NORFOLK – A pair of eight-man football teams looking for a late season push towards a playoff run met on a blistery evening in northeast Nebraska.
From Veterans Memorial Field in Norfolk, Lutheran High Northeast entertained Laurel-Concord-Coleridge Thursday night.
Lutheran High Northeast scored twice from 50+ yards while forcing LCC to turn the ball over as the Eagles won 42-16. LHNE wins their second straight while the Bears drop their second of three as both teams are now 4-2.
Senior quarterback Jaxson Kant opened with a one-play, 65-yard touchdown in 11 seconds (PAT blocked) to go up 6-0. LCC then fumbled the ensuing possession on a kickoff return but the Eagles were halted by several penalties.
Following a short punt from Lutheran High, LCC turned the ball over again following an interception by senior linebacker Ben Gebhardt. Kant then hooked up with senior tight end Tanner Koss for a 59-junior yard passing score and a two point conversion to lead 14-0 at the end of the first quarter.
Second quarter scores for Lutheran High Northeast came when Kant found Gebhardt on a four-yard score. Gebhardt was then credited with another score after Kant was picked off by senior defensive back Noah Schutte but then stripped by Gebhardt into the endzone.
LCC’s lone score came when senior quarterback Ty Erwin found Schutte on a four-yard score (two-point conversion by Cael Hartung). Score at the half favored LHNE, 30-8.
Junior linebacker Jazper Ames had a fumble recovery in the first half for the Eagles and then picked off Erwin to open the second half. Kant walked in from 13-yards out a few plays later (two-point conversion failed).
The Bears then used a one-play, 73-yard passing score from Erwin to Schutte. Following the two-point conversion, LCC pulled within in 20 points. (36-16).
Lutheran High Northeast closed off the game with a final third quarter score when Kant walked in from two yards out for a final of 42-16.
Junior defensive back Nolan Ohlrich also recorded an interception for LCC.
Laurel-Concord-Coleridge will close out their final home game with the top team in Class D1 on Friday, October 18 hosting Howells-Dodge before ending their season at Elkhorn Valley on Thursday, October 24. The Eagles will next visit Madison on October 18 and also end their year on October 24 hosting Neligh-Oakdale.