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Central Nebraska Football


Overton can't keep up with South Loup 

Overton faced an extremely talented opponent on Friday, as the Eagles battled South Loup. It was South Loup taking down the Eagles 51-8. South Loup began their domination in the first quarter as they put up 30 points. In the second quarter, South Loup scored another 13 points and led 43-0 at halftime. In the second half, Overton did get on the board so the shutout was avoided by scoring a touchdown and converting the two-point conversion. South Loup scored in the second half also with a touchdown and a two-point conversion. Overton will look to bounce back against Ravenna on Thursday at 7 pm and you can hear that game on 880 KRVN, 106.9 FM, and

Minden now 1-7 on the season

Minden faced off against Chase County on Friday night and it was the Longhorns getting the better of the Whippets. Chase County won by a final tally of 56-13. Chase County imposed their will right away as they scored 23 points in the first quarter. In the second quarter, Chase County kept rolling as they scored 27 points and led 50-0 at halftime. In the second half, Minden did outscore the Longhorns 13-6, but the deficit was too much for them to overcome. For Minden, Eduardo Gonzalez had 83 yards and a score on the ground. Minden will now face Gothenburg in their regular-season finale. Chase County now will battle Chadron and look to improve their 5-3 record.

Holdrege falls to 2-6

Holdrege traveled to McCook on Friday to face their rival. The Dusters didn't get the outcome they were looking for as the Bison won by a final score of 35-6. McCook started strong as they posted 14 points in the first quarter. In the second period of play, McCook scored another 14 points and led 28-0 at halftime. In the second half, there wasn't near as much scoring as McCook scored seven in the third quarter. Holdrege did get on the board as they scored six points on the board in the final period of play. McCook is now 7-1 and will face Lexington. Holdrege falls to 2-6 and will face Hastings.

Axtell falls to 2-5 on the year 

Axtell hit the road on Friday night to face Lawernce-Nelson. The Raiders took down the Wildcats by a final score of 58-27. Lawerence-Nelson started out fast as they posted 30 points in the first quarter. In the second quarter, Lawernce-Nelson scored another 16 points, but Axtell got on the board with seven points of their own to make the score 46-7 at halftime. In the second half, Axtell did outscore Lawerence Nelson 20-12, but that wasn't enough as they fell 58-27. For the Wildcats, Jake Marsh went 10-15 with 128 yards and two scores through the air. Axtell is now 2-5 and will face Giltner this week.

Cozad falls to Broken Bow

Cozad hosted their final home game of the year on Friday and the Haymakers fell to the visiting Indians of Broken Bow 21-0. Neither team could find the goal line in the first half and heading into the intermission the score was 0-0. In the second half, it was all Broken Bow. In the third quarter, the Indians posted 14 points. In the final period, the Indians put up another seven points to round out the scoring. For Broken Bow, Tycen Marten had 185 yards and two scores on the ground. For Cozad, Adam Cole had 57 yards through the air and 36 yards on the ground. Broken Bow is now 4-4 and will battle Kearney Catholic. Cozad is 2-6 and will face Gordan-Rushville.

Gothenburg takes down Kearney Catholic in an instant classic

Gothenburg traveled to Kearney on Friday night and the Swedes won 21-20 of the stars. It was tooth and nail throughout the game as after one quarter of play the scores was 7-7. In the second quarter, It was deja-vu as each team posted seven points and at halftime, it was 14-14. In the third quarter, Kearney Catholic took the lead by converting on a field goal and they went into the fourth quarter with a 17-14 lead. In the final quarter, Kearney Catholic made another field goal making the score 20-14. But late in the fourth quarter, Gothenburg scored and made the extra point making the final score 21-20. Gothenburg is now 6-2 and will face Minden this week. Kearney Catholic is now 6-2 and will battle Broken Bow.

Rough Riders rally to beat Bertrand 

 The Bertrand Vikings jumped out to a 14-point lead behind the rushing attack led by Wyatt Wilkens. However, Southwest came back in the second half to beat Bertrand 38-22 on Friday night.
After scoring on the first two possession Bertrand looked like they might run away with the game. However, Logan Greenlee’s 45-yard run tied the ballgame at 14 right before halftime.
The Rough Riders scored on the opening drive of the second half on a 53 yard run by Ryan Van Pelt to take a 22-14 lead. Bertrand answered with a 13 yard run by Miles Peterson and the teams were tied once again.  After a Bertrand punt, Southwest drove the ball to the one-yard line where Cody Downey scored and gave the ‘Riders the cushion they needed. Van Pelt added another touchdown in the fourth, his third touchdown of the game.
With the win, Southwest improves to 3-4 while the Vikings fall to 1-6.

