December 7, 2022

Dawson County Journal

Dawson County, Nebraska

Alma outlasts Bertrand in shootout

ALMA- On September 9th, the Alma Cardinals varsity football team hosted the Bertrand Vikings in week 3 of the high school football season. The Cardinals came into the game 2-1 while the Vikings were 1-1. Bertrand would come into the game missing two senior starting ends, Landon Way and Adan Gonzalez.

The first quarter started out hot for the home team. Bertrand went three and out on their first drive and Alma was able to march right down the field and get a passing touchdown from junior Jakin Neal to junior Alex Molzahn on a 29 yard reception. Alma would miss the extra point and lead early 6-0. Bertrand would be right back with an answer though. They scored 14 unanswered led by senior quarterback Owen Kaps, and helped by a fumble on a kickoff that was recovered by Bertrand. At the end of the quarter, Alma was able to put a drive together led by backup freshman quarterback Tucker Biskup, who capped off the drive with a three yard touchdown. Bertrand led 14-12 after the first quarter.

Bertrand would begin to pull away a bit to begin the second quarter. A 39 yard kickoff return by sophomore Eric Wood plus an extra fifteen yards on a facemask penalty set up the Vikings well into Alma territory to begin the second. It would take no time for Kaps to take it himself and put Bertrand up 22-12 with a 25 yard rushing touchdown. After another Alma turnover on a kickoff, Bertrand was able to punch in another six yard rushing touchdown for Kaps and suddenly Bertrand led it 28-12.

Both teams were able to score again before the half. Each quarterback tossed an interception as well in the quarter, with Biskup picking one up for Alma and junior Gabe Bojorquez for Bertrand. With Bertrand leading 28-20, Bojorquez would get his lone rushing touchdown of the night to put the Vikings up 34-20. Alma knew though if they could get a touchdown before the half and also receive the second half kickoff, they would be well set up. Neal took his team right don the field and with 12 seconds left in the half, completed a five yard touchdown pass to senior Ryan Kermmoade. At the half, Bertrand led it 34-28.

The second half was all Alma. They outscored Bertrand 24-6 in the final two quarters. Kermmoade caught a 52 yard swing pass that he ran all the way for a touchdown to open up the third quarter with a bang. The absence of their two senior offensive starters seemed to catch up with Bertrand, as they could not put a drive together in the third quarter. Biskup would complete a 34 yard touchdown to Molzahn and Alma led 44-34 at the end of the third quarter.

Bertrand would continue to fight in the fourth. Kaps ran for his fourth rushing touchdown of the night to cut the lead to 44-40 with plenty of time left in the fourth. In the ensuing drive, the Vikings were not able to stop the high flying offense of Alma. Kermmoade ran a sweep all the way to the end zone for a 24 yard touchdown to put the Cardinals up 52-40 and that would be it. Bertrand was not able to finish their last drive, and Alma picked up a couple first downs to seal the deal for their third win of the season.

For Bertrand, they ran 58 offensive plays for 332 total yards. 294 of those yards came on the ground with only 38 passing yards. Bertrand committed 11 penalties for 75 yards, 7/13 on third downs, 1/3 on fourth downs, and committed the one turnover. Kaps led the way with 23 rushes for 142 yards and 4 rushing touchdowns. Junior JC Kehr had 6 rushes for 79 yards and Bojorquez had 12 rushes for 52 yards and 1 touchdown.

For Alma, they ran 54 plays for 420 total yards. It was the opposite for the Cardinals, as 334 yards came through the air with only 86 rushing yards. Alma committed 9 penalties for 90 yards, 5/10 on third downs, 2/3 on fourth downs, and gave up three turnovers. Neal led the way, going 16-23 with 217 passing yards and 4 touchdowns. Biskup was 3-4 with 117 yards and a touchdown. Kermmoade led the way rushing with 8 rushes for 50 yards and a touchdown. Senior Peyton Herrick led the way receiving with 8 catches for 118 yards. Molzahn and Kermmoade both caught 2 touchdown passes as well.

Bertrand falls to 1-2 and will be at Dundy County-Stratton next week. Alma improves to 3-1 and will be at Arapahoe next week, that game can be heard on 880 KRVN beginning at 6:35 PM.

Source: Regional Sports