When a football team has a combination of a really good offense and a really good defense, chances are they have a pretty good shot to win the game. That was the situation for Norfolk Catholic as they combined the tools to defeat Platteview 20-6, to win their second-straight state championship at Memorial Stadium Tuesday morning.
Jordan Molacek rushed for 134 yards on 24 carries, and had a 12-yard passing touchdown to key the win. At the end of the first half, Platteview led 6-3 behind two field goals from Payton Fluckey, but it was the speed of the Knights defense in the second half that slowed down any threat for Platteview to take control of the game. Cody Ramaekers tallied 9 tackles in the game, including 2 sacks for 21 yards, plus 3.5 tackles for loss, totaling in negative 46 yards to take the air out of the Platteview sails.
In total, the Knights tallied 57 tackles, including 9 sacks in the state championship win. Norfolk Catholic ran 63 total plays for 242 yards, compared to 50 plays resulting in 165 total yards for Platteview. Platteview only converted three third downs, compared to 6 of 13 for Norfolk Catholic.
The state championship win for Norfolk Catholic is number eight for the program. The Knights have made the state playoffs 16 consecutive seasons (1996-2011) and the Knights trail just Creighton Prep and Howells for more state championship wins at 9.