Arapahoe wins big 

Arapahoe battled Hitchcock County on Friday night on the gridiron and the Warriors won 70-22. Arapahoe did their scoring fast and furious. In the first quarter, Arapahoe posted 28 points to the Falcons zero. In the second quarter, The Warriors scored twenty more points and the score was 48-8 at halftime. In the second half, Arapahoe outscored Hitchcock County 22-14. For Arapahoe, Gentry Anderson had 105 yards and two scores on 5-7 passing for the Warriors. Arapahoe is now 6-1 and will look to keep things going against Eustis-Farnam this week.

Wallace takes down Eustis-Farnam

Eustis-Farnam traveled to Wallace on Friday night and the Knights fell 55-28. Wallace started fast scoring 20 points to the Knights' eight. In the second quarter, Eustis-Farnam scored 12 points and Wallace scored just eight, but the Wildcats led 28-20 at halftime. In the second half, it was all  Wallace as they outscored the Knights 27-8. For the Knights, Christian Timm had a big game as he ran for 189 yards and a score. Eustis-Farnam is now 2-5 and will look to bounce back this week against Arapahoe. Wallace is now 3-4 and will battle Loomis this week. 

SEM falls to 0-7

It has been a tough season for SEM this year and on Friday they struggled against now 2-5 Ansley-Litchfield. The Spartans took down the Mustangs by a final score of 42-0. SEM was never able to get anything going on offense, and couldn't stop the Spartans on the defensive side of the ball. Ansley-Litchfield is now 2-5 and will face Pleasanton. SEM is now 0-7 and will play Central Valley to finish the season.

Hastings takes down Lexington

Lexington traveled to Hastings on Friday night and the Minutemen were looking for a win to have a chance to play for the B-6 district title next week against McCook. But, the Tigers of Hastings had different plans as they took down Lexington 29-0.
In the first quarter of play, neither team could get on the board. Early in the second quarter, Connor Laux scored for Hastings on a 7-yard touchdown run to make the lead 6-0. On the next couple of possessions, each team turned it over but neither team could capitalize on the mistakes. Later in the second quarter, Laux scored again this time from 10 yards out on the ground pushing the lead to 12-0. In the later stages of the second quarter, Quentin Synek knocked in a 27-yard field goal and at halftime, the score was 15-0.
In the second half, Hastings maintained their lead and Lexington couldn’t get anything going. Hastings scored on their opening drive of the second half which was a 14-yard pass from Alex Swoboda to Jacob Schroeder making the lead 22-0. Following that scoring drive, both teams became stagnant. The next score was a 22-yard touchdown pass from Alex Sowboda to Tate Pfiefer pushing their lead to 29-0 in the fourth quarter.
For Hastings, Connor Laux finished with 128 yards and two scores on the ground. For the Minutemen, Jake Leger had 61 yards on 10-18 passing. Hastings is now 4-4 and will play Holdrege next week in their final game of the regular season. Lexington is now 3-5 and will look to bounce back against their rival as they will travel to McCook and play the Bison.

Loomis falls to Wauneta-Palisade

Loomis hit the road on Friday night and the Wolves fell to the Broncos of Wauneta-Palisade, 63-20. The Broncos got things started right away as they posted 20 points in the first period. In the second quarter, Loomis posted 14 points but Wauneta-Palisade countered with six points of their own. And at halftime, the score was 26-14 in favor of the Broncos. In the second half, it was all Broncos as they poured in 37 points and Loomis just scored six. For the Broncos, Austen Rozelle had 101 yards and three touchdowns on the ground. For Loomis, Brian Hemmele had 24 yards and two scores on the scores on the night. Wauneta-Palisade is now 4-3 and will face Hitchcock County. Loomis will battle Wallace to finish the regular season.

Southern Valley drops to 0-8

Southern Valley was looking for their first win of the season on Friday night against St. Cecilia and the Eagles fell big. The final score was 43-16 in favor of the Bluehawks. St. Cecilia dominated the game throughout and didn't look back. St. Cecilia is now 3-5 and will face Gibbon this week. Southern Valley is now 0-8 and will look to get their first win in the final game of the year which is against Sandy Creek on the road.

