SHELTON — The seniors on the Giltner football team are the last players remaining from the 2009 team that went to the Class D-1 state championship game. And now, those same seniors are heading back to Memorial Stadium.
The Hornets punched their ticket to the Class D-2 state finals on Monday with a 60-20 win over Shelton. As Giltner has done all season, both sides of the ball flexed its muscle — with the offense putting up 453 yards and the defense allowing just 164.
"Both sides of the ball, we're pretty confident," Giltner head coach Jeff Ashby said. "Offensively, we just haven't been stopped yet. Tonight, in the first half, we were our own worst enemy. The only times we didn't score were because of penalties and fumbles."
With the win, Giltner (12-0) will face Humphrey St. Francis (12-0) in the D-2 title game Monday at 10:15 a.m. in Lincoln.
One week after setting the Nebraska record for the most touchdowns in a season, Giltner quarterback Jake Findley threw for seven touchdowns to give him a total of 62 on the year — with not one single interception. He also threw for 384 yards, which gave him the state record for most passing yards in a single season with 3,511. He broke the state record for total yards (passing and rushing) in a season Monday as well. He also tied his own D-2 record for most touchdowns in a playoff game with seven Monday.