Central Nebraska Football
Elm Creek falls to South Loup
Elm Creek hosted South Loup in the second round of the D-1 playoffs on Wednesday night. The Bobcats got the better of the Buffaloes with the final score being 36-22. It was a tight ball game in the first quarter as South Loup struck first and led 8-0. Elm Creek was able to bounce back and score and at the end of the first period, it was 8-6 in favor of South Loup. In the second quarter, South Loup took over in the second quarter scoring two touchdowns. Elm Creek did counter with one of their own but trailed 22-16 at halftime. In the third quarter, Elm Creek tied it up at 22 heading into the final quarter. In the fourth, South Loupe didn't leave any doubt as they scored 14 points in the final period. For South Loup, Jack Rush had 138 yards passing with two scores and 124 yards rushing and two scores. For Elm Creek, Preston Walker had 146 yards passing and two scores and he also had 63 yards rushing and a score. South Loup moves onto 11-0 and will face CWCE on Tuesday. Elm Creek finishes the year at 7-3.
Arapahoe falls in first round of playoffs
Arapahoe hosted Giltner on Thursday in the class D2 state playoffs. It was an intriguing eight seed versus a nine seed, and the road squad, Giltner, won by a score of 58-50. It was a back and forth affair that the Hornets were able to win. Arapahoe finishes the year at 7-2. Giltner moves on to battle the number one seeded Mullen Broncos.
Monarchs are royal pains for the Swedes
The Gothenburg Swedes drew one of the toughest first round match-ups in the C-1 Playoffs. Aquinas Catholic is a senior-laden team even being ranked No. 1 at some points during the season. They proved to be too much for the Gothenburg winning 42-6.
Gavin Rech scored four rushing touchdowns and passed for two more as the perennial power Aquinas Monarchs built a 35-0 lead at the half. The Aquinas defense proved to be too much for the Swedes offense that often hurt itself. Gothenburg turned the ball over five times including four interceptions.
The Swedes got on the board in the fourth quarter with an eight-yard run by Maquire Bartlett.
The Swedes finish the season with an impressive 7-3 record. Aquinas moves on to the second round of the playoffs.
Overton falls in first round of playoffs
Overton, the 12 seed faced off against the five seeded Hemingford Bobcats and the Eagles fell 22-14. The Bobcats started the game strong as Miles Davis took the opening kickoff 76 yard to lead 6-0. Conner Swanson then scored for the Bobcats on a 56-yard touchdown to make the score 14-0. Swanson then scored from nine yards out in the first quarter to make it 22-0. In the second quarter, Overton did score and they trailed by two scores at halftime. In the second half, Overton tried to come back but it was too little, too late. Overton finishes the year at 5-4. Hemingford moves onto face Medicine Valley.
Elm Creek moves to the next round
Elm Creek faced the #6 seeded Burwell on Thursday night and the underdog Buffaloes won by a score of 14-12. Elm Creek jumped out to a 6-0 lead after one quarter of play. The score came from Preston Walker on a 46-yard run. In the second quarter, Devon Walker scored again this time from nine yards out and the halftime score was 14-0. Burwell looked like they were going to come back and take the lead, but a couple of failed extra points resulted in just 12 points. For Elm Creek, Devon Walker led Elm Creek with 108 yards and two touchdowns. Elm Creek moves on to play South Loup on Thursday. Burwell finishes at 6-3 on the year.
Overton moves onto 5-3
Overton battled against Ravenna on Friday night and the Eagles won by a final score of 58-24. Ravenna started quick with a long touchdown run from Drew Bolling, and then a 74-yard fumble recovery for a score and the Blue Jays led 16-0 just two minutes into the game. Overton then took over and dominated the remainder of the game in route to their fifth win. For Overton, Caleb Moore had a big-time game recording six total touchdowns while rushing for 187 yards and catching the ball for 45 yards. For Ravenna, Drew Bolling had 153 yards on the ground and a score. Ravenna ends the season at 1-7. Overton will face Hemingford on Thursday in the D-1 playoffs and that game can be heard on Kami 1580 AM, 100.1 FM, or krvn.com with pregame starting at 3:45 P.M.
