Football team still unbeaten
Swedes move to 5-0 with win over Cozad.
COZAD—So far, there hasn’t been too much hoop-la around the 2010 Gothenburg football team.
The Swedes have somewhat quietly worked their way to a 5-0 record on the season moving up Class C-1’s state rankings to No. 6 this week in the Omaha World-Herald.
This is not a quiet football team, though, and as the wins continue to pile up, the noise becomes a little louder from the sidelines and the stands.
“We’re getting better week after week,” said coach Craig Haake. “We want to put ourselves in a position for a district title.”
A 41-19 win over Cozad on Friday moves Gothenburg to the top of the C1 District 9 standings, 3.8 power points ahead of second-place Broken Bow.
The 3-2 Indians come to town this week for Gothenburg’s homecoming game.
Haake said he’d just as well not have homecoming and avoid all the distractions it causes for players.
Since that’s not possible, Haake said the Swedes will prepare for this game just like they do every other, hoping to make the homecoming celebration extra sweet with a victory.
Cozad started it’s homecoming game in style last week with an 80-yard run on the first play of the game.
Haake said busted coverage allowed the long run to inside the Gothenburg 1 yard line.
The Swedes held Cozad out on the next play and then Haake said a Haymaker fumble in the endzone that Gothenburg players thought was going their way ended up being ruled a touchdown.
Pedro Garcia kicked the PAT to give Cozad an early 7-0 lead.
The advantage didn’t last long, though, as Gothenburg marched the field scoring on a 9-yard pass from Jackson Graham to Tannor Mroczek.
Trent Long kicked the PAT to tie the score.
Early in the second quarter, Mroczek broke loose on an option pitch play from Graham.
“Mroczek hit the corner and was gone,” Haake said of the 53-yard run.
Another PAT kick by Long gave the Swedes a 14-7 advantage.
Before the second quarter ended, Gothenburg tried the pitch play to Mroczek again and he scored on a 5-yard run. A Long PAT put the Swedes up 21-7 at halftime.
“Jackson ran the option well all night,” Haake said, “and he threw well too without a turnover.”
The Swedes came out in the second half in the shotgun but were forced to punt on the first possession of the third quarter.
The Haymakers scored on their first series of the second half on a 20-yard pass from Micah Neill to Jed Paulsen. The kick failed but Cozad had closed the gap to 21-13.
Gothenburg went three-and-out again but held Cozad on the next drive.
Tanner Schwanz fielded the punt and returned it 40 yards to set up a 3-yard scoring run by Logan Sheets off the left side of the line. Long’s PAT kick made it
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