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Wed
28
Oct
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Sutton shreds D-T 61-12

Sutton shreds D-T 61-12

Paxton Olson had a big night for the Mustangs, scoring five times in the Mustangs’ 61-12 win over Doniphan-Trumbull. ASHLEY D. SWANSON | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

Sutton shreds D-T 61-12

Stout defensive efforts helped Sutton to their 49 point win over the Cardinals Friday night. Here, Caleb Ladehoff wraps his arms around a D-T runner, while Jesse Herndon, on the ground, reaches for the runners legs. Joe Hinrichs moves in on the play (54). These three combined for 23 total tackles in the win. ASHLEY D. SWANSON | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

Sutton shreds D-T 61-12

It’s certainly no secret to any teams that regularly play the Sutton Mustangs. They’ll run, run and run some more, as if to dare anyone to stop the Mustang rushing threat each night.

In the regular season finale last Friday, Doniphan-Trumbull had no answer in an effort to slow down the Sutton ground game as Coach Steve Ramer’s stable of runningbacks chewed up 370 yards on 39 carries, an average of 9.5 yards per carry to seal Sutton’s 11th straight trip into the Class C-2 state football playoffs with a powerful 61-12 win over the Cardinals.

Sutton’s defense aided in a big way in addition to the Mustang ground attack, picking off four Cardinal passes, including a 20-yard interception return for a touchdown by senior Joe Hinrichs early in the second quarter.

 

 

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Wed
21
Oct
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134 points, 955 total yards

134 points, 955 total yards

Senior Ethan Piper (15) racked up 247 total yards in the Cardinals’ 83-51 win over Wilcox-Hildreth this past Friday. Piper ran for 171 yards on 13 carries, an average of 13.2 yards per carry while catching two passes for 49 yards and throwing one pass for 27 yards. The win sets the Cardinals up with a 4-3 record as they head into the season finale this Friday night in Franklin. Also pictured for Harvard is Xavier Marburger (53) and Noah Roberts, back left. ASHLEY D SWANSON | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

For fans of high scoring, up and down the field football games, those that support the Harvard Cardinals and Wilcox-Hildreth Falcons were treated to something special this past Friday during the Cardinals eventual 32-point win over the Falcons.

As the Cardinals hosted their final game of the 2020 football season, the 3-3 Harvard crew came away with a huge performance and combined with Wilcox-Hildreth to score 134 total points and grind up 955 yards of total offense, in an 83-51 win for the Cardinals. The win improved Harvard to 4-3 as they head into their final game of the 2020 season this week at Franklin.

 

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Wed
21
Oct
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Mustangs blank the Cougars

Mustangs blank the Cougars

Sutton’s Jesse Herndon scores one of his three second-quarter touchdowns with this leaping two-yard run, during the Mustangs’ 42-0 win over Sandy Creek Monday night. Shown for Sutton is Joe Hinrichs (54) blocking on Sandy Creek’s Josh Shaw (77). Paxton Olson for the Mustangs is on the ground, while Sandy Creek’s Sam VonSpreckelsen (51) tries to stop the Herndon score. ASHLEY D. SWANSON | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

The turnover bug hit the Sandy Creek Cougars early and often Monday night as the Sutton Mustangs and the Cougars made up a game that was originally slated for Oct. 2. Due to coronavirus issues on the original date, the Cougars were forced to bow out of the original contest, but luckily, the two Clay County teams were able to make up for lost time.

Sandy Creek had three first-half fumbles which aided the Mustangs to their eventual 42-0 C2-4 District win on the Mustangs’ home field.

The Cougars fumbled on the first play from scrimmage, as Sutton senior Joe Hinrichs recovered the Cougar miscue and set the Mustangs up at the Sandy Creek 20.

Four plays later, junior Paxton Olson scored from one yard out to give the Mustangs the early 7-0 lead, following an extra point boot from senior Jackson Anderson at the 10:01 mark of the first.

 

Wed
14
Oct
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Rowen Jarosik is state runner-up at junior high state cross country meet

Rowen Jarosik is state runner-up at junior high state cross country meet

Sandy Creek’s Rowen Jarosik came up big this past week as the eighth grader at Sandy Creek, representing the South Central Red Raiders program proved to be the all-class state runner-up finisher at the meet, held at the Gering Five Rocks Amphitheater.

 

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Wed
14
Oct
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Harvard cruises past Elba 67-7

Harvard cruises past Elba 67-7

Sophomore quarterback Noah Roberts (25) pitches to senior running back Ben Okraska during the Cardinals’ 67-7 win over Elba Friday night. Roberts had 49 rushing yards and 51 passing yards in the win, while Okraska had 76 yards on the ground. ASHLEY D. SWANSON | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

For the second straight week, the Harvard Cardinals used a first-quarter barrage of points to ease their way to a 3-3 record, as the Cardinals, behind a 36-0 first-quarter run, cruised past the Elba Bluejays 67-7.

That first quarter barrage was started by senior running back Ethan Piper, as just 29 seconds into the game, Piper rolled 34 yards into the end zone, giving the Cards an 8-0 lead following the twopoint kick.

In the game, Piper had 127 yards on just seven carries, an average of just over 18 yards per carry.

Sophomore quarterback Noah Roberts then hit Jose Gonzalez for a 24-yard touchdown pass to give Harvard a 16-0 lead, after yet another two-point kick.

