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Falls City Sacred Heart Irish Cap Season With D2 8-Man State Title
Falls City Sacred Heart Football Team

For the eighth time in school history and the first time in three years the Falls City Sacred Heart Irish claimed the D2 8-Man State title after beating Twin Loup in the Championship game 44-28.

The Irish fell down 14-0 early in the Championship game but fought back to take the lead and in the second half worked the lead in their favor at 30-22 and never gave the lead back going on to secure the win. Sacred Heart outgained Twin Loup 379-256 in the contest with several top notch performances in the win. Drew Bippes finished 11-21 for 276 yards with three touchdowns and a touchdown run, while Emerson Keithley snagged three passes for 128 yards and two touchdowns. Sean Arnold caught three passes for 84 yards with a touchdown and added a touchdown run, too. The Irish defense was strong too forcing a pair of turnovers and was led by Brandon Scheitel who recorded 13 tackles with a sack, while Michael Keithley notched 10 tackles and two sacks.

Sacred Heart opened the postseason cruising past Friend 75-0 and then need some late game heroics to comeback and top a top team in Osceloa 34-28 in the second round. In the third round the Irish had a long road trip to Bloomfield and picked up the 46-12 moving into the Semifinals with a matchup looming against the only team that had beat them during the season in Bruning-Davenport-Schickley. Revenge was earned in the Semifinal showdown for the Irish as Sacred Heart beat BDS 16-12 to punch their ticket to the State title game.

The D2 State title is the eighth in school history and all under coach Doug Goltz; the Irish capped the season with the State title and finished the year 12-1.

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