For the 2014 Iowa high school football season, the districts have been realigned by the Iowa High School Athletics Association. This makes big changes for many of the teams, especially Woodward-Granger who has moved up to Class 1A after playing in Class A and making the state tournament a year ago.
The Hawks have been placed in District 8 in Class 1A and so has Van Meter along with Central Decatur, Leon, Des Moines Christian, Interstate 35, Truro, Panorama and Southwest Valley.
These will all be new district opponents for the Hawks, but the Bulldogs shared a district with Central Decatur, Leon and Des Moines Christian last year as well.
Of all the teams in District 8 in Class 1A, Panorama, Southwest Valley, Van Meter and Woodward-Granger all qualified for the state tournament, with Van Meter going all the way to the semifinals and Woodward-Granger qualifying in Class A.
Last season the Bulldogs defeated Central Decatur, Leon 37-7 and Des Moines Christian 28-0. Despite not being in the same class or district last year, the Hawks played against Des Moines Christian last year and won in blowout fashion by a score of 32-0.
District 8 in Class 3A features both Adel-DeSoto-Minburn and Dallas Center-Grimes along with Atlantic, Creston, Glenwood, Harlan and Winterset. For the Tigers, they have four familiar district opponents in Atlantic, Creston, Glenwood and Harlan while the Mustangs have all new district opponents.
Distric 8 in Class 3A also features four teams that qualified for the state tournament last year in A-D-M, Creston, DC-G and Harlan with Harlan getting the furthest and finishing with a record of 10-2.
The Tigers played all of this year’s district opponents last season as well. They defeated Winterset 14-6, Glenwood 48-38, Creston 36-35 and Atlantic 38-0 and they lost to Harlan 30-7 and to DC-G 34-21. A-D-M was the only team from this year’s district that the Mustangs played against last year.
"Our District is a good one and we need to stay healthy to compete each week and be in the top half at the end of the season," said A-D-M coach Mike Whisner, who is in his 28th year as the head coach of the Tigers.
Waukee also has all new district opponents in District 4 in Class 4A. Fort Dodge, Indianola, Marshalltown, Mason City and Urbandale are in the district with the Warriors.
Waukee, Indianola and Urbandale qualified for the state tournament last season with Waukee getting to the quarterfinals and finishing with a 10-2 record overall.
For Waukee, these are all new district opponents. The Warriors did, however, play against Marshalltown and Mason City in non-district games last year and won both games in blowout fashion defeating Marshalltown 62-6 and Mason City 56-20.
DC-G and A-D-M start district play against each other on Sept. 12 in Adel. Van Meter begins district play on Sept. 19 against Des Moines Christian on the road and Woodward-Granger starts district play on Sept. 12 against Interstate 35, Truro in Woodward. Waukee doesn’t open up district play until Sept. 26 when they play at Marshalltown.