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Iowa high school football rankings: More significant movement in 8-Player poll

Northwood-Kensett, Iowa Valley climb to 2-3 behind Ar-We-Va

Cedar Rapids Xavier's Tanner Wright (22) tackles Western Dubuque's Jake Hosch (24) during the first half of their game Friday at Xavier. The Saints won, 35-0, improving to 7-0. They remain a unanimous Class 3A No. 1 in this week's Gazette/KGYM football poll. (Cliff Jette/The Gazette)
Cedar Rapids Xavier's Tanner Wright (22) tackles Western Dubuque's Jake Hosch (24) during the first half of their game Friday at Xavier. The Saints won, 35-0, improving to 7-0. They remain a unanimous Class 3A No. 1 in this week's Gazette/KGYM football poll. (Cliff Jette/The Gazette)

The 8-Player Shuffle has continued for another week.

Iowa Valley’s victory over New London, along with Woodbine’s upset of Exira-EHK, have led to more movement in the 8-Player hierarchy in this week’s Gazette/KGYM football poll.

The defeat of last week’s second- and third-ranked teams strengthened the hold of No. 1 Ar-We-Va. Northwood-Kensett, which blanked Don Bosco in the previous week, is up to No. 2, and Iowa Valley climbs to No. 3. The Tigers defeated New London, 22-12, Saturday at Marengo, about 21 hours after the game had been postponed due to lightning.

The other five classes are much less fluid. West Des Moines Valley (4A), Cedar Rapids Xavier (3A), Monroe PCM (2A), Dike-New Hartford (1A) and Hudson (Class A) maintain their top spots.

Movement in 4A has been scarce for the past month. The top eight teams remain the same after winning last week. Unbeatens West Des Moines Valley, Ankeny Centennial and Cedar Falls remain the top three (though Centennial was pushed hard Friday by Fort Dodge). West Des Moines Dowling is fourth, and Bettendorf and Johnston share the No. 5 spot.

Xavier continues its dominance, blanking Western Dubuque, 35-0, for its 20th consecutive victory. The Saints are followed in 3A by Lewis Central, North Scott, Solon and Sergeant Bluff-Luton. Oskaloosa, which knocked off Pella in overtime Friday, climbed to No. 8 while the Dutch dropped six spots to ninth.

There is no change in the top five in 2A or 1A. PCM is followed in 2A by Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley, Algona, Waukon and West Marshall.

Dike-New Hartford holds a 56-54 edge over West Sioux at the top of the 1A rankings. Van Meter, South Central Calhoun and Bellevue round out the top five.

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Hudson continues its season-long stay at No. 1 in Class A, but the Pirates have a challenge this week at home against Grundy Center. Algona Garrigan is second, followed by Avoca AHSTW, Belmond-Klemme and BGM.

Class 4A

1.

West Des Moines Valley

7-0, 59 points (5 No. 1 votes)

Last week: No. 1 | Beat Council Bluffs Lincoln, 77-0
This week: vs. Ames
 
2.

Ankeny Centennial

7-0, 51 points

Last week: No. 2 | Beat Fort Dodge, 49-44
This week: at Des Moines Roosevelt
 
3.

Cedar Falls

7-0, 50 points (1 No. 1 vote)

Last week: No. 3 | Beat Waterloo West, 55-0
This week: vs. Dubuque Senior
 
4.

West Des Moines Dowling

5-2, 38 points

Last week: No. 4 | Beat Sioux City East, 52-0
This week: at Des Moines Hoover
 
5.

Bettendorf

6-1, 31 points

Last week: No. 5 | Beat Cedar Rapids Kennedy, 41-14
This week: at Davenport West
     
5.

Johnston

6-1, 31 points

Last week: No. 6 | Beat No. 9 Indianola, 28-0
This week: at Mason City
 
7.

Iowa City West

6-1, 29 points

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Last week: No. 7 | Beat Davenport North, 35-0
This week: vs. Muscatine
 
8.

Waukee

5-2, 23 points

Last week: No. 8 | Beat Ottumwa, 50-0
This week: at No. 10 Indianola
 
9.

Cedar Rapids Prairie

6-1, 10 points

Last week: No. 10 | Beat Cedar Rapids Jefferson, 41-6
This week: vs. Waterloo West
 
10.

Indianola

6-1, 6 points

Last week: No. 9 | Lost to No. 6 Johnston, 28-0
This week: vs. No. 8 Waukee
 

Dropped out: none

Others receiving votes: Ames 1, Fort Dodge 1

Class 3A

1.

