(Plattmsouth) – Plattsmouth football picked up their second straight win last Friday night, using the tried and tested running game, defense and special team formula employed by many Blue Devils teams of the past.
Coach Curtis Larsen’s team found their way to a 13-10 win over Mount Michael Benedictine and grabbed a field goal from senior Parker Aughenbaugh late in the fourth period to level the difference.
“Our last two successful years in finding ways to win (helped us),” said Larsen. “With a narrow win, our boys showed that they are really brave and did really, really well. I love these guys and they fight hard for each other. Sometimes that’s all you could wish for.”
The win for the Blue Devils (2-2) was their second straight win following a win over Lincoln Northwest last Friday.
“Our guys just go well together,” said Larsen. “Both of these classes – the juniors and seniors – learned how to do it with the guidance that they had before them. I’m just so proud of these guys.”
Plattsmouth has rushed for 790 yards in four games, led by junior Ethan Walker’s 285 yards and five touchdowns, while junior Preston Villamonte has 274 yards passing and two touchdowns.
“When teams play against us, they know that we will be in front physically,” said Larsen. “We don’t shy away from being the most physical team on Friday night. We learned that from (retired coach Bob Dzuris) by playing and coaching for him. He’s a really, really smart guy when it comes to physicality and that’s what it takes in Class B football.”
Coach Larsen’s group went on Friday evening against Beatrice (1:3) for the third win in a row. The Orangemen have losses to Gross Catholic, Waverly and Skutt Catholic and a loss win to Lincoln Northwest.
“They know they’ve traditionally been known for being big up front,” said Larsen. “It’s something they have. They’re a certain size, and they like to keep the ball fairly grounded. Your running back already has over 100 carries in three games and it will be important to be able to tackle well. It will be extremely important to be able to win up front.”
Beatrice senior running back Deegan Nelson has been very active with 103 deaths for 466 touchdowns. He has rushed for 100 yards in two of the three games Beatrice has played.
“We have to keep the drives going,” Larsen said. “To be able to keep their offense off the field and to be able to do what we do (is important). We have to get points there. We tried three fields and made two last week and just getting into position and giving ourselves a chance to score (that’s key). Hopefully we can get a little more than the 13 points we scored last week.”
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