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LYNX, HAWKS BOTH NO. 7 IN LATEST AP POLL

Webster City safety Tyler Olson (80) makes a diving tackle on Humboldt’s Nyzier Evans (4) following a pass completion on Friday in Humboldt. The Lynx remained at No. 7 in the latest Associated Press Class 3A poll, which was released Monday afternoon. DFJ photo/Troy Banning

WEBSTER CITY — Webster City and South Hamilton are on even footing in their respective football classes.

The unbeaten Lynx (Class 3A) and Hawks (1A) are both ranked No. 7 this week by the Associated Press. The poll, voted on by a statewide panel of sports media members, was released Monday afternoon.

Following a 21-14 victory over previously perfect Humboldt on Friday, WCHS held steady in the poll. South Hamilton, which drubbed previously unbeaten South Hardin 28-6 on Friday, moved up two spots from the No. 9 position it held last week.

WCHS is 4-0 for the first time since the 2017 season when it opened the campaign with five consecutive victories. It will face another unbeaten, Mason City, at home on Friday.

South Hamilton, also 4-0, is off to its best start since 2007 when the Hawks were victorious in their opening seven contests.

South Hamilton running back Trevor Thompson (with ball) surges forward for a few extra yards as bodies pile up behind him during the Hawks’ Week 1 win over Roland-Story last month. DFJ photo/Angela Hewitt

There was plenty of volatility in the AP poll this week, as five of the six classes had multiple teams receiving first-place votes. In 3A, there were five schools that were placed at the top.

Only 4A No. 1 Southeast Polk received all 13 of the first-place votes. The Rams maintained their position over No. 2 Urbandale.

Cedar Rapids Xavier (3A) moved up one spot and took over at No. 1 for Dallas Center-Grimes, which dropped to No. 3 during a bye week. Council Bluffs Lewis Central is No. 2.

West Lyon (2A) vaulted from No. 3 to No. 1 in its class, while Williamsburg moved down to No. 2 despite a lopsided win last week. PCM, which was No. 1 during the early weeks of the season, is No. 3.

OA-BCIG (1A) remained at the top of its class and garnered 11 first-place votes. South Central Calhoun had the other top votes and moved past Van Meter and into the No. 2 position. Van Meter is third.

Grundy Center (A) continued its stronghold on its class. St. Ansgar and Iowa City Regina are Nos. 2 and 3.

After not playing for two weeks, Don Bosco fell out of the No. 1 spot in the 8-man class and was overtaken by Audubon. Don Bosco is No. 2.

AP POLL

(Number of 1st-place votes)

CLASS 4A — 1. Southeast Polk (13); 2. Urbandale; 3. West Des Moines Dowling; 4. Ankeny; 5. Pleasant Valley; 6. Johnston; 7. Iowa City West; 8. Waukee; 9. Dubuque Hempstead; 10. West Des Moines Valley.

CLASS 3A — 1. Cedar Rapids Xavier (3); 2. Council Bluffs Lewis Central (2); 3. (tie) Dallas Center-Grimes (4) and Harlan (2); 5. Washington (2); 6. Davenport Assumption; 7. Webster City; 8. Decorah; 9. Sergeant Bluff-Luton; 10. West Delaware.

CLASS 2A — 1. West Lyon (3); 2. Williamsburg (3); 3. PCM (5); 4. Central Lyon/George-Little Rock (2); 5. Sioux Center; 6. Mount Vernon; 7. Monticello; 8. Waukon; 9. Camanche; 10. Estherville-Lincoln Central.

CLASS 1A — 1. OA-BCIG (11); 2. South Central Calhoun (2); 3. Van Meter; 4. Underwood; 5. Sigourney-Keota; 6. Emmetsburg; 7. South Hamilton; 8. Pleasantville; 9. Durant; 10. West Sioux.

CLASS A — 1. Grundy Center (8); 2. St. Ansgar (4); 3. Iowa City Regina (1); 4. South Winneshiek; 5. Edgewood-Colesburg; 6. Wapsie Valley; 7. West Hancock; 8. Lisbon; 9. Logan-Magnolia; 10. MFL-Mar-Mac.

CLASS 8-MAN — 1. Audubon (3); 2. Don Bosco (7); 3. Remsen St. Mary’s (2); 4. CAM; 5. (tie) Montezuma and Fremont Mills; 7. Newell-Fonda; 8. Easton Valley (1); 9. Gladbrook-Reinbeck; 10. Coon Rapids-Bayard.

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