LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Cayden Owens ran for three touchdowns and passed for two more, leading unranked Burwell to its first state football championship with a 47-18 victory over No. 2 West Point Guardian Angels Central Catholic in the Class D1 final Monday.
Burwell (11-2), which lost in the state championship game last year, won nine straight after a 2-2 start. The Bluejays (12-1) made it to the final for the first time since 2011 despite having three linemen suffer season-ending injuries.
Tori Huffman, who came into the game with 2,104 yards and 31 touchdowns, ran for 161 yards and a TD on 26 carries. Owens ran 21 times for 105 yards and completed 6 of 10 passes for 66 yards.
The Guardian Angels’ Nolan Plagge hit 14 of 28 passes for 273 yards and a touchdown, but he was sacked four times. Jared Minnick was held to 31 yards and one touchdown on 15 carries. Because of the sacks, the Bluejays had a net minus-32 yards on the ground.