Neligh-Oakdale picked up its fourth straight win with a 67-22 Homecoming victory over Boyd County on Friday night.
"It was a great win for the team," Coach Ron Beacom said. "We had set winning the Homecoming game as one of our goals for the year, so the boys were very motivated. We continue to see improvement each week on both sides of the ball and last night was a great opportunity to reward every member of the team for their hard work in practice."
The Warriors racked up more than 300 yards on the ground, and recorded 8 rushing touchdowns against the Spartans.
"It's exciting to see our offense be able to answer the call against several different looks," he said. "A couple of weeks ago, we had over 300 yards passing because of the way North Central defended us, and last night we were able to rush for 380 yards. Being balanced and taking what the defense gives us will be key as we move into the end of the regular season and on into the play-offs."
Neligh-Oakdale lit up the scoreboard first with a quick 42-yard touchdown run by Garett Allemang, followed by a PAT by Casey Garcia. Allemang broke away for his second touchdown a short time later on a 37-yard run (kick failed). A 35-yard touchdown from Grant White to Tyson Belitz extended the Warriors' early lead (pass failed). Two more rushing touchdowns, a 35-yard run by Marquis Granville and a 3-yard run by White, (and a successful PAT by Garcia) put Neligh-Oakdale up 32-14 at the end of the first quarter.
The Warriors went on to score 28 unanswered points in the second quarter. Scores came on a 6-yard run by White; a 42-yard run by White, a 22-yard White-to-Allemang pass; and 1-yard run by Allemang. Neligh-Oakdale held a 46-point lead at halftime, 60-14.
The third quarter was scoreless by both teams; however, each team hit paydirt in the fourth. The Warriors' final touchdown came on a 43-yard run by Blake Heithoff (Garcia kick). Click here for complete game stats.
Neligh-Oakdale 32 28 0 7 67
Boyd County 14 0 0 8 22
"Homecoming is such a special time," Beacom said. "It raises school pride and spirit. We get the honor of having so many alumni come back, and the way we do things here, really gets the whole community involved. To be able to have such a great week, and have it come to an outstanding ending with a great game the way it did, really was exciting and should serve as a catalyst into the end of the season. We celebrate this one for a couple days and then on to EPPJ. This week will be very exciting as well because both teams are playing to be the District Champion." Click here for a gallery of Homecoming photos.
The 4-2 Warriors will travel to Elgin on Friday to take on the 3-3 Wolfpack. Kick off is set for 7 p.m.