Hawks creep closer to the Top 10 in Class 1A

South Hamilton running back Sam Lewis (2) gets a nice block from DJ Klonglan (22) as Zeke Balderas (55) covers his backside during the second half against Grundy Center on Friday in Jewell. At 2-0, the Hawks sit 13th, just three spots outside the top 10, in Class 1A in the latest Associated Press poll. DFJ photo/Tracy Runneberg

WEBSTER CITY — Two wins to open the season have the South Hamilton football team creeping closer to the Associated Press Class 1A Top 10.

Following their 26-14 victory over Grundy Center last Friday, the Hawks received five voting points and share 13th place in the most recent AP poll, which was released on Monday. Panorama and Bellevue also had five points.

South Hamilton, which handled South Hardin in Week 1, has relied on a potent ground game and a suffocating defense in its opening two games. It is one of four teams in the state, regardless of class, to sit at the top of the leaderboard with six interceptions through two games.

The Hawks rank 16th in 1A in yards rushing with 441.

The top-ranked teams in the state include West Des Moines Valley (4A), Cedar Rapids Xavier (3A), Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley (2A), West Lyon (1A), Hudson (A) and Don Bosco (8-man).

Valley and West Lyon are new to the top of their respective classes. Valley handled previous No. 1 and rival West Des Moines Dowling, 20-6, on Friday. The Maroons slipped back to No. 5 in the state’s largest class.

West Lyon jumped one spot after previous No. 1 Pella Christian was knocked off by No. 4 Van Meter, 27-7, on Friday.

Webster City, which had been receiving votes in 3A, dropped off the list after its 28-14 loss to Spencer this past week. Following a home date with Waterloo East this Friday, the Lynx will head to Algona to face the 10th-ranked (2A) Bulldogs in Week 4.

AP Prep Football Poll

The Top Ten teams in the Associated Press Iowa high school football polls of the 2018 season with first-place votes in parentheses, win-loss record, and total points:

Class 4A

Record Pts Prv

1. WDM Valley (6) 2-0 77 4

2. Bettendorf 2-0 66 3

3. Johnston (1) 2-0 63 2

4. Cedar Falls (1) 2-0 58 5

5. WDM Dowling 1-1 49 1

6. Cedar Rapids Prairie 2-0 35 7

7. Ankeny Centennial 2-0 34 8

8. Iowa City West 1-1 24 6

9. Cedar Rapids Kennedy 2-0 20 9

10. Fort Dodge 2-0 8 —

Others receiving votes: Waukee 3. Indianola 2. Marshalltown 1.

Class 3A

Record Pts Prv

1. Cedar Rapids Xavier (5) 2-0 77 1

2. CB Lewis Central (3) 2-0 72 2

3. Solon 2-0 54 3

4. Pella 2-0 52 4

5. Sioux City Heelan 2-0 47 6

6. West Delaware 2-0 42 7

7. Waverly-Shell Rock 2-0 26 9

8. Sergeant Bluff-Luton 1-1 21 10

(tie) North Scott 1-1 21 8

10. Western Dubuque 2-0 18 —

Others receiving votes: Harlan 7. Independence 2. Clear Creek-Amana 1.

Class 2A

Record Pts Prv

1. Boyden-Hull-RV (7) 2-0 79 1

2. PCM (1) 2-0 71 2

3. Union 2-0 64 3

4. Spirit Lake 2-0 40 —

5. Sheldon 2-0 27 10

6. Benton 2-0 24 —

(tie) Waukon 1-1 24 9

8. Clear Lake 1-1 20 7

9. Centerville 2-0 18 —

10. Algona 2-0 14 —

Others receiving votes: State Center West Marshall 11. Sioux Center 11. Carroll Kuemper 9. 14, Southeast Valley 8. Mount Vernon 8. Camanche 6. Des Moines Christian 4. Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont 1. Williamsburg 1.

Class 1A

Record Pts Prv

1. Inwood West Lyon (5) 2-0 67 2

2. West Branch 2-0 64 3

3. Dike-New Hartford (1) 2-0 59 5

4. Van Meter (2) 2-0 56 8

5. Hawarden West Sioux 1-1 37 4

6. Iowa City Regina 1-1 33 6

7. South Central Calhoun 2-0 31 —

8. Mediapolis 2-0 20 —

9. Wilton 2-0 19 T9

10. Pella Christian 1-1 15 1

Others receiving votes: Truro Interstate 35 7. Sumner-Fredericksburg 6. Panora Panorama 5. Jewell South Hamilton 5. Bellevue 5. Cascade 4. Woodward-Granger 4. Troy Mills North Linn 2. Hull Western Christian 1.

Class A

Record Pts Prv

1. Hudson (7) 2-0 70 1

2. Algona Garrigan 2-0 67 4

3. A-H-S-T-W 2-0 61 5

4. Belmond-Klemme 2-0 38 10

5. East Buchanan 2-0 33 T7

6. St. Ansgar 1-1 30 2

(tie) Wapsie Valley 2-0 30 9

8. Pekin (1) 2-0 26 —

9. Council Bluffs St. Albert 1-1 19 T7

10. IKM-Manning 2-0 13 —

Others receiving votes: Britt West Hancock 10. Traer North Tama 10. Hinton 8. Eldon Cardinal 5. Alburnett 5. Lynnville-Sully 5. Riverside Highland 4. Brooklyn BGM 4. Sioux Rapids Sioux Central 2.

Class 8-Man

Record Pts Prv

1. Don Bosco (7) 2-0 79 1

2. Newell-Fonda (1) 2-0 61 3

3. New London 2-0 56 5

4. Elk Horn-Kimballton Exira 2-0 45 4

5. Ar-We-Va 2-0 31 T7

6. Midland 3-0 25 6

7. Iowa Valley 3-0 24 —

8. Turkey Valley 2-0 22 —

9. Fremont Mills 1-1 20 9

10. Central City 2-0 11 —

Others receiving votes: Riceville 10. East Mills 9. Audubon 8. Kingsley-Pierson 8. Liberty Center SE Warren 7. Lone Tree 6. Anita CAM 6. Northwood-Kensett 6. Stanton 3. Coon Rapids-Bayard 2. Rockford 1.

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