Football Power Index Newsletter — Oct. 5, 2021
The top team for all seven classes remained the same in this week’s rankings, powered by the Varsity Bound Power Index, but plenty of other movement still took place.
*The Varsity Bound Power Index is determined using an ELO ranking formula.
*Article and rankings based on results through October 3, 2021.
All 10 Class 5A teams from last week remain ranked this week, just in a different order. Cedar Rapids Kennedy (6-0) keeps its top spot in this week’s rankings as the Cougars are coming off of a 42-14 win against state No. 83 Cedar Falls on Oct. 1. Cougar quarterback Carson Blietz finished the game with 245 yards, four touchdowns and zero interceptions. No. 3 Valley (5-1) moves up five spots this week after defeating state No. 63 Ankeny 38-35 on Oct. 1. Tiger quarterback Mason Morrow ended the game with 247 yards, four touchdowns and zero interceptions. The other team that made a big jump this week is the No. 5 Urbandale J-Hawks (5-1). They beat state No. 86 Ankeny Centennial 19-18 on Oct. 1.
The North Scott Lancers (6-0) picked up another win this past week to remain atop Class 4A. They are also the No. 2 team in the state this week. No. 2 Xavier (5-1) moved up one spot this week. The Saints have just one loss despite having the sixth toughest schedule in the state. No. 3 Winterset (5-1) moved up two spots while No. 6 Norwalk (5-1) moved up four. The Spencer Tigers (5-1) make their way into the rankings this week at No. 10 after being previously unranked.
All 10 Class 3A teams from last week’s rankings remain ranked this week with only a couple of changes. Harlan (6-0) is yet to give up its top spot as the Cyclones picked up another win this past week. Humboldt (6-0) moves up one spot to No. 2 after beating state No. 102 North Polk 52-38 on Oct. 1. Quarterback Caden Matson completed 14 of his 15 passing attempts for 209 yard and two touchdowns while carrying the ball 30 times for 240 yards and four touchdowns. No. 4 Independence (6-0) also moved up one spot this week. The Mustangs picked up a 40-13 win against state No. 76 Hampton-Dumont-CAL on Oct. 1.
Southeast Valley (6-0) remains No. 1 in Class 2A as it picked up another win last week. The Jaguars are also this week’s No. 1 team statewide. Estherville Lincoln Central (4-2) moved up two spots to No. 3 this week following a 14-6 win against state No. 50 Spirit Lake on Oct. 1. Quarterback Ryan Schiltz carried the ball 27 times for 143 yards and a touchdown while also contributing a touchdown through the air. No. 8 Central Lyon (3-3) and No. 9 Clear Lake (4-2) both join the rankings this week after being unranked last week.
Dike-New Hartford (6-0) took care of business to remain the top team in Class 1A for yet another week. The Wolverines beat state No. 153 Aplington-Parkersburg 31-0 on Oct. 1. Junior running back Jerek Hall finished the game with 30 carries for 183 yards and three touchdowns. The biggest mover in Class 1A this week is No. 3 Beckman Catholic (6-0). The Trailblazers were unranked last week and make the surge following a 35-34 win against state No. 34 Columbus Catholic on Oct. 1. Senior running back Owen Huehnergarth ran the ball 25 times for 205 yards and four touchdowns. No. 9 Underwood (6-0) is the only new team to the rankings this week.
Woodbury Central (6-0) tallied another win this past week to remain No. 1 in the class. The Wildcats have now scored 41 or more points in four consecutive games. After being new to the rankings last week, West Hancock (6-0) jumped up from No. 5 to No. 3 this week as it beat state No. 87 Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn on Oct. 1 by a score of 20-6. Eagle running back Mathew Francis ended the game with 43 rushes for 239 yards and two touchdowns. The only new team to join the rankings this week is No. 10 Southwest Valley (5-1).
CAM (6-0) got another win last week to stay undefeated and to stay at No. 1 in the class. Senior quarterback Lane Spieker continued his season-long success on the ground with 25 carries for 297 yards and six touchdowns in the win. After debuting at No. 9 last week, Remsen St. Mary’s (6-0) makes the jump to No. 2 this week. The Hawks make the jump following a 53-21 win against state No. 54 Newell-Fonda on Oct. 1. Junior running backs Brenden Fisch and Cael Ortmann ran for 167 and 157 yards, respectively, and combined for five touchdowns in the win. The 8-Player Class has two new teams to its rankings this week: No. 9 Kee (6-0) and No. 10 Montezuma (7-0).