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3A, A & 8-Player HS Football Championship Previews

It’s championship week at the UNI-Dome for the Iowa High School Football Playoffs. On Thursday, Class 3A, A and 8-Player will decide the state championships while Friday will see the title tilts in 4A, 2A & 1A.


Pella (12-0) vs. Webster City (11-1) – 7:06 PM

Pella extended their winning streak to 40 straight with a last second hail mary victory over Cedar Rapids Xavier. Nick Finney threw the game winner and continues to put up big numbers through the air and on the ground. Finney has thrown for 30 touchdowns and 2478 yards along with 1187 yards and 15 TDs rushing. Webster City will bring a physical running attack to the 3A Championship. To have any chance at the upset, they’re going to have to make some plays through the air as being one dimensional against the Dutch offense can be a disaster.

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The Pick: Pella Dutch 35 Webster City Lynx 13


Bishop Garrigan, Algona (12-0) vs. Gladbrook-Reinbeck (12-0) – 1:36 PM 

Algona Garrigan and Gladbrook-Reinbeck survived in the semifinals against undefeated Council Bluffs St. Albert and St. Ansgar respectively. Gladbrook-Reinbeck returns the experience from last year’s state title team. Nobody has scored more than 14 points against the Rebels defense this year and they give up an average of 6 points per game. The Golden Bears from Algona Garrigan have a power running attack lead by Gibson Behr (1444 yards, 7.5 YPC, 20 TD). Garrigan has a salty defense as well that has given up only 7.3 points per game.

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The Pick: Algona Garrigan Golden Bears 21 Gladbrook-Reinbeck Rebels 20


Don Bosco, Gilbertville (11-1) vs. Harris-Lake Park (12-0) – 10:06 AM

It’s the old dog against the new kid on the block here with Don Bosco making another appearance in the title game against upstart Harris-Lake Park. The Dons have run roughshod over their opponents since taking an upset loss to Central Elkader in Week 5 winning their last 7 games by an average score of 71-12. Brandon Bagby has an incredible 26-1 touchdown to interception ratio to go along with 1264 yards and 23 touchdowns on the ground. He’s joined by Austin Svoboda in the backfield, who averages 13.8 yards per carry for 1282 yards and 25 touchdowns. Harris Lake Park is lead by QB Bryce Perkins, who has thrown for 1865 yards and 35 touchdowns and will look to keep the Wolves in the game.

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The Pick: Don Bosco 56 Harris-Lake Park 20

Ames' line backer Jeremy Cable (39) and defensive lineman Frank Mirano (67) takes down Ankeny Centennial's quarter back Chance Gibbons (16) as he throws the ball during 2nd quarter at Ankeny football field Friday, Aug 28, 2015, in Ankeny, Iowa. Photo by Nirmalendu Majumdar

Iowa HS Football 4A & A Semifinal Preview

It’s a Football Friday at the UNI-Dome with the Class A & 4A semifinals taking over the turf. Ankeny Centennial gets another chance against Dowling while the A field has 4 11-0 teams facing off.


Ankeny Centennial (10-1) vs. Dowling Catholic, WDM (10-1) – 4:06 PM

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These 2 teams faced off for the district championship back in Week 8. Ankeny Centennial jumped out to a 17-0 lead early in the 2nd half before Dowling Catholic responded with 31 straight points and the 31-17 victory. The Jaguars are flying high after picking up an upset victory a week ago against top ranked West Des Moines Valley. Now Centennial will try to knock off another heavyweight, the 3 time defending champion Maroons. Chance Gibbons leads the attack, throwing for 1212 yards with 11 TDs and 2 interceptions along with 651 yards on the ground and 7 touchdowns. Also on the ground, Jensen Gates has taken over the lead roll with 1030 yards and 18 touchdowns after an injury to Hunter Pinegar. This Dowling team has been dynamite on the defensive side, while not as dynamic on the offensive side. A two headed monster on the ground runs things for Dowling with Jacob Zachary (1150 yards, 8.5 YPC, 12 TD) and Cole Deskin (1065 yards, 8.3 YPC, 11 TD).

