Turnovers plague Tekamah-Herman's District 2 grid loss

Tekamah-Herman’s Garrison Potadle drags down Ian Lundquist for one of his 18 tackles against the Knights. Dawson Schram moves in to help. Lundquist paced the O-C attack with 124 all-purpose yards and four touchdowns.

A statement was ready to be made when Tekamah-Herman hosted its traditional rival Oakland-Craig last Friday night.

But it was O-C making it in a 58-6 win in the District 2 opener for both teams. At 2-2. Tekamah-Herman had the best record of any opponent O-C had played this season.

The number-four ranked Knights turned three Tiger fumbles into touchdowns barely halfway through the first quarter and never looked back.

“If you would have asked me how this game was going to go before kickoff, I would have said I thought it was going to come down to who made the most extra points,” T-H coach Graig McElmuray said. “They are beatable but not if you make mistakes. Five turnovers including the snap (over punter Chauncey Rogers’ head that resulted in a safety) are hard for any team to overcome.”

The Tigers lost four fumbles and suffered the safety on a punt attempt after Rogers hustled down the loose football and tossed it out of the end zone.

The safety gave the unbeaten Knights a 32-6 lead. They continued the barrage with two more touchdowns to close the first half, scoring on every possession but one in the opening two quarters. The lone stop for the Tigers was Cole Bottger’s interception at the T-H 26 two plays after the free kick that followed the safety.

The Tigers got their only score following a 12-play, 74-yard drive that closed the first quarter. Senior running back Luke Wakehouse keyed the drive with a 31-yard blast up the middle through a number of O-C defenders. Quarterback Clay Beaumont finished the drive with a one-yard run after recovering a bobbled snap.

Wakehouse led both sides with 118 rushing yards but gained 115 of them in the first quarter.

“We had what we wanted, we just left the ball on the ground too often. We are working on that,” McElmuray said. “We’re adding some wrinkles to our offense, hopefully to get Luke some more touches.”

O-C’s well-polished, diversified attack rolled up 390 yards on the ground and another 138 through the air. With the running clock in effect throughout the second half, O-C maintained possession for 29 plays, compared to just 11 for the Tigers including two punts.

Garrison Potadle and Kody Bitter recorded 18 and 15 tackles respectively to lead the Tiger defense.

McElmuray said O-C has been scoring at will on opponents. The Knights have averaged over 53 points per game in their five wins.

“They do very few things but they do them extremely well. Their playbook on offense is maybe 16 plays, eight each way,” he said. “They are simple and effective and the kids they have are physical and well prepared.”

His said his team has many of the same traits.

“We, as a group, do not lack intensity. Our kids hit as hard, block as well and play hard,” he said. “We lack the discipline to do it at the right times all the time.”

The Tigers are likely to see much the same style of play Friday when they visit BRLD. The Wolverines are the defending Class C2 runners-up and were ranked number-one in the state following their 42-27 win over Yutan last Friday.

Kickoff at Lyons is set for 7 p.m.

The Scoreboard

Oakland-Craig.................... 24 22 6 6— 58

Tekamah-Herman................. 6 0 0 0— 6

First Quarter

O-C—Thomsen, 3-yd. run (Thiele run) 9:54

O-C—Meyer, 46-yd. run (Meyer run) 7:08

O-C—Lundquist, 26-yd. pass from Thomsen (Meyer run) 5:11

T-H—Beaumont, 1-yd. run (kick blocked) 0:00

Second Quarter

O-C—Lundquist, 6-yd. run (pass failed) 9:04

O-C—Safety, Rogers downed in end zone 7:26

O-C—Lundquist, 8-yd. run Seagren pass from Thomsen) 3:03

O-C—Lundquist, 4-yd. run (pass failed) 0:33

Third Quarter

O-C—Nelson, 28-yd. pass from Gatewood (run failed) 5:45

Fourth Quarter

T-H—Uhing, 15-yard run (pass failed) 8:41

Team Statistics

T-H O-C

First downs.............................. 6 23

Rushes-yards..................... 30-99 50-390

Avg. per rush...................... 3.30 7.80

Pass comp.-att.-int............. 1-11-0 9-11-1

Passing yards.......................... 5 138

Total yards........................... 104 528

Return yards......................... 89 18

Punts-avg........................... 3-32.0 0-0.00

Fumbles-lost......................... 7-4 1-0

Penalties-yards................... 5-48 4-35

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