Chargers in charge
It’s never easy to defeat a rival twice in one season. Especially when the games are played back to back.
That was the challenge for two-time defending Nebraska Six-Man Football champion Riverside (9-0) Friday night, as it hosted Spalding Academy in the first round of the 2016 state playoffs.
While the Chargers were able to take care of business with a 58-28 victory over Academy (6-3), they also paid a price. Senior star Noah Valasek suffered a broken collarbone early in the first half, an injury that will certainly affect Riverside as it advances to a semifinal contest at Silver Lake (8-1) this week.
St. Edward drops shootout
Playoff contests matching #4 vs. #5 seeds are anticipated to generally be close, even battles. Friday’s game between the #4 St. Edward Beavers and #5 Silver Lake Mustangs at St. Edward certainly followed that script.
St. Edward got off to a good start and early lead in the six-man first round playoff game, but in the end could not quite match the Mustangs’ offensive firepower in a 64-45 loss that ended the Beavers’ 6-3 season.
Silver Lake rallied from a 14-8 first-period deficit with three second-quarter touchdowns to lead 26-20 at halftime. The Mustangs nursed a 34-27 edge into the fourth quarter, then exploded for 30 points to improve to 8-1 and advance to a second-round playoff matchup with Nebraska Six-Man Football #1 Riverside.
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