MILLIGAN, Neb. — Exeter-Milligan-Friend’s one-two punch was too much for West Point GACC Tuesday night.

Especially since the Bluejays were without their leader.

Seniors Edwen Baptista and Mitchell Manning combined for 354 yards and seven touchdowns on the ground as third-ranked EMF rolled to a 46-12 win over No. 6 GACC in the Eight Man-1 quarterfinals.

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“We can both do work out there,” said Baptista, referring to his fellow running back.

Baptista did most of his work before halftime, rushing for 132 yards and two of his three touchdowns on 20 carries. Manning ran for 125 yards and three of his four touchdowns after halftime, capping the scoring with a 69-yard sprint with 7:21 to play.

Baptista finished with 194 yards, while Manning added 160.

“It’s good to rely on those two guys,” said EMF coach Dean Filipi, whose team has won all 11 of its games by at least 12 points. “We moved them around a little bit, switch their roles a little bit.”

GACC, meanwhile, was without 1,700-yard rusher Jared Minnick, who suffered a hamstring injury during last week’s comeback win.

“I’m sure it hurt them morale-wise and everything,” Filipi said.

And EMF made sure the Bluejays were facing an uphill battle all night. On the first play from scrimmage, Baptista broke a tackle and ran 48 yards for a touchdown 16 seconds into the game.

“That was a big play, really set the tone for the game,” Baptista said. “The front line did its job and we got after it right away.”

When Baptista scored his third touchdown three minutes into the second half, EMF was up 26-0 and GACC never got closer than 20 after that.

EMF’s defense held GACC to two first downs on its first four possessions. The Bluejays did rush for 164 yards after halftime, but they couldn’t move the ball through the air.

“We couldn’t get our passing game going and we knew we would need balance tonight,” said GACC coach Dave Ridder, whose team ends its season at 9-2.

West Point GACC (9-2).........0 0 12 0—12

At EMF (11-0)................12 6 16 12—46

E: Edwen Baptista 48 run (run failed)

E: Baptista 5 run (pass failed)

E: Mitchell Manning 5 run (run failed)

E: Baptista 6 run (Manning run)

W: Cody Steffen 12 run (pass failed)

E: Manning 4 run (Manning run)

W: Noah Hass 5 run (pass failed)

E: Manning 20 run (pass failed)

E: Manning 69 run (pass failed)

Other games Tuesday

Mullen 52, Overton 36: Lane Edis rushed for 246 yards and six touchdowns for the Eight Man-2 No. 1 Broncos.

North Central 50, Dundy County-Stratton 14: Charlie Gale rushed for three touchdowns, and Sage Miller scored two more on the ground for the Knights.

Lawrence-Nelson 28, Kenesaw 12: The Raiders jumped out to a 14-point halftime lead and held on to upend the Eight Man-2 No. 7 Blue Devils, who beat Lawrence-Nelson 60-12 on Sept. 28.

Creighton 76, Norfolk Catholic 28: The Eight Man-1 No. 1 Bulldogs scored touchdowns on nine consecutive possessions and scored 70 points in the first three quarters to roll to the win.

Burwell 43, Arcadia-Loup City 8: Jase Williams rushed for 121 yards and four touchdowns for the Eight Man-1 No. 2 Longhorns.

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