McLouth football rolls by Nemaha Valley in opener
The McLouth High football team got the start it was looking for in a 32-6 win over Nemaha Valley last Friday at the Stan Braksick Sports Complex.
Senior quarterback Marc Walbridge opened his final campaign by throwing for 128 yards and two touchdowns and running for another in the win. The Bulldogs (1-0) jumped out to a 12-0 lead at the end of the first quarter and never allowed the Raiders (0-1) to mount a comeback.
Walbridge opened scoring in the first quarter when he hooked up with fellow senior Dakota Cop for a 41-yard touchdown pass. The fourth-year starter then added a one-yard scoring run to give MHS a two-score lead at the end of the opening period.
Senior Wyatt Farris recorded the only points of the second quarter when he tackled a Nemaha Valley ball carrier in the end zone for a safety, and the Bulldogs took a 14-0 advantage into the locker room at halftime.
McLouth extended its lead to 18 points when junior Drew Cerny scored on an eight-yard run in the third quarter. NVHS answered later in the period with a 58-yard touchdown pass from Alex Rottinghaus to Justice McKernan, but that's all the points the Raiders could manage.
Cerny closed out the game with a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns — one on the ground and another through the air. He broke free for an 18-yard touchdown run, then hauled in a 26-yard scoring strike from Walbridge.
The Bulldogs will hit the road Friday for a Delaware Valley League clash with Doniphan West in Highland. The Mustangs dropped their season opener to Wathena-Riverside, 32-27.
The Bulldogs didn't face Doniphan West last season, but both teams went undefeated in DVL play. Friday's kickoff is set for 7 p.m.