The Pick: Jaguars 20 Maroons 14

Cedar Rapids, Washington (10-1) vs. Iowa City, West (9-2) – 7:06 PM

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Rane Weiland (90 tackles, 17 tackles for loss, 7 sacks) & O’Rien Vance (82 tackles, 13 TFL, 7 sacks) leads an outstanding Cedar Rapids Washington defense. Offensively, the Warriors will run the football and look to make plays down the field with QB Bryan Kunde, who has thrown 19 touchdowns but has been picked off 12 times. Iowa City West comes in after a road victory at Cedar Rapids Prairie, lead by big play receiver Oliver Martin (75 catches, 1128 yards, 12 TD). Martin, one of the top receivers in the country, has offers from Notre Dame, Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State and a host of others.

The Pick: Warriors 27 Trojans 24

Gladbrook-Reinbeck (11-0) vs. Saint Ansgar (11-0) – 10:06 AM

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St. Ansgar comes in with a no-nonsense approach. They’re going to run the football right at you with Parker Hendrickson (1166 yards, 8.2 YPC, 15 TD) & Dayton Smith (1081 yards, 6.8 YPC, 19 TD). The defending champion Rebels from Gladbrook Reinbeck are only giving up 5.3 points per game and have held 9 of their 11 opponents to score in double figures and have 4 shut outs. They will work to keep things balanced offensively and Hunter Lott has been incredibly efficient, hitting 70 of 109 passes (64.2%) for 1438 yards and 17 touchdowns vs. 2 interceptions.

 The Pick: Rebels 14 Saints 6

Bishop Garrigan, Algona (11-0) vs. St. Albert, Council Bluffs (11-0) – 1:06 PM

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Garrigan hasn’t given up double figures defensively since Week 2. The Golden Bears will lean on Gibson Behr (1318 yards, 7.9 YPC, 18 TD) on the ground and Joel Vaske (28 catches, 554 yards, 19.8 YPR, 6 TD) in the air. Luke Waters runs things on offense for the Falcons of Council Bluffs St. Albert, throwing for 10 touchdowns along with adding 9 TDs on the ground.

The Pick: Golden Bears 27 Falcons 14

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Notre Dame heads to San Antonio to face Army

By: Jay Wegman
South Bend, IN
Notre Dame suffered another agonizing loss this past weekend.  The team traveled to Jacksonville to face off against Navy.  The Midshipmen’s triple option offense proved too much for the young inexperienced Irish defense.  The Irish ended up losing 27-28.  The theme of close losses continues unfortunately and Notre Dame sits at a disappointing 3-6.
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This week the team will play another military team in Army.  They’re 5-4 and looking to become bowl eligible.  Army is a lot like Navy in how their offense is run.  The run game is strong due to the option.  It may be an advantage that Notre Dame just played arguably the best triple option team in the country, but the defense didn’t look great against it.  They gave up 320 yards with a 5.7 yards per carry.  Those are scary stats for a team facing another option offense.  On a positive note, Deshone Kizer looked stellar.  He had 3 touchdowns and ran a very efficient offense.  This game will be close (per usual).  My prediction is that Notre Dame having just seen the option offense will be slightly more disciplined and Kizer will carry this team to victory.  Go Irish!
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Jay Wegman is a freshman at Notre Dame University. He writes on the Irish at MartyandMiller.com.

3A & 8 Player Semifinals Preview

The Semifinals get started on Thursday for the State Football Championships and run through Saturday. Today, we take a look at the semifinals in 8 Player and 3A, which will be played on Thursday at the UNI-Dome.

9:06 am Kickoff  Don Bosco, Gilbertville (10-1) vs. Midland, Wyoming (9-2)

Don Bosco bounced back and avenged their only loss of the season last week by knocking off Central Elkader 56-20. The Dons have dominated since that loss, winning by an average score of 71-14. Quarterback Brandon Bagby has been outstanding, throwing for 25 touchdowns against 1 interception along with 1263 yards on the ground and 22 touchdowns. Don Bosco handed Midland, Wyoming one of their 2 losses in Week 2 52-14. Midland struggled to find much traction in the ground game in that match up and need to find some running room to help out QB Alex Martens (159-250 passing, 2422 yards, 28 TD, 5 INT).

