Following first loss, Lynx drop out of AP Class 3A top 10

South Hamilton, 5-1 on the season, sits just outside Class 1A?top 10

WCHS defensive end Blake Johnson (left) receives instructions from Lynx assistant coach Andy Brim during Friday’s game at Dallas Center-Grimes. DFJ photo/Troy Banning

WEBSTER CITY — The voters in the Associated Press prep football poll just gave the Webster City football team another reason to put the chips firmly back on the shoulders of its players.

As if Friday’s 20-0 loss to then second-ranked Dallas Center-Grimes wasn’t reason enough, the statewide panel of voters dropped the Lynx out of the Class 3A top 10 in its latest poll that was released Monday afternoon.

Inside the top 10 all season and as high as No. 5, the Lynx (5-1) plummeted from sixth all the way to the first spot outside the top 10. They picked up 12 voting points, five behind 10th-ranked Glenwood.

Interestingly enough, DC-G’s victory over the Lynx was considered big enough to vault the Mustangs into a tie for the top spot with Solon. DC-G received three first-place votes to six for the Spartans. No. 3 Cedar Rapids Xavier secured four of the first-place votes, while No. 5 Sergeant Bluff-Luton picked up one.

Boone, another member of District 2, is ranked No. 7. The unbeaten Toreadors were No. 9 last week and they still have games left against DC-G and Webster City.

DC-G’s ascension was the only change at the top of any of the six classes. The other No. 1 teams include West Des Moines Dowling (4A), Williamsburg (2A), West Lyon (1A), Council Bluffs St. Albert (A) and Don Bosco (8-man).

In 1A, South Hamilton (5-1) received four voting points and, like WCHS, is perched just outside the top 10. Belmond-Klemme (three points) was the only other 1A team not in the top 10 to receive votes.

Van Meter, the only team to beat South Hamilton this season, remained at No. 2 in the 1A poll. The Bulldogs claimed three of the 14 first-place votes.

The Hawks will host Ogden for homecoming this Friday night at 7 p.m. WCHS will travel to Perry to take on the Blue Jays at 7:30 p.m. before returning home for its homecoming and final home game against Iowa Falls-Alden in Week 8.

AP Poll

(Voting points)

Class 4A — 1. West Des Moines Dowling (139); 2. Iowa City West (125); 3. West Des Moines Valley (108); 4. Bettendorf (92); 5. Cedar Falls (81); 6. Johnston (73); 7. Waukee (51); 8. Pleasant Valley (35); 9. Cedar Rapids Prairie (27); 10. Newton (12).

Class 3A — 1. (tie) Dallas Center-Grimes and Solon (125); 3. Cedar Rapids Xavier (114); 4. Pella (95); 5. Sergeant Bluff-Luton (94); 6. Waverly-Shell Rock (61); 7. Boone (43); 8. Harlan (37); 9. West Delaware (28); 10. Glenwood (17).

Class 2A — 1. Williamsburg (136); 2. Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley (115); 3. Cascade (101); 4. Mount Vernon (95); 5. Sioux Center (82); 6. Clear Lake (61); 7. Prairie City-Monroe (53); 8. Waukon (49); 9. South Central Calhoun (30); 10. Union (24).

Class 1A — 1. West Lyon (132); 2. Van Meter (123); 3. Pella Christian (119); 4. Iowa City Regina (84); 5. Western Christian (69); 6. Pleasantville (65); 7. AHSTW (62); 8. West Branch (52); 9. Denver (36); 10. Bellevue (21).

Class A — 1. Council Bluffs St. Albert (135); 2. Gladbrook-Reinbeck (119); 3. West Sioux (114); 4. Wapsie Valley (90); 5. Algona Garrigan (72); 6. (tie) Hudson and Lynnville-Sully (62); 8. St. Ansgar (55); 9. Southwest Valley (27); 10. East Buchanan (20).

8-Man — 1. Don Bosco (134); 2. Remsen St. Mary’s (122); 3. Audubon (119); 4. Tripoli (83); 5. Newell-Fonda (66); 6. Harris-Lake Park (56); 7. Sidney (52); 8. Riceville (36); 9. GTRA (26); 10. Baxter (24).

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