Elwood ends season with a big win
Elwood faced off against a solid Silver Lake team on Friday night and the Pirates were able to handle the Mustangs by a final score of 54-12. Elwood started their domination from the beginning as they posted 24 points in the first quarter. In the second quarter, Elwood kept it rolling as they scored another 16 points and led 40-0 at halftime. In the third period of play, Silver Lake did score a touchdown, but Elwood did as well and led 48-6 after the quarter. In the final period of play, each team scored a touchdown to round out the scoring. Elwood finishes the year at 5-3 and Silver Lake finishes their season at 4-4. Neither team qualified for the playoffs this season.
Holdrege finishes season with a win
Holdrege battled against Hastings on Friday night for their final game of the season and the Dusters played well. Holdrege took down the Tigers by a final score of 25-14. The Dusters bounce back and win in their season finale after dropping three straight games. Hastings ends the year with a final record of 4-5. Holdrege finishes the year at 3-6.
Wildcats finish season at 2-6
Axtell faced off against Giltner on Friday night and the Wildcats couldn't keep up with Hornets and fell 56-30. Axtell couldn't keep up with the Hornets and they finish the season with a final record of 2-6. Giltner now has a record of 5-3 and they take into the D2 state playoffs with a #9 seed and will face #8 seeded Arapahoe on Thursday.
Cozad finishes football season at 2-7
Cozad hit the road and went to the northwest part of the state to battle Gordon-Rushville. The Mustangs took down the Haymakers by a score of 37-8. In the first quarter, Gordon-Rushville jumped out to a 7-0 lead. In the second quarter, Cozad scored a touchdown and converted the extra point, but Gordon-Rushville maintained the lead and led 13-8 at halftime. In the third quarter, the Mustangs took over and scored 16 points and led 29-7 after three periods. In the final quarter, Gordon-Rushville scored eight more points. For the Mustangs they finish the year at 5-4. For Cozad they end their season with a record of 2-7.
Bertrand falls in season finale
Bertrand hosted Medicine Valley on Thursday night and the Vikings fell to the Raiders 56-8. It was a tightly contested battle in the first quarter as Medicine Valley scored eight points to Bertrand's zero. In the second quarter, Medicine Valley took over and scored 21 points and they led 29-0 at halftime. In the third quarter, Medicine Valley kept up the strong play, posting another 21 points. In the final quarter, Bertrand did outscore Medicine Valley 8-6. Medicine Valley is now 8-0 and is the #4 seed in the D1 state playoffs and will face the #13 seeded Cambridge Trojans. Bertrand finishes the season at 1-7.
Arapahoe takes down Eustis-Farnam
Eustis-Farnam hosted Arapahoe on Thursday night and the Warriors handled the Knights 66-20. Arapahoe started strong posting 26 points to the Knights zero. In the second quarter, Arapahoe held Eustis-Farnam to zero points again while scoring 34 points themselves. The Warriors led 60-0 at halftime. In the second half, Eustis-Farnam did outscore the Warriors 20-6 but it was too little, too late. For Arapahoe, Gentry Anderson was a dual-threat as he had 222 yards and three touchdowns through the air and 110 yards and two scores on the ground. For Eustis-Farnam Christian Timm had 79 yards and a score on the ground. Arapahoe is now 7-1 and will face Giltner in the D1 state playoffs. Eustis-Farnam ends the year at 2-6.
SEM loses to Central Valley
SEM was searching for their first win of the season on Friday night, in their final game of the season. SEM was unable to get the win as they fell to Central Valley by a final score of 64-6. Central Valley started fast putting up 22 points in the first quarter. In the second quarter it was much of the same as they scored another 24 points to SEM's six. In the second half, Central Valley tightened up on defense and scored another 18 points. Central Valley is now 3-5 and will face the #2 seeded Blue Hill in the playoffs. SEM finishes 0-8 on the season.
