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Friday Night Lights will burn bright this fall

IHSAA announces football changes, CCA and Liberty release schedules
Stadium lights shine through a rain/snow mix on Nov. 7, 2019, at Solon High School as Liberty High and the Spartans tangled in Class 3A postseason football. This year, the Lightning move up to 4A, CCA stays at 3A, and the Spartans drop to 2A in a seven-week regular season followed by a six-week postseason.

BOONE– Barring the reimplementation of COVID-19 related restrictions, there will be high school football in Iowa this fall. The Iowa High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) released a revised schedule for the 2020 season on Friday, July 24, which calls for a first practice date of no earlier than Monday, Aug. 10, and a first competition date of Thursday, Aug. 27. State semifinals are set for Nov. 13-15 with the finals on Nov. 20-21.
What does change is the number of games played this year. A normal season has nine weeks of regular season competition followed by postseason play. This year’s regular season will only be seven weeks in duration, and all teams across all classes will qualify for the first round of the postseason. The postseason itself will be a six-week process.
According to a July 24 press release from the IHSAA, “Brackets will consist of six rounds for each classification.” The IHSAA stated pairings will be determined with geography, quality and team availability as the primary considerations, and added, “This is intended to be a one-time measure for postseason formatting.” Opening the postseason to every team in the state also means the RPI formula, which has been used in the last couple of seasons to determine seeding, will not be utilized. RPI ranks a team based on its record, opponent’s record, and opponent’s opponents’ records.
Class 3A (Clear Creek Amana), 2A (Solon), 1A, and A teams will play scheduled district games in the previously established order. However, district play usually begins on Week 5 of the season, which will be Week 3 this year with Week 1 and Week 2 games considered optional. Class 4A teams (Liberty High) will, the IHSAA said, schedule their own regular season games as the group format and “success model” released in early February will not be implemented.
During the baseball season, numerous teams had to drop out due to positive COVID-19 cases, and the IHSAA has put in place guidelines stating teams will not be penalized with a loss or forfeit due to state, county or local health department determinations. “A missed game due to COVID-19 will be considered a ‘no contest,’ and will not be made up,” the IHSAA said. Teams have the option of working with the organization and possible other opponents if dates open up during the regular season.

Clear Creek Amana 2020 Football Schedule
Friday, Aug. 28 AT Mount Pleasant
Friday, Sept. 4 HOME vs. Muscatine
Friday, Sept. 11 AT Cedar Rapids Xavier Catholic
Friday, Sept. 18 HOME vs. Benton Community
Friday, Sept. 25 AT Newton
Friday, Oct. 2 HOME vs. Oskaloosa
Friday, Oct. 9 HOME vs. Grinnell

Liberty High School 2020 Football Schedule
Friday, Aug. 28 HOME vs. Iowa City West
Thursday, Sept. 3 AT Cedar Rapids Jefferson (Kingston)
Friday, Sept. 11 HOME vs. Linn-Mar
Friday, Sept. 25 HOME vs. Cedar Rapids Washington
Friday, Oct. 2 HOME vs. Cedar Rapids Prairie
Friday, Oct. 9 AT Iowa City High School

All Classes Postseason Schedule
Friday, Oct. 16 First Round (64 teams)
Friday, Oct. 23 Second Round (32 teams)
Friday, Oct. 30 Third Round (16 teams)
Friday, Nov. 6 Quarterfinals (eight teams)
Thursday, Nov. 12-Saturday, Nov. 14 Semifinals
Thursday, Nov. 19-Friday, Nov. 20 Finals