More than a dozen teams from the Cedar Valley and northeast Iowa are ranked in the second high school football poll of the season released Tuesday afternoon by the Associated Press.

Cedar Falls (2-1) moved into the Class 5A Top 10 this week after pulling out a thrilling last-second victory at Cedar Rapids Prairie Friday night. The Tigers rallied for the victory after Prairie took a 21-17 lead with 51 second remaining in the game. On its ensuing possession, Cedar Falls lateraled four times on a 62-yard hook-and-latter play, which set up a 12-yard game-winning touchdown pass for the Tigers with :07 left (see video above).

Waverly-Shell Rock (3-0) moved up four spots in the Class 4A survey. The Go-Hawks are ranked No. 4 following a 31-14 victory at Webster City.

West Delaware and Independence are both ranked among the Class 3A favorites, but they moved in opposite directions since the previous poll was released a week ago. West Delaware (2-1) dropped from third to fifth after a 42-21 loss to Decorah at home. The Mustangs (3-0) jumped three spots to No. 6 following a 45-0 shutout of Decorah.

Three area teams -- all unbeaten after three games -- are ranked in Class 1A. They include Dike-New Hartford (No. 6), Denver (No. 8) and MFL-Mar-Mac (No. 10).

The Class A survey also features three teams from the regional: North Tama (3-0) at No. 5, Grundy Center (2-1) at No. 7 and North Butler (3-0) at No. 9.

Janesville is also off to a strong start. The Wildcats (3-0) held on to the No. 7 ranking in the 8-player poll for a second-straight week.

New Wins Leader Among Iowa Coaches

One other team that joined the rankings this week is Ankeny Centennial. The Jaguars (2-1) jumped into the Class 5A Top 10 after Friday night's 42-7 victory over Waukee at home. The win was a notable one for Centennial Co-Head Coach Jerry Pezzetti, who set the all-time record for most career coaching victories in Iowa.

Pezzetti's 432 wins moved him past the former leader Dick Tighe, who won 431 games during a 63-year career that included stops at Fort Dodge St. Edmond (most recent), Iowa Falls, Webster City, Carroll Kuemper and Hamilton Catholic (Ont.).

This is Pezzetti's ninth season at Centennial and his 61st overall. Pezzetti previously won 319 games at Ankeny, before the district opened a second school. Early in his career, Pezzetti coached at Melcher-Dallas and Murray.


The Top Ten teams in the Associated Press Iowa high school football polls of the 2020 season with first-place votes in parentheses and won-loss record, total points and position last week at right:

RecordPtsPrv
1. Southeast Polk (12)3-01201
2. Cedar Rapids Kennedy3-01072
3. West Des Moines Valley2-1727
4. Iowa City High3-0706
5. Des Moines Roosevelt3-0468
6. Ankeny2-145NR
7. Cedar Falls2-140NR
8. Urbandale2-1374
9. Ankeny Centennial2-128NR
10. Johnston2-1259

Others receiving votes: Marion Linn-Mar 21. West Des Moines Dowling 19. Sioux City East 13. Cedar Rapids Prairie 12. Pleasant Valley 3. Sioux City West 1. Waukee Northwest 1.

RecordPtsPrv
1. Indianola (6)3-01131
2. Eldridge North Scott (5)3-01073
3. Cedar Rapids Xavier (1)3-0942
4. Waverly-Shell Rock3-0757
5. Council Bluffs Lewis Central2-1698
6. Bondurant Farrar3-0549
7. Fort Dodge3-05310
8. Cedar Rapids Washington2-1224
9. Winterset2-1166
10. Norwalk2-1155

Others receiving votes: Oskaloosa 13. Fort Madison 11. Newton 8. Pella 4. Spencer 2. Glenwood 2. Burlington 2.

RecordPtsPrv
1. Harlan (11)3-01181
2. Boyden-Hull-RV (1)3-01002
3. Solon3-0845
4. Humboldt3-0737
5. Manchester West Delaware2-1673
6. Independence3-0599
7. Nevada3-0488
8. Sergeant Bluff-Luton2-1284
9. Algona3-02710
(tie) Davenport Assumption2-1276

Others receiving votes: Adel ADM 14. DeWitt Central 13. Grinnell 1. Van Horne Benton 1.

RecordPtsPrv
1. O-A BCIG (10)3-01181
2. Spirit Lake (2)3-01063
3. Southeast Valley, Gowrie3-0934
4. Estherville-Lincoln Central2-1692
5. Pocahontas Area3-061T7
6. West Union North Fayette3-053T7
7. Waukon2-126NR
8. Central Lyon-GLR2-12310
9. Monticello2-1195
10. State Center West Marshall2-118NR
(tie) Clarion-Goldfield-Downs2-118NR

Others receiving votes: Cherokee 17. Osceola Clarke 13. Greene County 10. Centerville 9. Inwood West Lyon 3. Orange City Unity Christian 3. Forest City 1.

RecordPtsPrv
1. Van Meter (12)3-01201
2. Underwood3-0992
3. Iowa City Regina3-0843
4. Sigourney-Keota3-0765
5. Pella Christian3-0626
6. Dike-New Hartford3-0507
7. Dyersville Beckman3-0488
8. Denver3-0349
9. Hawarden West Sioux2-1284
10. Monona MFL-Mar-Mac3-02410

Others receiving votes: Mediapolis 16. AC-GC 9. Eldon Cardinal 7. West Branch 2. Wilton 1.

RecordPtsPrv
1. Britt West Hancock (10)3-01161
2. Troy Mills North Linn (1)3-0952
3. Moville Woodbury Central3-0893
4. Oakland Riverside (1)3-0784
5. Traer North Tama3-0615
6. Logan-Magnolia2-1438
7. Grundy Center2-13610
8. Ogden3-0347
9. North Butler3-021NR
10. Lisbon2-114NR

Others receiving votes: Hartley HMS 13. Alta 12. St. Ansgar 12. Wapello 8. Earlham 8. Mason City Newman 8. Fairbank Wapsie Valley 5. Lawton-Bronson 4. Paullina South O'Brien 1. Neola Tri-Center 1. Southwest Valley 1.

RecordPtsPrv
1. Anita CAM (5)3-01091
2. Montezuma (4)4-01003
3. Audubon (1)3-0982
4. Easton Valley (1)3-0914
5. Remsen Saint Mary's (1)3-0715
6. Newell-Fonda3-0566
7. Janesville3-0397
8. New London2-034T8
9. Lenox3-017T8
10. Wayland WACO4-011NR

Others receiving votes: Gladbrook-Reinbeck 8. Jackson Junction Turkey Valley 8. Algona Garrigan 7. Lansing Kee 5. Graettinger-Terril-Ruthven-Ayrshire 4. North English English Valleys 1. Baxter 1.

Video Credit: Cedar Falls Channel 15 via YouTube

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