WEST UNION - It has taken a while for Paul Hansch to get the one victory that every coach wants and on Wednesday night the Clarion-Goldfield skipper picked up his first postseason victory.
In 17 seasons at the helm for the Cowboys, Hansch's squad had made it two previous times, but with a 43-21 victory over district runner-up North Fayette.
Clarion-Goldfield (6-4 overall) rushed for 424 yards on 65 carries to defeat last year's 2A semifinalists.
The Cowboys will now travel to district champion Forest City (8-2) on Monday night. Game time is set for 7 p.m.
"Most people considered us an underdog,'' Hansch said. "But we played well on both sides of the ball and had a big night rushing.
"We kept the ball out of their hands and limited our mistakes. In our three district losses we had a lot of mistakes, but on (Wednesday night) we didn't.''
The Cowboys did their damage on the ground, as three backs rushed for over 100 yards each.
Wyatt Sann led the ground attack with 163 yards on 19 carries. Sann had three touchdowns, reaching paydirt from 35, 30 and 20 yards.
Dominic Brandt had 136 yards on 25 carries. He had a one-yard touchdown run.
Jake Haberman had 136 yards on 25 carries. Haberman had a 57-yard touchdown and two two-point conversions.
Quarterback Adam Stevens had a one-yard score.
Jake Lockhart led the defense with 14 tackles and an interception. Nate Severson had 10 tackles on the night.