Cox’s record-breaking game lifts Sandhills/Thedford to state title

Cox’s record-breaking game lifts Sandhills/Thedford to state title
November 20th, 2023 | Andrew Lacy

LINCOLN – A record-setting performance from Kyle Cox helped the Sandhills/Thedford football team claim the Class D2 state championship with a 50-12 victory over Wynot on Monday.

Wynot started the game with a long drive with Dylan Heine finding Carson Wiesler for a six yard touchdown pass. Sandhills/Thedford answered with a 12-yard touchdown run by Cox to tie it.

The Knights would never trail again as Cox scored on runs of eight and six yards in the second quarter to take a 22-6 advantage into the locker room.

The second half was more of the same as Cox scored again in the third quarter. Wynot was able to find the end zone again on a five yard run by Kasen Koch, but two more touchdowns for Cox and on by Coby Higgins secured the win for Sandhills/Thedford.

Cox finished with 65 rushes for 486 yards and six touchdowns to break the Class D2 record for rushing yards in a playoff game the all-class record for yards in a state final and the all-class record for carries in any game. Defensively, he added 10 tackles, three pass breakups and an interception.

Rhett McFadden finished with 11 tackles to lead the defense as they held Wynot under 200 yards of total offense. The Knights combined for seven tackles for loss, two sacks and seven passes broken up.

The state championship is the first in program history.

Listen to a replay of the game below:


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