When the 2014 football season kicks off, the Union Knights will have a new district in which to compete. The Iowa High School Athgletic Association announced the new district alignments for all classes of football in the state last week. The new grouping of teams in District 6 includes all new opponents for the Knights when district play opens in 2014. Of the six teams clustered with Union, only Aplington-Parkersburg, which moves up from Class 1A, is a familiar opponent from 2013.
Of the seven teams that will comprise District 6, only one, Union, had a winning record in the regular season. However, two teams, Iowa Falls-Alden and South Tama County, competed in Class 3A a year ago.
Also new for 2014 is a revamped playoff schedule with more emphasis on regional play. Gone is the familiar bracket that begins postseason play with teams from one specific neighboring district, replaced instead by matchups that will be determined at the conclusion of each round.
In the coming weeks, the remaining three games on Union’s 2014 schedule will be announced, as each school in the state must first submit a list of preferred non-district opponents to the Athletic Association before those pairings can be confirmed.
Class 2A District #6, 2013 Record
East Marshall, LeGrand 0-10
Iowa Falls-Alden** 1-8
Roland-Story, Story City 2-7
South Hardin 2-7
South Tama County, Tama** 3-6
Union, LaPorte City 5-5
*Competed in Class 1A in 2013
**Competed in Class 3A in 2013