Timely interceptions and a ball-control offense in the second half pushed St. Pat’s past Hershey, 19-0, on Friday in North Platte in a matchup of the C2-8 District rivals.

Valentine controlled time of possession and outmuscled St. Pat’s in a 27-10 victory at Knights of Columbus Field in North Platte on Friday.

Throughout the summer, The World-Herald will prepare you for the high school football season with previews of new teams each day. Working their way up from the smallest class, the ratings are based on last season’s final Top 10. This week, Class C-2 is featured, with Nos. 5 through 10 today.

There will be a matchup of previous state champs Saturday in Class D, though not the one many expected. Cameron Riggs, a sophomore at North Platte St. Patrick’s, ran his high school record to 93-0 with a pin Friday in a 132-pound semifinal.

Two St. Pat’s Irish will experience something new tonight. Senior Kam Jordan and junior Aaron Allison will both wrestle in the semifinals of the Class D State Tournament for the first time. They will join Cameron Riggs, a defending state champion.

They say it’s not how you start, but how you finish. After a myriad of close early-season losses, Hershey (6-16) is officially on a roll after a 54-43 win over St. Pat’s (16-7) on Thursday.

For three quarters, Paxton boxed in St. Pat’s. Less than 15 seconds into the final frame, Gary White III hit his only 3-pointer, extending Paxton’s box-and-one defense and helping lift the Irish to a 47-37 victory on Tuesday.

St. Pat’s fell to Sutton on Friday in the first round of the Class C-2 playoffs, 18-15. James Schroll opened the scoring with an 8-yard run on the first play of the second quarter.

In the state of Nebraska, football is the undisputed king of fall. Hershey’s head cross country coach Tyler Cronin is a fan himself, but wanted an opportunity for his athletes to get a little notoriety while tapping into the longstanding Hershey-St. Pat’s rivalry. Thus, the idea for the first ever Rivalry Run was hatched and will take place today.

Throw out the records on Friday. Hershey (1-3) is making the short trip to St. Pat’s (3-1) for the annual rivalry game between the two Lincoln County schools. The game kicks at 7 p.m. at Knights of Columbus Field in North Platte.

Irish quarterback Bryce Byrn set the tone for St. Pat’s early with a 37-yard touchdown run less than four minutes into the game. The Irish used that to pull away from Southern Valley for a 36-0 win on Friday at Knights of Columbus Field in North Platte.

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