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Wed
30
Sep
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Sutton rolls past Bluehawks, improve to 4-1

Sutton rolls past Bluehawks, improve to 4-1

Junior Paxton Olson had a career high 247 rushing yards on 29 carries in Sutton’s 38-3 win over St. Cecilia Friday.

The Sutton Mustangs, despite a sluggish start to their opening C2-4 District, took a firm hold on the district lead, as after a 7-3 first quarter, the Mustangs blanked the Hastings St. Cecilia Bluehawks 31-0 in the final three quarters to improve to 4-1 overall with the win. St. Cecilia, who has missed two games this season related to a COVID-19 quarantine, fell to 0-3.

The Mustangs hit paydirt first in the opening quarter, as junior Jesse Herndon scored on a 26-yard run to give Sutton a 7-0 lead following a Jackson Anderson extra-point kick.

The Bluehawks then posted a 22-yard field goal to trim the Sutton lead to four, but that was all the further St. Cecilia would get as far as scoring.

In the second frame, Herndon bulled his way into the end zone for the second of four scores he would post on the scoreboard Friday.

Herndon scored from 11 yards out to set the Mustangs up with a 14-3 lead.

 

Wed
23
Sep
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Sutton wins shootout Friday

Sutton wins shootout Friday
Sutton wins shootout Friday
Sutton wins shootout Friday

Senior Quenton Jones had a monster night of action against Lincoln Lutheran last Friday. Jones had two interceptions, including a 49-yard return for a touchdown, had 35 rushing yards, and collected 137 kickoff return yards. Here, Jones takes the opening kickoff return of the second half at the Warriors 36, to set up Sutton’s first score of the second half. Sutton improved to 3-1 with the 42-31 win. TORY DUNCAN | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

Sutton wins shootout Friday

Despite giving up 400 yards of total offense, Sutton’s defensive stand stood strong when it had to in the Mustangs 11-point win over Lincoln Lutheran. Here four Sutton players, including Jesse Herndon (23), Vance Smith (79), Joe Hinrichs (54) and Caleb Ladehoff (18) corral Warrior running back Cole Seeba. These four players combined for 33 total tackles in the win. TORY DUNCAN | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

Sutton wins shootout Friday

Running back Paxton Olson was a workhorse Friday night during the Mustangs 42-31 win over Lincoln Lutheran. The junior ran for 135 of the Mustangs 185 rushing yards, doing so in 33 carries. Olson scored two key touchdowns to help Sutton improve to 3-1 on the season. Here Olson takes a handoff from Myles Jones (2) early in the first quarter of the game. TORY DUNCAN | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

Sutton wins shootout Friday

Senior Tyler Baldwin made the best of his one catch in Sutton’s 11-point win over the Warriors, as he hauled in this catch from Myles Jones for a 40-yard touchdown. TORY DUNCAN | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

Friday’s homecoming battle with the Warriors of Lincoln Lutheran was chocked full of twists and turns, as the Mustangs, for the second straight week, hit the field without all-state quarterback Cade Wiseman, who is rebounding from a shoulder injury.

The game itself would see the high octane passing attack of the Warriors lead them to an early 10-6 lead at the end of the first quarter. A 28-7 run by the Mustangs surged Sutton to a 34-17 lead by the end of the third period, before Lincoln Lutheran dug in and challenged the Mustang defense for 14 fourth-quarter points, as Sutton held on for a 42-31 win in the shootout to improve to 3-1 on the season.

 

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Wed
16
Sep
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Mustangs get back on track

Mustangs get back on track
Mustangs get back on track

Fresh off a tough one point, 13-12 loss to Wilber-Clatonia, the Sutton Mustangs took to the road this past Friday night to get back in the saddle and get the 2020 season back on track, despite doing so without senior quarterback Cade Wiseman, who injured his left shoulder in the loss to the Wolverines.

Of the Mustangs’ five touchdowns in the win, three came from the Sutton offense and two from it’s stingy defense, which allowed just 109 total yard for the Jeffs. Fairbury could only muster up 68 yards on the ground and 41 through the air.

In contrast, Sutton’s offensive attack rolled up 232 rushing yards, while back-up quarterback Myles Jones connected on two of three passes for 19 yards.

