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Thanks to nearly 500 yards of offense and 11 touchdowns Friday night, Neligh-Oakdale picked up a dominating 84-30 win over Niobrara-Verdigre.
Neligh-Oakdale held a 67-16 advantage at the half and scored 11 touchdowns in the victory, moving to 4-1 on the season.
"I was real pleased with the start we got off to. I thought we executed at a very high level both offensively and defensively," Warrior coach Ron Beacom said.
Junior Grant White was 13-of-15 passing for 272 yards and ran for another 33. He had five passing touchdowns and one punt return. White connected with Garett Allemang twice, Chris Bentley twice and Tyson Belitz once for scores.
Allemang had 131 yards receiving on just five receptions while Bentley added 91 yards on four receptions.
On the ground, Andrew Herley had 124 yards on 14 carries while Allemang added 75 yards on 10 carries. Herley scored three times on the ground while Allemang crossed the goal line twice.
"Injuries are really starting to pile up. The kids have really bought into our 'next man up' mantra however. We started three freshmen tonight (1 on offense and 2 on defense). I thought all three most certainly held their own and played their positions at a varsity level," Beacom said. "They all have worked very hard in their preparation and it showed in their play. Success stories like them and the growth we are seeing in all of our players make coaching these young men very enjoyable."
He added, "We still have a few places we can get better. Robin has given us a little edge in our kicking game, but we have to be more consistent in our coverage. Our defense is playing well enough now that we don't want to give up big plays in the kick game."
Neligh-Oakdale 34 33 7 10 - 84
Niobrara-Verdigre 8 8 6 8 - 30
N-O: 21 yard pass from Grant White to Garett Allemang (Kick by Robin Hahn)
N-O: 67 yard Punt Return by White (Hahn Kick)
NV: 77 yard Kickoff Return by Ben Johnson (Run by Greg Rudloff)
N-O: 48 yard pass from White to Chris Bentley (Hahn Kick)
N-O: 15 yard run by Allemang (Kick Failed)
N-O: 17 yard pass from White to Allemang (Hahn Kick)
N-O: 15 yard run by Allemang (Pass Failed)
N-O: 18 yard pass from White to Bentley (Hahn Kick)
N-O: 3 yard run by Andrew Herley (Kick Failed)
NV: 11 yard pass from Ben Johnson to Cauy Drobney (Pass from Johnson to Schyler Forman)
N-O: 5 yard pass from White to Tyson Belitz (Hahn Kick)
N-O: 1 yard run by Herley (Hahn Kick)
NV: 28 yard run by Rudloff (Run Failed)
N-O: 23 yard Field Goal by Hahn
N-O: 3 yard run by Herley (Hahn Kick)
NV:50 yard pass from Bryson Wessendorf to Kevin Rudloff (Pass from Wessendorf to K. Rudloff)