SUTTON, Neb. — Sutton coach Steve Ramer thinks quarterback Cole Wiseman wears on teams as the game progresses.
But on Tuesday in the Class C-2 semifinals, the Mustang senior caused Doniphan-Trumbull fits from the start.
Wiseman had a hand in all five Sutton touchdowns and ran in three conversions as the No. 4 Mustangs topped the No. 8 Cardinals 36-18 for a trip to the state finals.
“He's a hard kid to keep down,” Ramer said. “He usually wears you out by the fourth quarter. He can be bottled up for a while, but eventually he gets loose. He got loose a little bit tonight.”
But while Wiseman was doing most of the damage with his legs, he used his arm and teammate Reed Stone to help the Mustangs seal their first state finals trip since 1988 in the final quarter.
Leading 22-18, he hit Stone with a 7-yard touchdown pass early in the fourth quarter that capped a 41-yard drive. It came six plays after the Sutton defense had held the Cardinals on downs to end the third quarter.
“They made some big plays on defense and it's just those little things that win games like this,” D-T coach Brent Breckner said. “We just made a few mistakes and had some opportunities where we didn't take advantage.”
Sutton's defense helped seal the game on its next possession when Trae Ramer stripped Creighton Buhr after he had gained a first down. The Mustangs needed just four plays to cover 61 yards as Wiseman connected with Stone for a 32-yard score.
“Coach (Ramer) saw that one perfect,” Wiseman said. “We caught them coming up and playing the run because we were running clock. Reed was wide open and he made a great catch.”
Wiseman ran for 151 yards on 21 carries and threw for two fourth-quarter scores.
Doniphan-Trumbull (9-3)...........................6 6 6 0—18
At Sutton (12-0)........................................8 6 8 14—36
DT: Nathaniel Armon 7 pass from Riley Wilftlong (kick failed)
S: Cole Wiseman 13 run (Wiseman run)
S: Wiseman 15 run (run failed)
DT: Jordan Slough 2 run (pass failed)
S: Wiseman 44 run (Wiseman run)
DT: Lorenzo Williams (pass failed)
S: Reed Stone 7 pass from Wiseman (Wiseman run)
S: Stone 32 pass from Wiseman (run failed)
RUSHING: DT, Slough 19-69, Wilftlong 10-15, Willimas 11-55. S, Ramer 10-71, Wiseman 22-154, Carlson 10-32, Johnson 6-16, Yost 1-4.
PASSING: DT, Wilftlong 19-27-218-0. S, Wiseman 4-4-71-0, Yost 0-1-0-1.
RECEIVING: DT, Armon 5-66, Buhr 7-65, Askey 3-37, Slough 4-50. S, Ramer 2-32, Stone 2-39.