The Class 5A football playoff pairings have been announced by the Iowa High School Athletic Association.
No. 3 Ankeny (8-1) has been placed in Pod C and will host a first-round game against No. 13 Sioux City East (7-2) on Friday. The Black Raiders’ only losses were to Ankeny Centennial and Waukee Northwest, two teams that the Hawks defeated this season.
No. 6 Johnston (6-3) will host No. 11 Iowa City High (6-3) in the other opening game in Pod C. The two winners will then play in the quarterfinals on Friday, Nov. 4.
No. 12 Centennial (5-4) has been placed in Pod D and will play at No. 5 Cedar Falls (7-2) on Friday. It will be a rematch of a game from Sept. 16, which the Jaguars won, 28-14.
The Tigers have reeled off five straight wins since that loss. They closed out the regular season with a 24-14 victory at Dubuque Senior.
No. 4 Pleasant Valley (9-0) will host No. 14 Valley (5-4) in the other opening game in Pod D. The two winners will then play in the quarterfinals on Friday, Nov. 4.