BATTLE CREEK – A pair of 3-1 northeast Nebraska football teams entered Friday night looking to get to win number four on the season.
From Bob Schnitzler field in Battle Creek, the Braves welcomed #6 in both the Lincoln Journal Star and Omaha World Herald, Wayne High Blue Devils.
After building a 17-6 first half lead the Blue Devils scored twice in the final quarter to pull away from Battle Creek for a 31-12 victory. WHS improves to 4-1 on the season (3-0 on road) while the loss snaps a two-game winning streak for the Braves now at 3-2.
The Blue Devils took their opening drive near midfield and on a fourth and one, senior running back ran in for a 44-yard score. Korth then found the endzone a second time with 10:30 left in the half on a one-yard score.
Following a short punt from Wayne, senior running back Reese Bode took a 50-yard run to the house but the Braves faked the extra-point and failed to score. Battle Creek trailed 14-6 with about seven minutes left the first half.
Junior Yair Alcantara then ended the half with a 30-yard field goal pushing the lead to 17-6 at the break. Alcantara finished the game 4-4 for PAT’s along with his field goal.
Battle Creek opened the third quarter with a scoring drive when senior Payton Frederick found junior Baron Buckendahl for a 20-yard passing touchdown. The Braves failed the two-point conversion but pulled back within five points at 17-12.
It was all WHS in the fourth. Senior running back Victor Kniesche ran in from 11-yards out and Korth added his third score of the night from two yards. Also, senior Layne Evans recorded a pair of interceptions as junior Brendan Swanson also had an INT off a bobbled catch.
The Wayne High football team will next visit Norfolk Catholic on Friday, October 2.
Friday area results:
Hartington Cedar Catholic 50, BRLD 8
Laurel-Concord-Coleridge 62, Hartington-Newcastle 16
Osmond 58, Randolph 20
Allen 44, Pender 28
@ Winside: Emerson-Hubbard VS Winside (no score)