Published Tuesday, November 12, 2013 at 9:06 pm / Updated at 9:07 pm
Hemingford advances to state semifinals

ELM CREEK — The history-making run by the Hemingford football team will continue into the semifinal round.

The Bobcats, playing in their first-ever quarterfinal game of the Class D-1 state playoffs, posted a 20-7 win over Elm Creek on Tuesday afternoon in Elm Creek. The victory improved Hemingford to 11-0 on the season and advances the Bobcats into a semifinal showdown with top seeded and fellow unbeaten Overton on Monday in Overton.

"It’s a pretty special time in Hemingford right now for not only our team and our coaching staff and everybody involved with the football team, but also for our school and our community," Hemingford coach Jordan Haas said. "Big runs like this don’t happen very often and it’s nice for everybody to be part of it."

Hemingford quarterback Matthew Wood tossed three touchdowns in the contest.

After falling behind 7-0 when Elm Creek’s Hayden Geis scored on a 42-yard run in the opening quarter, the Bobcats methodically took control of the game as play progressed. Wood hooked up with Brady Turek for a 4-yard touchdown in the second quarter to pull Hemingford within 7-6 at halftime. That score gave the Bobcats plenty of momentum entering the second half of play.

"If you look at the boxscore it looks like we had a slow start, but our first few offensive series we moved the ball up and down the field and just kind of stalled out," Haas said. "Our defense kept us in the game in the first half. We made some adjustments at halftime, got into a rhythm a little bit, and were able to make some things happen."

It didn’t take the Bobcats long to break on top for the first time following intermission. Wood connected for a 6-yard touchdown with Kyle Kaman early in the third quarter to give Hemingford its first lead of the game. Ethan Skinner’s conversion run gave the Bobcats a 14-7 advantage.

Hemingford took full control of the contest later in the third when Wood tossed a 14-yard touchdown pass to Colt Foster to push the Bobcats’ lead to 20-7.

The few drives Elm Creek tried to put together in the second half were thwarted by interceptions by the Bobcats.

"Once we settled into a rhythm, we were able to control the game," Haas said. "We liked our match ups with them. At this point in the year everybody has kids who can make plays and are great football players. That’s going to be no different moving on."

Tuesday’s contest was the first road game of the playoffs for Hemingford after opening postseason play with a pair of blowout wins in the first two rounds. As much as the Bobcats would have enjoyed playing at home again next week, they’re just excited about the opportunity to continue their season.

"At this point we’ll play wherever they tell us to play," Haas said. "We’re still playing football."

Hemingford (11-0) 0 6 14 0 — 20
Elm Creek (9-2) 7 0 0 0 — 7

Scoring Summary
First Quarter
EC — Hayden Geis 42 run (Devon Halliwell kick)
Second Quarter
H — Brady Turek 4 pass from Matthew Wood (Run failed)
Third Quarter
H — Kyle Kaman 6 pass from Wood (Ethan Skinner run)
H — Colt Foster 14 pass from Wood (Run failed)

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