Published On: Fri, Oct 28th, 2011

Cedar stampedes past Mustangs, 42-12

HARTINGTON — The  Cedar Catholic Trojans withstood some early turnovers to top the Stanton Mustangs 42-12 in first-round Class C2 playoff action here Thursday.
The win sets up a second-round rematch against Oakland-Craig. Next Wednesday’s playoff contest will be a rematch of the Sept. 9 meeting between the two teams.
Oakland-Craig earned a 20-13 come-from-behind win in that one.

Keenan Sudbeck scored several touchdowns and racked up a career-best 313 yards to lead the Cedar offense. He had 120 yards in the first half alone, and picked up another 92 yards with a  92-yard TD dash with 1:50 left in the third quarter.
“It’s so exciting to see (Keenan) healthy for a full season. We have known since he started high school how special he could be, and he’s finally able to prove it,” Cedar Catholic Coach Chad Cattau said. “He has really run hard all year, and he has improved his running and patience each week.  We’ve really been able to rely on him when we’ve needed him this season.”
Cedar opened the contest with a seven-play, 73-yard scoring drive. Keenan Sudbeck did the bulk of the work as he picked up 43 yards on four carries on the drive including a 21-yard TD run. Frank Herbolsheimer also hauled in a short pass and ran for 14 yards in the drive and Logan Weinandt broke free on a 14-yard gainer before Sudbeck found a seam and dashed into the endzone for the game’s first score.
Stanton responded with a seven-play scoring drive of its own, ending with a two-yard Spencer Nickolite TD run with 6:45 left in the opening frame.
The two teams traded punts after that before Cedar put together another solid drive, this one a six-pla  73-yarder that ended with a 40-yard Keenan Sudbeck TD run with 2:58 left in the first quarter. Frank Herbolsheimer found the endzone on the conversion play to give Cedar the 14-6 first-quarter lead.
Cedar opened the second quarter with a good drive, as well, but the Trojans were kept out of the endzone when a Kyle Klug pass was picked off by Stanton.
The Mustangs then drove deep into Cedar territory, but the drive began stall out and the Mutangs were forced to go for it on fourth down. Cedar’s Logan Weinandt raced around the end and came up with a huge play to end the drive with his quarterback sack.
The Mustangs kept fighting, though, and scored when
Coach Cattau was pleased with his team’s effort.
“I thought our kids really did an excellent job of adjusting to what Stanton was giving us on defense,” Cattau said.  “Our guys are all veterans so they can make those changes quickly and they can also do it on their own.
The Trojans countered by launching another ground attack as Frank Herbolsheimer had a short gainer and Sudbeck had several big runs to put together a 63-yard scoring drive. Sudbeck again found the endzone to end the drive. This time picking up 23 yards on a fourth-and-two play.
“I was pretty pleased with what we were able to do.  We figured that they would get some yards and make some plays, but we needed to move on and go to the next play.  The kids did a great job of recognizing what we were going to get through our reads and progressions,” Cattau said.
Cedar put the game away in the second half with three more scores.  A 36-yard Keenan Sudbeck run with just over seven minutes left in the third quarter made the score  26-12.
Stanton followed that up with a solid drive of its own, but the Trojans stopped them on a goal line stand to keep them from scoring and get the ball back deep in their own territory.
Two plays later Sudbeck broke free on the 92 yarder.
“The goal line stand was a great turning point in this game.  We made some excellent defensive plays on that stand and then we scored two plays later to really take the momentum for good,” Cattau said.
Stanton         6    6    0    0    — 12
Cedar Catholic    14    6    8    14    — 42

Stanton    Cedar Catholic
First downs        14            17
Rushing        288        335
Passing        0-4    -0        6-10-92
Total plays        60            45
Total offense        288        427
Fumbles – lost    3-2            1-1
Penalties – yds    5-30        6-45
possession        27:38        20:22
Punts – avg        3-34.0        3-29.7

Cedar – Keenan Sudbeck, 25-313; Logan Weinandt, 1-14; Nick Uhing, 4; Frank Herbolsheimer, 1-3; Kyle Klug, 4-1.

Cedar – Kyle Klug, 6-10-92. Stanton – Michael Eberly, 0-4.

Cedar – Grant Dickes, 1-31; Zach Wuebben, 1-23; Logan Weinandt, 1-19; Frank Herbolsheimer, 2-13; Keenan Sudbeck, 1-6.

Cedar – Tyler Loberg, 20; Nick Uhing, 15; Mathew Leise, 11; Logan Weinandt, 10; Eric Kruse, 9; Keenan Sudbeck, 8; Frank Herbolsheimer, 7;  Andrew Lorenz, 7; Grant Dickes, 7; Taylor Kathol, 7; Zach Wuebben, 6; Danny Loecker, 4; Kellyn Dump, 3; Kyle Klug, 2; Cody Lammers, 2; Kraig Sudbeck, 2;