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Six Man: McCool Junction defeats Sterling to win first state football title

Six Man: McCool Junction defeats Sterling to win first state football title

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Stu Pospisil joins Jake Anderson to preview this week's Nebraska high school state football finals, including why the games moved from Memorial Stadium, Elkhorn South traveling to Omaha Westside, Elkhorn hosting Aurora and more.

KEARNEY, Neb. — Owen McDonald’s record-setting night sent top-ranked McCool Junction to a 70-20 win over Sterling in the Six Man final Friday.

McDonald tied a Six Man playoff record with eight rushing touchdowns and broke the title-game rushing record with 393 yards on 22 carries.

And the McCool Junction senior had done nearly all of his damage by halftime. His only carry after the break was on the first play of the half, when he raced 59 yards for touchdown No. 8, putting the Mustangs up 70-14.

McCool, which was state runner-up last season, seized control midway through the first quarter.

The Mustangs took their first lead at 16-8 when Kaeden Bristol returned a fumble 49 yards for a score with 6:30 left in the first. In short order, McDonald added TD runs of 11 and 64 yards to make it 30-8.

Sterling closed to 30-14 on Sam Boldt’s 46-yard run with 2:49 left, but McDonald scored on runs of 28, 5, 33 and 62 yards in the second quarter to put the game away.

McCool finished with 508 yards rushing, averaging 13 yards a carry. Bristol added 108 yards rushing, while McDonald also led his team in tackles with eight and had one of its three interceptions. The Mustangs forced five turnovers.

Boldt led Sterling, which was looking for its first title since 1992, with 72 yards rushing and 66 passing.

Except for its 30-12 victory over Cody-Kilgore in the semifinal, McCool won all 11 of its games this season by more than 40 points.

McCool Junction.....30  32  8  0—70

Sterling..................14    0  6  0—20

S: Derek Buss 30 pass from Sam Boldt (Carson McAuliffe kick) 9:15

M: Owen McDonald 2 run (McDonald kick) 8:24

M: Kaden Bristol 39 fumble ret (McDonald kick) 6:30

M: McDonald 11 run (kick failed) 4:09

M: McDonald 64 run (McDonald kick) 3:01

S: Boldt 46 run (kick failed) 2:49

M: McDonald 28 run (McDonald kick0 7:59

M: McDonald 5 run (McDonald kick) 4:31

M: McDonald 33 run (McDonald kick) 3:04

M: McDonald 62 run (McDonald kick) 0:53

M: McDonald 59 run (McDonald kick) 9:49

S: Boldt 18 pass from Garrett Hier (kick failed) 0:31


Rushing — SHS: Sam Boldt 9-72, Wyatt Rathe 1-19, Derek Buss 3-10, Jesus Gonzalez Gonzalez-Castillo 1-0, Andrew Richardson 1-(minus 1). MJHS: Owen McDonald 22-393, Kaeden Bristol 6-108, Chase Wilkinson 4-8, Dylan Rieken 1-3, Team 1-(minus 2), Ryland Garretson 1-(minus 2).

Passing — SHS: Sam Boldt 7-12-1, 66 yds; Andrew Richardson 2-7-0, 19 yds; Garret Hier 2-6-1-, 25 yds.; Derek Buss 2-4-1, 17 yds.; MJHS: Jonah Barrow 2-3-0, 40 yds.; Kaeden Bristol 1-1-0, 13 yds; Owen McDonald 1-1-0, 13 yds.

Receiving — SHS: Derek Buss 5-49, Garret Hier 3-29, Tanner McDonald 2-18, Sam Boldt 1-16, Kody Goracke 1-9, Andrew Richardson 1-6. MJHS: Bradley Lewis 3-54, Ryland Garretson 1-12.

Photos: 2020 High school state championship football games

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