Part of the appeal of downsizing to 16 teams per class for the postseason was to avoid the first-round blowouts that often took place when the field featured 32 teams. On the whole, the level of competition during Friday’s games was much better, but the night was not without a handful of lopsided results.
Three winning teams from the CIML won in dominating fashion. No. 1 Valley trounced Lewis Central 45-7, while No. 2 Dowling rolled over Johnston 41-6.
Valley 45 -Lewis Central 7
WEST DES MOINES, Ia. – Rocky Lombardi threw for 195 yards and three touchdowns in the first half for Valley to lead the Tigers past Lewis Central.
Lombardi was 10-for-15, throwing two touchdown passes to Tariq Brown and one to Austin Hinkle. Valley totaled 459 yards of offense and shut out Lewis Central until the fourth quarter.
Lewis Central’s Max Duggan ran for a 67-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter to avoid the shutout.
Valley will host Ankeny Centennial in round 2 at home.
Dowling Catholic 41, Johnston 6
DES MOINES, Ia. Cole Deskin led the Dowling offense with a pair
of touchdowns in a win over Johnston. Deskin finished with 127 rushing yards on the night. Johnston scored its lone touchdown in the first quarter on a 2-yard run by Brock Studer to make it 7-6 Dowling, but the Dragons couldn’t keep up the rest of the game.
Jeran Proctor led Johnston with 68 receiving yards.
Waukee 52, Southeast Polk 21
WAUKEE, Ia. – Quarterback Drew Johnson led the Warriors by passing for three touchdowns and running for two more.
“That was a fun game,” Johnson said. “I thought I played pretty well. I just wanted to focus on leading the offense down the field. Our offensive line did a good job, getting pushes up front. That’s how it all starts.”
Waukee advances to the quarterfinals for a rematch against second-ranked Dowling Catholic. The Maroons won the regular-season game 37-0.
Southeast Polk finishes the year at 5-5.
Ankeny Centennial 34, Ankeny Hawks 24
ANKENY, Ia — Ankeny Centennial scored 27 in the first half to put cross-town rival Ankeny on their heels. All was quiet in the third quarter but the the Hawks made it a game in Q4 by putting 14 on the board, closing the 17-point gap left over from the half. It wasn’t enough and after an additional touchdown by Centennial, the final score was 34-24. Centennial travels to West Des Moines to take on Valley next week.
Pella Christian 49, Sigourney-Keota 0
PELLA, Ia. – David Kacmarynski paced the Pella Christian offense, throwing four touchdown passes and scoring on a touchdown run of his own. Kacmarynski finished with 128 rushing yards and 189 passing yards.
Avery Moore led Sigourney-Keota with 17 rushes for 79 yards.
Van Meter 21, ASHTW (Avoca) 14 (OT)
VAN METER, Ia. – Van Meter missed a field goal to win the game in regulation as time expired, but the Bulldogs pulled out a victory on an overtime touchdown from Carson Rhodes. Rhodes finished with a team-high 222 rushing yards and two touchdowns.
Gage Clay scored a touchdown on an 82-yard interception return to tie the game at 14 apiece for AHSTW.
Madrid 27, Pleasantville 20
PLEASANTVILLE, Ia. – Senior Michael Santi led Madrid to a victory over Pleasantville with three rushing touchdowns on the night. Santi finished with a team-high 159 rushing yards.
Gauge Van Haalen paced the Pleasantville offense with two touchdowns en route to 71 receiving yards.