Elm Creek moves on to 6-1 

Elm Creek faced off against Alma on Friday night and the Buffaloes took down the Cardinals by a score of 62-20. Elm Creek didn't take any time getting ahead as Elm Creek scored 30 points in the first quarter to Alma's zero. In the second quarter, Elm Creek maintained their lead and even added to it a little as at halftime the score was 46-6 in favor of Elm Creek. In the third quarter, Elm Creek posted another score making it 54-6 after three periods. In the final quarter, Alma did outscore Elm Creek 14-8 but that wasn't enough. For Elm Creek, Preston Walker finished with 125 yards and two scores on the ground. For Alma, Kaleb Kindler had 148 yards rushing. Elm Creek is now 6-1 and will face South Loup this week. Alma is now 2-5 and will battle Southwest this week.

Minden falls to 1-6

Minden hosted Kearney Catholic on Friday and the Whippets fell by a score of 30-8. Kearney Catholic has been a stout team all year and it was much of the same on Friday night. Kearney Catholic improves to 6-1 on the year and they will tangle with Gothenburg on Friday. Minden will look to bounce back and take down Chase County on Friday.

Elwood moves onto 3-3

Elwood faced off against Red Cloud on Friday night and won big by a final score of 77-7. The Pirates were able to dominate this game thoroughly from the get-go and they never looked back. For Red Cloud, they will look to bounce back next week against Harvard. For the Pirates, they will look to improve to 4-3 against McPherson County.

Arapahoe takes down Wallace 

Arapahoe hit the road on Friday night to face the Wildcats of Wallace. The Warriors were victorious as they took down Wallace by a score of 71-34. Arapahoe started out strong putting up 39 points to Wallace's six. In the second quarter, it was more of Arapahoe as they put up another 26 points and led 65-18 at halftime. In the second half, Wallace outscored the Warriors 16-6 but it was way too little to make a comeback. Gentry Anderson led Arapahoe with 159 yards and five scores on the ground. Arapahoe is now 5-1 and will face Hitchcock-County this week. Wallace will battle Eustis-Farnam.

Eustis-Farnam loses big to Wauneta-Palisade 

Eustis-Farnam faced off against a tough opponent on Friday night as they hosted Wauneta-Palisade. The Broncos didn't mess around in this game and started fast scoring 34 points in the first quarter. In the second quarter, it was another 15 points for Wauneta-Palisade and they led 49-0 at halftime. In the second half, Wauneta-Palisade kept scoring as they put up another 13 points before the game was over. Eustis-Farnam will look to bounce back against Wallace this week. Wauneta-Palisade will face Loomis this week.

SEM falls to 0-6 on the season

SEM battled against Pleasanton on Friday night and things didn't go in the favor of the Mustangs. Pleasanton took down SEM by a final score of 52-16. Pleasanton got things rolling with two touchdowns in the first quarter and a 16-0 lead. In the second quarter, Pleasanton kept rolling as they scored another 22 points and led 38-0 at halftime. In the second half, SEM outscored Pleasanton 16-14, but that wasn't enough. Pleasanton will face Blue Hill this week. SEM will look to bounce back this week against Ansley-Litchfield.

Southern Valley falls to 0-7 

Southern Valley faced a solid Doniphan-Trumbull team on Friday night and the Eagles fell 21-0. Doniphan-Trumbull played a consistent brand of football scoring seven points in each of the first three quarters in route to their win. For the Cardinals, they will battle Gibbon next week. Southern Valley is still seeking their first win and they will face St. Cecilia.

Loomis evens their record at 3-3

Loomis faced Hitchcock County on Friday and the Wolves won by a final score of 66-30. Loomis got the game rolling by scoring 22 points in the first period. In the second quarter, Loomis posted another 22 points and the Falcons did get on the board as they scored a touchdown. At halftime, the score was 44-6. Hitchcock County did outscore Loomis 24-22 in the second half but it was too little too late. Loomis is now 3-3 and will fac Wauneta-Palisade this week. Hitchcock County will battle Arapahoe this week.


