Huskies blast ’Birds
The Shelby-Rising City High football team improved to 3-0 on the season with another blowout win, this time 45-6 over Johnson County Central on Sept. 7.
Three games in and 12 quarters played, the Huskies still haven’t trailed at any point so far this season and have yet to commit a turnover.
In their latest win, SRC built a 30-0 lead before Johnson County Central finally cracked the scoreboard.
“JCC was a solid football team, and their running back, Josh Bailey, is one of the better players we’ve seen. Our defense contained him all night though, as he ended with 93 yards on 30 carries,” head coach Kevin Kopecky said in comments sent to the Banner-Press. “Our defense, led by our defensive coordinator, Jessie Truksa, has been prepared for each offense we’ve faced. We’ve really been aggressive and tackled well.”
The Huskies piled up 361 total yards on 47 plays for an average of 7.7 yards per snap. Quarterback Mason Schleis was the headliner again offensively with a 17 of 21 night throwing, 231 yards and three touchdowns.
Five different Huskies caught a pass with Jett Pinneo grabbing eight of those passes for 89 yards and a score. Grant Lindsley and Max Hoatson caught touchdown passes as well.
Lindsley also burned the Thunderbirds on 15 carries and 112 rushing yards with three trips to the end zone.
“We continue to play good football. We had no turnovers for the third straight game, and we took the ball from them three times,” Kopecky said. “When you win the turnover margin, you have a good chance of winning.”
Defensively, Antonio Lopez made one assisted tackle and helped on 13 others including 1 and 1/2 tackles for loss.
SRC led 24-0 at half on a touchdown pass from Schleis, touchdown runs by Lindsley and Schleis then another Schleis touchdown pass.
Schleis threw for his third score with 7:27 left in the third, Johnson County Central finally found the end zone on a nine-yard run the Lindsley finished it off with a touchdown run at the end of the third quarter and early in the fourth.
“Our quarterback, Mason Schleis, is a tremendous athlete, but the thing I like about him the most is probably how much he understands the game of football,” Kopecky said. “He manages the game very well, and he just never gets rattled. He’s as strong mentally as he is physically.”
The Huskies maintained their No. 6 ranking in the latest Lincoln Journal Star Class C-2 Prep Ratings and next faces 0-3 Superior on the road.
“I really like the business-like approach our players have taken to each and every week of practice,” Kopecky said. “I’m not worried about overconfidence with this team. They know the right way to handle things.”
David City Aquinas 13, Hartington Cedar Catholic 7
The Monarchs added a notch to the win column for the first time this season thanks to two big plays and a tough defensive effort that forced four turnovers.
After beginning the season with rival Columbus Scotus and Class C-2 No. 1 Norfolk Catholic, both on the road, Aquinas finally enjoyed a performance in front of the home crowd scoring all the points it would need in a big second quarter.
Kyle Napier connected with Caden Kozisek for 61 yards on the halfback pass for a 7-0 lead. Andy Lyons followed it up with a 51-yard run.
Cedar Catholic cut the lead to just six thanks to a missed Monarch PAT on its second touchdown, but also threw four interceptions on the night, and went scoreless the rest of the way.
Michael Rerucha picked off two passes while Braden Smith and Keegan Lavicky each had one.
Brett Kobza led the way with three tackles for loss while Lyons led the rushing stats thanks to his long run plus three other carries for a total of 59 yards. Pandorf rushed eight times for 25 and Kobza totaled 13 tackles, four solo and nine assisted.
“It was a tough game against Cedar, who is young and improved with all their injured players back. We struggled on offense because of their tough, aggressive linebackers and sometimes because of where our eyes and feet need to be on blocks,” coach Ron Mimick said in comments sent to the Banner-Press.
“Overall, a great, tough effort where our kicking game and defense saved us. Michael Rerucha’s two interceptions were big, and all our linebackers, Kobza, Lyons, Pandorf, Jack Jakub, Keegan Lavicky and Nolan Schultz, played very well.”
Nebraska Christian 44, East Butler 6
East Butler football fell to 0-3 and allowed more than 40 points for the third time this season. The Eagles scored on a 51-yard run in the first quarter, led 24-0 at halftime on a 10 and 13-yard run to go with a safety, made it 36-0 on a four-yard then an eight-yard run, Jaden Rhynalds responded with a 3-yard dive for the Tigers, then Nebraska Christian finished it with a 19-yard run.
Rhynalds carried the ball 14 times for 120 yards and was 3 of 10 through the air.
East Butler now has a week off before returning to action on Sept. 21 at home against Nebraska Lutheran.
David City 52, Conestoga 0
The Scouts moved a game above. 500 and won two straight with a blowout of Conestoga and a second straight shutout victory.
The Scouts led 14-0 at the end of the first quarter, 34-0 at halftime and 44-0 through three quarters.
Up next is a matchup with Hartington Cedar Catholic coming off a 13-7 loss at Aquinas. The Trojans are 0-3 on the season with a 13-7 loss to the Monarchs as well as a 48-22 defeat to Bancroft-Rosalie/Lyons-Decatur Northeast and a 38-20 loss to Oakland-Craig.
At 2-1, David City currently sits fourth in the six-team Class C-2 District 4 standings. Centennial, Shelby-Rising City and North Bend are tied at the top a 3-0 while Aquinas and Twin River are both 1-2.
Nate Tenopir is the sports editor of the Banner-Press. Reach him via email at DVDsports@lee.net