Eureka hands Belle Plaine first loss to clinch district title

Belle Plaine entered Friday's matchup having allowed just 34 points on the season, leading to a 6-0 record.

The Dragon defense did their part, but it didn't matter as Eureka found multiple ways to score in topping the Dragons big, 33-14, to clinch a district title Friday night.

The Tornadoes had an interception return, punt return and kick return all for a score to put them over the top in handing Belle Plaine their first loss of the year.

For Eureka, junior Brennan Lowe was unstoppable. Down 7, he picked off Belle Plaine's Luke Baker and took it to the house for the pick six to tie the game up, a score than held up until halftime.

Then in the third things got crazy. Lowe again came up big, returning a Dragon punt for a touchdown to give the Tornadoes their first lead. Belle Plaine immediately answered with Cameron Steele taking the ensuing kickoff the distance to tie the game back up. The special teams still weren't done, as Garrison Spoonts got in on the action, making it return touchdowns on three straight plays, this one enough to give Eureka a lead they wouldn't relinquish.

Brennan Lowe added his third and later fourth touchdowns of the day, both rushing scores to give him touchdowns on offense, defense and special teams, and Eureka held on for the 33-14 win.

Now with a district title locked up, Eureka will look to keep momentum going and win their fifth straight game next week against Cherryvale. Belle Plaine will look to secure a home playoff game hosting Douglass to end the season.