FIRTH–(KLMS Nov. 1)–A close first half made way for an explosive second half for the Norris football team on Friday night.

The Titans scored 31 straight points, 24 of which in the third quarter, to earn a 38-10 victory over Elkhorn Mt. Michael at Norris High School in the opening round of the NSAA Class B football playoffs.  It was also carried on ESPN Lincoln FM101.5/1480AM.

Norris (7-3) now heads to Scottsbluff in next Friday’s quarterfinal round, where the 10-0 Bearcats drubbed No. 16 seed Alliance 41-6 in their playoff opener.

The Titans were the first to crack the goose egg on the scoreboard, after a defensive struggle for most of the first quarter.  On a 4th and goal at the Mt. Michael 5-yard line, quarterback Aidan Oerter found CJ Hood on a touchdown pass with 2:30 left to put Norris up 7-0.

Calvin Benson returned the ensuing kick off all the way to the Titan 39-yard line, which eventually set up Ben deMayo’s short 5-yard touchdown run that put the Knights on the board, tying the game at 7 with 11:13 left in the first half.  Then with 1:48 left in the second quarter, Keaton Stec nailed a 37-yard field goal to put Mt. Michael ahead 10-7.

Norris put together another scoring drive right before halftime that was sustained on a fake punt and a 23-yard pass to James Carnie, which set up Oerter to throw a 10-yard touchdown pass to wide-receiver Noah VanBrocklin. The Titans led at the break 14-10.

Fullback Dylan Meyer extended Norris’ lead to 21-10 early in the third quarter, off a 5-yard touchdown run.  Then Aaron Williams nailed a 46-yard field goal with 1:29 left in the third for a 24-10 advantage.

Defensively, the Titans turned up the heat and Mt. Michael’s continued to cool off like the temperature on a late fall evening.

On the first play from scrimmage following Williams’ field goal, Eaden Holt picked off a Mt. Michael pass and returned it 22-yards for a touchdown.  Matt Medill then got the first of his two interceptions, which then set up a 65-yard touchdown run from Oerter as time ran out in the quarter and the lead reached 38-10.

Oerter had 116 yards of rushing, while taking three sacks in the game.