Iowa State Football Playoffs

2023 IHSAA STATE FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS

 

The IHSAA State Football Playoffs are presented by title sponsor, the Iowa Farm Bureau.

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STATE FOOTBALL CENTRAL

The Iowa high school state football semifinals and finals are played at the UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls.

The UNI-Dome has been the host of the finals since 1976 and the semifinals since 1998.

Spectator Information

 

Tickets to the 2023 State Football Semifinals and Finals are being managed by UNI and are available online and at the UNI-Dome. Semifinal tickets are good for their entire day, as the facility will not be cleared between games. 

 

Ticketing Information

  • Tickets are $12.50 each for walk-up or online with promo codes: $10 ticket, $2 to UNI for parking, and $0.50 service fee from UNI.
    • Promo codes have been provided to all participating schools.
  • Online tickets without promo codes will have a $5 fee added to the overall order by UNI’s ticketing provider.
  • Semifinal tickets are scheduled to go on sale at 12 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 5.
  • The University of Northern Iowa and the IHSAA have a no re-entry policy. Spectators needing to leave the facility for any reason will need to purchase a ticket to gain entry back in.
  • Gates open one hour prior to game time.
  • Ticket prices are for adults and K-12. Children preschool age and younger are free.
  • For more questions, contact the UNI Ticket Office: 319-273-4849.

Parking Information

  • There is no additional charge for parking at the UNI-Dome. UNI has added a parking fee on to each ticket price.
  • If parking on campus and not in specified UNI-Dome lots, please monitor and obey University of Northern Iowa signs and policies. Violators may be ticketed or towed.

UNI-Dome Rules & Recommendations

  • Avoid bringing bags into the facility. All bags, purses, etc. are subject to search by security.
  • No outside food or beverage may be brought into the facility.
  • The Home team (higher-seeded) sits on the east side of the UNI-Dome. The Visiting team sits on the west side of the bleachers.
  • No seating in the first row of bleachers. 
  • No artificial noisemakers. 
  • No signs or banners are to be used in the crowd. 
  • Towels or “Homer Hankies” (approximately 11 inches by 16 inches) are permissible, as are pom-poms that are not on a stick. 
  • Shirts and shoes are required. Body paint is not considered a shirt. 
  • Bring necessary clothing and personal items in with you to UNI-Dome before having your ticket scanned as there is a no re-entry policy.
  • Smoking on the campus of the University of Northern Iowa is prohibited. Violators will be issued written citations with no warnings.

Traffic Information

Due to construction on Hudson Road during weekdays, please note the following: 

  • From the East:

    • Take Highway 20 West to Hudson Road and turn right. The UNI-Dome will be on your left after several miles.

    • Please allow for extra time as Hudson Road at Ashworth Road may be down to one lane for a quarter of a mile during weekdays only.

 

  • From the West:
    • Take Highway 20 East to Hudson Road and turn left. The UNI-Dome will be on your left after several miles.
    • As an alternate route during weekdays, consider taking Hwy 20, exit 220 and turing left onto Grundy Road/University Avenue. At the traffic circle, take the 3rd exit onto Greenhill Road. Turn right onto W 27th Street. Turn left onto Panther/Playoff Parkway.

 

  • From the South:
    • Take Interstate 380 or Interstate 35 north to Highway 20. Take Highway 20 towards Cedar Falls to Hudson Road and turn north. Travel approximately 5 miles and the UNI-Dome will be on your left.

 

  • From the North:
    • Take Highway 218 and proceed south to Highway 57. Take Highway 57 W and travel west approximately 3 miles. Turn left on Hudson Road. Travel approximately 3 miles and the UNI-Dome will be on your right.

 

The construction zone on Hudson Road will be removed on weekends and evenings when no work is underway.

CEDAR FALLS TOURISM

 

Thanks to our partners at Cedar Falls Tourism & Visitors Bureau for their support in welcoming the 2023 IHSAA Football Championships at the UNI-Dome.

2023 PLAYOFF SCHEDULE

COMPLETE SCHEDULE
First Round (2A, 1A, A, 8P)

Friday, October 20 at 7:00 p.m.

 

First Round (5A, 4A, 3A) & Second Round (2A, 1A, A, 8P)

Friday, October 27 at 7:00 p.m.

