There are 96 high school football teams left in the state of Iowa, and only 24 of those will be at the UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls next month. On Saturday, each of the 96 remaining schools got to see their paths when the Iowa High SChool Athletic Association released the schedule for the next two rounds of play.
Each class broke the last 16 teams into four pods of four. Each pod will be played out over a two-week span, with the winner of each advancing to the UNI-Dome. The pods are listed A-D, and the state will match up the four winners in each class once the final four is set.
In Class 3A, the Washington Demons were placed in Pod D, which has four ranked teams. The Demons ended the regular season ranked No. 4 in The Gazette poll and No. 3 in the Associated Press. They will host No. 9/8 West Delaware. On the other side of the pod, No. 8/9 North Scott will host No. 5 Davenport Assumption.
In Class 1A, third-ranked Sigourney-Keota received a less lethal group than the Demons, at least rankings wise. The Savage Cobras will host Beckman Catholic in Class 1A’s Pod D. On the other side of that pod, No. 10 Columbus Catholic will host Mediapolis.
In Class 8-Man, New London was placed in Pod C, along with two ranked teams. The Tigers will visit No. 10/NR Janesville in their next game, with the winner playing the winner of Tripoli at No. 1 Don Bosco.
Below are the full pods for each class.
Pod A: Bettendorf at Pleasant Valley; Dubuque Hempstead at Iowa City West
Pod B: Ankeny Centennial at Southeast Polk; Cedar Rapids Prairie at Cedar Rapids Kennedy
Pod C: Cedar Falls at Ankeny; Indianola at Waukee
Pod D: Waterloo West at Dowling Catholic; Valley at Urbandale
Pod A: Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley at Spencer; Sergeant Bluff-Luton at Webster City
Pod B: Ballard at Lewis Central; Carlisle at Harlan
Pod C: Grinnell at Pella; Dubuque Wahlert at Xavier
Pod D: West Delaware at Washington; Assumption at North Scott
Pod A: Estherville Lincoln Central at Central Lyon/George Little Rock; West Lyon at Spirit Lake
Pod B: Atlantic at West Marshall; Greene County at PCM
Pod C: Tipton at Camanche; West Liberty at Williamsburg
Pod D: Monticello at Waukon; Independence at Solon
Pod A: Western Christian at OABCIG; Emmetsburg at West Sioux
Pod B: South Central Calhoun at South Hamilton
Pod C: Pella Christian at Van Meter; Underwood at Mount Ayr
Pod D: Mediapolis at Columbus Catholic; Beckman Catholic at Sigourney-Keota
Pod A: South O’Brien at St. Albert; Riverside Oakland at Logan-Magnolia
Pod B: Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn at West Hancock; Nodaway Valley at Grundy Center
Pod C: Lisbon at Wapsie Valley; Alburnett at Iowa City Regina
Pod D: MFL MarMac at Edgewood Colesburg; South Winneshiek at Saint Angsar
Pod A: Harris-Lake Park at St. Mary’s; Newell-Fonda at Audubon
Pod B: Lamoni at CAM, Anita; Fremont-Mills at Martensdale-St. Mary’s
Pod C: New London at Janesville; Tripoli at Don Bosco
Pod D: Easton Valley at Gladbrook-Reinbeck; BGM Brooklyn at Montezuma