NORFOLK – After not playing the past two seasons, a pair of northeast Nebraska high school football teams renewed their regular season match-up Friday night under the lights.
From Veterans Memorial Field in Norfolk, #8 (OWH) Norfolk Catholic (C2) hosted #6 (LJS/OWH) Wayne High (C1) during a rainy evening.
Each team went on a 21-point scoring drive as it was Norfolk Catholic using a pair of fourth quarter passing touchdowns to come from behind and pick up the 31-21 home victory. The Knights improved to 3-2, winner’s of back-to-back while Wayne High fell to 4-2. WHS is now 0-21 against Norfolk Catholic.
Norfolk Catholic started strong scoring on back-to-back possessions. Senior Alex Prim knocked through ha 37-yard field goal with 9:42 left in the opening quarter. Junior Brennen Kelley picked off Wayne’s sophomore quarterback Andrew Jones which led to a three-yard score from senior Jackson Clausen with 3:07 remaining in the quarter.
Wayne High then went to work and scored on three straight drives. Senior Reid Korth crossed the goal line from nine-yards, 27-yards and a yard late in the first quarter (:25 seconds), early in the second (10:42) and late in the second (:48 seconds). Wayne High led 21-10 at the break.
The tides then turned once more in favor of the home team. Following a three-and-out by Wayne’s offense, the Knights forced a punt. Norfolk Catholic scored on a 19-play, 8:43 drive when Clausen scored from two-yards out. WHS still led 21-17 with a minute to play in the third quarter.
After Wayne fumbled the ball early in the fourth, Norfolk Catholic then used a passing strike between senior Cayden Cunningham to junior Preston Burbach on a 27-yard score to regain the lead at 24-21 with about five minutes left in the game.
Cunningham then found Kelley on a 20-yard passing touchdown to finish the game during a fourth down play. Final again favored Norfolk Catholic over Wayne High 31-21.
Wayne defensive takeaways came from junior Brandon Bartos on a fumble recovery during a kickoff while senior Reese Jaqua stripped the ball for junior Yair Alcantara to recover.
The Wayne High football team will next host Boone Central on Friday, October 9 at 7 p.m.
Friday area schedule:
Homer 54, Emerson-Hubbard 20
Hartington Cedar Catholic 29, Crofton 14
Laurel-Concord-Coleridge 50, Plainview 14
Pierce 49, O’Neill 6
BRLD 32, Ponca 19
Winside 66, Randolph 12
Pender 67, Walthill 16
Wakefield 72, Elkhorn Valley 6