Greene County lost 20-19 in Jefferson to North Polk (Alleman) Wednesday night in the opening round of the Class 2A football playoffs in a game that saw lead changes, penalties, and turnovers. The Comets, ranked seventh, advance to Monday’s second round with a 9-1 record and they won for the second time this season over the Rams, both close games in Jefferson. The Rams end the season at 5-5, their first non-losing since since the 2009 Rams went 6-5.

The Rams were penalized eight times for 80 yards and the Comets were flagged six times for 50  yards. NP turned the ball over five times to three turnovers by the Rams. Both teams had punt snaps go over the head of the punter and other problems. Greene County out gained NP 242-218.

Junior JC Weitl ran the ball 20 times for 156 yards and a TD, but he left in the third quarter due to injury and did not return. The carries and yards were both career highs for the backup running back who entered the game with 195 rushing yards for the season on 49 carries. Weitl’s 62 yard touchdown run on the Rams’ first play of the third game turned a 14-13 deficit into a 19-14 lead. Junior Jake Carey caught a TD pass of nine yards from sophomore Daric Whipple, and sophomore Max Neese started the Greene County scoring with a kickoff return of 95 yards. That cut the Comets lead in the second quarter from 14-0 to 14-7 after freshman Nick Schroeder kicked the extra point.

Cody Moeckly had TD runs of six and one yards for NP and quarterback Cole Jackson had a sneak for a one yard touchdown.

The Comets play Gilbert in Gilbert on Nov. 4 while Greene County puts the pads away.

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