AP Poll: WCHS sits at No. 6 in Class 3A

2A?No. 10 Clear Lake set to visit Lynx on Friday

Webster City captains Hunter Hayes (44), Zane Williams (7), Cooper Lawson (51) and Kooper Jondal (66) walk towards midfield for the coin toss prior to Friday’s game against Humboldt. Coming off a 28-7 victory, the Lynx are ranked No. 6 in Class 3A in the initial Associated Press poll of the season. DFJ photo/Troy Banning

WEBSTER CITY — With a strong reputation coming off the 2016 season and a Week 1 victory over Humboldt, the Webster City football team finds itself ranked No. 6 in the initial Associated Press Class 3A poll of the season, which was released yesterday afternoon.

The 2016 state runner-up Lynx (1-0) earned 67 points in the poll, just two behind fifth-ranked West Delaware. Right behind WCHS at No. 7 is District 2 rival Dallas Center-Grimes. Boone, another team housed in District 2, sits just outside the top 10 at No. 11.

Not surprisingly, three-time defending state champion Pella received 12 of the 14 first-place votes and holds down the No. 1 spot. The Dutch, who beat WCHS 28-18 in last November’s state final, take a 42-game winning streak into their Week 2 showdown with Dallas Center-Grimes.

Pella is 53-1 since the start of the 2013 season. Its last loss came against Washington, 28-0, in the 2013 state semifinals.

Two other defending state champions — West Des Moines Dowling (4A) and Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley (2A) joined Pella at the top of their respective classes. The other No. 1 teams include Iowa City Regina (1A), Council Bluffs St. Albert (A) and Harris-Lake Park (8-man).

Dowling has won four consecutive state crowns and five of the last seven in the state’s largest class. Regina had its run of six straight state titles ended by Western Christian in last fall’s 1A championship. Western Christian, which was thumped by Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley last Friday, is No. 6 in 1A.

In the two smallest classes, reigning champions Gladbrook-Reinbeck (A) and Don Bosco (8-man) are both ranked No. 2. G-R owns the last two state titles and was the runner-up in 2014.

Also, in 1A, District 6 rivals Van Meter and Panorama are ranked fourth and seventh, respectively. South Hamilton competes in the district alongside the two.

Clear Lake opens the season ranked No. 10 in 2A. The Lions, who blitzed 4A Mason City 55-22 in Week 1, will visit WCHS on Friday at 7:30 p.m. It will be the first time both teams are ranked prior to kickoff since 2011 when they were Nos. 1 and 2 in 3A. Clear Lake built a big lead in that showdown six years ago and then held on in the second half to prevail, 28-27.

Jaylen DeVries, Clear Lake’s sophomore quarterback and son of head coach Jared DeVries, threw for 176 yards in the win over Mason City.