PIERCE, Neb. -- The Pierce Bluejays came into 2022 motivated following a defeat in last year's state championship game.

That motivation was evident in Pierce's 38-7 win over perennial power Wahoo on Friday.

Abram Scholting completed his first ten passes and added 65 yards on the ground as the Bluejays built a 21-point halftime lead.

Husker football recruit Ben Brahmer caught eight passes for 140 yards and two touchdowns to lead Pierce receivers.

"Best quarterback in the state," Brahmer said after the game.

"Best receiver," Scholting said of Brahmer.

"We're proud of a lot of the good things they did, but there's still a lot to iron out," Pierce coach Mark Brahmer said after his team's performance.

Pierce travels to Columbus Scotus next week, while Wahoo continues its tough opening-season schedule with a home game against Ashland-Greenwood, which beat defending state champion Columbus Lakeview on Friday.