Don Bosco Rallies To Win State Championship

By Josh Christensen, Reporter

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Don Bosco lost in the championship game last season, and was hoping for redemption Thursday. It was a tough first half for the Dons.

Exira quarterback Drew Peppers stiff-armed his way to a 40-yard touchdown run, and Don Bosco trailed 14-0 at halftime.

But they would get on board late in the third quarter with an unusual touchdown. Mitchell Corkery fumbled the ball while trying to break a few tackles, but the Dons recovered it downfield for a touchdown.

The Dons defense followed that up with a turnover on downs, and quarterback Jake Hogan scored on a three-yard touchdown run.

Still trailing 14-12, Don Bosco got the ball back with five minutes remaining. Hogan hit Travis Havel over the middle for a 33-yard gain, and a few plays later, scored again on a keeper.

Hogan sealed the championship with an interception on the ensuing possession.

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