Cedar Rapids Xavier

7-0, 60 points (6 No. 1 votes)

Last week: No. 1 | Beat No. 7 Western Dubuque, 35-0
This week: at Center Point-Urbana
 
2.

Lewis Central

7-0, 54 points

Last week: No. 2 | Beat No. 8 Harlan, 49-14
This week: vs. Glenwood
 
3.

North Scott

6-1, 43 points

Last week: No. 4 | Beat Clinton, 37-7
This week: at No. 6 Clear Creek Amana
 
4.

Solon

7-0, 42 points

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Last week: No. 4 | Beat Mount Pleasant, 34-28
This week: at Keokuk
     
5.

Sergeant Bluff-Luton

6-1, 40 points

Last week: No. 6 | Beat Spencer, 24-20
This week: vs. Denison-Schleswig
 
6.

Clear Creek Amana

7-0, 25 points

Last week: No. 9 | Beat Davenport Assumption, 17-7
This week: vs. No. 3 North Scott
 
7.

Sioux City Heelan

6-1, 18 points

Last week: No. 10 | Beat Le Mars, 31-13
This week: vs. Storm Lake
     
8.

Oskaloosa

6-1, 16 points

Last week: NR | Beat No. 3 Pella, 36-35 (OT)
This week: at Knoxville
 
9.

Pella

6-1, 9 points

Last week: No. 3 | Lost to Oskaloosa, 36-35 (OT)
This week: vs. Newton
     
9.

Western Dubuque

5-2, 9 points

Last week: No. 7 | Lost to No. 1 Cedar Rapids Xavier, 35-0
This week: vs. Marion
 

Dropped out: Harlan (8)

Others receiving votes: Waverly-Shell Rock 6, Harlan 4, Decorah 2, Independence 2

Class 2A

1.

Monroe PCM

7-0, 60 points (6 No. 1 votes)

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Last week: No. 1 | Beat Des Moines Christian, 49-12
This week: at Clarke
 
2.

Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley

6-1, 54 points

Last week: No. 2 | Beat Sheldon, 48-0
This week: vs. MOC-Floyd Valley
 
3.

Algona

7-0, 44 points

Last week: No. 3 | Beat Estherville Lincoln Central, 49-22
This week: vs. No. 7 Spirit Lake
 
4.

Waukon

6-1, 43 points

Last week: No. 4 | Beat No. 9 Waterloo Columbus, 38-12
This week: at Anamosa
 
5.

West Marshall

6-1, 39 points

Last week: No. 5 | Beat Nevada, 35-3
This week: at No. 7 Benton Community
 
6.

Union Community

5-2, 26 points

Last week: No. 6 | Beat Vinton-Shellsburg, 45-13
This week: vs. Nevada
 
7.

Benton Community

6-1, 21 points

Last week: No. 7 | Beat Roland-Story, 21-7
This week: vs. No. 5 West Marshall
     
7.

Spirit Lake

6-1, 21 points

Last week: No. 7 | Beat Clarion CGD, 59-0
This week: at No. 3 Algona
 
9.

Southeast Valley

5-2, 11 points

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Last week: No. 10 | Beat Garner GHV, 42-22
This week: vs. Estherville Lincoln Central
 
10.

Chariton

6-1, 4 points

Last week: NR | Beat Saydel, 42-7
This week: at Des Moines Christian
 

Dropped out: Waterloo Columbus (9)

Others receiving votes: Clear Lake 3, Greene County 2, Crestwood 1, Williamsburg 1

Class 1A

1.

Dike-New Hartford

7-0, 56 points (4 No. 1 votes)

Last week: No. 1 | Beat Jesup, 59-0
This week: vs. South Hardin
 
2.

West Sioux

6-1, 54 points (1 No. 1 vote)

Last week: No. 2 | Beat No. 7 West Lyon, 41-14
This week: at Unity Christian
 
3.

Van Meter

7-0, 47 points (1 No. 1 vote)

Last week: No. 3 | Beat Panorama, 36-6
This week: vs. Mount Ayr
 
4.

South Central Calhoun

7-0, 42 points

Last week: No. 4 | Beat Madrid, 49-8
This week: vs. Eagle Grove
 
5.

Bellevue

7-0, 37 points

Last week: No. 5 | Beat North Cedar, 29-6
This week: vs. Northeast
 
6.

