YORK, Neb. — Led by a downhill rushing attack and a few nicely timed passes downfield, York advanced to the Class B quarterfinals with a 35-14 win over Alliance on Friday night.
York’s offensive line — led by Noah Stafursky, AJ Beins, Max Kohmetscher, Doug Lazo, Josh Saathoff, Bo Lucas and tight end Wyatt Cast — controlled the line of scrimmage from the start against the Bulldogs’ defensive front.
The Dukes’ line opened holes for a group of runners who included Jacob Diaz, Ben Kowalski, Maxx Troester and Ty Bartholomew. Those four combined for three touchdowns.
Diaz scored on a 46-yard run while Kowalski and Bartholomew scored from 3 and 9 yards, respectively.
Diaz rushed for 123 yards on 15 carries. Kowalski had 74 yards on 10 touches.
“We were a little bit limited in what we wanted to do tonight because we didn’t want to show a whole lot for next week,” York coach Glen Snodgrass said. “We wanted to keep some guys healthy tonight, so we asked a lot of our offensive line. We ran some pretty basic plays, and I think they did a great job. They had to play a little bit longer than we were hoping, but hand it to Alliance. They played really hard.”
Fourth-ranked York finished with 314 rushing yards and 465 in total offense. The Dukes held No. 14 seed Alliance to 225 total yards.
York senior Garrett Snodgrass, who’s been dealing with nagging injuries the past few weeks, played only quarterback in the first half. But when he was in, he was productive.
The Nebraska football pledge threw a 16-yard touchdown pass to senior Brady Danielson on the Dukes’ first drive, then tossed a 40-yarder to Cast in the second quarter that put his team up 24-0. Snodgrass finished 7 of 11 for 120 yards and two scores.
Glen Snodgrass said coaches were uncertain all week how much they would be able to use his son.
“We were actually going to go some with Brady, but then he has an injury, too,” the coach said. “So we figured it would be smarter to just start like normal and let him (Garrett) hand off and throw the ball. And he threw the ball really well in the first half.
“He’ll be 100 percent next week. He could’ve run the ball tonight if we wanted him to. But we just felt like we wanted to hold him for next week.”
York led 14-0 after the first quarter and 21-0 at halftime.
York’s win sets up a quarterfinal matchup at home against Seward (8-2), which beat Norris 42-7 Friday night. York and Seward traded punches in a barnburner Oct. 12 in Seward with the Dukes coming out on top 42-40.
The Dukes’ victory is the 36th overall for the York senior class, the most in school history. The previous record was 35 set by last year’s seniors.
Alliance (4-6).........0 0 0 14—14
At York (8-2)...........14 7 7 7—35
Y: Brady Danielson 16 pass from Garrett Snodgrass (Thomas Ivey kick)
Y: Ben Kowalski 3 run (Ivey kick)
Y: Wyatt Cast 40 pass from Snodgrass (Ivey kick)
Y: Jacob Diaz 46 run (Ivey kick)
A: Mason Hiemstra 13 pass from Trevor DuBray (kick good)
Y: Ty Bartholomew 9 run (Ivey kick)
A: Hiemstra 53 pass from DuBray (kick good)
No. 1 Omaha Skutt 48, Bennington 0
Jarod Epperson had nine carried for 142 yards and four touchdowns. Skutt’s defense was also dominant, holding Bennington to 94 yards of total offense.
Bennington (3-7) 0 0 0 0— 0
At Omaha Skutt (10-0) 21 13 14 0—48
No. 3 McCook 35, Hastings 7
Cameryn Berry broke open this one with a 55-yard run in the 1st quarter, and McCook didn’t look back from there. Berry threw for 3 touchdowns, including a 44-yard touchdown pass to Morgan Fawver.
McCook 7 21 7 0—35
At Hastings 0 0 0 7— 7
No. 5 Seward 42, Norris 7
Joseph Krause threw two touchdown passes and Carson Core added a pair of touchdowns for the Class B No. 5 Bluejays.
Seward (8-2) 13 14 8 7—42
At Norris (5-5) 0 0 0 7— 7
Sew.: Carson Core 6 run (Cayden Glandt kick)
Sew.: Brett Meyer 13 pass from Joseph Krause (run failed)
Sew.: Zach Ellingson 1 run (Cayden Glandt kick)
Sew.: Carson Core 2 pass from Joseph Krause (Cayden Glandt kick)
Sew.: Zach Ellingson 2 run (Brett Meyer pass from Joseph Krause)
Sew.: Gabe Knisley 1 run (Cayden Glandt kick)
Nor.: James Carnie 40 pass from Jon Kroese (kick)
No. 6 Waverly 56, Lexington 0
Rhett Jordon passed for 79 yards and two touchdowns, while also rushing for 100 yards and three scores for the Class B No. 6 Vikings. Kaleb Canoyer tacked on an additional 143 yards rushing, and Jay Adams led the receiving corps with 58 yards and two touchdowns.
Lexington (4-6) 0 0 0 0— 0
At Waverly (8-2) 21 28 7 0—56
Wav.: Evan Canoyer 5 run (Evan Canoyer kick)
Wav.: Rhett Jordon 2 run (Evan Canoyer kick)
Wav.: Jay Adams 23 pass from Rhett Jordon (Evan Canoyer kick)
Wav.: Rhett Jordon 49 run (Evan Canoyer kick)
Wav.: Rhett Jordon 32 run (Evan Canoyer kick)
Wav.: Jay Adams 35 pass from Rhett Jordon (Evan Canoyer kick)
Wav.: Kaleb Canoyer 9 run (Donavyn Kirby kick)
Wav.: Nick Abbott 4 run (Donavyn Kirby kick)
No. 7 Omaha Roncalli 44, Elkhorn Mount Michael 8
Alex Rodgers had 17 carries for 177 yards and three touchdowns to lead Class B No. 7 Roncalli. The Crimson Pride forced six, including five interceptions.
Elkhorn Mount Michael (6-4) 0 0 8 0— 8
At Omaha Roncalli (8-2) 27 10 0 7—44
Ron.: Jack Dotzler 11 run (Andrew McCoy kick)
Ron.: Shane Orr 22 pass from Jack Dotzler (kick failed)
Ron.: Shane Orr 8 pass from Jack Dotzler (Andrew McCoy kick)
Ron.: Alex Rodgers 9 run (Andrew McCoy kick)
Ron.: FG Andrew McCoy 29
Ron.: Alex Rodgers 27 run (Andrew McCoy kick)
EMM: Cliff Roepke 44 pass from Sid deMayo (Cliff Roepke pass from Sid deMayo)
Ron.: Alex Rodgers 30 run (Andrew McCoy kick)