By admin       2018-09-24

Chandler Cotton rushed for 126 yards on 32 carries and scored three touchdowns as Papillion-La Vista South defeated Lincoln Northeast 33-19 on Friday night at Seacrest Field. “He’s a good runner,” Papillion-La Vista South coach Tim Clemenger said. “He can do different things. He has some speed, he’s a tough kid, and he wants the ball every play. We knew he would have a lot of carries tonight.” Cotton, a 195-pound senior who lines up often in the wildcat formation, used cutting moves to carve out yards. When the holes weren’t there, he showed a level of toughness that matched Northeast’s physical defense. “They do a nice job in finding a lot of ways to get (Cotton) the football,” Northeast coach Shane Zimmerman said. “Whether it’s in the wildcat or pitching to him. He makes the offense go and he runs hard. Towards the end we started to get some things figured out and got guys rounded up, but by then it was too late.” In addition to Cotton, the Rockets also faced poor field position in a first quarter that was played on their side of the field. South started drives on the Rockets’ 20 and 25. Cotton scored his first touchdown with 4:37 left in the opening quarter on a 15-yard run, while Chase Norblade returned a punt 46 yards for the Patriots’ first score. A 10-yard punt on Northeast’s next possession helped set up Cotton’s scoring run. “We dug ourselves a first-half hole,” Zimmerman said. “Every time we got something going, we found a way to shoot ourselves in the foot, so we have to clean those things up. I take responsibility for the field position. I coach special teams, so that was on me.” The Rockets (3-2) showed some offensive spark late in the first quarter when Caleb Kyes recovered a South fumble on the Patriots’ 33-yard line. On first down, Northeast quarterback Shadon Shannon connected with Jakobi Rose, who made an acrobatic catch before falling into the end zone. Shannon and Rose hooked up again late in the game on a 30-yard scoring play, but Northeast’s rally fell short as Cotton and South quarterback Connor Crandall keyed an efficient South (3-2) offense. “We challenged our kids to be physical this week and they came out right away and did that,” Clemenger said. “We knew Northeast was a physical team and we wanted to match that.” Northeast’s offense, held to just 94 total yards in the first half, showed signs of life in the second half as tough running by Nick Halleen and Rose’s catches were the highlights. Halleen, a 175-pound junior, finished with 117 yards rushing on 16 carries. Shannon, who threw three interceptions, completed 13 of 28 passes for 163 yards and two touchdowns. Rose led all receivers with five catches for 86 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

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