Knights spoil Wauneta-Palisade homecoming
By Diane Stamm
The Wauneta Breeze
The excitement of homecoming was not enough to propel the Wauneta-Palisade football and volleyball teams to wins over Eustis-Farnam Friday night.
EF overpowers Broncos
The Wauneta-Palisade football team opened the game against Eustis-Farnam with a promising drive. The tide quickly turned to the Knights’ favor and WP lost its homecoming contest, 0-44.
The Broncos completed five passes on its first possession, moving the ball from its own 25 yard line down to the EF four.
There, WP stalled when its fourth-down pass was knocked to the ground in the end zone.
EF took over and never looked back. The Knights scored six touchdowns in the game.
The Knights were a big, physical opponent for WP.
Co-Head Coach Joseph Frecks said the Broncos struggled to find consistency at the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball.
Rather than run at EF, the Broncos went to the air early in the game.
According to Coach Frecks, Co-Head Coach Randy Geier had a great game plan offensively going into the game. However as the physical game went on, WP had to look for yards any way it could find them. Several players were unable to finish the game for WP. The Broncos often had three freshmen in the offensive backfield during the second half.
Ty Duvel led WP in rushing with 130 yards on 20 carries, including a long of 52 yards.
Defensively, Frecks said the Broncos did some things well, but, again, consistency was a struggle.
“We will need to improve our tackling and discipline on defense before next week,” said Frecks.
Brody Nordhausen led WP with 17 total tackles.
Up next on the gridiron
WP will travel to Loomis Friday. The game will begin at 6 p.m. MT/7 p.m. CT. Loomis (6-0) is ranked fourth by the Omaha World Herald and 10th by the Lincoln Journal Star.
Coach Frecks said Loomis is a well-coached team.
“Loomis has an experienced team with good overall team speed,” Frecks said. “It will be a great opportunity to see how we can respond against another very good team.”
EF lost to Loomis 20-32 on Sept. 23.
WP’s regular season will wrap up Oct. 21 at home against Hitchcock County.
EF, Perkins County sweep WP volleyball team
The Wauneta-Palisade volleyball team’s record fell to 8-11 last week with losses to 10-10 Perkins County and 9-10 Eustis-Farnam.
The Broncos traveled to Grant Oct. 4 to take on the Plainsmen. WP was swept 15-25, 10-25, 14-25 by the C2 school.
WP Coach Terra Higgins said she thought her team looked tired on Tuesday.
“We did not pass the ball or serve very well, which are two very key elements,” Higgins said.
Friday WP took homecoming energy into the EF match.
Despite letting the Knights take a 2-6 lead early in the match, WP bounced back with Destiny Beacham and Reagan Skow serving to take a 11-9 lead.
EF closed the gap, however, tying the game at 11. WP refused to let the Knights pull away. With the game tied at 21, EF scored the final four points of the match to win 21-25.
WP responded by taking the lead in set two. EF rallied to pull ahead, 13-17. The Broncos had an answer and tied the game at 18. The Knights managed to stay a step ahead of the Broncos down the stretch and WP lost the second set 22-25.
EF stepped up its game in the final set, leading throughout. WP lost the set 18-25.
“The girls played with a lot of heart against Eustis-Farnam,” said Higgins. “They never gave up and continued to battle every set.”
Faith Simpson returned to lead WP with 13 kills on 28 attacks. Simpson also had seven blocks.
Emily Day had three blocks and six kills. Monique Gooden had five kills.
Reagan Skow notched three aces.
“It was great to have Faith back in the mix of things and we are looking forward to getting back to the rotation we started at the beginning of the year,” Higgins added.
Upcoming court action
WP (8-11) hosted Medicine Valley Tuesday night, then had nearly a week to prepare for the RPAC tournament, which will begin Monday, Oct. 17.
“We are looking forward to be able to get a lot of practice time in and improve our passing game,” said Higgins.
WP will travel to Benkelman for the first round of the RPAC tournament.
The Broncos will face Maxwell, 10-9, in the first round at 4:30 p.m. MT/5:30 p.m. CT. Winners will advance accordingly, with the semifinals, consolation game and championship game being played Tuesday in McCook.
Higgins said Maxwell is a tall team, so the Broncos will have to be prepared to hit around the big block.
Wallace (11-2) earned top seed in the West Bracket. The Wildcats are sixth in Class D2 points. Dundy County-Stratton (13-4) was the second seed.
On the east side, Southern Valley (16-2) and Cambridge (15-5) were the first and second seeds, respectively.
WP’s regular season will wrap up with Hitchcock County at home on Friday, Oct. 21 and Wallace at home on Tuesday, Oct. 25.
The D2-8 subdistrict tournament will be played Oct. 31 and Nov. 1 at McCook High School. Teams in the subdistrict include Elwood, Eustis-Farnam, Maywood-Hayes Center and Wallace.