Eli Nymeyer picks off a pass and is about to return it 46 yards for a touchdown in the Trojans' win over HLV Friday. (Photo by Dorothy Huber)

Trojans heading to the Dome

Turkey Valley routs HLV 64-14 to earn trip to state football playoff semifinals

Turkey Valley took the drama out of Friday night’s eight-man state playoff quarterfinal game as the Trojans raced out to a 40-0 lead on their way to a 64-14 victory.

The Trojans improved to 11-0 and will play in a semifinal game next at 9 a.m. Thursday at the UNI-Dome against Don Bosco. HLV closed the season at 8-3.

Turkey Valley scored in almost every way — via the pass, via the run and via the defense.

Elliott Dietzenbach and Dylan Elsberned both scored three touchdowns and Ethan Leibold tossed three touchdown passes and reached a milestone with his second one — a 25-yard strike to Kade Kruse in the second quarter. That gave Leibold a combined 100 touchdowns running and passing.

Meanwhile, the Trojan defense was stout, forcing three fumbles, one of which Dietzenbach returned for a touchdown. And the Trojans also had an interception return for a touchdown as Eli Nymeyer raced 46 yards late in the second quarter to push the lead to push the Turkey Valley lead 56-8 at halftime.

Heck, even when things looked like they were going awry, Turkey Valley turned it into gold. On a second quarter two-point conversion, Eli Reicks took a handoff on a sweep, lost the handle on the ball, picked it up and then lateraled to Leibold, who hit Nymeyer in the end zone for the conversion.

— For more on this story, see the Nov. 12 Tribune

HLV 0 8 6 0 - 14
TV 26 30 8 0 - 64
TV - Dylan Elsbernd 9 run (run failed), 9:30.
TV - Elliott Dietzenbach 19 run (Elsbernd pass from Ethan Leibold), 7:10.
TV - Dietzenbach 32 fumble return (run failed), 4:33.
TV - Dietzenbach 20 pass from Ethan Leibold (run failed), 0:30.
TV - Elsbernd 30 run (Eli Nymeyer pass from Leibold), 10:27.
TV - Kade Kruse 25 pass from Leibold (run failed), 9:37.
HLV - Will Bayer 5 pass from Carson Cheney (Bayer pass from Cheney), 7:51.
TV - Nymeyer 10 pass from Leibold (Nymeyer pass from Leibold), 4:18.
TV - Nymeyer 46 interception return (Kruse pass from Leibold), 1:11.
TV - Elsbernd 1 run (Keegan Balk pass from Leibold), 8:04.
HLV - Cheney 9 run (pass failed), 1:14.

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