DENVER — Sixth-ranked Denver used a balanced offensive attack and stout defense to advance to the Class 1A football quarterfinals with a 28-6 playoff win over 10th-ranked South Hamilton Friday.
Sam Joerger completed 7 of 10 passes for 147 yards and a pair of touchdowns to Kevin Walsh. Joerger also ran 23 times for 157 yards and a touchdown, while Bo McMahon added 62 rushing yards.
Defensively, McMahon was in on 13 tackles and had three solo tackles for loss with a sack. Mason Tierney was in on 10 tackles while Joerger intercepted a pass and Kain Eagle recovered a fumble.
Now 9-1, Denver hosts undefeated and second-ranked Van Meter Friday.
IOWA CITY REGINA 27, SOUTH WINNESHIEK 21: Fourth-ranked Iowa City Regina survived a frantic final quarter and two heart-pounding overtimes to outlast South Winneshiek 27-21 in a first-round playoff thriller.
Down 21-14, the Warriors (6-4) tied the game with 7:55 to play.
Regina (8-2), seeking an eighth straight trip to the 1A championship game, missed a 31-yard field goal on its first overtime possession. South Winneshiek then moved to the Regals’ 5, only to miss a 22-yard three-point attempt.
Schwartzhoff battered his way to the Regina 1 in the second overtime, but was stopped on fourth down. Isaac Vollstedt then ended it on the next snap, following blockers on the right side for the winning score.
NEW HAMPTON 21, DIKE-NEW HARTFORD 14: Braydon Fisher provided most of the offense and New Hampton’s defense kept Dike-New Hartford under wraps as the Chickasaws won a hard-fought first-round matchup.
Fisher ran 37 times for 215 yards and two touchdowns and also helped New Hampton in the field position game by returning a kickoff and two punts for a total of 98 yards.
Dike-New Hartford (6-4) allowed just 242 total yards, but the Chickasaws (8-2) were just as stingy and got interceptions from Wyatt Stochl and Mason Cleveland.
WEST DELAWARE 20, WAVERLY-SHELL ROCK 13: Nick Casey located a wide-open Tyler Kelley for a 48-yard, tie-breaking dagger with 3 minutes, 37 seconds left, and West Delaware upended eighth-ranked Waverly-Shell Rock in a Class 3A first-round playoff game Friday night in Manchester.
Waverly-Shell Rock (8-2) entered the fourth quarter with a 13-7 lead, but the Hawks came up with two clutch scoring drives covering 84 and 64 yards, respectively.
One turnover and one big play were the difference in the first half, which ended with W-SR in front, 7-0.
West Delaware lost a fumble at the W-SR 1, and the Go-Hawks scored with 8:42 left in the half when Luke Velky connected with Braden Holmquist on a 52-yard touchdown pass.
After West Delaware tied it in the third quarter, Velky’s 4-yard keeper put W-SR back in front, 13-7.
West Delaware owned a 393-224 advantage in total yards.
SOLON 34, DECORAH 2: Top-ranked Solon smothered Decorah’s offense and rolled to a Class 3A playoff win Friday.
AJ Coons returned an interception for a touchdown as the first half expired for a 21-0 lead that was too much for the Vikings (7-3) to overcome on this night.
An earlier interception near the goal line thwarted another Decorah drive.
DON BOSCO 62, MORAVIA 0: Wyatt Sawvel ran for five touchdowns and threw for another as No. 1 Don Bosco erased Moravia from the playoff brackets Friday.
Sawvel finished with 145 rushing yards on 18 carries and hit 4 of 6 passes for 47 yards. Austin Svoboda added 122 rushing yards and a touchdown on eight attempts.
Defensively, Owen Mangrich had seven solo tackles and three sacks, Svoboda had nine total tackles and four sacks, and Cael Tenold finished with 11 tackles while also catching a TD pass on offense.
Now 10-0, the Dons host 8-2 HLV in Friday’s quarterfinal round.
TRIPOLI 28, RICEVILLE 18: Seventh-ranked Tripoli knocked out ninth-ranked Riceville (8-2) in 8-player playoff action Friday, 28-18.
The Panthers (9-1) ran for more than 200 yards. Marquise Paino had 146 and three touchdowns on 23 carries, while Brady Brocka turned 13 attempts into 82 yards.
Defensively, Alex Nation returned a fumble for a key touchdown and Zach Johnson intercepted a pass. Brocka was in on 16 tackles and Zach Hereid had three solo tackles for loss with a sack.
Tripoli travels to Midland for Friday’s quarterfinals.
MIDLAND 42, JANESVILLE 7: Midland rode the state’s leading rusher to a first-round win over Janesville.
Austin Smith carried the ball 40 times for 263 yards as Midland piled up 312 total rushing yards and 374 yards of total offense. Quarterback Brian Martens was 4-for-4 passing with a pair of touchdown throws.
Midland advanced with an 8-2 record, while Janesville finished 6-4.
SOLON 34, DECORAH 2
Decorah 0 0 2 0 — 2
Solon 7 14 6 7 — 34
Sol — AJ Coons 12 pass from Cam Miller (Aidan Dall kick)
Sol — Coal Flansburg 2 run (Dall kick)
Sol — Coons 43 interception return (Dall kick)
Sol — Flansburg 4 run (kick failed)
Dec — Safety, Miller tackled in end zone
Sol — Mason Stahle 34 run (Dall kick)
I.C. REGINA 27, S. WINN. 21, 2 OTs
South Winn. 0 8 6 7 0 0 — 21
I.C. Regina 7 7 7 0 0 6 — 27
ICR – Jacob Phillips 26 pass from Michael Conlon (Alec Wick kick)
ICR – Phillips 16 pass from Conlon (Wick kick)
SW – Brennan Holthaus 39 pass from Hunter Todd (Rodney Schwartzhoff pass from Todd)
ICR – Isaac Vollstedt 5 run (Wick kick)
SW – Levi Lukes 29 pass from Todd (run failed)
SW – Schwartzhoff 11 run (Cole Klimesh kick)
ICR – Vollstedt 10 run
DON BOSCO 62, MORAVIA 0
Moravia 0 0 0 0 — 0
Don Bosco 14 24 16 8 — 62
DB — Wyatt Sawvel 37 run (Sawvel run)
DB — Sawvel 21 run (run failed)
DB — Cael Tenold 25 pass from Sawvel (Sawvel run)
DB — Sawvel 6 run (Sawvel run)
DB — Sawvel 4 run (Kendall Becker pass from Sawvel)
DB — Safety
DB — Sawvel 15 run (pass failed)
DB — Austin Svoboda 45 run (Sawvel run)
DB — Thomas Even 1 run (Austin Hellman run)