LINCOLN, Neb. (KSNB) - The Sutton Mustangs (11-2) fell to unbeaten Oakland-Craig (13-0) in the Class C-2 title game, 19-0. The Knights held the Mustangs to 154 rushing yards, it marked the first time this season Sutton was held under 250 yards rushing.
At Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, the weather was nasty but it benefited both teams offenses who pounded the football on the ground all season long. Sutton was coming off their semifinal against Bancroft-Rosalie/Lyons-Decatur (BRLD), where they rushed the ball for 550 yards, while Oakland-Craig averaged 333.9 rushing yards a game.
Coming into the championship game, the Knights were allowing 10.9 points per game. Sutton head coach Steve Ramer knew it was a tough match-up and how big the Knights were up front.
"We just got beat by a better team up front than us. We had guys in the right position many times, you know, their 'jimmies' are better than our 'johnnies' and sometimes that happens," Ramer said. "Our kids gave a great effort, they hung in there as long as they could. We just couldn't get it going on offense, our defense I thought did an outstanding job, we just couldn't get it going on offense."
Junior quarterback Cade Wiseman rushed for 84 yards on 25 attempts, while Senior running-back Jackson Perrien rushed for 51 yards on 15 attempts.
The Knights were paced Jaron Meyer and Ian Lundquist, who combined for 170 rushing yards and two touchdowns. The win gave Oakland-Craig its second state title in school history, the last coming in 1995.
The Mustangs finished runner-up for the third time in school history (1989, 2012, 2019), their last state title came back in 1988.