Prep Football: Nissen's Nine TDs Gives Springville Its First Ever Playoff Win

By Jeff Hare, Reporter

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SPRINGVILLE, Iowa — If you want to know the story of Wednesday night’s Springville-Janesville game, you will need to know two words. Elias Nissen. The big runner scored eight touchdowns as the Orioles clubbed Janesville, 76-22.

Nissen rushed for 324 yards on 23 carries, with seven touchdowns. He also had a 75-yard kickoff return for a score in first-round playoff action. In addition, he threw a 19-yard touchdown pass, and had a pass interception.

All coaches will tell you that the secret to playoff football is getting off to a fast start, which Springville did. On the Orioles’ first offensive play, Nissen galloped 55 yards for his first score. Also in the quarter, he scored from 16 and 3 yards, both of which were his two shortest touchdown runs. He had scoring runs of 55, 65, 29, 61 and 65 yards.

“It was all about the offensive line,” said Nissen. “They were giving me some huge holes, and I was able to make some nice runs. It’s all about those guys up front, they played well.”

It was Springville’s first-ever playoff appearance and the Orioles (8-2) will play Monday at Don Bosco.

“The town has been fired up, and it really meant a lot to us getting ready for the game,” Nissen said.

That sentiment was echoed by Orioles Coach Joe Martin.

“We had a huge pep gathering today, with the students and the town. It really helped get us going.”

Janesville made it interesting, pulling to within 22-15 midway through the second quarter, when the Orioles stepped back on the throttle, scoring four TDs and taking a 50-15 edge into the locker room.

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