The Pick: Don Bosco 62 Midland, Wyoming 27

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12:06 pm Kickoff  Harris-Lake Park (11-0) vs. Fremont-Mills, Tabor (11-0) 

A battle of undefeated teams takes the stage in the 2nd semifinal. Top ranked Fremont-Mills, Tabor has dominated all season long and the defense has pitched 5 shut outs. Mason Vanatta leads the offense and has completed 73% of his passes for 30 touchdowns and only 3 interceptions. Harris-Lake Park needs to find a way to keep this close into the 2nd half, where Fremont-Mills has rarely had to play all their starters.

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The Pick: Fremont-Mills, Tabor 43 Harris-Lake Park 21


5:36 Kickoff Glenwood (9-2) vs. Webster City (10-1) 

Webster City isn’t going to confuse who they are at the UNI-Dome; they’re a ground and pound team that runs the football. Robert Fredericksen (1692 yards, 6.2 YPC, 21 TD), Payton Kannuan (853 yards, 8.4 YPC, 9 TD) & Drew Fielder (736 yards, 8 TD) lead the run game for the Lynx. Glenwood went on the road and knocked off previously undefeated Storm Lake and Carroll to punch their ticket to the UNI-Dome. Kolten Wilwerding & Cole Loeffelein lead a balanced offensive attack into the semifinals that is providing a lot of momentum.

The Pick: Glenwood 24 Webster City 14

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8:21 Kickoff Cedar Rapids Xavier (11-0) vs. Pella (11-0) 

Pella has taken home the last 2 championships in Class 3A and rides a 39 game winning streak into the Semis. The Dutch are solid defensively as usual, with 5 shutouts and QB Nick Finney leads the offense, hitting 128 of 199 passes for 2143 yards and 27 touchdowns and 6 interceptions along with 1108 yards on the ground. Bryce Schulte has completed 70.3% of his throws for 1552 yards and 22 touchdowns against 2 interceptions while Maliki Wilson leads the run game with 1805 yards and 19 touchdowns while averaging 9.5 yards per carry. For all intents and purposes, this is the title game in Class 3A.

The Pick: Pella 28 Xavier 20 

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Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance HS Football Scoreboard


Ankeny Centennial 14 Valley, West Des Moines 10 
Cedar Rapids, Washington 30 Iowa City, City High 14 
Dowling Catholic 36  Waukee 14 
Iowa City, West 38 Prairie, Cedar Rapids 21 


Boone 19 Webster City 21 
Glenwood 30 Carroll 27 
Pella 28 Solon 14 
Waverly-Shell Rock 14 Xavier, Cedar Rapids 38 


Dike-New Hartford 54 PCM, Monroe 14 
Kuemper Catholic, Carroll 28 Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley 49 
Union, La Porte City 28 North Fayette Valley 12 
Williamsburg 32 Mount Vernon 42 


Bellevue 6 Denver 34 
Hinton 21 Western Christian, Hull 34
Madrid 7 Van Meter 28 
Pella Christian 43 Regina, Iowa City 45 


Lisbon 12 Saint Ansgar 43 
Montezuma 0 Gladbrook-Reinbeck 35
West Hancock, Britt 8 Bishop Garrigan, Algona 12 
West Sioux, Hawarden 14 St. Albert, Council Bluffs 21


Ar-We-Va, Westside 36 Harris-Lake Park 44 
Don Bosco, Gilbertville 56 Central, Elkader 20 
Exira/Elk Horn-Kimballton 20 Fremont-Mills, Tabor 63
Midland, Wyoming 42 Twin Cedars, Bussey 22 


Iowa HS Football Quarterfinals Preview

With a round in the books, it’s time for the quarterfinal round of the Iowa High School Football Playoffs. Their are a ton of big match ups across all classes as teams work to punch their ticket to the UNI-Dome and the State Semifinals.


Games of the Week:

Ankeny Centennial (9-1) @ West Des Moines Valley (10-0)

The top ranked Valley Tigers have been on cruise control since their 16-9 victory over Dowling Catholic on September 9th. Ankeny Centennial needs to get off to a good start and make this a 4 quarter game. The Jaguars had Dowling Catholic down 17-0 in the 2nd half before the Maroons ran off 31 straight points. They may have the best chance of anybody in the state of moving the football against the stout Tigers defense.

