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Falls City Sacred Heart's offense was averaging 56.3 points per game entering the third round of the state football playoffs.

On Tuesday, the Irish showed just how dominant their defense can be, too.

No. 2 Sacred Heart (11-0) held No. 3 Bloomfield and senior quarterback Braden Eisenhauer in check in a 36-0 victory in the Class D-2 state quarterfinals in Bloomfield.

The Irish are headed to the state semifinals for the third time in four years. Sacred Heart has ended Bloomfield's season on the Bees' home field three times during that span.

"It's definitely a long (trip), but it seems we've had to go up to northeast Nebraska a lot of times in my years," Falls City Sacred Heart coach Doug Goltz said. "The kids are pretty good about handling all of that."

Bloomfield (10-1) was averaging more than 47 points per game before Tuesday's contest. The Irish decided to load up the box and stop the run, daring the Bees to throw into a stiff wind.

"Our defense was good all four quarters," Goltz said. "They really run the ball, the Eisenhauer kid is such a tough runner, but I thought we did a pretty good job against that."

Sacred Heart held the Bees to 108 total yards, and Eisenhauer to 85 yards on 34 carries.

"Our defense has been solid, and then on top of that, these last two games have been against teams that were really heavy run, and that allowed us to kind of stack it up more so," Goltz said.

Meanwhile, the Irish offense started to spread things out in the second half after clinging to a slim 6-0 lead at halftime.

Sophomore Jakob Jordan broke free for a 60-yard touchdown on the first play of the third quarter. Jordan was on the receiving end of a 21-yard touchdown catch late in the third quarter, giving FCSH a 22-0 lead.

Jake Hoy padded the lead with a pair of touchdown runs in the fourth quarter.

Sacred Heart struck first when Jordan, who finished with 74 rushing yards, hit a wide-open Del Casteel in the middle of the field for a 52-yard touchdown catch and run in the first quarter.

Bloomfield was unable to answer. The Bees' next three drives ended in a fumble, turnover on downs and an interception.

Playoff glance

Humphrey St. Francis 64, Plainview 20: The top-rated Flyers (11-0) rolled to set up a Class D-2 rematch with Falls City Sacred Heart. St. Francis defeated the Irish 54-36 in last year's quarterfinal round.

Pleasanton 34, Twin Loup 24: Kessler Dixon rushed for more than 200 yards and three touchdowns to lead the seventh-seeded Bulldogs (9-2), who jumped to a 26-0 lead. Pleasanton will play Overton in the state semifinals.

Overton 22, Central Valley 14: Ryan Lauby's 71-yard touchdown run late in the second quarter sparked eighth-seeded Overton (8-3), which is the state semifinals for the first time since 2013. Central Valley, rated No. 6, lost its first game of the season.

Osceola/High Plains 28, Howells-Dodge 14: Osceola/High Plains (9-2) held the top-rated Jaguars (10-1) scoreless over the final three quarters to advance to the Class D-1 semifinals. Osceola/High Plains' Keaton Van Housen rushed 45 times for 289 yards and four touchdowns.

Burwell 71, Cambridge 48: In Class D-1, Jace Williams and Caleb Busch each scored five touchdowns to lead the Longhorns (9-2). Cambridge's Paxton Ross threw for 415 yards.

Dundy County-Stratton 42, Arcadia/Loup City 30: Seventh-seeded Dundy County-Stratton (10-1) trailed 24-14 at halftime before using a 28-point second half to advance to the D-1 semifinals. Dundy County-Stratton is in the state semifinals for the first time in school history.

This article originally ran on journalstar.com.

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