Pierce dominates Central City in C1 opener
PIERCE - The Pierce high school football dynasty added another impressive win to their resume to begin the 2022 postseason.
The second-seeded Blue Jays routed Central City in the C1 opening round Friday 49-8.
It was the first time this season the Bison held been held to single digits, and a marked difference from the 35 points they scored against Pierce just three weeks ago.
The Blue Jay defense held the Bison to a season-low 236 total yards, sacking quarterback Carter Simonson five times and intercepting three of his 31 passes.
Not to be outdone, Pierce's offense racked up 470 yards, with senior running back Keenan Valverde contributing 157 rushing yards and three touchdowns. Senior QB Abram Scholting was perfect through the air, connecting on four touchdown passes, two to Husker commit Ben Brahmer.
With the win, Pierce's senior class now runs their overall record to 45-4.
The Jays will host the team that beat them for the C1 championship last season, Columbus Lakeview, in the quarterfinals next Friday.
CENTRAL CITY (5-5) - 0 8 0 0 - 8
PIERCE (10-0) - 6 28 15 0 - 49
6:57 - Abram Scholting (PIE) 16-yd TD pass to Jayden Coulter (XP no good)
10:34 - Abram Scholting (PIE) 14-yd TD pass to Ben Brahmer (2P conversion no good)
7:31 - Abram Scholting (PIE) 34-yd TD pass to Addison Croghan (2-pt conversion good)
6:27 - Carter Simonsen (CC) 61-yd TD pass to Ashton Gragg (2-pt conversion good)
5:10 - Keenan Valverde (PIE) 55-yd TD run (2-pt conversion no good)
1:23 - Keenan Valverde (PIE) 6-yd TD run (2-pt conversion good)
7:39 - Keenan Valverde (PIE) 28-yd TD run (2-pt conversion good)
0:59 - Abram Scholting (PIE) 11-yd TD pass to Ben Brahmer (XP good)
- Keenan Valverde: 16 carries, 157 yds, 3 TD
- Karter Wolfe: 4 carries, 45 yds
- Tristan Kuehler: 4 carries, 31 yds
- Ben Brahmer: 2 carries, 28 yds
- Abram Scholting: 5 carries, 27 yds
- Gavin Sullivan: 3 carries, 13 yds
- Nik Harvey: 1 carry, 9 yds
- Kaden Froehlich: 1 carry, 1 yd
- Colby Anderson: 1 carry, 0 yds
- Abram Scholting: 8-of-8, 159 yds, 4 TD
- Ben Brahmer: 5 rec, 95 yds, 2 TD
- Addison Croghan: 1 rec, 34 yds, 1 TD
- Jayden Coulter: 2 rec, 30 yds, 1 TD
- Dylan Pfeifer: 5 carries, 19 yds
- Derek Pfeifer: 5 carries, 18 yds
- Carter Simonsen: 14 carries, 11 yds
- Tyler Carroll: 2 carries, 3 yds
- Carter Simonsen: 18-of-31, 155 yds, 1 TD, 3 INT
- Dylan Pfeifer: 1-of-1, 30 yds
- Ashton Gragg: 5 rec, 105 yds, 1 TD
- Ayden Zikmund: 2 rec, 32 yds
- Tyler Carroll: 2 rec, 28 yds
- Dylan Pfeifer: 3 rec, 17 yds
- Clark Brown: 4 rec, 5 yds
- Kenai Kearney: 1 rec, -2 yds