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)
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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Omaha Burke defeated Grand Island 24-20 to cap an undefeated season and win the Bulldogs' first Class A state football championship.
Class B: Omaha Skutt, 48, Scottsbluff 27
Class C-1: Aurora 49, Ord 7
Class C-2: Centennial 29, Norfolk Catholic 28 (OT)
Class D-1: Creighton 32, Burwell 30
Class D-2: Johnson-Brock 56, Mullen 26
Omaha North defeated Kearney 27-20 in 2017 to cap a 12-1 season and win the Vikings' third Class A title in the past five seasons.
Class B: York 31, Omaha Skutt 0
Class C-1: Norfolk Catholic 35, Boone Central/Newman Grove 0
Class C-2: Yutan 27, Centennial 6
Class D-1: East Butler 36, South Loup 14
Class D-2: Bruning-Davenport/Shickley 58, Blue Hill 23
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Class B: Elkhorn South 34, Omaha Skutt 32
Class C-1: O'Neill 39, Wahoo Neumann 22
Class C-2: Wilber-Clatonia 20, Crofton 0
Class D-1: Burwell 47, West Point GACC 18
Class D-2: Falls City Sacred Heart 44, Twin Loup 28
Millard North defeated Millard West 21-14 to win the 2015 Class A title and earn the Mustangs their fifth championship since 2003.
Class B: Elkhorn South 32, Aurora 21
Class C-1: Columbus Scotus 32, Norfolk Catholic 27
Class C-2: David City Aquinas 36, Oakland-Craig 7
Class D-1: Bruning-Davenport/Shickley 44, Burwell 30
Class D-2: Humphrey St. Francis 22, Chambers/Wheeler Central 20
Omaha North won back-to-back titles by defeating Omaha Creighton Prep 41-0 in the 2014 Class A championship.
Class B: Omaha Skutt 40, Elkhorn 10
Class C-1: Boone Central/Newman Grove 54, Ashland-Greenwood 14
Class C-2: David City Aquinas 40, Hartington Cedar Catholic 6
Class D-1: Hemingford 52, Bruning-Davenport/Shickley 8
Class D-2: Exeter-Milligan 40, Anselmo-Merna 26
Omaha North defeated Omaha Westside 23-21 to win the 2013 Class A title.
Class B: Omaha Skutt 30, York 0
Class C-1: Cozad 47, Ashland-Greenwood 21
Class C-2: Doniphan-Trumbull 32, David City Aquinas (10-3) 13
Class D-1: Exeter-Milligan 20, Hemingford 18
Class D-2: Falls City Sacred Heart 63, Stuart 14
Millard North defeated Omaha North 17-14 to win the 2012 Class A championship and cap an undefeated season.
Class B: Omaha Gross 14, Norris 7
Class C-1: Norfolk Catholic 24, Boone Central/Newman Grove 13
Class C-2: David City Aquinas 35, Sutton 20
Class D-1: Elgin Public/Pope John 40, Exeter-Milligan 14
Class D-2: Giltner 42, Humphrey St. Francis 26
In 2011, Lincoln Southeast defeated Omaha Burke 21-9 to win the Class A championship. The Knights claimed their first title since 2002.
Class B: Elkhorn 26, Crete 17
Class C-1: Norfolk Catholic 20, Platteview 6
Class C-2: David City Aquinas 27, Kearney Catholic 13
Class D-1: Elgin Public/Pope John 44, West Point GACC 14
Class D-2: Sargent 21, Howells 18
Millard North defeated Millard South 28-20 to win the 2010 Class A title.
Class B: Crete 34, Elkhorn 0
Class C-1: Norfolk Catholic 28, Pierce 13
Class C-2: Hastings St. Cecilia 17, Fremont Bergan 14
Class D-1: West Point GACC 45, Creighton 30
Class D-2: Howells 46, Sargent 7
Millard South's Tyler Harris his onside kickoff return for a touchdown in the Patriots' 45-17 win over Millard West in the 2009 Class A championship.
Class B: Aurora 34, Omaha Skutt 21
Class C-1: Hastings St. Cecilia 26, Norfolk Catholic 18
Class C-2: Ponca 14, Hartington Cedar Catholic 13, OT
Class D-1: Howells 68, Giltner 28
Class D-2: Humphrey St. Francis 34, Hayes Center 0
Millard West celebrates defeating Millard South 21-8 to win the 2008 Class A title.
Class B: Aurora 20, Beatrice 14
Class C-1: Pierce 20, Boys Town 10
Class C-2: Blue Hill 14, Fremont Bergan 0
Class D-1: Howells 46, Axtell 21
Class D-2: Ewing 49, Humphrey St. Francis 24
Omaha Central coach Jay Ball celebrates the Eagles' 26-21 win over Millard North in the 2007 Class A championship.
Class B: Crete 14, McCook 7, OT
Class C-1: Pierce 34, Wahoo Neumann 28, OT
Class C-2: Wakefield 19, Blue Hill 0
Class D-1: Pope John 39, Clarkson 30
Class D-2: Chambers 28, Elgin 24
Kearney's EJ Gannon celebrates with fans after winning the 2006 state title against Omaha Westside, 41-21.
Class B: Crete 28, Elkhorn 14
Class C-1: Auburn 28, Valentine 27, 2OT
Class C-2: Wakefield 34, Blue Hill 7
Class D-1: Overton 32, Bancroft-Rosalie 8
Class D-2: Dodge 28, Stapleton 20
Millard North huddles around the trophy after defeating Lincoln Southwest 35-14 to win the 2005 Class A championship.
Class B: Omaha Skutt 6, McCook 0
Class C-1: Norfolk Catholic 20, Chase County 13
Class C-2: Plainview 21, Cambridge 6
Class D-1: Howells 46, Axtell 6
Class D-2: Bruning-Davenport 34, Sargent 12
Omaha Creighton Prep coach Tom Jaworski cheers after defeating Millard North 21-7 to win the 2004 Class A title.
Class B: Lincoln Pius X 14, McCook 9
Class C-1: Norfolk Catholic 26, Boone Central 13
Class C-2: North Platte St. Patrick’s 21, Stanton 6
Class D-1: Howells 43, Overton 6
Class D-2: Lindsay Holy Family 36, Mullen 18