Diane Stamm | Johnson Publications

Caid Doetker fights to clear the goal line for a two-point converstion against Dundy County-Stratton.

Broncos tackle Tigers, 30-26; host Med. Valley Friday

    Even Mother Nature couldn’t stop the Wauneta-Palisade football team Friday at Dundy County-Stratton.
    Despite a 45-minute lightning delay, WP held off a late Tigers rally to bring home a 30-26 win over the Class D1 school.
    Neither team could claim to have played an error free game.
    WP opened the game with a three-and-out, punting the ball to DCS to finish the Broncos opening series.
    DCS was called for a hold on its first offensive play and gave up a sack to Duncan Rector three plays later. The Tigers struggled with the quarterback-center exchange throughout the evening and a poor snap, combined with a block in the back, turned the ball back to the Broncos.
    WP was unable to capitalize, however, fumbling the ball two plays later.
    Another hold on DCS moved the Tigers back, but that meant Serbando Diaz just had to run an extra nine yards on his ??70-yard touchdown run with 6:35 left in the first quarter.
    WP’s ensuing drive stalled out as the Broncos’ running game sputtered.
    Turning the ball back to DCS after a failed fourth-down conversion, the teams combined for two penalties on five plays before DCS fumbled on the sixth play.
    WP took over on its own 20-yard line and steadily moved down the field behind backs Dennis Cavanaugh, Austen Rozelle, Dalton Harchelroad and Ty Duvel. As the game moved from the first quarter into the second, the Broncos’ running game drove to the three-yard line, before Dennis Cavanaugh plowed into the endzone.
    DCS once more fumbled away its ensuing possession, but the Broncos were unable to take advantage, stalling out on fourth down.
    The teams traded turnovers, a DCS fumble for a WP interception, before the Tigers capped a 37-yard drive with a five-yard touchdown pass on fourth down.
    Taking over with two minutes left in the half, WP drove to the DCS 16. With 1:17 remaining, WP threw three-straight incomplete passes and turned the ball over to DCS with 1:09 on the clock.

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