Centennial outlasts Norfolk Catholic in Class ‘C-2’ Championship Football Game
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.
High School Football State Championship Scoreboard: Omaha Skutt 48 Scottsbluff 27 (B); Aurora 49 Ord 7 (C-1).