NEBRASKA CITY – The Omaha Gross Catholic Cougars outscored the Nebraska City Pioneers 35-3 in a dominant second half to spoil the Pioneers’ senior night.
Nebraska City jumped in front first. Quarterback Bryce Levy raced 83 yards on a read option to give the Pioneers the early lead. They did not make the PAT.
Gross Catholic, led by the solid rushing duo of Conner Weis and Longar Bak, mounted several lengthy drives in the rest of the first half but only punched in two touchdowns. The Cougars were plagued by three first half turnovers and six penalties.
Nebraska City had a chance to tie or at least trim the lead with a solid drive late in the second quarter. But, Levy through an interception on third down near the red zone. Gross took over with under 30 seconds to go and ran out the clock.
The Cougars established themselves on the first drive of the second half. They went 81 yards on eight rushes to go up 20-6. They didn’t look back.
Weiss led the Cougars’ attack with 114 yards on 13 carries while Bak chipped in 108 yards. Quarterback Ben Deiber scored two touchdowns on the ground and added 35 rushing yards.
Senior Jace Becker carried the Pioneers with 60 hard-fought yards. Levy rushed for 92 total yards.
The Cougars finish the regular season at 5-4 while the Pioneers conclude the year 0-9.