Lexington falls to McCook
Lexington faced off in a rivalry game on Friday night as the McCook Bison took down the Minutemen by a score of 70-7. McCook didn't take any time getting started as they scored 21 points in the first quarter. In the second quarter, it was much of the same as the Bison scored another 21 points and led 42-0 at halftime. In the third quarter, Lexington did score on a fumble recovery from Logen Callahan. But also in the third quarter, McCook scored another two times and led 56-7. McCook didn't stop there as they poured in another 14 points to round out the game. Logen Callahan led Lexington with 56 receiving yards on five receptions. McCook is now 8-1 and will face Waverly in the playoffs. Lexington finishes the year at 3-6.
Southern Valley wins in final game of the season
Southern Valley and Sandy Creek entered Friday night's game with 0-8 records so something had to give. It was the Eagles who came away with a 20-10 victory. For the Eagles, they finish the year with a final record of 1-8. For Sandy Creek, they finish 0-9.
Loomis falls to Wallace, finishes year at 3-5
Wallace hit the road and traveled to Central Nebraska on Thursday night and the Wildcats took down the Loomis Wolves by a score of 88-28. Wallace started out strong as they put up 20 points Loomis' six. In the second quarter it was a shootout as Wallace scored 34 poitns and Loomis scored 22. In the second half, it was all Wallace as they scored 34 points to Loomis' zero. For Loomis, Payton Shutz was a dual-threat as he threw for 117 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 180 yards and two touchdowns. Wallace is the #13 seed in the D2 playoffs and will play the #4 seeded Garden County. Loomis finishes the season at 3-5.
Alma finishes year at 2-6
Alma faced off against Southwest on Thursday and the Cardinals fell to the Roughriders 64-20. Southwest started fast as they posted 40 points in the first quarter and Alma put up just 12. In the second quarter, Southwest scored another eight points and led 48-12 at halftime. In the second half, the third quarter was the only time scoring took place as Southwest scored 16 and Alma just eight. For Alma, Kaleb Kindler had 90 yards on 18 carries. Southwest will look to force an upset against #2 Kenesaw in the playoffs. Alma finishes their season at 2-6.
Elm Creek falls to South Loup, prepare now for playoffs
Elm Creek faced off against undefeated South Loup on Friday night and the Buffaloes couldn't keep up with South Loup as they fell 47-26. South Loup jumped out to an eight to nothing lead after the first quarter of play. In the second quarter, Elm Creek put up 12 points, but South Loup scored 26 points and led 34-12 at halftime. In the third quarter, South Loup scored another 13 points to the Buffaloes eight. In the final period, Elm Creek did score a final touchdown but it was too little, too late. For Elm Creek, Preston Walker had 120 pass yards and 121 pass yards for the Buffaloes. South Loup will now focus on playoffs as they will battle Dundy County-Stratton on Thursday. Elm Creek will look to bounce back against Burwell in the first round of the playoffs on Thursday.
Gothenburg headed to C-1 playoffs
Eddie Gonzalez carried the ball 46 times for 165 yards, but it wasn’t enough as the Minden Whippets lost 34-10 to the playoff-bound Gothenburg Swedes. The “ground and pound” Whippets controlled the ball throughout most of the first quarter and got on the board in the second with a 3 yard from Gonzalez on fourth and goal to take a 7-0 lead. It was a very impressive start to the game. Gonzalez was the catalyst carrying the ball over 20 times in the first 18 minutes.
The Swedes answered right away on the ensuing kickoff. Alex Garner took the short kick and returned it for a touchdown from 65 yards out. With eight minutes to go in the half the game was tied at 7. The Swedes took the lead with three minutes left in the half on a 34 yard run by Vincent Nichols. On the next possession Gothenburg blocked a Gonzalez punt and on the next play Maquire Bartlett scored from four yards out. The Swedes took at 20-7 lead into halftime. Gothenburg solidified their lead on a 40 yard touchdown pass from Nichols to Owen Geiken in fourth quarter and then on a two yard run by Evan Peterson. Minden added a 30 yard field goal by Miquel Arando to round out the scoring. Minden finishes the season 1-8. Gothenburg improves to 7-2 and will begin preparations for the playoffs.
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 krvn.com.
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.