Wed
07
Oct
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Harvard girls sweep Elba, Silver Lake in home triangular

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Senior Morgan Juranek goes up for this tip against Elba on Oct. 1. Juranek, in two matches, had 15 kills to help lead the Cardinals to their current 10-7 record. ASHLEY D. SWANSON | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

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Delainey Gaughen gains this dig in action against Elba and combined for 10 total in the triangular that gave Harvard a pair of wins over the Bluejays and Silver Lake. ASHLEY D. SWANSON | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

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A two-game sweep of both the Elba Bluejays and the Silver Lake Mustangs pushed the Harvard Cardinals volleyball team to a 10-7 record as the Harvard girls draw closer to the post season, with the Twin Valley Conference tournament looming just a week and a half away.

The Cardinals made quick work of the Bluejays, downing Elba 25-8, 25-18, and consumed the Mustangs 25-17, 25-18 to hit the double figure mark in wins.

Against Elba, the Cardinals recorded 14 aces and 17 kills to guide the offensive attack.

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Wed
07
Oct
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Mustangs, Cougars set to return after Covid-19 pause

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The big county battle between Sutton and Sandy Creek was dashed last Friday night, with the Cougars program reporting a COVID-19 case, so both teams missed out on the big bout between each other.

However, the Mustangs and Cougars will once again return to action Friday night. The Mustangs were to play at Superior Friday, but Covid-19 has struck the Wildcats, so now Sutton will travel to Ord to take on the 6-0 Chanticleers, with kickoff set for 7 p.m. The Cougars will host the Cardinals of Doniphan-Trumbull, also at 7 p.m.

Sutton heads to Ord to take on the Chats, with a 4-1 record, while currently standing in a two-way tie for 11th place with Norfolk Catholic in the Class C-2 playoff point standings, as both teams have 41.000 points.

Wed
07
Oct
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Jarosik is a TVC champion; 8 place in top 15

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South Central senior Brayton Jarosik earned individual gold at the Twin Valley Conference meet in Hebron Oct. 1 with a time of 17:29. COURTESY OF THE HEBRON JOURNAL-REGISTER | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

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Harvard’s Alyssa Ferguson crossed the finish line in 22 minutes, 28 seconds for a fourth-place finish on the girl’s side. COURTESY OF THE HEBRON JOURNAL-REGISTER | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

The Twin Valley Conference Cross Country meet, hosted by Deshler at Hebron, proved a successful meet for South Central Unified and Harvard runners, with Brayton Jarosik placing first for the boys, and another seven placing in the top 15 spots.

Jarosik came across the finish line in 17 minutes, 29 seconds, following closely by teammate Logan Menke, who finished in 18:09. Also competing for the SCUD boys were Theo Kathman, 13th, 20:48; Jacob Hagemeier, 14th, 20:57; Itzamna Diaz, 18th, 22:14; and Zach Brennfoerder, 24th, 25:44.

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Wed
07
Oct
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Cards blitz Silver Lake 50-14

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Suffocating defense, which forced four Silver Lake turnovers, helped Harvard lock in their second win of the 2020 season Friday in Bladen. Here, Ethan Piper (15), Drayden Whetstine-Jones and Santiago Sinohui bring down Silver Lake’s Keaton Karr in the 50-14 win. ASHLEY D. SWANSON | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

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Senior Ben Orkaska gets the Cardinals pumped up during action Friday night in Bladen. Pictured with Okraska is Santiago Sinohui, left, Eric Villalbaso (30) and Lathem Schumm (3). ASHLEY D. SWANSON | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

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Senior Jose Gonzalez makes this tackle on Silver Lake receiver Tristan Kasson during the Cardinals’ 36-point win over the Mustangs in D6-4 district clash in Bladen. ASHLEY D. SWANSON | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

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A first quarter flurry of turnovers would set the tone during Friday night’s 50-14 road win over Silver Lake for the Harvard Cardinals.

Sophomore Drayden Whetstine-Jones had a field day with the Mustangs, causing two fumbles in the first two minutes of the D6-4 district bout for both teams.

The first recovery for Whetstine-Jones came just 40 seconds into the game, but would leave the Cardinals without points as the Cards would give up the ball on downs.

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Wed
30
Sep
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Cougars win nailbiter

Cougars win nailbiter

Swarming defensive efforts, such as this “Cougar sandwich” tackle on Superior running back James Love, kept Sandy Creek close throughout the thrilling one-point win over the Wildcats. On the tackle for Sandy Creek is Parker Sintek (9), Sam VonSpreckelsen (51), Keifer Anderson (88) and Karson Sherman (23). TORY DUNCAN | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

Friday night’s opening C2-4 District game between the Sandy Creek Cougars and Superior Wildcats wasn’t one for the faint of heart, as the two Southern Nebraska Conference schools battled back and forth to the bitter end before the home-standing Cougars hit paydirt with 17.3 seconds left in the game to gain a 21- 20 homecoming win over the Wildcats.

The game proved a challenge that left fans, coaches and players alike a little on edge until senior Keifer Anderson secured the win after senior quarterback Rodney McDonald, referred to as “Runnin’ Rodney” by Sandy Creek announcer Greg Morris, gave the Cougars the one-point lead with a one-yard touchdown plunge.

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