Cozad Rushing Attack Powers Past O’Neill Eagles
Defending their home turf with pride, the host Haymakers put on a dominating performance in winning 39-7 over O’Neill on Friday evening to finish off the regular season of gridiron action.
Getting on the scoreboard first, the Haymakers cashed in when Colin Wetovick blitzed and pressured the quarterback into making an errant pass that was tipped into the hands of Austin Turek who rumbled for 26-yards to score for Cozad and gave the Red and Black a 6-0 lead with 2:34 left in the first quarter of play.
With limited time remaining in the first half, Cozad fullback Colt Leibhart burrowed through the defense and muscled into the endzone on a three-yard run to make the score 12-0 with just 0:20 left in the second quarter of play.
Early on in the third quarter, the Haymakers were in business again. Knocking on the door of the endzone, Senior Colin Wetovick blasted through the door on a two-yard run to increase the Cozad lead to 19-0 with 8:00 left in the third stanza.
With the added emphasis to test the middle of the O’Neill defense during the fourth quarter, the Eagles stiffened up their run defense but it was the Cozad offense that countered with the answer of a Conor Young to Jason Finnegan two-yard pass to give the Red and Black a commanding 26-0 lead with 5:28 remaining in the third quarter.
Holding onto a comfortable 26-0 cushion on the scoreboard, the Haymakers sought insurance in the early going of the fourth quarter. The Cozad offense got just what the doctor ordered with Conor Young and Jason Finnegan connecting for their second touchdown through the air to push the cushion to 33-0 with 10:46 to play in regulation.
O’Neill was finally able to cash in on a scoring opportunity when Levi Ethington reached past the goal line on a two-yard run to make the score 33-7 with 5:09 left in the fourth quarter.
Showing off their skills in the final minutes were the key reserves and future of Cozad football. Getting the opportunity to step into the spotlight, running back Tyler Yancy powered into the endzone on a nine-yard run that gave the Haymakers the 39-7 victory.
The Cozad offense rolled up 330-yards with 260-yards coming on the ground.
Senior Colin Wetovick had 119-yards on the ground with a touchdown to pace the Red and Black rushers.
Conor Young rushed for 66 yards and threw for another 70-yards and two touchdowns on 6-of-10 passing.
Jason Finnegan had 33-yards receiving with a pair of scores for the Haymakers.
Defensively, Sam Cole and Brian Messersmith both had eight tackles for Cozad.
SCORE BY QUARTERS
O’Neill (3-6) 0 0 0 7 7
Cozad (8-1) 6 6 14 13 39
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RUNNING FOR a big gain is Haymaker linebacker Chase Dugan after a first quarter interception on Friday evening against district foe O’Neill.
Lexington Duels With Tigers In Double Overtime Showdown
Battling long and hard, it took a pair of overtime periods to determine a victor, as Lexington was edged by the Tigers 26-20 on the turf at Lloyd Wilson Field that is located at the Osborne Family Sports Complex in Hastings on Friday evening.
Hastings did their best to defend their home turf in the first quarter, when Morgan Karloff connected with Braedon Valentine on a 27-yard scoring pass that gave the Tigers a reason to roar, a 7-0 lead with 5:40 left in the opening quarter.
The score remained 7-0 in favor of the Tigers for much of the first half, until Lexington showcased their own aerial attack with Tyson Block finding Seth Soderlund on a jumpball in the endzone on a 21-yard scoring connection that knotted the score at 7-7 with 2:13 left to play in the first half of play.
The score remained 7-7 into the halftime break. After the break in the action, the Lexington offense wasted no time in breaking the deadlock in the third quarter, when Block and Soderlund connected again, this time on a 19-yard scoring pass that gave the Minutemen a 14-7 lead to complete the 78-yard scoring drive with 10:36 left in the third quarter.
Lexington held the 14-7 lead into the fourth quarter of play. With 7:24 left in the final quarter of regulation, the Tigers were able to knot the score at 14-14 as they scored on the short field with a Philip Podraza three-yard touchdown run.
On the ensuing drive, the Minutemen surged ahead again as Rene Lazo blasted into the endzone on a three-yard run with 3:47 left in the fourth quarter to give Lexington a 20-14 lead.
With limited time remaining and stalled drives by both Lexington and Hastings, the Tigers knew it was now or never time. The host Hastings offense went to the vertical passing game and Braedon Valentine found Morgan Karloff on a 33-yard scoring connection that knotted the score at 20-20 with less than a minute remaining, after the Tigers missed the extra point.
