The Don Bosco Dons come into the 2012 8-man playoffs, making just their second playoff appearance in school history. They took on a historically solid West Central Blue Devil team under Steve Milder.
In the first quarter, on just the third play from scrimmage, West Central running back Michael Lincoln broke free for a 40-yard touchdown run, his 37th rushing TD of the season, which is tops among all classes.
The Dons didn't waste any time responding though, on the next drive, Bosco QB Jake Hogan put a deep pass into the bread basket of Dylon Rhoads to take the Dons down to the 1-yard line. Tyler Backes broke free on the very next play to tie the game at 6-6.
Later in the first quarter, with the Dons ahead 14-6, Hogan took a high snap and scampered ten yards for the touchdown to put Don Bosco ahead 22-6.
In the second quarter, Hogan was on a roll through the air, until a tipped ball fell into the hands of Lincoln, who turned his interception into a touchdown to pull West Central within eight.
Late in the half, after two straight penalties, the Dons had a fourth-and-goal from the 24. Hogan escaped a few tacklers, and looked like he was headed for the end zone when the Blue Devils forced a fumble, but Rhoads jumped on the ball in the end zone for a Don Bosco touchdown.
The Dons added another touchdown late in the half to take a 34-14 lead into the break, and they wouldn't slow down in the second half. Don Bosco moves on to the second round of the playoffs with a 58-26 win over the Blue Devils.
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