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Iowa high school football rankings: Waukon, West Hancock are unanimous No. 1

West Hancock's Class A advantage widens after Jesup stuns former No. 2 Hudson

Waukon’s Creed Welch (2) looks to pass during the third quarter of their Class 2A football semifinal last year at Cedar Falls. Waukon is a unanimous No. 1 in Class 2A. (The Gazette)
Waukon’s Creed Welch (2) looks to pass during the third quarter of their Class 2A football semifinal last year at Cedar Falls. Waukon is a unanimous No. 1 in Class 2A. (The Gazette)

In one week, the tightest race in the Gazette/KGYM Iowa high school football poll became the biggest landslide.

A comfortable victory over Garner GHV, coupled with Hudson’s upset loss to Jesup, enabled West Hancock to become a unanimous No. 1 in Class A this week.

West Hancock held a one-point lead over defending state champion Hudson in the preseason poll. Now, the Eagles hold a 14-point advantage over Wapsie Valley, the new No. 2 team.

Hudson, the defending champion, dropped all the way out of the top 10 after suffering a shocking 7-5 defeat to Jesup.

Waukon (Class 2A) also becomes a unanimous No. 1 after receiving six of seven first-place votes in the preseason. West Des Moines Dowling (4A), Western Dubuque (3A), West Sioux (1A) and Don Bosco (8-Player) retain top-ranked status in their respective classes.

The six-time defending big-school state champion, Dowling escaped with a 21-17 win over Waukee in its opener while No. 2 West Des Moines Valley fought off Southeast Polk, 31-20. The Maroons and the Tigers will meet Friday at Valley.

Cedar Falls is ranked third in 4A, followed by Ankeny Centennial and Waukee.

Last year’s 3A runner-up, Western Dubuque opened with a 42-0 stroll and Clinton, while No. 2 Cedar Rapids Xavier picked up its 27th consecutive victory, 35-0 over Iowa City Regina. North Scott moved up No. 3 after tripping Iowa City West, 14-7; Lewis Central and Solon round out the 3A top five.

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Waukon convincingly avenged a 2018 loss to Decorah, 36-7, to solidify its status as 2A favorite. The Indians face another challenge this week at No. 8 Crestwood.

Clear Lake remains No. 2 after dumping Osage, 56-12. Algona moves up a spot to third, with Greene County and Spirit Lake sharing the No. 4 spot. Spirit Lake is up five rungs after rallying past Spencer, 39-21, Friday.

Defending 1A champion West Sioux continues to hold a slim lead in a competitive class. The Falcons kicked off their season with a 63-35 victory over Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley. Dike-New Hartford remains No. 2, followed by West Branch and Van Meter, then South Central Calhoun and West Lyon are tied for fifth.

In Class A, West Hancock and Wapsie Valley are followed by Saint Ansgar, Edgewood-Colesburg and North Tama.

Don Bosco and Fremont-Mills remain 1-2 in 8-Player. Remsen St. Mary’s climbs four spots to No. 3 after edging former No. 3 Audubon (now eighth), 26-25. Turkey Valley and defending champion New London are fourth and fifth.

Class 4A

1.

West Des Moines Dowling

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

Last week: No. 1 | Beat No. 3 Waukee, 21-17 
This week: at No. 2 West Des Moines Valley
 
2.

West Des Moines Valley

1-0, 51 points (1 No. 1 vote)

Last week: No. 2 | Beat Southeast Polk, 31-20
This week: vs. No. 1 West Des Moines Dowling
 
3.

Cedar Falls

1-0, 44 points

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Last week: No. 3 | Beat Ames, 39-3
This week: at Iowa City High
 
4.

Ankeny Centennial

1-0, 43 points

Last week: No. 5 | Beat No. 7 Ankeny, 17-14 (OT)
This week: at Urbandale
 
5.

Waukee

0-1, 35 points

Last week: No. 3 | Lost to No. 1 West Des Moines Dowling, 21-17
This week: vs. Southeast Polk
 
6.

Bettendorf

1-0, 20 points

Last week: No. 8 | Beat Pleasant Valley, 20-6
This week: at Iowa City West
 
7.

Fort Dodge

1-0, 19 points

Last week: No. 10 | Beat Mason City, 65-0
This week: at Ames
 
8.

Johnston

1-0, 17 points

Last week: NR | Beat Urbandale, 27-6
This week: at Ankeny
 
9.

Cedar Rapids Kennedy

1-0, 16 points

Last week: No. 9 | Beat Cedar Rapids Jefferson, 21-10
This week: at Linn-Mar
 
10.

