DON BOSCO (GILBERTVILLE) 78, MURRAY 76 (OT)
Cedar Falls, Ia. — An offensive explosion ended with a defensive gem in the semifinals of the eight-man football playoffs Thursday in the UNI-Dome.
Don Bosco of Gilberville outlasted Murray in overtime, 78-76, in a wild shootout that broke the record for most combined points in an eight-man semifinal.
Don Bosco senior Tyler Mitchell made the biggest play of the day when he batted away a two-point conversion pass in overtime to preserve the victory.
The third-ranked Dons (12-0) will face sixth-ranked Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn (13-0) in the championship game next Thursday in the UNI-Dome.
Don Bosco quarterback Jake Hogan and Murray quarterback Austin Halls staged a wild-west shootout, steering their teams up and down the field all day.
Hogan ran for four touchdowns, passed for three TDs, ran for four two-point conversions and passed for four two-point conversions to personally account for 58 of his team’s points.
Halls passed for five touchdowns, ran for three TDs, passed for five two-point conversions and ran for two two-point conversions to account for
62 of his team’s markers.
The game was tied, 70-70, after four quarters. Hogan scored on a 4-yard in overtime and added the two-point conversion himself, giving Don Bosco a
Halls hit Scroggie with a 10-yard TD pass to make it 78-76, but Metcalf knocked away the conversion pass by Halls that could have tied the game and forced a second overtime.
The combined total of 154 points shattered the former eight-man semifinal record of 128 points set in 2002 when Farragut defeated Twin Cedars, 72-46.
Cody Scroggie had a big day for second-ranked Murray (12-1) in a losing cause. He caught five touchdown passes of 33, 31, 42, 30 and 10 yards and also snared three two-point conversions for a total of 36 points.
Hogan carried the ball 30 times for 230 yards for Don Bosco and passed for
154 yards, giving him 384 yards of total offense.
Halls passed for 298 yards for Murray and ran for 73 yards, giving him 371 yards of total offense.
The two teams combined for 869 yards of total offense, with Don Bosco finishing with 488 yards and Murray netting 381.
Murray 16 32 8 14 6 — 76
Don Bosco 24 16 14 16 8 — 78
M – Andrew Rider 75 kickoff return (Sam Rockhold pass from Austin Halls)
M – Cody Scroggie 38 pass from Halls (Rockhold pass from Halls)
DB – Tyler Metcalf 33 pass from Jake Hogan (Travis Havel pass from Hogan)
DB – Havel 14 pass from Hogan (Havel pass from Hogan)
DB – Nate Kremer fumble recovery in end zone (pass failed)
DB – Safety M – Scroggie 31 pass from Halls (Halls run)
M – Scroggie 42 pass from Halls (Scroggie pass from Halls)
DB – Tyler Backes 5 run (Hogan run)
M – Scroggie 30 pass from Halls (Halls run)
DB – Backes 16 run (Backes pass from Hogan)
M – Halls 8 run (Scroggie pass from Halls)
DB – Hogan 5 run (pass failed)
M – Seth Nerness 2 run (Scroggie pass from Halls)
DB – Mason Svoboda 17 run (Hogan run)
DB – Dylon Rhoads 15 pass from Hogan (Hogan run)
M – Halls 47 run (Rockhold pass from Halls)
M – Halls 1 run (pass failed)
DB – Hogan 12 run (Rhoads pass from Hogan)
DB – Hogan 4 run (Hogan run)
M – Scroggie 10 pass from Halls (pass failed)
Rushing — Murray: Austin Halls 16-73, Sam Rockhold 1-14, Andrew Rider 3-10, Seth Nerness 7-9, Corey McCracken 1-0, Team 1-minus 23; Don Bosco:
Jake Hogan 30-230, Mason Svoboda 7-46, Tyler Backes 14-44, T.J. Even 2-16, Team 1-minus 2.
Passing — Murray: Austin Halls 12-24-1-298; Don Bosco: Jake Hogan 10-22-1, 154.
Receiving — Murray: Cody Scroggie 8-235, Sam Rockhold 2-16, Corey McCracken 1-44, Seth Nerness 1-3. Don Bosco: Dylon Rhoads 5-35, Tyler Metcalf 2-86, Tyler Backes 2-19, Travis Havel 1-14.
MMC (MARCUS) 61, EXIRA/EHK 22
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