The Loup Valley Conference is guaranteed to be represented in the Class D2 championship game as Mullen and Sargent both advanced with decisive wins in the playoff quarterfinals. The LVC is assured a position in the title game because Mullen and Sargent must meet on the gridiron for the second time this season. The winner will advance to play the winner of Howells vs Giltner at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln Nov. 15 at 10:15 a.m.
Mullen and Sargent met in the season finale with Sargent cruising to a 55-12 win at Mullen. Once again, Sargent must make the trip to Mullen for a rematch of this LVC rivalry. Kick off will be Nov. 15 at 5 p.m. MST.
Tuesday night in quarterfinal action, Mullen scored two touchdowns in the first and second quarters to take a commanding 28-0 halftime lead. Two short run got the Broncos on the scoreboard early with Zach Call scoring on a 2-yard run and Braden Storer on a 1-yard run. Mullen increased their lead in the second quarter with big scoring plays. Storer completed a pass to Gabe Connealy for a 34-yard touchdown and Call scored with a 44-yard run.
Loomis finally crossed the goal line but at the expense of a Mullen fumble which was returned for the 72-yard score.
Storer scored his second rushing touchdown in the third quarter from the 2-yard line capping the scoring for the Broncos.
Loomis added a late touchdown in the fourth quarter but Mullen scored the victory 34-14.
Call led Mullen’s offense with 34 carries gaining 261 yards. Defensively, Nathan Vinton had 11 tackles and Jake Spies had 10.
In Eustis, Sargent scored the first 26 points of the game behind two first quarter long runs. Tyke Kozeal raced 41 yards for the first Bulldog touchdown. Jed Fenske then scored with a 59-yard scamper. In the second quarter, Kozeal scored for the second time with a 12 yard run and Guy Fenske scored with a 2-yard run.
Eustis-Farnam refused to go into halftime without scoring and completed a 36-yard pass from Dunlap to Bellamy on the final play of the half to trail Sargent 28-6.
In the second half, Fenske brothers, Guy and Jed, each scored on a pair of 14-yard runs. Guy crossed the goal line one more time in the fourth quarter giving the Bulldogs 46 points in the game.
Dunlap carried the ball for two more Eustis-Farnam touchdowns before surrendering the game to the Bulldogs.
Sargent combined for 421 yards rushing with Kozeal gaining 179, J. Fenske 148 and G. Fenske 90. Defensively, Ridge Horky led Sargent with 16 tackles followed by G. Fenske with 14.
“It was a tough game,” said head coach Mike Kozeal. “I was extremely pleased with our ability to cause turnovers.”
“We gave up a lot of yards but did a pretty good job of keeping the Knights out of the end zone,” said Kozeal. “Our defensive backs, Casey Richards, Ridge Horky and Guy Fenske had a tough assignment covering their receivers but they managed to get three interceptions while only giving up one touchdown on the last play of the first half.”