IHSAA releases 2020 football schedules

The Iowa High School Athletic Association released West High’s 2020 football schedule on Mar. 26 including some tough playoff team matchups and the Trojans’ first ever game against Liberty.

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Owen Aanestad

Quarterback Marcus Morgan ’21 throws the ball downfield while facing pressure during a game against North Scott on Aug. 30.

Owen Aanestad, Assistant Sports Editor

In a time where athletics have stopped around the world, the Iowa High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) released the 2020 regular season football schedules this morning for teams around the state.

In February the IHSAA implemented the new group design to high school football schedules instead of districts like previous years. All forty class 4A teams were split into seven groups. West High is in group four along with Southeast Polk, Cedar Rapids Washington, City High, Des Moines Lincoln, and  Des Moines North.

Unlike districts in previous years, the Trojans will not face all of these teams in 2020 but instead will play three teams from their group and assigned two games by the state.

2020 West High Football Schedule 

Aug. 28 — at IC Liberty

Sept. 4 — vs. Hempstead

Sept. 11 — vs. Southeast Polk – Group Game

Sept. 18 — at Urbandale – Assigned Game

Sept. 25 — at Cedar Falls

Oct. 2 — vs. Iowa City, City HighGroup Game

Oct. 8 — at Cedar Rapids, Washington – Group Game

Oct. 16 — vs. Muscatine

Oct. 23 — vs. Bettendorf – Assigned Game

Head coach Garrett Hartwig’s teams are not known to rebuild but to reload. The 2019 season brought a lot of juniors playing time throughout the season as they hope to bring an experienced group of seniors back in 2020 along with some rising juniors.

Nothing comes easy in class 4A football as the Trojans will face new cross-town rival Liberty (3A Playoff Qualifier) for the first time in school history, Southeast Polk (4A Playoff Qualifier), Urbandale (4A Playoff Qualifier), Cedar Falls (4A Playoff Qualifier), and what is now an eastern Iowa classic Bettendorf (4A State Semifinalist).