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Back on the field

By Staff | Aug 12, 2008

Thirty-four juniors and seniors took part in the first practice of the season for the Estherville Lincoln Central football team on Friday. The Midgets open the season Friday, Aug. 29 at home against Sheldon. Above, junior Jake Lange runs the ball as ELC players review their offensive and defensive assignments. Full contact practice with pads doesn’t start until Thursday. EDN photo by David Swartz

Another football season began Monday for all Iowa schools.

The 2008 season features several changes, the first of which is an earlier start to the season.

For most schools, the first game of the season will be Friday, Aug. 29.

For three area teams, the 2008 season finds them in a new class.

Estherville Lincoln Central returns to Class 3A after two playoff seasons and winning back-to-back district champions.

Defensive tackle Aaron Reetz battles a pair of offensive linemen during Monday’s practice. EDN photo by David Swartz

The Midgets are one of five teams throughout the state that jump to Class 3A.

Meanwhile, Spirit Lake Park is one of five teams which drop to Class 2A. Humboldt, ELC’s non-district opponennt the past two seasons, also drop from 3A to 2A.

Meanwhile, Graettinger/Terril will see if they can find more success in the 8-player game.

According to Iowa High School Athletic Association information director Bud Legg, the Knights are one of a handful of teams helping the 8-player field increase from 53 to 60 schools.

Armstrong-Ringsted, which made the move to 8-player football two years ago, will attempt to return to the UNI-Dome after the Mustangs reached the finals in 2007.

Here is some other news from the IAHSAA about changes in Iowa football.

Separated or joined

East Central/Preston: dissolved their sharing program and each school will be in 8-Player, District 4.

Danville/New London: dissolved their sharing program and each school will be in Class A, District 5.

SCMT, Sheffield (Class A last year) and Rockwell-Swaledale (8-player the previous two years) have merged to form West Fork, Sheffield (1A, District 2).

Galva-Holstein and Schaller-Crestland have a sharing program – Buffalo Ridge which will compete in Class 2A, District 2. Galva-Holstein is the “host” school.

Battle Creek-Ida Grove and Odebolt-Arthur have merged and will be in Class 2A, District 8. Battle Creek-Ida Grove is the host school.

IKM, Manilla and Manning have formed IKM/Manning and will be in Class 2A, District 8.

Pomeroy-Palmer (former 8-player) has joined Pocahontas Area to be called Pocahontas Area/Pomeroy-Palmer and will be in Class 2A, District 2.

Now Appearing

Clarinda Academy returns to district football and will be in Class 1A, District 8.

Ankeny Christian Academy appears for the first time and will be in 8-Player, District 6.


Because of the school closing Russell (8-player) is not playing. Their students are being sent to other area schools.

Sentral, Fenton (8-Player champions in 2002, 2003) is now part of North Sentral Kossuth (8-player, District 2).

Back to 11

Returning to 11-man football will be former 8-player schools: Martensdale-St. Marys (now Class A, Dist. 7), and Fremont Mills, Tabor (now Class A, District 8).