Iowa high school football playoffs: Results from the 8-player, Class 3A state semifinals

Iowa high school football playoffs: Results from the 8-player, Class 3A state semifinals
Iowa high school football playoffs: Thursdays final scores and coverage
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CEDAR FALLS, Ia. — The high school football state semifinals began Thursday at the UNI-Dome with the 8-Player and Class 3A teams in action throughout the day.

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Western Dubuque continued a dream season on Thursday night with a 35-18 win over top-seeded Sergeant Bluff-Luton in the first Class 3A state semifinal inside the UNI Dome.

The Bobcats will play in next weeks state title matchup, their first championship appearance since 2001, when they beat Harlan for the 3A crown.

The Bobcats (10-2) led 14-6 at halftime thanks to a pair of touchdowns from Calvin Harris. The junior quarterback took a read option in for the first score and connected with Drake George for the second.

Winner, winner! Rockford defeats Southeast Warren 52-19 – advancing to state title game! pic.twitter.com/R85WsetCJn

Sergeant Bluff-Luton (10-2) closed within 14-12 after a 2-yard touchdown run from Britton Delperdang. But thats as close as the Warriors would get. Will Burds took the ensuing kickoff back 80 yards to extend the Bobcat lead to 21-12.

Harris connected with George for another score in the fourth quarter to push the lead to 28-12. Sergeant Bluff-Luton responded with a 24-yard Sam DeMoss reception from quarterback Daniel Wright. The following 2-point try failed, and on the following kickoff, Burds again took the onside attempt to the end zone.

The first game of the day began with Rockford rolling over Southeast Warren, 52-19. The Warriors (11-1) will play in next weeks state title game. Southeast Warrens season ended at 12-1 overall.

Rockford struck early and often in this contest, racing to a 38-7 halftime lead behind touchdowns from Kaden Lyman (who scored twice), Zach Ott, Jacob Staudt and Dillon Schriever. A third-quarter score from Staudt put the Warriors up 44-7, which started the running clock.

New London survived a back-and-forth shootout with perennial power Fremont-Mills in the second state semifinal Thursday. The Tigers won 60-54 in an overtime game for the ages.

New London (11-1) led 20-19 at the half and extended that advantage to 33-19 after two quick touchdowns in the third quarter. Fremont-Mills (10-2) trailed by as many as 21 in the second half, but stormed back to tie the game at 54-54 at the end of regulation.

In overtime, New Londons Mason Porter intercepted a pass on Fremont-Mills first possession. A few plays later, Isaac McSorely scored on a quarterback sneak to give the Tigers a win.

Rockford and New London will play in the state final set for next Thursday at 10 a.m. at the UNI-Dome. Both programs are seeking their first title in 8-player.

Cody Goodwin covers wrestling and high school sports for the Des Moines Register. Follow him on Twitter at @codygoodwin.


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