IHSAA releases new football districts for 2016-2017

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Perry quarterback Ryan Rathje (4) awaits the snap from center Gil Garcia (79). Tailback Eli Saemisch (27), left guard Tyler Soll (67), right guard (75), right J.R. McCord (66) are also lined up for the play, which resulted in Rathje hitting Solomon Pierce (not shown) with a touchdown pass against Webster CIty Oct. 16.

The Iowa High School Athletic Association announced Wednesday the new football districts that will be in place for the next two seasons on the gridiron.

Perry will remain in Class 3A District 2, but will face several different teams. Ballard, Boone, DC-G, Gilbert, Greene County, Iowa Falls-Alden (up from 2A District 6) and Webster City comprise the new-look D2. Ballard, DC-G and Gilbert replace Algona, Carroll and Humboldt, with IF-A being an addition as the district grew from seven teams to eight. Perry will play two non-district contests.

Woodward-Granger remains one of the smaller Class 1A schools at only four students above the cut-off. They will be joined in District 5 by Central Decatur, Des Moines Christian, Interstate-35, Mount Ayr, Pella Christian, Pleasantville and Woodward Academy. W-G loses Panorama, Southwest Valley and Van Meter off their schedule; they will play two non-district games.

A fuller look at the new realignments, new playoff requirements and what Bluejay coach Jason Olejniczak and Hawk coach George Ashman think about the changes will appear Thursday in ThePerryNews.com.

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