GILTNER — Don’t blame yourself for mistaking the box score of Giltner’s first-round playoff football game for that of a video game.
It was a historic win for the Hornets, who defeated Hay Springs (4-5) 90-14 in the first round of the Class D-2 playoffs Thursday. Giltner (9-0) set or tied a total of four Nebraska Class D-2 playoff records, including most points scored in a playoff game.
“We knew coming in that (Hay Springs) was pretty young and small; we saw that on film, so we knew coming in we had them a little out-matched,” Giltner head coach Jeff Ashby said. “They played hard. They did what they could do. We’re senior heavy right now, so it makes a big difference experience-wise.”
Two of those seniors had an especially big day. Quarterback Jake Findley and wide receiver Kyle Hawthorne put their names in the record books on Thursday. Hawthorne tied a D-2 playoff record for most touchdowns in a game with seven, while Findley tied a D-2 playoff record with six touchdown passes. Hawthorne’s six touchdown receptions is two more than the previous D-2 playoff record.