FIRTH, Neb. — Even without injured Nebraska recruit Mick Stoltenberg, Gretna dominated Norris 36-3 to ruin the Titans’ homecoming game Friday night.
The Class B No. 2 Dragons scored on their first three possessions, none longer than 57 yards, in defeating No. 7 Norris before an estimated 1,200.
Gretna’s Connor Shedeed scored on a 35-yard reception from Nick Stoltenberg, who threw two scoring passes in the game. Shedeed added a 3-yard run that ended the scoring.
Mick Stoltenberg (the quarterback’s cousin) was in street clothes with a brace on his left knee. The 6-foot-4, 265-pound lineman said he was hurt in the fourth quarter of last week’s 51-13 win at Blair.
“It means a role that’s new for me,’’ Mick Stoltenberg said. “Being more of a motivator and leader, and obviously it’s more off the field than on.”
He said he has a cartilage tear and damage to the anterior cruciate ligament in the knee. He could be out “anywhere from four weeks to longer,’’ he said.
Shedeed, a 180-pound running back, was hurt for much of last season.
“He hurt his back,’’ Gretna coach Chad Jepsen said, “and he was in pain an awful lot. He was able to come back this spring and summer and do some lifting, and it’s nice having him back.”
Shedeed returned the opening kickoff to midfield and Gretna started at the Norris 35 after a personal-foul penalty on the Titans.
Brady Radik scored from the 1, with Jay Gilman making the first of two extra points and two field goals.
Norris then rattled off an 18-play drive, starting at its 16, that stalled at the Gretna 15 when the Dragons’ Jeff Glassburner tipped away a pass on third-and-5.
Bryton Bell made a 32-yard field goal that ended up being the Titans’ only points.
“They had the short field and we had the long field, and we couldn’t get it flipped,’’ Titans coach Jim Jacobsen said. “We couldn’t match their speed from the get-go.”
Norris senior quarterback Jakson Reetz missed his third consecutive game. He was starting for the USA Baseball 18-Under national team that won the World Cup earlier this week in Taiwan.
Reetz returned home midweek and practiced with the football team on Thursday. Jacobsen said Reetz got in his two days of no-contact drills before rejoining the baseball team.
“He’ll be in the mix next week,’’ the coach said.
Ryley LaVene was the workhorse for the Titans’ Maryland-I formation offense, carrying 27 times for 125 yards.
Radik led a balanced Gretna rushing attack with 75 yards on seven carries. Shedeed picked up 57 yards and Tyler Ballard 55 in the Dragons’ no-huddle offense, with Nick Stoltenberg completing 7 of 11 passes for 123 yards.
Gretna (3-0) .......... 7 12 10 7—36
At Norris (1-2) ....... 3 0 0 0— 3
G: Brady Radik 1 run (Jay Gilman kick)
N: FG Bryton Bell 32
G: Tyler Ballard 7 run (kick failed)
G: Connor Shedeed 35 pass from Nick Stoltenberg (pass failed)
G: FG Gilman 28
G: Jordan Batenhorst 15 pass from Nick Stoltenberg (Gilman kick)
G: Shedeed 3 run (Gilman kick)
A: 1,200 (est.)
RUSHING: G, Ballard 6-55, Shedeed 8-57, Radik 7-75, Stoltenberg 8-28, Allon Johnson 3-9, Emmitt Knight 2-1, Sam Dittmar 1-2. N, Riley LaVene 27-125, Grant Albers 11-minus 4, CJ Adamson 6-10, Bell 1-5, Koby Spicer 1-minus 1, Logan Armknecht 1-0.
PASSING: G, Stoltenberg 7-11-0 123, Nathan Skrdla 1-1-0 4. N, Albers 5-12-0 72.
RECEIVING: G, Aaron Ware 1-15, Batenhorst 1-15, Gage Kirwan 1-13, Shedeed 1-35, Derek Templeman 1-7, Michael Johnson 2-38, A. Johnson 1-4. N, Josh Gutzmer, 4-57, Dakota Anderson 1-15.