November 18, 2009

They played their hearts out and we are proud!

Lincoln Journal Star
Cedar Catholic stuns Cambridge in semi

By the Sioux City Journal | Posted: Tuesday, November 17, 2009 7:10 pm

HARTINGTON — Hartington Cedar Catholic scored two touchdowns in the final 2 minutes, 16 seconds, including the game-winning score with 0.6 seconds left, as the fourth-ranked Trojans rallied to beat Cambridge 26-20 in the Class C-2 semifinals on Tuesday.

Senior quarterback Justin Leise hit classmate Cody Klug seven times for a C-2 state playoff record 208 yards and two touchdowns, including the game-winner. The previous record was 206 yards set by Matt Davison of Tecumseh in 1996 against Hebron.

Klug broke free from a would-be tackler at the 20-yard-line and raced to the end zone, completing a play that covered 39 yards.

“He made a great spin move and got around the defenders,” Leise said.

Cedar Catholic senior Chad Koch was limited to 97 yards on 29 carries but did score from the 2 with 2:16 to play, capping a 16-play, 73-yard drive aided by a pass interference penalty.

After the Trojans tied the game on Koch’s two-point conversion scamper, Cedar Catholic (10-2) forced a three-and-out and took possession at its 34 with 30.8 seconds left.

Koch gained 11 yards on first down before Leise hooked up with Klug for 16 more, setting Cedar Catholic up for the last-second heroics.

Unranked Cambridge (8-4) dominated the first half, taking a 13-0 lead while outgaining Cedar Catholic 203-58. But the Trojans rolled up 270 yards of offense in the second half.

Leise passed for a season-high 230 yards. Gus Peterson rushed for 148 to lead Cambridge.

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