Nice night for a game at Olsen Stadium and a good way to kickoff the high school football season. The Stars pulled away late in the second half to win 25-7. There was some shaky play early from both teams as (3) first half turnovers by the Cardinals hurt them and stopped a couple potential drives on offense. Stars senior big play WR Desmond Grace was limited as he battled cramps all night long but did team up with QB Carson Strohbeen on a couple nice fade passes down the sideline.
The Stars took a 3-0 halftime lead when talented junior kicker Jack Lloyd drilled a 35-yd field goal :05 seconds before halftime to break the deadlock score. Stars RB Dedric Sullivan had a nice coming out party. Sullivan scored on runs of 32 yards at the 8:52 mark of the 3rd quarter and 12 yards with 2:21 remaining in the 4th quarter. QB Strohbeen teamed up with WR Keller Newton on a nice out route as the Cardinal left cornerback tried to jump the route but it ended up being a 59-yd catch and run for the Stars at the 8:33 mark of the 4th quarter to extend the lead to 17-7.
I was impressed with South Sioux City. They fought hard and have some good players on offense in RB Iankarlos Santana and RB Demarico Young a sophomore who scored his first varsity touchdown with a 13-yd scamper to cut the lead to 10-7 with 11:26 to play in the 4th quarter. Young has a very bright future. Another kid that jumped out at me was senior Todd Comstock, he was all over the field on defense and gave great effort all night.
The Stars senior DL Izaiah Truitt was impressive as he had a big sack to stop a Cardinal offensive drive with 9:55 left in the 2nd quarter. Also impressed with Stars DE duo of seniors Jacob Hagan and Jayston Paulson and the defensive interior of senior Wyatt Elgert and senior Bryce Campbell who did a good job holding their gaps inside and staying disciplined. Good effort by both teams and coaching staff's, it was enjoyable to watch.