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Oakland-Craig topples Tekamah-Herman
2017-10-18T10:12










The Oakland-Craig Football Team won 47-6 at home over Tekamah-Herman Friday night.

Ben Smith carried the ball 6 times for 110 yards and scored twice. Evan Reinert was 5-7 passing for 102 yards and threw for 3 touchdowns and an interception.

Garrett Seagren hauled in 4 passes for 55 yards, and scored twice.

The Knights racked up 373 yards of total offense, including 239 on the ground.

Head Coach Joe Anderson says his team was able to build for the future in this game. "It was good to get another district win. Our older kids executed pretty well, which allowed our younger kids to get a lot of playing time. Games like this really help build our program for years to come."

He adds it was important to get the run game going. "We have been working hard on getting our rushing game. We like to throw the ball, but the weather (like the LV game) does not always allow you to do that, so for us to win games in October and November we will have to run the ball better, so it was good to see our OL give Ben some running room and he really took advantage of it."

Oakland-Craig (7-1) takes on Fremont Bergan (5-3) on the road Friday night in the regular season finale.

Bergan was upset 20-14 at BRLD this past Friday night.

Anderson says his squad will have their hands full. "Bergan is always a strong program and they play really tough at home. They are big power football team. We are going to have to match their physicality and try to slow down their running game. Offensively we are going to have to be assignment sound as they blitz a bunch of people from different areas."

This game is for the District Title, and Oakland-Craig can win District C2-3 outright with a win.

Should Bergan win and should BRLD beat Logan View, then there would be a 3-way tie for the district.

My guess is the tiebreaker would go to Oakland-Craig though.

Anderson says it would be big to get this win to win another district title and earn a high playoff seed. "One of our goals at the beginning of the year was to win another district title. We knew if we won our district, we would be in the playoffs. And if you win all of your district games, it means you are playing pretty good football at the end of the year, which is important if you want to keep playing in November. A win this Friday would most likely get us a home game in the 1st round."

Right now, Oakland-Craig would be the No. 6 seed if the C-2 playoffs started today.

A loss might mean a first round road playoff game for Oakland-Craig so this game is very important for them.

I look for Oakland-Craig to go into Fremont and take care of business.

Bergan is obviously a nice team and a traditional powerhouse, but I feel Oakland-Craig is better.

You know it will be a great game though with Bergan fighting for any playoff hopes they have left.

I wonder if Bergan was looking forward to this game last week when they lost to BRLD.

That could be the case, but if it is, then Bergan really put themselves in a tough position.

I don't even know if Bergan can win the District and make the playoffs with a win, but this game is still very important for both teams.

Reinert, Smith, and Seagren need to play the way they did against Tekamah-Herman.

If those three and the offensive line perform well then Oakland-Craig should be in good shape.
Logan View downs Wisner-Pilger
2017-10-18T09:54










The Logan View Football team stopped their two-game losing streak Friday night, winning 56-20 at Wisner-Pilger.

Jacob Polk was 6-8 passing for 101 yards with a touchdown. Polk had 134 yards rushing on 8 carries, and scored twice.

Nolan Miller hauled in 2 passes for 57 yards, and scored once.

The Raiders racked up 352 yards of offense, including 252 on the ground.

Head Coach Dustin Sealey says Polk was a big factor in the win. "If Jacob Polk plays well, the Logan View Raiders usually have a good Friday night. I was really impressed with his decisions and throwing the ball."

Logan View (5-3) hosts BRLD (4-4) Friday night.

The Wolverines upset Fremont Bergan 20-14 at home this past Friday night.

This is a must win game for the Raiders if they hope to go to the playoffs.

Sealey says everything hangs in the balance Friday night. "Being a playoff team is the next step for our team and football program. BRLD is a talented team and there is the “do or die” pressure. I am excited to see how we respond."

It should be a great matchup between Polk and Brady Hull and Will Gatzemeyer and Jacob Zuhlke for BRLD.

Sealey says his squad has to play physical smart defense to slow down Gatzemeyer and Zuhlke.

Sealey adds his team can't afford to make many mistakes Friday night. "We are going to have to be on top of our game. That means disciplined on both sides of the ball. The margin for error in these types of games is extremely small."

That means the Raiders can't miss any blocking assignments, have to limit penalties and turnovers, and simply cannot make any dumb, boneheaded plays or commit any silly personal fouls or things of that nature.

