An almost perfect week for Hawkeye commits as their teams go 7-1. The 3 Iowa boys all advance in the playoffs to the state title games in their respective division. Marcus Coker and Mike Hardy will also be playing for championships this week.
Iowa High School Playoffs:
James Morris: Solon 35 – North Fayette 0
North Fayette came into the game with the best rushing attack in the state, averaging over 400 yards per game on the ground. They came out of the game with a lackluster 87 total yards as Solon completely shut them down. Solon, on the other hand, continued its romp through Class 2A and scored all 35 points in the first half. Morris had 208 yards on 12 carries and even threw a 71-yard TD. He added 3 rushing touchdown himself, including 2 of over 80 yards. Solon moves on to face Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley for the 2A championship.
A.J. Derby: City High 21 – CR Xavier 3
City High gave up a lot of yards on the ground, but were able to shut down the passing game and came away with 2 interceptions holding Xavier to only a field goal. Derby had a monster game. He was 12 of 18 passing for 161 yards and a touchdown. He ran in a 16 yard touchdown in the 3rd quarter. And, he intercepted a pass on defense in the endzone that kept Xavier from going ahead when the score was just 7-3. City High will play Marshalltown for the Class 4A Title.
Matt Hoch: Harlan 42 - Carroll 7
After falling behind 7-0 in the first quarter, Harlan started to pound the ball and had great success. Four Cyclones ran the ball for over 40 yards and they had 4 rushing TDs in a semifinal victory over Carroll in the UNI Dome. Hoch was a big contributer with 10 carries for 44 yards and 2 short touchdowns. Harlan will play Pella for the 3A Title.
Marcus Coker: DeMatha 35 - Gonzaga 0
DeMatha put in another dominating performance and moved to 11-0 and 1 game away from a WCAC conference championship. Coker led the way with 142 yards on 17 carries. He also had 2 touchdowns. DeMatha will play Good Councel on Saturday for the title.
Mike Hardy: Kimberly 42 – Merrill 14
Kimberly came out firing and quickly went ahread 21-0 in the first quarter over Merrill in the semifinals. The game was never close again as the Papermakers sealed a spot in the championship game for the 3rd straight year. Kimberly will play Waunakee on Friday for the Division 2 Championship in Wisconsin.
Stephane N’goumou Milford 0 - Navy JV 5
Milford Academy finished up its season with a loss against the Navy JV team. N'goumou finished the year with just 1 catch for 7 yards.
Carl Davis Stevenson 38 - Detroit Southeastern 32
Stevenson threw for 488 yards in a Division 1 regions finals victory over Detroit Southeastern. They were able to overcome 4 turnovers by continuing to throw it aggressively down the field. The Titans will face Clarkston in the semifinals this Saturday.
Donovan Johnson Martin 50 - Haltom 6
Martin put in a dominating defensive performance in the first round of the 5A Division 1 playoffs in Texas. Haltom only gained 44 yards and gave up more sacks (8) than they gained first downs (just 5). Martin will face off against Odessa Permian on Saturday.
Note: Some players are already done for the season so are not included in this roundup.
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