SHICKLEY, NE – In many ways, Friday’s game looked like business as usual for Bruning-Davenport/Shickley.
The Eagles (8-0) ran for 324 yards as a team, and dominated Thayer Central 46-12 in the regular season finale for both teams on Friday night.
BDS, who’s finished undefeated in the last two regular seasons, has beaten its opposition by an average of 35 points this season. So, Friday’s result may look somewhat pedestrian, but the victory marked a few milestones.
Most notably, it was co-head coach Chris Ardissono’s 200th career win. Ardissono has been coaching high school football since 1993. Along with co-head coach Mark Rotter, BDS’ staff boasts a 171-26 record after Friday’s game.
This most recent victory also extended BDS’ current win streak to 21, and the Eagles picked up their fourth consecutive district title.
BDS got on the board less than three minutes into the game when senior and first-team all-state quarterback John Christensen took off down the sideline on a 60-yard touchdown to give the Eagles an early lead.
Christensen finished with three carries, 87 yards and the score. He injured his right leg on the next drive, however and didn’t return after. Christensen had his right knee iced and wrapped in the second quarter.
Junior Dylan Domeier stepped in and performed well, carrying the ball 19 times for 109 yards and a touchdown. Dohmeier was also 4-of-6 through the air for 57 yards.
Four different Eagles ended up scoring touchdown. Sophomore Dalton Kleinschmidt, who also saw a number of reps at quarterback finished with 16 carries, 78 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
Senior Heath Calvert achieved 21 yards and a touchdown on four carries. In total, nine seniors played their final, regular season home game in Shickley on Friday.
For Thayer Central, the loss ended an impressive four-game winning streak. Sophomore quarterback Logan Wiedel led the Titans in defeat, completing 17-of-32 passes for 193 yards and a touchdown.
Senior Phillip Price was Wiedel’s top target Friday, finishing with a career-high seven catches for 72 yards and a touchdown. Price’s 30-yard TD reception early in the second quarter were the only points Thayer Central scored in the first half.
BDS led 32-6 at the break.
While Thayer Central had its moments throwing the ball, the Titans mustered only 23 net rushing yards. They also struggled on third down, converting only three out of 10 attempts.
Both teams have qualified for postseason. BDS’ wildcard rank entering Friday was No. 10, while Thayer Central’s was No. 26. State football playoff brackets will be released on Saturday morning.
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