Nine of the 14 area teams selected for the Iowa high school football playoffs are ranked heading into their first-round games Friday night (Oct. 26, 2018).

This week's Associated Press poll once again features Hudson as the No. 1 team in Class A. The undefeated Pirates have been the top-rated team all season and is considered one of the favorites to win a state championship, after finishing second a year ago. Ranked behind Hudson are North Tama at No. 4 and Wapsie Valley at No. 6.

Dike-New Hartford also enters the post-season as strong contender to win a title. The unbeaten Wolverines lead the Class 1A rankings. They defeated Iowa City Regina 56-28 in last week's regular-season finale, a victory that snapped the Regals' 57-game district win streak and their run of 15-straight state playoff appearances that began in 2004.

Two-time defending eight-player champion Don Bosco is ranked third heading into post-season play. Turkey Valley is ranked six spots behind the Dons, at No. 9.

Cedar Falls has shown all year that it, too, will be battling for a state championship. The unbeaten Tigers are No. 2 in the Class 4A rankings.

The final rankings also feature Waverly-Shell Rock (No. 9, Class 3A) and Waukon (No. 3, Class 2A).

Five area squads fell short of making the top 10, but did receive votes. Those teams were: Decorah, Crestwood, La Porte City, Waterloo Columbus Catholic and Gladbrook-Reinbeck.


The Top Ten teams in the Associated Press Iowa high school football polls of the 2018 season with first-place votes in parentheses, win-loss record, and total points:

Record Pts Prv
1. West Des Moines Valley (7) 9-0 88 1
2. Cedar Falls (1) 9-0 80 2
3. Ankeny Centennial (1) 9-0 74 3
4. Bettendorf 8-1 58 4
5. West Des Moines Dowling 7-2 54 5
6. Iowa City West 8-1 47 7
7. Waukee 7-2 36 8
8. Johnston 7-2 27 6
9. Fort Dodge 7-2 18 10
10. Cedar Rapids Prairie 7-2 13 9

Others receiving votes: None.

Record Pts Prv
1. Cedar Rapids Xavier (8) 9-0 89 1
2. Council Bluffs Lewis Central (1) 9-0 79 2
3. Solon 9-0 73 3
4. Eldridge North Scott 8-1 63 4
5. Sergeant Bluff-Luton 8-1 55 5
6. Pella 8-1 39 7
7. Oskaloosa 8-1 25 8
8. Epworth Western Dubuque 7-2 23 9
9. Waverly-Shell Rock 8-1 21 10
10. Clear Creek-Amana 8-1 8 NR

Others receiving votes: Decorah 7. Harlan 5. Sioux City Heelan 5. Spencer 3.

Record Pts Prv
1. Monroe PCM (9) 9-0 90 1
2. Boyden-Hull-RV 8-1 81 2
3. Waukon 8-1 69 4
4. Van Horne Benton 8-1 60 5
5. Southeast Valley 7-2 41 7
6. Algona 8-1 30 3
7. Spirit Lake 7-2 29 8
8. State Center West Marshall 7-2 23 T10
9. Greene County 8-1 19 9
10. Clear Lake 7-2 16 NR

Others receiving votes: Chariton 10. West Liberty 8. Cresco Crestwood 7. Williamsburg 6. Union, La Porte City 4. Waterloo Columbus 2.

Record Pts Prv
1. Dike-New Hartford (5) 9-0 82 1
2. Bellevue (2) 9-0 74 3
3. Van Meter (1) 9-0 69 2
4. South Central Calhoun (1) 9-0 68 4
5. Hawarden West Sioux 8-1 51 5
6. West Branch 8-1 47 6
7. Truro Interstate 35 9-0 38 8
8. Wilton 8-1 34 7
9. Mediapolis 8-1 13 9
10. Inwood West Lyon 7-2 9 NR

Others receiving votes: Treynor 6. Pella Christian 3. Osage 1.

Record Pts Prv
1. Hudson (9) 9-0 90 1
2. A-H-S-T-W, Avoca 9-0 79 2
3. Algona Garrigan 9-0 74 3
4. Traer North Tama 8-1 56 4
5. Edgewood-Colesburg 8-1 54 5
6. Fairbank Wapsie Valley 7-2 28 7
7. Durant 7-2 24 8
8. Sloan Westwood 8-1 23 10
9. Britt West Hancock 7-2 22 9
10. Brooklyn BGM 8-1 12 NR

Others receiving votes: Belmond-Klemme 10. Hinton 9. Mason City Newman 7. Lynnville-Sully 4. Akron-Westfield 2. Riverside Highland 1.

Record Pts Prv
1. Westside Ar-We-Va (7) 9-0 88 1
2. Marengo Iowa Valley (2) 9-0 77 3
3. Gilbertville-Don Bosco 8-1 67 4
4. Liberty Center SE Warren 10-0 56 6
5. Fremont Mills, Tabor 8-1 54 5
6. New London 8-1 38 7
7. Elk Horn-Kimballton Exira 8-1 32 8
8. Northwood-Kensett 8-1 31 2
9. Jackson Junction Turkey Valley 8-1 15 10
(tie) Wyoming Midland 9-1 15 9

Others receiving votes: Central City 8. Newell-Fonda 8. Gladbrook-Reinbeck 3. Rockford 3.