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Utica- Friday night’s round one match saw #1 Centennial High School host #16 North Platte’s St. Pat’s.
After losing in the C2 Championship game to Yutan last season, the Centennial Broncos are on a mission this year to go 13-0 and win the State Title. First, they had to get through round one.
For North Platte St. Pat, this is their 11th trip to the playoffs in a row, and 17-of their last 18 seasons. They were shutout in round one last year to Lincoln Lutheran 35-0.
The Broncos showed why they were number one beating the Irish, 28-0.
The score doesn’t, however dictate how the game went, as the underdog Irish held the Broncos to just seven points in the first half of action.
In their first possession, Centennial turned the ball over on downs. St. Pat’s had to punt their first possession away.
Second time the Broncos got the rock, it took ten plays to get into the end zone, but they did on a five- yard run from Caleb Horne, for his first of two TD’s on the night. The extra point was good and 7-0 Centennial.
St. Pat’s again had to punt away their second possession. On their third they owned the ball most of the whole second quarter, and finally turned it over on downs.
Centennial only had the ball three times in the entire first half, and only lead 7-0 at the break.
The second half of the game, was much different as Centennial came out right away and used a hurry up offense to score their first possession on a six-yard TD run from Sid Farley. Extra point made it 14-0 Broncos.
Having only 14 players on their team, the much under-staffed Irish didn’t show signs of fatigue, not allowing any more points until the fourth quarter. Centennial wasn’t quite in sync on offense, dropping some easy passes, and not executing well.
St. Pats did running plays most of the entire game, but they were effective. Few yards here, and a few yards there. Nickle and dimming their way down the field, however never reaching the red zone of Centennial all night. Irish QB Jacob Swift did a nice job of dishing the ball off. He didn’t however throw very much and was 3-6 on the night.
Centennial really started to look like their old selves in the fourth quarter, breaking the game open on two scoring drives. It also helped that St. Patricks players were just tired.
Horne scored on a 15-yard run, and Ian Schueter ran on in from 11 yards out. Both extra points were good, and Centennial won 28-0.
Centennial QB Wyatt Ehlers was 10-17 throwing with no throwing TD’s.