Following a rout in the opener, Aquinas got more of a challenge in Week 2 at Pierce, where the Bluejays have spent their share of time pushing other teams around.
Pierce(0-2) grabbed a 3-0 lead in the first quarter and kept the Class C1 No. 2 Monarchs out of the end zone, feats few teams have accomplished in recent years.
But then the Monarchs answered in the second quarter with three drives ending in 2-yard touchdown runs. Two by Gavin Rech and one by Matt Nadrchal. Trevor Siroky added two extra points and a field goal to create a gap that the Bluejays couldn’t close.
Aquinas coach Ron Mimick gave the credit to the blockers.
”Pierce moved the ball very good early and we held on and then executed well on offense,” Mimick said. “Our offensive line played well, nine total kids in five spots: Ruth, Uhrmacher, Wisnieski, Chromy, Buresh, Brezina, Coufal, Naiberk and Adamy."
He added that the running backs "caved in the edges" to help the Monarchs amass 479 yards rushing.
After the break, Nolan Maguire stretched the lead to 30-3 with a five yard touchdown run, and every time the Bluejays scored, the Monarchs answered in kind and preserved a three-possession lead. Travis Roh boosted his rushing average with a 77-yard touchdown sprint.
“Gavin Rech competed very well and Kyle Petree (25 carries for 186 yards, 1 TD) ran great at fullback also,” Mimick said. “It was a good check to see where we were at against a good blocking, fast team.”
On defense, Miles Eggleston led with 11 tackles. Rech and Michael Coufal added 9; Petree, Siroky, Daniel Reiter and Josh Roh recorded 5. Grand Island Central Catholic comes to Memorial Field on Friday. The Crusaders (02) lost last week, 40-13 to Kearney Catholic(2-0).
September 1 at Pierce
Aquinas (2-0) 0 23 14 13 50
Pierce(0-2) 3 0 12 12 27
Scoring plays: Q1: Pierce: 0-3 Devan Roth 24 yard field goal; Q2: A: Rech 2 run, kick failed; Rech 2 run, Trevor Siroky Kick; Nadrchal 2 run, Siroky kick Siroky 33 field goal.
Q3: A: Maguire 5 run, Siroky kick; P: B. Tinker, 1 yd run, kick failed; A: Lyons 10 yd run; Siroky kick; P: C. Tinker 73 yd run, run failed; Q4: A Petree 3 yrd run; Siroky kick; P: C. Tinker 32 yd run, run failed; P: B. Tinker 29 yd run, pass failed; A: T. Roh, 77 yd run, kick failed.
Team stats AQ; Pierce
First downs 32; 21
Rushing 66-479 47-354
Average 7.3 7.5
Passing 4-9-0 48 yds; 4-14-3 73 yds
Total yards 527 427
Passing: G. Rech, 4-9-0 48 yards
Rushing: Petree 25-186; T. Roh 4-88; N. Maguire 10-85; Rech 11-56; Nadrchal 10-36
Tackles: Tackles solo, assists total
M. Eggleston 4-7 11; Gavin Rech 5-4 7 9Michael Coufal 1-8 9; Petree, Siroky, D. Reiter, J. Roh, 5; Kadlek, Uhrmacher 4, Maguire, Ruth T. Roh 3.