As if playing one of the toughest schedules in Class C1 wasn’t enough for the David City football team, a rain-soaked field posed extra challenges in the 44-0 loss to Wahoo Bishop Neuman on Oct. 5 at Butler County Memorial Field.
Like several of the teams the Scouts faced in District C1-4, the Cavaliers had the edge in size and depth. David City coach Cortney Couch praised his team’s efforts, despite another lopsided loss.
“We saw some good things on the offensive and defensive line tonight, things that we hadn’t seen as much yet throughout the year,” said Couch said.
Couch applauded his team’s effort in the second half, when the Scouts held the Cavaliers to one touchdown.
“Nobody can question our heart. You look at the season we’ve had and the opponents we have gone against, and yet our guys are bringing it out there like it is day one of the season,” Couch said.
Both teams had to cope with the muddy field. Struggling to move the ball on the ground, the Scouts pinned their hopes on a passing attack that resulted in turnovers.
Neumann ball carriers broke free for long gains, setting up junior quarterback Eli Vedral to score on a 7-yard run at the 11:08 mark. The extra-point kick was blocked.
David City showed some promise early with open receivers. On the Scouts’ first possession, junior quarterback Will Danielson connected with Hunter Behrns for an 11-yard pass beyond mid-field. David City’s drive stalled and the Scouts were forced to punt.
Neumann continued to find success running the ball, and with 6:09 left in the first, Brandon Blum scored from five yards out. After a successful two-point conversion, the Cavaliers led 14-0.
On their next drive, the Scouts failed to convert a fourth and 10, and the Cavaliers took over near midfield and picked up yards in large chunks. On the drive’s second play, Luke Fairbanks rumbled 27 yards to the end zone with 2:11 in the first. The conversion kick was no good.
The Scouts continued its efforts to pass and sophomore Taylen Pospisil added a fourth Cavalier touchdown when he returned an interception 52 yards. At the end of one quarter the Scouts trailed 26-0.
After yet another interception, Neumann started a second quarter drive on the Scouts’ 36. The Cavalier line went to work, moving the team into the red zone.
Eli Vedral finished the drive with a five-yard run up the middle to put the Cavaliers up 32-0 with 7:52 remaining in the second quarter.
The Scouts’ next drive ended with another interception at the David City 40.
On the first play of the drive, Luke Fairbanks broke free for a 25 yard run down to the 17-yard line. Brandon Blum ended the drive with a 13 yard run to the outside to make it 38-0 at halftime.
The 35-point rule kept the clock running in the second half, and the Scout defense limited Neumann to one touchdown.
David City (0-7) looks to rebound at Conestoga (0-7) on Oct.13. Conestoga fell 51-7 to Falls City (3-3). The Cougars have faced only one team that has five or more wins, while David City has faced four.
North Bend Central comes to Memorial Field on Oct. 20 for the final game of the season.
Bishop Neuman 26 12 6 0 – 44
David City 0 0 0 0 – 0
Team Statistics BN; DC
Rushing 34-380; 33-51
Passing 1-1-12; 8-17-3
Total Yards 392; 121
Rushing: BN – Fairbanks 9-123; DC- Vandenberg 9-40
Passing: BN – Vedral 1-1-12; DC – Danielson 8-17-3 70 yds
Receiving BN – Meduna 1-12; DC – Salazar 2-29.