Summerland keeps the ball on the ground, plows through North Central
On a blustery Thursday night in Northeast Nebraska, the Summerland Bobcats grounded and pounded to a 54-8 win over the North Central Knights.
The scoring started on the opening drive for Summerland, as Alec Schindler scored a red-zone rushing touchdown.
After a quick three and out for the Knights, the Bobcats got the ball back in great field position and used the strong legs of Trevor Thomson to score from 18 yards out.
The scoring explosion continued with another score from Thomson and a 20-yard rushing touchdown from fullback Kendrick Schroder.
Within an instant, the Bobcats led 30-0 heading in to the second quarter. That's when the Knights found the scoreboard.
On the ensuing kickoff, Gavin Prewitt reeled in a deep kick and diced his way for a touchdown to cut the deficit to 22 points.
After making a defensive stop, North Central had an opportunity to convert a fourth and short inside Bobcat territory, but were stuffed by the powerful Summerland defensive line.
The Bobcats took the momentum back and Trevor Thomson wound up with his third touchdown of the night, this time a 30-yard dash.
After the Knights punted again, Bobcat's quarterback Jaykwon Petit used the arm to sling an 11-yard laser to Alec Schindler for yet another touchdown.
North Central had the ball inside its own 25-yard line with just one second remaining in the half and attempted a hook and ladder to catch the Bobcats napping.
Instead, Zak Swanson's pass recoiled off of a helmet and into the waiting arms of none other than Trevor Thomson, who returned the interception back for a touchdown with no time left.
The halftime score of 54-8 remained until the final whistle blew.
Trevor Thomson finished with 191 rushing yards and three touchdowns on just 14 carries, plus a pick six on defense.
Jaykwon Petit was also 3-3 on his passes, all complete to Alec Schindler for 54 yards and a touchdown.
Summerland earned its fifth win of the season (5-3) and looks to carry the momentum into the postseason with a favorable seed next week.
For North Central, the Knights drop to a winless 0-8 record and will attempt to build back its squad in 2023.