ORD — A little Tyler Palmer and a lot of defense was the winning formula Friday in the pouring rain for Scotus Central Catholic.
The sophomore quarterback ran for 92 yards on 10 carries and scored both touchdowns in the Shamrocks’ 14-10 win over Ord.
Scotus held the Chanticleers to 190 total yards. Ord averaged just over 3.5 yards per play and scored only three points on offense.
After a scoreless first quarter, the Chanticleers struck first late in the first half, recovering a Scotus fumble in the end zone to go up 7-0 with 3:12 remaining in the second quarter.
The Shamrocks answered right back as Palmer sprinted 72 yards for a score to knot the game at 7-all heading into the break.
Ord retook the lead on a 27-yard field goal with four minutes left in the third quarter, but Palmer had one more score left in him.
He scampered in from 10 yards out with 4:54 left in the game to give Scotus a 14-10 lead.
The Shamrock defense closed out the win on Ord’s home field, which was more mud pit than field by the game’s end, according to Scotus assistant coach Jay Pelan.
Scotus finished with 177 total yards, all on the ground, and the teams combined to fumble 12 times with nine turnovers, five by the Shamrocks.
Zack Beiermann added 72 yards on 13 carries for Scotus.
The Shamrocks (2-5) host Class C-1, No. 9 Boone Central/Newman Grove (5-2) on Friday.
Elgin/Pope John 30
CLARKSON — Clarkson/Leigh ripped off 44 straight points Friday against Elgin Public/Pope John to turn a close game into a rout.
Trailing 30-24 late in the first half, Anthony Bruhn punched the ball in from a yard out to give the Patriots a 32-30 halftime lead.
The second half was all Clarkson/Leigh as the Patriots scored five touchdowns after the intermission, including four in the fourth quarter, to win 68-30.
Bruhn ran for 196 yards on 20 carries and scored four times. The Patriots rushed for 370 yards as a team on 8.6 yards per carry.
Jacob Gall added 68 yards on the ground and a score and Hector Mendoza ran for 48 yards and a touchdown and returned a kickoff 71 yards for another TD.
Dillan Knapp and Lance Paprocki both added touchdowns of more than 30 yards on their only carries.
The Patriots (3-3) head to Humphrey on Friday to play Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family.
Shelby-Rising City 0
UTICA — It took Class C-2, No. 1 Centennial two days to put away a Shelby-Rising City team that refused to stop fighting.
The Broncos (7-0) scored the game's only touchdown with 8:38 remaining in the first quarter Friday night on a 20-yard touchdown run by Gavin Avery, who led Centennial with 126 rushing yards on 30 carries.
Then the inclement weather hit and play was suspended with 3:21 remaining in the second quarter.
The teams resumed play Saturday morning, but the Huskies (2-5) never got their offense started in the 7-0 road loss.
Shelby-Rising City ran 53 plays for 136 yards (2.6 per play) and committed four turnovers.
Quarterback Mason Schleis completed 11 of 27 passes for 114 yards, finding Max Hoatson six times for a team-best 61 yards, but also tossed three interceptions.
The Huskies managed just 22 rushing yards on 25 attempts as the defense kept them in the game.
Centennial didn't fare much better on offense with 191 total yards on 55 plays (3.5 per play) and only three pass completions.
The teams combined to go 7 for 26 on third-down conversions and 0 for 4 on fourth down.
Antonio Lopez led the Shelby-Rising City defense with eight tackles, including two for loss, and Grant Lindsley had seven stops with one coming behind the line.
The Huskies host Centura on Friday.
St. Francis 48,
OSCEOLA — Class D-2, No. 5 Humphrey St. Francis continued to roll Friday with a 48-6 victory at Osceola.
The Flyers (6-0) scored all their points in the first three quarters in what was actually their second-lowest margin of victory this season.
Jarrett Weidner led the St. Francis rushing attack with 18 carries for 181 yards, including a 55-yard touchdown in the first quarter.
Quarterback Trevor Pfeifer only threw the ball five times, completing four of the attempts for 86 yards, but he made the most of his opportunities as every completion went for a score.
Pfeifer found Nolan Kosch on touchdown passes of 15, 28 and 32 yards then ran in a 43-yarder to put St. Francis up 34-6 at halftime.
Riley Huettner scored on a 2-yard run and caught an 11-yard touchdown pass from Pfeifer later in the third quarter. He also led the St. Francis defense with 12 tackles.
Osceola quarterback Caden Theis went 5 of 9 for 44 yards through the air and ran the ball 21 times for 61 yards, including a 1-yard TD that put his team up 6-0 in the first quarter.
The Bulldogs (3-4) close the regular season Friday at Scribner-Snyder.
St. Francis has two regular-season games remaining, beginning Friday at Cedar Bluffs.