State football playoffs: Don Bosco, Exira-EHK advance to 8-player final

State football playoffs: Don Bosco, Exira-EHK advance to 8-player final

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State football playoffs: Don Bosco, Exira-EHK advance to 8-player final

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DON BOSCO (GILBERTVILLE) 78, ADAIR-CASEY 21

Cedar Falls, Ia. — Adair-Casey entered Thursday morning’s eight-player semifinal hoping Don Bosco of Gilbertville would have trouble slowing down record-breaking rusher Clayton Plowman.
Once Jake Hogan took a few snaps for Don Bosco, Plowman and the Bombers (12-1) couldn’t keep up.
Hogan rushed for six touchdowns and threw two more in a 78-21 rout to earn the Dons (13-0) a second straight appearance in the title game.
“We dominated in the trenches, and coming into the game we really didn’t know how that was going to go,” Don Bosco coach Colby Yoder said. “Jake’s a hard guy to prepare for, and I thought we executed really well.”
The senior quarterback rushed for 132 yards in the first quarter and broke the game open as the Dons scored touchdowns on seven straight drives before halftime. Hogan finished with 483 yards of total offense.
“He’s the best athlete I’ve played against in my four years of high school,” Plowman said. “He knew how to break tackles and juke, but he wasn’t afraid to run you over. They’re a great team.”
Plowman made his UNI-Dome debut as Iowa’s all-time leader in career rushing yards and second-best nationally in eight-player. Like the rest of Adair-Casey’s offense, he was stifled for the majority of the game. The senior broke away for a 62-yard touchdown run before halftime, but finished with 111 yards on 22 carries.
“Their front four were crazy good and beating us off the ball and creating havoc in the backfield,” Plowman said. “It was just a struggle all game long.”
The semifinal appearance was Adair-Casey’s first since 2009, and the Bombers last made the title game in 2004.
Don Bosco will play the winner of Thursday afternoon’s game between Newell-Fonda and Exira-EHK in the eight-player championship game.
The semifinal appearance was Adair-Casey’s first since 2009, and the Bombers last made the title game in 2004.
Don Bosco will play Exira-EHK in the eight-player championship game at 10:05 a.m. on Nov. 21.
Adair-Casey… 7 6 8 0–21
Don Bosco…16 38 24 0–78

AC–Jensen 1 run (Wheatley kick)
DB–Hogan 65 run (Hogan run)
DB–Hogan 45 run (Hogan run)
DB–Hickson 70 pass from Hogan (Hogan run)
DB–Hogan 2 run (Hogan run)
DB–Hogan 22 run (run failed)
AC–Plowman 62 run (run failed)
DB–Havel 63 pass from Hogan (Havel pass from Hogan)
DB–Hogan 11 run (Havel pass from Hogan)
DB–Hogan 60 run (Hogan run)
DB–Svoboda 50 run (Havel pass from Hogan)
AC–Jensen 37 run (Terry run)
DB–Svoboda 65 run (Corkery run)
Individual Leaders
Rushing–Adair-Casey: Plowman 22-111, Jensen 10-58, Terry 4-16; Don Bosco: Hogan 18-262, Svoboda 7-120, Thome 5-18.
Passing– Adair-Casey: Jensen 4-11-1-51; Don Bosco: Hogan 5-8-0-221.
Receiving– Adair-Casey: Terry 3-35, Patterson 1-16; Don Bosco: Hickson 2-103, Havel 1-63, Corkery 1-41.

EXIRA-EHK 56, NEWELL-FONDA 7

Cedar Falls, Ia. — Once Exira-EHK got back on the UNI-Dome turf, it wasn’t about to lose its grip on another title shot. Or any Newell-Fonda players.
The Spartans (12-0) swarmed Newell-Fonda in an eight-player semifinal victory, and earned their first championship game berth as a consolidated program.
“After our (semifinal) loss last year, we hit it even harder in the weight room, and our goal is to get the trophy this time around,” Exira-EHK quarterback Drew Peppers said.
Peppers rushed for five touchdowns and 180 yards, but the aggressive defense made Thursday afternoon’s game one-sided early.
The Mustangs (12-1) averaged 54 points per game this season and were shut out at halftime. Sure tackling and constant pressure ensured there was no comeback.
“We say Spartan football is hitting hard and playing every one like it’s your last time out there,” Peppers said. “We were in this situation last year, and that made it a lot easier to be calm and play hard.”
Elk Horn-Kimballton played in the 2000 eight-player title game. Newell-Fonda was making its semifinal debut on Thursday.
Exira-EHK…16 20 13 7–56
Newell-Fonda… 0 0 7 0–7

E–D. Peppers 7 run (Kliefoth kick)
E–FG Kliefoth 22
E–Johnson 14 interception return (kick blocked)
E–D. Peppers 16 run (kick blocked)
E–D. Peppers 60 run (Kliefoth kick)
E–D. Peppers 10 run (Kliefoth kick)
E–N. Peppers 8 pass from D. Peppers (Kliefoth kick)
NF–Bohe 61 run (Torres kick)
E–D. Peppers 1 run (run failed)
E–J. Hansen 28 run (Kliefoth kick)
Individual Leaders
Rushing–Exira-EHK: D. Peppers 20-180, Sander 19-84, J. Hansen 3-29; Newell-Fonda: Bohe 15-97, Podraza 10-22.
Passing– Exira-EHK: D. Peppers 7-9-0-93; Newell-Fonda: Podraza 3-11-1-42.
Receiving– Exira-EHK: Simpson 2-63, N. Peppers 5-30; Newell-Fonda: Nielsen 2-32, Di. Anderson 1-10.

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