 

Quarterfinal Round (8P)

Thursday, November 2 at 7:00 p.m.

 

Quarterfinal Round (5A, 4A, 3A, 2A, 1A, A)

Friday, November 3 at 7:00 p.m.

 

Semifinal Round (All classes, all games at UNI-Dome)
Date Class Time
Wednesday, November 8 8P 10 a.m., Game 1
  8P 1 p.m., Game 2
Thursday, November 9 A 10 a.m., Game 1
  A 1 p.m., Game 2
  4A 4 p.m., Game 3
  4A 7 p.m., Game 4
Friday, November 10 1A 10 a.m., Game 1
  1A 1 p.m., Game 2
  5A 4 p.m., Game 3
  5A 7 p.m., Game 4
Saturday, November 11 2A 10 a.m., Game 1
  2A 1 p.m., Game 2
  3A 4 p.m., Game 3
  3A 7 p.m., Game 4

 

Final Round (All classes, all games at UNI-Dome)

Thursday, November 16

Eight-Player: 9:30 a.m.

Class A: 1:00 p.m.

Class 1A: 4:00 p.m.

Class 4A: 7:00 p.m.

 

Friday, November 17

Class 2A: 10:00 a.m.

Class 3A: 1:00 p.m.

Class 5A: 7:00 p.m.

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Iowa High School Sports Network

 

The Iowa High School Sports Network (IHSSN) is the current rights holder of select IHSAA championship events and will produce and broadcast all games from the UNI-Dome.

 

Details from below are from IHSSN: 

Television: The Semifinals (November 8-11) will air on the IHSSN Cable Network, including Mediacom (MC22), Aureon affiliates, Premier Communications and The Community Agency (TCA). The Championship games (November 16-17) will air on the IHSSN Broadcast Network, including NPTH (Sioux City), NPTM (Council Bluffs – Omaha), KDSM (Des Moines), KFXA (Cedar Rapids), KXLT (Mason City – Rochester) and WQAD (Moline – Quad Cities). Check local listings for details.

Streaming: In addition, all games can be streamed at IHSSN.com and the Watch IHSSN App by purchasing either a Game Pass or Tournament Pass.

 

Radio Credential Registration

Playoff Information

 

Tickets for the first round ($8), second round ($8), and quarterfinal games ($8) will be sold through the IHSAA Tickets page and utilize digital ticketing via HomeTown Ticketing. Tickets for semifinals and finals will be sold through UNI Athletics.

First round games in 2A, 1A, A, and 8P are set individually. Then, the round of 16 in all classes features four four-team pods, with the winners of those pods advancing to the UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls for the state semifinals and finals.

District standings and qualifiers for 2A, 1A, A, and 8P are released following Week 8 games, with district placement determining first round hosts. Qualifiers will be released on Friday, October 13. Those first round matchups will be released at 10 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 14.

Qualifiers and RPI for 5A, 4A, and 3A will be released on Friday, October 20. Round of 16 matchups for all classes will be released at 10 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 21.

For complete qualifying and assignment instructions, please view the Postseason Manual. 

Fareway Start Fresh

Quarterfinals

 
8-Player: 7 p.m., Thursday, November 2
11-Player: 7 p.m., Friday, November 3

CLASS 5A

 

POD A

Southeast Polk 21, Cedar Falls 20

POD B

Ankeny 14, Dowling Catholic, W.D.M. 7

POD C

Valley, W.D.M. 20, Waukee 7

POD D

Ankeny Centennial 41, Bettendorf 14

CLASS 4A

 

POD A

Western Dubuque 21, North Scott 7

POD B

Lewis Central 32, ADM 21

POD C

Bondurant-Farrar 31, Glenwood 21

POD D

North Polk 17, Xavier, Cedar Rapids 14

CLASS 3A

 

POD A

Creston 50, Webster City 27

POD B

Solon 36, West Delaware 35

POD C

Williamsburg 38, Mount Vernon 35

POD D

Bishop Heelan, Sioux City 27, Sioux Center 26 (3 Overtime)

CLASS 2A

 

POD A

Central Lyon/George-Little Rock 48, Kuemper Catholic, Carroll 27

POD B

Van Meter 31, PCM 21

POD C

Spirit Lake 20, West Lyon 19

POD D

Monticello 34, Mediapolis 28

CLASS 1A

 

