Four defending champions lead the way in the pre-season Radio Iowa highschool football poll. Defending champion Iowa City West enters the seasontop ranked in class 4A and again the toughest competition may come froma cross-town rival as Iowa City High is ranked second. West Des MoinesDowling, West Des Moines Valley and Newton complete the top five. With fourtitles this decade Harlan enters top ranked in class 3A. Mount Pleasant issecond, Boone third, West Delaware fourth and Clear Lake is fifth. Class 2Ais on the only class where the defending champ is not top ranked. SigourneyKeota is top ranked after trip to the semifinals last year. Defending champWest Lyon is second, followed by Iowa Falls, Emmettsburg and Dike-NewHartford. Last year’s champ Pekin is top rated in 1A, West Branch is secondthen its West Marshall, Riceville and Bedford. Defending champ West BendMallard opens top ranked in class A. Madrid is second, Lynnville-Sullythird, Lenox fourth and Manning is fifth.
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