The Iowa High School Athletic Association continued its football postseason on Friday night with Quarter-Final games being held in all classes. The Saint Ansgar Saints football team was at home for a Class A Quarter-Final against Gladbrook Reinbeck. The Saints were able to avenge a playoff loss to Gladbrook last year as they handled them rather easily this year 35-7. It was the running game that carried the load for Saint Ansgar as they did not complete a pass, but had three running backs with over a hundred yards rushing and a touchdown. Jack Sievert had 180 yards on the ground and a rushing score, Dayton Smith ended up with three rushing touchdowns and 172 rushing yards and Josh Van Vliet finished the night with 106 yards rushing and a TD. The Saints defense also contributed in the win as they forced two turnovers. Ethan Kirchgatter intercepted a pass and Sam Juenger recovered a fumble. Saint Ansgar football remains unbeaten on the season as they move to 11-0 on the year. They will play in the UNI Dome in the Class A Semi-Finals on Friday morning. Their opponent will be fellow undefeated Hudson and kickoff will be a little after 10am.
The New Hampton Chickasaw football team was in a Class 2A Quarter-Final playoff game at home on Friday night against Waukon. The Chickasaws were looking to get back at an Indian team that defeated them in Week 2. The Chickasaw offense was stalled in the first half and they went into halftime trailing 21-0. Waukon would add a couple more touchdowns in the second half and built their lead to 34-0 with nine minutes to go in the game. New Hampton would go down fighting as they scored twice in a 12 second span as Keegan John scored two rushing touchdowns, but still ended up on the losing end of a 34-13 score. The New Hampton football team finishes their season with an 8-3 record and a Class 2A District 2 Championship.
Moving on to some college football now, Kinnick Stadium was rocking on Friday afternoon as the Iowa Hawkeye football team welcomed in Ohio State in Big Ten action. At the end of the game, the field was flooded with fans wearing black as the Hawkeyes were able to knock off the sixth ranked Buckeyes 55-24. With the win, Iowa football is now bowl-eligible as they sit with a record of 6-3 overall and they improved to 3-3 in the Big Ten. The Hawkeye schedule does not get any easier this week as they will play at undefeated Wisconsin this weekend.
The 14th ranked Iowa State Cyclone football team suffered a defeat on Saturday on the road at the hands of West Virginia. The Cyclones needed to cash in one of their three field goals for a touchdown as they lost to the Mountaineers 20-16. Iowa State falls to 6-3 overall this season and they drop to 4-2 in the Big 12. They will host Oklahoma State this Saturday.
The University of Northern Iowa Panther football team hosted sixth ranked South Dakota on Saturday at the UNI Dome. The Panthers were down 23-13 with under five minutes to play in the third quarter, but were able to score three unanswered touchdowns and held on to pull off the upset 34-29. The Panthers improve to 5-4 overall this season and they are now 4-2 in the Missouri Valley Football Conference. They will face Missouri State this weekend.