In a game heard on our sister station 987 KISS Country on Friday morning, the top-ranked Saint Ansgar Saints football team took on fourth-ranked Gladbrook Reinbeck in the Class A State Semifinals in the UNI Dome. Gladbrook came out with two touchdowns on their first two possessions and took a 14-0 lead early. The Saints would get their first points near the end of the first half when Dayton Smith plunged in from three yards out to make the score 14-7 at halftime. The Saints would tie the game at 14 with their first possession of the second half that was capped off by a seven-yard touchdown run by Parker Hendrickson. Gladbrook was able to answer right back by marching down the field for the go ahead score and then tacked on another touchdown late in the third quarter which gave them a 28-14 lead heading into the fourth. Saint Ansgar would get a drive going with less than five minutes to go that would stall out on their opponent’s four yard line and Saint Ansgar came up short as they lost the game by a final score of 28-14. The Saints finish the year with a record of 11-1. Other State Semifinal games over the weekend included Algona Bishop Garrigan knocking off Council Bluffs Saint Albert 26-20 to advance to take on Gladbrook in the Class A Finals. In the Class 4A games, Iowa City West defeated Cedar Rapids Washington 35-7 and West Des Moines Dowling beat Ankeny Centennial 41-17. In the Class 1A games on Saturday, Hull, Western Christian defeated Van Meter 35-14 and Iowa City Regina knocked off Denver 42-6. In the Class 2A games, Union, LaPorte City beat Mount Vernon 49-28 and Boyden Hull-Rock Valley won against Dike-New Hartford 49-14. The Iowa State Football Finals will be played this Thursday and Friday at the UNI-Dome.
It was good to be Iowa college football fans over the weekend as “The Big 3” all won their games on Saturday. In a game heard right here on KCHA, the Iowa State Cyclones defeated Kansas 31-24 in Lawrence, Kansas for their first Big 12 victory of the season. The Cyclones are now 2-8 overall and 1-6 in conference play. Iowa State football will return home this week to host Texas Tech.
In a game heard on our sister station 951 The Bull on Saturday night, Hawkeye kicker Keith Duncan hit a 33-yard field goal as time expired to give the Hawkeyes a 14-13 win over second-ranked and previously unbeaten Michigan. The win makes Iowa Football bowl-eligible as they are now 6-4 overall this season and they move to 4-3 in the Big Ten. The Hawkeyes will be on the road on Saturday to take on Illinois.
The University of Northern Iowa Panther football team was able to keep their slim playoff hopes alive after defeating Western Illinois on the road 30-23. The Panthers even up their record at 5-5 this season and they move to 4-3 in the Missouri Valley Football Conference. UNI will finish up their regular season at home this Saturday against South Dakota State.