Central Nebraska Football
Overton's Season Ends in Mullen
Overton made the trip to face the #1 seeded Mullin Broncos and it was a Bronco victory over the Eagles 52-36. Mullen got the game started with a five-yard run from Lane Edis making it 8-0. Edis scored again this time from 30 yards out to make it 14-0 in the first. Later in the quarter, Ryan Lauby scored for Overton making it 14-8 at the 6:00 mark in the first quarter. The two teams traded scores for the remainder of the scores, and Mullen led 30-14 at the end of one.
In the second quarter, Overton got within one score on a three-yard touchdown run from Braden Kizer and the score was 30-22 in favor of Mullen at the 2:54 mark in the second. Mullen Answered right before halftime on a three-yard touchdown run from Edis.
In the third quarter, Mullen started the half with a 27-yard touchdown from Brady Gracey to Zac Sweet to make the lead 46-22. Overton scored on an eight-yard touchdown from Lauby and entering the final quarter Mullen led 46-30.
In the final quarter, Mullen scored on another Edis touchdown this time the run was from six yards out. Lauby punched it in one more time for the Eagles but they couldn’t get any closer as the final score read 52-36.
Mullen was led by 242 yards and six touchdowns on the ground. Ryan Lauby had over 100 yards rushing and three touchdowns for Overton.
Mullen is now 11-0 and will face Lawerence-Nelson in the semifinals of the class D-2 playoffs. Overton finishes the year at 9-2.
Gothenburg Falls to Aurora
Overton Survives and Advances
It was a #4 seed hosting a #5 seed and it was the Overton Eagles holding onto a close game over Sandhills-Thedford, 30-24. The Knights claimed the lead initially as Cauy Pokorny scored from 20 yards out on a Bryan Zutavern pass making it 8-0. Braden Kizer answered for the Eagles and at the end of the first quarter on a two-yard run and it was 8-6 in favor of the Knights.
Overton took a lead on a Kizer 5-yard touchdown run making it 14-8 with the Eagles ahead. Sandhills-Thedford answered with a 67-yard touchdown run from Coy Pokorny and at halftime, it was tied at 14.
Kizer punched it in for the Eagles on the first drive after the intermission making it 22-14. Sandhills-Thedford made things interesting as they forced a safety and heading into the fourth it was 22-16 with Overton leading.
But, the Eagles scored on an 11-yard touchdown from Ryan Lauby making it 30-16. Again, Sandhills-Thedford made a comeback bid as Bryan Zutavern scored on a 23-yard touchdown run as the score read 30-24. The Knights couldn’t get any closer.
Overton was led by Braden Kizer as he had 84 rushing yards, three touchdowns, and two interceptions on defense. Sandhills-Thedford was led by Cauy Pokorny had 18 carries, 117 yards rushing, and three total touchdowns.
Overton moves to the quarterfinals in Class D-2 State Playoffs and will face Mullen on Tuesday, November 6th. KRVN will carry the game. Sandhills-Thedford finishes the season at 8-2.
Warriors Fall in First Round
Knights Fall in Shootout
Eustis-Farnam faced Spalding Academy in the first round of the D6 playoffs and the Shamrocks won 70-60. Spalding-Academy started with a one-score lead at the end of the first quarter, 20-14. The Knights claimed the lead in the second quarter as at intermission it was 36-28 for the Knights.
In the second half, Spalding Academy outscored the Knights 42-24 en route to there victory. The Shamrocks move to 7-2 and will face Hay Springs this week. The Knights end their season at 6-3.
Lexington Can't Keep Up with Waverly, Fall 56-0
Lexington traveled to Waverly for the first round of the Class B playoffs. It was the home squad, the #5 seeded Waverly Vikings, taking down the #12 seeded Lexington Minutemen 56-0.
The first quarter was all Vikings as they scored on their first drive which was a 5-yard touchdown from Evan Canoyer. Rhett Jordan scored shortly after that making it 14-0. The first quarter scoring was rounded out by a 23-yard touchdown from Jordan to Jay Adams and the score was 21-0 entering the second quarter,
The second quarter was much of the same as Jordan ran in a score making it 28-0 to start the period. At the 9:24 mark in the second quarter, Jordan scored again from 25 yards out making it 35-0. A couple more scores took place before halftime including a 35-yard toss from Jordan to Adams again and an eight-yard run from Kaleb Canoyer made it 49-0 at halftime.
In the third quarter, the final score came from Nick Abbott from two yards out making it 56-0.
