The Lourdes Central Knights rushed over the Palmyra Panthers for a 48-24 victory on Friday, October 11, at Palmyra. Aidan Aldana and Blake Miller combined for seven rushing touchdowns in this contest.

It was a defensive battle in the first half between these two teams.

Palmyra had to punt on it’s first possession after the Knights forced a quick three-and-out.

Lourdes took over on the Palmyra 31-yard line and put together a eight play drive that was capped off with a one-yard touchdown run by quarterback Blake Miller. Miller kept the ball on a draw play for the two-point conversion and the Knights led 8-0 with 3:34 in the first quarter.

In the second quarter, the Panthers scored a touchdown when Eathon Hornby ran the ball in from one-yard out. Palmyra missed the point and Lourdes led 8-6 with 9:57 on the clock.

On the Knights next possession, receiver Harrison Benedict, made a nice block downfield that freed up Miller for a 28-yard touchdown run with 6:41 left in the first quarter.  After a failed two-point conversion, Lourdes had a 14-6 advantage.

Dominic Darrah scored a touchdown with 2:42 left in the first half. The two-Point conversion failed and Lourdes led 14-12.

Palmyra took possession on their own 17-yard line with under a minute left in the second quarter. Joseph Kearney cut off a pass for the interception and Lourdes led 14-12 heading into the third quarter.

Lourdes came out on fire on both sides of the ball in the third period.

Defensively, the Knights forced two three-and-outs.

Later, Miller took off on a 41-yard touchdown run with 6:02 on the clock.

Aldana broke several tackles and flew down-field for the 55-yard touchdown run with 4:22 in third quarter, and Lourdes had a 26-12 lead.

For the third time in the third quarter, the Knights defense forced the Panthers to punt.

With the ball on the Panthers 16-yard line, Aldana busted his way for a touchdown run. Miller ran the ball in for the two-point conversion and Lourdes increased it’s lead to 34-12.

Darrah broke free for a 41-yard touchdown run with 1:06 in the third. After the two-point failed Lourdes still had a 34-18 lead heading into the fourth quarter.

The Knights had the ball on the Panthers 10-yard line. On fourth-and-four, Miller sprinted for the 10-yard touchdown. On the extra-point, the Knights made history when Miller kicked the ball through the up-rights to give them a 41-18 cushion. Lourdes have always gone for the two-point conversion, so, it was the first time since joining 8-man football that the Knights kicked, and, made a P.A.T.

Palmyra struck back with over nine minutes in the fourth quarter when Darrah thew a touchdown pass to Dedrick Dowding for the 44-yard score.

Leading 41-24, Miller hit Harrison Benedict on a 36-yard pass down to the Panther one-yard line. Aldana punched it in for his third touchdown of the game. Knights kicked their second P.A.T. and went on to win 48-24.

Lourdes came out in the second half and scored 34 points. “Offensively, we were physical up-front,” Coach Clay Carlton said after the Knights picked up their 3rd win on the year and improved to 2 and 1 in district play. “We found a few things they were doing and took advantage of it. Our line did a great job. Blake did a great job at reading the defense and our backs ran hard.”

Coach Carlton said he was impressed on how his team took care of the ball. “Ball security is typically an issue with younger kids, but they did a great job tonight which is why we had a great second half,” Carlton said.

Lourdes (3-4) will be home to face Weeping Water (4-2) on Thursday, October 24. It will be senior night for the Knights. Kick off is at 7 p.m. at the Nebraska City Pioneer football field.