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Creston/O-M falls to fourth-seed with loss to LC

Published: Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013 12:07 a.m. CDT • Updated: Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013 1:42 a.m. CDT

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Lewis Central 38, Creston/O-M 10

COUNCIL BLUFFS — Lewis Central earned the second seed in Class 3A District 1 with a 38-10 win over Creston/O-M, dropping the Panthers to fourth in the district.

Lewis Central (4-5 overall, 4-2 District 1) will host Spencer (7-2) in the first round of the state playoffs on Wednesday, while Creston/O-M will face the familiar trip to top-ranked Sioux City Bishop Heelan, which was a 42-17 winner over Spencer.

ADM (4-5, 3-3) finished third in District 1 after losing to champion Harlan, and will travel to Carroll.

Quarterback Austin Simmons accounted for 284 yards of offense in leading Lewis Central's victory over Creston/O-M.

Needing a win over the Panthers in the regular-season finale for the second straight year to clinch a playoff berth, the Titans delivered again in dominating fashion. A year ago, with a chance to earn a district championship, Creston/O-M fell to Lewis Central at home, 16-7, dropping to fourth place in Class 3A District 1.

The same thing happened this year, as Lewis Central scored 28 straight first-half points to take a 28-10 halftime lead.

Creston/O-M (6-3, 3-3) makes a repeat trip Wednesday to Heelan (9-0) at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Last year's first-round matchup was a 47-20 Crusader victory.

Heelan's Trent Solsma passed unofficially for 306 yards and four touchdown in Friday's win over Spencer.

On Friday at Titan Field, the Panthers had the early offensive momentum. Two penalties at the end of a 17-play drive, and ultimately an interception on a tipped pass, halted the Panthers after moving to the LC 22-yard line from their own 20.

On their second possession, the Panthers again marched 77 yards, capped by a 20-yard touchdown run by Trevor Frain. Conner Pals' kick gave the visitors a 7-0 lead. Adam Baker rushed for 57 yards on the ground-oriented drive.

The Panthers never had that kind of success with the ball again.

Creston/O-M's next three drives ended with two punts and an interception by Mitchell Brinkman. Pals kicked a 27-yard field goal as time expired in the half for a 28-10 score. Pals suffered a knee injury on the play, with a personal foul called against the Titans. He kicked in the second half and played a few snaps on offense, but was relieved by Alex Nielsen at defensive cornerback. Nielsen is also recovering from an ankle sprain.

Simmons accounted for four first-half touchdowns — two on running plays and two on fade passes to the corner of the end zone to 6-foot-4 receiver Kyle Larson.

The Titan defense allowed only 51 yards in the second half.

Simmons finished 10-of-14 passing for 163 yards and no interceptions. He ran 13 times for 121 yards. Tailback Ryan Main added 60 yards on 15 carries. Lincoln Rodenburg was the leading receiver with three catches for 66 yards.

A strong pass rush kept Creston/O-M quarterback Brandon Phipps on the run much of the night. He finished 6-of-16 for 89 yards with two interceptions. Jesse Rathe had two catches for 25 yards.

Baker, who found few openings after the opening two drives, finished with 73 yards rushing on 20 carries, giving him 1,124 yards in the regular season. Frain added 67 yards on 11 carries.

Caleb Shudak, LC's all-state kicker, booted a 48-yard field goal in the second half. The only touchdown of the second half was a 17-yard run by Simmons on the first play of the fourth quarter.

Area playoff pairings

In Class 1A, the playoff matchups from District 7 and District 8 shape up with Mount Ayr traveling to Panorama and Nodaway Valley traveling to Ogden.

Van Meter, the top seed in District 7 will host District 8's four-seed Treynor, which lost to Panorama 31-6. That loss gave Panorama the two seed, forcing Nodaway Valley into third.

The Wolverines will travel to District 7 two-seed Ogden, which was a 16-8 winner over Central Decatur.

District 8 two-seed Panorama will host District 7 two-seed Mount Ayr, which defeated Pella Christian 35-7. The top seed in District 8 is Council Bluffs St. Albert, which will host Pella Christian.

In Eight-Man Class 6, Murray defeated Lamoni 48-40 to earn the second seed in the district. The Mustangs will host Wayne, the third seed from District 5, in the first round on Wednesday. The two teams met earlier this season with Murray scoring a 47-22 win.

District 6 top seed Adair-Casey will host Meskwaki Settlement School. Lamoni, the third seed in District 6 with Friday's loss to Murray, will travel to District 5 second seed Twin Cedars. H-L-V, Victor, the top seed in District 5, will host Grandview Park Baptist.

Southwest Valley claimed the District 8 championship, as all three teams entering the night in a three-place tie won, and the Timberwolves held the point differential tiebreaker.

The Timberwolves, a 63-8 winner over Essex/South Page, will host Boyer Valley, which defeated West Harrison 32-26 to earn the final spot in District 7.

District 7 two-seed Glidden-Ralston hosts District 8's third seed Sidney. Fremont-Mills took the second seed in District 8 and will host Coon Rapids-Bayard.

Exira/EHK is the top seed in District 7 and will host District 8's fourth seed CAM.

Week nine scores

Glenwood 48, Atlantic 20 

Harlan 30, ADM, Adel 7 

Lewis Central 38, Creston 10 

Perry 46, Saydel 0 (ND)

Bishop Heelan Catholic, Sioux City 42, Spencer 17 

Carroll 27, LeMars 14 

Sergeant Bluff-Luton 33, Denison-Schleswig 21 

Webster City 42, Storm Lake 0 (ND)

Mount Ayr 35, Pella Christian 7 

Ogden 16, Central Decatur, Leon 8 

South Hardin 68, Colfax-Mingo 20 (ND)

Van Meter 28, Des Moines Christian 0 

Nodaway Valley 59, Clarinda Academy 20 (ND)

Panorama, Panora 31, Treynor 6 

St. Albert, Council Bluffs 49, Missouri Valley 14 

Tri-Center, Neola 65, West Central Valley, Stuart 26 

H-L-V, Victor 38, Wayne, Corydon 30 

Meskwaki Settlement School 38, Melcher-Dallas 34 

Moravia 13, Seymour 0 (Forfeit)

Twin Cedars, Bussey 62, Tri-County, Thornburg 12 

Adair-Casey 34, Coon Rapids-Bayard 26 (ND)

East Union, Afton 46, Grandview Park Baptist, Des Moines 41 

Mormon Trail, Garden Grove 64, Ankeny Christian Academy 18 

Murray 48, Lamoni 40 

Adair-Casey 34, Coon Rapids-Bayard 26 (ND)

Boyer Valley, Dunlap 32, West Harrison, Mondamin 26 

Charter Oak-Ute 43, Woodbine 31 

Glidden-Ralston 52, Ar-We-Va, Westside 14 

Fremont-Mills, Tabor 61, Lenox 12 

Sidney 53, CAM, Anita 30 

Southwest Valley 63, Essex/South Page 8 

Stanton 46, Nishnabotna 44 

Greene County 42, OA-BCIG 7 

Kuemper Catholic, Carroll 52, Clarinda 24 

Nodaway Valley 59, Clarinda Academy 20 (ND)

Red Oak 13, Shenandoah 10

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