Prep Football

Iowa high school football rankings: Dike-New Hartford regains sole possession of 1A No. 1

Bellevue's win over West Branch drops the Bears down a few rungs

Central City's Kyle Marsh (22) tries to get past Turkey Valley's Seth Huinker during their football game Friday at Central City. The Wildcats won, 56-42, and climbed into the Gazette/KGYM poll this week at No. 10 in 8-Player. (Cliff Jette/The Gazette)
Central City's Kyle Marsh (22) tries to get past Turkey Valley's Seth Huinker during their football game Friday at Central City. The Wildcats won, 56-42, and climbed into the Gazette/KGYM poll this week at No. 10 in 8-Player. (Cliff Jette/The Gazette)

After a week of sharing the top spot in Class 1A, Dike-New Hartford is flying solo again.

Bellevue’s defeat of former co-No. 1 West Branch has re-established DNH as the top team in this week’s Gazette/KGYM football poll. The Comets tripped West Branch, 28-20, Friday at Bellevue, a week after Bears Coach Butch Pedersen earned his 300th career victory.

Status quo prevailed at the top of the other five classes. West Des Moines Valley (4A), Cedar Rapids Xavier (3A), Monroe PCM (2A), Hudson (Class A) and Don Bosco (8-Player) remain at No. 1, with Xavier, PCM and Don Bosco unanimous choices.

Each of last week’s 4A top 10 teams were victorious in Week 5, and the order stays the same throughout. Valley is followed by fellow unbeatens Ankeny Centennial and Cedar Falls, then it’s West Des Moines Dowling and Bettendorf.

Xavier and Lewis Central continue to dominate the 3A landscape, and both are heavily favored to continue that trend this week. Pela is third; Solon and North Scott share the fourth spot.

In 2A, Spirit Lake holds a slight edge over Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley for the No. 2 spot behind PCM. Algona — which is 5-0 for the first time since 1972 — is fourth, Clear Lake fifth.

West Branch’s loss moves the next four teams up a spot. West Sioux is second, followed by defending-champion Van Meter, South Central Calhoun and Bellevue.

The top six remain the same in Class A, but the potential is there for major movement next week. No. 1 Hudson hosts No. 5 Saint Ansgar, and No. 2 Algona Garrigan hosts No. 4 Belmond-Klemme. Avoca AHSTW is third.

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Don Bosco is followed in 8-Player by Exira-EHK, Ar-We-Va, New London and Iowa Valley. The Dons host No. 9 Northwood-Kensett this week; Ar-We-Va is at No. 6 Newell-Fonda.

Class 4A

1.

West Des Moines Valley

5-0, 59 points (5 No. 1 votes)

Last week: No. 1 | Beat Council Bluffs Jefferson, 56-0
This week: vs. Urbandale
 
2.

Ankeny Centennial

5-0, 51 points

Last week: No. 2 | Beat Marshalltown, 49-7
This week: vs. Southeast Polk
 
3.

Cedar Falls

5-0, 48 points (1 No. 1 vote)

Last week: No. 3 | Beat Dubuque Hempstead, 39-0
This week: vs. Cedar Rapids Jefferson
 
4.

West Des Moines Dowling

3-2, 37 points

Last week: No. 4 | Beat Ankeny, 42-0
This week: at Des Moines Lincoln
 
5.

Bettendorf

4-1, 32 points

Last week: No. 5 | Beat Cedar Rapids Washington, 35-0
This week: at Burlington
 
6.

Johnston

4-1, 30 points

Last week: No. 6 | Beat Des Moines East, 31-14
This week: vs. Ottumwa
 
7.

Iowa City West

4-1, 29 points

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Last week: No. 7 | Beat Pleasant Valley, 20-14
This week: at Linn-Mar
 
8.

Waukee

3-2, 22 points

Last week: No. 8 | Beat Mason City, 63-7
This week: vs. Des Moines East
 
9.

Indianola

5-0, 13 points

Last week: No. 9 | Beat Ottumwa, 42-7
This week: vs. Mason City
 
10.

Cedar Rapids Prairie

4-1, 6 points

Last week: No. 10 | Beat Dubuque Senior, 42-20
This week: at Dubuque Hempstead
 

Dropped out: none

Others receiving votes: Fort Dodge 1

Class 3A

1.