Both defenses stood strong in the first overtime with no scoring, but it was in the second overtime that Hastings got the edge, when Philip Podraza powered into the endzone on a 10-yard run to make the score 26-20.
Lexington tried to work their magic on offense, but it wasn’t meant to be as Hastings recovered a fumble to earn the 26-20 victory in double-overtime.
Lexington rolled up 276 total yards with 152 coming via the aerial attack.
Tyson Block completed six passes for 152-yards and a pair of touchdowns.
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Lexington (3-6) 0 7 7 6 0 0 20
Hastings (4-5) 7 0 0 13 0 6 26
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LEXINGTON KICKER Josue Ayala (75) boots the extra point from the hold of Tyson Block during the third quarter on Friday evening at Hastings.
SPORTS REWIND: A look back at 30-years from the TRIBUNE files
5 YEARS AGO
It was a battle of field position, and Broken Bow was able to take advantage to the tune of a 19-0 win over Gothenburg in the second round of the Nebraska Class C1 State Football Playoffs. The first half ended with neither the Indians or Swedes being able to score. The Broken Bow offense lit up the scoreboard for 19 points in the second half to earn the hard-fought victory. Gothenburg was led in the contest by the running efforts of Landen Haake and Mark Hilderbrand who were able to power ahead for 36 and 35-yards respectively. Defensively, Brady Preitauer and Doran Johnson had 14 and 12 tackles to lead the Swedes.
10 YEARS AGO
Cozad volleyball finishes campaign in style at the State C-1 Tourney in Lincoln.
Power-laden Columbus Scotus snapped Cozad’s tremendous late season string of success by defeating the Lady Haymakers 25-9, 25-10 and 25-14.
Despite the setback, Sara Kloepping had a half dozen kills for Cozad. Amanda Francescato chalked up five kills. Setter Brynn Cornelius had 15 set assists for the Lady Haymakers.
A trio of Lexington High students, Leah Luther, Seth Shirley and Haley Bergstrom were recognized as NSAA Believer and Achiever nominees during the fall semester.
Roger Neujahr, the activities director for Gothenburg Public schools for the past 28 years, has announced his retirement at the conclusion of the school year.
15 YEARS AGO
Jessica German, Cozad’s star freshman pitcher who would up 21-6 on the season, has earned second-team all-state honors in softball.
German is one of five players from Class B selected to the all-class, all-state squad.
Joining German on the Class B first-team was Cozad shortstop Melanie Dorsey.
Second ranked Lawrence/ Nelson opened up a 35-0 halftime lead and went on to a 67-20 victory over Eustis/ Farnam in the Class D1 state football quarterfinal round. Quarterback Travis Klein led the Knight offense with 102 yards gained on the ground.
Ogallala’s football team converted a blocked punt into a touchdown to pull out a 27-23 win over the Minutemen.
Most of the yardage in the contest, was gained on the ground with Lexington finishing with 227-yards and the visiting Indians 276-yards.
Pat Prasch of Lexington had a team-high 155 yards on the ground.
20 YEARS AGO
Lexington was defeated by the Holdrege Lady Dusters 15-6 and 16-14 to earn a fourth place finish The Lady Haymaker netters stood toe-to-toe with the host Gothenburg Lady Swedes, yielding not an inch until late in the third and deciding set. But a momentary hitting lapse by Cozad at that point let the Swedes escape, 15-9, 9-15 and 15-10. Lady Haymakers Jaime LaBrayere and Teri Hanson were tops in kills with five and four, respectively.
Lexington’s volleyball season was ended by the Sidney Red Raiders in B-7 district volleyball action at North Platte 17-15 and 15-10.
25 YEARS AGO
Lexington held composure, despite a substantial early deficit and knocked Cozad out of contention in the first round of the Nebraska Class B football playoffs.
Faced with a 21 point halftime deficit, the Minutemen ignored pressure conditions and took advantage of several late opportunities to win the contest, 26-21.
“Haymaker boss Gene Hunting said, “We gave the ball up too many times,” then added, “We made an awful lot of mistakes.”
Lexington was led by Todd Rosenthal who chopped out 68-yards.
Cozad running back Matt Burkholder rushed for 60-yards in the contest.
Mark Ferguson completed three of five passes for 44 Cozad yards. Scott Samway was four of nine for 47 Lexington yards.
