- CLASS C2 FOOTBALL: Warriors Dominate Both Sides In Win Over Rebels
By Jeff Motz
Lincoln Lutheran found a way to dominate both sides of the football Friday night at Seacrest Field.
The Warriors kept Arcadia-Loup City's running game at bay for most of the night and held on to win 21-12 in the quarterfinals of the Class C2 state football playoffs.
The win puts Lincoln Lutheran (9-2) at undefeated and No. 2 seed Centennial next Friday in the Class C2 semifinals.
Lutheran went up 14-0 in the second quarter, after quarterback Cole Schaedel scored on a 3-yard run early on. Then with 5:06 left before halftime, the Warriors extended their lead on a 9-yard run from Colby Bliss.
Arcadia-Loup City bounced back during their first drive of the second half, with a 64-yard drive capped on a 5-yard bootleg run from quarterback Macrae Maschka, but the 2-point conversioin failed and the Rebels trailed 14-6.
Lutheran marched down field the rest of the third quarter and with 10:17 to play in the fourth quarter, the Warriors capped a 71-yard drive with a 15-yard touchdown pass from Schaedel to Logan Kreizel for a 21-6 advantage.
A muffed punt at the Lutheran 44-yard line set up an eventual 3-yard touchdown run from Tige Calleroz with 8:21 remaining. The two-point conversion failed, again, and Lutheran still had a 9-point lead.
Lutheran's defense limited Calleroz, who had over 1,000 yards rushing entering the game. He had 19 yards on 17 carries along with one touchdown. The Warriors limited the Rebels to just 170 total yards of offense, 77 of which were on the ground.
Lutheran had 322 yards of total offense, 164 of that was passing, which helped in the balanced attack.