North Platte football's season ends in quick rematch with Plattsburg

The rematch ended up looking a lot like the original.

Meeting for the second time in two weeks, Plattsburg kept breaking big plays, this time blitzing to a 54-22 win over North Platte on Friday, Oct. 20 in the opening round of the Class 1 District 7 tournament. The matchup in Plattsburg, Mo. came after the Tigers won 49-13 the week before in Dearborn, Mo. in the regular season and KCI Conference finale for both teams.

North Platte trailed just 20-8 at halftime but allowed three touchdowns in the next 8 minutes — all on plays of 25 yards or more.

Andrew Hernandez — North Platte’s sophomore quarterback — scored on a 13-yard keeper to cut the deficit to 41-14, but senior Remington Wilson’s late touchdown run plus a 2-point conversion were the final points for the Panthers on the season. Wilson ended the season with team-highs of 695 yards rushing and six touchdowns.

North Platte finished at 2-8 overall for a second straight season, this time losing seven seniors off of a small roster. QB/TE/DL Austin Snook, WR/DB Will Morse, WR/DB Corbin Green, OL/DL Van French, OL/DL Bart Owens and WR/CB Christian Katchur joined Wilson in playing their final games for the Panthers.

Wilson totaled a career-high 161 yards on 18 carries, scoring North Platte’s opening touchdown to make it 20-8. Plattsburg’s Austin Stevens caught a jump ball pass on the final play of the first half, but the Panthers kept him out of the end zone to stay within two possessions at the break.

Outside of Wilson, North Platte couldn’t find the offense to match Plattsburg’s high-powered running attack.

Hernandez completed just 4 of 12 passes for 51 yards with an interception, while Snook — the starter early in the season who ended up playing sparingly behind the sophomore — threw two incompletions. Hernandez also ran for 31 yards on 11 carries.

Green caught three passes for 20 yards to lead North Platte’s wide receivers, while junior Hunter Hendricks caught a 31-yarder for Hernandez’s longest completion.

Wilson also topped North Platte’s defense from his linebacker spot with 13 tackles. Plattsburg didn’t have any punts.