Cedar Rapids Xavier

5-0, 60 points (6 No. 1 votes)

Last week: No. 1 | Beat Maquoketa, 41-0
This week: vs. Dubuque Wahlert
 
2.

Lewis Central

5-0, 53 points

Last week: No. 2 | Beat Creston/O-M, 56-7
This week: at Winterset
 
3.

Pella

5-0, 46 points

Last week: No. 3 | Beat Knoxville, 57-0
This week: vs. South Tama
 
4.

North Scott

4-1, 37 points

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Last week: No. 5 | Beat DeWitt Central, 35-7
This week: at Iowa City Liberty
 
4.

Solon

5-0, 37 points

Last week: No. 4 | Beat Fort Madison, 49-6
This week: vs. Washington
 
6.

Sergeant Bluff-Luton

4-1, 33 points

Last week: No. 6 | Beat No. 8 Sioux City Heelan, 23-9
This week: vs. Le Mars
 
7.

Western Dubuque

4-1, 23 points

Last week: No. 9 | Beat Dubuque Wahlert, 63-27
This week: vs. Center Point-Urbana
 
8.

Harlan

4-1, 19 points

Last week: No. 10 | Beat Adel ADM, 28-10
This week: vs. Glenwood
 
9.

Sioux City Heelan

4-1, 11 points

Last week: No. 8 | Lost to No. 6 Sergeant Bluff-Luton, 23-9
This week: at Denison-Schleswig
 
10.

Clear Creek Amana

5-0, 8 points

Last week: NR | Beat Iowa City Liberty, 37-7
This week: at Clinton
 

Dropped out: Waverly-Shell Rock (6)

Others receiving votes: Waverly-Shell Rock 2, Spencer 1

Class 2A

1.

Monroe PCM

5-0, 60 points (6 No. 1 votes)

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Last week: No. 1 | Beat Chariton, 42-0
This week: at Saydel
 
2.

Spirit Lake

5-0, 52 points

Last week: No. 2 | Beat Estherville Lincoln Central, 42-0
This week: at Southeast Valley
 
3.

Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley

4-1, 50 points

Last week: No. 3 | Beat Central Lyon/George-Little Rock, 42-10
This week: vs. Okoboji
 
4.

Algona

5-0, 36 points

Last week: No. 5 | Beat Garner GHV, 66-38
This week: at Clarion CGD
 
5.

Clear Lake

4-1, 32 points

Last week: No. 6 | Beat Hampton-Dumont, 46-0
This week: at Crestwood
 
6.

West Marshall

4-1, 29 points

Last week: No. 7 | Beat Roland-Story, 34-19
This week: vs. Vinton-Shellsburg
 
7.

Waukon

4-1, 28 points

Last week: No. 8 | Beat Monticello, 40-12
This week: at Oelwein
 
8.

Greene County

5-0, 25 points

Last week: No. 9 | Beat Shenandoah, 62-0
This week: at Carroll Kuemper
 
9.

Union Community

3-2, 10 points

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Last week: NR | Beat No. 4 Benton Community, 34-6
This week: vs. Roland-Story
 
10.

Benton Community

4-1, 5 points

Last week: No. 4 | Lost to Union Community, 34-6
This week: vs. Nevada
 

Dropped out: Ida Grove OABCIG (10)

Others receiving votes: Waterloo Columbus 3

Class 1A

1.

Dike-New Hartford

5-0, 57 points (4 No. 1 votes)

Last week: No. 1 | Beat North Linn, 49-6
This week: at East Marshall
 
2.

West Sioux

4-1, 53 points (1 No. 1 vote)

Last week: No. 3 | Beat Sibley-Ocheyedan, 62-0
This week: vs. Western Christian
 
3.

Van Meter

5-0, 47 points (1 No. 1 vote)

Last week: No. 4 | Beat Guthrie Center ACGC, 63-6
This week: at West Central Valley
 
4.

South Central Calhoun

5-0, 40 points

Last week: No. 5 | Beat Ogden, 54-0
This week: at South Hamilton
 
5.

Bellevue

5-0, 37 points

Last week: No. 6 | Beat No. 1 West Branch, 28-20
This week: at Dyersville Beckman
 
6.

