Chants Punch Ticket To State

ORD- The 10-0 Ord Chanticleer football team home for the semifinal round of the 2020 Class C2 playoffs to take on the Oakland-Craig Knights. In a much-anticipated matchup, the Chanticleers got stuffed on their first drive and were forced to punt. The Chanticleer defense would bow their neck and force Oakland Craig to punt on their 1st possession. Backed up inside the 10-yard line Tommy Stevens broke a long run of 67 yards down to the 25-yard line. Four plays later Tommy Stevens scored on a 1-yard run. The Oakland-Craig Knights took the next possession of the quarter and marched down the field scoring on a 3-yard touchdown from Caden Nelson. The Chanticleers would answer back and score on a 3-yard touchdown run by Zach Smith. At the end of the 1st quarter, it was the Chanticleers 14-7. The OC Knights would not go away as they would get the first score of the 2nd quarter on a 3-yard touchdown run and tie the game at 14-14. The Chants found a way to punch it in the endzone one more time before halftime on a 9 yard run from Tommy Stevens. The Chanticleers would go into the half up 21-14. On the first possession of the 2nd half, the Chanticleer defense forced the OC Knights to punt and the Chanticleers would go on a 7 play drive ending with a Zach Smith 2-yard touchdown run to make it 28-14. Give OC credit, they took the next possession 14 plays that ended on a 2-yard touchdown run and made it 28-21. After an errant snap, OC got the ball with good field position on the next drive and scored on a 3-yard touchdown run to tie it up 28-28 at the end of the 3rd quarter. The Chanticleers would take the lead on the next possession thanks to a 57-yard run by Zach Smith that led to a Kelen Meyer 32-yard field goal. The Chantlicleer defense got a big stop on the next drive when Zach Smith intercepted OC. Two plays later, Zach Smith would score on an 8-yard run. OC drove to midfield on the next possession that ended with a Johnny DeRiso interception and the Chanticleers were able to get into the greatest formation in football, victory formation. Coach Wells added, “Oakland-Craig was one heck of a team. We knew it was going to be a 4th quarter game but we found a way to get it done. We have a special group of Seniors this year that stepped up and made plays for us throughout the game but especially when we needed it the most in crunch time. It was a great team victory.” The Chanticleers will travel to Fremont to take on the Fremont Bergan Knights for 2020 Nebraska State Championship. The game will be at 3:15 p.m. and will be on NET.




Team Statistics


Rushing- 351, Passing- 56, Total- 407 


Rushing- 240, Passing- 151, Total- 391

Individual Statistics


Rushing- T. Stevens 21-191, Z. Smith 20-174, Q. Ries 1-0

Passing- Z. Smith 4-7-56

Receiving- J. DeRiso 1-31, G.Kluthe 1-4, T.Stevens 1-0, Q.Ries 1-21

Kicking- Meyer  (FG 1-1) (PAT 5-5)