Published On: Wed, Nov 2nd, 2011

Rematch: Cedar vs. Knights

HARTINGTON — Cedar Catholic has long awaited this Wednesday’s playoff match-up against the Oakland-Craig Knights.
The Knights defeated Cedar for a 20-13 come-from-behind victory in the second game of the season last September.
The Trojans are a totally different team, now, however.

Back in September, the offensive and defensive lines were still learning to play together as younger players and Hartington Public transfer student Andrew Lorenz were thrown into the line up. Some athletes were also learning new positions as defensive lineman Tyler Loberg made the transition from tackle to linebacker.
Senior Logan Weinandt, an All-District player as a Junior, was not able to suit up for that game, either.
After dropping the nailbiter, the Trojans went on to win seven straight games. The team is looking forward to the rematch.
“Our kids are very excited to get an opportunity to play against Oakland again.  We know we had some opportunities to beat them the last time we played and we are hoping we can avenge that loss,” Cedar Catholic Coach Chad Cattau said.
The Trojans do not have an easy task against the undefeated Knights, however. The Oakland-Craig offense leads all Class C2 teams this year averaging 407 yards per contest.
Defending state champion and undefeated Hastings St. Cecillia is second in the state, churning out   391 yards per contest this season.
Cedar’s offense is also pretty potent this season, racking up 367 yards per game — the fifth-best average in the state.
The Cedar offense is led by senior I-Back Keenan Sudbeck, who has carried the ball for 1,267 yards so far this season. Sudbeck has broken several big runs this year, including a 92-yarder in last week’s win over Stanton. He now averages just under nine yards per carry.
The Knights are led by Michael Enstrom, who finished the regular season with 1,044 yards on just 126 carries, an average of  over eight yards per carry.
Both teams also feature solid aerial attacks. Oakland-Craig quarterback Quinn Charling has connected on 59 percent of his pass attempts this season for 610 yards.
Cedar senior quarterback Kyle Klug has a 67 completion rate on the year. He has thrown the ball for 1,031 yards this season.
Cattau said his team will have to play a solid four-quarter game to have a chance to win.
“They do everything so well on offense, defense, and special teams so we know we have to be sound in every aspect of the game,” he said. “We also need to play very smart and not beat ourselves by making crucial mistakes.  Our team has improved a lot this season and I look forward to seeing how we match up against one of the top teams in the state.”

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