POD A

Grundy Center 40, Dike-New Hartford 0

POD B

Underwood 43, OABCIG 8

POD C

Columbus Catholic, Waterloo 35, Sumner-Fredericksburg 14

POD D

MFL MarMac 22, Regina, Iowa City 7

CLASS A

 

POD A

East Buchanan 30, Saint Ansgar 16

POD B

Woodbury Central 35, Logan-Magnolia 0

POD C

West Hancock 44, Wapsie Valley 22

POD D

Madrid 21, ACGC 14

EIGHT-PLAYER

 

POD A

Winfield-Mount Union 34, Don Bosco, Gilbertville 29

POD B

Bedford 36, Lenox 24

POD C

Bishop Garrigan, Algona 26, CAM, Anita 16

POD D

Gladbrook-Reinbeck 32, Clarksville 20

YLI Walk With You

ROUND OF 16

7 p.m., Friday, October 27

CLASS 5A

 

POD A

Southeast Polk 49, Linn-Mar, Marion 9

Cedar Falls 30, Cedar Rapids, Kennedy 26

POD B

Dowling Catholic, W.D.M. 45, Sioux City, East 0

Ankeny 21, Johnston 9

POD C

Valley, W.D.M. 31, Pleasant Valley 21

Waukee 21, Prairie 10

POD D

Ankeny Centennial 35, Waukee Northwest 7

Bettendorf 32, Iowa City, City High 21

CLASS 4A

 

POD A

Western Dubuque 41, Newton 2

North Scott 35, Decorah 7

POD B

Lewis Central 42, LeMars 10

ADM 42, Denison-Schleswig 0

POD C

Glenwood 21, Norwalk 0

Bondurant-Farrar 23, Pella 6

POD D

North Polk 17, Ballard 14

Xavier, Cedar Rapids 17, Indianola 10

CLASS 3A

 

POD A

Creston 35, Harlan 27

Webster City 27, Nevada 7

POD B

Solon 50, Fort Madison 7

West Delaware 58, Assumption, Davenport 45

POD C

Williamsburg 23, Humboldt 0

Mount Vernon 50, Independence 6

POD D

Sioux Center 28, Algona 21

Bishop Heelan, Sioux City 22, Clear Lake 19

CLASS 2A

 

POD A

Central Lyon/George-Little Rock 49, Roland-Story 0

Kuemper Catholic, Carroll 43, Clarinda 8

POD B

Van Meter 56, Union, LaPorte City 0

PCM 36, Mid-Prairie, Wellman 0

POD C

West Lyon 29, Western Christian, Hull 20

Spirit Lake 48, New Hampton 6

POD D

Monticello 45, Jesup 0

Mediapolis 27, Camanche 0

CLASS 1A

 

POD A

Grundy Center 35, Pella Christian 12

Dike-New Hartford 28, Sigourney/Keota 18

POD B

Underwood 42, 0 AHSTW 0

OABCIG 35, Treynor 14

POD C

Sumner-Fredericksburg 9, Emmetsburg 7

Columbus Catholic, Waterloo 35, South Hamilton 24

POD D

MFL MarMac 21, West Branch 0

Regina, Iowa City 33, Wilton 18

CLASS A

 

POD A

Saint Ansgar 33, Lake Mills 0

East Buchanan 38, Lisbon 7

POD B

Woodbury Central 35, MMCRU 28

Logan-Magnolia 22, Akron-Westfield 16

POD C

West Hancock 49, Starmont 10

Wapsie Valley 26, Maquoketa Valley 0

POD D

Madrid 42, Central Decatur 0

ACGC 29, Lynnville-Sully 8

EIGHT-PLAYER

 

POD A

Winfield-Mount Union 34, Moravia 6

Don Bosco, Gilbertville 28, WACO 20

POD B

Bedford 44, Exira-EHK 28

Lenox 33, Audubon 8

POD C

CAM, Anita 36, West Bend-Mallard 34

Bishop Garrigan, Algona 21, St. Mary’s, Remsen 18

POD D

Clarksville 50, Iowa Valley 8

Gladbrook-Reinbeck 36, Central City 12

CatchDSM

FIRST ROUND

 

CLASSES 2A, 1A, A, 8P

 

