Mustangs, Warriors, Bulldogs win first-round matches
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Dallas Center-Grimes, Waukee and Van Meter came away with first-round playoff victories at home on Wednesday.
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The Mustangs rolled up a season-high 342 rushing yards in a 21-0 victory over Humboldt.
Chaz Chambers ran for 178 yards on 26 carries, and was the driving force behind a massive 94-yard touchdown drive in the third quarter that put DC-G up two scores. The drive culminated in a 14-yard touchdown pass from Andrew Kramer to Dakota Clausen.
Kramer, who ran for 72 yards, scored the first touchdown with 4:59 left in the first quarter. He faked a handoff to Chambers and ran up the middle into the end zone.
Kramer attempted just eight passes as the Mustangs were content to run the ball. Humboldt was without Brady Ross, the team’s leading tailback and top tackler at linebacker, who was sidelined by injury. That helped the run game thrive, as Noah Weeks added 92 rushing yards.
The Mustang defense pitched another shutout. DC-G has allowed just two points in the last six games.
Jack Jorgensen and Jack Kelly each had nine tackles. Austin Grosklags and Brevin Townsell added sacks, and Travis Grimes and Austin Kloewer recorded interceptions.
DC-G will face off against Grinnell in the second round on Monday. The Mustangs won a 21-14 decision at Grinnell on Sept. 20, a game that marks the last time an opponent scored a touchdown on DC-G.
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The Warriors steamrolled Des Moines Hoover 56-13, scoring two touchdowns in the first and blowing the game open with a five-touchdown second quarter in a game that saw seven Warriors find the end zone.
Trevor Allen ran for a touchdown and returned a punt 85 yards for a second score in the first quarter. Ben Ferkin threw touchdown passes to Michael Jacobson and Koy Schneiter in the second quarter, Bryce Hingst added a rushing score and A.J. Allen and Pat Gray returned interceptions for touchdowns.
Ferkin was 7-of-10 passing for 134 yards.
Waukee advances to face Ankeny Centennial on Monday at home. The Jaguars are 7-3 after a first-round 49-28 win over Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln.
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Van Meter posted its fourth shutout of the season, and second in five days, with a 41-0 first-round victory over Treynor on Wednesday.
Brandon Brittain accounted for five touchdowns. He threw touchdown passes to Logan Crawford and Grant Hoppes, and ran for three scores, finishing with 114 yards on the ground and 103 in the air. Cody Blackwell added 93 yards and a touchdown on the ground.
The Bulldog defense smothered Treynor, limiting the Cardinals to just 145 yards of offense while forcing five turnovers. Hoppes, Spencer Benton and Ben Engstrand logged interceptions, and Parker Suckow recovered two fumbles. Suckow finished with a team-high 10 tackles, including one sack, while Engstrand and Chase Wyant each added nine and Zach Forret eight.
Van Meter will square off against Mount Ayr on Monday at home. The Bulldogs won the teams’ first matchup, a 14-0 decision in Van Meter on Oct. 4.
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A-D-M saw its season come to an end with a 27-7 loss at Carroll on Wednesday.
Jon Dvorak ran for 259 yards and four touchdowns to lead Carroll past A-D-M.
The Tigers were 4-2 on the season after a 38-0 win over Atlantic on Oct. 4, but lost their final four games of the season to end the year 4-6.
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Woodward-Granger’s season ended with a 20-0 loss at East Mills on Wednesday.
East Mills’ Colby Jennings provided the bulk of the offense, running for 152 yards and all three touchdowns, the longest a 42-yarder.
The Hawks won four of their final five games in the regular season to earn the third seed out of Class A District 7. They finished the year 6-4.