Ground attack carries Plainview to D2 quarterfinals on blustery night in Johnson
JOHNSON - There will be a new state football champion in Class D2 this season.
Plainview senior running back Jacob Hoffman carried the ball 37 times for 182 yards and a pair of touchdowns, and the #5 Pirates eliminated #4 Johnson-Brock from the postseason with a 36-28 victory Wednesday night in Johnson.
Plainview (9-1), who will host #1 Humphrey St. Francis in the quarterfinals on Tuesday, jumped out to a 22-0 first half lead on touchdown runs from Hoffman (nine yards) and senior receiver John Schlote (34 yards). Senior quarterback Nate Christensen connected with junior tight end Alizae Mejia for a 12-yard touchdown pass with 23 seconds left in the first half.
Christensen finished 9-18 for 124 yards and two touchdowns. He also rushed for 104 yards.
The Pirates had a total of 484 yards of offense. 360 of that came on the ground. They average 268 yards rushing per game this season.
The Eagles would answer with 14 unanswered points in the third quarter thanks to two touchdown passes from sophomore quarterback Caleb Fossenbarger to senior receiver Ty Hahn.
However, Plainview would never relinquish the lead. Hoffman scored his second touchdown with 2:20 left in the third quarter. A 16-yard touchdown pass from Christensen to junior tight end Teagn Ziems would be enough to hold off the defending champions.
Johnson-Brock had a chance for a tie with under a minute to-go, but a Fossenbarger pass ricocheted off Kolt Davis' helmet and into the hands of the Plainview defense, their fifth turnover of the game.
Fossenbarger finished 20-47 for 351 yards and three touchdowns. All three scores were to Hahn, who ended his Eagles career with 203 yards receiving.
The Eagles (7-3) finished with 387 total yards.
The temperature at kickoff was 39 degrees with a wind chill of 29. Winds were gusting out of the north the entire game at 30-35 MPH.
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