Following months of study, the Iowa High School Athletic Association’s Board of Control has decided to shift football to a one-year scheduling cycle and adjust the regular season format of large-school Class 4A over competitive concerns. The groups were organized by measuring a program’s last four years of football results through the IHSAA’s Ratings Percentage Index formula and their last four years of playoff success.
Hempstead and Senior are assigned to Group 5 which includes Cedar Falls, Cedar Rapids Prairie, Davenport Central and Davenport West. Each team will play three games in their group, two assigned games, and four other games each team will schedule on their own.
In Class 3A: Wahlert was assigned to Class 3A District 4 which also includes Davenport Assumption, Central Dewitt, Clinton, Marion, and North Scott. Defending state champ Western Dubuque was assigned to District 3 which includes Charles City, Decorah, Waterloo East, Waverly-Shellrock, and West Delaware.
Maquoketa is now a Class 2-A team and will be in District 5 with Anamosa, Camanche, Monticello, Tipton, and West Liberty.
Dyersville Beckman and Cascade are assigned to Class 1A District 5 joining Durant, Northeast Goose Lake, West Branch, and Wilton.
Bellevue dropped down to Class A and will be in District 5 with Alburnett, East Buchanan, Edgewood-Colesburg, Maquoketa Valley, and North Linn. Clayton Ridge is in District 4 with MFL Mar Mac, Postville, South Winneshiek, Starmont, and Wapsie Valley.
Officials with the IHSAA say each teams season schedule should be available in early March.