Logan View has to play smart Football out there.

The Raiders have to realize what is at stake Friday night.

It's a chance to go to the playoffs and extend your season. Lose and it's go home.

This team has come too far and played too well this year to have their season come to a close.

The thing is though Logan View is facing a BRLD team that has won four out of their last five after starting the year 0-3.

The Wolverines have improved each and every week, and will be tough for the Raiders to knock off, there's no question about it.

With that said, Logan View beat BRLD last year, and I think the Raiders can do it again this year.

It won't be easy, but Logan View can definitely get the job done.

I think the game being at Logan View really helps the Raiders.

It should be a great game and a great night of High School Football, and I can't wait to find out what the score of the game ends up being when I go on to do the Lincoln Street Market High School Scoreboard Show Friday night during the 10:00 hour on 107.9 the Bull.
BRLD upsets Fremont Bergan
2017-10-18T09:40













The BRLD Football Team upset Fremont Bergan 20-14 at home Friday night.

The Wolverines led 6-0 at the end of the 1st quarter, and won the 2nd quarter 8-7 to take a 14-7 lead into the locker room.

BRLD blanked the Knights 6-0 in the 3rd quarter to extend the lead to 20-7 at the end of the 3rd.

Bergan shutout the Wolverines 7-0 in the 4th quarter, but it wasn't enough.

Will Gatzemeyer was 10-16 passing for 114 yards and a touchdown while running the ball 18 times for 59 yards, and scoring once.

Jacob Zuhlke ran the ball 28 times for 100 yards, and punched it in the end zone once.

Head Coach Dan Maresh says Gatzemeyer and Zuhlke's performances are a testament to them and their teammates. "Will has done a great job in the off-season developing himself into an all around QB. The running part came easy for him but he wanted to work on his passing game and spent a lot of time working on his mechanics. Against Bergan he did a great job knowing where we needed to go with the football. Jacob Zuhlke has shown a lot of toughness this season and has been able to get us the tough yards we have needed last few weeks. He has been a steady performer for us the last two years. Both Will and Jacob have benefited from the development of the offensive line as the season has gone on. Each week they are getting better and better and are setting the tone for our offense."

Derek Petersen and Lucas Vogt made 10 tackles apiece while Tyler Kroger and Zuhlke totaled 9 and 7, respectively.

BRLD amassed 279 yards of total offense, including 165 on the ground.

The defense gave up 151 yards of total offense, including 129 rushing.

Maresh on what the win means for his program. "Hopefully it shows our program that we can compete with some of the better teams in C2. With the co-op being so young it was hard for our kids to understand their potential and how they fit in with the C2 landscape and all the competitive football that is played in this area."

The Wolverines (4-4) take on Logan View (5-3) on the road Friday night.

The Raiders won last year's game 49-48.

Maresh says his team would simply like to end the year with a W. "All we are looking to do is end the season with a winning record against a program that has had a fantastic season. They are a well coached team that has won some hard fought, physical games. If we could get a win against them it would again show the kids that this program can be very successful moving forward."

Two players BRLD will have to really key on and try and slow down are Jacob Polk and Brady Hull. "It will be a big challenge all night trying to slow down that 1, 2, punch. They compliment each other very well and it doesn't take much for them to turn a well defended play into a big play for them. We are going to have to play assignment football and rally to the ball carrier because it takes more than one player to bring them down," Maresh said.

The Wolverines have won 4 out of their last 5 after starting the season 0-3.

Maresh credits leadership, confidence and experience as things that have allowed BRLD to play better in the 2nd half of the season.

I think this is going to be a great game.

Two great quarterbacks and running backs going up against one another with a chance for Logan View to go to the playoffs.

I'm sure the Wolverines would love nothing more than to go into Logan View and leave with a win.

BRLD has to be thinking if we're not going to the playoffs neither are you.

That has to be the Wolverines' mentality the entire game.

BRLD has already proven they are better in the 2nd year of the Co-op despite losing a lot of good players to graduation last year.

I think the growth and development the Wolverines have displayed all season is a testament to hard work by the players and excellent coaching.

Both BRLD and Logan View are very well coached teams, and I have a lot of respect for both programs.

I'm sure the two programs have a lot of respect for each other as well.

