CEDAR FALLS — The official end of high school football in the state of Iowa comes this weekend when the 12 remaining teams compete in the 2019 state championship games.
The six state title games begin on Thursday, Nov. 21. Classes 3A, A and 8-Man will play on Thursday with Classes 4A, 2A and 1A going on Friday, Nov. 22.
Among the 12 championship contenders are two teams who knocked out Union area squads in the first round. Western Dubuque, the team that beat Washington 42-10 on Nov. 1 has cruised to the state championship with a 29-7 quarterfinal win over North Scott and a 48-14 drubbing of Lewis Central in the semifinals.
They’ll take on the only other team to beat Washington on the football field this season. Solon will represent the local Class 3A district against Western Dubque. After going undefeated int he regular season, the Spartans have won playoff games 14-7 over Iowa City Liberty, 24-0 against Pella and 43-36 against Sergeant Bluff-Luton.
Class 8-Man favorites Don Bosco, the tema that beat New Lonon 72-12 in the first round, hasn’t slowed down a bit. The Dons creamed Easton Valley, 67-28, in the quarterfinals and demolished Turkey Valley, 50-6, in the semifinals. They’ll take on Audubon,a team that beat St. Mary’s Remsen 39-28 in the semifinals last weekend.
In the other game on Thursday, West Hancock will take on Grundy Center for the Class A crown. West Hancock beat Woodbury Central, 49-20, in the semifinals, and Grundy Center took out Saint Ansgar, 23-21.
There is a rematch in the Class 4A final between West Des Moines Valley and Dowling Catholic. Valley beat Dowling, the six-time defending state champions, 29-22 at home earlier this season. Valley knocked off Bettendorf 35-7 in the semifinals last weekend and Dowling trumped Cedar Rapids Kennedy 42-6.
The Class 2A title game will be between Waukon and OABCIG, two undefeated squads. Waukon beat Williamsburg 32-14 last weekend, and OABCIG took down Algona 41-32.
In the Class 1A title game, Van Meter will play West Lyon. Van Meter beat Iowa City Regina 49-17 in the semifinals and West Lyon outlasted West Sioux 26-21.
The full schedule for this weekend’s game is listed below. The rankings beside each team’s name are their RPI rating.
THURSDSAY, NOV. 21
8-Man: No. 1 Audubon vs. No. 3 Don Bosco, 10 a.m.
A: No. 1 West Hancock vs. No. 5 Grundy Center, 1:30 p.m.
3A: No. 1 Solon vs. No. 2 Western Dubuque, 7 p.m.
FRIDAY, NOV. 22
1A: No. 1 Van Meter vs. No. 5 West Lyon, 10 a.m.
2A: No. 1 Waukon vs. No. 4 OABCIG, 1 p.m.
4A: No. 1 Vally vs. No. 3 Dowling, 7 p.m.