Football districts announced for 2021 and 2022
Following Thursday’s regular meeting of the IHSAA Board of Control, district and group assignments for the 2021 and 2022 football seasons were announced.
Gladbrook-Reinbeck and GMG will again see each other in the same 8-Player district as last season, along with Collins-Maxwell and Meskwaki Settlement who both finished in the middle of the district standings in 2020.
Projected front runners in District 4 next season include 2020 state tournament qualifiers Gladbrook-Reinbeck and Don Bosco Catholic.
8-Player District 4 (2020 season record)
Don Bosco Catholic (9-1)
GMG, Garwin (0-8)
Meskwaki Settlement (3-5)
Following the one-year assignments in 2020, district assignments are effective for a two-year cycle.
8-Player schools will play eight regular season games, with 32 teams qualifying for the playoffs. Teams not qualifying for the playoffs will be permitted to play a ninth regular season game.
The 2021 football season will be the first with a new seventh classification (Class 5A), approved in January by the Board of Control to reduce the disparity in enrollment in the IHSAA’s largest class of football, and to increase the number of participating teams and student-athletes in the postseason across all classes.
Class 5A’s group and success model format is based on information outlined in February 2020, before COVID-19 related changes were made in July to the IHSAA’s football scheduling and postseason.
Below are the statewide 8-Player district assignments announced Friday by the IHSAA.
River Valley, Correctionville
St. Mary’s Catholic
Bishop Garrigan Catholic
North Iowa, Buffalo Center
St. Edmond, Fort Dodge
Turkey Valley, Jackson Junction
West Central, Maynard
Don Bosco Catholic
English Valleys, North English
Iowa Valley, Marengo
Grand View Christian
Twin Cedars, Bussey
Mormon Trail, Garden Grove
Southeast Warren, Liberty Center
East Union, Afton
Boyer Valley, Dunlap
West Harrison, Mondamin