austin Schmidt with 15 seconds remaining.
Nashua-Plainfield at Grundy Center
The bunched-up 1A District 3 standings have not forgotten Grundy Center as the Spartans host a playoff hopeful Nashua-Plainfield squad while holding their own slim postseason hopes.
Grundy Center (3-4, 1-4) got team highs of 126 yards rushing from Zach Mackie and 126 yards passing from Taylor Appel in last week's loss to Turkey Valley.
The Huskies (4-3, 3-2) got 243 all-purpose yards from quarterback Zach Mueller against Gladbrook-Reinbeck last week.
Earlham at Colo-NESCO
Colo-NESCO's last home game before a long road trip will impact playoff seedings as the Earlham Cardinals (6-1, 3-1) visit Colo.
The Royals (4-3, 3-2) racked up a season-high 68 points in last week's rout of Martensdale-St. Mary's, gaining 393 yards of total offense.
Earlham took now-No. 5 Madrid to overtime in a 27-24 loss, led by Logan Slusher's team-high 120 rushing yards and 17 tackles.
North Tama at Montezuma
The Class A No. 2 Redhawks go on the road for the last two weeks of the regular season, starting tonight at Montezuma (3-4, 1-3).
North Tama's defense has allowed only 27 points in seven victories, taking on a Braves team that put up its season high (55) in last week's trouncing of Winfield-Mount Union.
Sophomore Kirk Salnave is Montezuma's top ground gainer and QB Jake Kercheval has proven himself throwing the ball for the Braves.
North Tama (7-0, 4-0) had running back Dylan Youel 18 yards shy of the school's single-game rushing record with last week's 251-yard effort against GMG.
GMG at HLV
A three-way tie for third in Class A's District 6 includes GMG (3-4, 2-2) going into Victor tonight against an HLV team (5-2, 4-1) on a three-game winning streak.
GMG's 1,000-yard rusher Brad Holloway was held to a season-low 60 yards by North Tama but led on the scoreboard in the first half.
Bryce Hasley's 25-yard field goal gave HLV a 3-0 victory over rival BGM in a defensive slugfest last Friday night.
AGWSR at North Butler
Two winless Class A District 3 teams collide tonight as North Butler (0-7, 0-5) entertains AGWSR (0-7, 0-5).
The host Bearcats have scored just 37 points this season, getting shut out for the second time this season last week against Riceville.
AGWSR gave up a season-high 40 points last week against No. 6 Northwood-Kensett. The Cougars play their last two games on the road.