BOONE — The Iowa High School Athletic Association recently released the 2014 and 2015 high school football schedules. The districts have been realigned for the upcoming year and Perry, Woodward-Granger, and Woodward Academy will each face six new opponents that were not on the 2013 schedule.
It may be a difficult road to the playoffs for each area football squad as Perry High School opponents owned a 58-35 combined record last season. Woodward Academy has the most difficult area schedule on paper as Knight opponents finished with a 60-36 combined record last fall. Woodward-Granger will have a solid schedule as well, as teams combined for a 50-40 record last season.
Good news for Perry is that perennial powerhouse Harlan (10-2) is not on the schedule, however, North Polk (9-2), Webster City (8-2), Carroll (8-3), and Gilbert (8-4) have been added to the 2014 schedule. In fact, eight of the nine teams PHS will face advanced to the playoffs last season and five of the six new teams on the schedule owned winning records in 2013.
The Bluejays will not face Harlan, Glenwood (5-4), Creston (6-4), Council Bluffs-Lewis Central (4-6), Atlantic (1-8), or Saydel (1-8) in 2014. Besides North Polk, Webster City, Carroll, and Gilbert, new teams added to the schedule include Humboldt (6-4) and Algona (2-7). The three remaining teams that carry over from the 2013 schedule are Adel-Desoto-Minburn (4-6), Boone (8-2), and Greene County (5-5).
Perry finished with four wins and five losses in 2013 and is scheduled to open the 2014 campaign in Adel on Friday, Aug. 29 against ADM.
Woodward Academy had a difficult season a year ago, finishing with one win and eight losses. The lone victory came in the final game of the season on the road against Martensdale-St. Marys, 20-14.
Martensdale-St. Marys (2-7), Audubon (9-3), Woodward-Granger (6-4), Southeast Webster (2-7), Bedford (1-8), and Guthrie Center (4-6) will not be on the 2014 schedule for the Knights. Those six opponents will be replaced with Southeast Warren (0-9), South Central Calhoun (5-5), Fort Dodge-St. Edmond (13-1), Manson Northwest Webster (8-3), Ogden (10-2), and Panora Panorama (7-3). Woodward Academy drew a brutal schedule, including six teams that owned winning records in 2013. Opponents amassed 60 wins and only 36 losses in 2013, led by state playoff finalist Fort Dodge-St. Edmond. St. Edmonds’ only loss of the season came to undefeated Iowa City Regina in the class 1A state championship game. Other tough teams on the schedule are Mason Northwest Webster, which lost in the second round of the playoffs, and Ogden, a playoff quarterfinalist in 2013.
The Knights are scheduled to open the football season at home against Earlham (3-6) on Friday, Aug. 29.
The Woodward-Granger High School football team had a nice run in 2013 after advancing to the playoffs and finishing with a winning record of six wins and four losses.
The good news for the Hawks is that Ogden (10-2) and Audubon (9-3) are not on the 2014 schedule, unfortunately, they are replaced by state playoff semifinalist Van Meter (12-1). Van Meter’s only loss came to Fort Dodge-St. Edmond, 35-14, in the UNI Dome. The Bulldogs owned a fierce defense a year ago with five of Van Meter’s 12 wins coming via shutout.
Guthrie Center (4-6), Earlham (3-6), Woodward Academy (1-8), and Bedford (1-8) will also not return from last season’s schedule. Teams new to the schedule for W-G are Truro-Interstate 35 (1-8), Panora Panorama (7-3), Southwest Valley (7-3), Jewell-South Hamilton (6-4), and Leon-Central Decatur (5-4). Panora Panorama, Southwest Valley and Jewell-South Hamilton each advanced to the playoffs last season.
Woodward-Granger will open the 2014 on the road against Martensdale-St. Marys on Friday, Aug. 29 and will play its first home game of the season in week two against Madrid (8-3). Madrid advanced to the second round of the class A playoffs last fall.
Perry 2014 schedule
08/29 @ADM, Adel
09/05 North Polk, Alleman
10/10 Greene County
10/17 @Webster City
OUT: Harlan (10-2), Glenwood (5-4), Creston (6-4), Lewis Central (4-6), Atlantic (1-8), Saydel (1-8).
IN: North Polk (9-2), Gilbert (8-4), Carroll (8-3), Algona (2-7), Webster City (8-2), Humboldt (6-4).
Woodward Academy 2014 schedule
09/05 @Southeast Warren, Liberty Center
09/12 @South Central Calhoun
09/19 St. Edmond, Fort Dodge 09/26 Manson Northwest Webster
10/03 @Ogden 10/10 @South Hamilton, Jewell 10/17 Madrid
10/24 @Panorama, Panora
OUT: Southeast Webster (2-7), Bedford (1-8), Guthrie Center (4-6), Audubon (9-3), Woodward-Granger (6-4), Martensdale-St Marys (2-7).
IN: Southeast Warren (0-9), South Central Calhoun (5-5), Fort Dodge-St. Edmond (13-1), Manson Northwest Webster (8-3), Ogden (10-2), and Panora Panorama (7-3).
Woodward-Granger 2014 schedule
08/29 @Martensdale-St. Marys
09/05 Madrid 09/12 Interstate 35, Truro 09/19 @Panorama, Panora
09/26 @Southwest Valley
10/03 South Hamilton, Jewell 10/10 Central Decatur, Leon
10/17 @Van Meter
10/24 Des Moines Christian
OUT: Ogden (10-2), Guthrie Center (4-6), Audubon (9-3), Earlham (3-6), Woodward Academy (1-8), Bedford (1-8). IN: Truro-Interstate 35 (1-8), Panora Panorama (7-3) playoffs, Southwest Valley (7-3), Jewell-South Hamilton (6-4), Leon-Central Decatur (5-4), Van Meter (12-1).