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My Week 7 AP prep football ballot

October 3, 2011 - Troy Banning
Do I know how to pick ‘em or what?

A total of 13 teams that I ranked in the top 10 in their respective classes last week went down in defeat on Friday, including the team I had at the top of the Class 4A poll – Iowa City, City High. It was the first time I put a team other than Cedar Falls in the No. 1 slot in the state’s biggest class, and how did the Little Hawks repay me? By losing to Cedar Rapids Washington, 27-24.

Thanks a bunch, City High.

Anyway, here’s a look at my Associated Press ballot for this week (Oct. 3 release date). Not a ton of changes other than some swapping of positions, but there are several new faces including West Delaware and Maquoketa in Class 3A.

Speaking of 3A, the top two teams on my ballot — No. 1 Clear Lake and No. 2 Webster City —will meet on Friday. The Lynx and Lions received all the first-place votes last week, and they’ll get the chance to decide which team belongs on top later this week. I can’t wait.

Here’s my ballot this week …

Class 4A 1. Cedar Falls; 2. West Des Moines Valley; 3. Linn-Mar; 4. Southeast Polk; 5. Bettendorf; 6. Iowa City, City High; 7. Iowa City West; 8. Ankeny; 9. Davenport Assumption; 10. West Des Moines Dowling.

Class 3A 1. Clear Lake; 2. Webster City; 3. ADM Adel; 4. Solon; 5. Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley; 6. Carroll; 7. Waverly-Shell Rock; 8. Sioux City Heelan; 9. West Delaware; 10. Maquoketa.

Class 2A 1. Iowa City Regina; 2. West Marshall; 3. Mediapolis; 4. Spirit Lake; 5. PCM Monroe; 6. Carroll Kuemper; 7. Fort Dodge St. Edmond; 8. South Winneshiek; 9. Dyersville Beckman; 10. South Central Calhoun.

Class 1A 1. Emmetsburg; 2. Council Bluff St. Albert; 3. Logan-Magnolia; 4. Woodward-Granger; 5. Aplington-Parkersburg; 6. Lawton-Bronson; 7. Panorama; 8. Alburnett; 9. Wapsie Valley; 10. Dike-New Hartford.

Class A 1. LeMars Gehlen; 2. Lisbon; 3. West Hancock; 4. Lone Tree; 5. Postville; 6. North Tama; 7. Mason City Newman; 8. Lynnville-Sully; 9. Don Bosco; 10. Bedford.

8-Man 1. Armstrong-Ringsted; 2. Northeast Hamilton; 3. Fremont-Mills; 4. East Mills; 5. West Bend-Mallard; 6. Clarksville; 7. Newel-Fonda; 8. Janesville; 9. Preston; 10. Kee.

Am I right? Am I wrong? Come on, I’ve never known the public not to have an opinion.


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