Trojans triumph over Pawnee City

September 11, 2018
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Tri County's Drew Garrison (left) slips through the grip of Pawnee City's Shamar Willey (right) as the Tri County Trojans defeat the Pawnee City Indians, 45-22, on September 7, 2018, in Pawnee City, Neb.

PAWNEE CITY - The Tri County Trojans scored at least one touchdown in every quarter Friday night in a 45-22 road win over Pawnee City.

Trojan coach Brett Scheiding said the game started out as a slug fest in rainy conditions, but said he was proud of how his young guys stepped up against a good sized Pawnee City offensive and defensive line.

“On a wet filed like that cutting is a challenge,” Scheiding said. “I thought we handled it well and we took care of the football, which has hurt us in weeks prior. We were able to find seams and got a few big plays from our skill guys.”

The Trojans struck first when Jack Holsing scored on a 45-yard touchdown run to give Tri County an early 7-0 lead.

Pawnee City struck back when TJ Mawhiney scored on a four yard touchdown run and Shamar Willey gave the Indians the lead when he scored on a two point conversion, making it 8-7.

The Trojans would end the first quarter with the lead, though, which Colton Jantzen scored on a 42-yard run. The extra point missed, though, keeping the score at 13-8.

Mawhiney opened the second quarter with a 31 yard touchdown strike to Willey. The PAT missed, keeping the score at 14-13 in favor of Pawnee City.

The Trojans would own the rest of the second quarter. Cole Siems scored on a 27 yard run and then ran in the two pointer. At the end of the half, Siems found Brandon Beeson for a 15 yard touchdown pass and then connected with Bailey Waltke for the two pointer, making it 29-14 at half time.

The scoring would slow down in the second half, but at the end of the third quarter, Siems recovered a fumble and returned it four yards for a touchdown. Jack Holsing ran in the two pointer, extending the lead to 37-14.

Siems put the game away early in the fourth quarter when he scored on a 55 yard touchdown run and then found Lucas Weise for the two pointer.

Willey would score on a 10-yard run for Pawnee City at the end of the fourth quarter, making the final score 45-22.

Siems ran the ball 18 times for 208 yards and two touchdowns and was 1 of 3 passing for 14 yards and a touchdown. Jantzen had two carries for 59 yards and a touchdown and Holsing had nine carries for 48 yards and a touchdown.

Weise had Tri County’s one reception for 14 yards and a touchdown.

Defensively, Dominic Smith had 15 total tackles, 2.5 of which went for a loss. Brandon Beeson had 13 tackles with two going for losses. Holsing had 10 tackles. Siems and Beeson both had fumble recoveries.

“Defensively, I was proud of our physicality,” Scheiding said. “We were able to disrupt plays early in the backfield and we forced some turnovers. We also were able to capitalize on some bad snaps. Pawnee City had some long drives, particularly one to start the second half that we were able to get stopped and that really allowed us to separate in the second half.”

Pawnee City’s Willey rushed the ball 18 times for 100 yards and a touchdown and had three receptions for 46 yards and a touchdown.. Mawhiney had 13 rushes for 24 yards and a touchdown and was 7 of 11 passing for 88 yards and a touchdown.

Marcus Gray had 12 tackles for Pawnee City while Wyatt Schmit and Mason Lierz had 10 tackles each.

Tri County improves to 1-2 on the season and will host Meridian Friday night.

“This young group is getting better each week and that’s all we as coaches want to see,” Scheiding said. “We have another test this week with a solid Meridian squad, so we’ll have to keep that trend going this week.”

Pawnee city is now 0-3 and will have this Friday off before traveling to Diller-Odell on Sept. 21.

Other Sunland scoresBENNINGTON 21, NORRIS 6Late FridayBennington 7 7 7 0 -- 21Norris 0 0 6 0 -- 6B--Gansebom 14 pass from Bohn (Gansebohm kick)B--Smith pass from Bohn (Gansebohm kick)B--Corrsgan 4 pass from Bohn (Gansebohm kick)N--Hausmann 3 run (kick failed)ASHLAND-GREENWOOD 2, FAIRBURY 0FAIRBURY--Abysmal conditions due to rain severely limited Friday’s game. The Bluejays earned the only points after a bobbled snap out of the endzone.Ashland-Greenwood 0 2 0 0 -- 2Fairbury 0 0 0 0 -- 0A-G--Team safetySHELBY-RISING CITY 45, JCC 6RISING CITY--Mason Schleis had 231 yards passing and accounted for four touchdowns.Johnson Co. Central 0 0 6 0 -- 6Shelby-Rising City 12 12 14 7 -- 45S--Lindsley 4 pass from Schleis (kick failed)S--Schleis 1 run (run failed)S--Lindsley 27 run (kick failed)S--Hoatson 42 pass from Schleis (pass failed)S--Pinneo 14 pass from Schleis (kick failed)JCC--22 9 run (run failed)S--Lindsley 2 run (Schleis kick)WILBER-CLATONIA 38, ARCHBISHOP BERGAN 14WILBER--Special teams led the way for Wilber-Clatonia as Tad Moldenhauer had a 75-yard kick return for a score, and the Wolverines added a punt block that led to Coltin Rezabek 2-yard touchdown in the second quarter.Archbishop Bergan 0 14 0 0 -- 14Wilber-Clatonia 3 21 0 14 -- 38WC--FG Nystrom 38WC--Rezabek 2 run (kick failed)AB--Herink 11 pass from Ridder (Gilfry kick)AB--Ridder 56 run (Gilfry kick)WC--Moldenhauer 75 kick return (Rezabek pass from Pulliam)WC--Rezabek 35 pass from Pulliam (Nystrom kick)WC--Pulliam 1 run (Nystrom kick)WC--Rezabek 6 run (Nystrom kick)LAWRENCE-NELSON 28, DILLER-ODELL 8NELSON--Lane Heikkinen rushed for 196 yards for two touchdowns and threw for 53 yards in the Raiders’ win.Diller-Odell 0 0 0 8 -- 8Lawrence-Nelson 8 6 14 0 -- 28L-N--Heikkinen 3 run (Heikkinen run)L-N--Sharp 8 run (conversion failed)L-N--Sharp 2 run (conversion failed)L-N--Heikkinen 9 run (Heikkinen run)D-O--Not provided.Other scoresSutton 40, Freeman 0Weeping Water 24, HTRS 22Humphrey/LHF 38, Sterling 14Walthill 55, Lewiston 6Marysville 32, Clay Center 6Hanover 52, Doniphan West 6

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