LOUP CITY — The Loup City Red Raiders have a playoff win to their credit.
Playing their first home playoff game while making just their fifth playoff appearance, the Red Raiders blew out the Overton Eagles 40-8 Thursday night in the first round of the Class D-1 state playoffs.
Led by Reilly Lambrecht, who rushed for 232 yards and four touchdowns, Loup City (7-2) piled up 388 yards on 39 carries — averaging nearly 10 yards per rush.
The Red Raiders hurried to take the lead, as Brady Lewandowski took Loup City’s first play from scrimmage 42 yards to Overton’s 1-yard line, setting up the first touchdown of the game.
Throughout the first and second quarters Overton (5-4) continued to give up big plays from the backfield as the Red Raiders struck twice more before halftime, from 53 and 62 yards out.
“I knew we would play well because they had some personnel issues and injuries that would be tough for anybody, especially in eight-man when you don’t have many kids to start with,” Loup City coach Nick Hodge said.
Overton dealt with nagging injuries all week as two members of the line sat out practice through the week, yet played Thursday night. Injured quarterback Matt Aten didn’t play
“We just weren’t the team we have been all year,” Overton coach Paul Huesinkvelt said. “Our kids came and played hard, but just couldn’t get it going.”
Overton, averaging 39.6 points per game, struggled to click offensively moving the sticks only one time in a first half that produced a mere 40 yards.
The Red Raiders went into the half leading 20-0 lead, leaving Overton a big mountain to climb in the second half.
“Besides the big plays that they ran, our tackling needs to get a lot better,” Huesinkvelt said. “We were in position to make the plays, but just didn’t make them when we needed to.”
Overton continued to rely on its running attack in the second half but the Red Raiders stopped any momentum and Loup City’s offense continued to churn out big plays. Loup City, which didn’t complete a pass, scored on running plays of 18, 39, and 66 yards in the second half.
“We sputtered in the first half a bit,” Hodge said. “But, we got things going in the third quarter. We will run the ball when we can and throw when we need to. We were in the situations where we had to do what we needed, and if we need to run the ball we were going to run the ball.”
With 3:18 remaining in the third quarter, a 66-yard touchdown run by Bochart put the Red Raiders ahead 40-0, turning on the running clock.
With 73-seconds remaining in the contest Overton’s Hayden Cahoy spoiled the shutout as he rushed for 54-yards for a touchdown, giving him 106 yards in the game.
Loup City advances to play Hemingford (9-0) in Wednesday’s second round.
OVERTON (5-4) ............ 0 0 0 8—8
LOUP CITY (7-2) ............. 13 7 13 7—40
LOUP CITY — Matt Jarzynka 0 fumble recovery (pass fail)
LOUP CITY — Reilly Lambrecht 53 run (Alex Spotanski kick)
LOUP CITY — Lambrecht 62 run (Spotanski kick)
LOUP CITY — Lambrecht 18 run (Spotanski kick)
LOUP CITY — Lambrecht 20 run (run fail)
LOUP CITY — Austin Bochart 66 run (Spotanski kick)
OVERTON — Hayden Cahoy 54 run (Kristian Seberger pass)
RUSHING — OHS: Hayden Cahoy 14-106, Justin Hodgson 12-44, Logan Kizer 7-18. LC: Reilly Lambrecht 17-232, Austin Bochart 10-84, Brady Lewandowski 10-64, Thomas Spilinek 2-8.
PASSING — OHS: Cahoy 2-12 9-yards. LC: Bochart 0-3 0-yards.
RECEIVING — OHS: Kizer 2-9 LC: None.