Cedar Rapids Prairie

1-0, 12 points

Last week: NR | Beat Cedar Rapids Washington, 56-7
This week: at Pleasant Valley
 

Dropped out: Iowa City West (6), Ankeny (7)

Others receiving votes: Ankeny 11, Iowa City West 2, Southeast Polk 2

 

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Class 3A

1.

Western Dubuque

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

Last week: No. 1 | Beat Clinton, 42-0
This week: vs. Williamsburg
 
2.

Cedar Rapids Xavier

1-0, 52 points (1 No. 1 vote)

Last week: No. 2 | Beat Iowa City Regina, 35-0
This week: at Decorah
 
3.

North Scott

1-0, 45 points

Last week: No. 5 | Beat 4A No. 6 Iowa City West, 14-7
This week: at Davenport Central
 
4.

Lewis Central

1-0, 43 points

Last week: No. 7 | Beat No. 4 Sergeant Bluff-Luton, 35-7
This week: vs. Carlisle
 
5.

Solon

1-0, 36 points

Last week: No. 3 | Beat Mount Vernon, 35-7
This week: vs. West Liberty
 
6.

Pella

1-0, 24 points

Last week: No. 6 | Beat Dallas Center-Grimes, 14-0 
This week: at Mount Pleasant
 
7.

Independence

1-0, 18 points

Last week: NR | Beat Oelwein, 49-0
This week: at South Tama
 
8.

Harlan

1-0, 15 points

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Last week: No. 9 | Beat Denison-Schleswig, 27-22
This week: at No. 9 Sergeant Bluff-Luton
 
9.

Iowa City Liberty

1-0, 8 points

Last week: NR | Beat Iowa City High, 23-20
This week: at Waterloo East
 
9.

Sergeant Bluff-Luton

0-1, 8 points

Last week: No. 4 | Lost to No. 7 Lewis Central, 35-7
This week: vs. No. 9 Harlan
 

Dropped out: Spencer (8), Clear Creek Amana (10)

Others receiving votes: Oskaloosa 7, Bondurant-Farrar 6, Norwalk 3, Mount Pleasant 2, Washington 2, Glenwood 1, Waverly-Shell Rock 1

 

Class 2A

1.

Waukon

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

Last week: No. 1 | Beat Decorah, 36-7
This week: at No. 8 Crestwood
 
2.

Clear Lake

1-0, 47 points

Last week: No. 2 | Beat 1A No. 10 Osage, 56-12
This week: at Waverly-Shell Rock
 
3.

Algona

1-0, 38 points

Last week: No. 4 | Beat Humboldt, 61-27
This week: at Hampton-Dumont
 
4.

Greene County

1-0, 32 points

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Last week: No. 6 | Beat Perry, 54-0
This week: at Nevada
 
4.

Spirit Lake

1-0, 32 points

Last week: No. 9 | Beat 3A No. 8 Spencer, 39-21
This week: at Forest City
 
6.

Monroe PCM

1-0, 22 points

Last week: No. 9 | Beat Newton, 29-28 (OT) 
This week: vs. West Marshall
 
7.

Waterloo Columbus

1-0, 21 points

Last week: No. 8 | Beat Iowa Falls-Alden, 35-6
This week: at Hudson
 
8.

Crestwood

1-0, 20 points

Last week: No. 7 | Beat Charles City, 34-27
This week: vs. No. 1 Waukon
 
9.

Benton Community

1-0, 18 points

Last week: NR | Beat South Tama, 51-7
This week: at Cascade
 
10.

Southeast Valley

1-0, 16 points

Last week: NR | Beat Hampton-Dumont, 27-6
This week: at Pocahontas Area/L-M
 

Dropped out: Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley (3), Chariton (5), West Liberty (9)

Others receiving votes: Des Moines Christian 9, Williamsburg 7, Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley 6

 

Class 1A

1.

West Sioux

1-0, 54 points (4 No. 1 votes)

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Last week: No. 1 | Beat 2A No. 3 Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley, 63-35
This week: at Central Lyon
 
2.

Dike-New Hartford

1-0, 50 points

Last week: No. 2 | Beat Denver, 48-0
This week: at Aplington-Parkersburg
 
3.

West Branch

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

Last week: No. 4 | Beat 2A No. 9 West Liberty, 28-6
This week: vs. Wapello
 
4.

Van Meter

1-0, 43 points

Last week: No. 3 | Beat Earlham, 33-12
This week: at Pella Christian
 
5.

South Central Calhoun

1-0, 35 points

Last week: No. 6 | Beat East Sac County, 44-0
This week: vs. Carroll Kuemper
 
5.

