HARLAN, Iowa | Harlan turned the renewal of its lengthy playoff series with Bishop Heelan into a rout early as the Cyclones jumped to a 35-0 halftime lead on their way to a 42-7 win in a Class 3A first-round football playoff game Friday.
Quarterback Deren Schmitz passed for three first-half touchdowns and Nick Foss scored twice to lead the No. 6 Cyclones to a convincing win in the seventh match up of the teams since Heelan moved to Class 3A.
The second half of the game was played under a running clock and the Crusaders were able to avert a shut out on a 40-yard run by Hunter Hope in the fourth quarter.
Harlan will face No. 4 ranked Sergeant Bluff-Luton in a second-round game Friday. Heelan closes out its season with a 7-3 mark.