HARLAN — Harlan and Creston/O-M freshmen engaged in a high-scoring contest here Monday, with the Cyclones ending up on top, 47-39.
Chase Shiltz ran for 219 yards and four touchdowns, plus a kick return touchdown and interception return TD. Brody Frain passed for 35 yards and rushed for 40. Cody Crawford caught both completions. Colton Bolinger had a total of eight tackles and Kadon Hulett had seven.
“This was a great game to watch and coach,” said Creston/O-M co-coach Jon Thomson. “We just ended up on the wrong side, but we had good things going for us. The offensive line really pushed things through. We couldn’t get our passing game going with some good Harlan secondary play, but we could run the ball.”
Thomson said the team’s “Hammer” formation was effective in a power running attack, and the Panthers held the leads a couple of times.
“We gave up some big plays to a good receivers and then a big play twice with a little trap in the middle of our defense,” Thomson said. “We will take this and learn from it and come back stronger in our next game against Glenwood.”
Creston/O-M hosts Glenwood at 4:45 p.m. Friday.
There was no JV game played Monday.
Rushing — Chase Shiltz 29-219, 4 TDs; Brody Frain 6-40; Jackson Mikkelsen 3-20; Colton Bolinger 5-15.
Passing — Frain 2-8-2 for 35 yards.
Receiving — Cody Crawford 2-35.
Tackles (solo-assists) — Bolinger 2-6, Kadon Hulett 2-5, Shiltz 1-6, Frain 1-4, Kyle Somers 0-4, Gavin Woods 0-4, Seth Thompson 0-4, Devon Peterson 0-4, Quinten Scadden 1-2, Cody Tanner 0-2.
Interception — Shiltz 2.