BATTLE CREEK — Trailing No. 2 Ponca by 10 points with four minutes left in Friday’s Class C-2 football quarterfinal, the fourth-ranked Battle Creek Braves needed a rally worthy of ESPN’s Instant Classics.

Tired legs cramped Lutheran High Northeast's style in the second half, but the Eagles were flossy fresh in the first half of their 43-14 season-opening win over Ponca at Veterans Memorial Field on Thursday.

One of the stranger endings to a game happened in the first Class C-2 quarterfinal of the day at Lincoln North Star. With top-ranked Crofton blowing out Ponca, the second half turned to a running clock and provided a finish that is rarely seen.

Late in the first half, Crofton senior Quinn Wragge took a pass from sophomore Kelsey Sanger, turned around and hit a nifty layup with two seconds left in the first half against Ponca.

There were numerous momentum swings when the Ponca and Randolph girls basketball teams took to the court here Thursday. But none of those momentum swings were more important than Ponca scoring 15 points in the final 3 minutes, 46 seconds to take home a 54-49 victory.

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