WAVERLY – In a game that featured nine touchdowns and several big plays, it was a late defensive stand that preserved Waverly’s 35-28 win over Norris on Friday night.

Norris drove from its own 35 down to the Vikings’ 10-yard line and faced a first-and-goal with 29 seconds remaining.

Senior running back Austin Schultz – who finished with 151 yards rushing – carried the ball on first and second downs, getting Norris to the 3-yard line. Third down is when things turned interesting.

Schultz took a pitch from quarterback Aidan Oerter and darted for the pylon. Schultz went air-born and Norris players and coaches thought he scored the game-tying touchdown. But officials ruled him out of bounds inside the 1, setting up 4th-and-goal.

The Titans lined up and tried a sneak with Oerter. But the interior of the Vikings’ defense stopped the sophomore QB just short with 0.3 seconds remaining.

“It’s getting the monkey off our back,” Vikings coach Tim Williams said. “They’ve had our number recently, and it’s nice to do it in the fashion we did with the big stop at the end.”

Tempers flared after the final two Norris plays, but Titans coach Jim Jacobsen remained diplomatic afterward.

So, what explanation did the officials give Jacobsen regarding the third down Schultz run?

“Just said that he didn’t get in,” Jacobsen said. “That’s what they said.”

Midway through the fourth quarter it looked as if a late defensive stop wouldn’t be needed.

The Vikings went up 35-21 with 7:19 remaining when quarterback Rhett Jordon scored from 2-yards out. Jordon had a brilliant game, rushing for 129 yards and throwing for 133. The junior had two TDs on the ground and added a 60-yard scoring strike to junior receiver Jay Adams in the second quarter.

But the Titans wouldn’t relent, thanks to Schultz’ sheer determination.

His 36-yard catch set up Tyler Ruhl’s 11-yard touchdown reception from Oerter with 5:27 remaining. And after the Titans' defense held firm, his 17-yard reception on 4th-and-10 on Norris’ final drive kept the Titans alive.

For the game, Schultz would accumulate 237 total yards as he hauled in six passes and carried it 24 times on the ground.

Waverly got a huge boost right before half as speedy sophomore Ethan Kastens returned a kickoff 100-yards for a score to make it 21-14.

The kickoff return and Adams’ 60-yard TD reception proved to be pivotal plays for Waverly.

“They were huge,” Williams said of the big plays. “Our special teams have come up big for us in a couple wins this year. That kick return – that was a big difference right there.”

Fairbury 75, Raymond Central 7: Fairbury scored all of its points in the first three quarters behind a balanced offensive attack of 158 passing yards and 212 rushing yards. Adam Wasserman threw for five touchdowns for the Jeffs and Fairbury forced four interceptions and recovered three fumbles.

ASHLAND-GREENWOOD 54, SOUTHERN 20

WYMORE--Clay Allington had an offensive and defensive touchdown to lead the Bluejays.

Ashland-Greenwood 13 19 15 7 -- 54

Southern 0 0 14 6 -- 20

AG--Allington 21 fumble return (kick failed)

AG--Kitrell 10 run (Lall kick)

AG--vonRentzl 26 pass from Washburn (conversion failed)

AG--Green 8 run (conversion failed)

AG--Washburn 11 run (Lall kick)

AG--Team safety

AG--Allington 21 run (Lall kick)

S--Saalthoff 97 pass from Adams (pass good)

AG--Prososki 5 run (kick failed)

S--Bennett 36 fumble return (kick failed)

AG--Novack 36 interception return (Lall kick)

S--Rushing touchdown (kick failed)

PALMYRA 14, FREEMAN 12

ADAMS--Freeman's Jacob Gramann threw for 136 yards, and ran for 79 more yards and two touchdowns.

Palmyra 8 0 6 0 -- 14

Freeman 6 0 0 6 -- 12

PAL--Becker 34 pass from Dillon (Becker run)

FREE--Gramann 8 run (run failed)

PAL--Becker 3 run (run failed)

FREE--Gramann 4 run (run failed)

JOHNSON-BROCK 54, STERLING 20

STERLING--Cole Fossenbarger accounted for six touchdowns for the Eagles.

