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Kenesaw wins first-ever state football championship, edges Sandhills-Thedford 46-40

Published: Nov. 22, 2021 at 11:15 PM CST
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LINCOLN, Neb. (KSNB) - In a battle of the undefeateds, Kenesaw won its first-ever state football championship Monday in a wild 46-40 win over Sandhills-Thedford.

Not surprisingly, Tyson Denkert was an absolute menace for Kenesaw, as he scored the game’s first touchdown on a 47-yard quarterback keeper. That score put the Blue Devils up 8-0 early, but the Knights had a response as Reece Zutavern busted loose for a 50+ yard touchdown of his own.

Kenesaw eventually opened up a 30-8 lead on Sandhills-Thedford, but then the Knights rattled off 32-unanswered points to go up 40-30. However, with Kenesaw trailing 40-38, Denkert proved to be a man on a mission as he barreled in for his sixth touchdown on the day.

On he ensuing possession, trailing 46-40, Sandhills-Thedford’s Kyle Cox got chased down by Kenesaw’s Trey Kennedy on 4th and 15 to ultimately seal the game for the Blue Devils. Kenesaw went on to win the Class D2 State Championship, 46-40 and the team certainly celebrated following the final whistle.

”There was just no quit in him (Denkert) tonight,” Kenesaw coach Craig Schnitzler said. “He refused to go down. He refused to lose and you could see that the other players on the field fed off of that.”

”Feels pretty good,” Denkert said after the historical win. “We’ve been through so much this playoff run, and we stuck it out and won the gold.”

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