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Iowa high school football playoffs: Thursday's semifinal scores, stats and more

North Scott's Will Seligman (20) pulls down Cedar Rapids Xavier's Nick Mautino (14) stripping the ball away and causing
North Scott's Will Seligman (20) pulls down Cedar Rapids Xavier's Nick Mautino (14) stripping the ball away and causing a touchback inside the five-yard-line during the first quarter of their Class 3A state semifinal game at the UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls on Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020. (Andy Abeyta/The Gazette)

The Iowa high school football playoffs shift to the UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls this week as the semifinal round kicked off Thursday with games in 8-Player and Class 3A.

Findall the scores, stats and complete Gazette area coverage here.

State football coverage

108-94! Remsen St. Mary's outscores Montezuma in wild 8-Player semifinal

North Scott knocks off No. 1 Cedar Rapids Xavier in Class 3A

Preview: A closer look at Gazette area semifinal games

Attendance update: IHSSA restricting attendance to 2,400 fans per game

Quarterfinal roundup: Scores, stats and more from last Friday

Thursday's state football scores

8-PLAYER SEMIFINALS

No. 2 Remsen St. Mary's 108, No. 5 Montezuma 94

In an amazingly entertaining and wild, record-shattering game that lasted a tad more than four hours, second-ranked Remsen St. Mary’s outlasted No. 5 Montezuma. The teams combined for 29 touchdowns and almost 1,500 yards of total offense, setting six single-game playoff records, including the 202 combined points.

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“It’s always cool to be part of history,” said Remsen St. Mary’s quarterback Blaine Harpenau, who finished with 488 total yards and eight TDs. “We were looking up at the scoreboard like we might have broken a record. We found out we did it and it was like crazy. We just kept on piling on points.”

Montezuma QB Eddie Burgess set a state single-game record with 689 passing yards. Montezuma’s 744 total passing yards also is a new state mark. Trey Shearer hauled in a single-game record 20 receptions and finished with 389 receiving yards.

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No. 8 Fremont-Mills 32, No. 1 Don Bosco 30

Seth Malcom rushed for 293 yards and four touchdowns as Fremont-Mills ended defending champion Don Bosco's 22-game winning streak.

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CLASS 3A SEMIFINALS

No. 2 Harlan 44, Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley 7

Brenden Bartley and Aidan Hall both returned interceptions for touchdowns as the Cyclones improved to 11-0. Teagon Kasperbauer completed 11 of 18 passes for 175 yards and two scores.

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Box score

No. 8 North Scott 17, No. 1 Cedar Rapids Xavier 10 (OT)

For the second straight season, North Scott played Cedar Rapids Xavier’s spoiler.

This time it resulted in the Lancers’ first trip to the state finals.

Carter Markham hit Parker Ruth for a 7-yard touchdown in overtime, lifting eighth-ranked North Scott over No. 1 Xavier, 17-10.

Xavier didn’t get on the board for the first three quarters but finally scored with 11:11 left in the fourth. Jaxon Rexroth hit Jack Lux on an 11-yard swing pass for a TD, capping a 10-play, 69-yard drive and cutting the deficit to 10-7.

The Saints (10-1) forced the extra frame with a final drive to the North Scott 16. Lincoln Oakley nailed a 33-yard field goal as time expired to give Xavier another chance.

North Scott scored on its third play in OT, then its defense held, breaking up a last-ditch Xavier pass play at the goal line on fourth-and-goal from the 9.

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