PLAINVIEW – Two teams who met early in the 2019 regular season and first round of the 2018 playoffs started their postseason run Thursday evening on Halloween Night.
From Plainview High School, the fifth-seeded Pirates hosted #12 Randolph in round one of the Class D2 playoffs.
The Pirates won 50-24 in early September, this time around they won 56-6 to improve to 8-1 while the Cardinals saw their season come to an end at 3-6.
Plainview scored on their first offensive possession after forcing a three-and-out. Senior quarterback Nate Christensen rushed in from over 40 yards and following the two-point conversion, the Pirates led 8-0.
Junior linebacker Justin Haselhorst then picked off Nate Christensen but the Randolph Cardinals were held to their second punt.
Plainview scored their second rushing touchdown from over 40 yards this time by senior running back Jacob Hoffmann. The two-point conversion was failed which saw Plainview lead 14-0 through a quarter of play.
Nate Christensen then tabbed his own interception early in the second leading to his second rushing score from three-yards out. The two-point conversion was good to put Plainview up 22-0. Plainview again stopped Randolph with a turnover on downs where Nate Christensen found senior wide out John Schlote on a 41-yard strike. Two-point conversion was good going into the half with Plainview leading Randolph, 30-0.
Hoffmann opened the second half with two rushing scores from a couple yards out each time with sophomore linebacker Matt Christensen recovering a fumble in-between. Score through three quarters saw Plainview lead 44-0.
Junior linebacker Alizae Mejia then blocked a punt for Plainview and scored to start the fourth quarter before freshman running back Ayden Stewart scored late in the game for the Pirates.
Randolph didn’t go away quietly and after senior Carter Schnoor returned the kickoff into Plainview territory, Haselhorst later scored on a short run for a final of 56-6.
Plainview will next visit #4 Johnson-Brock on Wednesday, November 6. JB defeated #13 Wynot 62-14.
Eleven man programs will open their 16-team brackets throughout the day Friday. Wayne High is back in the postseason for the second time in three years earning the #11 seed and will visit #6 Kearney Catholic at 5 p.m. Friday night.
Both teams are 7-2 as the Blue Devils will be making their 12th appearance in the playoffs and the Stars will be competing in their 22nd (third in past four years). Kearney Catholic qualified for state 13 straight years from 2002 – 2014 placing runner-up in 2011 in C2.
Justin Raulston and Nate Burrows will have the call on Big Red Country ‘KTCH’ 104.9 and online at waynedailynews.com with pregame coverage set for 4:45 p.m.
#4 Pierce (9-0) will host #13 Chase County (5-4) also Friday at 4 p.m.
In Class C2, #8 Battle Creek (8-1) will host #9 Archbishop Bergan (7-2) at 7 p.m., #5 BRLD (8-1) will entertain #12 Wilber-Clatonia (7-2) at 6 p.m. in Bancroft and #15 Hartington Cedar Catholic (5-4) will visit #2 Oakland-Craig (9-0) at 7 p.m.
Other area Class D2 results:
#8 Lawrence-Nelson defeated #9 Allen, 48-24
#7 Hartington-Newcastle defeated #10 Mead, 75-28
#2 Bloomfield defeated #15 Pender, 54-16
Class D1 northeast Nebraska playoff scores:
#1 Howells-Dodge defeated #16 Homer, 52-12
#8 Lutheran High Northeast defeated #9 Lourdes Central Catholic, 56-52
#12 Creighton defeats #5 Wisner-Pilger, 56-32
#7 Cross County defeated #10 Laurel-Concord-Coleridge, 60-26
#2 BDS defeated #15 Guardian Angels Central Catholic, 42-20