Johnson-Brock 34 14 6 0 -- 54

Sterling 12 0 0 8 -- 20

JB--Hahn 40 pass from Fossenbarger (pass failed)

JB--Oestmann 49 run (run failed)

S--Buss 55 pass from Hier (pass failed)

JB--Fossenbarger 4 run (Witt pass from Fossenbarger)

S--Dirks 5 run (pass failed)

JB--Clark 70 kickoff return (pass failed)

JB--Oestmann 5 run (Oestmann run)

JB--Hahn 41 pass from Fossenbarger (Glynn pass from Fossenbarger)

JB--Bohling 17 pass from Fossenbarger (pass failed)

JB--Fossenbarger 24 run (run failed)

S--Hier 4 run (Boldt pass from Hier)

LOURDES CC 52, DILLER-ODELL 50

Odell--Thomas Ragland threw for 100 yards and four scores and ran for 115 yards and three more scores for Lourdes CC.

Lourdes CC 0 22 14 16 -- 52

Diller-Odell 12 0 24 14 -- 50

DO--McLaughlin 1 run (run failed)

DO--McLaughlin 6 run (run failed)

LCC--Miller 8 pass from Ragland (Fulton pass from Ragland)

LCC--Ragland 24 run (pass failed)

LCC--Ragland 1 run (Miller pass from Ragland)

LCC--Welsh 6 pass from Ragland (Mason run)

DO--Mohr 9 pass from Arnold (Arnold run)

DO--Landenberger interception return (Warren pass from Arnold)

DO--Warren 54 pass from Arnold (Landenberger run)

LCC--Carpenter 17 pass from Ragland (pass failed)

LCC--Ragland 18 run (Mason run)

LCC--Carpenter 18 pass from Ragland (Fulton pass from Ragland)

DO--Arnold 11 run (Landenberger run)

DO--Warren 10 pass from Arnold (pass failed)

BDS 44, MERIDIAN 14

BRUNING--Caden Norder had three first-half rushing touchdowns and Thomas Mick returned an interception for a touchdown and ran for another for the No. 1 Eagles.

Meridian 0 0 8 6 -- 14

BDS 21 15 0 8 -- 44

BDS--Norder 25 run (Stengel kick)

BDS--Norder 16 run (Stengel kick)

BDS--Mick 34 interception return (Stengel kick)

BDS--Norder 46 run (Stengel kick)

BDS--Mick 36 run (Domeier run)

MER--Haverluck 5 run (Dimas run)

MER--Vanwestern 6 run (conversion failed)

BDS--No. 7 9 run (No. 71 run)

ELMWOOD-MURDOCK 41, H-TR-S 0

MURDOCK--The game was called at half, due to injuries to H-TR-S players.

H-TR-S 0 0 0 0 -- 0

Elmwood-Murdock 21 20 0 0 -- 41

E-M--Bouzek 2 run (Frahm kick)

E-M--Florell 33 run (Frahm kick)

E-M--Bouzek 17 run (Frahm kick)

E-M--Meiseniger 39 run (kick failed)

E-M--Lojing 20 run (Frahm kick)

E-M--Drake 12 run (Frahm kick)

FALLS CITY SH 51, PAWNEE CITY 0

PAWNEE CITY--Christian Harring rushed for 135 yards on five carries and Drew Bippes completed 9-of-10 passes for 68 yards and two touchdowns for the Irish.

Falls City SH 22 21 8 0 -- 51

Pawnee City 0 0 0 0 -- 0

FCSH--Harring 44 run (attempt failed)

FCSH--Morehead 7 run (Harring pass)

FCSH--Harring 77 run (Bippes run)

FCSH--Bippes 67 run (Bippes run)

FCSH--Casteel 9 pass from Bippes (Keller kick)

FCSH--Hoy 15 pass from Bippes (attempt failed)

FCSH--Feigener 3 run (Froeschl run)

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