By Kevin White | Photo by Matthew Putney
1, Southeast Polk (12-1) Championship Result: Bat #6 West Des Moines Valley 49-14
Rams was at its best when it mattered, repeating as the 5A champion.
2, Cedar Rapids Xavier (13-0) Championship Result: Bat #3 Council Bluffs Lewis Central 45-38
The Saints made the most groundbreaking moves in this offensive showcase to avenge last year’s Triple OT Finals loss.
3, Council Bluffs Lewis Central (12-1) Championship Result: Lost to No. 2 Cedar Rapids Xavier 45-38
The Titans couldn’t get enough stops to turn the tide in the second half of the 4A Finals.
4, Harlan Community (12-1) Championship Result: Defeat Mount Vernon 30-23
Cyclones struggled through three quarters but was best late on to bounce back from a 23-7 deficit in the 3A Finals.
5, Central Lyon/George-Little Rock (13-0) Championship Result: Beat Williamsburg 10-6
The Lions wore down Williamsburg in the second half, beating them 285-136 to win the 2A Championship.
6, West Des Moines Valley (8-5) Championship Result: Lost to #1 Southeast Polk 49-14
The Tigers had no answer to Abu Sama (372 rush yards, 6 TDs) in the Finals, but still had a remarkable run to the title game.
7, West Des Moines Dowling (10-2) Lost in the semifinals to No. 6 West Des Moines Valley 22-21.
The memorable semi-final was another reminder of the unpredictability of the sport.
8, Williamsburg (12-1) Championship Result: Lost No. 5 Central Lyon/George-Little Rock 10-6
Two outstanding teams faced each other in the 2A final; Raiders just couldn’t produce much offense.
9, Johnston (8-4) Lost to No. 1 Southeast Polk 35-14 in the semifinals
Dragons might have felt a little better after seeing what the Rams did to Valley in the championship game.
10, Ankeny (9-2) Lost in quarterfinals to No. 9 Johnston 23-13
Disappointing end to a great season for the Hawks.
11, Pleasant Valley (9-1) Lost in the round of 16 to No. 6 West Des Moines Valley 15-10
Pleasant Valley met a Tiger Club that peaked at the right time.
12, Van Meter (12-1) Championship Result: Beat No. 18 West Sioux 35-7
Van Meter surprised many by the way he dominated the Falcons to repeat in Class 1A.
13, Mount Vernon (12-1) Championship Result: Lost to No. 4 Harlan Community 30-23
The Mustangs gained many additional fans by marginalizing Harlan without their starting quarterback.
14. North Scott (9-3) Lost to No. 2 Cedar Rapids Xavier 38-10 in the semifinals
After knocking off Waverly-Shell Rock, the Lancers met the eventual champions.
15. Waverly-Shell Rock (10-1) Lost in the Quarterfinals to No. 14 North Scott 20-10
Go-Hawks dominated throughout the regular season.
16. Carlisle (10-2) Lost in the semifinals to No. 3 Lewis Central 42-21
Breakthrough season for the Wildcats, who at one point won nine straight wins.
17. ADM (10-2) Lost in the semifinals to No. 4 Harlan Community 49-35
Tigers had one of the most explosive offenses in any class.
18. West Sioux (11-2) Championship Result: Lost to No. 12 Van Meter 35-7
Another strong season for one of the elite programs in Class 1A.
19. Humboldt (10-2) Lost in the semifinals to No. 13 Mount Vernon 14-6
Mount Vernon’s strong performance in the final reflected Humboldt well.
20. Grundy Center (13-0) Championship Result: Beat West Hancock 27-0
After three consecutive second places in Class A, Spartans smashed the door in the finals.
21. Indianola (7-4) Lost in the Quarterfinals to No. 2 Cedar Rapids Xavier 23-6
The Indians impressed in the strongest Class 4A district in Iowa this season.
22. Iowa City Liberty (9-2) Lost in the Quarterfinals to No. 16 Carlisle 56-28
Don’t be surprised if this fledgling 4A program has staying power in the years to come.
23. Waukee Northwest (6-5) Lost in the Quarterfinals to No. 7 West Des Moines Dowling 41-7
First-round win over Cedar Rapids Kennedy underscored the power in Central Iowa in 5A.
24. Cedar Falls (8-3) Lost in the semifinals to No. 6 West Des Moines Valley 27-13
Tigers beat Johnston, Cedar Rapids Kennedy and Ankeny Centennial, among others.
25. Underwood (11-2) Lost in the semifinals to No. 18 West Sioux 47-7
Eagles have had one of the most prolific passing attacks on small schools in the state.