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NCMS Battles in a Close Game with Sabetha

By: Chase Korber and Jaden Thomas

October 02, 2018

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    The Nemaha Central Middle School football team played against Sabetha on Thursday, September 20 and the middle school rivalry has begun. Sabetha won the coin toss and decided to kick off in the first half and with that, the game started. On the kickoff, NC ran it the ball back to about their 40-yard line but a penalty brought them back to about the 25. NC then couldn’t get their offense going and went four and out. After a few first downs, Sabetha ran the ball in for a touchdown, but was unsuccessful on the two-point conversion making the score 0-6 early in the first quarter. Both teams then exchanged possession but couldn't capitalize their drive with a touchdown ending the first quarter in Sabetha's favor 0-6.

     In the second quarter, NC got the ball back and was pushing down the field when they fumbled the ball.  Unfortunately,  the ball was recovered by Sabetha. NC and Sabetha were going back and forth with possessions until Sabetha had the ball and ran it up the middle. Suddenly, NC’s Cooper Hajek stripped the ball staying on his feet to run the ball back about 60 yards for a touchdown. NC also came up short on their two-point conversion making the score 6-6 with about five minutes left to go in the first half. NC kicked off and Sabetha had a good run. The ball popped out and NC recovered the ball. NC marched down the field until they fumbled at the 5-yard line with the ball going out of bounds in the endzone making it a touchback. Sabetha then received the ball at the 20-yard line. They ran the ball to about the 50 yard line, but the clock ran out ending the first half with a 6-6 tie.

    When NC kicked off in the second half, Sabetha took a hard hit and the ball came out.  NC’s Chase Korber jumped on it regaining possession for NC. NC then would go on to score on that drive with a five-yard run to the outside by Blake Stallbaumer. NC was successful on the two-point conversion. The Thunder team took the lead 14-6 early in the third quarter. Both teams couldn't generate anything after that until late in the fourth quarter when the clock was at fourteen seconds. Sabetha managed to get the ball in the end zone to make the score 12-14. All NC had to do was stop them on the two-point conversion, but Sabetha was able to convert for 2 more points making the score 14-14. NC got the ball back, tried to pass but was picked off, and the game was going into overtime.

     Sabetha won the toss for overtime and decided to go on defense first putting NC on offense. On the first play, NC’s Blake Stallbaumer had a ten yard run for a touchdown and NC tried a pass for the two-point conversion, but it was incomplete making it 20-14. Sabetha went to the offense and it was fourth down when they ran it in for a touchdown. Sabetha ran it up the middle and scored on the two-point conversion winning the game 20-22 in overtime.

    Joe Siess said, “We came up just short, but we will get them back in high school.”

    “We lost in a tough game, but we just have to look forward to the next one,"  said Josh Gonzalez.

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