The Nokomis Redskins hosted the Pawnee Indians Friday night, Oct 19, for senior night. The Redskins needed the win to finish above .500 and become playoff eligible. They did that, outscoring the Indians 49-28.
Pawnee started the game with the ball around midfield after an onside kick attempt. They would pick up four rushing first downs and eventually run it in for a score, completing an eight-minute opening drive.
Down 6-0, the Redskins needed to answer. The offensive onslaught for the Redskins started right away as Alex Tosetti would find Mason Stewart for 55 yards and Adam Lyons would run it in from 12. After the long drive for the Indians, the Redskins had tied the game with 37 seconds on the game clock.
The Redskins came out with an onside kick and Adam Lyons was the first to the ball. A 20 yard completion to Ryan Janssen put the Skins near the red zone.
Lyons scored his second touchdown of the day and Trevor Wright caught the ball for the two-point conversion. In a matter of two minutes, the Skins had gone from down a touchdown to up a touchdown.
The Redskin defense rode the momentum of the offense and forced a three and out, giving the Skins the ball back at around their own 35. Three straight first down passes to Brandon Keiser and Trevor Wright set up a Tosetti-Keiser touchdown connection. Wright caught his second two-point conversion ball and Nokomis took a 22-6 lead.
The Indians turned the ball over on downs and the Redskin offense would continue to be unstoppable.
Starting at their own eight yard line, Tosetti found Stewart for 45 yards to get them across midfield. Lyons would pick up 25 yards and another first down put them inside the five.
Janssen punched it in from the one yard line. Jeremy Brown’s point after was good, giving the Skins a 29-7 lead.
After an Indians' interception on the ensuing drive, Lyons continued to run all over Pawnee with a 60 yard touchdown run with 1:44 to go in the half.
Down 36-6, Pawnee got a 78 yard touchdown run to put the score back at 36-14. But Trevor Wright would take the Indian kickoff back to the house right before halftime, giving the Redskins a 42-14 lead.
Each team would come out of halftime and be unable to score. The Skins’ second drive would start at their own 25. Alex Tosetti would get a rushing touchdown of his own, this one going for 75 yards. Jeremy Brown’s point after was good, making it 49-14.
Pawnee would score on their next two drives while the Redskins would score on neither of theirs, but that didn’t matter.
The two Indian touchdowns cut into the lead but not near enough to make a comeback.
The scoring ended at 49-28 and the Redskins were undoubtedly lead by the play of Adam Lyons out of the backfield. He ended with 169 yards on 13 carries and three touchdowns. Alex Tosetti had a good game as well, completing 14 of his 22 passes for 237 yards. His leading receiver in the game was Mason Stewart, who caught five balls for 122 yards.
Despite winning the game to give themselves hope of getting into the playoffs, the Redskins came up short in playoff points. Nokomis finished the year with a 5-4 record and a 4-2 mark in the Prairie State Conference.
October 19 at Nokomis
Pawnee 6 8 0 14 - 28
Nokomis 22 20 0 7 - 49
1st: 5:48 - P - Specht 1-yard run (extra point failed)
1st: 5:11 - N - Adam Lyons 12-yard run (extra point failed)
1st: 4:38 - N - Adam Lyons 24-yard run (Trevor Wright pass from Alex Tosetti)
1st: 0:19 - N - Brandon Keiser 5-yard pass from Alex Tosetti (Trevor Wright pass from Alex Tosetti)
2nd: 3:14 - N - Ryan Janssen 1-yard run (Jeremy Brown kick)
2nd: 1:44 - N - Adam Lyons 60-yard run (Jeremy Brown kick)
2nd: 0:49 - P - Adcock 78-yard pass (Specht run)
2nd: 0:36 - N - Trevor Wright kickoff return (extra point failed)
4th: 11:40 - N - Alex Tosetti 15-yard run (Jeremy Brown kick)
4th: 9:39 - P - Specht 65-yard run (extra point failed)
4th: 1:13 - P - Bland 55-yard run (2pt. good)
Passing: Alex Tosetti 14-22-237.
Rushing: Adam Lyons 13-169, Alex Tosetti 1-75, Ryan Janssen 4-9, Brandon Keiser 1-3.
Receiving: Mason Stewart 5-122, Ryan Janssen 3-44, Brandon Keiser 3-40, Trevor Wright 5-31.