In their first six possessions of the game on Friday night in Holdrege, the Sidney Red Raiders earned one first down, punted four times, threw an interception, and got tackled in the end-zone for a safety. Meanwhile, Holdrege scored on four of their six first half possessions to head into intermission with a comfortable 27-0 lead.

Holdrege won the coin toss and deferred their choice to the second half. After Sidney lost 8 yards in going three-and-out on their first possession, A 45-yard Brady Robb punt set the Dusters up at the Sidney 43. Holdrege wasted little time jumping on top, as senior fullback Sam Holt busted up the middle on the Dusters’ third play from scrimmage. The PAT was missed, but Holdrege had a 6-0 lead.

Sidney only gained 5 yards on their second possession, and after a 27-yard Robb punt Holdrege started at their own 34. Sidney’s defense held the Dusters to a pair of incompletions and a 1-yard run to force a Holdrege punt.

Sidney’s next possession netted only 1 yard, and after Robb’s 32-yard punt, Holdrege took over at the Duster 32. After Holdrege moved to their own 43 in three plays, quarterback Jackson Hinrichs went around right end for 11 yards to give the Dusters back-to-back first downs. Sam Holt then busted loose for 45 yards down the right sideline to the Sidney 1. On second-and-goal Sophomore Jaydan Jannsen went off left tackle untouched for the Dusters’ second score. This time the PAT was good to stretch the Holdrege lead to 13-0.

Sidney picked up their initial first down on the first play of their fourth possession of the half when quarterback Nolan Hofrock hit fullback Brady Robb out of the backfield for 11 yards. But Sidney did not gain another yard and punted for the fourth straight time.

Holdrege started their fourth possession of the half with a procedure penalty that backed the Dusters up to the Holdrege 40. After a gain of 2 by Hinrichs, the sophomore quarterback hit wide receiver Dashton Edgren for 24 yards to the Sidney 34. After Holdrege picked up another first down to the Sidney 24, Hinrichs hooked up with Edgren again for 21 yards over the middle to set up first-and-goal at the Sidney 3. Sam Holt notched his second touchdown of the night on the next play. The PAT was again no good, but Holdrege led 19-0.

Sidney’s fifth possession of the half lasted only 3 plays. Brady Robb was caught in the backfield for a loss of 3 yards on first down, followed by an incomplete pass over the middle on second down. On third down, Hofrock overthrew tight end Micah Schneider and the pass was picked off by Hinrichs at the Sidney 40.

Sidney’s defense held Holdrege to no yards on the Dusters’ next possession. But Duster punter Carlos Nino De Rivera pinned Sidney at the Raider 3 yard line. On the next play, Hofrock was tackled in the endzone for a safety.

Sidney got a great free kick from Connor Hartzler, and after a 15-yard return by Dashton Edgren, Holdrege started their last drive of the half at the Duster 37.  The big play would set the Dusters up for their fourth score of the half. On the Dusters’ third play from scrimmage, Hinrichs found Jaydan Jannsen for 30 yards to the Sidney 32. After a 2-yard gain on first down by Jannsen, Hinrichs ran an option to the right and cut back to do 30 yards untouched for the score. The PAT was again missed, but Holdrege had extended their lead to 27-0 to end the half.

The Dusters began the second half with their longest drive of the night. Holdrege went 65 yards in 11 plays to push their lead to 34-0.

Sidney’s first score came on their first drive of the second half. The Raiders moved the ball from their own 25 yard line to the Duster 22 before the drive stalled and Sidney elected to try a field goal. Connor Hartzler split the uprights from 39 yards out to put the Raiders on the board with 1:36 to go in the third period.

Sidney’s final score came with 1:28 to go in the game when Brady Robb ran in from 11 yards out to make the final score, Holdrege 34, Sidney 10.

Sidney will be back in action on Friday, September 25th when they travel to Valentine to play South Sioux City in a replacement game for the Yuma Colorado game that was cancelled when Colorado moved all their Fall sports to Spring. Kickoff is scheduled for 4:00 p.m. MDT.