OSCEOLA- D-1 No. 1 Howells-Dodge came into Tuesday nights quarterfinal matchup against Osceola-High Plains with an unblemished 10-0 record, but saw its season came to an end as OHP won 28-14.
The Jaguars jumped out to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter off a 42-yard touchdown run from sophomore running back Levi Belina and a 2-yard run from Jacob Tomcak set up by a 44-yard run from Belina.
Osceola-High Plains then scored 28 consecutive points off of four touchdowns from senior Keaton Van Housen.
Howells-Dodge got the ball down eight with just over six minutes left in the game but fumbled and gave up a 59-yard touchdown run two plays later.
The Jaguars then proceeded to throw an interception on their next play allowing Osceola-High Plains to chew up four minutes of game clock.
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"I'm just very proud of them," head coach Mike Spiers said. "They were a fun group to coach. This one is tough. High Plains has a great team. We got off to a great start, but we just didn't get it done. As a coach I wish I would have done more to help prepare our kids. I'm just very proud."
Howells-Dodge ends the season with a 10-1 record.
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This was the last game for nine Howells-Dodge seniors - Charlie Dvorak, Luke Rocheford, Darrin Pokorny, Wyatt Hegemann, Trevor Schumacher, Johann Reuschel, Carter Throener, Kyle Pickhinke and Logan Nelson.
Peter Huguenin is a sports reporter for the Schuyler Sun. Reach him via email at SCHsports@lee.net