Scouts overcome two score deficit
David City football had a come from behind victory on Friday night when the Scouts defeated Twin River 21-20. David City trailed 14-0 in the third quarter before fighting back to improve to 4-3 on the season.
“Any win is big, especially on the road,” said head coach Cortney Couch in comments sent to the Banner-Press. “Down 14-0 in the second half, things weren’t looking great. We were able to move the football, but we weren’t able to maintain drives. We finally got a big play when Will Danielson hit Nick Ruth on a tight end screen that Nick took 53 yards to the end zone. That lit a little fire under us, and gave us a chance.”
Friday, across all of Nebraska, rain was an issue. Dwight was no different with constant mist, periods of rain and other more brief moments of hard rain.
Though Couch didn’t point to the precipitation as an excuse for a mostly uneven performance by both sides, he did point out that Twin River took the ball first and scored before the rain became its worst.
“Neither team could maintain a drive for the remainder of the first half,” Couch said. “We were our own worst enemy for much of the game - dropped passes, bad snaps, sacks, penalties, you name it, we did it. You can’t control the conditions, but I was pretty disappointed by our mistakes.”
Couch mentioned that it was the big play on the 53-yard touchdown that swung the momentum for the scouts.
“That 53-yard touchdown on the screen pass was huge,” he said. “Up until that point, we had had no luck maintaining a drive, so you just got the sense that we were going to need a big play to swing the momentum and get us going.
“Assistant Coach Tyler Brester was in the booth and suggested that we try the screen pass. So I called a running play to set us up on the left hash, and we tried the screen on second down. After that touchdown, the guys had some fire and forced a punt. The punter mishandled the snap, and we were able to block the punt and recover the football, setting us up for another touchdown. For most of the game, we couldn’t do anything, then we scored two touchdowns in just a couple of minutes to tie the game 14-14 going into the fourth quarter.”
Despite being down 14-0 Couch said he felt like his team would come back.
“I just kept thinking that we would eventually clean it up and seize momentum,” he said. “Even after we tied the game, Twin River was able to answer with a touchdown late in the fourth quarter. That easily could have sunk us, but I knew that we could put together a drive to win the game, and we did. Both teams showed an awful lot of heart in that game.”
The next game for David City will be at 7 p.m. Thursday in a home game against Class C-2 No. 2 Centennial.
Aquinas overmatched district opponent and No. 9 North Bend Central on Friday night, winning 52-14.
″(We had) great offensive line and running back blocks” said head coach Ron Mimick in comments sent to the Banner-Press. “We averaged 11.6 yards per rush. We threw the ball well with both quarterbacks making good decisions with three touchdown passes. We scored every drive. We blocked their blitzes very well.”
Mimick said that his team is just focusing on improving right now.
″(We are) just taking each game as it comes. (We are) approaching games with more confidence due to experience and success,” he said. “As coaches, we just keep pushing the importance of improving in practice. The six sophomores are all contributing on the varsity level. This allows us to play more players than we thought.”
The next game for Aquinas is 7 p.m. on Friday when the team hosts Twin River for Homecoming.
Shelby-Rising City lost Friday night to Utica Centennial 28-15 dropping the Huskies to 5-2 and 1-2 in Class C-2 District 4.
“Centennial is big up front, so they can run the ball when they need to and they have excellent skill players too, so they can also throw the ball,” said head coach Kevin Kopecky in comments sent to the Banner-Press. “They finished as the state runner-up last year for a reason, and nearly everyone is back from that team and a year older.”
“The district title belongs to Centennial, I believe they will finish 9-0 again. Our goal is to make the state playoffs, and that is well within our reach. We probably only need one more win to get in.
SRC is 1-2 in their last three games after playing two tough opponents.
“Good opponents is the only common denominator,” Kopecky said. “We knew that our district schedule is one of the toughest in the state. There’s no surprise there.”
The next game for Shelby-Rising City is at 7 p.m. Friday night against North Bend Central.
“We’ll go back to the practice field and the film room. It’s not rocket science,” Kopecky said. “We have to make a few more plays and we’ll be just fine. I was very proud of our football team last week, we competed very well.”
“North Bend at home this week is a great opportunity for us. They are in an identical place, so it’s a very big game this week – as close to a must-win game as we can have. I know our players will respond and get after it, they want to achieve their goals.”
East Butler struggled in the rain on Friday night, losing to Exeter-Milligan/Friend 62-18.
The next game for East Butler is 7 p.m. Friday on the road at Osceola/High Plains.
Peter Huguenin is a sports reporter for The Banner-Press. Reach him via email at DVDsports@lee.net