How could it get any better than this? Two top notch Class C-2 parochial schools with rich traditons clashing on a Saturday night when nobody else in the state was playing. The only game in town baby and Archbishop Bergan rolled into David City with a healthy team for the first time since fall practice opened and toppled the number one team in the state. The Knights did something that I have never witnessed in all the years I've watched a Ron Mimick coached David City Aquinas football team....take the opening kickoff, march down the field without throwing and pass and score. Bergan took a 14-0 lead, held off a furious Aquinas comeback and held on for a 20-14 victory. That win put the halts to an Aquinas' 27 game winning streak, the state's longest regardless of class. If you weren't on the edge of your seat for this one from start to finish, you just can't love high school football. What a game.
Fremont Bergan's 200 pound junior receiver/linebacker Adam Dykman came up with two critical plays on both sides of the ball to seal the win for the Knights.
The final yardage total for the two teams nearly matched with Aquinas edging Bergan by only a few yards, but the Knights came up with the winning drive after Aquinas tied the game at 14. After big Aquinas lineman Preston Smith booted the ensuing kickoff into the Knight end zone, Bergan promptly marched the ball from their own 20 to the Monarch 16. On a 4th and 5 from the 16 yard line it was Dykman that came up with the huge 7 yard reception that gave Fremont Bergan a first and goal. A couple plays later, workhorse Colton Brdicko blasted in for a 4 yard touchdown that gave the Knights the lead for good. The key play in that winning drive was a 62 yard screen pass to Brdicko.
Aquinas had one more shot with 36 seconds left, but a Bergan defender Wes LaBelle intercepted a Trey Semrad pass in the end zone on a 4th and 5 play to seal the win.
Fremont Bergan was led by fullback Tanner Boggs 69 yards rushing. HB Colton Brdicko wasn't far behind with 61 yards. The Knight's Tristen Logemann, a 170 pound junior, was 5 of 8 passing for a nifty 162 yards and TD. Aquinas was led by the duo of HB Matt Jacob and FB Alexander Reimers who had 79 and 80 unofficial rushing yards respectively. Monarch QB Trev Semrad was 5 of 16 for 124 yards and a TD, but suffered 3 interceptions by the opportunistic Bergan "D".
Fremont Bergan (1-1) will host 1-1 Weeping Water next Friday, while Aquinas (1-1) will host a salty 2-0 Elmwood-Murdock squad the same night.
.......and furthermore: David City Aquinas was missing their leading rusher Eric Kobza, who was out with an undisclosed injury. New Bergan head coach Seth Mruz, a former Knight stand-out himself, is off to a great start after taking over for long time Fremont Bergan head coach Ron Beacom. Mruz was one tough dude in his playing days.
.......and some closing notes: Long time friend Stu Pospisil, the outstanding Wrold-Herald Prep sports editor, informed me at halftime that FOUR number one teams went down this weekend. Millard West in Class A, Elkhorn in B, Norfolk Catholic in C-2, and David City Aquinas in C-2. That just may be a "first" in World-Herald ratings history........and remember, yesterday was Friday the 13th.
1st ----------FB Tanner Boggs 4 Run (Kick Failed)
2nd (9:43) FB Luke Walker 76 pass from Tristen Logemann (Dykman pass from Logemann)
2nd (:51) DCA Matt Jakub 64 Run (Smith kick)
4th (9:16) DCA Evan Kranda 66 pass from Semrad (Smith kick)
4th (6:24) FB Colton Brdicko 4 Run (Kick blocked by Matt Kindler)