CEDAR FALLS – When the Class 8-Man championship kicks off on Thursday morning, it won’t involve its top-ranked team. No. 1 Don Bosco, one of the biggest favorites in the entire state of Iowa, was upset in the state semifinals, ending the Dons’ dream of a second-straight state title.
The Dons were done in by Fremont-Mills, a team ranked eighth in the final Gazette poll and 10th in the last Associated Press rankings. Fremont-Mills downed Don Bosco 32-30.
It was Fremont-Mills’ first game at the dome since the Knights fell 60-54 to New London in a thrilling state semifinal game in 2018. The Tigers would go on to become Class 8-Man champions.
Don Bosco led 6-0 after the first quarter and 14-12 at halftime. Fremont Mills took the lead in the third quarte on a 74-yard run by Seth Malcomn and never trailed again.
Malcolm dominated the Dons, running for 293 yards and four touchdowns on 40 carries.
Fremont-Mills will now face No. 2 Remsen Saint Mary’s on Thursday morning at 10 a.m. The winners of that game will be crowned state champions.