Today the IHSAA announced their new football districts as the state will remain with sixteen teams per class. The new football districts will begin starting this fall (2018) football season. IHSAA executive director Alan Beste said “Player safety is the number one priority and we are also committed to playing early round postseason games on Friday nights. Keeping 16 qualifiers allows for maximum recovery time between games and maintains high school’s Friday night tradition.”
Class 3A will consist of 54 teams, 9 districts, 6 teams per district; 4 non-district games per team. As far as qualifying for the postseason only the district champion or teams tying for a district championship will receive an automatic bid. ALL nine games WILL count toward the postseason qualification (this is a first). I will be interested to see how teams schedule their non-district games now due to all games counting.
A new Ratings Percentage Index formula (RPI as basketball fans know) will determine the remaining at-large bids. The following will be the criteria for the “RPI”. 1. A Team’s overall win-loss percentage (accounting for the 37.5% of the index). 2. A Team’s opponent’s win-loss percentage (37.5%). 3. A Team’s opponent’s opponent’s win-loss percentage (25%).
Glenwood will be in Class 3A District 9. The following teams will join Glenwood; ADM, Creston, Harlan, Lewis Central and Winterset.
2017 Football records for 2018 Class 3A District 9
Lewis Central (was 4A) 8-1 overall, 4-1 district
Glenwood 8-2 overall, 6-1 district
Harlan 10-2 overall, 7-0 district
Winterset 6-3 overall, 5-2 district
Creston 2-7 overall, 1-6 district
ADM 0-9 overall, 0-7 district
In the last two football season, a combined 66-49 record for the new Class 3A District 9. 34-24 for their combined record a season ago. A 2017 state finalist in Harlan, a 2017 Class 4A state quarterfinalist in Lewis Central, a 2016 Class 3A State semi-finalist in Glenwood and two other 2016 playoff appearances with Creston and Lewis Central.
This will be a tough district to say the least for all teams. Do I like it? Why not! For one, it will be nice to have a rival like Lewis Central back on the football schedule. Glenwood fans will also get a chance next year to watch one of the top quarterbacks in the country with Lewis Central’s Senior Max Duggan. Duggan is L.C.’s Senior Quarterback who has totaled 3,760 passing yards, 1,464 rushing yards and 62 total touchdowns in the last three seasons. Duggan has also gained interest from a lot of Power 5 Conferences. As of today he has offers from Georgia, Iowa, Iowa State, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Carolina, Ole Miss, Indiana, Kansas State, Mississippi State, Northwestern, Ohio State, Penn State, UCF, Vanderbilt, Virginia Tech, Wisconsin to go along with some more. Duggan is coming off an injury after breaking his leg in a playoff game a season ago. Lewis Central and Duggan will be must watch football next season and who I think will be the district favorite heading into the 2018 season. Harlan will be tough despite losing Senior quarterback Deren Schmitz and leading rusher/receiver in Nick Foss. The Rams will need to rebuild one of their all-time offensive lines but Coach Faust is building a program here in Glenwood!
Do I wish IHSAA would have expanded the playoffs? Yes, but I obviously didn’t have a vote. For now the district will be new, exciting and should provide Glenwood’s staff, players and fans with some great fall football.
Here’s to 2018 Fall Football!