Elm Creek takes down Overton

Elm Creek and the Overton Eagles battled on Friday night and it was the Buffaloes coming away victorious. It was a tight battle in the first quarter as each team was knotted up at 6-6. In the second quarter, Elm Creek dominated, scoring 24 points and leading 30-6 at halftime. In the second half, Overton made a comeback bid scoring 22 points in the fourth but Elm Creek held them off by scoring 14 points as well. For Elm Creek, Devon Walker had 81 yards and a score. For Overton, Braden Kizer had 79 yards and a touchdown through the air. Elm Creek will battle Alma this week. For Overton, they will face a very good South Loup squad.

Alma takes down Bertrand

A pair of teams struggling to find their way this season and it was the Alma Cardinals taking down the Vikings of Bertrand. It was a tooth and nail game throughout as the teams were tied at six after one quarter. In the second quarter, Alma scored a touchdown and a two-point conversion. Bertrand answered with a 23-yard fumble return by Miles Petersen but the Vikings couldn't convert the extra point and trialed 14-12 at halftime. In the third quarter, Alma scored and led 20-12 at the end of three. In the fourth Wyatt Wilken scored from one out for the Vikings, but Alma answered with a 17-yard pass from Burke Boehler to Daylan Russell to close the door on the comeback. For Alma, Kaleb Kindler had 187 yards rushing on 34 carries and a score. Alma moves to 2-4 and will face Elm Creek next week. Bertrand is now 1-5 and will face Southwest.

Gothenburg wins defensive battle over Cozad

Cozad and Gothenburg had relied on defense most of the season. On Friday their defenses took center stage. The Swedes forced four turnovers and edged Cozad 7-6.
Cozad scored first on the Haymakers second drive on a four-yard run by Matthew Schuster.  Cozad dominated the time of possession in the first half but was unable to find the end zone again. They did move the ball into the Haymaker red zone, but couldn’t finish the drives.
Gothenburg scored on their first possession of the second half with a power running game. Vincent Nichols scored from 59 yards out on an option play to tie the game at six. Gothenburg then brought in Mark Ackerman playing his first year of football, kicked the extra point to give the Swedes a one-point lead.
Cozad would end up turning the ball over two more times in the second half to end their threat.
Nichols rushed for 128 yards on 11 carries. He was also 2-4 passing and caught one pass on the night.
The Swedes improve to 5-2 on the year the Haymakers fall to 2-5.

Lexington claws back to win on homecoming night

On homecoming night, Lexington hosted their rival Holdrege and it was the definition of an instant classic between the B-6 district teams. The Minutemen were able to down the Dusters by a final score of 29-22.
In the first quarter, it was all Dusters as they posted 22 points in the period. The first score was a 10-yard pass from quarterback Zac Hurlburt to wide receiver Blare Bauer and that score was 6-0. They forced Lexington to punt and scored again on a 14-yard pass from Hurlbert to Trent Hoeft and that pushed the lead to 14-0 after the two-point conversion. Lexington’s quarterback Jake Leger then threw an interception and Holdrege capitalized on that as Alex Wells scampered in for a four-yard touchdown run pushing the lead to 22-0.
In the second quarter, Lexington got things rolling as quarterback Jake Leger ran in for a four-yard score and cut the deficit to 16 points, making it 22-6.  Leger got hurt later on in the second quarter but Jaxon Fagot came in and didn’t miss a beat. Before halftime, he led an eight-play, 47-yard drive that was capped off by a 10-yard touchdown pass from Jaxon Fagot to Logen Callahan. That made the lead 22-12 at halftime.
In the second half, Lexington kept up the tough defense. Lexington scored another touchdown on a 10-yard touchdown run from Jaxon Fagot making it just a three-point lead for Holdrege, 22-19.
In the final period, Lexington forced some big turnovers and scored 10 points to take the lead. The first score was a four-yard touchdown run by Jaxon Fagot and the second score was 26-22 and Lexington had all of the momentum. The Minutemen later in the quarter forced an interception and after that, they were deep into Holdrege territory and led to Javier Magana pushing through a 23-yard field goal to make the lead 29-22. The excitement wasn’t quite over yet as Holdrege drove into Lexington territory threatening to score. But the Minutemen defense stood tall and forced a turnover on downs to seal the deal.
For Holdrege, Alex Wells finished with 163 yards and one touchdown on the ground. For Lexington, Jaxon Fagot had 135 yards passing, 41 yards rushing, and three total touchdowns.
Holdrege falls to 2-5 and will battle McCook next week. Lexington is now 3-4 and will face Hastings next week.