Kickoffs: 7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 20

CLASS 2A

4th Place at 1st Place

Central Lyon/George-Little Rock 42, Okoboji 7

Kuemper Catholic, Carroll 47, Cherokee 18

Mediapolis 28, Anamosa 21

Monticello 42, North Fayette Valley 13

PCM 42, Interstate 35, Truro 0

Spirit Lake 49, Southeast Valley 0

Van Meter 56, Albia 7

Union, LaPorte City 21, Waukon 7

3rd Place at 2nd Place

Camanche 42, West Burlington/Notre Dame 14

Clarinda 56, Des Moines Christian 28

Western Christian, Hull 26, Estherville Lincoln Central 14

Jesup 20, Crestwood 14

Mid-Prairie 49, Northeast 18

New Hampton 41, West Marshall 21

Roland-Story 42, Clarke, Osceola 7

West Lyon 50, Clarion-Goldfield-Dows 0

CLASS 1A

4th Place at 1st Place

Emmetsburg 20, Ridge View 8

Grundy Center 50, Cascade 14

MFL MarMac 55, Hudson 3

OABCIG 49, Shenandoah 14

Regina, Iowa City 48, Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont 20

Sigourney/Keota 52, West Central Valley 7

South Hamilton 24, Denver 8

Underwood 44, East Sac County 6

3rd Place at 2nd Place

Columbus Catholic, Waterloo 47, Pocahontas Area 6

AHSTW 21, Hinton 0

Dike-New Hartford 51, Manson NW Webster 6

Pella Christian 43, Ogden 0

Sumner-Fredericksburg 31, South Hardin 26

Treynor 31, West Sioux, Hawarden 13

West Branch 35, Pleasantville 20

Wilton 49, Woodward-Granger 21

CLASS A

4th Place at 1st Place

ACGC 34, Mount Ayr 18

Akron-Westfield 35, Tri-Center, Neola 0

Lisbon 14, North Linn 6

Madrid 45, IKM-Manning 7

Saint Ansgar 23, Sibley-Ocheyedan 6

Starmont 17, North Butler 0

Wapsie Valley 43, Danville 6

Woodbury Central 51, North Union 13

3rd Place at 2nd Place

Maquoketa Valley 57, Columbus Community 21

Central Decatur 14, Earlham 13

East Buchanan 46, South Winneshiek 3

Logan-Magnolia 26, South Central Calhoun 20 (OT)

Lynnville-Sully 28, Pekin 6

MMCRU 50, Kingsley-Pierson 14

Lake Mills 21, Nashua-Plainfield 14

West Hancock 38, Gehlen Catholic, LeMars 22

EIGHT-PLAYER

At-Large at 1st Place

Clarksville 68, Turkey Valley 26

Winfield-Mount Union 64, Belle Plaine 8

3rd Place at 1st Place

Audubon 30, Boyer Valley 6

Bishop Garrigan, Algona 63, Janesville 6

Bedford 65, Fremont-Mills 14

Iowa Valley 78, BGM, Brooklyn 77

CAM, Anita 75, Southeast Warren 12

Central City 52, Kee, Lansing 28

Don Bosco, Gilbertville 62, Edgewood-Colesburg 22

St. Mary’s, Remsen 52, Harris-Lake Park 23

3rd Place at 2nd Place (host by point +/-)

Gladbrook-Reinbeck 64, Montezuma 18

WACO 55, Baxter 20

2nd Place at 2nd Place (host by point +/-)

Exira-EHK 30, Glidden-Ralston 16

Lenox 60, Woodbine 28

Moravia 45, Lone Tree 33

West Bend-Mallard 64, Riceville 26

2023 PLAYOFF QUALIFYING

 

 

CLASSES 5A, 4A, 3A

 

PLAYOFF QUALIFIERS: RATINGS PERCENTAGE INDEX & STANDINGS

 

Notes: * indicates flip due to head-to-head; # indicates automatic qualifier due to district finish

 

CLASSES 2A, 1A, A, 8P

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 2023 STATE CHAMPIONS

5A
Southeast Polk

 

4A
Lewis Central

3A
Williamsburg
Waukon

2A
Van Meter
Waukon

1A
Grundy Center

A
West Hancock

Eight-Player
Bishop Garrigan, Algona

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