North Platte St. Pat’s dominated the first half against Hershey on Friday and the Irish never looked back on their way to a 55-14 win at Knights of Columbus Field.

Jackson Roberts returned the opening kickoff to the Hershey 48 for St. Pat’s (7-1). After three plays, the Irish faced fourth down and inches. Gaven Nutter got the carry and he took it to the 20 to move the chains.

The Hershey defense then put St. Pat’s in another perilous situation with third and 13. But Roberts ran the ball to the five for first and goal. Nutter then put it in the end zone on the next play to put the Irish on top.

St. Pat’s held the Panthers to a three-and-out and when they got the ball again, quarterback Jack Heiss rolled out to his right and found Will Moats wide open for a 59-yard touchdown.

The Irish got the ball at the Hershey 12 for their next possession after Heiss returned Cooper Hill’s punt. The Panthers made St. Pat’s earn it but the Irish scored again when Heiss went over the top from the one on fourth down and it was 21-0 with 2:33 left in the first quarter.

Heiss scored again on a 14-yard run with a little over four minutes gone by in the second quarter to make it 28-0. Hershey then got into St. Pat’s territory for the first time when Hill found Kaden Thompson on a swing pass to the left side. The Panthers got another first down when the Irish were called for holding. But they lost yardage after that and they were forced to punt.

The ball was snapped over Hill on the punt and St. Pat’s took over at midfield. The Irish again powered the ball down the field and with 52 seconds left in the first half, Roberts scored from nine yards out.

On the next play from scrimmage, the ball was again snapped over Hill and Josh Davies recovered at the Panther 14. Then Heiss found Justin Schroll over the middle on a play-action pass to make it 42-0.

In the second half with the running clock, St. Pat’s scored another touchdown before Hershey finally got on the board when Hill found Thompson on the left side for a 32-yard touchdown. Then in the fourth quarter, the Panthers scored again when Hill rolled out to his right and hit Alex Brown for a 94-yard touchdown.

The Irish put another one in the end zone to finish the night and move into their final regular season game at Valentine (1-6) on Oct. 22.

Hershey will finish their season at home against Bridgeport (1-7) on Oct. 22.

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