December 18, 2012

Shimonek going for state title

After a big win in the semifinals on Friday, Iowa quarterback commit Nic Shimonek and the Mildred Eagles will be playing for a state title on Thursday night at Cowboys Stadium. We caught up with the 6-foot-4, 205-pound Shimonek, who went over 8,000 career passing yards last week, to talk about the upcoming game, what it would feel like to win a state championship, and much more.

Q: Tell me about the semifinal game this past weekend. What was the biggest factor for you guys in picking up the win?

SHIMONEK: It was kind of a sluggish first half and we were only up 5-0 at halftime. The previous week we came out really slugging in the third quarter, so as seniors we addressed to the guys at halftime that if we come out like again, the game's not going to end the way we want it to. We kept emphasizing that and we came out in the second half ready to play. The scored ended up being 28-14, but their 14 all came in the last three minutes so it wasn't really indicative of how the game went.

Q: What is the feeling like knowing you are headed to the state title game after losing in the semifinals a year ago?

SHIMONEK: It's a great feeling. We came up short last year. We lost 35-28 in the same round in a game where we kind of let it get away from us because of turnovers, so getting some redemption this year is definitely a great feeling.

Through 14 games this season, Shimonek has completed 160 of 252 pass attempts (63.5%) for 2,555 yards and 33 touchdowns with 6 interceptions. He also has 842 yards rushing and 16 touchdowns on the ground as well.

On Thursday at 8 PM, Mildred (13-1) faces East Bernard (14-0) in the Class 2A Division II state title game. Fox Sports Southwest will televise the game live.

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