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Highland enters Top 10 rankings

By Doug Brenneman, JOURNAL Sports


 


Highland?s success during the first three weeks of the high school football season has been recognized by voters in the Associated Press high school poll.


The Huskies, who received five votes in last week?s Class A poll, garnered 15 in this week?s vote, good enough to rank them ninth.


When told of the Huskies? recognition, Highland head coach Scott Morel was speechless.


?I think it?s the first time in my life I?m speechless,? he said.


It is not known for sure when the last time Highland achieved such lofty recognition. After consulting numerous people familiar with the Highland district, Morel said wrestling coach Derick Ball believes the last time the Huskies were ranked was in the late 1990s. Highland and Lone Tree shared a program and made it to the state title game in 1997, where it lost to Emmetsburg. Emmetsburg has the second-most state titles (9), second-most playoff victories (72) and second-longest run of consecutively qualifying for the playoffs (24 years from 1983-2006).


Highland has its own streak this year of three consecutive wins to start the season, but it has won its first three games in three completely different ways.


The season opener was a romp at home, 48-16, over Columbus. The next week Highland traveled to Alburnett, which was then ranked sixth, and raced out to an 18-0 lead before winning 18-8.


The most recent win was a come-from-behind thriller at home over Lynville-Sully, which had been ranked as high as third. Facing deficits of 16-0 and 22-8, the Huskies broke a 22-22 tie with 6 seconds left on a 32-yard field goal.


?It?s been fantastic to see the growth in our kids,? said Morel, who finished 2-7 last year in his first year coaching the Huskies. ?(The ranking) is awesome for our kids.?


Tied for 10th is Pekin, Highland?s opponent Sept. 28.


?We have a strong district which is really going to test us,? Morel said.


The following Friday, the Huskies play at BGM of Brooklyn, which received enough votes to be ranked 12th. Both Pekin and BGM are in District 6 with the Huskies.


However, it is only the Top 10 and the Huskies are in it with plans to move up.


?While this is great for the program, we have to stay focused on our approach to each game,? Morel said. ?We can?t get complacent. We really preach that.?


Pekin dropped from eighth after a 28-21 loss to Mediapolis, which moved up from eighth to sixth in 1A.


 


The Top Ten teams in the Associated Press Iowa high school football polls of the 2018 season with first-place votes in parentheses and won-loss record, total points and position last week at right:


 


Class 4A


Team
Record       Points       Previous


1. WDM Valley (8)
3-0
89
1


2. Bettendorf
3-0
77
2


3. Cedar Falls (1)
3-0
68
4


4. WDM Dowling
2-1
68
5


5. Ankeny Centennial  3-0
53
7


6. Iowa City West
2-1
40
8


7. Johnston
2-1
36
3


8. Waukee
2-1
25
NR


9. Indianola
3-0
22
NR


10. (tie) Marshalltown 3-0
6
NR


Cedar Rapids Prairie   2-1
6
NR


Others receiving votes: Cedar Rapids Kennedy 2. Fort Dodge 1. Muscatine 1. Ankeny 1.


 


Class 3A


1. CR Xavier (8)
3-0
89
1


2. CB Lewis Central (1) 3-0
80
2


3. Pella
3-0
62
4


4. Solon
3-0
60
3


5. SC Heelan
3-0
51
5


6. W. Dubuque
3-0
38
10


7. Waverly-Shell Rock  3-0
36
7


8. North Scott
2-1
26
T8


9. Sergeant Bluff-Luton 2-1
24
T8


10. Harlan
2-1
10
NR


Others receiving votes: West Delaware 8. Clear Creek-Amana 8. Independence 3.


 


Class 2A


1. Boyden-Hull-RV (8) 3-0
89
1


2. PCM (1)
3-0
82
2


3. Spirit Lake
3-0
64
4


4. Van Horne
3-0
58
T6


5. Waukon
2-1
40
T6


6. Algona
3-0
35
10


7. Greene County
3-0
27
NR


8. Union
2-1
26
3


9. Clear Lake
2-1
18
8


10. O-A1BCIG
3-0
16
NR


Others receiving votes: West Marshall 12. Mount Vernon 8. Carroll Kuemper 7. Sheldon 4. Sioux Center 4. Crestwood 2. Estherville-Lincoln Central 1. Camanche 1. Chariton 1.


 


Class 1A


1. West Branch (3)  3-0
82
2


2. Dike-New Hartford (1) 3-0  71
3


3. Van Meter (3)
3-0
69
4


4. SoCent Calhoun (1) 3-0
49
7


5. West Sioux (1)
2-1
39
5


6. Mediapolis
3-0
33
8


7. Wilton


3-0
32
9


8. Pella Christian
2-1
31
10


9. Bellevue
3-0
25
NR


10. West Lyon
2-1
23
1


Others receiving votes: Iowa City Regina 11. Sumner-Fredericksburg 10. Interstate 35 9. Woodward-Granger 5. Cascade 4. Western Christian 1. North Linn 1.


 


Class A


1. Hudson (7)
3-0
86
1


2. A-H-S-T-W (2)
3-0
74
3


3. Algona Garrigan
3-0
66
2


4. Belmond-Klemme 3-0
47
4


5. North Tama
3-0
39
NR


6. St. Ansgar
2-1
35
T6


7. Hinton


3-0
32
NR


8. West Hancock
2-1
22
NR


9. Highland
3-0
15
NR


10. (tie) Pekin
2-1
13
8


Wapsie Valley
2-1
13
T6


Others receiving votes: BGM 12. West Monona 9. Edgewood-Colesburg 8. East Buchanan 8. Belle Plaine 7. Grundy Center 3. Akron-Westfield 2. IKM/Manning 2. Sioux Central 1. Council Bluffs St. Albert 1.


 


Class 8-Man


1. Don Bosco (8)
3-0
88
1


2. New London (1)  3-0
70
3


3. Elk Horn-KExira
3-0
64
4


4. Newell-Fonda
3-0
62
2


5. Ar-We-Va
3-0
46
5


6. Iowa Valley
4-0
42
7


7. Turkey Valley
3-0
35
8


8. SE Warren
4-0
22
NR


9. Fremont Mills
2-1
16
9


10. East Mills
3-0
9
NR


Others receiving votes: Midland 8. Northwood-Kensett 8. Central City 7. Lone Tree 6. Glidden-Ralston 6. Stanton 3. HLV 3.