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Posted August 21, 2013
Xavier, Regina, BGM open at No. 1

Iowa City Regina has won three straight state championships and 42 consecutive games. The Regals are a unanimous No. 1 in Class 1A in The Gazette's preseason state rankings. (Liz Martin/The Gazette-KCRG)


Three consecutive state championships. A win streak of 42 straight games. And a lot coming back.

Yeah, you could say Iowa City Regina was an easy choice for No. 1. Unanimous, even.

The Regals join Cedar Rapids Xavier and BGM as top-ranked area teams in The Gazette’s inaugural preseason football poll, released today.

It’s a new undertaking for The Gazette staff, but one deemed necessary after the newspaper cut ties with the Associated Press.

Voting in the poll are prep writers Jeff Johnson, K.J. Pilcher, Jeremiah Davis and Jeff Linder.

Cedar Rapids Xavier's Bryce Grimm hauls in a touchdown pass last season. Grimm returns for the Saints, who are ranked No. 1 in Class 4A. (Cliff Jette/The Gazette-KCRG TV9)

The four largest classes are led by parochial schools.

The 4A state runner-up last year (it dropped a 23-17 decision to Ankeny in the title game), Xavier received three No. 1 votes to lead the 4A list.

Xavier was 13-1 last season and returns the majority of a defense that allowed just 8.6 points per game. Matt Nelson, a University of Iowa commitment, is a returning first-team all-state defensive end.

West Des Moines Dowling is No. 2, followed by Iowa City West.

Sioux City Heelan is the top-ranked team in 3A. The Crusaders were 12-2 and state runners-up last year. Grinnell is second, with defending champion Decorah at No. 3.

Carroll Kuemper got the nod in 2A after a 12-1, state-semifinalist season in 2012. Waukon (9-3) returns four all-staters and is rated second; Dyersville Beckman (11-2) is No. 3 behind a prolific passing attack.

Regina has not tasted defeat yet this decade, and is chasing the state’s all-time record of 56 games without a loss. The Regals outscored their opposition by an average of 41-10 last year, and bring back running back Riley Dixon, among many other veterans. Dike-New Hartford (12-1) and Council Bluffs St. Albert (12-2) fell to the Regals in the final two rounds of the playoffs and start this season at Nos. 2 and 3.

The tightest race for No. 1 is in Class A, where BGM edged West Lyon by a 34-33 margin. BGM (10-3) advanced to the state semifinals last year, while West Lyon (9-2) was bumped in the second round. Defending champion Wapsie Valley (14-0) and Lisbon (9-2) share the No. 3 ranking.

Exira/Elk Horn-Kimballton assumes the top spot in Eight Man after posting a 12-1 mark and advancing to the semifinals last year. Last year’s runner-up, Don Bosco (12-1) is No. 2.

The first regular-season poll will be released Monday, Sept. 2.



Preseason 2013

(First-place votes in parentheses)

Class 4AW-LPtsLast
1. Cedar Rapids Xavier (3)13-139
2. West Des Moines Dowling9-332
3. Iowa City West10-124
4. Urbandale7-323
5. West Des Moines Valley9-319
6. Southeast Polk10-317
7. Ankeny (1)14-016
8. Pleasant Valley11-115
9. Cedar Falls11-210
10. Waukee8-38

Others receiving votes: Dubuque Senior 6, Ames 4, Sioux City East 4, Cedar Rapids Prairie 2, Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln 1.


Class 3AW-LPtsLast
1. Sioux City Heelan (3)12-239
2. Grinnell12-128
3. Decorah (1)14-025
4. Spencer7-424
5. Williamsburg11-218
6. Harlan8-216
7. Clear Lake8-314
8. Pella7-410
9. Webster City4-68
10. Washington7-47

Others receiving votes: Boone 6, DeWitt Central 6, Marion 6, Lewis Central 5, Crestwood 4, Carroll 2, Perry 1, West Delaware 1.

Class 2AW-LPtsLast
1. Carroll Kuemper (2)12-137
2. Waukon (1)9-332
3. Dyersville Beckman11-228
4. West Marshall11-125
5. Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley11-120
6. Spirit Lake (1)13-114
7. Union9-212
8. Albia8-211
(tie) Mediapolis13-111
10. Bondurant-Farrar10-28

Others receiving votes: New Hampton 5, Forest City 4, Louisa-Muscatine 4, North Polk 4, Garner-Hayfield/Ventura 3, Mid-Prairie 2.


Class 1AW-LPtsLast
1. Iowa City Regina (4)14-040
2. Dike-New Hartford12-133
3. Council Bluffs St. Albert12-230
4. Emmetsburg11-222
5. South Winneshiek9-220
6. Aplington-Parkersburg9-317
(tie) Mount Ayr11-117
8. Wilton8-310
9. Sigourney-Keota4-69
10. Maquoketa Valley10-27

Others receiving votes: IKM-Manning 5, South O’Brien 4, West Branch 3, Van Meter 2, Western Christian 1.


Class AW-LPtsLast
1. BGM (2)10-334
2. West Lyon (1)9-233
3. Lisbon9-227
(tie) Wapsie Valley (1)14-027
5. Lynnville-Sully9-319
6. Woodward-Granger11-117
7. Hinton10-413
8. Logan-Magnolia11-29
9. Mason City Newman6-47
10. Lawton-Bronson6-36
(tie) North Tama10-26

Others receiving votes: Ackley AGWSR 5, Akron-Westfield 4, Algona Garrigan 4, Gladbrook-Reinbeck 3, Madrid 3, Montezuma 2, Pekin 1.


Eight ManW-LPtsLast
1. Exira/Elk Horn-Kimballton (2)12-135
2. Don Bosco (1)12-131
3. Murray12-129
(tie) Newell-Fonda11-129
5. Glidden-Ralston9-323
6. Adair-Casey10-215
7. Marcus MMC (1)14-014
8. HLV9-19
9. West Bend-Mallard6-58
10. Easton Valley9-27
(tie) Springville8-37

Others receiving votes: Sidney 5, Harris-Lake Park 3, Remsen Union 3, Laurens-Marathon 1, West Harrison 1.

2 Responses to Xavier, Regina, BGM open at No. 1

  1. Each Class the top ranked schools seem similar…..hmmmm seems like it just must be better coaching …no advantage to not being restricted to your schools boundaries.

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