OK, so Omaha Skutt coach Matt Turman is still a few career wins short of his dad.

That didn’t bother him Friday night after leading his Class B No. 2 SkyHawks to a 33-13 win over No. 9 Omaha Roncalli.

“I’m still a long way behind him,” Turman said. “But I’m going to keep plugging away.”

Matt had been on hand Thursday when his father, Tim, picked up career win No. 300 for Wahoo Neumann.

“I didn’t sleep much last night,” Matt said. “I was still really excited for my dad.”

An estimated 2,400 watched the Crimson Pride battle through a scoreless first quarter. But Skutt scored 20 points in the second to carry a 20-6 lead into halftime.

“We finally got some things going with the wind that quarter,” Turman said. “Our kicking game also played a pretty big role tonight.”

The SkyHawks broke through less than two minutes into the second quarter on a 20-yard touchdown run by Jarod Epperson. It was the first of two TDs for the senior running back, who finished with 167 yards on 23 carries.

“Jarod did a nice job,” Turman said. “And he had another long TD run (49 yards) called back.”

Joey White booted field goals of 38 and 42 in the period and Jack Hassenstab scored on a 3-yard run following a Roncalli fumble.

The Crimson Pride’s lone first-half score came on an 81-yard TD pass from Jack Dotzler to Alex Rodgers.

Rodgers, a 6-foot-1 senior, helped Roncalli draw closer on the first play of the third quarter. His halfback pass to Shane Orr covered 79 yards, and Justin Niederle got credit for the score when Orr fumbled into the end zone.

That made it 20-13, but the Crimson Pride could get no closer. Epperson scored his second touchdown on a 17-yard run and Jacob Christen hauled in a 22-yard TD pass from Tyson Gordon.

“I’m proud of the way our kids competed,” Roncalli coach Tom Kassing said. “But Skutt is a premier program and we just couldn’t stay with them.”

The SkyHawks rushed for 265 yards and passed for 133. Roncalli had 283 yards in total offense, with 236 coming through the air.

Turman said his defense played well but added that Rodgers, who had 251 yards in total offense — 117 passing, 88 receiving and 46 rushing — is a tough guy to stop.

“He’s scary,” Turman said. “He pretty much does it all for them, and he can go the distance at any time.”

Skutt returns to action next Friday night at Blair one week before hosting Class B No. 1 York.

The Crimson Pride will play their home opener next Friday against Waverly.

Omaha Roncalli (1-1)............0 6 7 0—13

At Omaha Skutt (2-0)..........0 20 7 6—33

OS: Jarod Epperson 20 run (Joey White kick)

OS: FG White 42

OS: Jack Hassenstab 3 run (White kick)

OR: Alex Rodgers 81 pass from Jack Dotzler (kick failed)

OS: FG White 38

OR: Justin Niederle fumble recovery in end zone (Andrew McCoy kick)

OS: Epperson 17 run (White kick)

OS: Jacob Christen 22 pass from Tyson Gordon (kick failed)


Rushing: OR, Alex Rodgers 14-46, Jack Dotzler 6-18, Andy Bosn 3-5, Jackson Mausbach 1- -8, team 1- -14. OS, Jarod Epperson 23-167, Ryan McCormick 8-10, Tommy Legel 6-35, Tyson Gordon 5-24, Jack Hassenstab 6-15, Grant Diesing 1-14.

Passing: OR, Dotzler 6-14-0 119; Rodgers 2-3-0 117. OS, McCormick 4-7-0 71, Gordon 4-4-0 62.

Receiving: OR, Rodgers 2-88, Shane Orr 2-117, Justin Niederle 3-15, Bosn 1-16. OS, Gordon 1-5, Gunner Ott 1-9, Legel 2-30, Hassenstab 1-13, Josh White 1-42, Jacob Christen 1-22, Grant Bertucci 1-12.

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Mike covers high school sports, primarily volleyball in the fall, girls basketball in the winter and baseball in the spring and summer. He also reports on horse racing for The World-Herald. Follow him on Twitter @MPattersonOWH. Phone: 402-444-1350.

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