If you were wearing white with green numbers and had a big “H” on the side of your helmet, this one was tough to handle.
Holdingford did just about everything it could Thursday night in the state Class 2A quarterfinals. But a 19-yard field goal by Nick Kubesh in the second overtime ended the Huskers’ season.
BOLD beat Holdingford 23-20 in two overtimes before a huge, loud crowd at Husky Stadium to advance to the state semifinals at the Metrodome.
“It sucks when it comes down to that,” Holdingford senior linebacker/tight end Taylor Milbrandt said. “It’s how it goes, I guess.
“We wanted that dome. We really wanted to get to that dome.”
The Huskers (9-2) certainly had their chances. But they missed a point-after touchdown kick that would have given them a dome trip.
“We’ll have to see the film,” Holdingford coach Luke Mitchell said of the PAT. “Something wasn’t right, but I couldn’t tell what.”
The kick was short. In the second overtime, Holdingford was stopped in its possession, failing to convert on a fourth-and-goal at the 20.
BOLD (11-0) then got the ball, and after a false start penalty, gave the ball to fullback Tyler Seehusen to get it to fourth-and-one. In stepped Kubesh, a 6-foot-1, 180-pound sophomore lineman who helped beat Benson 23-20 in the first round of the playoffs with his only other field goal of the season.
“That was intense,” BOLD senior running back Chaz Roush said. “He (Kubesh) is a good kid. He gets nervous easy, gets down on himself.
“We just try to help him out, tell him he has to kick.”
Kubesh said he was nervous and admitted he doesn’t like those big, game-ending kicks.
“He’s a good kicker, that’s for sure,” BOLD senior quarterback Tyler Rock said. “He’s cool …
“I felt my food coming up there for a little bit.”
Holdingford led 7-0 with 39 seconds left in the first quarter. Cody Schwinghammer caught a 61-yard bomb from Mitch Messman and Kyle Kolstad’s PAT made it 7-0.
BOLD scored twice in the second quarter. First, Rock hit Trevor Nissen for an 11-yard TD and Kubesh’s kick made it 7-7.
Then, Roush ran one in from 17 yards out and Kubesh’s PAT made it 14-7 with 6:26 to play in the half.
Holdingford then mounted an 11-play, 62-yard drive on its first possession in the third quarter. It was culminated by Jon Skwira’s 9-yard TD run with 4:39 to go. Kolstad’s kick made it 14-all.
And there it stayed until overtime.
BOLD lost the coin flip and got first possession in the first OT. Seehusen scored from 1-yard out on fourth-and-goal, but Kubesh’s PAT sailed wild left, making it 20-14.
Holdingford then got the ball and got hit with a dead-ball personal foul, making it second-and-goal at the 25.
Messman found Milbandt for a 24-yard gain. After Messman was stopped on third down, he scored on the quarterback keeper to tie it up.
But the PAT failed, leaving it at 20-all.
In the second overtime, Holdingford was stopped, had a false start penalty and two incompletions, turning the ball back to BOLD with no score.
Next came Kubesh’s field goal. BOLD’s in the dome.
“They (the Huskers) were a good team,” Roush said. “Not only that, they were a nice team. They helped you up every time.”
Holdingford outgained BOLD 317 to 268. The Huskers ran 59 plays. BOLD ran 64. Skwira rushed 25 times for 118 yards.
Roush had 24 carries for 139 yards.
“We had our chances,” Mitchell said. “But that’s high school football. It (a PAT) is never automatic.
“But I’m so proud of the kids. They could’ve folded. But they kept coming back and showed a lot of character.”
H – Cody Schwinghammer 61 pass from Mitch Massman (Kyle Kolstad kick)
B – Trevor Nissen 11 pass from Tyler Rock (Nick Kubesch kick)
B – Chaz Rousch 17 run (Kolstad kick)
H – Jon Skwira run (Kolstad kick)
B – Tyler Seehusen 1 run (kick failed)
H – Messman 1 run (kick failed)
B – Kubesch 19 field goal
Rushing: H – Skwira 25-118, Messman 13-55. Total: 38-173. B – Rousch 24-139, Tyler Seehusen 16-65, Rock 10-10, Trent Athmann 1-7. Total: 51-221.
Passing: H – Messman 8-21-1 144. B – Rock 4-13-0 47.
Receiving: H – Schwinghammer 5-108, Taylor Milbrandt 1-24, Jordan Gombos 1-12, Matt Messman 1-0. B – Nissen 2-27, Athmann 1-16, Austin Weis 1-4.