DONIPHAN — Doniphan-Trumbull’s run in the state football playoffs continued with another impressive upset.
Using a combination of speed and physical play at the line of scrimmage, the seventh-seeded Cardinals dominated previously unbeaten and third-seeded North Platte St. Patrick’s 35-6 in Tuesday night’s Class C-2 quarterfinal round. The Irish entered the game ranked No. 3 in the state by the Omaha World-Herald, while the Cardinals — the No. 7 seed in the West bracket of the C-2 playoffs — were ranked eighth.
“We’ve been playing with a chip on our shoulder,” said Doniphan-Trumbull running back Jordan Slough, whose team went on the road and upset second-seeded and No. 5-rated Crofton 49-33 on Oct. 31 in the second round of the playoffs. “We feel that we’re a really good football team and we haven’t really gotten a lot of the respect that we think that we deserve.”
No doubt, Doniphan-Trumbull (9-2) probably opened some eyes by whipping the Irish (10-1), who had limited opponents to scoring an average of 4.4 points per game. The Cardinals were clearly motivated to make their mark against a St. Pat’s program that has reached the state semifinals each of the past two seasons and had eliminated D-T 50-28 in the first round of last year’s playoffs.