Football district assignments 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.
South Tama will compete in Class 3A District 3 with one carry-over opponent from last season’s 2A district, Center-Point Urbana. The Trojans finished in the middle of their district last year with wins coming against Saydel, Union and Vinton-Shellsburg.
District 3 projects to be led by West Delaware and Independence who were both state qualifiers last year, although neither team made a deep run into the tournament.
Class 3A teams will play nine regular season games with 16 teams qualifying for the playoffs.
With a slate of five district opponents, South Tama will have the opportunity to schedule four non-district games to round out their regular season schedule. Assuming the Grinnell and South Tama wish to continue their trophy game tradition, that leaves three games up for grabs, in hopes of finding reasonable competition and travel distance.
District 3 brings with it a significant travel schedule with no opposing schools located closer than 60 miles to Tama.
Last season’s non-district slate brought South Tama it’s first win in over two seasons, a 55-6 victory over Saydel.
Other similarly sized, non-district teams with similar records located closer than 60 miles include: Union Community, Vinton-Shellsburg, Waterloo East and Benton Community.
Full 2021 schedules are anticipated to be announced some time in April.
Class 3A District 3 (2020 record)
Center Point-Urbana (3-5)
Charles City (0-6)
South Tama County (3-5)
West Delaware (10-2)
The Meskwaki Warriors will play in Class 8 District 4 along with a number of familiar competitors including GMG, Gladbrook-Reinbeck, Colo-NESCO and Collins-Maxwell.
Don Bosco Catholic and Gladbrook-Reinbeck look to be the district pre-season favorites as both teams were state qualifiers last year.
8-Player teams will play eight regular season games with 32 playoff qualifiers. The Warriors will have two additional non-district games to schedule this spring and may see a third if the team does not qualify for the playoffs and wishes to play a ninth regular season game.
Class 8 District 4 (2020 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 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 Class 3A and Class 8 district assignments announced Friday by the IHSAA.
CLASS 3A DISTRICTS (2021 & 2022)
Bishop Heelan, Sioux City
South Tama County
West Burlington/Notre Dame
CLASS 8 DISTRICTS (2021 & 2022)
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