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Union sees 11-year playoff streak end at Nevada 35-21

October 24, 2019
CJ Eilers - Editor (editor@dysartreporter.com) , Dysart Reporter

Union postseason aspirations were shut down as the Knights lost on the road to the Nevada Cubs 35-21 on Friday, Oct. 18, ending their longtime consecutive playoff streak at 11 seasons.

"We knew this team would be tough and had some great skill players, great linebackers," coach Jared Pospisil said. "We had this all on our radar coming into this game."

Union's only chance at the playoffs this season required the Knights to win their last two games, a tough order as Nevada had defeated Benton two weeks prior before losing at West Marshall to keep the District 7 race wide open. Both teams played with that in mind as the score went back and forth through much of the first half. A 37 yard touchdown play from Brandon Tompkins to Marc Mahood kicked off the scoring in the second quarter, followed by a one yard run from Grosse had the score tied 14 apiece at the 2:18 mark before halftime. Yet the Cubs shocked the Knights with a 99 yard kickoff return for a score, topped with another touchdown at the 21 second mark to go up 28-14.

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Cameron Bruess (17) tackles the Nevada quarterback in a 35-21 loss to the Cubs on Friday, Oct. 18.

"I feel it's been the same thing all year: allowing big plays and mental errors," Pospisil said. "We aren't buttoning things up like we need to win games like this. At halftime, I told our guys these players are human and we should not have any fear. I feel our guys believed that and battled again."

The Knights held the Cubs scoreless in the third quarter before putting the game back within a score with a 27 yard run by Grosse to make it 28-21 at the beginning of the fourth. Halfway through the final 12 minutes, Tompkins threw a pick as the Knights were back in Nevada territory, allowing for an easy 15 yard run. As the clock ran down and Cubs defense tightened up, the Knights were unable to come back with a response, dashing their hopes for the playoffs.

Offensively, Grosse led the Knights with 114 yards rushing on 16 carries and 15 yards on five receptions. Tompkins had 78 yards rushing on 16 carries. Hunter Heitmann pulled in 47 yards on three receptions. Defensively, Seth Wirtz had 6.5 total tackles, followed by Heitmann with 4.5 total yards, Cameron Bruess with four total tackles and Brandon Stech with 3.5 total tackles in the loss.

'I was happy with how our line performed and blew holes right open," Pospisil said. "Brandon had a great running game. Linebackers did well in general."

While the playoff streak is broken, the Knights have one more game on their season as they welcome West Marshall for Senior Night on Friday, Oct. 25.

"I told our guys we need to finish strong for Senior Night," Pospisil said. "We're going to show up and plan for a successful Friday. West Marshall is a well-coached, tough team, but I truly believe if we play our best game we can do well."

Photos are available at www.flickr.com/photos/151817931@N05/albums/72157711424263696

 
 

 

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