LINCOLN – The Oakland-Craig football team defeated Sutton 19-0 for the Class C2 State Championship on Tuesday at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, as aired on 107.9 The Bull.
Both teams traded punts early on, before Oakland-Craig scored on their second offensive possession of the game, a one-yard QB sneak by Colton Thomsen. The two-point conversion missed, and the Knights led 6-0 with 4:53 in the first quarter.
Both teams punted multiple times, and were turned away on fourth down tries for the remainder of the half, and Oakland-Craig led 6-0 at the intermission.
The Knights started the third quarter with the football and ended the drive with a 23-yard touchdown run by Jaron Meyer. The two-point try was no good, and the Knights led 12-0 with 9:59 in the third.
Both teams again traded failed fourth down conversion attempts and punts, and the score was 12-0 at the end of the third quarter.
Sutton was pinned back at their own one yard line after an Oakland-Craig punt, and were unable to pick up a first down, giving the Knights a great starting spot, at the Mustang 43.
The Knights were able to use up over six minutes of clock, while finishing off the drive with a 14-yard scoring run by Ian Lundquist on a fourth-and-11 play. The PAT was good, and Oakland-Craig led 19-0 with 1:12 left in the game.
The Mustangs were moving the ball on their final possession, before the Knights recovered a fumble to end the game, preserving the finals score of Oakland-Craig 19, Sutton 0.
For Oakland-Craig, Lundquist finished with 20 carries for 77 yards and a touchdown, Meyer had 13 carries for 93 yards and a score, and Colton Thomsen had five carries for 52 yards and a touchdown.
The Knights out-gained the Mustangs 295-154, with 292 rushing yards.
Oakland-Craig ends the season a perfect 13-0 and as the Class C2 State Champion.