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’Rocks fall again

September 18, 2018

The Scotus Central Catholic High football team took a lead on the No. 1 team in Class C-1 on the road Friday night in Pierce but allowed the next 42 straight points and fell to 1-3 on the season in a 59-21 loss.

After a season-opening win over rival Aquinas, the Shamrocks have now dropped three straight in losses to No. 8 Central City, No. 9 West Point-Beemer and Friday night.

Scotus has little time to feel sorry for itself.

After another road game next week at Raymond Central, the remainder of the schedule includes a home game with No. 3 Wahoo Neumann, a road contest at No. 5 Lakeview and a home game with No. 6 Wahoo two weeks later in the final game of the season.

“I won’t take anything away from Pierce. That’s one of the best football teams we’ve ever played,” head coach Tyler Linder said. “They’re a very talented ball club, very disciplined, very good in the trenches and they had a lot more in the tank in the second half than we did.”

Quarterback Caden Pelan found Tyler Palmer for an 18-yard touchdown pass to take a 7-3 Scotus lead less than two minutes into the second quarter. Pierce hit a 27-yard field goal with 4:05 left in the first quarter for the initial lead until Scotus responded.

It was all downhill for the Shamrocks from there.

Pierce scored on runs of 1, 20, 1, 10 and pass plays of 16 and 54 yards to build a 45-7 lead with 45 seconds remaining in the third quarter.

By the time Palmer scored for the second time on an 18-yard run, it was mostly a moot point.

He added a 90-yard kickoff return with 4:48 left in the game.

“We’ve got to find a way to get our defense off the field. There were too many third-down conversions that were close we just didn’t finish,” Linder said. “A lot of that is kudos to Pierce. They made all of their plays tonight. We didn’t really give them anything, they earned everything they got. We’ve got to find a way to get off the field.”

Pierce running back Carson Oestreich carried the ball 17 times for 190 yards with a touchdown, Brett Tinker went 19 carries for 96 yards and three scores while quarterback Dalton Freeman rushed 12 times for 93 yards and a touchdown and scored twice more on touchdown passes.

The Bluejays racked up 576 yards rushing and 646 total. The Shamrocks totaled just 208 with 124 of that total on the ground.

Palmer picked up 72 of that figure on 12 carries while Eric Mustard rushed nine times for 35 yards. Pelan was 7 of 12 through the air for 84 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions.

“At this point in the year, there’s still a lot to play for. The playoff system in our league is the best format regardless of the situation you’re in. If you win your district, you’re in. Next week we enter district play,” Linder said. “Our mentality is, we trust our system, we know our system works and we’ve been very successful in the past running what we run.

“It’s not a scheme thing. It’s not a design thing. We have to probably put our kids in a little better situation limiting some of the plays we run offensively and shoring things up on defense. We’ve got a great opportunity in Week 5. We’re really looking forward to that game.”

Clarkson/Leigh

The Clarkson/Leigh football team earned its first win of the season in a victory over Parkview Christian (1-2) 58-38 on Friday.

Despite not scoring in the second half, a 40-point second quarter was enough to give the Patriots the victory.

Clarkson/Leigh’s Lance Paprocki completed 2-of-4 passes for 87 yards and one touchdown.

Tommy McEvoy ran the ball 16 times for 273 yards and six touchdowns. He also had 34 punt return yards.

Cort Pokorney led the team in tackles with nine.

The next game for Clarkson/Leigh is 7 p.m. Friday in a road showdown at Pender (1-2).

Boone Central/Newman Grove

The Boone Central/Newman Grove football team improved to 2-2 on Friday in a 35-6 victory over the winless Arlington Eagles.

Boone Central/Newman Grove’s Carter Henry completed 11 of his 22 pass attempts for 158 yards and three touchdowns.

Brenden Beierman carried the ball 11 times for 107 yards and grabbed five receptions for 114 yards for three touchdowns.

Boone Central/Newman Grove’s next game will be at 7 p.m. Friday in a home battle against Logan View/Scribner-Snyder (1-3).

Cross County

The Cross County football team dropped to 1-2, after a loss last Friday to Fullerton 30-20.

Fullerton went into the half with a 14-0 lead and held the advantage the rest of the way.

The next game for the Cougars will be at 7 p.m. Friday when Cross County plays host to No. 9 (D-1) Osceola/High Plains (3-1).

Osceola/High Plains

The No. 9 Osceola/High Plains football team improved to 3-1 in a 69-38 victory over Elkhorn Valley.

Keaton Van Housen ran the ball 22 times for 170 yards for five touchdowns including a 57-yard run. He also had 117 kick return yards and 61 yards on punt returns.

Osceola/High Plains’ next game is against Cross County (1-2) at 7 p.m. Friday on the road.

St. Edward

The St. Edward football team dropped to 0-3 on Friday after a 76-22 loss to No. 2 (Six-Man) Wilcox-Hildreth.

The Beavers had two rushers pile up 100 yards in Lucien Ruby who had 126 yards on 15 carriers and two touchdowns, and Trevor Rasmussen who had 14 carries for 102 yards and a touchdown.

The next game for the Beavers is at 2:30 p.m. on Friday on the road against Elba (0-3).

Twin River

The Twin River football team improved to 2-2 in a 39-19 win over Crofton.

The Titans’ Curtis Miller gathered 138 yards on the ground on 14 carries and two touchdowns while teammate Chase Buhl carried the ball 10 time for 113 yards and scored three touchdowns.

Twin River’s next game is at 7 p.m. Friday in a road contest at No. 8 (C-2) North Bend Central (4-0).

Peter Huguenin and Nate Tenopir are the sports reporter and editor for The Columbus Telegram, respectively. Reach them via email at sports@columbustelegram.com.

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