Notable Nebraska high school Friday night football games and top performers | NE Prep Area

Here are the 2015 All-Nebraska football teams.


Check out highlights of some notable plays and top performances from Friday night action in Nebraska high school football.

St. Cecilia is having a wild second half

Hastings St. Cecilia appeared to be on the verge of pulling away from Wahoo Neumann in Friday’s game between the C-2 ranked teams.

No. 5 St. Cecilia led 20-7 at halftime and extended its lead to 26-7 with 8:23 left in the third period.

But the next 10 minutes were owned by the No. 7 Cavaliers.

They scored 27 straight, which included an interception and a blocked punt. Trent Mowdry’s blocked punt return made it 34-26 with 10:55 left.

Saint Cecilia had an answer. Chase Evans scored on a 57-yard run and his 18-yard TD reception with seven minutes left put the Hawks back in front en route to a 44-34 win.

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The badgers flee from Pius

Bennington had a second-half surge of its own Friday night.

Lincoln Pius X was a touchdown from Class B No. 1 Bennington at halftime, but special teams and defense helped the Badgers quickly pull away.

Bennington intercepted a pass in the end zone in the final minute of the first half to preserve a 7-0 lead. Then the Badgers stunned the Bolts early in the second half — Quinton Archer returned the kickoff 87 yards for a touchdown and less than two minutes later Trey Bird threw a 28-yard TD pass.

A blocked punt set up another TD in the third quarter and it was 35-0 early in the fourth. That was the end result.

First to two wins

After the game was delayed by lightning Thursday, Norfolk and Fremont played the final 10:24 of their game Friday afternoon.

Tied 7-7 when play stopped, the first team to score would win.

The punts ended up being life-saving as an errant snap on a punt attempt went through the end zone to give Norfolk the lead with 2:16 left.

The Panthers secured a 9-7 victory to improve to 3-1. Norfolk, which lost just 20-16 to Grand Island, faces No. 1 Omaha Westside next Friday.

Top performers

Max Buitenbeck, Lincoln SE: Returned a kickoff 91 yards for a TD and scored on a 1-yard run 95 seconds into the game in a 31-10 win over Lincoln North Star.

Peyton Hofer, Elgin/Pope John: Ran for 132 yards and three TDs on seven carries and was 3 for 3 with two TDs in a 47-20 win over CWC.

Bo Knapp and Trent Watkins, Elm Creek: Knapp hit Watkins with a 42-yard Hail Mary on the final play to give the Buffs a 52-48 victory over Central Valley.

Jordan Mariska and Sam Suerdike, Thayer Central: Combined for 437 yards in a 48-36 win over Palmyra in a game between undefeated Eight-Man-1 teams. Thayer scored the first 14 points and never trailed.

Quinten Meyers, Anselmo-Merna: Rushed for 114 yards on 27 carries and scored two TDs in a 14-12 win over previously unbeaten Leyton.

Sloan Pelican, Johnson-Brock: Threw for 161 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for 65 and two more TDs in win.

Zayden Wilsey, Franklin: Rushed for 116 yards and four TDs, threw for 124 yards and two TDs and intercepted a pass on defense in win over Meridian.

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