JOHNSON — Top-ranked Johnson-Brock used big plays all night long to take down No. 6 Bloomfield 72-32 in Johnson on Tuesday night and punch a ticket to the Class D-2 state semifinals.
This will be the second time in school history Johnson-Brock will play in the semifinals, the other time being in 2009.
Cole Fossenbarger was a big reason the Eagles dominated, as he threw for 442 yards and seven touchdown passes, and ran for another TD.
“Big plays is what we live off of,” Fossenbarger said. “But it’s nothing new to us; it’s what we have been doing all year.”
The large chunks of yardage may not be new for the Eagles, but the semifinals are.
Johnson-Brock was turned away by Howells-Dodge in the quarterfinals last season, and Fossenbarger and the Eagle seniors made sure that wasn’t going to happen this time.
“We’ve said it all season. We want to get to the state championship and we feel we’re good enough to get to the state championship,” the quarterback said.
Bloomfield didn’t prove to be much of an obstacle in that plan — Johnson-Brock had scores of 71, 65 and 20 yards in the first half alone.
Senior wide receiver Ty Hahn racked up 165 yards receiving and a touchdown in the first half. Dylan Rowe scored twice in the first half, too, and his 65-yard touchdown reception with two minutes left in the half gave the Eagles a 36-6 halftime lead.
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“We just trust our athletes on the outside,” Eagle coach Mitch Roberts said. “They did really well tonight.”
The domination carried over to the second 24 minutes as well.
After Bloomfield’s Branston Gieselman rumbled in from 4 yards out in the third quarter, the Eagles rattled off two scores in a row.
The first came on a touchdown pass from Cole Fossenbarger to his younger brother Caleb. Hahn scored the second touchdown on a 10-yard pass from Cole Fossenbarger.
“We got playmakers and I can trust all of them,” Cole said. “That is just something you have to respect with us.”
Bloomfield coach Matt Kuchar reiterated that respect for Johnson-Brock after the contest.
“They have some absolute studs at receiver,” Kuchar said. “Anytime they wanted to, they could just throw it up and their receivers were money.”
Johnson-Brock will play Humphrey St. Francis on Monday in a Class D-2 semifinal. Humphrey St. Francis defeated Falls City Sacred Heart 54-36 Tuesday in a quarterfinal in Falls City.
“We know we’re going to have to play a great football team,” Roberts said. “We’re going to celebrate this one tonight and then we are back to work tomorrow.”