Bulldogs to play for 1A championship

Bulldog fans came out en masse to watch the team down Underwood 41-28 in the Class 1A football semifinals Friday.
John Jensen

CEDAR FALLS – MFL MarMac will play for the Class 1A state football championship.

Friday the No. 4-ranked Bulldogs clinched a spot in the title game with a dominant rushing game and by forcing three second-half turnovers in a 41-28 victory over No.2-ranked Underwood.

The Bulldogs (11-1) will play undefeated and top-ranked Grundy Center in the title game Thursday at 4 p.m. at the UNI-Dome. Grundy Center, the defending Class A champion, defeated Columbus Catholic 42-7 in the other 1A semifinal.

The Bulldogs won with ball control and an opportunistic defense. They rushed for 408 yards against an Underwood defense that held its previous seven opponents to less than 34 rushing yards per game and forced three turnovers against a team averaging just over a turnover per game. The ‘Dogs played possession football to near perfection, holding the ball for 33 minute, 58 seconds while Underwood had it for just 14:02. The Bulldogs threw just six passes in the game, one of which was an intentional spike to stop the clock at the end of the first half.


Read much more about the Bulldogs' semifinal victory and a preview of Thursday's championship game in this week's Outlook Newspaper.



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