NORTH PLATTE — The Grand Island Senior High football team clinched a spot in the Class A state playoffs Friday night with a 31-8 road victory over North Platte.
The win was the third straight for the Islanders (4-3), who improved to 3-0 in district play with their first win at North Platte since 1984.
Bryan Mizner and Mike Lorenz led the way for Grand Island, which finished with 386 yards rushing. Mizner had 193 yards on 15 carries, while Lorenz had 106 yards on 12 carries and Mike Tomlin added 48 yards on 11 attempts.
After a scoreless first quarter, Grand Island broke on top 3-0 with a 17-yard field goal by Brad Spencer early in the second period.
Mizner extended the Islanders' advantage with 6:51 left before halftime when he broke loose on a 93-yard TD run. Spencer's point-after kick gave GISH a 10-0 halftime lead.
Tomlin's 2-yard TD run with 1:12 remaining in the third quarter extended Grand Island's lead to 17-0.
Lorenz scored the Islanders' first TD of the fourth quarter on a 41-yard run with 7:29 to play.
Tomlin then set up Grand Island's final score, returning an interception of the North Platte 13-yard line. Slade Bolles made it 31-0 with a 5-yard scoring run.
North Platte (2-5) broke up the shutout bid with 44 seconds to play. The Bulldogs converted a 14-play, 53-yard drive with the help of a roughing-the-passer penalty and added the two-point conversion on a pass.
S-E-M 46, Heartland Luth. 38
SUMNER — Heartland Lutheran's 24 fourth-quarter points weren't quite enough as Sumner-Eddyville-Miller held on for 46-38 victory over the Red Hornets Friday night.
Jessie Bartels led Heartland Lutheran (0-6) completing 10 of 21 pass attempts for 178 yards and four touchdowns.
Jacob Kreutzer gained 86 yards rushing and scored two touchdowns on 31 carries for the Red Hornets. Kreutzer also had four receptions for 81 yards a TD.
A.J. Messersmith registered 16 tackles to lead the Heartland Lutheran defense.
Geoffrey Pierce and Ryan McFarland each scored two rushing touchdowns for the Mustangs (2-4).