The Polk Co. Wolverines dismantled the North Lincoln Knights 50-14 Friday.
Rush defense, which has been the Achilles heel all season, was again the difference in the game for the Knights.
The Knights surrendered 392 yards on 43 carries compared to the 157 on 38 attempts they were able to muster.
To head coach Lonnie Custer the difference maker was his team not taking care of the football. North Lincoln put the ball on the ground five times and lost three, sophomore Trent Hopkins also threw two interceptions.
â€œYou canâ€™t turn the ball over five times. We drove the ball well on offense, but we just didnâ€™t finish drives,â€ he said.
The Knightsâ€™ passing game normally is sharp, but Friday it was lackluster especially in the first half according to Custer.
â€œWe struggled. We were a yard off it seems like in the first half. We did a lot better job in the second half, but by then it was too late.â€
A bright spot in the lop-sided loss was the play of fullback Casey Woodie. Woodie toted the ball 15 times for 104 yards, his first 100-yard performance of the season.
â€œHe did a good job of stepping up. He ran the ball hard an played really well at linebacker,â€ Custer said.
Polk Co. improves their record to 9-0 on the season with a 3-0 Southern Foothills 1A mark. Custer believes they are a good team.
â€œTheyâ€™re a very well-coached team. The McIntyre kid is as advertised. Heâ€™s extraordinarily fast,â€ he said.
While Daniel McIntyre did rack up over 150 yards, quarterback Zack Edney led the Wolverines with three touchdowns.
Polk Co. outscored North 29-0 in the first half. The frustration was evident as several players lost their composure. â€œIâ€™m disappointed in the actions of a few of my players in the first half. I thought they showed some immaturity and didnâ€™t represent North Lincoln in a positive manner,â€ Custer said.
â€œThe kids did a great job in the second half of showing composure and playing good aggressive football,â€ he said.
Lesharion Johnson reeled in four Hopkinsâ€™ passes for 63 yards and a touchdown, while fellow receiver Devin Borders hauled in two passes for 65 yards with a score.
The Knights fall to 2-7 on the season and now have a 0-4 Southern Foothills record.