Pirates Outlast Randolph In Plainview’s Home Opener, Wayne High Tops O’Neill 27-13

PLAINVIEW – Week two of high school football featured two northeast Nebraska squads that met twice last season. Last year the Randolph Cardinals were able to get the best of Plainview in the regular season, 40-8, and again in the opening round of the Class D2 playoffs by a score of 30-20. The Pirates got revenge this season by defeating the Cardinals 50-24 in a game that kicked off at 2:30 in the afternoon.

Plainview was able to score on their opening drive using a no huddle fast tempo offense that was capped off by a touchdown from senior running back Jacob Hoffmann. The Randolph offensive woes continued from last week but the Cardinal defense stepped up in the first half getting a safety after a nice punt from senior Keaton Backhaus and also an interception returned for a touchdown by junior linebacker Justin Haselhorst. Randolph found themselves on top 10-8 with 8:13 left in the second quarter. Plainview was able to regain the lead after a 62-yard touchdown run from Hoffmann and another long touchdown pass from QB Nate Christensen to senior WR John Schlote. Plainview led at the half 20-10.

The second half started with a Plainview touchdown that extended its lead 28-10. Randolph was able to counter with a touchdown pass from QB Carter Schnoor to Backhaus from 16-yards out making the score 28-18 after the two-point conversion. Teams traded touchdowns again before Plainview’s John Schlote returned a kickoff for a touchdown making the score 44-24. The Pirates would add one more touchdown early in the fourth quarter before teams would start working in younger players to get reps and playing time for underclassmen.

Senior running back Jacob Hoffmann of Plainview was elected as the Big Red Country Dairy Queen Player of the Game. Plainview starts its season 2-0 with a week off before a game at Emerson-Hubbard. Randolph is off to an 0-2 start also with a bye week before heading to battle with Pender. Next week’s area game of the week will feature Wakefield at Howells-Dodge with a 7 p.m. kickoff in Howells. Tune into Big Red Country 104.9 for the pre-game show at 6:45 p.m.