HARTINGTON — The Cedar Catholic Trojans closed out the 2011 regular season in grand style Thursday at Russ Hochstein Field.
Cedar just missed improving upon a school scoring record set last week at Wakefield as the Trojans posted the second highest point total in school history with the 59-12 win over Homer.
The win also sealed the District title for Cedar, marking the first District title for the Trojans since the 2007 state semifinalist team.
Thursday’s score could have been much worse as the Trojans missed several extra point attempts, had one TD called back on a penalty, and kneeled down instead of punching the final extra point run across the goal line.
The win gives the Trojans a 6-2 regular season record and a 13th straight state playoff appearance.
Cedar Catholic Coach Chad Cattau said the team did a good job of taking care of business against Homer.
“We have been getting out to quick starts against people the past few weeks and it has helped us tremendously. A big credit for that goes to the way this team is preparing each and every week. We have had some excellent leadership all season and it is really showing right now,” he said.
Cedar’s offense was once again paced by a fierce ground attack. Keenan Sudbeck rushed for a season-best 197 yards on 17 carries. He is now just 43 yards away from reaching 1,000 yards on the season. As a team, Cedar racked up 526 total yards on offense — 375 on the ground between seven different backs.
The Cedar aerial attack proved to be pretty potent, as well.
Cedar senior quarterback Kyle Klug once again had a stellar night as he connected on 9-11 passes for 151 yards.
Klug is also just a few yards shy of hitting the elusive 1,000-yard mark. He now has 939 passing yards on the year.
The Trojans didn’t take long to find the endzone Thursday as Cedar took the opening drive to paydirt.
Frank Herbolsheimer gave the Trojans good field position to start the drive, as his 20-yard kick return put the ball on the 34-yard line.
A 15-yard Kyle Klug scramble and his seven-yard pass to Logan Weinandt set up Keenan Sudbeck runs of 13, 17 and 14 yards — the final one for a touchdown just 1:25 into the game.
The Cedar defense then forced a Homer three-and-out.
Two plays later, Herbolsheimer put the Trojans in the endzone again, but the play was called back on a penalty. Cedar lost the ball a few plays later on a fumble, but Homer could not move the ball against the Cedar ‘D’ so the Trojans once again got the ball back.
This time nothing could stop the Trojans from putting more points on the board. Cedar put together an eight-play scoring drive. The drive featured five Keenan Sudbeck runs, a Nick Uhing dive and a screen pass to Zach Wuebben.
Keenan Sudbeck ended the drive with the TD run. Frank Herbolsheimer then bulled his way across the line for the two-point conversion with just 1:30 left in the opening frame.
Cedar punched the ball across the goal line four more times in the second quarter to take a commanding 40-6 halftime lead.
Sudbeck, Nick Uhing and Kyle Klug all earned rushing touchdowns in the second frame. Klug connected with Zach Wuebben on a nine-yard TD pass play in the frame.
The Trojans used a pair of break-away runs to put up two more scores in the third frame, before putting the JV and Freshman teams on the field.
Sudbeck broke loose of the defense on a 21-yard third-quarter TD scamper, while Frank Herbolsheimer found paydirt after a 59-yard TD scamper.
Freshman I-Back Ryan Becker put Cedar’s final score on the board with a 10-yard fourth-quarter run.
The Cedar defense held Homer to only 188 total yards. Most of those yards came on two big plays, including a fourth-quarter 82-yard run against the Cedar Freshman team.
Cedar 14 26 13 6 — 59
Homer 0 6 0 6 — 12
Cedar – Keenaan Sudbeck, 17-197; Ryan Becker, 10-63; Frank Herbolsheimer, 1-59; Nick Uhing, 5-36; Zach Fischer, 2-11; Kellyn Dump, 1-11; Kyle Klug, 5-2; James Kaiser, 3-0. Homer – Joey Murphey, 4-88; Tyler Meines, 7-22; Wyatt Tremayne, 18-22; Cory Simalane, 3-14.
Cedar – Kyle Klug, 9-11-151. Homer – Wyatt Tremayne, 5-13-42.
Cedar -Grant Dickes, 1-68; Logan Weinandt, 3-35; Zach Wuebben, 4-26; Taylor Kathol, 1-22. Homer – Dakotah Kluver, 3-20; Joey Murphey, 2-22.
Cedar – Connor Wieseler, 11; Tyler Loberg, 11; Logan Weinandt, 8; Andrew Lorenz, 6; Frank Herbolsheimer, 6; Nick Uhing, 6; Mathew Leise, 5; Grant Dickes, 5; Eric Kruse, 5; Trent Jansen, 4; K ellyn Dump, 4; Kraig Sudbeck, 3; Cody Lammers, 3; Danny Loecker, 3; Keenan Sudbeck, 2; Pat Wieseler, 2; Mitchel Steffen, 2; Todd Kathol, 2; Noah Miller, 2; Taylor Kathol, 1; Zach Wuebben, 1; Alex Fischer, 1. Homer – Dakotah Kluver, 7; Austin Weber, 5; Tyler Meines, 4; Collin Matthews, 4; Brady Singer, 3; Wyatt Tremayne, 3.