The Pick: Tigers 27 Jaguars 17

Waukee (8-2) vs. Dowling Catholic (9-1) @ Williams Stadium

These 2 teams faced off in Week 4 and Dowling ran Waukee out of the building in a 37-0 win. Dowling isn’t as dynamic in the passing game as past years, but has an outstanding 2 headed monster in the backfield with 1000 yard rushers Cole Deskin (1037 yards, 8.5 YPC, 11 TD) & Jacob Zachary (1009 yards, 8.6 YPC, 10 TD). The Waukee offensive line needs to give time to Drew Johnson to make plays in the passing game to give the Warriors a shot to pull off the upset.

The Pick: Maroons 24 Warriors 7

Other Games:

Iowa City, City High (8-2) vs. Cedar Rapids Washington (9-1) @ Kingston Stadium

The Pick: Warriors 34 Little Hawks 20

Iowa City West (8-2) @ Cedar Rapids Prairie (9-1) 

The Pick: Trojans 24 Prairie Hawks 21



Game of the Week: 

Pella (10-0) @ Solon (9-1) 

One of the many match ups this week that look like they could be a state championship game. The defending champion Pella Dutch go on the road with a 38 game program winning streak. The defense is outstanding as always for Coach Jay McKinstrey and the offense is lead by dual threat quarterback Nick Finney who is completing 62.6% of his passes for 1843 yards, 24 TDs & 5 INTs along with 1075 yards on the ground. Solon will need to find a way to move the football against the Dutch front while Blayze Griffis (90-143, 1478 yards, 20 TD, 3 INT) will look to make plays through the air.

The Pick: Dutch 28 Spartans 13

Other games:

Waverly Shell Rock (7-3) @ Cedar Rapids Xavier (10-0) 

The Pick: Saints 34 Go-Hawks 14

Glenwood (8-2) @ Carroll (10-0) 

The Pick: Tigers 14 Rams 13

Boone (8-2) @ Webster City (9-1)

The Pick: Toreadors 21 Lynx 20



Game of the Week: 

Dike-New Hartford (8-2) @ PCM, Monroe (9-1)

Trent Johnson of D-NH is the newly minted career rushing leader in Iowa High School Football history. The senior Wolverine now has 7,158 yards for his career, including 2433 yards this season, averaging 8.8 yards per carry and 34 touchdowns. PCM has a balanced attack that can put points on the board in a hurry. Quarterback Sheldon Speers has completed nearly 75% of his throws for 2244 yards and 30 touchdowns against only 6 interceptions and looks the way of Luke Greiner (51 catches, 1031 yards, 18 TDs) a ton. On the ground, Wes Cummings (151 carries, 1185 yards, 7.8 YPC, 15 TD) leads the way for the Mustangs.

The Pick: Wolverines 37 Mustangs 35

Other Games:

Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley (9-1) vs. Kuemper Catholic, Carroll (9-1) @ Denison

The Pick: Rockhawks 28 Knights 14

Union, LaPorte City (9-1) @ North Fayette, Valley (10-0) 

The Pick: Tigerhawks 34 Knights 21

Williamsburg (8-2) @ Mount Vernon (8-2)

The Pick: Mustangs 41 Raiders 17



Game of the Week

Pella Christian (10-0) @ Iowa City Regina (9-1) 

Iowa City Regina has ripped off 6 straight championships and faces a stiff test with the high scoring Eagles coming to town. Dual threat quarterback David Kacmarynski is 91-139 for 1731 yards with 31 TDs through the air and has added 653 yards and 8 TDs on the ground. He leads the offense that has averaged 56.2 points per game and the defense has pitched 4 shutouts. Jared Brinkman leads another top notch defense for the Regals.

