The Falcons responded to the touchdown with an impressive drive of their own. But, after Louisa-Muscatine had marched deep into Blue Demon territory, Albia's defense bore down and stopped the Falcons from getting a first down on four straight plays, forcing Louisa-Muscatine to surrender the ball to the Blue Demons on their own 11-yard line.
Neither team was able to put any points on the board in the third quarter until Leshen connected with Zach Hugan for a 19-yard touchdown with 1:55 left in the third quarter to make it 21-6. Schultz added to Albia's lead in the fourth quarter when he ran for a 69-yard touchdown. It was a magnificent run that featured Schultz patiently finding seams, evading would-be tacklers and following his blockers on his way toward the end zone.
Although they were unable convert on the extra point, the touchdown upped Albia's lead to 27-6. The Falcons' problems were further compounded when Collin Bieri was tackled in his end one for a safety that grew Albia's lead to 29-6.
"I told them I was very proud of them because they had to take down a very tough opponent," Staton said. "I'm proud of the way they play.They are very sportsmanlike in the way they play. We don't cheap shot, we don't jabber at the people. There are lots of ways of winning and it's not always on the scoreboard and our kids are winners not just on the scoreboard and I'm proud of that and want that to continue."
Albia (10-0) plays Mid-Prairie (8-2) Monday in Albia in the second round of the Class 2A state playoffs.
Albia 29, Louisa-Muscatine 6
Loui 6 0 0 0 — 29
Albi 7 7 7 0 — 6
Scoring By Quarters
LM — Austin Bohling 5-yard run (two-point conversion no good), 7:15.
Albia — Alex Schultz 4-yard run (Brenden Bassett kick), 1:22.