The Axtell Wildcats football team was up for the challenge on Wednesday when they faced the Overton Eagles in the second round of the Class D-1 state football playoffs.
Overton and Axtell met in week three of the season and the Eagles steamrolled the Wildcats by a score of 50-15.
This time around was a totally different game with the Axtell defense controlling the high-powered Overton offense. Overton scored two touchdowns in the second to pull away for 21-6 victory.
The Eagles (10-0) advance to the quarterfinals on Nov. 9 taking on South Loup (10-0) with a berth in the semifinals at stake. Axtell ends it season with a record of 6 wins and 4 losses.
The defenses dominated play in the first quarter with neither team putting together a drive until the Cats were given great field position at midfield.
Axtell was able to drive into the Eagle 25-yard line but on a fourth down play quarterback Bryce Runge was sacked dashing the first scoring opportunity of the game.
The Cats defense held Overton to a three and out and had the ball again on the Eagle side of midfield thanks to a long punt return by Trevor Popple.
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