LINCOLN — Doniphan-Trumbull has Ron Mimick convinced.
“They’re the best C-2 team we’ve played in seven years,” said Mimick, whose David City Aquinas team on Tuesday handed over the Class C-2 throne after two years.
“We did not play bad. They’re just a better football team on both sides.”
With Jordan Slough scoring four touchdowns and joining Lorenzo Williams and quarterback Riley Wiltfong in running for more than 100 yards apiece, top-ranked Doniphan-Trumbull (13-0) rolled to a 32-13 win before 3,202 at Memorial Stadium.
Aquinas (10-3) gained only 140 yards and didn’t score until the Cardinals were leading 26-0 in the third quarter.
“I thought we played outstanding defense,” Cardinals coach Brent Breckner said. “I thought it played really well down the stretch and in this game.”
Slough said playing better defense was a point of emphasis after last season, when the Cardinals lost in the semifinals.
“I don’t think we had a bad defense last year, but a lot of people didn’t think we play defense in Doniphan, only try to score more points,” he said. “Our defense was phenomenal today.”
Slough scored on a 22-yard pass from Wiltfong in the first quarter, a 2-yard run in the second and an 11-yard run and 16-yard reception in the third.
He closed his senior season with 41 touchdowns, one short of tying the Class C-2 record of 42 by John Kroeker of Henderson in 1983.
A 5-foot-10, 180-pound running back, he picked up 154 yards rushing Tuesday to be a two-time 2,000-yard rusher. His 2013 total was 2,213.
Wiltfong was 4 of 7 for 57 yards and two touchdowns while running for 104 yards.
“A couple of great kids,” Breckner said. “They showed everybody around who haven’t seen them how great of football players they are.
“I was pretty excited about it for those two kids. Just two outstanding football players and it’s that whole senior class, just a great group of kids.”
Williams, a senior who topped 200 yards against Battle Creek in the semifinals, had 132 yards as the Cardinals pounded out 389 yards on the ground.
Aquinas, which came into the playoffs unranked at 6-2, got its touchdowns on 1-yard runs by Matt Jakub and Kenton Kobza.
“We could hunt and peck and get first downs,” Mimick said. “We battled, but that’s a good football team. They were better up front on both sides of the ball, and their skill kids were a little better in space.
“We could play them a lot of times and the score would be about the same.”
David City Aquinas (10-3)........................................0 0 6 7—13
Doniphan-Trumbull (13-0)........................................8 6 12 6—32
DT: Jordan Slough 22 pass from Wiltfong (Creighton Buhr pass from Wiltfong)
DT: Slough 2 run (pass failed)
DT: Slough 11 run (pass failed)
DT: Slough 16 pass from Wiltfong (pass failed)
A: Matt Jakub 1 run (run failed)
DT: Wiltfong 19 run (pass failed)
A: Kenton Kobza 1 run (Preston Smith kick)
RUSHING: A, Jakub 11-37, Eric Kobza 10-33, Kenton Kobza 11-32, Noan Pelan 4-22, Evan Kranda 4-15, Trev Semrad 3-3, Brandon Svoboda 1-1, Trevor Dozier 1-minus 3. DT, Slough 26-154, Lorenzo Williams 17-136, Wiltfong 13-104, Tate Mazour 1-4, Chet Quist 2-0, Dan Uden 1-minus 5.
PASSING: A, Semrad 2-4-0 48. DT, Ailtfong 4-7-0 57.
RECEIVING: A, Nathan Kovar 1-32, Logan Kahler 1-16. DT, Slough 3-52, Buhr 1-5.
TACKLES: A, Nick Comte 5-8-13, E. Kobza 7-4-11, Jakub 3-4-7, Lane Napier 3-4-7, Matt Kindler 4-2-6, Mitch Napier 2-3-5, Mitch White 2-3-5, Trevin Steager 1-4-5, Semrad 4-0-4, Trenton Smith 1-2-3, Connor Kranda 2-0-2, Svoboda 2-0-2, K. Kobza 1-1-2, Spencer Maguire 1-1-2, P. Smith 0-2-2, Heath Ketteler 1-0-1, Kovar 1-0-1. DT, Jake Critel 7-5-12, Eric Toben 2-7-9, Grady Koch 3-5-8, Tanner Taylor 5-2-7, Blake Williams 0-6-6, Buhr 1-4-5, Adam Gomez 1-4-5, Slough 0-3-3, Zach McNally 1-1-2, Wiltfong 1-1-2, Jonas Blase 1-1-2, Tom Pfeiffer 1-1-2, David Uden 0-2-2, Williams 1-0-1, Kyler Kroeger 0-1-1, Reid Schultz 0-1-1, Tom Roach 0-1-1, Dalton Lewis 0-1-1.
FUMBLE RECOVERIES: DT, Zach Christensen.
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