Waverly was led by Kaleb Canoyer on the ground as he had 142 yards and a score. The Vikings also accumulated 480 yards of total offense. The Vikings move to 8-2 and will face McCook on November 2nd in the second round. Lexington finishes the year at 4-6.
SEM Falls to Hyannis
SEM battled Hyannis in the first round of the D6 playoffs. It was all Hyannis as they won by a final score of 70-30. The Longhorns jumped out to a 20-0 lead in the first quarter. SEM outscored Hyannis in the second quarter, but it was by a narrow margin of 14-12 and the halftime score was 32-14.
In the third quarter, Hyannis made their lead larger and entering the fourth quarter it was 50-22. In the final period, Hyannis outscored SEM 20-8. Hyannis is now 8-1 and will face Minatare this week. SEM finishes the year at 4-5.
Bertrand Falls to Sandhills-Thedford
Cauy Pokorny ran for 260 yards, including a 65-yard touchdown on the first play from scrimmage of the second half as Sandhills/Thedford beat Bertrand 48-26 in the first round of the D2 playoffs Thursday night.
The two teams traded scores in the first half and were only separated by only two points at halftime with the Knights holding onto a 14-12 lead.
The third quarter was dominated by Sandhills/Thedford as the fifth-seeded Knights pulled away with a powerful ground game.
Sandhills/Thedford moves to 9-1 and will take on Overton in the second round. Bertrand finishes 6-3.
Overton Moves to Second Round of Playoffs
It was the #4 seeded Overton Eagles hosting the #13 seeded Giltner Hornets on Thursday night and it was the Eagles soaring to victory in the round one matchup, 42-34.
The first quarter was a track meet as Overton started the scoring on a 1-yard touchdown run by Caleb Moore. Giltner answered back with a 75-yard kickoff return by Rody Lyon to tie it at 6-6. Giltner ended up getting the edge in the quarter and led 20-14 at the end of the period.
In the second quarter, Overton answered right before halftime with a 25-yard touchdown pass from Braden Kizer to Wyatt Ryan. At the intermission, the teams were deadlocked at 20-20.
The Overton Eagles took the lead in the third quarter on a 4-yard touchdown run by Ryan Lauby to make it 28-20.
Giltner started the fourth quarter with a bang as Dayne Hinrichs found Lance Mckay from just a yard out to make it 28-28. Overton was able to close out the game with a couple of scores by Lauby on runs from 39 yards and four yards out.
The offenses were firing on all cylinders as Overton had 388 yards and 355 yards for Giltner. Overton moves on to face Sandhills-Thedford in the next round of the playoffs on Wednesday, October 31st. KRVN will carry the game on the Rural Radio Network. Giltner finishes the season at 4-5.
Swedes Power Through First Round
The Gothenburg Swedes have played dominant defense all year long, they needed it again as the team went into the playoffs and they got it on Friday night as they held West Point-Beemer to only 149 en route to a 23-7 win in round one of the Class C1 playoffs.
This matchup featured the number eight and nine seeds in the 16 teams C1 field, so it figured to be a tight game, add to that the fact that both teams seemed similar. The Swedes and Cadets wanted to run the ball and play great defense.
The Swedes got on the board early after West Point-Beemer fumbled on their first play from scrimmage. Gothenburg took advantage of the short field and scored on a rare pass as Maguire Bartlett hit Jordan Rosell on a 10-yard pop pass to go up 6-0. Then after a three-and-out by the Cadets, the Swedes found paydirt again when Evan Peterson scored from one yard out to go up 13-0.
Gothenburg’s leading rusher on the year is Trenton Harbor, who came into the game with 909 yards on the season. He made his presence known in the second quarter when he scored on a 52-yard run to put the Swedes up 20-0. He finished the game with 154 yards on just 12 carries to go over 1000 on the season.
West Point-Beemer struggled to only 21 yards of offense in the first half. The Cadets didn’t fare any better at the start of the second half as they went three-and-out again on their first possession. However, they got a lift on Gothenburg’s first drive with a fumble. West Point-Beemer received the short field, taking over at the Swede 35 yard line. However, the Gothenburg defense stopped the Cadets on fourth down from the Swede 17.
Mark Ackerman added a field goal to extend the lead to 23-0 before West Point-Beemer got on the board on a five-yard run by Blake Anderson. There were some dramatic moments after the Cadets recovered an onside kick on the ensuing kickoff, but were stopped by Gothenburg’s defense and the game came to an end.
The Swedes out-yarded the Cadets 369-149. That includes 329-109 on the ground. Gothenburg averaged 6.7 yards per play to only 3.3 for West Point-Beemer. The one disappointment for the Swedes was the number of penalties, as they committed 9 for 53 yards.