30 YEARS AGO
The Gothenburg Swedes were in complete control of the football game from the opening kickoff to the final seconds as they thumped Grand Island Central Catholic 28-6 in Class B playoff action.
The Gothenburg defense was led by their tackles Ryan Janssen and Jim Hudson. Each were credited with seven tackles for the Swedes.
Individually, Bump Novacek was the games leading rusher with 121-yards on 20 tries. Chuck Wilson added 59-yards for the Swedes. Wade Geiken had 36-yards flowed by Shane Geiken with 35-yards and Kevin Schwanz with 22-yards.
Pirates Comeback Effort Not Quite Enough Against Kenesaw
It was the little things of extra points that proved to be the difference in Elwood’s gridiron showdown against the Blue Devils. Kenesaw escaped with the 29-28 win over the host Pirates in a battle of top ten teams in Class D2 on Thursday evening.
Using a potent rushing attack, Kenesaw’s Austin Schnitzler powered into the endzone on a six-yard run to give the Devils an 8-0 lead.
The Elwood offense was able to knot the score at 8-8 soon thereafter when Billie Smith broke through the defense and into the open field to sprint to paydirt on a 52-yard run.
Kenesaw answered the scoring run with Preston Schnitzler and Austin Schnitzler scoring back to back touchdowns to give the Devils the 22-8 lead. The 22-8 lead was expanded in the waning moments of the second quarter when Preston Schnitzler scored on a four-yard run to make the score 29-8 at the halftime break.
Coming out of the break with gumption, the Elwood offense was hitting on all cylinders, as Billie Smith was on the receiving end of a Zack Hackbart 38-yard pass that reached the promised land and made the score 29-16 during the third quarter of play.
Getting things heated up in the final minutes of the contest was the aerial assault of the Pirates. Zack Hackbart and Skyler Werger were hitting their stride in the passing game during the final 12 minutes. Werger snared a Hackbart 17-yard scoring pass to cut the deficit to 29-22 near the midway point of the final quarter of regulation.
Soon thereafter, Hackbart found familiar receiver Werger for a 12-yard scoring connection. The extra point attempt failed and the Pirates trailed by just one point, 29-28 with limited time remaining in the contest.
Kenesaw was able to escape with the 29-28 victory, despite the valiant comeback by Elwood with 20 unanswered points in the second half.
The Pirates set sail to 306 total yards, 213-yards coming through the aerial assault.
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Kenesaw (7-1) 8 21 0 0 29
Elwood (6-2) 8 0 8 12 28
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GANG TACKLING by Pirates Zack Hackbart (7), Delton Ulmer (3) and Billie Smith limited Kenesaw’s Austin Schnitzler to a short gain during the first quarter on Thursday evening.
TRIBUNE-Area Runners Conquer Heat At Girls State Championships On Friday
Running like the wind, the TRIBUNE-area was well represented at the 2014 Nebraska State Cross Country Championships that were held at Kearney Country Club on Friday under the blistering heat of the sun that played a factor for all runners.
In the Class B team race, Lexington’s girls were 12th overall. The Lady Haymakers finished near the middle of the field of teams with a seventh place effort.
Elizabeth Macias led Lex with a 15th place finish in the Class B race. Macias was able to battle through the terrain to stop the clock in 20:26.
Scoring valuable points with their finishes for the Maids was Cecilia Rios and Ruby Gomez with 63rd and 64th place finishes.
The Lexington duo of Ana Hernandez and Yailin Santoyo finished in 23:35 and 23:44, respectively.
Rounding out the team scoring for the Orange and Black was Bianca Hernandez with a time of 23:08 in 77th place overall.
Gothenburg’s lone girl participant, Kayla Weyers made a late charge down the stretch to earn a medal. Weyers charged across the finish line in 14th place overall in the Class C race with a time of 21:17.
Leading the way for the Lady Haymakers was Katrina German with a time of 22:08 in 28th place overall.
Using a pack running mentality, the trio of Jamie Garcia, Ashley Burkholder and Whitney Applegate finished 47th, 48th and 49th, respectively. Garcia stopped the watch in 23:12, Burkholder was close behind in 23:14 and Applegate rounded out the team score with a time of 23:21.
Cozad’s Valeria Estrada was 69th overall in 24:27 and Janice Garcia did not finish as a result of an injury during the event.
Senior Andie Chapman led the Renegade harriers with a 53rd place finish in the Class D race. Chapman was able to conquer the race with a time of 23:02.
