The Abilene Middle School 8th grade football team defeated Clay Center 16-8 Thursday.
The win gives them a record of 4-1 and 3-0 in the NCKL.
“This was a great game,” Longhorn coach Mark Willey said. “We really executed and played tough, physical football.”
Trey Hoerner scored on a five-yard run in the first quarter and Noah Wildman passed to Bryce Riekman for the two-point conversion to give the Longhorns an 8-0 lead.
Clay Center scored in the second quarter and made its two-point conversion to tie the game at 8-8 at half time.
“For the second straight week, our opponents did not run a third quarter offensive play,” Willey said.
The Longhorns used a long drive in the fourth quarter to set up a Hoerner three-yard touchdown run. Hunter Sprouse ran in the two-point conversion and the Longhorns took the lead 16-8.
“The difference this week was we finished the final drive with a touchdown,” Willey said. “It was a 16-play, 73-yard drive that took 10 minutes.
“After we got the lead back, our defense fired up and really played fast and physical.”
The Longhorns travel to Concordia Thursday.