A dominating performance by senior Garett Allemang helped lead to a dominating playoff win for Neligh-Oakdale on Thursday night as the Warriors advanced to the second round in Class D1.
Allemang had eight touchdowns and more than 150 yards rushing in the 75-32 pounding over Pender. But Allemang doesn't want to call it his career game.
"I hope not," he said after admitting he didn't even realize he scored eight touchdowns. "I hope there's more to come."
Thursday's win earns the Warriors a matchup next week against undefeated and top-seed Bruning-Davenport/Shickley. Neligh-Oakdale will make the 130-mile road trip on Wednesday, Nov. 4.
The Warriors played B-D-S two years ago in their first playoff game in years, again on the road. Neligh-Oakdale football is different now, according to Beacom. They're now district champions. The players are different.
"It's not a rematch," Beacom said. "That was two years ago. To me, it's not a rematch."
Neligh-Oakdale 14 28 7 26 - 75
Pender (6-3) 0 16 8 8 - 32
N-O: Garett Allemang 7 run (Robin Hahn PAT)
N-O: Allemang 28 pass from Grant White (Hahn PAT)
N-O: Tyson Belitz 8 pass from White (Hahn PAT)
N-O: Allemang 25 pass from White (Hahn PAT)
P: Shay Messerlie 60 run (James Bensen from Dylan Roth)
N-O: Allemang 34 run (Hahn PAT)
P: Layne Hesse 8 pass from Roth (Messerlie run)
N-O: Allemang 28 pass from White (Hahn PAT)
N-O: Allemang 2 run (Hahn PAT)
P: Messerlie 3 run (Kolton Lemkuhl from Roth)
N-O: Allemang 62 run (PAT failed)
P: Messerlie 1 run (Lemkuhl from Roth)
N-O: Belitz 34 pass from White (Hahn PAT)
N-O: Allemang 18 run (PAT failed)
N-O: Andrew Herley 13 run (Hahn PAT)