(Cedar Falls) Exira-EHK looked strong in every phase of the game during their 56-7 semi-final win over Newell-Fonda Thursday afternoon. Exira-EHK got off to a quick start when senior defensive end Bret Johnson forced a fumble on Newell-Fonda's second play of the game. Drew Peppers capitolized a few plays later capping off a 17 yard drive with a 7 yard TD run. Johnson also posted an interception that he returned 15 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter and the early TD's sandwiched a Zach Kliefoth field goal to give Exira-EHK a 16-0 lead through one quarter.
Drew Peppers getting into the end zone would be a common theme for the game. The junior quarterback ran it in five times on scores of 7, 17, 60, 13, and one yard. He also hit an 8 yard pass to Nick Peppers for a TD. In addition to the Peppers tandem starring on offense it was Trey Sander having another powerful rushing game, breaking countless tackles, and also returning a punt forty yards that set up a score.
Exira-EHK's defense held Newell-Fonda 2,000 yard rusher Brady Bohe in check most of the afternoon. The senior back broke just one big run which went for the Mustangs only score on a 61 yard carry in the third quarter. Exira-EHK's defense lowered their season point per game average to under 10.7 points per game.
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The unbeaten Spartans will play undefeated Don-Bosco in the championship game next Thursday. The two teams finished the regular season tied for the #1 spot in the AP poll. We'll have the 8-player championship game on KSOM next week.