(Exira) Exira-EHK scored on two of their first three offensive plays and never looked back in a 41-0 statement win against Glidden-Ralston.
Glidden-Ralston received the opening kickoff and the tough Spartan defense forced an immediate three and out. A poor snap out of punt formation resulted in Exira-EHK starting their first series at the 9 yard line. Two plays later Drew Peppers carried the ball in from three yards out to score his first of five touchdowns on the night. Following another defensive stand the Spartan offense needed just one play to score again. Drew Peppers found a wide open Tate Simpson who ran untouched into the end zone from 54 yards out. Glidden-Ralston quieted the early storm with a sustained possession, but still couldn't dent the scoreboard. The only other first half score came when Nick Peppers found the end zone on a 29 yard pass from Drew Peppers. The connection came with 8:46 to go in the second quarter and gave the Spartans a 21-0 halftime cushion. Trey Sander helped the Spartans add to the lead in the third quarter when he scored on a 1 yard TD run that capped off a time consuming drive. Drew Pepper to Nick Peppers on a 54 yard pass and a Drew Peppers one yard quarterback sneak capped off the scoring.
The defensive front of Austin Moeller, Martin Olson, and Bret Johnson put pressure on G-R quarterback Aaron Rodriguez all night while the linebacking core of Joe Harris, Nick Peppers, and Trey Sander held a quality Wildcat running game in check. The defense pitched their second shutout in the last three games--a rare feat in 8-Player football.
The 11-0 and #1 ranked Spartans head to the UNI-Dome for a second straight year. They will play unbeaten Newell-Fonda in a semi-final matchup on Thursday. Spartan coach Tom Petersen said after the Glidden-Ralston win that a big message to the team was to not be content in just making it to the dome.
Click here for the interview with Exira-EHK Senior Trey Sander
Click here for the interview with Exira-EHK coach Tom Petersen