The Cadets finish the season 7-3.
For Gothenburg, they improve to 7-3 and now begin preparation for the top-seed in Class C1 the undefeated, and really, unchallenged Aurora Huskies. Aurora won their first-round game 61-6 over Arlington.
The Rural Radio Network will carry the game.
Elm Creek Falls in First Round of Playoffs
Elm Creek battled Arcadia-Loup City in the first round of the D1 playoffs on Thursday. These two teams had played in the previous week and it was the Rebels winning 40-12. This game was much closer but Arcadia-Loup City won by a final score of 26-18. Elm Creek was behind right away 14-0 in the first quarter.
Elm Creek made a comeback bid in the third quarter by outscoring the Rebels 12-6 in the third quarter. Elm Creek made the score 20-18 in the fourth quarter, but the Rebels countered with a score of their own to seal the game. Karsten McCarter had 70 yards passing and 85 yards rushing along with two total touchdowns. Arcadia-Loup City is now 5-4 and will face Hemingford this week. Elm Creek ends the season at 3-6.
Loomis Falls to Anselmo-Merna
Loomis battled Anselmo-Merna Thursday night in the season finale. The Coyotes won 88-44. The scoring started fast and furious as Anselmo-Merna led 28-18 in the first quarter. In the second period, the Coyotes extended that lead making it 54-24 at halftime.
In the second half, Anselmo-Merna held onto that lead by outscoring Loomis 34-20 to win the game. Loomis was led by Issac Wahls as he had 156 yards and a touchdown passing and 122 yards and two scores on the ground. Anselmo-Merna finishes the season at 3-5. Loomis ends the season at 2-6.
Arapahoe Beats Alma in Shootout
Arapahoe and Alma battled on Thursday night and it was the Warriors who won 52-50. The teams were tied up at the end of the first quarter at 14-14. The second quarter was pivotal as Arapahoe was able to outscore the Cardinals 16-14 to make it 30-28 at halftime.
In the second half, the quarters were identical as each team scored 22 points. Arapahoe was led by Gentry Anderson's 277 yards and four touchdowns for the Warriors. Arapahoe is 5-3 and will face Hemingford this week. Alma finishes the season at 2-6.
Minden Takes Down Southern Valley
Minden and Southern Valley battled in the season finale for each of these teams and it was Minden who won 41-0. The Whippets jumped out to an 8-0 lead in the first quarter. In the second period, Minden took over by scoring 33 points in the quarter.
Minden was led by Elijah Lovin as he had 84 yards passing and two touchdowns. Jay Maska had 84 yards receiving and two touchdowns as well for the Whippets. Minden ends the year at 4-5. Southern Valley finishes the season at 2-17.
Axtell Ends Season on High Note
Axtell played Blue Hill on Friday night and won 62-30. Axtell jumped to a 30-6 lead in the first quarter. In the second period, Axtell boosted that lead and at halftime, they led 50-6.
In the second half, Blue Hill outscored Axtell 24-12 but they were unable to complete the comeback. Axtell ends the year at 5-3. Blue Hill finishes 1-7.
Minutemen Win and Make the Playoffs
Lexington faced off against Alliance in a must-win game on Friday as the Minutemen needed to win to make the playoffs. Lexington took down Alliance 28-13 to clinch a spot in the Class B playoffs. Lexington is the 12 seed and will face Waverly on Friday in the first round. Alliance is now 4-5 and will face York to begin the playoffs.
Knights Take Down Mustangs
Eustis-Farnam and SEM battled on the 6-man field Thursday night and it was Eustis-Farnam winning 70-32. The Knights jumped out to a 28-0 lead in the first quarter. In the second period, SEM made a slight comeback and they trailed 44-20 at halftime.
In the second half, the Knights put the game away by outscoring the Mustangs 26-12. The Knights were led by Christian Timm as he racked up 379 yards and six touchdowns on the ground. Colby Fasse had 135 and two touchdowns rushing as well. The Knights are now 6-2 and will face Spalding Academy this week. SEM is 4-4 and will battle Hyannis this week.
Bertrand Heads to Playoffs With 6-2 Record
Bertrand faced Pleasanton this past week and won big on Thursday with the final score reading 62-26. It was a big second and fourth quarter for Bertrand as they outscored the Bulldogs 46-20 in those periods en route to their win.
Tyler Callahan had 205 yards and three touchdowns on the ground for the Vikings. Ethan Klingenberg added 106 yards and two scores as well. Bertrand is 6-2 and will face Sandhills-Thedford on Thursday for the first round of the playoffs. Pleasanton ends the year at 2-6.