West Lyon

1-0, 35 points (1 No. 1 vote)

Last week: No. 5 | Beat Central Lyon, 35-0
This week: vs. Sioux Center
 
7.

Treynor

1-0, 13 points

Last week: No. 8 | Beat Logan-Magnolia, 35-12
This week: vs. Council Bluffs St. Albert
 
8.

Interstate 35

1-0, 13 points

Last week: No. 9 | Beat Central Decatur, 34-6
This week: vs. No. 9 Mount Ayr
 
9.

Mount Ayr

1-0, 7 points

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Last week: NR | Beat Nodaway Valley, 28-6
This week: at No. 8 Interstate 35
 
10.

Underwood

1-0, 6 points

Last week: NR | Beat A No. 10 Avoca AHSTW, 55-6
This week: vs. IKM-Manning
 

Dropped out: Pella Christian (7), Bellevue (10), Osage (10)

Others receiving votes: Mediapolis 5, Pella Christian 4, Sumner-Fredericksburg 2, Dyersville Beckman 1, Iowa City Regina 1, Sigourney-Keota 1

 

Class A

1.

West Hancock

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

Last week: No. 1 | Beat Garner GHV, 48-26
This week: at Emmetsburg
 
2.

Wapsie Valley

1-0, 46 points

Last week: No. 3 | Beat Clayton Ridge, 52-13
This week: at Denver
 
3.

Saint Ansgar

1-0, 38 points

Last week: No. 4 | Beat West Fork, 66-14
This week: at Osage
 
4.

Edgewood-Colesburg

1-0, 34 points

Last week: No. 5 | Beat 1A No. 10 Bellevue, 28-7
This week: at Starmont
 
5.

North Tama

1-0, 32 points

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Last week: No. 6 | Beat North Mahaska, 61-0
This week: vs. Belle Plaine
 
6.

Alta-Aurelia

1-0, 26 points

Last week: No. 6 | Beat Lawton-Bronson, 27-7
This week: vs. Storm Lake
 
7.

Westwood

1-0, 24 points

Last week: No. 10 | Beat Akron-Westfield, 41-6
This week: at Oakland Riverside
 
8.

Durant

1-0, 14 points

Last week: NR | Beat Wilton, 24-0
This week: vs. North Cedar
 
9.

Hinton

1-0, 12 points

Last week: NR | Beat Woodbury Central, 20-0
This week: at Unity Christian
 
10.

South O'Brien

1-0, 9 points

Last week: NR | Beat Graettinger-Terril, 36-22
This week: vs. Sheldon
 

Dropped out: Hudson (2), Algona Garrigan (8), Council Bluffs St. Albert (9), Avoca AHSTW (10)

Others receiving votes: BGM 8, Grundy Center 8, Wayne 6, Belmond-Klemme 4, Manson-NW Webster 2, Alburnett 1, Highland 1

 

8-Player

1.

Don Bosco

1-0, 56 points (3 No. 1 votes)

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Last week: No. 1 | Beat Gladbrook-Reinbeck, 44-0
This week: vs. Baxter
 
2.

Fremont-Mills

1-0, 44 points (1 No. 1 vote)

Last week: No. 2 | Beat Exira-EHK, 50-2
This week: at No. 8 Audubon
 
3.

Remsen St. Mary's

1-0, 40 points

Last week: No. 7 | Beat No. 3 Audubon, 26-25
This week: at Boyer Valley
 
4.

Turkey Valley

1-0, 36 points

Last week: No. 5 | Beat Ackley AGWSR, 56-6
This week: vs. Gladbrook-Reinbeck
 
5.

New London

1-0, 33 points (1 No. 1 vote)

Last week: No. 6 | Idle
This week: vs. Moravia
 
6.

Iowa Valley

26 points

Last week: No. 8 | Idle
This week: at Southeast Warren
 
7.

Newell-Fonda

1-0, 24 points

Last week: No. 4 | Beat Collins-Maxwell, 52-44
This week: at Coon Rapids-Bayard
 
8.

Audubon

0-1, 16 points

Last week: No. 3 | Lost to No. 7 Remsen St. Mary's, 26-25
This week: vs. No. 2 Fremont-Mills
 
9.

Central City

1-0, 13 points

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Last week: NR | Beat Colo-Nesco, 49-6
This week: vs. Tripoli
 
10.

Northwood-Kensett

1-0, 10 points

Last week: NR | Beat Siouxland Christian/Whiting, 69-8
This week: vs. Harris-Lake Park
 

Dropped out: Southeast Warren (9), Glidden-Ralston (10)

Others receiving votes: Glidden-Ralston 9, HLV 6, Lenox 5, Midland 4, Montezuma 4, Lamoni 1

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