By Barry Poe
Here are the nominees for SBLive’s Iowa High School Team of the Week, November 14-20, as nominated by coaches, fans and readers. Voting closes at 11:59 a.m. on Sunday.
By Barry Poe
Southeast Polk football
An offensive line anchored by five-star recruit Kayden Proctor paved the way for a record-breaking performance by Abu Sama in a 49-14 win over West Des Moines Valley in the Class 5A State Championship game. Sama rushed for 372 yards and six touchdowns, and Southeast Polk won the big school crown for the second straight year.
Cedar Rapids Xavier Football
In a game in which the teams combined for 11 touchdowns, 827 yards and five scoring plays of 48 yards or more, Xavier avenged a treble loss in overtime against Council with a 35-28 win in the Class 4A championship game Bluff’s Lewis Central. The Saints won their fourth state title and third in the last six seasons.
Trailing 16 points with just over 16 minutes left, Harlan rallied for a 30-23 triumph over Mount Vernon in the Class 3A state championship game. Harlan repeated as a 3A champion and earned the school’s 14th state title.
Football in the center of Lyon/George-Little Rock
Quarterback and University of Iowa recruit Zach Lutmer led the Lions on drives of 86 and 90 yards that led to scoring, and the defense was notable in a 10-6 win over Williamsburg in the Class 2A state championship game. Central Lyon/George Little Rock won their second state title as football partners and Central Lyon also took home the hardware in 1976 and 1977.
Van meter football
In a rematch of last year’s Class 1A title game, Van Meter repeated as champion, rolling to a 35-7 win over West Sioux. The Bulldogs returned two interceptions for touchdowns and won their third state championship.
Grundy Center football
After failing in the state finals for the past three seasons, Grundy Center beat West Hancock 27-0 to win the Class A state championship. It was the first state football title for the school in 34 years and avenged a 19-14 loss to West Hancock last season.
Remsen St Marys Football
Each of the nine boys in St. Mary’s senior division celebrated their second 8-player state championship in three seasons after a 38-16 win over WACO. St. Mary’s ended a dominant 13-0 season with the school’s third state title, and the Hawks have a 35-1 record in the last three seasons.
West Des Moines Valley Soccer
After just making the Class 5A playoffs with a 5-4 record in the regular season, the Tigers caught fire in the postseason. Valley had four straight wins, including a 22-21 dandy from behind over archrival Dowling in the semifinals before losing to Southeast Polk in the championship game.
Lewis Central Football
A rally from a 21-point deficit in the fourth quarter fell just short and the Titans fell to Cedar Rapids Xavier in the Class 4A championship game. However, Lewis Central had a remarkable season, winning all 13 games to reach the finals for the second year in a row.
Mount Vernon Football
Talk about a brave performance, Mount Vernon had just that in a thrilling setback of the Class 3A state title game against Harlan. The Mustangs, without star quarterback Joey Rhomberg who was injured in the semifinals, held a comfortable second-half lead over the two-time defending champion before Harlan pulled off an epic comeback.
Though the Central Lyon/George-Little Rock offense was hampered in the Class 2A State Championship game, the Raiders should make a strong bid to return to the title game next season. That’s because the University of Iowa’s Derek Weisskopf is just a junior and Williamsburg has lost just once in 13 games this season.
West Sioux Soccer
The Falcons had an incredible season by any measure and unleashed one of the greatest offenses in the state. Quarterback Dylan Wiggins came by with just five interceptions for 2,025 yards and 31 touchdowns, and West Sioux made it back to the Class 1A championship game before losing to Van Meter.
West Hancock Football
The West Hancock football team’s 12 seniors competed in two state championships and one runner-up. And though the Eagles lost to Grundy Center in the Class 1A title game, there’s a large group of sophomores and juniors returning next season.
Based in Wayland, Iowa, the Warriors reached a state championship football game for the first time in school history. Although WACO lost to leaders Remsen St. Mary’s in the 8-player title game, Simeon Reichenbach rushed for 1,576 yards and 33 touchdowns and the Warriors went 12-0 into the championship game.