The Pick: Regals 27 Eagles 21

Other Games:

Bellevue (10-0) @ Denver (10-0) 

The Pick: Cyclones 35 Comets 16

Madrid (9-1) @ Van Meter (10-0)

The Pick: Tigers 21 Bulldogs 20

Hinton (9-1) @ Western Christian, Hull (9-1)

The Pick: Wolves 27 Blackhawks 14


Game of the Week

Lisbon (9-1) @ St. Ansgar (10-0)

St. Ansgar has ran through defenses all season long lead by 1000 yard rushers Parker Hendrickson (1088 yards, 8.3 YPC, 15 TD) & Dayton Smith (1027 yards, 6.9 YPC, 17 TD). Lisbon has shut out 4 opponents this season. The Lions defense, lead by Tyson Williams, Bryce Werderman and Austin Krob have combined for 58 tackles for a loss this season.

The Pick: Saints 20 Lions 19

Other Games: 

Montezuma (8-2) @ Gladbrook-Reinbeck (10-0)

The Pick: Rebels 37 Braves 7

West Hancock, Britt (8-2) @ Bishop Garrigan, Algona (10-0) 

The Pick: Golden Bears 21 Eagles 16

West Sioux, Hawarden (9-1) @ St. Albert, Council Bluffs (10-0)

The Pick: CBSA Falcons 27 WS Falcons 7


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Game of the Week

Don Bosco, Gilbertville (9-1) @ Central, Elkader (8-2)

It was the upset heard around the state back in Week 5 as Central Elkader pulled the 44-34 upset over Don Bosco. The Dons have a shot at revenge and a return to the UNI-Dome as they make the trip east. Don Bosco has responded after the loss outscoring their 5 opponents 371-64, winning by an average score of 74-13. Derek Ehrhardt (106-183 passing, 1795 yards, 30 TD, 7 INT, 1103 rushing yards, 20 TD) was outstanding the last time out and needs another big performance to give Central Elkader a chance of knocking off the Dons again.

The Pick: Dons 56 Warriors 34

Other Games: 

Midland, Wyoming (8-2) @ Twin Cedars, Bussey (10-0)

The Pick: Eagles 36 Sabers 34

Ar-We-Va, Westside (8-2) @ Harris-Lake Park (10-0)

The Pick: Rockets 34 Wolves 28

Exira/Elk Horn-Kimballton (7-3) @ Fremont-Mills, Tabor (10-0) 

The Pick: Spartans 55 Knights 35



Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Playoff Football Scoreboard

Friday (10/28/2016)



Ankeny Centennial 34 Ankeny 24 

Epworth, Western Dubuque 21 Cedar Rapids, Washington 35 

Johnston 6 Dowling Catholic, West Des Moines 41

Iowa City, City High 40 North Scott, Eldridge 14 

Iowa City, West 24 Bettendorf 17 

Lewis Central 7 Valley, West Des Moines 45 

Southeast Polk 21 Waukee 52 

Waterloo, West 35 Prairie, Cedar Rapids 66 


Assumption, Davenport 20 Xavier, Cedar Rapids 52 

Benton Community 14 Solon 49 

Boone 22 Creston/O-M 21 

Glenwood 44 Storm Lake 22 

Norwalk 14 Webster City 33

Oskaloosa 14 Pella 34 

Sergeant Bluff-Luton 14 Carroll 34

Waverly-Shell Rock 28 West Delaware, Manchester 14


Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley 49 South Central Calhoun 10 

