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Turnovers doom Cardinals in C1 final

Boone Central/Newman Grove quarterback Dylan Gentrup (7) is stripped by a Norfolk Catholic defender on Nov. 21, 2017 (KHGI)

LINCOLN --- Boone Central/Newman Grove turned the ball over five times as Norfolk Catholic topped the Cardinals 35-0 in the Nebraska C1 state championship Tuesday at Memorial Stadium.

Neither team was able to get their offense up and running, outside of Dylan Kautz, as the combined for 449 yards on 110 plays, an average of 4.1 per snap.

Kautz, the Knights running back, had 36 rushes for 193 yards and three touchdowns, including a 50-yard scamper in the third quarter to essentially seal the deal for Norfolk Catholic, who took a 21-0 lead.

A senior at Boone Central/Newman Grove, Gentrup came into the game with the second most passing yards in C1. The Cardinals were unable to get anything going through the air as Gentrup went 4-of-18 for 39 yards and an interception. He led BC/NG with 90 yards rushing.

The Cardinals had a heck of a time hanging on to the football, losing four fumbles while losing control on six occasions.

Norfolk Catholic now leads the state of Nebraska with 10 state championships, one more than Creighton Prep, Howells, and Lincoln Southeast.

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