WP upended by fourth-ranked Loomis, last regular season game to be Friday at home against Hitchcock Co.
By Diane Stamm
The Wauneta Breeze
Highly ranked Loomis proved too much for the Wauneta-Palisade football team Friday. The Broncos lost 29-62 to D2’s fourth-ranked team.
Loomis is an excellent team, said Co-Head Coach Randy Geier, adding that the Wolves overall team speed caused problems on both sides of the ball.
Loomis scored the game’s first touchdown on its opening drive. After WP recovered a Wolves fumble midway through the first quarter, the Broncos were able to get on the scoreboard. Mixing up its offensive attack with runs and passes WP scored on a 11-yard rush by Brody Nordhausen.
Loomis answered with another touchdown to bring the score to 7-16 at the end of the first quarter.
The Wolves increased the lead with two quick touchdowns in the second quarter following WP’s only two turnovers of the game.
WP scored once more in the half on a 34-yard pass from Duncan Rector to Dennis Cavanaugh. The pair connected again on the two-point conversion.
Loomis scored once more as time ran down in the half. WP trailed 15-38 at halftime.
Loomis scored two more touchdowns in the third quarter, but WP started off the fourth quarter with a touchdown. The Broncos took to the group to move the ball up the field and score on a three-yard run by Nordhausen.
With a successful onside kick attempt, WP was back in business on the Loomis 23-yard line.
The Broncos wrapped up its own scoring three plays later on a Nordhausen six-yard run.
Geier said he and Co-Head Coach Joseph Frecks felt like the Broncos kept playing hard throughout the game, which he said felt like it was closer than the score indicated, but there were some mental and physical lapses.
WP was led in rushing by Nordhausen with 98 yards on 21 carries and three touchdowns. Nordhausen also led WP defensively with 18 total tackles.
Cash Yearous, Seth Straub and Nordhausen each recovered a fumble.
Tyler Davis, Ty Duvel and Austen Rozelle handled WP’s return game.
The trio returned six kickoffs and finished with a 13.9 yard average.
Now 1-2 in its district and 4-3 overall, WP will take on Hitchcock County (0-7) Friday. The game will be Parents’ Night as well as Pink Out.
Following the Loomis game, Geier said the Broncos need to do a better job of being consistent every single play, both mentally and physically.
The Broncos are currently 28th in the point standings. WP’s losses have come to district opponents Loomis (7-0), Arapahoe (5-2) and Eustis-Farnam (5-2) which sit third, 15th and 20th, respectively, in the Class D2 points standings. The top 32 teams in the point standings advance to the playoffs.