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Creighton Prep defense shuts down Bulldogs

Creighton Prep defense shuts down Bulldogs

NO. 3 OM. CREIGHTON PREP 35, OMAHA BURKE 0

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Creighton Prep defense shuts down Bulldogs

"We came to win. And we loved how we were playing early. There were some good showings of that. Just turned it over far too many times."

Burke coach Paul Limongi

Chris Nizzi's answer doesn't come with an aw-shucks shoulder shrug.

The Omaha Creighton Prep football coach, whose team routed Omaha Burke 35-0 Friday night at Burke Stadium in the opening round of the Class A playoffs, is genuinely not interested in wondering if his team is flying under the radar.

"We really don't care," Nizzi said. "We don't keep track of that. Not one bit."

Nights like Friday make the third-ranked Junior Jays tough to ignore.

Nizzi's bunch forced eight turnovers, turning five into touchdowns, to advance to the quarterfinals for the fourth time in five seasons. Prep will face No. 5 Omaha Central. Prep beat the Eagles 35-14 in their regular-season meeting.

Early on Friday, it looked as if the Junior Jays would have a dogfight on their hands. Burke came up with stops on Prep's first two offensive possessions and nearly came up with points early but missed a 39-yard field goal.

It was all downhill from there for the Bulldogs.

Six of Burke's next seven possessions ended with turnovers. And four of them contributed directly to Prep scores, each on possessions of two plays or less.

Jeremiah Stovall started the onslaught with a 55-yard score. His third-quarter touchdown run covered 59 yards three plays after Burke's seventh giveaway of the night.

In between, John Marcotte caught an 8-yard touchdown pass from Zach Luckey, the only completion on the night for Prep, and Micah Rensch added a pair of scoring runs.

"We had a little trouble getting started," Nizzi said. "But we did settle in, which is good. That's a sign of maturity."

Stovall finished with 118 yards on four carries with Rensch adding 85 yards on 14 attempts.

Burke, which had won four in a row to close the regular season, got 74 yards on 18 carries from senior running back Garrett Campbell.

But four lost fumbles and four interceptions were too much to overcome.

"You just couldn't come back from it," Burke coach Paul Limongi said. "We came to win. And we loved how we were playing early. There were some good showings of that. Just turned it over far too many times."

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