Bishop Heelen Catholic, Don Bosco, West Lyon crowned state champions
CEDAR FALLS (AP) — Philip Jacobson caught four of Trent Solsma’s six touchdown passes and Sioux City Bishop Heelan overwhelmed Washington 47-14 Thursday night to win the Class 3A state championship.
Jacobson also ran for a touchdown and intercepted two passes, part of a record-setting performance that gave the top-ranked Crusaders their fourth state title.
Solsma hit on 23 of 30 passes for 453 yards with no interceptions, setting a 3A championship game record for completions and all-class marks for yards and touchdowns.
Solsma threw for 301 yards in helping Heelan build a 26-7 halftime lead, forcing No. 6 Washington’s ground-oriented offense out of its comfort zone and ending an 11-game winning streak for the Demons (13-1).
Solsma compiled his big numbers in basically 2 1/2 quarters. He threw only one pass after Jacobson’s second interception with 3:08 in the third quarter.
Jacobson’s four touchdown catches set a 3A record and tied the all-class mark. He caught scoring passes of 6, 29, 22 and 44 yards and finished with seven receptions for 128 yards.
Connor Niles, Heelan’s leading receiver for the season, ran past his defender to haul in an 80-yard pass from Solsma for the Crusaders’ first touchdown. Niles amassed 193 yards on nine catches, setting a 3A record for yardage and tying the mark for receptions.
Solsma also threw a 56-yard scoring pass to Brett Buchmann to cap a 21-point spree in the first 7:30 of the second half, making it 47-7 and triggering a continuous clock until Washington’s Daryn Seibelius ran 15 yards for a touchdown late in the game.
It started with Solsma’s 22-yard hookup with Jacobson on a seam route. The kickoff then glanced off a Washington player, Heelan recovered and Solsma hit Jacobson for a 44-yard touchdown on the next snap.
Jacobson’s first interception gave Heelan the ball near midfield and two plays later, Solsma found Buchmann behind the defense for his sixth touchdown pass.
Washington led 7-6 after Carl Sivels’ 36-yard touchdown run and Mason Quigley’s extra point kick. But it took Heelan a little more than a minute to regain the lead on Jacobson’s first touchdown and the rout was on.
West Lyon 49, B-G-M 7
Brandon Snyder scored two touchdowns and passed for another and No. 1 Inwood West Lyon routed No. 2 Brooklyn BGM 49-7 Thursday to win the Class A state championship.
West Lyon (14-0) dominated on the ground, outrushing BGM 329-48.
Snyder ran for 181 yards on just seven carries and completed 4 of 5 passes for another 110 yards.
BGM (13-1), which had been averaging a class-best 53.9 points, was held without an offensive touchdown.
The Bears played most of the game without star running back Jack Kline, who came in with 1,811 yards rushing and 49 touchdownss. After returning an interception 52 yards for the game’s first touchdown, Kline sprained an ankle making a tackle and did not return.
With the BGM offense scuffling, West Lyon built a 42-7 halftime lead, setting the continuous clock in motion for the second half and coasting to its fourth state title.
Snyder rushed for 172 yards in the first half alone, scoring on option keepers of 34 and 60 yards and setting up another touchdown with a 69-yard dash to the BGM 3. Bennett Feuchtenberger plowed into the end zone behind that big line on the next play.
Snyder also threw a 33-yard touchdown pass to Kyle Groeneweg, who was left uncovered, and his 49-yard completion to Cody Bauman led to the final touchdown, a 1-yard run by Kaleb Heyer.
For good measure, the West Lyon quarterback set a Class A championship game record by kicking seven extra points.
Groeneweg finished with two catches for 41 yards and also scored on a 3-yard run.
Snyder’s first touchdown tied the score at the 5:48 mark in the first quarter. A minute later, the Wildcats led.
With BGM in punt formation, the center snap sailed over punter Tony Viereck’s head and Reagen Meyer outhustled Viereck for the ball in the end zone for a West Lyon touchdown.
West Lyon joined Fairbank Wapsie Valley and Emmetsburg as the only schools to win football championships in three different classes. The Wildcats won the Class 2A title in 1998 and 1999 and claimed the 1A championship in 2010.
Kline’s pick-six gave him 13 touchdowns on returns this season. He set a national record with nine punt returns for touchdowns, scored twice on kickoff returns and returned a fumble for a touchdown.
Don Bosco wins Class 8 title
Do-it-all quarterback Jake Hogan scored on a 1-yard run with 1:13 left Thursday to give Gilbertville Don Bosco an 18-14 victory over Exira-EHK and the eight-player state championship.
Hogan drove the Dons (14-0) 79 yards in 12 plays for the winning score after their potent offense had been stymied for much of the game. Then he intercepted a pass with 9 seconds left to preserve the first state football title for a school long known for its wrestling program.
Exira-EHK (12-1) took a 14-0 halftime lead on long scoring runs by Trey Sander and Drew Peppers. The Spartans shut down Hogan in the first two quarters while holding the Dons to 80 yards and two first downs.
But Hogan got his team rolling in the second half and finished with 111 yards on 32 carries while adding 172 yards on 8 of 21 passing.
Don Bosco began its decisive drive after being pinned at its own 1-yard line by Peppers’ punt. Hogan quickly completed two passes to Travis Havel for 38 yards and the Dons did the rest on the ground, with Hogan carrying on nine of the final 10 plays.
The Dons needed a break to get their first touchdown. Mitchell Corkery fumbled after catching a pass and the ball rolled 15 yards to the end zone, where Marshall Svoboda recovered for the score.
Hogan’s 4-yard run around right end drew the Dons to 14-12, but he overthrew Havel on a 2-point conversion try. The Dons, the state runners-up last year, did not kick a field goal in their first 13 games, so they were going to need a touchdown to win it and Hogan delivered.
Both defenses dominated early in a game that matched teams who combined to average 110 points a game and shared the final No. 1 ranking.
Exira-EHK had minus 10 yards rushing on its first three possessions before Sander burst up the middle and went 35 yards for a touchdown. Peppers then sprinted 40 yards for a score in the second quarter.
Peppers carried 27 times for 100 yards and completed 9 of 23 passes for 106 yards