Long touchdown runs bookended a 14-7 homecoming triumph for the Nebraska City football team on Friday.
Clayton O’Dill scored on a 59-yard run in the first quarter and Trevor Chaney scored on a 45-yard run in the fourth quarter to account for the Pioneer points.
Both teams had other chances to score during the course of the game on Friday.
Trever Kreifel connected with Trey Fox on a 35-yard pass that seemed to have the Pioneers set up for a score during the first half, but a fumble spoiled that march.
Roncalli, which set up its second quarter touchdown with a 45-yard run, had a promising drive halted thanks to an Andrew Christiansen interception.
Nebraska City tried to score late in the first half.
Jay Sornson rushed for some nice gains and hit Dave Palmtag on a couple of big gains through the air, but the Pioneers ran out of time and the game went to the half tied 7-7.
Roncalli took nearly seven minutes on the first drive of the third quarter, but came up empty.
Sornson ran 62 yards and put Nebraska City in position to score, but the Pioneers had that march stopped on an interception.
Roncalli responded with a long drive that included a fourth down conversion on a fake punt and two third down conversions on full back runs, but the march ended deep in Nebraska City territory on a fumble.
Nebraska City took over with 8:21 left in the game.
Runs by O’Dill and Kreifel set up a nifty 45-yard touchdown run by Chaney at the 5:24 mark of the fourth quarter and the Pioneer defense stopped two Roncalli drives, the first one on a fumble recovery, to secure the win.
With the win,?Nebraska City moved to 2-1 on the season.