IHSAA announces full playoff pods

Brady Duwa accelerates for Sigourney-Keota in its Class 1A playoff game against Cardinal Friday night. (Jim Johnson/The Union)
Brady Duwa accelerates for Sigourney-Keota in its Class 1A playoff game against Cardinal Friday night. (Jim Johnson/The Union)

There are 96 high school football teams left in the state of Iowa, and only 24 of those will be at the UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls next month. On Saturday, each of the 96 remaining schools got to see their paths when the Iowa High SChool Athletic Association released the schedule for the next two rounds of play.

Each class broke the last 16 teams into four pods of four. Each pod will be played out over a two-week span, with the winner of each advancing to the UNI-Dome. The pods are listed A-D, and the state will match up the four winners in each class once the final four is set.

In Class 3A, the Washington Demons were placed in Pod D, which has four ranked teams. The Demons ended the regular season ranked No. 4 in The Gazette poll and No. 3 in the Associated Press. They will host No. 9/8 West Delaware. On the other side of the pod, No. 8/9 North Scott will host No. 5 Davenport Assumption.

In Class 1A, third-ranked Sigourney-Keota received a less lethal group than the Demons, at least rankings wise. The Savage Cobras will host Beckman Catholic in Class 1A’s Pod D. On the other side of that pod, No. 10 Columbus Catholic will host Mediapolis.

In Class 8-Man, New London was placed in Pod C, along with two ranked teams. The Tigers will visit No. 10/NR Janesville in their next game, with the winner playing the winner of Tripoli at No. 1 Don Bosco.

Below are the full pods for each class.


Pod A: Bettendorf at Pleasant Valley; Dubuque Hempstead at Iowa City West

Pod B: Ankeny Centennial at Southeast Polk; Cedar Rapids Prairie at Cedar Rapids Kennedy

Pod C: Cedar Falls at Ankeny; Indianola at Waukee

Pod D: Waterloo West at Dowling Catholic; Valley at Urbandale


Pod A: Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley at Spencer; Sergeant Bluff-Luton at Webster City

Pod B: Ballard at Lewis Central; Carlisle at Harlan

Pod C: Grinnell at Pella; Dubuque Wahlert at Xavier

Pod D: West Delaware at Washington; Assumption at North Scott


Pod A: Estherville Lincoln Central at Central Lyon/George Little Rock; West Lyon at Spirit Lake

Pod B: Atlantic at West Marshall; Greene County at PCM

Pod C: Tipton at Camanche; West Liberty at Williamsburg

Pod D: Monticello at Waukon; Independence at Solon


Pod A: Western Christian at OABCIG; Emmetsburg at West Sioux

Pod B: South Central Calhoun at South Hamilton

Pod C: Pella Christian at Van Meter; Underwood at Mount Ayr

Pod D: Mediapolis at Columbus Catholic; Beckman Catholic at Sigourney-Keota


Pod A: South O’Brien at St. Albert; Riverside Oakland at Logan-Magnolia

Pod B: Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn at West Hancock; Nodaway Valley at Grundy Center

Pod C: Lisbon at Wapsie Valley; Alburnett at Iowa City Regina

Pod D: MFL MarMac at Edgewood Colesburg; South Winneshiek at Saint Angsar


Pod A: Harris-Lake Park at St. Mary’s; Newell-Fonda at Audubon

Pod B: Lamoni at CAM, Anita; Fremont-Mills at Martensdale-St. Mary’s

Pod C: New London at Janesville; Tripoli at Don Bosco

Pod D: Easton Valley at Gladbrook-Reinbeck; BGM Brooklyn at Montezuma