WAKEFIELD – Due to school numbers the Wakefield Trojan football team took the penalty of not being eligible for the playoffs in eight-man Class D1, but Thursday night was Wakefield’s state title match.
A battle for the District Champion was on the line in Wakefield as #2/#1 Creighton visited the #7 Trojans.
It was a special teams battle in the first quarter as Wakefield trailed by a score, but the second and fourth quarters were all Creighton in a 70-38 win. Creighton improves to 6-0 on the season and have not lost a regular season game since the start of the 2016 season at Neligh-Oakdale (72-44). Wakefield falls back to 5-1 overall.
First quarter scores came right off the first offensive series from Creighton when senior running back Bryce Zimmerer scored his first of five total touchdowns on the night from 10 yards out.
Wakefield answered immediately with a 65-yard kickoff return for a touchdown by junior Dylon Harder, but Creighton did the same on the ensuing kickoff from sophomore Thad Hazen. Junior Esgar Godinez of Wakefield would return a kickoff for a touchdown in the first quarter while Hazen brought another return to the house in the second.
Godinez accounted for a 15-yard rushing touchdown in the first quarter as well for Wakefield.
Other first quarter Creighton scores found junior quarterback Derek Wortman connecting with Zimmerer on a three-yard touchdown pass as Zimmerer added another rushing touchdown this time from 15 yards out.
Score after the opening quarter saw Creighton leading 26-18.
The Bulldogs would add to their lead in the second quarter when Zimmerer carried the ball in for another rushing touchdown. The Trojans did convert on a passing touchdown of 23 yards from junior quarterback Solomon Peitz finding senior tight end Julio Sanchez in the back of the end zone.
Creighton led at the half 40-24.
It was a low-scoring third quarter as each team scored once. Wakefield used a 64-yard passing touchdown from Pietz to Harder while Creighton’s Zimmerer carried the ball in for another rushing touchdown to make the score 48-30 entering the fourth quarter.
Creighton would add three more touchdowns in the fourth in the winning efforts. Wortman connected with senior wideout Noah Lilly for two touchdowns (16/21 yards) as Wortman scored on a rushing touchdown. Wakefield didn’t give up in the end as Pietz found freshman Justin Erb for a late score.
Creighton will next host Plainview while Wakefield will be back at home on Friday, October 13 when Laurel-Concord-Coleridge comes to town.