DONIPHAN — In a Class C-2 state quarterfinal playoff game last season, Doniphan-Trumbull came from behind to beat North Platte St. Patrick's 42-20 en route to the school's first state title.
In the season opener for both teams Friday night, St. Patrick's beat the defending champions 14-6 with the help of a couple of big plays, including a long punt return for a touchdown and recovering a fumble late in the game when the Cardinals were threatening to score.
"Well, you have to give it to St. Pat's, they're a heck of a football team," said Doniphan-Trumbull coach Clint Head, who is in his first season as coach of the Cardinals. "They challenged us every snap of the ball."
Both teams were held scoreless in the first quarter, although the Irish seemed to have the upper hand early on, thanks to a strong running game.
In the second quarter, however, the Cardinals got on the board after a 30-yard touchdown run by senior running back Jake Critel. Doniphan-Trumbull's lead was 6-0 after the two-point conversion try failed.