The Elkhorn Valley homecoming game on Friday afternoon was one to remember, with St. Mary's coming into town for a shootout.
Unfortunately for the home team, Elkhorn Valley was unable to come out on the winning end of the thriller in a 46-36 loss.
The Cardinals jumped out to a quick 20-0 lead before Elkhorn Valley scored 14 unanswered points to send the game into halftime with the Falcons trailing 20-14. Both scores came from the arm of Braedyn Ollendick as he connected with Josh McFarland and Brock Schaecher. Adam Miller aided in the comeback with an interception in the second.
St. Mary's got the lone score in the third quarter as the two teams set up for what proved to be an exciting final frame.
The Falcons got the scoring started in the fourth when McFarland dove in from a yard out to bring the score to 26-22. St. Mary's answered before McFarland found the end zone again to make it 32-28 with 7:42 to go in the game. However, the Cardinals returned the ensuing kickoff for a score to extend their lead yet again. But McFarland scored once again, aided by a strong passing drive by Ollendick. That brought the score to 40-36, but the Falcons were unable to get a stop as the Cardinals drove down to put the game away.
McFarland finished with four total touchdowns, three rushing and one receiving. He put up 127 total yards and was strong defensively as well with a game-high 19 tackles.
Ollendick added 216 yards through the air and two scores. His leading receiver was Brock Schaecher, who pulled in four catches for 101 yards. Mitchell Petersen added another four catches for 63 yards and Miller had three grabs for 14 yards.
Defensively, the Falcons were all over the field. Gavyn Clause had the lone sack on the day. Prestin Vondra racked up 16 tackles while Miller and Schaecher added 12, each.