The Hills-Beaver Creek Patriots steam-rolled into the semifinal round of the Section 3 Nine-Man Football Playoffs Tuesday in Hills.
The second-seeded Patriots entertained No. 7 Hancock for a quarterfinal-round clash.
The game turned into a lopsided contest when H-BC scored 38 third-quarter points to set the stage for an 82-14 pasting of the Owls.
“It was our first playoff game and we took care of what we needed to,” said H-BC coach Rex Metzger.
“We established our running game early and Gehrke (Dylan, H-BC’s junior quarterback) hit a few receivers with some passes to really open things up for us. Our young guys came in and played pretty well in the third quarter. We were able to do some things with our second unit.”
The game’s first half was more competitive than the final score indicates.
H-BC sported a slim 14-6 lead after 12 minutes of play before scoring 22 unanswered points in the second quarter to open a 36-6 halftime cushion.
The Patriots registered touchdowns with its first five offensive possessions of the game, starting with a 22-yard Gehrke-to-Carey Taubert touchdown strike early in the game.
Dalton Bass, one of three H-BC runners to gain more than 100-rushing yards in the contest, broke free for a 67-yard touchdown run to end H-BC’s second offense possession.
Tate Bork carried in the two-point conversion to make it a 14-0 difference.
Hancock showed some spunk late in the first quarter when the Owls put together a drive that ended with Taylor Holleman tossing a 12-yard touchdown pass to Pat Koehl.
A pass for a two-point conversion failed, keeping the score at 14-6.
The second quarter belonged to H-BC, which produced a pair of two-play scoring possessions before adding another touchdown late in the first half.
Gehrkre tossed a 21-yard touchdown pass to Jeff Sandbulte to cap a two-play possession early in the second period, and another two-play possession ended with Bass scoring on a 23-yard run.
Bass toted in a two-point conversion following Sandbulte’s touchdown reception to help the Patriots open a 28-6 advantage.
Bass scored on an eight-yard run late in the second period and Bork carried in the two-point conversion to give the Patriots a 36-6 lead at the break.
The Patriots registered four touchdowns in the first four minutes of the third quarter to up their lead to 66-6.
Gehrke delivered a 28-yard touchdown strike to Sandbulte during the second play of the second half and tossed a successful conversion pass to Zach Wagenaar to make it a 44-6 game.
Gehrke spoiled Hancock’s opening possession of the third period picking off a pass and returning 40 yards for a touchdown to give the Patriots a 50-6 lead.
Bork added a 53-yard touchdown run and Bass picked off a pass and returned it 93 yards for a score to cap H-BC’s four-touchdown outburst in the first four minutes of the second half.
Caleb Vis and Braden Ellingson registered conversion runs after the touchdowns to up H-BC’s lead to 66-6.
Ellingson capped H-BC’s 38-point third quarter with a five-yard touchdown run and a successful conversion carry to make it a 74-6 game heading into the fourth quarter.
The Owls opened the scoring in the final stanza when Micah Baker registered a five-yard touchdown run and carrying in the two-point conversion to make the difference 74-14.
H-BC’s Noah Holthaus recovered a fumble as the fourth quarter progressed to set up an 84-yard touchdown run by Ellingson moments later.
When Stuart Plimpton ran in the two-point conversion, the scoring was complete.
The 9-0 Patriots take on third-seeded Edgerton-Ellsworth Saturday in Hills. Game time is 3 p.m.
Rushing Bass 10-197, Bork, 10-111, Vis 6-69, Ellingson 5-100.
Passing: Gehrke 7-14 for 125 yards.
Receiving: C.Taubert 1-22, Sandbulte 3-54, Nathan Taubert 1-33, Ellingson 2-17.
Defense: N.Taubert one tackle and one and one-half sacks, Gehrke four tackles and two interceptions, Sandbulte six tackles, Holthaus three tackles and one fumble recovery, Bass three tackles and one interception, Bork one tackle and one sack, Isaac Tilstra six tackles, Ellingson four tackles, Vis four tackles, Plimpton four tackles, Wagenaar seven tackles, Dalton Klarenbeek seven tackles, Jacob Conger three tackles, Jeff Nelson three tackles and one sack, Jared Lingen two tackles and one and one-half quarterback sacks, Dirk Thone four tackles, Drew Forshey two tackles.