CROFTON — Six Cedar Catholic fumbles, combined with several big plays from Crofton’s Tommy Peitz, proved to be too much for the Trojans in Friday’s 2011 season opener.
The Warriors led 14-0 at the halftime break and extended that lead to 28-0 before Cedar finally got on the board late in the fourth quarter.
Cedar’s offense looked like they were ready to roll at the start of the contest as the Trojans got the ball on the 23 and quickly moved the chains after an eight-yard pass to Zach Wuebben and a Keenan Sudbeck gainer. A pitch to Sudbeck brought the ball to midfield, but that’s all the further Cedar could go, as the Trojans were then forced to punt.
Cedar’s defense also looked solid at the start of Friday’s contest, forcing Crofton to punt after just three plays.
The Trojans’ special teams’ unit didn’t fare so well, however, as the they fumbled the punt, giving the Warriors the ball on a short field. Three plays, and one 43-yard Tom Peitz TD run later, and the Warriors punched the ball across the line for the early lead. The extra-point missed, though, and Crofton led 6-0.
The Warriors scored again with just 27 seconds left in the second frame.
Peitz made sure Crofton got off to a good start in the second half, as he sliced through and around the Cedar defense on the opening kickoff for a 90-yard touchdown run.
Crofton put its finl points on the board in the final frame, thanks to another Cedar turnover, covering a fumble in the endzone to go up 28-0.
Cedar finally found paydirt in the final frame putting together a solid drive to score on a 16-yard Ryan Becker burst up the middle with 4:16 left in the contest. The extra point toss fell incomplete, though.
The Cedar offense had trouble picking up much ground on the night.
Freshman Ryan Becker ended up leading the Cedar ground game with 44 yards on eight carries. A short Nick Uhing pass from Taylor Kathol proved to be Cedar’s biggest play of the night, as Uhing cut through the defense for 30 yards on the play.
Cedar’s defense was led by linebackers Frank Herbolsheimer and Tyler Loberg and defenive end Andrew Lorenz.
Herbolsheimer recorded 15 stops, while Loberg had 13. Lorenz, a transfer student from Hartington Public, had 15 tackles in his debut for the Trojans.
Cedar will take on its second straight state-rated foe on Friday when Oakland-Craig comes to Russ Hochstein Field.
Cedar Catholic 0 0 0 6 — 6
Crofton 6 8 7 7 — 28
First downs 10 10
Rushing 92 179
Passing 6-13-68 3-10-3
Total plays 47 56
Total offense 160 182
Fumbles-lost 6-4 1-0
Penalty-yds 4-20 6-20
Def sacks-yds lost 2-12 2-2
Possession 17:38 30:22
Punts – avg 4-38.5 7-32.7
Cedar – Kyle Klug, 5-12-38; Taylor Kathol, 1-1-30. Crofton – Alex Janssen, 3-9-3;
Tom Peitz, 0-1.
Cedar – Ryan Becker, 8-44; Keenan Sudbeck, 12-28; Frank Herbolsheimer, 5-15; Nick Uhing, 3-11; Kyle Klug, 4- -2; Taylor Kathol, Taylor, 2- -4. Crofton – Tom Peitz, 23-148; Logan Schieffer, 5-28; Justin Janssen, 5-12; Alex Janssen, 8-1; Calan List, 1- -2; Austin Woockman, 2 – -4; Adam Spady, 2- -4.
Cedar – Nick Uhing, 1-30; Zach Wuebben, Zach, 3-24; Frank Herbolsheimer, 1-11;
Keenan Sudbeck, 1-3. Cofton – Tom Peitz, 3-3.
Cedar – Frank Herbolsheimer, 15; Andrew Lorenz, 15; Tyler Loberg, 13; Taylor Kathol, 12; Conner Wieseler, 9; Keenan Sudbeck, 9; Grant Howell, 7; Danny Loecker, 7; Nick Uhing, 6; Zach Wuebben, 5; Grant Dickes, 4; Eric Kruse, Eric, 3; Kellyn Dump, 2; Mathew Leise, 2; Todd Kathol, 2; Tristan Seffen, 2; Cody Lammers, 1.Crofton – Tom Peitz, 7; Logan Schieffer, 6; Derek VanHeek, 5; Dakota Miller, 4; Justin Janssen, 4; Calan List, 3; Nathan Hoffman, 3; Jake Guenther, 3; Austin Jones, 2; Eric Kleinschmit, 2.