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Scenic Bluffs football co-champs advance to Level III
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The 2013 Scenic Bluffs Conference football co-champions both advanced to Level 3 of the WIAA playoffs with victories over the weekend.

Brookwood stuffs Iowa–Grant, 27–0

Senior Paul Ryan rushed for 178 yards and a touchdown, and senior Josh Marten forced a key goal line fumble as Brookwood stopped Iowa–Grant 27–7 in a WIAA Division 6 game Friday night in Ontario.

The Falcons rushed for 291 yards of their own and held the Panthers’ vaunted running game to just 116 yards on 39 carries and forced a key fumble on the goal line early in the second quarter.

Brookwood took an early lead Friday when Ryan scored from 23 yards out at the 10:23 mark of the first quarter. Jack Hansen kicked the extra point for a 7-0 lead.

The Panthers responded with a long drive that had on them two yards from tying the game, but a crushing hit by senior Marten forced a Luke Nowak fumble right at the goalline. Brookwood recovered and I–G’s best scoring threat in the first half was gone.

With five seconds left in the third quarter Marten scored on a 17-yard run to make it 14–0. Marten finished the game with 81 yards on nine carries.

Cory Ottum added to the Brookwood lead with a 3-yard TD run at the 5:55 mark of the fourth quarter.

A minute after the Falcons scored, Iowa–Grant backup quarterback Lucas Zimmerman completed a quick march down field with a 5-yard touchdown pass to Trent Millikan to make it 20–7.

Brookwood quarterback Dominic Luxton added a 1-yard TD run with 2:34 left to account for the final score.

Iowa–Grant played without starting quarterback Isaac Anderson (broken collarbone) and starting fullback/linebacker Cody Rider.

Brookwood (10–1) advances to play top-seeded and SWAL champion Darlington (10–1) Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m.
Iowa–Grant ends the year at 8–3 overall.

Pedersen leads New Lisbon past Loyal, 22–21

Meanwhile, senior quarterback Cullen Pedersen rushed 145 yards and three TDs, and passed for 96 yards and a pair of two-point conversions to lead host New Lisbon to a 22–21 victory over Loyal in a D7 Level 2 playoff game Friday.

Pedersen, who accounted for 241 of the Rockets’ 258 yards, scored on runs of four yards in the first quarter, one yard in the third quarter and four yards in the fourth quarter.

His four-yard run in the opening quarter answered an Andrew Szymanski 12-yard run and pulled New Lisbon within a point at 7–6.

Pedersen’s 1-yard run with 6:22 left in the third and his ensuing conversion pass to Johnny Costello gave the Rockets’ a 14–13 lead.

Loyal (8–3) regained the lead early in the fourth quarter when Szymanski broke loose for an 89-yard score.
A conversion pass gave the Greyhounds a 21–14 lead.

With 6:30 left in the game Pederson again found pay dirt from four yards out, but it was his two-point conversion pass to Zach Martin that proved to be the game-winner.

New Lisbon (9–2) will now host Pittsville (8–3) Friday at 7 p.m. The Panthers defeated Independence/Gilmanton 18–0 in Level 2.

Hillsboro narrowly lost to both Brookwood (21–15 in overtime on Oct. 11) and New Lisbon (16–14 on Oct. 4) this year.