C-1 No. 9 Columbus Lakeview 28, Boone Central/Newman Grove 6: The combination of quarterback Evan Tessendorf and a stout defense were too much for visitors Boone Central. Tessendorf ran for a career high 208 yards on 32 carries, scored three times and the defense, after allowing a big play in the first quarter, denied the Cardinals another trip to the end zone in a 28-6 Lakeview victory.
C-1 No. 8 Columbus Scotus 40, West Point-Beemer 23: Scotus' Tyler Palmer completed 12 of 21 passes, threw for 256 yards and connected on three touchdowns in a 40-23 road win at West Point-Beemer. He added two more on the ground, but only carried it 10 times for 66 compared to the 26 combined attempts he had made through the first two weeks.
Elkhorn 34, Columbus 17: Columbus High looked in control of a seemingly inept Elkhorn team after the first quarter of Saturday's matchup at Pawnee Park Memorial Stadium. Turnovers and a stagnant offense after the first quarter completely flipped that script and allowed the Antlers back in the game.
They scored 28 straight points in a matter of just 8:34 of game time from midway through the second quarter to the start of the third and ruined Columbus hopes for a Homecoming win in a 34-17 final on Friday night.
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D-2 No. 1 Humphrey St. Francis 52, Clarkson/Leigh 0: Trevor Pfeifer's two first-quarter rushing touchdowns gave Humphrey St. Francis a 16-0 lead and the Flyers never looked back.
"The game was much more competitive then the score indicated," HSF head coach Eric Kessler said in comments. "Clarkson Leigh has a very good team and really played us tough, especially in the first half. We were able to get a couple of turnovers and a big play to kind of take control of the game early in the third quarter. I was happy with how our defense played. To hold a quality team like Clarkson/Leigh means you did some good things on the defensive side of the ball."
Other scores came from a three-yard rushing touchdown from Austin Leifeld in the second, Pfeifer hitting Landon Kush in the air for 69 yards in the second and Justin Leifeld, Tanner Pfeifer and Isaac Classen all rushing for scores.
Humphrey St. Francis improves to 2-0 on the season and will travel to Giltner (0-3) on Friday.
D-6 No. 3 Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family 33, D-6 No. 7 Sterling 6: Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family defeated Sterling on Friday night. No stats or comments were available at the time of print.
The win improves the Bulldogs record to 2-1. Humphrey/Lindsay Holy family is on a bye this Friday.
Twin River 40, Tekamah-Herman 21: Twin River trailed 7-6 after the first quarter but scored the next 22 points in a row en route to a 40-21 victory.
Senior quarterback Carter Frenzen rushed for 120 yards on four carriers and junior Lucas Cook ran for 101 yards on 21 carries.
"We controlled both lines of scrimmage, and if not for three untimely lost fumbles in the third, which gave Tekamah a short field, things could have looked a lot different," Twin River head coach Bob Fredrickson said in comments. Great game for us rushing."
The win improves Twin River's record to 2-1. The Titans will travel to Crofton (0-3) this Friday.
Ravenna 52, Osceola-High Plains 45: Osceola-High Plains led 7-0 after the first quarter before a pair of Ravenna touchdowns turned into a 16-25 halftime deficit.
The Stormdogs came back to take a 23-22 lead going into the fourth quarter, but were outscored 30-22 in a wild fourth.
"(It) was a great game up until about the five-minute mark in the fourth quarter," OHP head coach Greg Wood said in comments. "We were up by nine and fumbled the ball and Ravenna scooped and scored.
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"After going three-and-out, Ravenna got the ball back and on the very first play, after several missed tackles, completed a short pass that turned into a 64-yard touchdown and the lead. It was very disappointing to lose a game in that fashion, but we will learn from it and get better from it."
OHP drops to 1-2 on the season and will play Elkhorn Valley (2-0) on Friday.
C-2 No. 4 Aquinas Catholic 21, Hartington Cedar Catholic 14: Aquinas was tied with Cedar Catholic 14-14 at half time but a 19-yard touchdown pass from Kyle Napier to Braden Smith gave Aquinas the 21-14 lead and eventual win.
"Our defense played well, allowed two long plays, but only four additional first downs," Aquinas head coach Ron Mimick said in comments. "Defensive line of Owen Schramm, Konner Adamy and Ryland Chromy improved and played well. Kyle Napier was able to extend and make plays. Braden Smith again made a big receiving play on his touchdown. Russell Brezina and Josh Uhrmacher played solid in the offensive line."
Aquinas travels to Ponca (0-3) on Friday.
David City 41, Conestoga 20: David City led 41-6 entering the fourth quarter after Clayton Denker ran for 166 yards and three touchdowns.
"We played really well," David City head coach Robert Evans said after the game. "We knew they had a decent team to start and had some nice guys up front. Conestoga held their own, our guys had to battle. It wasn't going to be a pushover."
With the win, David City improves to 3-0 and will take on Hartington Cedar Catholic (0-3) in a home game on Friday.
C-2 No. 7 Shelby-Rising City 44, Johnson County Central 28: Shelby-Rising City led 14-13 after the first half then outscored Johnson County Central 30-15 over the final 24 minutes to improve to 3-0 on the season.
Jett Pinneo completed 9 of 16 for 172 yards and two touchdowns and was aided by a rushing attack that saw Grand Lindsley go for 130 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries and Grady Belt rush for 135 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries.
Shelby-Rising City will play Superior (0-3) in a home game on Friday.
East Butler 42, Nebraska Christian 20: East Butler bounced back from a loss in the previous week to take a 22-0 lead in the first quarter en route to a 42-20 victory.
The Tigers improved to 2-1 on the season with the win.
Senior quarterback Jaden Rhynalds completed 10 of 15 for 224 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 72 yards and three touchdowns on 22 carries.
East Butler will travel to Nebraska Lutheran (1-2) on Friday.
Douglas County West 28, Schuyler 15: Schuyler trailed 8-3 at halftime, but couldn't close the gap in the second half. The loss drops the Warriors to 0-3 on the season.
Schuyler will host Gross Catholic (1-2) on Friday.
Peter Huguenin is a sports reporter for The Columbus Telegram. Reach him via email at firstname.lastname@example.org