WEEPING WATER, Neb. — Before that bright Halloween full moon got high enough in the eastern sky for football fans to see Wednesday night, the sun had already set on Weeping Water's football season.
It took just a few plays to tell it wasn't going to be a good night for the Indians in their Class C-2 state football playoff game against top-ranked David City Aquinas.
Weeping Water's opening drive started on the 4-yard line after a return man slipped and fell after catching the ball. Then a fumble and a few more slips eventually led to 21 first-quarter points for the 10-0 Monarchs as they cruised to a 55-6 victory.
Aquinas added 34 more points in the second quarter, then played mostly freshmen and sophomores in the second half as the clock continued to run because the Monarchs' lead was more than 35 points.
“We had a short field for our first three touchdowns,” Aquinas coach Ron Mimick said. “We don't make many mistakes. On a short field we can go to fourth down because we have good enough running backs and blockers.”
Fourteen Monarchs contributed to the final Aquinas rushing totals of 348 yards on 52 carries. Aquinas didn't attempt a pass, primarily because it wasn't necessary.
Landon Stouffer led the rushing parade with six carries for 100 yards and a touchdown. Eric Kobza ran 88 yards on eight carries and had two touchdowns, including a 57-yard punt return during that 34-point second quarter.
Seth Hoffman started the scoring with a 5-yard TD run that finished off an eight-play, 39-yard drive less than five minutes into the game. After the Aquinas defense posted another three-and-out, Stouffer scored his TD on a 40-yard run up the middle.
Then a fumble by the 6-4 Indians led to a quick four-play, 18-yard scoring drive that ended with a 10-yard touchdown run by Austin Svoboda.
“It all just had sort of a waterfall effect,” Indians coach Adam McGill said. “This wasn't the same team that played for us last week. After those first couple of scores, things just started rolling for them.”
In the first round of the playoffs, Weeping Water defeated Wakefield 19-0. The Indians had only 85 yards of total offense Wednesday, and 54 of those came on their lone big play of the game, a run by Colton Nissen.
That run went for naught as the Monarchs intercepted Weeping Water on the next play. The Indians scored their lone touchdown in the fourth quarter on a 64-yard punt return by Jon Dehne.
Next up for Aquinas is a rematch with Fremont Bergan Tuesday in David City in the C-2 quarterfinals.
David City Aquinas (10-0)..................21 3 40 0—55
At Weeping Water (6-4)...................0 0 0 6—6
A: Seth Hoffman 5 run (pass failed)
A: Landon Stouffer 40 run (Austin Svoboda run)
A: Svoboda 10 run (Stouffer kick)
A: Eric Kobza 2 run (kick failed)
A: Matt Jakub 2 run (Stouffer kick)
A: Kobza 57 punt return (Stouffer kick)
A: Evan Kranda 7 run (Stouffer kick)
A: Alexander Reimers 5 run (Preston Smith kick)
WW: Jon Dehne 64 punt return (kick failed)
RUSHING: A: Landon Stouffer 6-100, Eric Kobza 8-88, Austin Svoboda 5-38, Seth Hoffman 6-33, Evan Kranda 3-30, Conner Kranda 2-27, Spencer Maguire 6-14, Matt Jakub 3-11, Alexander Reimers 2-6, Kenton Kobza 3-5, Trev Semrad 1-1, Caleb Yindrick 2-1, Team 1-0, James Kobza 1-(minus 3), Noah Pelan 3-(minus 3). WW: Colton Nissen 12-67, Jon Dehne 5-23, Dayne Wilson 3-7, Adam Strong 2-4, Mason Garner 1-(minus 3), Tristan Nutter 1-(minus 4), Andrew Dehne 4-(minus 14).
PASSING: A: None. WW: Andrew Dehne 1-3-0 5; Wilson 0-3-1 0.
RECEIVING: A: None. WW: Garrett Westover 1-5.
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