It should be a fun and exciting High School Football Game. I expect both teams to play very, very well.
Howells-Dodge routs Homer
2017-10-18T09:19












The Howells-Dodge Football Team routed Homer 56-15 at home Friday night.

Here is the scoring recap from the game:

First Quarter
Howells-Dodge 09:25 #4 Dax VanLengen runs for 14 yards. Touchdown! (Two point conversion run by #28 Dylan Horejsi good)
Howells-Dodge 07:36 #28 Dylan Horejsi runs for 6 yards. Touchdown! (Two point conversion run by #28 Dylan Horejsi good)
Homer Community 04:05 49 yard field goal attempt by #10 Jacob Huerta. Good!
Howells-Dodge 01:35 #4 Dax VanLengen runs for 1 yards. Touchdown! (Two point conversion run by #28 Dylan Horejsi no good)

Second Quarter
Howells-Dodge 06:50 #23 Jordon Brichacek runs for 7 yards. Touchdown! (Two point conversion run by #23 Jordon Brichacek good)
Howells-Dodge 03:20 #4 Dax VanLengen pass complete to #23 Jordon Brichacek for 16 yards. Touchdown! (Two point conversion run by #28 Dylan Horejsi good)
Homer Community 02:00 #7 Austin Pies pass intended for Team. Intercepted by #22 Jon Yosten. (Two point conversion run by #4 Dax VanLengen no good)

Third Quarter
Homer Community 3 #7 Austin Pies runs for 55 yards. Touchdown! (Point after kick by #10 Jacob Huerta no good)
Howells-Dodge 3 #4 Dax VanLengen pass complete to #25 Kade Hegemann for 5 yards. Touchdown! (Two point conversion pass by #4 Dax VanLengen to #23 Jordon Brichacek no good)

Fourth Quarter
Howells-Dodge 09:19 #4 Dax VanLengen pass intended for Team. Intercepted by #10 Jacob Huerta. (Point after kick by #10 Jacob Huerta no good)
Howells-Dodge 06:11 #7 Charlie Dvorak runs for 21 yards. Touchdown! (Two point conversion run by #1 Luke Rocheford no good)

VanLengen was 9-12 passing for 138 yards and two touchdowns.

Brichacek hauled in 4 passes for 94 yards, and scored once.

Horejsi carried the ball 21 times for 108 yards, and a score.

Hegemann registered 11 tackles while Ryan Macholan totaled 9. Yosten added 8.

The Jaguars racked up 352 yards of total offense, 214 coming on the ground.

The defense gave up 187 yards of total offense, including 180 rushing.

This was another big, dominating performance from Howells-Dodge despite a delay due to the lights being out on the field.

The Jaguars (7-0) battle Clarkson/Leigh (3-4) on the road Friday night.

The Patriots lost 44-14 at Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family this past Friday night.

The Jaguars routed the Bulldogs 70-14 on the road two weeks ago so Howells-Dodge should win this one comfortably.

The Jaguars are probably looking at the 2 seed in the East for the Playoffs, or perhaps the 1 depending if Creighton goes East or West.

Howells-Dodge can worry about all that after Friday night though.

The only order of business right now is to beat Clarkson/Leigh and win a District Championship.

I'm sure that's what Head Coach Mike Speirs is telling his players. Don't look beyond Friday night.

The Patriots are a rival, and will come ready to play, you can bet that.

It's going to take a tremendous effort from Howells-Dodge to come away with the win.

The Jaguars need to play the way they have since the Osmond game.

I thought that game served as a good wake up call for Howells-Dodge, and got the Jaguars on track.

It will be interesting to see how much of a factor Clarkson/Leigh's Anthony Bruhn is or if he even plays because he had limited carries and pass attempts last week.

Regardless of if he plays though the goal has to be fly to the football and wrap up on defense if you are the Jaguars.

All 8 hats need to be in on the tackle as much as possible.

Howells-Dodge needs to win this game big to get ready for the playoffs.

It's important for these players to continue to get good repetition and work because you never know when the Jaguars will need it for the postseason.

There are some great teams out there in D-1 this year, and Howells-Dodge is one of them.

What a big deal it would be to finish the regular season undefeated and head into the playoffs as a very high seed.

The Jaguars are a great team, and I think their greatness will be on full display Friday night.

