The Cardinals got their second win against the Bloomfield Bees this past Friday in the second round of the Nebraska State Football Championships.
The Cards defeated the Bees in an Oct. 9 showdown in O'Neill with the Cardinals coming out ahead 36-30. The Bees were tough in the regular season and came a calling with more of the same in the second round match up.
The Bees drew first blood on a 58-yard touchdown run by Cody Bruegman.
The Cards fought a determined Bloomfield defense into the second quarter with about nine minutes on the clock when Aidan Hedstrom ran in a five-yard touchdown and then the conversion to put the Cards up 8-6.
It was a tough go on both sides of the ball as Bruegman threw a 31-yard touchdown pass to Layne Warrior to put the Bees up, and then Hedstrom hit Isaac Everitt for a touchdown and Hedstrom ran in the conversion. Wiley Ziegler ran the kick-off for six, but the Cards didn't finish the half on a sour note as Hedstrom again found the endzone on a six-yard touchdown run. The Cards led 22-18.
The third saw more battle on the field as both sides turned the ball over to no gain. Bruegman scored for the Bees with 5:09 in the third and with that score led the game. At this point, it was apparent that whoever had the ball when time ran out would be the winner. The Cards ran down into the red zone and Dalton Adler scored on a one-yard dash.
The fourth saw both teams go up and down the field as the Bees couldn't make the drive turning over the ball on downs. Hedstrom ran in the Cards' final score on a 38 yard run, and after the Bees had their last chance at the ball with time running out, the Cards took a knee and finished out Bloomfields hope for advancing any further in the 2020 playoffs.
The Cards ran 67 plays for 15 first downs and had six penalties for 50 yards. Bloomfield had 13 penalties for 94 yards loss.
Hedstrom led the Cards overall with 32 carries for 167 yards, three touchdowns and eight tackles; Alder six carries for 16 yards and one touchdown; Isaac Everitt one catch for 11 yards and one touchdown; Tate Thompson eight carries for seven yards, one reception for nine yards and five tackles on the night; and Connor Semin three catches for 96 yards and ten tackles for second-most of the night.
Adam Everitt led the Cards' defense with 12 tackles; Isaiah Wiese seven tackles; Andrew Koehlmoos four; Charles Barlow three: and Lawrence Werth one tackle.
The Cards will travel to Wolbach to take on the 9-0 Central Valley Cougars on Friday, Nov. 6 at 6 p.m.
The Cougar's only common foe with the Cardinals was Elgin/Elgin Pope John, who the Cougars beat 61-16. Elgin was the Cougar's fifth game. The Cards beat the Wolf Pack 62-14 for their first match of the year.
The Cougars last game was against Medicine Valley, who they decimated 79-42.