The round of 16 got the playoffs is now in the books and the State Quarterfinals are set for next week after another exciting Friday Night under the lights. On 105.9 “The Beach” South Central Calhoun had a comeback win to knock off previously unbeaten South Hamilton. SCC trailed at the half 8-0 after gaining just 28 total yards in the 1st half. Titans would outscore South Hamilton 20-0 after the break, they got on the board in the 3rd Quarter when QB Cole Corey found Josh Dietrich for a 42 yard TD strike. Titans 2 pt try failed and South Hamilton clinged to an 8-6 lead. Titans would take the lead on a Brennan Holder 47 yard TD scamper and they would get the 2 pt. conversion to go up 14-8. Titans would seal the deal with this play.
Mark Williamson on the call of Holder’s 2nd TD run, he would finish with 104 rushing yards and 2 TD’s. Titans knock off South Hamilton 20-8.
A special presentation of Southeast Valley Football on “Sunny” 99.7 from Gowrie, saw the homestanding Jags take care of business. They downed Denver 34-7. Jags never trailed and they struck first when Kolson Kruse scored in the 1st quarter on an 8 yard TD run. They would add the 2 pt. try and lead 8-0. Denver drove to the Jags red zone on the ensuing possession, but Kolson Kruse would make a game changing interception near the goal line. Both defense would hold until late in the 1st half when the Jags scored on a 25 yard TD pass from Kruse to Sam Hanson, the 2 pt. try would fail. Southeast Valley led 14-0 at the half but had to claw for what they did get offensively. Coach Mike Swieter and his staff made a tremendous halftime adjustment and came out in the I formation using a “smash mouth” downhill run game. Jags caught Denver off guard with that adjustment and scored in just 2 plays on their first possession after the break. RB Lathe Muench would break a 63 yard run to set Southeast Valley up in the red zone and FB Hunter Sorensen would punch it in from 17 yards. Jags got the ball back and put together the longest drive of the night, one that was 13 plays went 84 yards and ate up over 5 minutes of clock. They would cap that drive with this.
Muench delivered the knockout punch with the first of his two rushing TD’s on the night, he would run for nearly 160 yards on the ground. Denver would get on the board late on a Caylor Hoffer 3 yard TD run but that would be it. Muench would add a TD run late to make 34-7. Jags controlled the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball, running for over 300 yards and holding Denver to under 200 yards of total offense.
So now the rematch that everybody in the area has been looking forward to is set and will happen on a big stage. Southeast Valley will host South Central Calhoun next week in State Quarterfinal action and the winner will go to the UNI Dome. SE Valley snapped SC Calhoun’s 30 game regular season win streak earlier this year with a 32-23 win at SCC. It was the 1st ever win for Southeast Valley over South Central Calhoun.
Elsewhere Around The Area
Newell-Fonda fell 28-6 at unbeaten Audubon. Mustangs battled and had it as a one score game at the half. Audubon would shutout them out in 2nd half and score twice to pull away. #3 Audubon will travel to #2 Remsen St. Mary’s for the State Quarterfinals.
OABCIG cruised past Western Christian 41-14. OABCIG QB Cooper Dejean had nearly 450 total yards of offense, throwing for over 300 of those and he also accounted for 3 total TD’s.
Greene County fell at Class 2A’s #1 PCM Monroe 42-0. PCM Monroe would control the game from the start building a 28-0 lead in the 1st half. The loss snapped a 6 game win streak for Coach Caden Duncan and Greene County.
Webster City edged Sergeant Bluff-Luton 28-21. Lynx Coach Bob Howard picked up his 350th win. He did so after taking a monster risk going for it on 4th down deep in his own territory late with the game tied at 21. Webster City would get the first down and go on to finish the drive with a Trey Mathis TD run. That drive would be the difference, Mathis would run for 3 scores and 90 yards.