West Platte rolls past North Platte

By Jon Dykstra St. Joseph News-Press
Posted: November 7, 2015 - 12:38 AM

West Platte coach Nate Danneman may wake up with a cold on Saturday morning, but the feeling he enjoyed on Friday night made it all worth it.

Danneman got a the classic ‘Gatorade bath’ on Friday night after a 38-26 win over rival North Platte for the Class 1, District 7 championship.

“It feels great coming off a loss in last year in the district championship to be able to soak coach again,” West Platte quarterback Brett Shepardson said.

The win over North Platte is something that the Bluejays’ program has grown accustomed to in the past decade. Friday’s victory marks the 11th straight win for the Bluejays in the series.

“The seniors definitely know the feeling of going to the district title game and losing in a close game and we didn’t want that feeling again,” Shephardson said, whose Bluejays now improve to 2-2 the last five years in district championships.

Traditionally the programs face off once a year for the tobacco stick, but this season fans were treated to an extra chapter in the rivalry and once more it is the folks from Weston that keep the bragging rights for another year.

“There was talk and we had to quiet it,” Blue Jay running back Kyle Tabaka said.

The Panthers entered this district final matchup confident after upsetting No. 8 Wellington-Napoleon 34-28 in overtime last week.

North Platte jumped out to a 6-0 lead on the game’s first possession on a seven-yard Jordan Hendricks run.

West Platte (6-6) ran the ball down the field on their ensuing possession and Tabaka pushed the ball across the goal line on a 1-yard plunge to knot the game at 6-6 after an 11-play drive.

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