WYNOT — The two-headed monster running attack of Anthony Haberman and Owen Sudbeck made sure the Wynot Blue Devils kept rolling in the playoffs with the right footing.
Haberman ran 22 times for 219 yards and four touchdowns and Sudbeck added 135 yards on 14 carries and another touchdown to lead fourth-seeded Wynot (6-1) to a 46-20 win over Winside last weekend to win its sixth straight-game and head into the second round 5 p.m., Friday, against the defending state runners up, Pleasanton.
The tournament was reseeded for this round.
Last week’s game was far from picture-perfect, said Wynot Coach Steve Heimes.
“It was a sloppy game at times with penalties and turnovers,” Coach Heimes said of the Winside win. “Pleasanton is a good team. They are a run-heavy offense with some good players on both sides of the ball. We will have to play a better game this week to win.”
Haberman scored on runs of eight, two, nine and three yards and also added a 19- yard scoring pass to Trystan Heimes in the first half. Sudbeck’s scoring run came from two yards
Sudbeck’s scoring run came from two yards out and Peyton Wieseler also dazzled in the special teams game, returning seven kicks for 275 yards.
“We played well on both sides of the line. We ran the ball hard, but we had too many turnovers in the passing game,” Coach Heimes said. “I think Winside played hard and they are a young team. We need to keep getting better and lessen the mistakes and penalties.”
LCC brings the hammer to Thayer Central
Laurel-Concord-Coleridge may have been the lower seed to kickoff the Class D-1 playoffs, but don’t tell the Bears.
Certainly, do not remind Thayer Central if you have sympathy for a team that was handed a 76-36 first round home loss a week ago.
With the emphatic win, LCC (6-3) enters the reseeded round of the playoffs as the No. 16 seed and will host No. 1 Tri County (8-0). 5 p.m.. Friday.
“We played an aggressive and physical game,” LCC head coach Pat Arens said. “We did a good job of controlling the line of scrimmage, moving the sticks, and taking care of the ball. We didn’t beat ourselves. We did a good job on special teams. We do need to continue to work on minimizing the big plays.”
The Bears pounded out 414 yards on the ground against Thayer Central and the defense forced four turnovers.
Evan Haisch ran 48 times for 306 yards and six touchdowns of 18, one, four, one, 11, three and eight yards while Lucas Rasmussen returned a kick of 78 yards following Thayer Central’s opening score to lead early.
Rassmussen added a 71-yard run and Haisch a 35-yard scoring catch from a pass by Evan Schmitt.
Now they will have to replicate that dominance at home against a step-up in competition.
“Tri-County is a very good team,” Arens said. “We are excited for the challenge that comes with playing a top seed. They are a runheavy team. We are going to — have to — find ways to win the battles on the line of scrimmage. I need to watch more film to find little wrinkles to maybe give us a little edge.
“We are very excited to be still playing in the playoffs. With all that is and continues to happen, we need to take care of ourselves and be smart. All season, we have been saying we need to practice and play the game like it was our last, Now, in the playoffs, if you don’t play well, it will be your last.”
Senior defensive end/tight end Cael Hartung was pleased with the team’s opening playoff win and a lot of the success of the year falls on the applied power running game. It was an upgrade for a team that saw last year’s playoff team mature into a much more physical unit.
Three county teams are in post-season play this week
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