Coming off a 35-21 win against the Blair Bears at home, the Antler football team ventured to Norris High for their first away game of the year on Friday, September 4th. Despite early adversity against the Titans, the Antlers responded to an early 6-0 deficit to score the game’s final 26 points to beat Norris 26-6. With the win, the Antlers improved to 2-0 on the season.
Senior lineman and team captain Connor Krecklow said that although many aspects of the game went well, there are areas with room for improvement.
“Our D-Backs blew some coverages early on,” Krecklow said.
The secondary allowed 7 receptions for 61 yards.
Elkhorn’s own passing game included only 2 completions, resulting in 48 yards, including a 33-yard touchdown from senior Kyle Janvrin to junior Alex Schiefelbein. The run game proved more successful. Elkhorn ran the ball 53 times for 273 total yards, including three touchdowns. Two of these TDs came from junior Adin Stiles, one from 25 yards out and another from the 1 yard line.
Both teams committed a turnover. Norris quarterback Grant Morrison threw an interception to Antler junior safety Travis Baily in the endzone with 54 seconds to go in the first half, which kept the score tied 6-6 heading into halftime. The turnover for the Antlers came at the hands of quarterback Kyle Janvrin who committed a fumble that the Titans recovered.
Senior Joey Fees said that leading up to the game at Beatrice, the team had specific things to work on. “We worked on individual coverages for Beatrice, coming up on the run, and covering passes,” Fees said.