 

 

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Wed
16
Sep
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Cardinals blank St. Ed 38-0 Friday

Cardinals blank St. Ed 38-0 Friday

Xavier Marburger wraps up St. Edwards’ Trey Divis during this run as Ben Okraska assists on the stop. In the Cardinals’ 38-0 win, the Harvard defense allowed just 12 total yards of offense for the Beavers thanks to plays like this. Okraska finished with 17 tackles and Marburger, five. ASHLEY D. SWANSON | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

Cardinals blank St. Ed 38-0 Friday

Senior Ben Okraska (4) runs through a pair of St. Edward defenders during the Harvard Cardinals’ first win of the 2020 season. Okraska finished with 61 rushing yards and caught two passes for 42 yards to account for 103 total yards in the 38-0 win over the Beavers. Okraska also led the team in tackles with 17. ASHLEY D. SWANSON | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

Cardinals blank St. Ed 38-0 Friday

A trip to St. Edward High School this past Friday night was just what the doctor ordered for the Harvard Cardinals, as a pair of season-opening losses to two of the top six-man teams in Nebraska in the opening weeks had left Harvard with an 0-2 mark.

But an astonishing defensive effort by the Cardinals, which allowed only 12 total yards of offense by the Beavers, combined with a steady running game for Harvard, powered the Cardinals to the much needed 38-0 win going into the Cardinals bye week for the 2020 season.

The Cardinals wasted very little time in priming the offensive power, as after nearly four minutes of scoreless football, the Cardinals blistered the St. Edward defense for 24 points in the final 6:09 of the first period.

 

 

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Wed
16
Sep
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Fillies 2nd at Friend, improve record to 6-4

Fillies 2nd at Friend, improve record to 6-4
Fillies 2nd at Friend, improve record to 6-4
Fillies 2nd at Friend, improve record to 6-4

Sutton senior Melaney Nuss goes up for this block attempt as freshman Reagan Robinson peers through Nuss’ outstretched hands during the Fillies’ straight-sets win over Friend in the Bulldogs’ tournament Saturday. TORY DUNCAN | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

Fillies 2nd at Friend, improve record to 6-4
Fillies 2nd at Friend, improve record to 6-4

Junior Jadyn Stevens earned a kill on this shot against Friend to help the Sutton girls to a straight-sets win over the Bulldogs in Saturday’s Friend Invite. TORY DUNCAN | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

The Sutton Fillies picked up two dominating wins in the first two rounds of the Friend Invite this past Saturday, Sept. 12, as the Fillies cruised past the host Bulldogs 25-8, 25-11 in the opener

Sutton then advanced to the championship finals with a big 25-16, 25-15 win over Lawrence-Nelson, before the Timberwolves of Exeter-Milligan handed the Fillies a second loss to the T-Wolves, falling in the finals 25-20, 25-16.

Sutton ran their season mark to 6-4 with the tournament run.

 

 

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Wed
09
Sep
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BDS trips SC, Sutton girls Sept. 1

BDS trips SC, Sutton girls Sept. 1

Despite a tough straight sets loss against BDS, the Sutton Fillies gained their first win of the season over Sandy Creek in triangular action at SC Tuesday, Sept. 1. Here, Julia George (14) and Reagan Vavricek (7) got up for this block attempt against the BDS Eagles. TORY DUNCAN | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

The Bruning-Davenport/ Shickley girls got the better of two Clay County volleyball teams on Sept. 1, as the Eagles downed Sandy Creek 25-21, 26-24, in the opening match of a triangular with Sandy Creek and Sutton, before taking down Sutton 25-22, 25-23 in the second match of the night.

Sutton would then hold off a challenge from the Cougars in the nightcap, as the Fillies claimed a 25-17, 25-18 win, improving the Fillies to 1-2 on the season, with Sandy Creek falling to 0-3 after the action in the Cougars Den.

In the nightcap, Sutton used an 18-9 kill advantage over the Cougars to seal the Fillies’ first win of the season.

Kylie Baumert gained six of the Fillies’ 18 kills, with Lily McCroden gaining four and Kate Griess, three.

 

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Wed
09
Sep
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2nd half explosion leads Sandy Creek to big road win

2nd half explosion leads Sandy Creek to big road win

Senior quarterback Rodney Mc-Donald had a big night in Sandy Creek’s 28-14 win at Hershey. McDonald passed for 153 yards, rushed for another 93 yards. He’s averaging right at 172 passing yards per game after the Cougars third game of the season, helping Sandy Creek to it’s current 2-1 record.

