NORFOLK – Norfolk Catholic’s offense sputtered at times, but few noticed.
That’s because their defense was nearly perfect.
The Knights held a Wahoo team that came into Friday’s semi-final game averaging over 42 points a game scoreless in a 14-0 win on Friday.
The top-seed struck first in the first quarter when Dylan Kautz ran a touchdown in from two yards out.
After drive after drive stalled for both teams, the Knights connected on another 2-yard TD run with Kautz, making it 14-0.
Wahoo would take the ensuing drive into the Norfolk Catholic red zone, but Cameron Quick was intercepted by Dylan Zaiser inside the five to preserve Catholic’s 14-point lead.
The second half was a defensive stalemate, with neither team able to establish much offensively.
But Norfolk Catholic was able to make the big plays when they needed them. Joe Teten jumped on a Brand Lacey football inside the 20, and Chace Clausen iced the game with a tight-rope interception at the sideline with under four minutes to go, as Norfolk Catholic improved to 12-0 on the year and advanced to their 16th championship game.
The Knights will face Boone Central/Newman Grove in the Class C1 state title game. This will be the third time the two rivals have met with a state title on the line.