The Fort Calhoun and Arlington High School football teams played unbeaten foes Friday night.
The Pioneers picked up a 45-35 win at Raymond Central, while the Eagles lost at Class C1 No. 1 Pierce 58-13.
Blair, meanwhile, lost a 23-21 Thursday night game at Class B No. 2 Elkhorn. Click here to read about the Bears' near-upset.
Pioneers beat Raymond Central
The Mustangs claimed a 21-7 lead through one quarter Friday, but coach Adolph Shepardson's FCHS football team outscored the home team 38-14 from there, improving to 3-1.
The Pioneers' 45-35 victory was the result of a dominant running game. Clint Dierks and Austin Welchert scored a pair of rushing touchdowns apiece, while Grayson Bouwman scored the game's first from 41 yards out.
Zane Schwarz also scored a Fort Calhoun touchdown, hauling in a 5-yard Ty Hallberg pass on the final play of the first half to help pull the Pioneers even, 28-all.
Welchert then broke that tie on FCHS' first offensive play of the season half. The back took a direct snap and sprinted 53 yards to the end to give the visiting team a 35-28 lead.
The advantage grew on a fourth-quarter safety and Dierks' second touchdown run of the contest. Then, in the end, Landon Miller and Schwarz registered back-to-back sacks to dash any hopes of a Mustang comeback with less than 2 minutes to go.
The Pioneers next play Boys Town during the first week of district competition. The Friday night game will be Calhoun's homecoming contest.
Eagles fall at No. 1
Top-ranked Pierce jumped out to a 45-7 halftime lead and defeated the visiting Arlington Eagles 58-13. Coach Colter Mattson's squad scored late during the first half and then again early on during the fourth quarter.
The loss dropped AHS to 2-2 this fall. The Eagles next play Friday at Logan View in district competition.
For the full story on these games and addition Fort Calhoun photos, check out Tuesday's Washington County Pilot-Tribune or go online to enterprisepub.com/sports that same day.