Week 1 Recap, Week 2 Preview
Stanton 45, David City 43
David City had a 43-37 lead in the fourth quarter on Friday night over the Stanton Mustangs, but a late touchdown pass from Stanton gave the Mustangs a 45-43 victory.
The Scouts’ Justin White led the way on the ground piling up 126 yards on 14 carriers, including a 3-yard touchdown run.
Will Danielson completed five of his 14 pass attempts for David City and threw for two touchdowns – a 30-yard pass to Clayton Denker and a 23-yard pass to Nick Ruth.
Ruth had 43 yards on two receptions.
Both teams were evenly matched in the team statistics with 12 first downs apiece. The Scotus outrushed the Mustangs 233 to 22,6 and both teams had two fumbles, losing one.
The main difference came in passing yards. Stanton had 173 yards through the air compared to just 91 for David City.
David City (0-1) is in action next against Tekamah-Herman (0-1).
The Tekamah-Herman Tigers lost to Ponca (1-0) 36-8 to open the new season.
West Point Guardian Angels 68, East Butler 14
East Butler trailed 46-0 at halftime and was in a 68-0 hole before finally cracking the scoreboard late while dropping to 0-1 to begin the 2018 season.
The Tigers scored two late touchdowns courtesy of Dalton Haase and Jaden Rhynalds.
Rhynalds had the most impressive game for East Butler throwing for 97 yards and a touchdown while rushing for 25 yards and another score. Rhynalds also led the team in tackles with seven.
Haase had five catches for 98 yards and one touchdown.
Tigers’ head coach Shawn Biltoft said that he felt that there were both positives and negatives in the game.
“We started off the game well and played with energy,” he said. “As the game continued, we made too many mistakes against a solid Guardian Angels Central Catholic team.”
East Butler’s (0-1) next game is at 7 p.m. Friday, where they will travel to play the Wisner-Pilger Gators (1-0).
Wisner-Pilger defeated Cross County on the road Week 1, 50-34.
“The team is excited about moving forward and looks to improve as we head into our second game,” Biltoft said. “Wisner-Pilger had a strong running game we will have to stop defensively. Offensively, we must focus on execution in order to be successful. Our team will have to improve tackling and taking care of the ball.
Aquinas @ Norfolk Catholic
The opening gauntlet continues for David City Aquinas in Week 2. The No. 6 Monarchs travel to No. 1 Norfolk Catholic - also a loser in Week 1 to Pierce.
Another slow start, like the one the team had at Scotus trailing 14-0 then 23-7, would almost certainly mean disaster and an 0-2 record.
“It’s going to be tough, they’re a very talented football team. They’ve got a couple of really big linemen that are really good, and a fast, good runner that’s a tough kid who has learned to run inside the tackles,” coach Ron Mimick said. “Then they’ve got another seven or eight guys that make them a pretty tough football team.
“Pierce played well and deserved to beat them, but Norfolk Catholic is still the most talented top-10 team in our class.”
The Bluejays rolled up 433 yards rushing on a typically stout Knights defense that includes a duo of All-State linemen including Nebraska recruit Ethan Piper.
“Hopefully we can make some dents in them, make a game out of it and battle with them,” Mimick said.
Challenging regardless of where in the schedule, Norfolk Catholic figures to be extra tough after suffering the loss to Pierce.
“They’re going to be upset, there’s no doubt about that. Coach Jeff Bellar will definitely have the team’s attention because Pierce is their rival, and they haven’t lost to Pierce in a long time,” Mimick said. “I’m sure we’re going to see their best.
“We need to carry over some momentum and confidence because we had some tough times (against Scotus), there’s no doubt about that. But we’ve just got to keep playing through it and get better and be a better football team at the end than we are at the beginning.”
Peter Huguenin and Nate Tenopir are sports reporters for The Banner-Press. Reach them via email at DVDsports@lee.net