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Heartache at the UNI-Dome

Spartans upended by Bobcats, 37-17, in 3A title game
Spartans Mathieux Rehnke, A.J. Coons (on crutches), Joseph Stahle and Sullivan Steen reach out, hoisting the Iowa High School Athletic Association State Runner Up trophy with their teammates following a 37-17 loss in the Class 3A state football championship game to the Western Dubuque Epworth Bobcats at the UNI-Dome, in Cedar Falls.

CEDAR FALLS– Some stories end in joyous celebration, others reinforce resolve.
The Spartans, arguably one of the smallest Class 3A school football teams, entered the UNI-Dome on Thursday evening, Nov. 21, sporting a record of 12-0 to meet an equally tested adversary, one of the largest Class 3A teams, in the Western Dubuque Epworth Bobcats. Someone would have to leave without a perfect season.
Although the Spartans battled for 48 minutes, they failed to “Check the Final Box,” as the pole barn proverb south of town beckoned.
The Spartans fell before a very disciplined Bobcat team, 37-17.

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