Prep Football: Don Bosco Survives Bad Start, Late Springville Rally To Move On

By Jim Nelson, Waterloo Courier

GILBERTVILLE, Iowa – Don Bosco of Gilbertville head coach Colby Yoder could only scratch his head and smile.

Yoder saw his Don football team fall behind to Springville 20-0, commit 13 penalties for more than 100 yards and turn the ball over twice but still managed to beat the Orioles, 48-42, Monday in the second round of the 8-man football playoffs.

"It was an interesting game," Yoder exclaimed.

Jake Hogan passed for 258 yards and five touchdowns and rushed for another 129 and two more scores as the Dons (10-0) advances to play Clarksville in the quarterfinals Friday in Gilbertville.

"We talked about never stop believing," Hogan said. "We got down 20-0 and our heart got us back in the game. We never stop fighting I guess."

Elias Nissen went 56 yards on the second play from scrimmage to give Springville a quick 7-0 lead.

Nissen added a 5-yard touchdown run to make it 13-0, and the Orioles (8-3) recovered a block punt in the endzone that made it 20-0 with 4 minutes and 28 seconds left in the first quarter.

But Don Bosco quickly recovered as its passing game started to click and when Hogan scampered four yards on a quarterback bootleg with 1:03 left in the frist half, the Dons led 22-20.

In the second half, Hogan really heated up as he threw four of his five touchdown passes over the final 24 minutes, including a 79-yard bomb to Tyler Metcalf that made it 42-28.

"We fell behind early, but I give the kids credit we fought back," Yoder said. "Coming back from that deficit I'd say we did some good things, but we have to clean up penalties and turning the ball over."
It appeared as if Don Bosco was going to put the Orioles away with a first and goal at the Springville 5 with under 3 minutes to go.

But Tyler Backes was hit hard diving over the middle and fumbled. Nissen picked it up and raced 77 yards for a touchdown and it was 48-34.

Two plays after Don Bosco recovered an onside kick, Hogan lost control of the ball and the Orioles recovered at midfield.The Orioles converted a long fourth-down play and Jake Hulett scored from the 1 with 53 seconds left and it was 48-42.

But on the ensuing onside kick, Hogan came out of the bottom of the pile with the ball and the Dons were able to run out the clock.

"We had some real mental lapses tonight," Yoder added. "We have to clean those up, but you have to tip our hats to our kids to be down 20-0 and comeback and win.

"They've been that way all year, fighting back. If we went down we found a way to battle back."

In addition to Hogan's big game, Dylon Rhoads had 10 catches for 116 yards and a touchdown, and Backes had 7 grabs for 90 yards and a touchdown.

Hogan was 22 of 29 in the game.
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