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Hawks climb to No. 4, Lynx still No. 7 in latest AP poll

WCHS cornerback Ty McKinney (10) knocks away a pass in the end zone against Gilbert on Friday. At 6-0, the Lynx remained at No. 7 in the latest AP Class 3A poll. DFJ photo/Troy Banning

South Hamilton moved up again and Webster City remained steady in the latest Associated Press high school football poll that was released Monday afternoon.

The unbeaten Hawks (6-0) jumped one position to No. 4 following its 52-7 rout of East Marshall and previously third-ranked Underwood’s 49-22 loss to top-ranked OA-BCIG last Friday night.

OA-BCIG continued to have a stranglehold on the top spot, as it garnered 13 of the 14 first-place votes. No. 3 Sigourney-Keota is at the top of one voter’s ballot, but maintained a position behind No. 2 Van Meter.

With few shake-ups in 3A, undefeated Webster City (6-0) stayed at No. 7 for a third consecutive week following its 54-13 thumping of Gilbert on Friday. No one in the top seven lost during Week 6, which left Cedar Rapids Xavier, Dallas Center-Grimes, Council Bluffs Lewis Central, Harlan, Washington and Davenport Assumption all in front of the Lynx.

Xavier collected six of the first-place votes.

The other top-ranked teams this week include Southeast Polk (4A), West Lyon (2A), Grundy Center (A) and Don Bosco (8-man).

Southeast Polk collected 11 of the 14 first-place votes in the largest class. With the addition of Iowa recruit Arland Bruce IV to its roster and following a 49-9 pasting of Johnston, Ankeny surged to No. 2 and pushed Urbandale down to No. 3.

West Lyon and Williamsburg continued to swap the top spot in 2A. Williamsburg, No. 1 a week ago, slipped to No. 2. Prairie City-Monroe (No. 3) continued to receive the most first-place votes (5), however.

Don Bosco secured the top spot in 8-man to itself this week following a 54-34 over previously eighth-ranked Easton Valley. The Dons were tied for No. 1 with Audubon a week ago. Audubon is now No. 2.

There were seven new teams added to the top 10 in their respective classes this week. In 4A, Council Bluffs Lincoln and Sioux City East are Nos. 9 and 10. In 3A, North Scott moved to No. 10. In 2A, Atlantic (8), Solon (9) and Spirit Lake (10) joined the fray. And in 1A, Mount Ayr (9) made an appearance.

WCHS will look to finish the regular season unbeaten for the first time since 2015 Friday evening when it hosts Boone on Homecoming at 7:30 p.m.

South Hamilton will also try to complete a perfect regular season — the first in school history — on Friday when it welcomes Aplington-Parkersburg to Jewell for a 7 p.m. Homecoming kickoff.

AP POLL

(Number of 1st-place votes)

CLASS 4A — 1. Southeast Polk (11); 2. Ankeny (2); 3. Urbandale (1); 4. West Des Moines Dowling; 5. Pleasant Valley; 6. Waukee; 7. Dubuque Hempstead; 8. Iowa City West; 9. Council Bluffs Lincoln; 10. Sioux City East.

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

CLASS 2A — 1. West Lyon (3); 2. Williamsburg (4); 3. PCM (5); 4. Central Lyon/George-Little Rock (2); 5. Waukon; 6. Camanche; 7. Estherville-Lincoln Central; 8. Atlantic; 9. Solon; 10. Spirit Lake.

CLASS 1A — 1. OA-BCIG (13); 2. Van Meter; 3. Sigourney-Keota (1); 4. South Hamilton; 5. Emmetsburg; 6. Southeast Valley; 7. Underwood; 8. South Central Calhoun; 9. Mount Ayr; 10. West Sioux.

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

CLASS 8-MAN — 1. Don Bosco (11); 2. Audubon (1); 3. Remsen St. Mary’s (1); 4. CAM; 5. Montezuma (1); 6. Fremont Mills; 7. Coon Rapids-Bayard; 8. Gladbrook-Reinbeck; 9. Newell-Fonda; 10. Easton Valley.

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