Prep football realignment announced
BOONE — A day after making several changes regarding the qualifying procedure for the prep football players, the Iowa High School Athletic Association released new districts for the next two seasons.
Fort Dodge will compete in Class 4A, District 2 alongside Ankeny Centennial, Des Moines Roosevelt, Marshalltown, Sioux City West and Southeast Polk.
St. Edmond, meanwhile, joins Manson Northwest Webster in A-2 with Alta/Aurelia, IKM-Manning, Ridge View and Sioux Central.
Earlier this week, the IHSAA Board of Control approved changes to the playoff qualifying system. Sixteen teams from each class will make the postseason, but a new Ratings Percentage Index (RPI) will be factored in for the wild card berths.
Among the other changes are that all nine games — not just district dates — will count towards the RPI and teams may schedule out-of-state games with bordering states.
Fort Dodge went 4-5 including victories over Sioux City North, Mason City, Ames and Marshalltown. Drake Miller returns for head coach Matt Miller after a season in which he was named all-state after throwing for 2,340 yards and 31 touchdowns.
The Dodgers were 1-4 in their district last season, including a loss to Southeast Polk and a win over Marshalltown.
Ankeny Centennial was 9-3 last year and reached the state semifinals before falling to eventual champion West Des Moines Dowling. Southeast Polk qualified for state, ending the year 6-4. Des Moines Roosevelt was 5-4, Sioux City West went 2-7 and Marshalltown finished 1-8.
Under first-year head coach Jon Borer, St. Edmond posted a 3-6 record overall, earning wins over MMCRU, South O’Brien and North Union. The Gaels were 3-4 in district play.
IKM-Manning and Sioux Central each advanced to the postseason a year ago and posted matching 7-3 records. Ridge View was 6-3 and Alta/Aurelia finished 3-6.
The Gaels were in the same district as Sioux Central and Ridge View, falling to both teams during the regular season. They also played Manson Northwest Webster a year ago, dropping a 36-14 decision.
Emmetsburg, who owns a trophy case full of state titles, was slotted in one of the top districts in the state. The E-Hawks will contend with West Sioux, West Lyon and Hull Western Christian in 1A-1.
Last year, West Sioux won a state title, West Lyon advanced to the semifinals and Hull Western Christian was a playoff qualifier. The three went a combined 32-4.
2018/2019 PREP FOOTBALL DISTRICTS
(Messenger-area teams only)
Ankeny Centennial, Des Moines Roosevelt, Fort Dodge, Marshalltown, Sioux City West, Southeast Polk.
Boone, Carroll, Dallas Center-Grimes, Humboldt, Perry, Webster City.
Algona, Clarion-Goldfield/Dows, Estherville-LC, Garner-Hayfield/Ventura, Southeast Valley, Spirit Lake.
Atlantic, Greene County, Carroll Kuemper, OA-BCIG, Red Oak, Shenandoah.
Emmetsburg, Sibley-Ocheyedan, Unity Christian, West Lyon, West Sioux, Hull Western Christian.
Eagle Grove, Madrid, Ogden, Pocahontas Area, South Central Calhoun, South Hamilton.
Cherokee, East Sac County, Missouri Valley, MCAOCOU, Treynor, Underwood.
Alta/Aurelia, IKM-Manning, Manson Northwest Webster, Ridge View, Sioux Central, St. Edmond.
Belmond-Klemme, Bishop Garrigan, Graettinger-Terril/Ruthven-Ayrshire, North Union, West Fork, West Hancock.
Ar-We-Va, Clay Central-Everly, Harris-Lake Park, Kingsley-Pierson, Newell-Fonda, River Valley, Remsen St. Mary’s, West Bend-Mallard.