The Ratings Percentage Index, calculated by the Iowa High School Athletic Association, is starting to take a more clear shape after week seven of the Iowa High School Football Season, with local playoff contenders eying a high finish to ensure a playoff trip.
Pella, after their overtime loss to Oskaloosa, stands at 13th in the 3A rankings. The Little Dutch have been lifted by their 6-1 record, but have the third weakest strength of schedule in the top 20, according to their opponents’ combined winning percentage (42.9%). Oskaloosa will have to lose twice and Pella win twice for a district title — the Little Dutch, if they qualify, will most likely have to get in as an at-large qualifer, which is determined by RPI after all district champions gain automatic entry.
PCM stands strong atop Class 2A as one of two remaining undefeated teams, a feat unlikely to change barring overwhelming upsets in weeks eight and nine, as the Mustangs will almost certainly come in to the playoffs as an automatic qualifier as a likely district champion.
Pella Christian is No. 5 in Class 1A. The Eagles boast the strongest strength of schedule by far, with opponents winning 68.25% of their games this year. They have 4-3 Woodward-Granger and undefeated I-35, who is currently No. 2 ranked, remaining on their schedule, and the Eagles hoping to claim victories to clinch their third straight undefeated district championship. With one win in the final two weeks, Pella Christian would have a strong chance to get in as an at-large bid.