WAKEFIELD – Thursday night showcased a pair of number 10 ranked preseason football teams among the Lincoln Journal Star and Omaha World Herald.
From Eaton Field in Wakefield, Lincoln Journal Star #10 Wakefield welcomed in Omaha World Herald #10 Guardian Angels Central Catholic in an eight-man season opener.
With the game tied at 22-22 in the third quarter, the Trojans ran in back-to-back scores to win 36-22 and begin their season 1-0 while GACC fell to 0-1.
It was the special teams doing damage early thanks to a 39-yard punt return from senior Blake Brown with 3:48 left in the first quarter as Brown connected with senior Nick Arenas making the score 8-0.
Moving into the second quarter, GACC answered when senior Cash Meier ran in from four yards out with 5:19 left until half. Senior Cody Steffen converted the two-point try tying the game up at 8-8.
Junior Logan Bokemper then took the kickoff return to the house for about 70 yards but the two-point try was failed making the score 14-8 with about five minutes remaining the second quarter.
Junior Coy Kreikemeier then found senior Jaryn Smeal on a passing touchdown and then again during the two-point conversion to take a 16-14 lead with 1:34 left in the first half for GACC.
Brown then found the back of the endzone once more during a 46-yard rushing strike and converted the two-point try as Wakefield took a 22-16 lead into the half.
Following a Kreikemeier one-yard QB sneak for six points to knot the game up at 22 all with 6:49 left in the third, Wakefield put the game away.
Bokemper had an interception earlier in the game as Brown recorded an INT early in the fourth quarter which led to a one-yard score from senior Justin Erb who also ran the two-point try in with 7:03 left in the game.
Leading 30-22, Brown scored for the third time on a 34-yard score to cap the game off at 36-22.
Wakefield will next visit Wisner-Pilger while GACC will host Lourdes Central Catholic of Nebraska City on Friday, September 4.