Coming off a tough 23-15 home loss at the hands of the Gibbon Buffaloes on Aug. 28, a game in which Sandy Creek suffered numerous turnovers, the Cougars’ third game of the year, a road test at Hershey High School, gave Sandy Creek the opportunity to claw their way back from the tough loss to Gibbon and get back into forward motion.

It looked tough in the opening two quarters, as after a scoreless first quarter, the home-standing Panthers scored two second-quarter touchdowns to put the Cougars back to the wall heading into the halftime break.

The tides, however, were about to change in an enormous way for the Cougars as second half action was all Sandy Creek.

 

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Wed
02
Sep
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Gibbon claims 23-15 win over Cougars Friday

Gibbon claims 23-15 win over Cougars Friday

Karson Sherman jumps on this fumble as Keifer Anderson (88) looks on during a 23-15 loss at the hands of Gibbon this past Friday night. ASHLEY D. SWANSON | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

Gibbon claims 23-15 win over Cougars Friday

A host of Cougars move in on this play during Gibbon’s 23-15 win over Sandy Creek. Parker Sintek (9) leads the charge, as Karson Sherman (23) moves in to assist on the play. Sandy Creek heads west this week to take on the Hershey Panthers Friday night. MELISSA WHITEFOOT | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

Gibbon claims 23-15 win over Cougars Friday
Gibbon claims 23-15 win over Cougars Friday

Within the first few minutes of Friday’s game between Sandy Creek and Gibbon, the Buffaloes found an opening and added a touchdown to the scoreboard.

A series of open areas and five interceptions helped fuel Gibbon toward a 23-15 win over the Cougars.

The Buffaloes took firm control of the first quarter, scoring on a 65-yard run and a 13-yard fumble return for a touchdown to set Gibbon up with a 13-0 lead after the first period.

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Wed
02
Sep
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Mustangs blank GICC 22-0

Mustangs blank GICC 22-0

Senior quarterback Cade Wiseman (3) finds this huge hole in second half action against Grand Island Central Catholic, as Wiseman helped the Mustangs blank the Crusaders 22-0 Friday night. Wiseman had 228 rushing yards and 59 passing yards in the win. TORY DUNCAN | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

Mustangs blank GICC 22-0

Senior lineman Joe Hinrichs (54) wreaked havoc with the Crusader offense Friday night, here making one of five solo tackles against Central Catholic quarterback Russ Martinez. TORY DUNCAN | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

Mustangs blank GICC 22-0
Mustangs blank GICC 22-0
Mustangs blank GICC 22-0

Junior Paxton Olson finds this hole made by Tyler Baldwin (80) and Nathan Ladehoff (67) during the Mustangs season opening 22-0 win over Grand Island Central Catholic. Olson averaged 5.2 yards per carry and scored once as he totalled 94 yards on 18 carries. TORY DUNCAN | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

In what many expected to be a close challenge for the Sutton football team, that sentiment proved right, as Friday night’s season opener on the Mustangs home turf proved to be a chess match, as the Mustangs and the Grand Island Central Catholic Crusaders put up a defensive battle through much of the night.

Sutton, who took an 8-0 lead halfway through the first quarter on a threeyard run by junior Paxton Olson, would see that eight-point advantage hold up through three complete quarters, and 32 seconds of the fourth quarter before the Mustangs could create some distance.

Sutton, who for much of the game spent the night on the GICC side of the field threatened once in the second quarter, but was held short of the end zone on a fourth-down play from the four yard line early in the second period.

Wed
02
Sep
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Harvard netters sweep Spalding Academy in opener

Harvard netters sweep Spalding Academy in opener

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Harvard netters sweep Spalding Academy in opener

Harvard’s volleyball team repeated its season-opening win over Spalding Academy, having previously earned a straight-sets win over the Shamrocks in 2019.

In three sets, the Cardinals dominated the net, 25-8, 25-13, and 25-12.

Senior Morgan Juranek had a huge night in kills with 18, as fellow seniors Paisley Longoria and Alyssa Julich earned seven and six, respectively. In total, Harvard had 35 kills as a team, while converting just under 88 percent of their hitting attempts, as the Cards were 65-74 as a team.

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