STANTON, NE — Dylan Kautz scored five touchdowns in the first half and Norfolk Catholic beat Stanton 56-12 on Friday night.
The Mustangs started the game with the football and managed two first down. Then, they gave the ball away on a fumbled pitch play and the Knights took over. Kautz punched in the first score from 15 yards out on his second carry.
Five minutes later, Kautz scored on another 15-yard run to make it 14-0. The Knights added another quick score two minutes later on a 25-yard scamper to add to their lead. Norfolk Catholic started each of its first three drives on Stanton’s side of the field.
The Knights netted their second interception of the quarter with about two minutes remaining. Fullback Evan Smith cashed in with a 13-yard score to make it 28-0 after one quarter.
Kautz tallied two more rushing touchdowns before the end of the half. Stanton recorded its first touchdown just before halftime. Quarterback Marcus Spotanski completed a screen pass to wide receiver Sutton Pohlman who took it 26 yards in for the score.
The Knights cruised in the second half and their reserves managed two touchdowns. Morghan Prusa caught a four-yard pass from Spotanski for Stanton’s lone second half score.
Norfolk Catholic forced four first-half turnovers and led by five touchdowns at the break. Quarterbacks Cayden Cunningham and Nate Brungardt split time during the game. Cunningham had more success passing while Brungardt registered more rushing yards.
Kautz finished with 15 carries for 166 yards and five touchdowns. Smith rushed for 34 yards and a touchdown on six carries.