AURORA, Neb. — In a few years — or maybe even by Saturday morning — most will forget that Aurora quarterback Luke Standage was 8 for 22 passing with 2:38 left in a tie game against Plattsmouth.
But they may remember for years the five passes he completed over the next two minutes.
The final one to Tobey Huebert on fourth-and-8 from the Plattsmouth 16 clinched the fifth-ranked Huskies' 34-28 win over the Blue Devils in the first round of the Class B playoffs.
“What a great game to play in,” Standage said. “On that last drive, coach just left it up to us. Everybody did a great job, the line blocked well, our receivers made some big catches. Tobey made a great catch. We had two vertical routes there and I was reading the safety.”
Huebert — Aurora coach Randy Huebert's son — was mauled by his teammates in the end zone after his catch completed an 11-play, 72-yard drive. Standage was 5 for 10 during the drive and had earlier completed a 14-yard pass to Colton Allen on fourth-and-10 to keep the drive alive.
“What a football game,” Randy Huebert said. “It was an exciting game. Our kids competed well, and so did Plattsmouth. My hat's off to their kids and how they played tonight.”
The Huskies' final drive capped a fourth quarter full of drama. After leading 21-14, the Huskies took a two-score lead when they went 80 yards in 11 plays as Standage caught a halfback pass from Eli Bricker. It appeared the Huskies would cruise into the quarterfinals.
But Plattsmouth junior quarterback Connor Dukes had other plans. He engineered a 72-yard scoring drive that took less than two minutes when he sprinted around right end from the 6 to cut the lead to 28-21 with 5:49 left.
Dukes' 16-yard touchdown pass to CJ Neumann with 2:38 left tied the game before Standage took over.
The Huskies (8-2) will travel to McCook (9-1) next Friday. Aurora handed McCook its only loss of the season in the opener 22-7.
Plattsmouth (6-3) ............................ 7 7 0 14—28
Aurora (6-1) ................................... 7 14 0 13—34
A: Colton Allen 34 pass from Luke Standage (Eli Bricker kick), 8:24
P: Brandon Pick 2 run (AJ Sharp kick), 1:49
P: Hunter Hermida 11 pass from Connor Dukes (Sharp kick), 11:46
A: Brock Reichardt 2 run (Bricker kick), 5:47
A: Reichardt 4 run (Bricker kick), 2:05
A: Standage 10 pass from Bricker (Bricker kick), 7:45
P: Dukes 6 run (Sharp kick), 5:49
P: CJ Neumann 16 pass from Dukes (Sharp kick), 2:38
A: Tobey Huebert 16 pass from Standage (kick failed), :33