Cozad Falls in Final Game of the Season
Cozad had a tough opponent on Friday against Adams Central. The Haymakers couldn't keep up with the Patriots as they fell 42-7. Adams Central jumped out to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter. In the second quarter, Cozad scored but so did the Patriots and Adams Central led 21-7 at halftime.
In the third quarter, Adams Central extended their lead more by scoring three more times. Cozad was led by Adam Cole as he had 89 yards passing and 41 yards rushing. Adams Central is 7-2 and will host Central City in the C1 playoffs. Cozad ends the season at 5-4.
Dusters Dominated by Stars
Holdrege faced Kearney Catholic in their final game of the season and lost 74-28. Kearney Catholic started out fast as they led 20-0 in the first quarter. The Stars kept things rolling as they posted another 21 points but, Holdrege did get on the board and Kearney Catholic led 41-14 at halftime.
In the second half, Kearney Catholic closed out the game by outscoring the Dusters 33-14. Kearney Catholic ends the season at 4-5. Holdrege ends their campaign at 2-7.
Overton Takes Down Elwood
Ryan Lauby had two touchdown runs and Elijah Heusinkvelt ran back a kickoff returns for touchdowns of 63 and 77 yards to lead the Eagles.
Sophomore quarterback, Conner Schutz got the first scores of the game on a touchdown run of 36 yards then another in the 2nd quarter of 1 yard for the Pirates.
The Eagles improved to 7-1 on the year and look to host a first-round playoff game this week against Giltner on Thursday. The Pirates end their season at 1-7.
Swedes Lose Tough Battle
In a battle of two of the top teams in C1 football, Ord outlasted Gothenburg 10-7. It was a game that featured to two best defensive teams in the state, so that low score was not surprising, however, some of the other statistics were.
The Chanticleers scored the first 10 points of the game but were then stymied by the Swedes defense and the time consuming, “ground and pound,” Gothenburg offense. The Swedes ran 71 plays on offense while Ord only had 35. Gothenburg out-yarded the Chants 235-129. In fact, the Swedes had more first downs and fewer penalties. In the end, though, the only stat that mattered was the final score.
After getting the short field, Ord’s Jesse Ulrich scored from 13 yards out in the first quarter. The Chanticleer’s Jaden Reilly intercepted a Maguire Bartlett pass two drives later and give Ord the short field again and the Chants took advantage by hitting a 23-yard field goal by Kellen Meyer. The Swedes then went on a 15 play drive that got them to the Ord 12 yard line, but were unable to convert on fourth down and turned the ball over on downs.
Much of the second half was dominated by Gothenburg. They drove to the Ord 25 yard line, then missed a field goal. On the next possession that drove 84 yards and finally got in the end zone on a nine-yard run by Brennan Seitsinger. Gothenburg’s next drive got them down to the Ord 30, but the Swedes were unable to convert another fourth down. After the third “three and out” of the second half by Ord, Gothenburg got the ball back and drove to the Ord 24, however another field goal attempt when just right and Ord was able to end the game on a kneel down.
Ord is the three seed and will face Sidney in the C1 playoffs. Gothenburg is now 7-2 and will face West Point-Beemer Friday in the C1 playoffs.
Elm Creek Falls in Regular Season Finale
Elm Creek faced Arcadia-Loup City in their regular season finale on Friday and fell 40-12. The Buffaloes couldn't keep up with the tough offense of the Rebels throughout the contest. Ironically, these two teams will face off in the first round of the D1 playoffs on Thursday as 4-4 Arcadia-Loup City will host 3-5 Elm Creek.
Arapahoe Get's Fourth Win of the Season
Arapahoe faced Hitchcock County this past week and came away with win number four as the Warriors beat the Falcons 46-12. Hitchcock County claimed a 6-0 lead at the end of the first quarter. In the second period, Arapahoe took the lead into halftime, 8-6.
In the second half, it was all Warriors as they outscored the Falcons 38-6. Gentry Anderson was the main ball carrier as he tallied 24 carries for 245 yards and three touchdowns. Yordi Gutierrez had 52 receiving yards and a touchdown. Arapahoe is now 4-3 and will face Alma this week. The Falcons are 2-5 and will battle Cambridge this week.
Alma Picks Up Second Win
Alma won their second game of the season on Friday night. Alma beat Southwest by a final score of 44-22. Alma now has a 2-5 record and will need to win on Thursday against Arapahoe for a chance to make the playoffs. Southwest is 2-5 and will be in a similar situation with their 2-5 record as they will battle DCS this week.