BOONE — The IHSAA Board of Control approved the addition of a 5A classification to the 2021 football season. This will reduce the disparity of enrollment for their largest class in football, while increasing the number of teams able to participate in postseason play.
The addition will move Pella and Oskaloosa’s high school football teams up from 3A to 4A. They will play nine regular season games followed up with a 16 team playoff format. The districts have not been set yet and the teams are anxious to see who they will be matched up against this fall.
The Dutch hope to remain one of the top teams in their class despite the transition to 4A. Head Coach Jay McKinstrey said, “4A will be incredibly deep with quality football teams. It will be very challenging week in and week out.”
Oskaloosa Head Football Coach, Jake Jenkins said, “I think that there will be great competition in our new class, we need to continue doing the things that we can do to prepare for the fall. We've been working hard in the weight room this off season and I'm proud of our young men for their commitment. Our plan stays the same; become the best student-athletes that we can be and always do what's best for the team. Right now that's taking place in the classroom and weight room but will transition to the field in the fall.“
Pella Christian will remain in the 1A classification. The 1A and 2A schedules have been changed from a nine game season to an eight game season with an increase from 16 to 32 teams making the playoffs. Knoxville will also remain in 3A.
The classification change will bring a competitive and exciting aspect to the 2021 high school football season. There have not be any schedules released but a tentative start date is set for Aug. 20, 2021.