Courtney Russell of Eustis/ Farnam-Medicine Valley was 110th overall with a time of 25:35.
girls Class B team scores
Lincoln Pius X 34; Scottsbluff 53; Omaha Skutt 68; Aurora 78; Elkhorn 104; Elkhorn South 109; Gretna 128; Gering 134; Plattsmouth 144; York 149; Platteview 157; Lexington 165.
Girls Class B Individual Results
15. Elizabeth Macias, Lex 20:26
63. Cecilia Rios, Lex 22:23
64. Ruby Gomez, Lex 22:25
77. Bianca Hernandez, Lex 23:08
82. Ana Hernandez, Lex 23:35
83. Yailin Santoyo, Lex 23:44
Girls Class C team scores
Boone Central 43; Wayne 48; Sidney 58; Columbus Scotus 68; Chadron 102; Ord 109; Cozad 132; Adams Central 133; Lincoln Christian 160; Fairbury 165; Syracuse 166; Wahoo 188.
Girls Class C Individual Results
14. Kayla Weyers, Got 21:17
28. Katrina German, Coz 22:08
47. Jamie Garcia, Coz 23:12
48. Ashley Burkholder, Coz 23:14
49. Whitney Applegate, Coz 23:21
69. Valeria Estrada, Coz 24:27
-- Janice Garcia, Coz DNF
Girls Class d team scores
Crofton 23; Oakland-Craig 45; Malcolm 72; Norfolk Catholic 81; Ainsworth 110; Thayer Central 145; Perkins County 166; Ravenna 167; Aquinas Catholic 172; Hastings SC 178; North Platte SP 178; Johnson County Central 181; Louisville 184; Chase County 209; Boyd County 220; Arcadia-Loup City 252; Bertrand/Loomis 270.
Girls Class D Individual Results
53. Andie Chapman, E/F-MV 23:02
110. Courtney Russell, E/F-MV 25:35
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TRIBUNE-Area Boys Challenge For Supremacy At State Cross Country Meet
Running the hills and battling against the states best endurance runners in the heat of the day, the TRIBUNE-area was well-represented at the 2014 Nebraska Boys State Cross Country Championships held at the Kearney Country Club on Friday.
The Lexington boys were fifth overall with 74 points, just one point away from fourth place in the team race in Class B.
Finishing ninth overall, Chandler Flynn led the Orange and Black in 17:06.
Close behind was fellow Minuteman runner John Mark Shields in 17:09 in tenth place overall.
Alex DeSantiago and Poli Calmo motivated each other throughout the grueling course to finish 31st and 33rd overall, scoring valuable points for Lexington in the team race.
Michael Rodriguez rounded out the Lexington runners with a time of 21:03.
Cozad Senior Daniel Alvarado ran with the pack for much of the Class C event to cross the finish line in 46th place overall in 18:58.
Gothenburg freshman Blake Riley circled the grueling course in 19:03 to finish 50th overall.
Veteran runner Rodger Farr of Eustis/Farnam-Medicine Valley used his fierce determination to conquer the course at Kearney Country Club to finish third overall in the Class D race. Farr finished his running career as a Renegade in fine fashion with a time of 16:48.
Renegade runner Nathan Nicklas finished the race in 19:37 to cross the finish line in 88th place overall.
Boys Class B team scores
Scottsbluff 26; Lincoln Pius X 33; Mount Michael 56; Omaha Gross 73; Lexington 74; Omaha Skutt 119; York 124; Plattsmouth 124; Gering 133; Elkhorn 136; Aurora 161; Gretna 237.
Boys Class B Individual Results
9. Chandler Flynn, Lex 17:06
10. John Mark Shields, Lex 17:09
31. Alex DeSantiago, Lex 18:00
33. Poli Calmo, Lex 18:01
86. Michael Rodriguez, Lex 21:03
Boys Class C team scores
Milford 47; Columbus Scotus 58; Syracuse 81; Mitchell 82; Minden 84; O’Neill 104; Omaha Concordia 113; Sidney 120; Adams Central 135; Columbus Lakeview 135; Wahoo Neumann 136; Kearney Catholic 173.
