PERU, NE – Lourdes Central Catholic (1-3) made it a game for most of the first half, but in the end, too many turnovers and too much John Christensen spelled doom for the Knights, as they fell 52-26 at the Oak Bowl.
Christensen was the power gear for the Bruning-Davenport-Shickley (3-0) offense, as the Eagles QB accounted for 178 total yards and four touchdowns, three through the air and one on the ground.
The Knights showed plenty of resilience in the first two quarters, coming back from early deficits of 18-0 and 24-14 to make it a one-score game, thanks in large part to QB Colter Fulton’s two passing TDs and two rushing scores, and a 60-yard touchdown sprint by RB Andrew Aldana.
But every time momentum would start to swing Lourdes’ way, B-D-S would literally snatch it back. Two costly pick-sixes by the Eagles defense, both from less than 10 yards out, extended the B-D-S lead back to double-digits whenever the Knights had made it close.
And when L-C-C looked like they would cut a 32-20 margin down to a one-score game early in the third quarter, the Eagles turned them away at the goalline with another interception, and the Knights never sniffed the lead again. B-D-S salted the game away with backup QBs Dalton Kleinschmidt and Aaron Mick, who each chipped in a late game rushing TD.
Lourdes Central Catholic falls to 1-3 on the season, and will be at home next Friday vs. Elmwood-Murdock.