OMAHA — Schuyler put forth a valiant effort Friday against Mount Michael Benedictine, but the Knights prevailed for the 35-14 victory in their homecoming game.
The Warriors had 339 yards of total offense with 261 yards coming on 50 rushing attempts.
Jesus Maganda led the way with 64 yards on nine carries. Caden Yrkoski followed with 52 yards on 10 carries and Caleb Novak added 46 yards on 10 attempts. Quarterback Kevin Contreras completed 4 of 8 passes for 78 yards.
The Warrior defense also gave a much better effort, allowing 355 total yards to the Knights. But Schuyler didn’t have an answer for Mount Michael quarterback Sid DeMayo, who ran for 79 yards and two touchdowns and threw for another 203 yards and two TDs.
Even though the Knights scored twice in the first quarter on an 82-yard bomb from DeMayo to Garrett Hustedt and 4-yard Hustedt run, Schuyler head coach Aaron Thumann was pleased with the mindset his players had when they came out for the opening kickoff.
“We talked a lot this week about being different for this game, bringing our confidence back that we had against Platteview and starting the game strong and on a positive note,” Thumann said. “We really did accomplish those things this week.”
The Knights added a 6-yard touchdown run by DeMayo in the second quarter to go up 21-0 at halftime.
Schuyler was finding success with its ground game, but couldn’t reach the end zone against the bend-but-don’t-break Mount Michael defense.
“We had some long, sustained drives on offense and we had a great deal of success running the ball against them. That allowed us to set up our play-action passing game,” Thumann said. “But we also hurt ourselves through the night with a few missed assignments and not doing the little things that we know we need to do all the time. We were driving the ball right down the field on the opening drive of the game and fumbled the ball away. Then we didn’t punch it into the end zone from the 3-yard line right before half and those two situations really hurt us.”
The Knights scored the only points of the third quarter on a 10-yard pass from DeMayo to Matt Zarybnicky to take a 28-0 lead.
Caleb Novak broke the scoring drought for the Warriors early in the fourth quarter when he tumbled into the end zone from 1 yard out.
The Knights, however, came right back and put the exclamation mark on their homecoming victory with one more score from DeMayo.
Schuyler added a late touchdown on a 1-yard quarterback keeper by Contreras.
Maganda and Novak led the Schuyler defense with eight tackles each and Michael Hernandez had seven.
“On defense, we were in position, doing our jobs well and tackling solid throughout the night,” Thumann said. “Three of Mount Michael’s scores were big plays where we just didn’t get those assignments done on defense. Those were things that really did hurt us, but at the same time they are things that we know we can and will fix.”
Schuyler plays its homecoming game at 6 p.m. Friday against Omaha Roncalli Catholic (3-2), which lost 20-14 to Beatrice last week.
“We continue to grow closer to what we know we can be and we are very proud of how the players have responded throughout the season. The way they came out and worked against Mount Michael is a testament to how this team has grown through our program, how they want to be different and their drive to want to be successful,” Thumann said.