OAKLAND – Oakland-Craig scored on its first five offensive possessions of the first half, and rolled to a 54-13 win over St. Paul in a battle of 11-0 teams in the Class C2 state football semifinals Friday night, November 15 in Oakland, in a game aired on 107.9 The Bull.
The Knights started the game with the ball at their own 35, and finished the drive with a five-yard scoring run by Ian Lundquist. The two-point conversion made it 8-0 with 8:20 in the first.
St. Paul went three-and-out and were forced to punt.
O-C took over at their own 45 and scored on a 20-yard run from Coulter Thiele. The two-point try made it 16-0 Knights with 4:31 in the first.
Following another St. Paul punt, Oakland-Craig capped off a 68-yard drive with a one-yard run from Caden Nelson. The two-point conversion failed, and the Knights led 22-0 at the end of the first quarter.
The Wildcats had a big kick return and started their next drive at the Oakland-Craig 16 yard line. Eli Larson finished the drive with a one-yard scoring plunge. The PAT missed and Oakland-Craig led 22-6 with 9:34 in the second quarter.
Oakland-Craig didn’t take long to score again, as Jaron Meyer broke loose for a 55-yard touchdown run. The two-point try made it 30-6 Knights with 8:23 in the second.
St. Paul moved the ball into O-C territory, before Meyer intercepted a pass, giving the Knights the ball at their own 43.
Meyer added another big touchdown run, this time from 30-yards out. The two-point conversion made it 38-6 in favor of O-C with 3:48 in the second.
The Wildcats were pinned back at their own 15 for their next drive. They moved the ball out to their own 32, but Thiele intercepted a pass and the Knights took over at their own 35.
The Knights were turned away on fourth down from the Wildcat 44.
St. Paul scored in one play on a 56-yard hook-and-ladder pitch to Larson. The PAT made the score Oakland-Craig 38, St.Paul 13 with 19 seconds left in the half.
Oakland-Craig took a knee and sent things into halftime with a 38-13 advantage.
Both teams traded punts on the first possessions of the second half.
St. Paul again drove to the O-C side of the field, but the Knights got their third interception of the evening, and the second by Meyer.
O-C capped of the 54-yard scoring drive on a one-yard run by Nelson. The 2PC made the score 46-13 in favor of the Knights with 2:38 in the third.
St. Paul threw their fourth interception of the game, this time it was picked off by Nelson, and O-C took over at their own 28.
This drive ended on a four-yard run from Nelson. The two-point try made the score 54-13 with Oakland-Craig in the lead and 9:03 to play.
The Wildcats drove down to the Oakland-Craig 35 before failing on a fourth down attempt.
The Knights took over at their own 35 and were able to run out the remaining 2:50, preserving the final score of Oakland-Craig 54, St. Paul 13.
Oakland-Craig remains undefeated at 12-0 on the season, and will meet Sutton for the Class C2 state championship on Tuesday, November 26 at 2:45 at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln. The game will be broadcast on The Bull.