CEDAR FALLS - Ar-We-Va (10-1) will play Armstrong-Ringsted (10-1) at the UNI Dome in Cedar Falls at 10 a.m. on Thursday Nov. 8, in an Eight-Player Semifinal football matchup, the first semifinal round visit for either school.
Ar-We-Va is making its fifth state playoff appearance, its second straight in eight-player.The Rockets, ranked fifth and 3-4 all-time in post season action, are riding on the heels of two strong playoff wins. Their quarterfinal victory was a 44-6 rout of previously unbeaten and 2005 champion Glidden-Ralston which had beaten Aurelia 56-6 in first-round action.
Unrated Armstrong-Ringsted is in its second playoff appearance, having lost in the first round a year ago to eventual champion Northeast Hamilton, 35-13. The Mustangs extracted a measure of revenge by halting NE Hamilton's 24-game winning streak in the quarterfinals, 23-20. A-R, District 2 Champions, brings a 2-1 playoff history mark to the semifinals. The Mustangs have compiled an 18-3 record in their two seasons of 8-player competion. Ar-We-Va is 41-16 in their six years of 8-player competition.
At 1 p.m., Stanton (11-0) will play Lenox (10-1) in the other 8-player semifinal game. No. 2 Stanton won District 6 outright on the last day of the regular season, with a 38-29 triumph over Walnut, the closest anyone has come to the potent Stanton team this season. In the quarterfinals, they humbled Walnut 62-9 in the rmatch, following a 66-20 dash past Sidney in the opening round. Stanton is one of two undefeated teams left in 8-player play.East Mills, 9-0, was not eligible for the post season because their enrollment exceeded the 115 cap for the division.
Stanton is making its seventh state playoff trip, and its second semifinal appearance. This is their fourth time in the past six years in the 8-player playoffs. The school has a 4-6 record in all playoff contests. A year ago, they lost in the first round to eventual runner-up Essex, 50-34. In the quarterfinals, the high scoring Lenox Tigers avenged their only season loss (21-20 to Grandview Park Baptist, DM) with a 45-3 conquest over the same team. This is the sixth time in the playoffs, and the third visit to the semifinals (2nd in 8-player). for the Tigers, who are ranked seventh. The 2005 runner-up is placing an 8-5 overall post- season record on the line. They ousted No. 4 Tri-County, Thornburg - who kept Lenox from the semifinals last year - 26-12 in the opening round.
Stanton is presently in its sixth season of 8-player football, with an overall 48-9 record; Lenox is 39-4 in its four seasons of 8-player competition.
Semifinals in Class A and 4A will be played Friday. Friday's Class A games match Wapsie Valley, Fairbank (11-0) and Madrid (11-0) at 10:30 a.m. and West Hancock, Britt (10-1) and Lawton-Bronson (11-0) at 1:30 p.m.
Class 4A matchups on Friday will be Cedar Falls (11-0) vs. Bettendorf (11-0) at 5:30 p.m. and Valley,West Des Moines (11-0) vs. Ankeny (10-1) at 8 p.m.
The 1A semis will be played on Saturday and the 2A and 3A semis on Monday. Finals in all classes will be played on Friday November 16 and Saturday November 17.