The first three of six Iowa high school state football championship games are Thursday at the UNI-Dome, featuring 8-Player, Class A and Class 3A.
Here’s everything you need to know.
How to watch the state championship games
TV: KFXA 28.2 (Cedar Rapids), WQAD 8.3 (Quad Cities), KDSM 17.1 or 17.3 (Des Moines), KXLT 47.1 or 47.2 (Rochester, Minn., and Mason City), NPTM 42.2 (Omaha, Neb., and Council Bluffs), NPTH 44.2 (Sioux City), Alliance Communications 239 (Lyon County)
Live stream: IHSSN.org
Mobile: IHSSN app
Thursday’s state football championship games
8-PLAYER: No. 1 Don Bosco (12-0) vs. No. 4 Audubon (12-1)
Time: 10 a.m.
How they got here: Audubon beat No. 7 Harris-Lake Park 48-20 in the first round, No. 9 Anita CAM 40-32 in the quarterfinals and No. 2 Remsen St. Mary’s 39-28 in the semifinals. Don Bosco beat New London 72-12 in the first round, No. 8 Easton Valley 67-28 in the quarterfinals and No. 3 Turkey Valley 50-6 in the semifinals.
State championship history: Audubon was the Class 3A runner-up in 1977. Don Bosco won 8-Player state championships in 2013, 2016 and 2017 and finished runner-up in 2012 and 2015.
K.J. Pilcher — Don Bosco
Jeff Linder — Audubon
Jeff Johnson — Audubon
BC Moore — Don Bosco by 51
CLASS A: No. 5 Grundy Center (11-1) vs. No. 1 West Hancock (12-0)
Time: 1:30 p.m.
How they got here: West Hancock beat IKM-Manning 38-14 in the first round, No. 8 South O’Brien 43-0 in the quarterfinals and No. 7 Woodbury Central 49-20 in the semifinals. Grundy Center beat Belle Plaine 28-14 in the first round, No. 4 MFL MarMac 35-20 in the quarterfinals and No. 2 Saint Ansgar 23-21 in the semifinals.
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State championship history: West Hancock won the Class 1A state championship in 1996 and was runner-up twice, in Class 2A in 1993 and in Class A in 2011. Before consolidation, Britt claimed the Class 2A state title in 1973 and was runner-up in 1986 and 1987. Grundy Center won the Class 2A state title in 1984 and back-to-back Class 1A state championships in 1987 and 1988.
K.J. Pilcher — West Hancock
Jeff Linder — West Hancock
Jeff Johnson — West Hancock
BC Moore — West Hancock by 19
CLASS 3A: No. 1 Western Dubuque (12-0) vs. No. 3 Solon (12-0)
Time: 7 p.m.
How they got here: Western Dubuque beat No. 10 Washington 42-10 in the first round, No. 4 North Scott 29-7 in the quarterfinals and No. 7 Lewis Central 48-14 in the semifinals. Solon beat Iowa City Liberty 14-7 in the first round, Pella 24-0 in the quarterfinals and No. 6 Sergeant Bluff-Luton 43-36 in the semifinals.
State championships history: Western Dubuque won the Class 3A state championship in 2001 and was the runner-up last season. Solon won its first state title in Class 2A in 1988, then won four straight from 2007-10: 2007, 2008 and 2009 in 2A and 2010 in Class 3A. The Spartans were also 2A runners-up in 1992, 2000, 2003 and 2006.
K.J. Pilcher — Western Dubuque
Jeff Linder — Western Dubuque
Jeff Johnson — Western Dubuque
BC Moore — Western Dubuque by 12