DAVID CITY, Neb. — Talk about spreading the wealth.
Class C-2 No. 1 David City Aquinas got touchdowns from four running backs and two receivers as the Monarchs moved one step closer to back-to-back titles with a 56-28 win over seventh-ranked Fremont Bergan in the state football quarterfinals Tuesday.
Aquinas (11-0) ran its winning streak to 23 games in its fourth victory over Bergan (8-3) in the last two seasons. The Knights are the last team to beat Aquinas with a pair of wins in 2010, a quarterfinal triumph included.
This is the fourth consecutive semifinal appearance for Aquinas.
“Good kids. Work hard,” Aquinas coach Ron Mimick said when asked about the success of the last four seasons. “We played well tonight against a good football team.”
It looked like the rout was on early as Aquinas scored on its first two offensive plays. One snap after a blocked punt, Austin Svoboda crashed in from 2 yards out. Teammate Landon Stouffer put the Monarchs up by two scores less than 4½ minutes in.
But Bergan wouldn’t go away. The Knights answered on quarterback Ryan Batenhorst’s 6-yard keeper, then took their only lead one possession later when Joel Wiedel capped an 18-play drive with a 1-yard score.
The points were the first scored against Aquinas before halftime all season and also gave the Monarchs their first deficit of the year.
“Right away it was kind of (like) we needed to get our heads into it and get going again,” Stouffer said. “And that’s exactly what we did.”
Aquinas reeled off the next 28 points, the final 14 of the first half and the first 14 after the break. The scoring spree consisted of two touchdown passes by quarterback Trev Semrad in a span of less than three minutes late in the second quarter.
“We said we weren’t going to let them run on us early, so we went with nine guys in the box and two over the top and ...” Bergan coach Ron Beacom said before pausing and getting a little laugh in, “that didn’t work.”
Mimick said the scoring passes forced Bergan to adjust some things on defense.
“That really changed the momentum but also changed their thinking defensively,” Mimick said.
That, in turn, helped lead to Eric Kobza’s 28-yard score on the opening possession of the second half and fullback Seth Hoffman’s 17-yard touchdown later in the third that pushed the lead to 42-14, capped the outburst and essentially ended things.
“They’re good,” Beacom said. “They’re probably the best coached team in the state of Nebraska. They execute at such a high level. You’ve got to pick your poison. You really kind of have to pick and choose your battles and hope that you guess right a couple times.”
Stouffer finished with 14 carries for 201 yards and three scores — including a 40-yarder late in the game — to lead three Aquinas players with at least 50 yards.
After completing 16 of 21 passes for 200 yards in the first half, Bergan’s Batenhorst was 6 of 18 after the break, finishing with 264 yards passing and 52 rushing.
Fremont Bergan (8-3) ................. 7 7 7 7—28
At David City Aquinas (11-0) ................. 13 15 14 14—56
DCA: Austin Svoboda 2 run (Landon Stouffer kick)
DCA: Stouffer 66 run (kick blocked)
FB: Ryan Batenhorst 6 run (Batenhorst kick)
FB: Joel Wiedel 1 run (Batenhorst kick)
DCA: Stouffer 11 pass from Trev Semrad (Svoboda run)
DCA: Michael Byers 14 pass from Semrad (Stouffer kick)
DCA: Eric Kobza 28 run (Stouffer kick)
DCA: Seth Hoffman 17 run (Stouffer kick)
FB: Wiedel 4 run (Batenhorst kick)
DCA: Stouffer 14 run (Stouffer kick)
FB: Tanner Boggs 5 run (Badenhorst kick)
DCA: Stouffer 40 run (Stouffer kick)
RUSHING: FB, Ryan Batenhorst 17-52, Joel Wiedel 17-90, Tanner Boggs 3-13. DCA, Austin Svoboda 10-41, Landon Stouffer 14-201, Seth Hoffman 9-58, Matt Jakub 2-7, Eric Kobza 6-50, Alexander Reimers 2-5, James Kobza 1-minus 1, Caleb Yindrick 1-2, Noah Pelan 1-1.
PASSING: FB, Batenhorst 22-39-2 264. DCA, Trev Semrad 3-6-0 71.
RECEIVING: FB, Logan Bovill 4-59, Adam Dykman 5-85, Boggs 5-40, Jonah Madsen 4-25, Wiedel 4-55. DCA, Stouffer 1-11, Jakub 1-44, Michael Byers 1-16.
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