OVERTON -- The dream season for South Loup’s football team came to an end Tuesday night. The Bobcat’s traveled to Overton for the Class D1 quarterfinal game.
South Loup opened the game with a good kickoff return near mid-field. Then on the third play from scrimmage, Logan Glendy broke out to a 35-yard touchdown run.
The momentum inherited by the Bobcat’s opening drive was quickly surrendered to Overton when a short punt and turnovers plagued the Bobcat’s on their next three drives. The first turnover was an interception inside the Overton 20-yard line and the second was a fumble deep inside their own 20. Two of the three Overton possessions ended with touchdown passes from Jacob Jensen to Jacob Olmstead giving Overton a 14-7 lead.
Another interception by South Loup turned the ball back over to Overton with good field position. Overton again took advantage of the Bobcat error and drove the ball into the end zone before the end of the half giving Overton a 20-7 halftime lead.
In the second half, South Loup moved the ball twice inside the 10-yard line but were held from crossing the goal line on each possession. The first ended with an interception at the goal line and the second was a turnover on a failed fourth and goal at the 1-yard line.
The Bobcats ran out of chances and time while Overton added a late touchdown to put the game out of reach ending the season for the Bobcats.
Defensively, Zane Ellis led the Bobcats with 13 tackles (2 for loss) followed by Dylan Chesley with 10 (5 for loss), Robert Pierce 10 (2 for loss) and Haden Geiser with 8.
South Loup finishes the season with a 10-1 record while Overton advances to play at Creighton in the D1 semifinals.
“Turnovers and penalties were the difference tonight,” said head coach Andy Schwarz. “We played hard and with a lot of heart even though things were not going our way.”
“There is no way I can be disappointed with this team, we are a great team, with a bunch of great kids,” said Schwarz. “Our seniors did an outstanding job all season, their hard work and leadership took us to the state quarterfinals and an outstanding season.