Four Wakehouse TDs carry Tigers at Conestoga

Tekamah-Herman’s Luke Wakehouse takes the ball from quarterback Clay Beaumont during Friday’s game at Conestoga. Wakhouse ripped the Cougar defense for a career-high 209 yards and four touchdowns to lead Tekamah-Herman’s 45-8 win.

A career night for Luke Wakehouse carried Tekamah-Herman to a 45-8 win at Conestoga Friday night.

The senior running back gained 209 yards on just 18 carries and scored four touchdowns during the Tiger win. Tekamah-Herman improved to 2-2 on the season while Conestoga dropped to 0-4.

Wakehouse had touchdown runs of 15 and five yards in the first half, then added a 4-yard TD and a 52-yarder in the second half.

The long run saw him burst through the middle, cut to the right and outrun the Cougar defense up the home sideline.

He added a 6-yard run for good measure to start the fourth quarter before checking out of the contest. He is believed to be the fifth player to crack the 200-yard barrier since 1992.

Tiger coach Graig McElmuray said he knew Wakehouse had topped the 200-yard mark before turning the game over to the reserves.

“He has been doing great things this year and continues to get better every week,” McElmuray said of his senior. “Sometimes I would like to see him use his speed to get away from people more often.”

The Tigers also got another 26 yards and two scores from senior end Chauncey Rogers. But his bigger contribution came on the other side of the ball. Rogers racked up 12 tackles, including six for losses, for a smothering Tiger defense that only allowed Conestoga inside the T-H 35 once after halftime.

But sophomore linebacker Kody Bitter was just as good, if not better. Bitter led his team with 20 tackles, including 11 solo stops. He also had six tackles in the Cougar backfield.

Garrison Potadle added nine tackles, Kaleb Quick and Connor Feiling logged six each.

Tekamah-Herman’s defense recorded 16 tackles for losses and harvested two interceptions, Clay Beaumont returned one of them 65 yards for a touchdown.

But a period midway through the first half was problematic for the Tigers. Aided by three T-H penalties, Conestoga moved to the Tiger 1-yard line before a penalty stalled the effort.

After taking over on downs, a high snap forced Beaumont to fall on the football in his own end zone for a safety.

After the free kick, the Tigers got the ball back, thanks in part to a Rogers sack. Wakehouse capped a 69-yard dive with his first score, taking a pitch to the right 15 yards for a TD and a 14-2 Tiger lead.

Another untimely Tiger penalty continued a Conestoga drive late in the first half, but the Tigers regained possession with 3:38 to play and marched 55 yards in just seven plays with Wakehouse doing the honors from five yards out.

The hosts got their only touchdown as time was winding down. Quarterback Tobias Nolting hooked up with Justin Pick for a 50-yard touchdown pass on the first play from scrimmage following Wakehouse’s second score.

McElmuray said maintaining focus and discipline were key terms at halftime.

“Discipline is big for us,” he said. “We tend to play to the level of our opponent and that can’t happen against teams like that.”

McElmuray said his defense played really well, but may have been too aggressive at times.

“We like to hit and we do not always pay attention to the details of who we are hitting and why. It’s all a part of getting better.”

The Tigers are schedule to host unbeaten Oakland-Craig Friday in the District 2 opener for both squads.

The Knights hit the field with the number-four ranking among the state’s Class C2 powers and is one of three unbeaten teams in the district after trouncing winless Syracuse 60-0 last Friday. BRLD, who the Tigers play next week, has the number-one spot in the polls while Archbishop Bergan, who leads District 2, is ranked sixth.

Kickoff at Tiger Stadium is set for 7 p.m.

The Scoreboard

Tekamah-Herman................. 7 13 18 14— 45

Conestoga.............................. 0 8 0 0— 8

First Quarter

T-H—Rogers run (Hoover kick) 9:45

T-H—Beaumont, 5-yd. run (Hoover kick) 1:38

Second Quarter

Con—Safety, Beaumont tackled in end zone 11:50

T-H—Wakehouse, 15-yard run (Hoover kick) 7:27

T-H—Wakehouse, 5-yard run (kick failed) 0:42

Con—Pick, 50-yard pass from Nolting (kick failed) 0:24

Third Quarter

T-H—Rogers, 17-yard run (kick blocked) 8:03

T-H—Wakehouse, 4-yard run (run failed) 4:11

T-H—Beaumont, 65-yard interception return (kick failed) 2:33

Fourth Quarter

T-H—Wakehouse, 52-yard run (Hoover kick) 11:40

Team Statistics

T-H Con

First downs............................ 16 6

Rushes-yards.................... 38-348 NA

Avg. per rush...................... 9.20 5.93

Pass comp.-att.-int.............. 1-5-0 NA

Passing yards.......................... 6 NA

Total yards........................... 354 NA

Return yards......................... 84 NA

Punts-avg.............................. 0-0 NA

Fumbles-lost......................... 2-1 NA

Penalties-yards................... 6-45 7-60

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