AHSTW senior Ben Ehlers (7) celebrates Friday’s playoff win over Newman Catholic alongside teammates Joey Cunningham (13), Caden Larson (70) and Brayton Tuma (5). Viking senior Gabe Pauley (left) scores a 56-yard touchdown on the first play of the game, taking advantage of a block by Seth Kiesel (50) on a Newman Catholic tackler. WELCOME BACK -- AHSTW coach Davis Pattee gets an emotional hug from junior Brady Canada following Friday’s playoff victory. Canada saw his first action of the year after recovering from preseason knee surgery. Senior Caden Larson (70) leads a post-game Viking celebration on the field. AHSTW senior Blake Osbahr (12) makes a leaping interception in front of a Newman Catholic receiver during Friday night’s Class A quarterfinal playoff game. The Vikings picked off four Newman passes all told and advanced to the semifinal round at the UNI-Dome with a 31-14 victory.

UNI-DOME BOUND: Vikings topple Newman

Class A Playoff Quarterfinal: AHSTW 31, Newman Catholic 14

 AVOCA (Nov. 2) -- No comebacks or overtimes necessary this time around.
 The AHSTW football team never trailed during Friday night’s Class A quarterfinal playoff game with Newman Catholic, using big plays on offense and four interceptions defensively to beat the Knights 31-14 and earn its first trip to the UNI-Dome since 2013.
 Kyle Branan’s 30-yard field goal put the Vikings up 10-7 just before halftime and they were able to outscore Newman 21-7 the rest of the way.
 AHSTW had rallied back from 14-0 halftime deficits to win its previous two games, including a 30-28 triple-overtime win vs. Alta-Aurelia in the first round of the playoffs.
 Ranked second in Class A, AHSTW (11-0) will now face No. 5 Edgewood-Colesburg (10-1) in a semifinal playoff game Friday (1:00 p.m.) at Cedar Falls. The other Class A semi will feature No. 1 Hudson (11-0) vs. No. 9 West Hancock (9-2).
 The Vikings are making their second appearance in the semifinal round during head coach Davis Pattee’s seven years at the helm.
 “These kids were in junior high when we went [to the dome] last time so I think they kind of have some fond memories, but not really as being a part of it, per se,” Pattee said. “So I think it’s a really big thing for them and something that they were definitely hoping for - dreaming for - but they still have higher aspirations. They didn’t want to just get there. They want to get there and (win).”
 Pattee noted that his team “came out with great purpose” Friday and took better care of the ball to win the turnover margin four to one.

AHSTW 31, Newman 14

                   1    2    3    4      F
Newman    0    7    7    0 ---- 14
AHSTW    7    3    14    7 ---- 31

AHSTW: Gabe Pauley 56-yd. run (Kyle Branan kick).
Newman: Ben Jacobs 1-yd. run (Cade Schilling kick).
AHSTW: Branan 30-yd. FG.
AHSTW: Korbin Martin 41-yd. run (Branan kick).
Newman: Josh Fitzgerald 20-yd. pass from Merritt McCardle (Schilling kick).
AHSTW: Brayton Tuma 64-yd. pass from Blake Osbahr (Branan kick).
AHSTW: Pauley 14-yd. run (Branan kick).

AHSTW Individual Stat Leaders
    Rushing -- Gabe Pauley 19-178, Korbin Martin 4-50, Blake Osbahr 7-32. Passing -- Osbahr 3-12-1, 82. Receiving -- Brayton Tuma 2-67, Drake Partridge 1-15.
    Tackles -- G. Pauley 16 (6s/10a), Tuma 11 (8s/3a), Partridge 9 (4s/5a), Gabe Madsen 8 (4s/4a), Caden Larson 5 (1s/4a), Martin 5 (5a). QB Sacks -- Larsen 1.5, Madsen 1.0, Barr 0.5. INTs-return yds. -- Partridge 2-71, Tuma 1-25, Osbahr 1-0.

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