By William

OAKLEY – It was a slugfest that one would expect from two well matched teams, and Inman was the team that made the crucial mistakes and it cost them a trip to the Class 1A state championship game on Friday as they lost to Oakley 9-0 in the state semifinals.

With the Teutons loss, they finish the season with a high respectable 9-3 record that included a mid-season six game winning streak.

Oakley only needed two scores to get the victory as they kicked a 24-yard field goal in the first quarter and then drove down and punched a touchdown in from the one-yard late in the final quarter to secure the victory.

“Oakley played the game that they had to play to win,” noted Teuton Head Coach Lance Sawyer. “They did a great job on limiting the number of plays in the game and when they would have the ball, they would take all 40 seconds and sometimes more in between each play.”

The tightness of the game showed in the game stats as Inman totaled up 171 yards in offense on 39 plays while Oakley only recorded 208 yards on 56 plays. Both teams did most of their damage on the ground as the Teutons ran for 141 yards while Oakley covered 173 yards running the ball.

While both teams were flagged five times each for 78 yards against Inman and 72 against Oakley, the difference in the game came on turnovers as Oakley gave up the ball zero times while Inman threw three interceptions, each stopping possible scoring drives.

Coach Sawyer continued his post-game reflections by adding, “Oakley was able to control the clock and limited us to just six possessions the entire game. We were able to move the ball, but when it came down to making a needed play, we were unable to execute. Offensively we were able to score all season, but we were unable to punch one possession in tonight. Give Oakley credit for how they played defensively as they were physical and did not give up the big play which we came to rely on most of the season.”

In a previous battle with Oakley back on September 25, the Teutons were able to come away with a 24-point, 29-15 victory.

Concluding his reflections on the game, Coach Sawyer discussed his defense by saying, “I thought our defense played extremely well. They were able to hold their top back for most of the game. Most of his yards came on their opening drive which they ended up getting their field goal on. I thought our linebackers finished well. Nate Shober may have had his best game of the year.”

Individually the Teutons were led on offense by Jace Doerksen who ran for 73 yards on eight carries while throwing for another 30 yards on four completions out of 11 attempts, unfortunately he also threw the three interceptions. Kendyn Blank closed out his junior season with 48 yards rushing.

On defense, Carter Brown had another outstanding game by recording 10.5 total tackles, while Doerksen, Shober and Kyler Konrade all put 7.5 total tackles by their name in the scored book, and Darien Dawes had five.

INMAN at Oakley

SCORING:     1          2          3          4          FINAL

INMAN             0          0          0          0          0

Oakley             3          0          0          6          9

(Team, Player/Play, Extra Point Attempt, Overall Score)


Oakley = Scored on a 24-yard field goal 0-3


No Scoring


No Scoring


Oakley = Scored on a 1-yard run (Kick failed) 0-9

TEAM STATS:                                   INMAN                         Oakley

1st Downs                                            8                                  14

Total Offense (Plays-Yds)                   39-171                         56-208

Passing (Comp-Att-Yds-Tds-Int)         4-11-30-0-3                 2-2-35-0-0

Rushing (Atts-Yds-Tds)                       23-141-0                      50-173-1

Penalties (#-Yds)                                 5-78                             5-72

Turnovers (Fumbles-Lost-Int)            0-0-3                            0-0-0


Passing (Comp-Atts-Yds-Tds-Int): Jace Doerksen 4-11-30-0-3.

Rushing (Atts-Yds-Tds): Jace Doerksen 8-73-0; Kendyn Blank 6-48-0; Carter Brown 4-18-0; Tanner Heckel 3-2-0; Kyler Konrade 2-0-0.

Receiving (Rec-Yds-Tds): Kendyn Blank 2-18-0; Eli Brunk 1-12-0; Tanner Heckel 1-0-0.

Defense (Tackles-Solo-Assist-Sacks-TFL): Carter Brown 10.5-5-11-0.0-1.5; Jace Doerksen 7.5-5-5-0.0-0.0; Nate Shober 7.5-5-5-0.0-0.0; Kyler Konrade 7.5-3-9-0.0-0.0; Darien Dawes 5.0-1-8-0.0-1.5; Mason Carter 4.0-2-4-0.0-0.5; Dawson Mannebach 4.0-2-4-0.0-1.5; Thomas Evans 2.0-0-4-0.0-1.5; Kendyn Blank 1.0-0-2-0.0-0.5; Tanner Heckel 1.0-1-0-0.0-0.0; Talon Welch 0.5-0-1-0.0-0.0; Dominic Nuese-Rasmussen 0.5-0-1-0.0-0.0; Cole Hase 0.5-0-1-0.0-0.5.

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