D-1 No. 10 East Butler prevailed over Nebraska Lutheran 46-32 Wednesday in Shelby in a back-and-forth game in a Class D-1 playoff game.
The Tigers captured an early 16-0 lead after the first quarter before the Knights scored 14 consecutive points. The two teams continued to trade blows, including a 34-yard fumble return for a score by Nolan Makovicka, immediately followed by a 78-yard kickoff return by Kyle Richert. But East Butler closed the game out defensively in the second half.
"Scoring first and jumping out to the lead was huge. This was a back-and-forth game throughout. We just had some guys that made big plays down the line and the defense finished it off for us," East Butler head coach Shawn Biltoft said.
Dalton Bohac led the Tigers with 29 carries for 90 yards as well as going 16-for-24 passing with 193 yards and three touchdowns. Trevor Havlovic had nine receptions for 110 yards and two touchdowns. Havlovic added six carries for 19 yards and a score. Nebraska Lutheran's Ben Riegsecker had 28 carries for 130 yards. Richert finished 3-of-12 passing with 56 yards and two touchdowns and scored one more on the ground.
East Butler (8-2) will play at Creighton (10-0) on Tuesday in the quarterfinals.
"Being able to stop the run will be important for us. We've been able to run and pass well all year, but we will get better this week and prepare well for a good Creighton team," Biltoft said.
D1 Playoff Game
November 1 at Shelby
EB 16 16 8 6 - 46
NL 0 20 6 6- 32
Scoring Summary: Q1 EB: Trevor Havlovic 4-yard run Bohac run good; Jaden Rhynalds 5-yard reception from Dalton Bohac Robley reception from Bohac.
Q2 NL: Stephen Rundgren 29-yard reception from Kyle Richert Riegsecker run good; Joaa Godoy 22-yard reception from Kyle Richert Run no good; EB: Nolan Makovicka 34-yard fumble recovery Bohac run good; Kyle Richert 78-yard kickoff return Run no good; EB: Trevor Havlovic 18-yard reception from Dalton Bohac Robley reception from Bohac.
Q3 NL: Kyle Richert 4-yard run, Run no good; EB: Wilson Wright 1-yard run Rhynalds reception from Bohac.
Q4: NL: Leonardo Lima 2-yard run Run no good; Trevor Havlovic 19-yard reception from Dalton Bohac Pass no good
Team Stats EB; NL
Rushing 41-130; 44-182
Passing 16-24-193; 4-18-58
Total Yards 323; 240
EB: Bohac 29-90; Wi.Wright 6-21; Havlovic 6-19. NL Riegsecker 28-130.
Passing- EB: Bohac 16-24-193. NL: Richert 3-12-56.
Receiving- EB: Havlovic 9-110; Robley 5-77. NL: Rundgren 1-29.
EB: B. Rezac 11-2; Havlovic 8-8; Robley 6-9; Bohac 4-6; Janak 3-6; Wi.Wright 2-3; Rynalds 2-2.
CLASS D-1 PLAYOFF UPDATE
No. 5 East Butler (8-2) at No. 1 Creighton (10-0), 4 p.m.
No. 11 Johnson-Brock (6-4) at No. 2 Howells-Dodge (10-0), 5 p.m., Howells
Creighton 58, Plainview 0
East Butler 46, Nebraska Lutheran 32
Johnson-Brock 66, Pender 22
Howells-Dodge 54, Lourdes CC 32
Creighton 72, McCool Junction 0
Plainview 46, Diller-Odell 30
East Butler 52, Hartington-Newcastle 20
Nebraska Lutheran 68, Thayer Central 16
Pender 52, Guardian Angels CC 50
Johnson-Brock 24, Heartland 6
Lourdes CC 48, Neligh-Oakdale 20
Howells-Dodge 46, Clarkson/Leigh 0
No. 9 Perkins County (9-2) at No. 4 Medicine Valley (10-0), 5 p.m.
No. 7 CWCE (9-2) at No. 3 South Loup (10-0), 4 p.m., Callaway
Perkins County 32, West Holt 27
Medicine Valley 60, Hemingford 22
South Loup 36, Elm Creek 22
CWCE 27, Kenesaw 7
West Holt 55, Boyd County 8
Perkins County 44, Clearwater-Orchard 28
Hemingford 22, Overton 14
Medicine Valley 42, Cambridge 20
South Loup 48, Dundy Co.-Stratton 22
Elm Creek 14, Burwell 12
CWCE 72, Palmer 12
Kenesaw 57, Southwest 0