It was all Nemaha Central in Seneca Friday night as the Thunder would use 7 rushing touchdowns and a defensive touchdown to defeat Minneapolis 56-0. Minneapolis moves to 3-3 on the season as Nemaha Central stays undefeated at 6-0.
Nemaha Central would score their first touchdown by a 38 yard run by Senior running back Cooper Hajek with 9:38 left in the first quarter and the Thunder would lead 6-0. It wouldn’t take Nemaha Central long to score again as Cooper Hajek would strip the Lions Gabe Heuser at the 25 yard line and return the fumble for a touchdown just 15 seconds later. The two point conversion was good and the Thunder would lead 14-0. The Thunder would score again with 3:55 to go in the first quarter, this time it would be a 4 yard touchdown run by Senior wide receiver Gavin Cain. Nemaha Central would make the two point try again and would extend their lead 22-0. Nemaha Central would score one more time in the first quarter on Cooper Hajek second rushing touchdown of the ballgame from 1 yard out, the 2 point try was no good and the Thunder would lead 28-0 after the 1st quarter.
The 2nd quarter didn’t get any easier for the Lions as Nemaha Central would score a pair of 4 yard rushing touchdowns in the quarter. The first touchdown would come Cooper Hajek as he scampered in for his 3rd offensive touchdown of the night with 10:31 left until half. The other score in the quarter belonged to Senior quarterback Brayden Uphaus as he would use his big offensive line to keep the ball up the middle. Senior place kicker Jadon Thomas would make both PAT’s and the Thunder would take a 42-0 lead into halftime.
The scoring continued in the 3rd quarter as Uphaus would find the endzone for a second time on a 2 yard run with 10:56 left to go in the quarter. Jadon Thomas made the PAT and the Thunder led 49-0. The final score of the ballgame came 1 yard out and gave Cooper Hajek his fourth rushing touchdown of the contest with 2:11 left in the 3rd quarter.
Minneapolis would keep Nemaha Central out of the endzone in the 4th but the damage had already been done as the Thunder would take the game 56-0.
The Nex-tech Wireless player of the game for Minneapolis was Junior running back Braylon Smith as he had the Lions only big play which came on a 33 yard completion to help get the Lions moving. Unfortunately the drive stalled and Minneapolis wasn’t able to find the endzone.
The H&R Block of the game goes to Senior lineman Camden Robins as he opened up a hole for Braylon Smith on a big 4th and 4 conversion in the 2nd quarter.
Minneapolis is now 1-2 in district play and will travel to Whitewater-Remington for a non district game next Friday. Nemaha Central is now 2-0 in district games and will have another district game next Friday as they travel to Riley County.