SHICKLEY — The rematch turned out to be a mismatch.
Behind junior all-state quarterback John Christensen, top-ranked BDS quickly sprinted to a 14-point lead, extended the margin to 28 by halftime before eventually pulling away to a 50-16 win over No. 2 Falls City Sacred Heart before an estimated 1,100 spectators in the Class D-2 state semifinals Monday night.
It was BDS’s second win of the season over Sacred Heart, the first a 23-14 decision at Falls City on Oct. 6. But more importantly for the Eagles (12-0), it erased all the memories of defending state champion Sacred Heart’s last-second 16-12 win in the same round last year.
“The revenge tour’s not done yet,” said a smiling Christensen, who used his 6-foot-1, 205-pound frame to barrel through the Sacred Heart defense for 149 yards and a pair of rushing touchdowns, while also hitting 9 of 11 passes for 133 yards and three more scores.
“We still have one more game, and we want to win that one really bad.”
BDS will face No. 4 Blue Hill (12-0) in the title game at 2:45 p.m. Monday at Memorial Stadium.
Last year’s loss to Sacred Heart was enough to make BDS co-coaches Mark Rotter and Chris Ardissono spend last winter scheming up plays just for this game.
“We hid a lot of stuff that we drew up in February and March and never used in a game until tonight. And almost all of it worked,” Rotter said. “They’re (Sacred Heart) such a well-coached team and we knew they’d be prepared for everything we’ve been doing all year. You can’t prepare for something you haven’t seen.”
Christensen said one of the new plays resulted in a 52-yard pass to Karson Dickson on the Eagles’ second possession. Christensen threw a 3-yard TD pass to Holden on the next play for the first score of the game.
Three plays after the TD, Thomas Mick intercepted a Drew Bippes pass after the Irish junior quarterback was hit as he was throwing. Mick returned it 43 yards, setting up his 14-yard TD run two plays later that made it 14-0 with 5:29 left in the opening period.
The Irish (10-2) drove 65 yards in 15 plays on their next possession, capping it with an 8-yard pass from Bippes to Jake Hoy to cut the deficit to 14-8.
BDS scored the next 36 points, however, to end the drama.
Christensen scored on runs of 33 and 3 yards and threw a 5-yard TD pass to Caden Norder to increase the lead to 36-8 at halftime. Christensen connected with Dickson for a 17-yard scoring pass in the third quarter before Garrett Schardt rumbled in from 31 yards to make it 50-8 with 10:11 left in the game.
The Eagles finished with 300 yards rushing and 433 of total offense.
Sacred Heart’s final TD came with 13.5 seconds left on a 6-yard run by Jake Hoy.
“They (BDS) have everything – size, speed and they’re extremely physical,” Sacred Heart coach Doug Goltz said. “We needed to play a perfect game and we needed everything to go our way to have a shot, and neither one happened for us.”
BDS 50, FALLS CITY SACRED HEART 16
|Falls City SH||8||0||0||8||--||18|
BDS--Stengel 3 pass from Christensen (Norder run)
BDS--Mick 14 run (pass failed)
FCSH--J. Hoy 8 pass from Bippes (Bippes run)
BDS--Christensen 33 run (pass failed)
BDS--Christensen 3 run (Schardt run)
BDS--Norder 5 pass from Christensen (Schardt pass from Christensen)
BDS--Dickson 17 pass from Christensen (Schardt run)
BDS--Schardt 31 run (run failed)
FCSH--J. Hoy 6 run (Fiegener pass from J. Hoy)
RUSHING--FCSH, Bippes 12-69, Harring 14-71, Morehead 1-2, Arnold 1-8, J. Joy 1-6. BDS, Christensen 20-149, Schardt 6-46, Mick 5-56, Norder 3-21, Schroeder 7-29, Team 1-(-1).
PASSING--FCSH, Bippes 16-41-2, 103. BDS, Christensen 9-11-2, 133.
RECEIVING--FCSH, Arnold 5-25, Harring 1-(-2), J. Hoy 9-75, Morehead 1-5. BDS, Dickson 3-76, Stengel 3-24, Mick 1-11, Norder 2-22.
Blue Hill 42, Mullen 30: The No. 4 Bobcats scored on their first three possessions to race to a 21-0 lead and John Rouse piled up 290 rushing yards and three touchdowns and added two touchdown passes to power Blue Hill into the state final.
Blue Hill (12-0) returns to the state final for the first time since winning the 2008 Class C-2 title, which capped a three-year run of state finals appearances with runner-up finishes in '06 and '07.
Lane Edis had three total touchdowns, two rushing, and 196 yards on 30 carries to lead No. 6 Mullen.
BH--Rouse 44 run (Macklin kick)
BH--Deisley 6 run (Macklin kick)
BH--Deisley 9 pass from Rouse (Macklin kick)
MUL--Edis 60 run (Christian pass from Gracey)
MUL--Edis 3 run (run failed)
BH--Menke 39 pass from Rouse (Macklin kick)
MUL--Sweet 63 pass from Gracey (Kvanvig run)
BH--Rouse 44 run (Macklin kick)
BH--Rouse 42 run (Macklin kick)
MUL--Edis 27 pass from Gracey (Kvanvig run)