Xavier uses some trick-eration to beat Pella in 3A championship game

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CEDAR FALLS — Duane Schulte brought out some of the classics Thursday night at the UNI-Dome.

The Cedar Rapids Xavier football coach called the old roll-right, throw-back-to-the-left screen pass. If you’ve watched the Saints over the years, you’ve certainly seen that one.

You’ve probably also seen the double pass. The quarterback throws quick to a receiver out wide behind the line of scrimmage, who throws downfield to another receiver.

Both worked for touchdowns in Xavier’s 31-13 win over Pella in the Class 3A state championship game. Quarterback Quinn Schulte with the screen to fullback Joey Drahozal, then the initial pass to Gabe Lux, who had the second pass to McClain Burger.

“Obviously with it being the state championship game, we were going to do whatever it took to come out with the victory,” Quinn Schulte said.

“We’ve had plays in the playbook that we’ve never used,” Duane Schulte said. “I can show you my play sheet. Most coach’s play sheets, they don’t have just five plays. We’ve had many of those for years and just kind of had a gut feeling that was the time to do it.”

Coach Schulte was on a roll with his play calling in this one.

Drahozal’s 43-yard TD gave Xavier a 17-0 lead midway through the second quarter. Burger’s 21-yard TD catch from Lux came with just 12 seconds left in the second quarter and gave Xavier a 24-7 halftime lead.

“I don’t think we ran that during a game this season,” Lux said. “But we had it in the playbook and practiced it. We had it ready.”

Then in the third quarter, a successful fake field goal worked to set up the Saints’ final touchdown: a 1-yard Quinn Schulte run. This was a new play, one that came from Reggie Schulte, a quarterback at Northern Iowa, the son of Duane and the oldest brother of Quinn.

Quinn Schulte walked toward his sideline, with the center snap coming just as he got there. Holder Bryson Bastian scrambled around for awhile, eventually finding an open Jared Brown for a 14-yard gain to the Pella 2.

“I’m not sure if I’m allowed to say that,” Quinn Schulte said, when asked the name of the play. “So I can’t answer that.”

“Without revealing too much, Reggie gave me that idea towards the end of the season,” Coach Schulte said. “We’ve been practicing it for a few weeks. I’ve go to give credit to him.”

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