Boys Class C Individual Results
46. Daniel Alvarado, Coz 18:58
50. Blake Riley, Got 19:03
Boys Class d team scores
Nebraska Christian 29; Ainsworth 42; Yutan 79; Crofton 93; Chase County 112; Logan View 125; Doniphan-Trumbull 146; Fillmore Central 154; Malcolm 164; Elmwood-Murdock 166; CWC 174; Dundy County-Stratton 182; Winnebago 185; Bertrand-Loomis 188; Ravenna 260; West Holt 267; Bridgeport 274; Wilcox-Hildreth 307.
Boys Class D Individual Results
3. Rodger Farr, E/F-MV 16:48
88. Nathan Nicklas, E/F-MV 19:37
UP TO THE challenge, Eustis/Farnam-Medicine Valley harrier Rodger Farr was among the front runners throughout the course on Thursday to finish third overall in 16:48.
IN HOT PURSUIT are Cozad defenders Jordan Henry (59) and Jason Finnegan (87) to bring down Eagle quarterback Jake Young during the first quarter on Thursday night.
GBurg, Cozad Battle For Supremacy At SWC Volleyball Championships
With the move to late in the season, the Southwest Conference (SWC) Volleyball Championships has brought each team’s best foot forward for the event that was held in Gothenburg on Friday.
The host Lady Swedes were the tournament runner-up to Ogallala, who were able to start fast and earn the 25-18 and 25-6 victory over Gothenburg.
Gothenburg was led in the match by Senior Tiani Reeves with eight kills.
Kim Whiting had three service aces and seven digs for the Lady Swedes.
Blaire Gibbens and Sara Brown were key in the transition game for Gothenburg with eight and six digs, respectively.
Ogallala 25 25
Gothenburg 18 6
In the Lady Haymakers decisive contest of the tournament, they dueled with the Badgers of Valentine. Cozad was able to win the first set, but wasn’t able to overcome a slow start in the second and third sets. Valentine earned the marathon win, 16-25, 25-21 and 25-20 over the Lady Haymakers.
Senior outside hitter Kenzi Klein had an amazing all-around game with eight kills, three ace serves and 15 digs.
Sadie Rush did a stellar job of contributing across the board for the Lady Haymakers as well with eight kills, two aces, two blocks, 11 set assists and 12 digs.
Abbi Etherton was on the money in dishing out 20 set assists for the Red and Black.
Hannah Thramer connected on six kills for Cozad.
Shelby Ferrell did her best to keep the ball alive and in transition with 10 digs.
Cozad 25 21 20
Valentine 16 25 25
In the Lady Swedes semifinal match, they were able to overpower the fast start of the Whippets to earn a 19-25, 25-23 and 25-22 victory for Gothenburg.
The Lady Swedes were like a steam locomotive in their confidence building throughout the contest and in winning the third set, the steam burst onto the scene in a big way during the victory celebration.
Gothenburg hit .267 as a team compared to the Whippets .190 hitting percentage.
Senior Tiani Reeves had 22 kills in the match with a .386 hitting percentage. Reeves also showcased her athleticism with 10 digs.
Sara Brown and Blaire Gibbens both served up a pair of aces for Gothenburg.
Kim Whiting connected on 13 digs whereas McKenna Peterson and Blaire Gibbens chipped in with 11 digs each.
Peterson also dished out 29 set assists for the Lady Swedes.
Gothenburg 19 25 25
Minden 25 23 22
The Lady Haymakers started off their tournament effort with a first round matchup with Minden. Cozad was able to push the envelope in the opening set, but it was Minden that caught fire in the second set to notch the 25-22 and 25-10 win over the Lady Haymakers.
Shelby Ferrel and Hannah Thramer led Cozad at the net with five and four kills.
Kenzi Klein and Alec Geiger dropped in two kills apiece.
Abbie Etherton dished out six set assists for Cozad
Etherton and Sadie Rush led the transition game with six digs apiece.
Cozad 22 10
Minden 25 25
The Lady Swedes opened up their tournament run with a win over Valentine, 25-16 and 25-23.
Tiani Reeves had 10 kills to lead all hitters in the match.
Kim Whiting was dynamite with six ace serves to go along with her 14 digs for Gothenburg.
McKenna Peterson dished out 20 set assists for the Lady Swedes.
Lady Swede Libero Blaire Gibbens chipped in with 10 digs.
Gothenburg 25 25
Valentine 16 23
LADY SWEDE Senior Tiani Reeves makes contact with one of her 10 kills over the out-stretched arms of Chloe Jones of Valentine during Gothenburg’s opening round win over the Badgers, 25-16 and 25-23 on Friday afternoon.