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NCMS Football Battles it out with St. Marys

By: Kace Kramer

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    On Thursday, October 5, the Nemaha Central Thunder football team faced the St. Marys Bears for their last game of the season. Quarterback Kurtis Beck was out do to an injury so it will be Cooper Hajek leading the Thunder. The only score in the first quarter came when Jeremiah Dalrymple hiked the ball to Hajek and then it was handed off to Blake Korber who ran it in. Unfortunately the Thunder team was unable to get the 2 point conversion, but they were on the scoreboard 6-0. The second quarter was under way and St. Marys found a way to make the score 8-6 with the Bears leading on a touchdown and conversion of their own. That ended the second quarter with the Thunder team trailing by 2 points. The game was really close and it would be a battle in the second half for each team to try and get the victory.

    The Thunder boys kicked the ball off in the beginning of the third quarter, followed by the St. Marys' team executing on some big plays. However the Thunder defense held them off from scoring.   It was the Thunder’s time to try to score. The Thunder had a great offense series ending up with Korber running the ball in to increase their score to 14 by the end of the third quarter. In the fourth quarter, Hajek had an interception, but the Thunder team could not score the touchdown. The Thunder tried but could not manage to keep the St. Marys’ score subordinate. The St. Marys team managed to find the end zone and tie up the game. The score at the end of regulation time was deadlocked at a 14-14 tie.

    For the last game of the season, the Thunder team was making it an exciting one by going into overtime with the Bears.  St.Marys had the ball first and happened to find the end zone in just two plays. The score was 14-22 with the Thunder being left with a few plays to try to tie it up. The Thunder managed to locate the end zone on the first play of their overtime series. They went for the two point conversion by handing off to Korber, but this time he was stopped just short of the goal line. The St. Marys Bears claimed the 20-22 victory.

    Garrett Huerter said, "I thought we played very good at St. Marys. I think that we did really good this season, but we could have done better. I think we'll have a pretty good team next year, we have some pretty good athletes and I'm looking forward to it."

    Messiayah Nolte said, " We could have won, if we would have fixed a few minor things. All in all, it was a nice way to go out, even if we lost."

    "I think we did really good this season. As a coach, I am very proud of the NC Thunder 2017 football team. I was impressed with the guys and how hard they worked," said Mr. Hiltgen.  

 

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