Week One of the football season got underway across the state and every single RPAC team was in action. Check out the scores below in the MNB Realty Football Scoreboard.
Alma had an interesting second game of the season, to say the least. They started the game at 7:00 P.M. on Friday, went through a lightning delay, and then resumed on Saturday at 10:00 A.M. The game was tied at 14-14 with just over seven minutes to go in the first half when the lightning settled in. The teams decided then to wait until Saturday to play the rest of the game. From there, Alma took over the game and they were able to capture the win, 50-22. Alma is 2-0 and will play Thunder-Ridge, Kansas this week at home on Friday.
Arapahoe took on Arcadia-Loup City Friday evening and won by a large margin, 38-12. Arapahoe had a narrow lead a the half, 8-6, but in the second half really took over in the game. They scored 24 points in the third quarter to Arcadia-Loup City's six to lead 32-12 going into the final period. In the fourth, they scored once more to cap things off. It was a variety of Warriors who made a difference on the field as Trenton Roskop had 66 yards passing and a touchdown, and Will Cacy had 39 yards rushing and 37 yards receiving along with two total touchdowns for the Warriors. Hayden Sich had nine tackles to lead the Warriors. Arapahoe is 1-0 and will face Loomis this week at home, which is our RPAC Rundown Featured Matchup this Friday.
Bertrand ran into a solid Overton team on Thursday in Week One and couldn't keep up, losing 39-12. Bertrand led 6-0 after one quarter, but after that, Overton put up 20 points in the second quarter and led 20-12 at halftime. In the second half, the Eagles put up 19 points to Bertrand's zero. Bertrand is 0-1 and will face Elm Creek on the road this week on Friday.
Cambridge ran into the #1 team in Class D1 to start the season, North Plate St. Pat's, and lost at home, 35-0 after a lengthy weather delay. Cambridge found themselves down only a score after one quarter, but in periods two and three the Irish scored 28 points. Tye Stanton was effective for the Trojans on the ground with 67 yards rushing. Hunter Perks led the Trojans on defense with 10 tackles. Cambridge will hit the road and play Pleasanton on Thursday.
DCS played on Thursday against Sedgwick County, Colorado. The Tigers took care of business on the road, winning 32-14. The Tigers were steady scoring eight points in the first and second quarters. But in the second half, they struggled to get jump-started and went into the final period up 16-6. Fortunately for them, they scored a pair of times to secure the win. Sophomore Ethan Latta was electric, with 202 yards rushing and four touchdowns. He added 51 yards receiving too. The Tigers had three players with more than 10 tackles, Lane Brown with 13, Lane Bybee with 13, and Jackson Kerchal had 12. DCS is rated in the top 10 in D2 and played well to start the season at 1-0. They will face Perkins County on Friday.
Hitchcock County, looking to defend their 2022 State Championship victory, started the season with a bang, winning 54-12 over Bayard. This game was the RPAC Rundown Featured Matchup, so to view the game story click here. They are 1-0 and will play Sandhills-Thedford on Friday on the road.
Maxwell started the season strong with a 72-6 win over Morrill on Friday. It was an unorthodox boxscore for the Wildcats as they had four rushing touchdowns, one receiving touchdown, two fumble recoveries for touchdowns, an interception returned for a touchdown, a punt return for a touchdown, and a kick return for a touchdown. Tyce Cumming led Maxwell with 57 yards rushing and a touchdown. Kole Jones had 105 all-purpose yards and two touchdowns too. Maxwell is 1-0 and will play at Bridgeport on Friday.
Maywood-Hayes Center played on Thursday evening against soon-to-be conference member Sutherland in a nail-biter of a game. The Wolves were able to get the victory by a narrow margin, 26-22. According to MaxPreps, the Wolves had 216 yards of total offense and 176 of those came on the ground. Maywood-Hayes Center is now 1-0 on the season and will face South Loup on Friday.
Medicine Valley faced a Mullen squad who had things rolling on offense and defense in the season opener. Mullen was able to take down the Raiders by a final score of 55-14. The road doesn't get easier for Medicine Valley as they will battle against Overton on Friday.
What a start to the season for the Paxton Tigers. They took down Hays Springs by. a final score of 33-0. Tommy Markussen was efficient from the QB position as he was 4-6 with 34 yards and a touchdown. On the ground, Gunnar Foster was effective with 57 yards and two scores and Joe Eakins had 23 yards and a touchdown. "This was a great season opener for our boys. They did a great job of staying within themselves and playing through the rain. Our defense put us in great field position all night by giving us the short field to work with, which was key. We need to continue taking steps forward," said head coach Scott Jorgensen. Paxton is now 1-0 on the road on Thursday at Oshkosh to play Garden County.
Following a winless 2022 season, the Southern Valley Eagles got 2023 off to a strong start, winning against Sandhills Valley, 34-26. Southern Valley was led by Kamden Bose and his 98 yards passing and three touchdowns. He also added 31 yards rushing. His main receiver was Rian Grove as he had four catches for 26 yards and two scores. The Eagles were able to move the ball on the ground effectively too, as Kody Collins had 63 yards rushing and two touchdowns. The Eagles will look to keep things rolling as they play Ravenna on Friday.
Southwest found themselves on the road to begin the 2023 season as they played South Platte. The Roughriders were able to win big, 47-19. The Roughriders were led by a strong ground attack. Mitchell Stritt had 91 yards and a touchdown and Nathan Rippe had 93 yards rushing and four total touchdowns. Hunter Blume snarred two passes for six yards and a touchdown. Southwest is 1-0 and will have the week off before playing Wilcox-Hildreth on September 8th.
Wallace hosted Cody-Kilgore on Friday evening and fell in the matchup, 64-14. Head coach of the Wildcats, Eric Miller, had this to say about the loss. "They just out physicalled us and ran the ball very effectively. We struggled to get anything going offensively. Wallace will have a bye week and then play Garden County on September 8th.
Wauneta-Palisade faced Banner County and looked sharp as they won by a large margin, 39-10. The Broncos took no time getting rolling as they took a strong start and turned it into a win. They led 27-4 at halftime. And in the second half, they outscored their opponents 12-6 to capture the win. Blake Nickerson was excellent on the ground with 102 yards rushing and four touchdowns to lead the Broncos. On the defensive side, Nickerson had nine tackles and Grayden Sutherland had nine tackles. The Broncos are 1-0 and will play South Platte on Friday.