Those wounds Skutt’s defense felt after giving up more than 400 yards passing to Bennington to start the season healed with Friday’s quarterfinal win at Moylan Field.

The Class B No. 1 SkyHawks intercepted three passes, gave up five plays of 10 yards or more and held Bennington’s Nick Bohn to 201 passing yards while winning their 24th consecutive game and setting up next Friday’s semifinal at home against No. 3 Waverly.

Max Brinker had two of the three interceptions, with North Dakota State pledge Tyson Gordon getting the other.

“We wanted to switch it up, make him make different reads,” said Brinker, a 215-pound senior outside linebacker. “He’s a great quarterback.”

Bohn was 20 of 35 with a 90-yard touchdown pass to Mitchell Andersen as he topped 3,000 yards passing in his final high school game. He also had a 58-yard scramble.

“We gave up a couple big plays and they have the ability, but for the most part I was pretty happy with the way we played on defense,” Skutt coach Matt Turman said.

Grant Diesing had a career night with 205 yards and three touchdowns on 23 carries as the SkyHawks (11-0) had 430 as a team.

“We told our linemen that we were going to go right at them, just trying to power the ball,” Turman said. “We told him he might not play as much outside linebacker because he was going to get the ball more. And he responded really well. He hit the holes hard and made some big plays for us.”

Bennington was within a touchdown at 21-14 with 2:50 left in the half, but Gordon went 62 yards to score on Skutt’s next snap and got a second touchdown on an 8-yard scramble with a second left in the half. He had 153 yards on 16 carries.

Bennington junior Tyler LeClair left the game in the first quarter with a severe ankle injury.

“He’s been a really good outside linebacker for us and last week he made a ton of good plays on defense,” said Bennington coach Greg Bohn, the quarterback’s uncle. “On offense, he’s a pretty good-sized target for Nick to look for. He’s always our check-down guy, so when he’s not in there it makes it a little more difficult to check down to that position, but I thought Keagan O’Connor did a good job stepping in.”

The Badgers, who lost 49-28 to Skutt earlier, finished at 7-4 after going 3-6 last year.

“Our senior class, all 19 kids stuck with the program,” coach Bohn said. “It did a great job of returning the program from where we were the last two years of just kind of not getting over the hump.”

Bennington (7-4)..................0 14 0 0—14

At Omaha Skutt (11-0).......14 20 0 7—41

OS: Grant Diesing 3 run (Zach Hodge kick)

OS: Diesing 42 run (Hodge kick)

B: Mitchell Anderson 90 pass from Nick Bohn (Lennox Hughes kick)

OS: Gunner Ott 7 run (Hodge kick)

B: Bohn 58 run (Hughes kick)

OS: Tyson Gordon 62 run (Hodge kick)

OS: Gordon 8 run (kick blocked)

OS: Diesing 3 run (Hodge kick)

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

Rushing: B, Bohn 10-29, Keegan O’Connor 2-minus 2, Ross Kaiser 2-8, Kale Bird 2-9. OS, Diesing 23-205, Gordon 16-153, Ott 6-32, Barret Liebentritt 3-24, Dom Melrose 2-13, Eric Goracke 1-2, Nolan Connor 1-1.

Passing: B, Bohn 20-35-3 201. OS, Gordon 6-17-1 55, Goracke 0-1-0 0.

Receiving: B, Grady Corrigan 4-33, Ashten Schmaderer 4-28, Colby Puck 8-39, Anderson 1-90, O’Connor 2-2, Jace Miller 1-9. OS, Drew Rase 2-20, Nick Chambers 1-7, Brinker 2-29, Diesing 1-(minus 1).

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