Joe’s Morning Sports-Wednesday, November 21, 2018
Wyatt Ehlers and Jackson Hirschfeld hooked up on back-to-back plays in the final two plays of the game and Centennial edged Norfolk Catholic 29-28 in overtime of the Class ‘C-2’ State Championship Game at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln yesterday. After Ehlers ran for a 15 yard gain on third down from the 17 yard line, he connected with Hirschfeld on a two-yard touchdown pass to cut the deficit to 28-27. The Broncos elected to go for the two-point conversion, and Ehlers found Hirschfeld again for the deciding play. It was the first overtime game in the state football finals in nine years. The Knights had scored first in overtime to take a 28-21 lead after a Dylan Kautz one-yard TD run and the 77th consecutive extra point by Riley Carlson. Norfolk Catholic led at halftime 14-6 and 21-13 after three quarters. Ehlers finished 16-32 passing for 181 yards and three touchdown passes. He also ran for 163 yards off 22 carries. Hirschfeld caught ten balls on the day for 119 yards two TDs. The tandem also had two two-point conversions in the game. Kautz scampered for 125 yards off 31 carries and two touchdowns. He finishes his career as the all-time leading rusher in eleven man football with 7580 yards, surpassing the previous mark of 7478. Teammate Evan Smith, who surpassed 1000 yards rushing this season in the game, ran for 72 yards off 15 carries and a score. He also caught five balls for 123 yards and a touchdown from Nate Brungardt. The Knights finish with an 11-2 record and their seventh Runner-Up. Centennial concludes their 2018 campaign with a 13-0 mark and their first state title. They dropped last year’s Class ‘C-2’ Championship to Yutan 27-6.
The top four teams in the College Football Playoff rankings remain the same for the third straight week, the first time that has happened in the five-year history of the postseason system. Alabama stays at number one, followed by Clemson, Notre Dame and Michigan. The Crimson Tide, Tigers and Fighting Irish are unbeaten, and the Wolverines haven’t lost since their season-opening setback to Notre Dame. Georgia and Oklahoma are fifth and sixth, just ahead of LSU, Washington State, undefeated Central Florida and Ohio State. Central Florida moved up two notches to ninth with their blowout win over East Carolina.
Jarrett Culver poured in 26 points with six rebounds and Matt Mooney scored 15 points with two steals and Texas Tech overcame a slow start to beat Nebraska 70-52 last night in the title game of the Hall of Fame Classic in Kansas City, Missouri. The Red Raiders trailed 15-6 in the opening minutes before going on a 12-0 run to wipe out their deficit. The game remained close until midway through the second half, when Culver and Mooney combined to slowly pad Texas Tech’s cushion. Isaac Copeland Jr. scored 20 points with eight boards and two steals and James Palmer Jr. had 13 points for the Huskers, who were trying to win their first in-season tournament title since the 2000 San Juan Shootout. The Red Raiders improve to 5-0 while Nebraska drops to 4-1.
Mitch Ballock scored 23 points, Damien Jefferson added 20 to lead four players in double figures and Creighton routed Georgia State 93-68 last night to advance to the championship game of the Cayman Islands Classic against 16th ranked Clemson tonight at 6:30. Ballock made six three-pointers and had seven rebounds, six assists and two steals. Jefferson added six boards. The Bluejays made eight three-pointers in the first half, shot 61% from the field and forced eleven turnovers en route to a 28-point lead. They finished 14-32 from three-point range. D’Marcus Simonds had 21 points and Kane Williams added 20 to lead the Panthers. Creighton is now 4-1 on the season while Georgia State drops to 3-2.
JT Gibson scored 21 points with three steals to lead four players in double figures and Nebraska-Omaha blew out Bethune-Cookman in the second half for a 76-56 victory last night. The Wildcats built a ten-point halftime lead, 37-27, but was outscored 49-19 in the second half. The Mavericks improve to 2-3 on the season while Bethune-Cookman drops to 2-4.
Former Lutheran High Northeast volleyball standout & Dakota Wesleyan setter Bridgett Knobbe was honored for the second consecutive year on the All-Great Plains Athletic Conference Honorable Mention Team. This season, she finished with 1050 assists and 9.4 per set. Both of those marks were good for 42nd and 46th in the nation, respectively. Knobbe also ranked fifth in the GPAC in assists per set and ranked fourth in total assists. She currently sits in sixth place on the all-time assists list in program history. Knobbe also ranks 24th in school history on the all-time digs list. The Tigers finished the season with an overall record of 17-14 and a GPAC mark of 5-11.
This week’s Hausmann Physical Therapy Star Athlete of the Week goes to Bryce Zimmerer of the Class ‘D-1’ State Champion Creighton football team. In last Monday’s Class ‘D-1’ State Championship Game, her ran for 320 yards off 54 carries and two touchdowns and also recorded 6.5 tackles with a sack and tackle for loss helping his team to a 32-30 victory over Burwell. Zimmerer was nominated by Coach Zac Kliment. Congratulations to Bryce Zimmerer of the Creighton football team, he is this week’s Hausmann Physical Therapy Star Athlete of the Week.
Local Schedule: Creighton vs. Clemson at Cayman Islands Classic Championship (MBB-6:30).
Local Scores: NECC 83 Southeast CC, NE 81 (MBB); NECC 89 Southeast CC, NE 49 (WBB); UNO 76 Bethune-Cookman 56 (MBB); Northern Iowa 65 Creighton 55 (WBB).
High School Football State Championship Scoreboard: Omaha Skutt 48 Scottsbluff 27 (B); Aurora 49 Ord 7 (C-1).
Hausmann Physical Therapy Star Athlete of the Week: Bryce Zimmerer of the Class ‘D-1’ State Champion Creighton football team.
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Final Washington 125 L.A. Clippers 118
Final Brooklyn 104 Miami 92
Final Portland 118 N-Y Knicks 114
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