Lynx dip two spots to No. 8 despite 31-point win

WEBSTER CITY – Despite a 44-13 victory over Clear Lake on Friday, the Webster City football team dropped two spots in the latest Associated Press Class 3A poll.

But the backward movement had more to do with what other teams accomplished, rather than what the Lynx didn’t.

Winners of 13 consecutive regular season games, WCHS (2-0) slipped back to No. 8 after sharing the No. 6 spot with Sioux City Heelan one week ago. The Lynx generated 52 voting points from the statewide panel of sports writers.

Cedar Rapids Xavier maintained its spot atop the 3A top 10, as the Saints earned 11 of the 18 first-place votes. Two-time defending state champion and No. 2-ranked Pella received five of the first-place votes, while No. 3 Washington and No. 4 Norwalk both picked up one vote.

West Delaware made the jump from No. 8 to No. 5 after a decisive 46-20 victory over previously third-ranked (2A) Mount Vernon.

After not being in the top 10 a week ago, Carroll vaulted all the way up to No. 7 following its 23-20 win over Sioux City Heelan.

Spirit Lake moved down one spot to No. 6, Glenwood is ranked No. 9 and Creston/Orient-Macksburg is No. 10 to complete the 3A top 10.

Gilbert received one point. The Tigers host WCHS this Friday at 7:30 p.m.

Here are the highlights from the other classes.

Class 4A: West Des Moines Dowling, the winner of three straight state championships, held off West Des Moines Valley for the No. 1 spot by four points, 173-169. The Maroons grabbed 11 of the first-place votes, while the Tigers picked up seven. Which team is really better? It will be decided this Friday night when they meet at Valley Stadium.

Class 2A: Following a crazy Week 2 in which seven of last week’s 10 rated teams lost, there was plenty of movement in the poll. For starters, North Fayette jumped up into the No. 1 slot after sitting second a week ago, while previously top-ranked Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley dipped to fourth on the heels of a 20-19 overtime loss to third-ranked (1A) West Lyon. New to the top 10 are Union (No. 5), Garner-Hayfield/Ventura (No. 6), Clarion-Goldfield-Dows (No. 9) and Monticello (No. 10).

Class 1A: Iowa City Regina, the state champion in each of the past six seasons, stayed comfortably at No. 1, while West Branch plummeted from No. 2 to No. 10 after a 27-18 loss to Burlington Notre Dame. Wilton (No. 9) jumped into the top 10 for the first time.

Class A: St. Ansgar stayed in the top spot, but 2015 state champion Gladbrook-Reinbeck pushed up from fourth to second after it beat then No. 7 (1A) Dike-New Hartford, 17-14, on Friday. West Hancock (No. 8), Mason City Newman (No. 9) and Hudson (No. 10) made their first entries into the top 10.

Class 8-man: Don Bosco received 17 of the 18 first-place votes and remained No. 1 ahead of second-ranked Fremont Mills. Remsen St. Mary’s and Midland Wyoming share the 10th-place spot.