Shelby-Rising City Huskies

East Butler and Shelby-Rising City football both added wins on Friday, with S-RC defeating Johnson County Central 44-28 and East Butler taking down Nebraska Christian 42-20. 

The Huskies led 14-13 through the first two quarters then pulled away with 30 second-half points.

Shelby-Rising City owed much of its success to the ground game. The Huskies piled up 324 yards rushing including Grant Lindsley going for 130 yards and two scores on two touchdowns while Grady Belt went for 135 and a touchdown on 18 attempts. 

Lindsley also recorded 146 receiving yards on seven receptions including two touchdowns and led the Huskies in tackles with 10. 

Senior quarterback Jett Pinneo completed 9 of 16 for 172 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran for 35 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries. 

In total, Shelby-Rising City ran 65 plays and recorded 27 first downs. The Huskies finished the game with just over 29 minutes of possession compared to Johnson County Central's 19. 

The win improved the Huskies record to 3-0. That start put S-RC into the Lincoln Journal Star Class C-2 prep ratings for the first time this season. The Huskies entered the top 10 at No. 7.

Shelby-Rising City plays Superior (0-3) at 7 p.m. on Friday at home. 


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After losing to Wisner-Pilger a week before, the East Butler Tigers bounced back with a 22-0 first-quarter lead. 

Nebraska Christian had drawn to with 22-14 at halftime before East Butler scored the next two touchdowns.

The two sides traded touchdowns in the fourth.

East Butler ran 51 plays during the game, and as always, quarterback Jaden Rhynalds was the focus of the attack. Ryhnalds completed 10 of 15 for 224 yards and two touchdowns while leading the team in rushing with 72 yards on 22 carries for three additional scores. He also had 34 return yards off of punt and kick returns. 

Defensively, Rhynalds also recorded an interception. 

Wade Wright rushed for 61 yards on 12 carries and a score. 

Trevin Brecka caught five passes for 164 yards and a touchdown, and Josh Malina caught two passes for 34 yards and a touchdown. Brecka also led the Tigers in tackles with 14. 

East Butler is in action next at 7 p.m. on Friday at Nebraska Lutheran (1-2). 

Peter Huguenin is a sports reporter for The Banner-Press. Reach him via email at DVDsports@lee.net

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