IHSAA makes dramatic changes to 2020 football season

Seven-week regular season on tap; first two weeks 'optional;' everyone makes playoffs

The Iowa High School Athletic Association announced Friday that it is cutting two football games from the 2020 season and that every team in the state will make the postseason.

To better prepare for the 2020 varsity football season, the IHSAA developed a revised schedule plan which allows for member school adjustments due to COVID-19,” the IHSAA reported on its website. “The revised plan considers flexibility for school return concerns, geography, postseason qualifying, transportation, and possible COVID-19 cases as rationale for changing previously announced varsity football schedules.”

Basically, the plan works like this: Weeks 1 and 2 will be optional game dates. Opponents locations and participation will be determined by schools.

District football in Classes A, 1A, 2A and 3A will begin Week 3, which is Sept. 11 and run for five weeks.

In eight-player, teams will play what was originally there final seven games of a nine-game season, but both Week 1 and Week 2 games will be optional.

The first round of the playoffs will be held Oct. 16, the second round is set for Oct. 23, the third round is Oct. 30, and the quarterfinals will be held on Nov. 7. The semifinals will be played at the UNI-Dome Nov. 13-15, and the championship games are set for Nov. 20-21 in Cedar Falls.

New Hampton Activities Director and football coach Scott Frerichs said Friday that he and former Activities Director Brad Schmitt were already working on finding teams to play during the “optional weeks,” when games can be scheduled Aug. 27 and Sept. 4.

— For more on this story, see the July 28 Tribune

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