HARTINGTON — The Cedar Catholic defense pitched a second straight shutout Friday to move to 2-0 on the year.
The State-rated Trojans used a balanced attack to maul the Bears 34-0 to earn the victory.
The Trojans struck first after driving down the field, when Ryan Becker scurried past Bear defenders for a 24-yard touchdown run. With the extra point and just 2:50 off the game clock, the Trojans jumped in front 7-0.
As the first quarter came to a close, Cedar drove the ball deep into Bear territory hoping to score, but the Bear defense put up a ferocious fourth-down stand, forcing Cedar to turn the ball over.
The Bears were not able to get their offense going in the second quarter and quickly had to punt the ball after a short drive.
Cedar went for it on fourth down again on their next drive. This time they converted when quarteback Taylor Kathol connected with James Kaiser on an 11-yard toss.
On the next play, Kathol lobbed a nice pass to Ethan Kramer for the touchdown. With the extra point, Cedar Catholic went up 14-0.
Though behind by two touchdowns, the Bears were still working hard to move the ball, and a long pass downfield to the Trojan 20 seemed to be the glimmer of hope the Bears needed.
But, an illegal shift penalty erased that big gain. The Bears would eventually punt.
Soon the Trojans struck again when Kathol blasted into the endzone from one yard out for the touchdown. With the extra point, the Trojans now led 21-0.
The Bears continued to struggle at moving the ball and before long had to punt again. Cedar Catholic started in good field position, this time at the 50 yard-line.
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