SYRACUSE- The Syracuse Rockets capitalized on three second quarter touchdowns Friday en route to a 42-20 win against Nebraska City on senior night.

Both Syracuse and Nebraska City came away empty handed on their first possessions of the game. 

On the Rockets second drive of the game, freshman quarterback Will Janssen set the offense up near the goal line with a 37-yard run up the right sideline before stepping out of bounds at the two-yard line.

Sophomore running back Cy Petersen finished the drive for Syracuse by getting into the end zone from two-yards out to score the first points of the game, 7-0 Syracuse.

Syracuse doubled its lead after a Nebraska City punt. This time, it was Janssen pushing his way past the pylon from eight-yards out, to make it 14-0 Syracuse with under a minute left in the first quarter.

The Pioneer offense came alive less than twenty seconds later with a 54-yard touchdown run from senior running back Bayler Poston.

Peterson started the second quarter with another touchdowns score from nine-yards out to put Syracuse back up by double digits, 21-6.

Poston also doubled up on touchdowns in the second quarter, as he brought the Pioneers back to within seven, 21-14, from six-yards out.

Seniors Robert Shanks and Micah Harvey both added rushing touchdowns in the second quarter for the Rockets, but a blunder right before halftime kept the game at 35-20 Syracuse.

With less than ten seconds in the first half, Janssen eyed Shanks lined up in the slot. The senior receiver ran an out route angled towards the sideline, but junior inside-linebacker Keston Holman jumped the route perfectly and intercepted the pass. Holman scored on the pick six from 28-yards out right before halftime.

The second half was slow moving for both teams. Only Syracuse was able to put points on the board in the third and fourth frames of action. Senior Elliot Kuhr scored the lone second half touchdown with 7:26 left to play in the third quarter. 

Syracuse improves to 5-3 on the season, and eyes to lock in a playoff spot in Class C1 potentially with a win in the regular season finale against Lincoln Christian.

Nebraska City falls to 1-7 overall with a regular season finale against Auburn.