West Branch

6-1, 30 points

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Last week: No. 6 | Beat Northeast, 28-0
This week: vs. Cascade
 
7.

Interstate 35

7-0, 23 points

Last week: No. 8 | Beat Woodward Academy, 41-0
This week: vs. Pleasantville
 
8.

Wilton

6-1, 19 points

Last week: No. 10 | Beat No. 9 Mediapolis, 20-3
This week: vs. Columbus Community
 
9.

Pella Christian

5-2, 11 points

Last week: NR | Beat Colfax-Mingo, 42-0
This week: at Woodward-Granger
 
10.

West Lyon

5-2, 5 points

Last week: No. 7 | Lost to No. 2 West Sioux, 41-14
This week: vs. Sibley-Ocheyedan
 

Dropped out: Mediapolis (9)

Others receiving votes: Mount Ayr 4, Sumner-Fredericksburg 2

Class A

1.

Hudson

7-0, 58 points (5 No. 1 votes)

Last week: No. 1 | Beat No. 7 Wapsie Valley, 24-20
This week: vs. Grundy Center
 
2.

Algona Garrigan

7-0, 53 points (1 No. 1 vote)

Last week: No. 2 | Beat North Union, 12-6
This week: vs. West Fork
 
3.

Avoca AHSTW

7-0, 51 points

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Last week: No. 3 | Beat Nodaway Valley, 50-0
This week: at Southwest Valley
 
4.

Belmond-Klemme

6-1, 40 points

Last week: No. 4 | Beat Graettinger GTRA, 23-0
This week: at North Union
 
5.

BGM

7-0, 33 points

Last week: No. 6 | Beat Pekin, 28-13
This week: at Durant
     
6.

North Tama

6-1, 31 points

Last week: No. 5 | Beat Garwin GMG, 49-0
This week: vs. Postville
 
7.

Saint Ansgar

5-2, 17 points

Last week: No. 8 | Beat South Winneshiek, 40-39
This week: at Mason City Newman
 
8.

Edgewood-Colesburg

6-1, 15 points

Last week: No. 10 | Beat Alburnett, 35-7
This week: vs. MFL MarMac
 
9.

Wapsie Valley

5-2, 10 points

Last week: No. 7 | Lost to No. 1 Hudson, 24-20
This week: vs. East Buchanan
 
10.

Sioux Central

6-1, 6 points

Last week: NR | Beat Manson Northwest Webster, 36-14
This week: at IKM-Manning
 
10.

West Hancock

5-2, 6 points

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Last week: NR | Beat West Fork, 47-6
This week: vs. Graettinger GTRA
 

Dropped out: Mason City Newman (9)

Others receiving votes: Hinton 3, Westwood 3, Mason City Newman 2, Akron-Westfield 1, Lynnville-Sully 1

8-Player

1.

Ar-We-Va

7-0, 58 points (4 No. 1 votes)

Last week: No. 1 | Beat Clay Central-Everly, 58-12
This week: at Kingsley-Pierson
 
2.

Northwood-Kensett

7-0, 50 points (1 No. 1 vote)

Last week: No. 4 | Beat Janesville, 28-11
This week: vs. Tripoli
 
3.

Iowa Valley

7-0, 47 points (1 No. 1 vote)

Last week: No. 5 | Beat No. 3 New London, 22-12
This week: at Montezuma
 
4.

Don Bosco

6-1, 39 points

Last week: No. 6 | Beat Dunkerton, 66-6
This week: vs. North Iowa
 
5.

Fremont-Mills

6-1, 30 points

Last week: No. 7 | Beat East Mills, 62-3
This week: vs. Sidney
 
6.

Central City

7-0, 25 points

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Last week: No. 9 | Beat Elkader Central, 57-0
This week: at Midland
     
7.

Southeast Warren

8-0, 22 points

Last week: No. 8 | Beat Mormon Trail, 61-0
This week: at Murray
 
8.

New London

6-1, 21 points

Last week: No. 3 | Lost to No. 5 Iowa Valley, 22-12
This week: at English Valleys
 
9.

Exira-EHK

6-1, 19 points

Last week: No. 2 | Lost to Woodbine, 49-45
This week: vs. Boyer Valley
 
10.

Newell-Fonda

6-1, 9 points

Last week: No. 10 | Beat Harris-Lake Park, 52-6
This week: vs. Remsen St. Mary's
 

Dropped out: none

Others receiving votes: Audubon 4, Turkey Valley 4, Stanton 2

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