It took a bit longer than normal for the Creighton offensive machine to get warmed up, but once it did, the Bulldogs rolled to another playoff victory.
In the second round of the Class D1 State Football Playoffs, Creighton took down nearby Plainview in a 58-0 shutout.
Plainview gave the Bulldogs trouble to start, using stout defense to keep Creighton in check and keeping them on their heels with a strong option offense. However, the Bulldogs eventually settled in after getting their first score when Brayden Zimmerer connected with Brady Nelson on a fourth and 21 for the score near the end of the first quarter.
In the second quarter, Derek Wortman, fresh off a record-setting performance in the first round, dashed 20 yards down the sideline to put the Bulldogs up 14-0. Not much later, he then broke the game wide open when he went nearly end zone-to-end zone for a 78-yard touchdown dash, giving the Bulldogs a 22-0 lead going into halftime.
In the second half, Wortman struck again from 30 yards out. The Pirates answered with a strong drive of their own, led by running back Matt Hoffman. However, on fourth and goal, the Bulldogs tackled Hoffman just inches from the front pylon to preserve the shutout. Creighton then drove the length of the field for another big drive, capped off by a Zimmerer scoring run with :29 to go in the third.
In the final frame, Zimmerer added his second rushing score of the night from four yards out to put Creighton up 42-0. Wortman then tacked on two final scores, one from 38 yards out and the final from 57 yards away, to bring the game to a close.
The win sends Creighton on to the quarterfinals for the fifth-straight season. They will take on East Butler at home on Tuesday, November 7. Game time will be announced at a later time.