Centerville 7 Mount Vernon 48 

Central Lee, Donnellson 25 Williamsburg 49 

Central Lyon/George-Little Rock 20 Kuemper Catholic, Carroll 21

New Hampton 7 North Fayette Valley 21 

Roland-Story, Story City 7 PCM, Monroe 38

Southeast Valley 29 Dike-New Hartford 55 

Union, La Porte City 31 Crestwood, Cresco 13 


AHSTW 14 Van Meter 21 OT

Clayton Ridge, Guttenberg 6 Denver 50

Hinton 43 Logan-Magnolia 28

Madrid 27 Pleasantville 20

Sigourney-Keota 0 Pella Christian 49

South Winneshiek, Calmar 8 Bellevue 26 

West Branch 15 Regina, Iowa City 49 

Western Christian, Hull 28 West Lyon, Inwood 6 


Akron-Westfield 21 St. Albert, Council Bluffs 24

B-G-M, Brooklyn 20 Montezuma 34

Earlham 6 Bishop Garrigan, Algona 37 

Hudson 7 West Hancock, Britt 30 

Lisbon 31 East Buchanan, Winthrop 20 

Lynnville-Sully 6 Gladbrook-Reinbeck 13 

South O’Brien, Paullina 20 West Sioux, Hawarden 49

Wapsie Valley, Fairbank 10 Saint Ansgar 28 


AGWSR, Ackley 20 Central, Elkader 58

Audubon 26 Harris-Lake Park 36

Don Bosco, Gilbertville 75 Turkey Valley, Jackson Junction 24 

Exira/Elk Horn-Kimballton 56 Bedford 12

H-L-V, Victor 24 Midland, Wyoming 80

Iowa Valley, Marengo 22 Twin Cedars, Bussey 24

Lenox 0 Fremont-Mills, Tabor 69

Newell-Fonda 53 Ar-We-Va, Westside 54


Notre Dame prepares for Miami after bye

By: Jay Wegman
South Bend, IN
The Irish had a bye this last week.  They currently sit at 2-5 and are on the edge of being ineligible for a bowl game this year.  Notre Dame is coming off another close lost to a Stanford team that was without star player Christian McCaffrey.  The offense couldn’t seem to click in that game and ended in a 17-10 loss.
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This week the Canes of Miami come to visit.  They have a 4-3 record but are currently having some issues.  Their season started great with a 4-0 start but have dropped their last three games.  Miami has a strong passing game behind future pro quarterback Kaaya but lack much of a running game.  Their offensive line is also fairly weak, but Notre Dame lacks much of a pass rush.  However, Notre Dame’s defense as a whole has been better in recent weeks.  So, hopefully we see a more well rounded group this week.
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All in all, this game won’t be pretty.  Both teams are struggling and need a win.  Go Irish!
Jay Wegman is a freshman at Notre Dame University. He writes on the Irish at MartyandMiller.com.
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Iowa HS Football Playoffs Brackets

The brackets are set for the 2016 Iowa High School Football Playoffs. 16 teams from each of the 6 classes will march towards the UNI-Dome with the championships being played November 17th & 18th.

4A Bracket -> 16_4a_football_bracket

The first thing that jumps off the page is West Des Moines Valley and Dowling Catholic being on opposite sides of the West Bracket. Another show down could be on the horizon at the UNI-Dome for the Tigers and Maroons.  The east side appears wide open and you can make an argument on any of the eight teams making a run to the Dome.

3A Bracket -> 16_3a_football_bracket

The Class 3A defending champion Pella was placed on the East side of the bracket. A possible #1/#2 match up against Cedar Rapids Xavier could await the Dutch in the semifinals. Storm Lake has been the surprise of the year in 3A and have a tough path starting on Friday night in the opening round against a Glenwood squad that came out of the tough District #7.

2A Bracket -> 16_2a_football_bracket

Only 1 2A squad made it through the season undefeated, top ranked North Fayette Valley. They appear to be the class of the division. Mount Vernon may be the toughest team in their way to a state championship and come into the playoffs with seven straight wins after dropping the first two against top level 3A teams. The Mustangs had over 700 yards of total offense in their final game against Williamsburg, playing for a district championship.

1A Bracket -> 16_1a_football_bracket

The 1A bracket may have the most high level teams. 4 teams come into the playoffs undefeated along with 1 loss and 6 time defending state champion Iowa City Regina. A possible Regina/Pella Christian 2nd round match up looks like a game that could be a state title game most years.

A Bracket -> 16_a_football_bracket

4 undefeated teams remain in Class A including Council Bluffs St. Albert, St. Ansgar Algona Garrigan and the defending champions, Gladbrook-Reinbeck. Those defending champion Rebels face a tough opening round game against (8-1) Lynnville-Sully.

8 Player Bracket -> 16_8player_football_bracket

The best 1st round match up regardless of class may be in this bracket. Turkey Valley hosts Don Bosco in a toss up game. Wyatt Blazek and Cody Hackman provide a 1-2 punch running the football while Don Bosco counters with do-everything QB Brandon Bagby.