SUTTON — Sutton and Doniphan-Trumbull met earlier this season in a wild, exciting offensive showdown that saw the Mustangs survive with a 36-29 win.
But it was two big sequences from the Sutton defense in the rematch with D-T in the Class C-2 state semifinals that would propel the Mustangs to their first state championship game since 1989 in a 36-18 win Tuesday.
“We thought last time we gave up too many plays that we shouldn’t have. We made some adjustments on defense, and all year we’ve played pretty tough,” Sutton head coach Steve Ramer said. “This is what we talked about all year — going 13-0 to end the season and getting to play in that stadium. We’ve got one to go.”
Said junior quarterback Cole Wiseman: “Our line did a great job tonight. It’s the first time in a long time that we’re going to Lincoln, so I’m kind of speechless. It’s just a great feeling. I love my team and we did a great job. We came out with the victory.”
Sutton (12-0), the top seed in the West bracket, will face Aquinas Catholic (12-0), the top seed in the East bracket, in the C-2 championship Tuesday at 10:15 a.m. at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln. Nebraska Educational Television will televise the game. Aquinas advanced with a 42-41 win after Lutheran High Northeast’s two-point conversion attempt failed in overtime.