West Branch

4-1, 28 points

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Last week: No. 1 | Lost to No. 6 Bellevue, 28-20
This week: vs. North Cedar
 
7.

West Lyon

4-1, 21 points

Last week: No. 7 | Beat Emmetsburg, 42-21
This week: at Unity Christian
 
8.

Interstate 35

5-0, 14 points

Last week: No. 8 | Beat Woodward-Granger, 24-20
This week: vs. Colfax-Mingo
 
9.

Sumner-Fredericksburg

5-0, 13 points

Last week: No. 9 | Beat Lake Mills, 32-7
This week: vs. Osage
 
10.

Mediapolis

5-0, 12 points

Last week: No. 9 | Beat Wapello, 34-7
This week: at Columbus Community
 

Dropped out: none

Others receiving votes: Wilton 5, Pella Christian 3

Class A

1.

Hudson

5-0, 58 points (5 No. 1 votes)

Last week: No. 1 | Beat Conrad BCLUW, 49-0
This week: vs. No. 5 Saint Ansgar
 
2.

Algona Garrigan

5-0, 53 points (1 No. 1 vote)

Last week: No. 2 | Beat No. 7 West Hancock, 28-14
This week: vs. No. 4 Belmond-Klemme
 
3.

Avoca AHSTW

5-0, 49 points

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Last week: No. 3 | Beat Oakland Riverside, 48-3
This week: at Earlham
 
4.

Belmond-Klemme

5-0, 39 points

Last week: No. 4 | Beat West Fork, 21-14
This week: at No. 2 Algona Garrigan
 
5.

Saint Ansgar

4-1, 31 points

Last week: No. 5 | Beat Nashua-Plainfield, 51-0
This week: at No. 1 Hudson
 
6.

Hinton

5-0, 24 points

Last week: No. 6 | Beat Akron-Westfield, 17-16
This week: at Hartley HMS
 
7.

North Tama

4-1, 18 points

Last week: No. 8 | Beat East Buchanan, 7-6
This week: vs. Grundy Center
 
7.

Southwest Valley

5-0, 18 points

Last week: No. 9 | Beat Nodaway Valley, 28-6
This week: at Council Bluffs St. Albert
 
9.

BGM

5-0, 12 points

Last week: NR | Beat No. 10 Highland, 31-22
This week: vs. Belle Plaine
 
10.

Pekin

4-1, 10 points

Last week: NR | Beat Eldon Cardinal, 53-0
This week: vs. Highland
 

Dropped out: West Hancock (7), Highland (10)

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Others receiving votes: Wapsie Valley 5, Sioux Central 4, West Hancock 4, Mason City Newman 3, Edgewood-Colesburg 2

8-Player

1.

Don Bosco

5-0, 60 points (6 No. 1 votes)

Last week: No. 1 | Beat Tripoli, 64-6
This week: vs. No. 9 Northwood-Kensett
 
2.

Exira-EHK

5-0, 46 points

Last week: No. 2 | Beat Anita CAM, 52-34
This week: vs. West Harrison
 
3.

Ar-We-Va

5-0, 42 points

Last week: No. 3 | Beat Remsen St. Mary's, 49-12
This week: at No. 6 Newell-Fonda
 
4.

New London

5-0, 41 points

Last week: No. 4 | Beat Tri-County, 81-8
This week: vs. Winfield-Mount Union
 
5.

Iowa Valley

5-0, 36 points

Last week: No. 5 | Idle
This week: at English Valleys
 
6.

Newell-Fonda

5-0, 33 points

Last week: No. 6 | Beat River Valley, 52-8
This week: vs. No. 3 Ar-We-Va
 
7.

Fremont-Mills

4-1, 25 points

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Last week: No. 7 | Beat Griswold, 58-12
This week: vs. Bedford
 
8.

Southeast Warren

6-0, 18 points

Last week: No. 8 | Beat East Union, 78-14
This week: at Lenox
 
9.

Northwood-Kensett

5-0, 11 points

Last week: No. 10 | Beat Riceville, 41-0
This week: at No. 1 Don Bosco
 
10.

Central City

5-0, 8 points

Last week: NR | Beat No. 9 Turkey Valley, 56-42
This week: at Easton Valley
 

Dropped out: Turkey Valley (9)

Others receiving votes: Audubon 4, Midland 3, Turkey Valley 3

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