Arcadia-Loup City scored three touchdowns in the fourth quarter on Friday to beat North Platte St. Pat's 43-29 at Knights of Columbus Field in the opening game of the football season."They started to wear us down," St. Pat's coach Kevin Dodson said. "They've got a nice offensive line. They're really physical running backs. I think by the time the fourth quarter rolled around, they were putting it to us pretty good."
St. Pat's led 22-8 at halftime before Arcadia-Loup City scored a touchdown in the third quarter to pull within one possession.
"I thought (the first half) was great," Dodson said. "We took advantage of some plays on special teams. Our first play from scrimmage was an 87-yard touchdown run by James (Schroll) and our special teams played a role. We were happy with that but we still didn't have any consistency in our offensive drives. We challenged them on that and we wanted to see some improvement in the second half and we weren't able to get that done."
With a little under 10 minutes left in the game, Tige Calleroz broke loose for a 66-yard touchdown run for Arcadia-Loup City. But attempting to take the lead on the two-point conversion, Caden Kusek caught Macrae Maschka's pass out of bounds and the Irish were still up.
Then on the kickoff, Jacob Swift fielded a squib kick on the left side right in front of the 20 and with an escort of blockers, he took it all the way for a touchdown and it was an eight-point game after Ben Vyzourek kicked the PAT.
But Arcadia-Loup City couldn't be stopped and they powered the ball down the field in a minute and a half with Kusek scoring fron 16-yards out. The Rebels then tied it at 29 when Calleroz ran in the two-point conversion.
On the following drive, James Schroll carried the ball to the Rebel 35 on a gain of 21. But the Irish couldn't get any further and they gave the ball back to Arcadia-Loup City.
The Rebels marched down the field again and they took the lead with just under four minutes left on a 16-yard run by Calleroz. Kusek got the call on the two-point conversion and punched it in for the eight-point lead.
St. Pat's wasn't able to get anything done on what was their final possession. On fourth down, quarterback Tyler Heiss was sacked by Ethan Goc.
Backed up deep in their own territory, the Irish defense forced the Rebels to a third down and they used both of the timeouts they had left in hopes of getting an opportunity to tie the game.
But Kusek scored again on a touchdown from 12 yards out with 46.7 seconds to put the game away.
"I thought we did some things fairly well throughout the game," Dodson said. "We weren't consistent enough in our effort."