(Exira) Heading to the UNI-Dome at season's end is familiar territory for the #1 ranked Exira-EHK Spartan football team as they head back to Cedar Falls in consecutive seasons. The Spartans though would love to see a much better outcome than last year's 61-22 loss to Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn.
This year's opponent is #5 Newell-Fonda. Both teams enter the game undefeated. Newell-Fonda got by defending champ MMC in the quarterfinals last Friday night in a close one, 46-38. Exira-EHK coach Tom Petersen say Newell-Fonda quarterback Gabe Podraza is very fast, he's run for over 800 yards and thrown for over 900. However the biggest challenge for the Spartan defense may be Brady Bohe, the team's leading rusher at 1,992 yards and 32 TD's.
Heading into the matchup coach Petersen says he's very proud of the senior leadership on the team. They've been to the playoffs for four straight years, an accomplishment that coach Petersen says is, "Pretty amazing." Coach Petersen says last year the team was just shocked that they got the opportunity to go to the semi-finals while this year the team is determined not to be content with just getting there.
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