HASTINGS – A pair of Class C1 semifinalists from a year ago met in the opening round of this year’s football playoff during an 8/9 showdown.
From Adams Central High School in Hastings, the eighth-seeded Patriots welcomed in #9 Wayne High Friday night.
The Patriots scored on three straight possessions in the opening half and held off WHS to win on their home field, 31-13. Adams Centrals improved to 8-2 while Wayne High fell to 6-4.
Senior Cam Foster connected with senior Tyler Slectha on a 16-yard strike (5:26 1Q) and junior Breck Samuelson from 36-yards out (8:47 2Q) in the opening half. Sophomore tailback Hyatt Collins also ran in from a yard out with 34 seconds left in the second. Adams Central led 21-0 at the break.
WHS had a three-and-out punt on their opening drive and turned the ball over on downs twice in the first half.
Senior Victor Kniesche blocked a Patriot punt early in the third quarter but Wayne High tuned the ball over on downs shortly after.
Following a Wayne defensive stop, junior Tanner Walling then placed the ball perfectly for senior Reese Jaqua which led to a two-yard rushing touchdown from senior Reid Korth. The PAT was missed with 1:37 left in the third.
Adams Central then took the ensuing kickoff inside the Wayne 15. Slectha kicked through a 29-yard field goal three seconds into the fourth and later scored on a 74-yard pass from Foster with 7:35 left in the game.
Wayne High ended the game when Walling found Jaqua from 12-yards out. Junior Yair Alcantara then made the extra-point.
Final, again favored Adams Central 31-13.
#8 Adams Central will next face #1 Ashland-Greenwood as the Bluejays defeated #16 Logan View/Scribner-Snyder, 24-7.
#5 Auburn defeated #12 Battle Creek, 37-15
#4 Kearney Catholic defeated #13 Chadron, 41-0
#3 St. Paul defeated #14 Cozad, 48-0
#6 Lincoln Christian defeated #11 Gothenburg, 27-24 OT
#7 Wahoo defeated #10 Mitchell, 34-14
#2 Pierce defeated #15 West Point-Beemer, 42-21
Area Class C2 games:
#3 Oakland-Craig defeated #14 Crofton, 44-14
#11 Hartington Cedar Catholic won at #6 Bridgeport, 21-0
#10 Aquinas Catholic defeated #7 Norfolk Catholic, 27-10
Area Class D1 game:
#5 Stanton defeated #12 Arcadia Loup City, 56-14
#1 Tri County defeated #16 Laurel-Concord-Coleridge, 40-12.
#9 Weeping Water defeated #8 Lutheran High Northeast, 36-32
Area Class D2 games:
#1 Falls City Sacred Heart defeated #16 Creighton, 54-28
#13 Pleasanton defeated #4 Wynot, 46-30
#6 St. Mary’s defeated #11 Bloomfield, 34-24
#10 Kenesaw defeated #7 Allen, 64-20