The Fort Calhoun High School football team improved to 2-1 Friday night, while both Blair and Arlington lost to ranked opponents.
The Eagles fell to 2-1 this season, too, while the Bears stand at 1-2 through three weeks.
FCHS beats Lincoln Christian
Coach Adolph Shepardson's Pioneers earned a 28-19 road win at Lincoln Christian on Friday. They jumped out to a 22-7 lead through one half against the Crusaders, and scored a late touchdown to close it out.
With less than 3 minutes remaining, Fort Calhoun quarterback Austin Welchert rolled out to his left and connected with Zane Schwarz for a short scoring pass to turn a 22-19 lead into a nine-point advantage. The Pioneers next play at Raymond Central on Sept. 17.
Eagles fall to C1 No. 2
The Arlington football team played a 0-0 first quarter against Class C1 No. 2 Ashland-Greenwood on Friday, but the Bluejays took control from there, winning 38-0.
The Eagles trailed just 14-0 at halftime after 16- and 15-yard touchdown runs by Drake Zimmerman and Nathan Upton, respectively. From there, though, Ashland notched a 17-point third quarter and closed out scoring on a 62-yard Logan Sobota run during the early stages of the fourth.
The AHS offense managed just 139 yards against the Bluejays with Frankie Rosenbalm catching two Logan Kaup passes for 45 yards. Isaac Foust, meanwhile, ran for 31 yards on seven carries.
The 2-1 Eagles play C1 No. 1 Pierce next Friday, too.
Bears comeback comes up short
Class B No. 9 Beatrice improved to 3-0 Friday night, holding off Blair at home, 21-14.
The Bears pulled within seven points on Bode Soukup's fourth-quarter quarterback sneak, but the Bears' last-minute efforts to tie the game came up short. Earlier, during the first quarter, Soukup connected with Shea Wendt for a 4-yard score, according to News Channel Nebraska Sports Now.
The 1-2 Bears now play next Thursday at Class B No. 2 Elkhorn.
For the full story on these games and additional photos, check out Tuesday's edition of the Washington County Pilot-Tribune. Coverage will also be available online at enterprisepub.com/sports that same day.