By KCAU Sports Staff
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa--The top-ranked Bishop Heelan Crusaders used an explosive offense and a tough defense to cruise to an Iowa Class 3A state football championship Thursday night.
The Crusaders got off to a slow start against No. 6 Washington, trailing in the first, 7-6. But then Trent Solsma, Connor Niles, and Philip Jacobson took over as Heelan rolled to a 47-14 win.
Niles set an all-classes record for receiving yards (193), and had the mark by halftime. He also tied the 3A record for receptions with nine.
Solsma picked up where he left off in the semifinal game, setting a 3A record for completions(23), and all-classes records for yards (453) and touchdowns (6) in the blowout.
But Jacobson may have been most electric. The senior scored five touchdowns--tying the 3A mark set by former Crusader Brandon Wegher--and also intercepted a pair of passes.
It is the fifth state championship in Bishop Heelan history, and the second perfect season.