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Iowa prep football rankings: Xavier, Pella still in 3A deadlock

Audubon takes over the top spot in 8-Player

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A week later, the logjam atop the Class 3A rankings in The Gazette’s high school football poll has sorted itself out a little.

But not a lot.

Cedar Rapids Xavier and Pella remain in a deadlock at No. 1 following five weeks of perfection.

It was a three-way tie at the top last week, with Norwalk also sharing the perch. All three won Friday. Xavier and Pella (the two-time defending state champion) received 52 points in Monday’s balloting, Norwalk 51.

Pella received three of the six first-place votes, Norwalk two, Xavier one. The Dutch have won 33 straight games.

The No. 1 teams in four classes remained the same, and three of them — West Des Moines Valley (4A), North Fayette Valley (2A) and Iowa City Regina (1A) are still unanimous.

There’s a shakeup in 8-Player after Don Bosco’s 40-game regular-season winning streak ended, 44-34, at the hands of Elkader Central. Audubon, in its first year as an 8-Player program, assumes the top spot. Fremont-Mills climbs to No. 2, followed by Lone Tree and Turkey Valley.

The top seven teams remain the same in 4A. West Des Moines Dowling is second, followed by Cedar Rapids Washington. Cedar Rapids Prairie moves into the 4A list at No. 9 after a 39-20 win over Iowa City West, its fourth consecutive victory.

Union continues to chase North Fayette Valley in 2A. The District 4 rivals will clash Oct. 14 at West Union.

Pella Christian is Regina’s closest challenger in 1A, with five teams packed tightly behind.

Defending Class A champion Gladbrook-Reinbeck (51 points) maintains a slight advantage in that class over Saint Ansgar (49) and Algona Garrigan (48).

CLASS 4A W-L Pts. Pvs

1. West Des Moines Valley (6) 5-0 60 1

2. West Des Moines Dowling 4-1 54 2

3. Cedar Rapids Washington 5-0 46 3

4. Ankeny Centennial 5-0 42 4

5. Lewis Central 4-0 36 5

6. Iowa City High 4-1 27 6

7. Bettendorf 3-2 24 7

8. Waterloo West 5-0 17 10

9. Cedar Rapids Prairie 4-1 11 —

10. Waukee 3-2 10 10

Dropped out: Muscatine (8), Iowa City West (9).

Others receiving votes: Cedar Rapids Kennedy 3.

CLASS 3A W-L Pts. Pvs

1. Cedar Rapids Xavier (1) 5-0 52 1

(tie) Pella (3) 5-0 52 1

3. Norwalk (2) 5-0 51 1

4. Creston/Orient-Macksburg 5-0 41 4

5. Carroll 5-0 38 5

6. West Delaware 5-0 34 6

7. Glenwood 4-1 20 8

8. Solon 4-1 15 10

9. Clear Creek Amana 5-0 11 —

10. Storm Lake 5-0 8 —

Dropped out: Gilbert (7), Sergeant Bluff-Luton (9).

Others receiving votes: Washington 4, Boone 3, Dallas Center-Grimes 1.

CLASS 2A W-L Pts. Pvs

1. North Fayette Valley (6) 5-0 60 1

2. Union 5-0 51 2

3. Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley 4-1 41 3

(tie) New Hampton 5-0 41 3

5. Garner-Hayfield/Ventura 5-0 29 6

6. Mount Vernon 3-2 27 5

7. Waukon 4-1 21 7

8. Carroll Kuemper 4-1 17 8

9. Central Lyon-GLR 4-1 11 —

10. South Central Calhoun 4-1 9 9

Dropped out: Williamsburg (10).

Others receiving votes: Williamsburg 7, Dike-New Hartford 6, Monroe PCM 5, Cascade 3, Roland-Story 2.

CLASS 1A W-L Pts. Pvs

1. Iowa City Regina (6) 4-1 60 1

2. Pella Christian 5-0 48 2

3. West Lyon 5-0 39 4

4. Denver 5-0 38 5

5. Van Meter 5-0 37 5

6. Madrid 5-0 34 7

(tie) Western Christian 4-1 34 8

8. Wilton 5-0 12 10

9. Hinton 4-1 11 3

10. Bellevue 5-0 10 —

Dropped out: West Branch (9).

Others receiving votes: Avoca AHSTW 2, Missouri Valley 2, Sigourney-Keota 2, Pleasantville 1.

CLASS A W-L Pts. Pvs

1. Gladbrook-Reinbeck (3) 5-0 51 1

2. Saint Ansgar (2) 5-0 49 2

3. Algona Garrigan 5-0 48 3

4. West Sioux 5-0 41 4

5. Council Bluffs St. Albert (1) 5-0 39 5

6. Lynnville-Sully 5-0 32 6

7. West Hancock 4-1 28 7

8. Hudson 5-0 17 9

9. Belle Plaine 5-0 15 —

10. Wapsie Valley 2-2 3 —

Dropped out: Lisbon (8), Akron-Westfield (10).

Others receiving votes: Lisbon 2, Mason City Newman 2, Ridge View 2, East Buchanan 1.

8-PLAYER W-L Pts. Pvs

1. Audubon (3) 5-0 56 2

2. Fremont-Mills (3) 5-0 51 3

3. Lone Tree 5-0 40 4

4. Turkey Valley 5-0 35 6

5. Bedford 5-0 33 5

6. Coon Rapids-Bayard 4-1 28 7

7. Don Bosco 4-1 27 1

8. Harris-Lake Park 5-0 23 8

9. Newell-Fonda 4-1 13 9

10. Ruthven GTRA 4-1 11 10

Dropped out: none.

Others receiving votes: Elkader Central 7, Midland 5, East Union 1.

l Comments: (319) 368-8857; jeff.linder@thegazette.com

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