Published On: Thu, Oct 27th, 2011

Cedar, Stanton set to kick off at 6 p.m.

HARTINGTON — Cedar Catholic and Stanton will tee it up at 6 p.m. Thursday in first-round action of the Nebraska Class C2 High School Playoffs.

This wil mark the third post-season meeting between the two teams, with each team earning a win in the previous meetings.

The last time the two teams met on the football field, Cedar earned a 14-7 win over the Mustangs at Russ Hochstein Field. The Trojans went on to compile a 10-2 record that year, falling 7-0 to Wakefield in the State Semifinal game.

This year’s game is expected to be another battle.

Cedar has a distinct home-field advantage in this one. The Trojans are 35-8 at Russ Hochstein Field since the facility opened in 2004.

Cedar Catholic Coach Chad Cattau said his team must stop Stanton’s potent ground attack if they hope to beat the always-tough Mustangs.

“Stanton is a team that really likes to run a ball control offense.  They do a very good job of running their double wing concepts to their advantage.  They look pretty physical on film so we’ll have to make sure we’re well prepared for what they will do.  They will run the ball most of the time, but they will mix in enough play action passes to keep the defense honest,” Coach Cattau said.

The Cedar Catholic defense is led by senior Tyler Loberg, who switched from the defensive line into a linebacking spot this season. Loberg has 110 tackles on the year. Defensive tackles Connor Wieseler and Andrew Lorenz are tied for second place on the team in tackles with 80 each.

The Cedar offense is led by senior Keenan Sudbeck, who has rushed for 957 yards so far this season. Senior quarterback Kyle Klug has thrown the ball for 939 yards to date.

Stanton’s offense is paced by Spencer Nickolite, who is averaging 125 yards per carry this season. Adam Krentz leads the team in receptions, garnering nearly 200 yards so far this season.

Nickolite also leads the defense, averaging 15 tackles per contest.