I think Howells-Dodge will do to Clarkson/Leigh what they have to most teams this season.
Clarkson/Leigh falls at Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family
2017-10-18T08:55













The Clarkson/Leigh Football Team lost 44-14 at Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family Friday night.

The Bulldogs led 16-0 at the end of the 1st quarter, and outscored the Patriots 14-2 in the 2nd quarter to take a 30-2 lead into the locker room.

Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family shutout Clarkson/Leigh 8-0 in the 3rd quarter to make it a 38-2 game at the end of the 3rd quarter.

The Patriots doubled up the Bulldogs 12-6 in the 4th quarter.

Lance Paprocki had 15 carries for 114 yards and two touchdowns. Jacob Gall carried the rock 16 times for 57 yards.

Gall made 13 tackles while Dillon Knapp totaled 7.

Clarkson/Leigh racked up 220 yards of total offense, including 205 rushing. Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family totaled 317 yards of offense, 194 of them passing.

Anthony Bruhn was ineffective or limited or shutdown or may have gotten injured or something, but I would say not having him produce really affected the outcome of this game.

The Patriots (3-4) host rival Howells-Dodge (7-0) Friday night.

The Jaguars smoked Homer 56-15 at home this past Friday night.

Howells-Dodge won 70-14 at Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family two weeks ago.

So if both teams play the way they did against the Bulldogs then Clarkson/Leigh is most likely in deep, deep trouble.

But if Bruhn is healthy and plays then it could be a different story.

Either way, the Patriots need this game to ensure themselves a playoff spot, at least I think so.

It appears Clarkson/Leigh will get in the playoffs with a loss even, but nothing is for sure at this point.

Clarkson/Leigh had their chance last week, but who knows, perhaps the Patriots will shock the state and upset the Jaguars and earn at least a share of the District Title.

Clarkson/Leigh just has to go out there and play their tails off, and let the scoreboard take care of itself.

The Patriots have to play as if their season is on the line because the playoffs are not guaranteed..

At no point can Clarkson/Leigh give up.

The Patriots have to take care of the ball and limit penalties, and try and limit Howells-Dodge in the run and return games.

Clarkson/Leigh has to man up and stop the run, and try and force Dax VanLengen to beat them with his arm.

The Jaguars are a great team, but the Patriots have to go out there and play with reckless abandonment and no regard for human life.

Clarkson/Leigh has to go out there and smack Howells-Dodge in the mouth, and hit hard, and play physical, smashmouth Football.

The Patriots have to play with tremendous energy, heart, and hustle.

Clarkson/Leigh has to give the Jaguars everything they've got, and leave it all out on the field.

The Patriots have to play with tremendous pride and passion, and let their play take care of itself.

This is Clarkson/Leigh's chance at greatness.
Winnebago loses to GACC
2017-10-18T08:36










The Winnebago Football Team lost 66-28 at GACC Friday night.

The Indians can still earn a split of the District Title if Pender upsets the Bluejays though, and Winnebago wins their season finale.

The Indians (2-5) host Homer (2-5) Friday night.

The Knights lost 56-15 at Howells-Dodge this past Friday night.

Pender beat Homer 46-40, and based on that score, I think Winnebago has a really good chance to win this one.

The Indians also played GACC closer than the Knights did, and I like Winnebago to pick up the win Friday night.

What a way it would be for the Indians to go out too.

Sure Winnebago won't make the playoffs, but to win your last game and 3 out of your final 4 would be something special.

I think the Indians have improved each and every year since 2015 when I first started writing about them, and will be a team to be reckoned with in the future.

You can bet this game with Homer will be high scoring, electric, and entertaining.

Winnebago's fans have to rally around this team and get excited.

The Indians' players also have to get pumped and get ready to go out there and put on the pads one more time in 2017.

T.J. Frenchman needs to go wild on the Knights, and Winnebago has to turn in a big performance Friday night.

The Indians are more than capable of playing a great game and winning by double digits, they just need to go out there and make it happen.

Sure the game against the Bluejays didn't go exactly the way Winnebago hoped for, but the Indians have this week to right the ship.

This is it though. The final chance for the Indians to go out there and play a great game.

There's a last time for everything, and for these seniors this is it. This is the last time they will ever play a High School Football Game, and the last time they will dawn the Blue and White of Winnebago on a Football Field.

Forever is about to happen for these players, and so the Indians have to go out there and play with Bago Pride, and give it all they got, and leave everything out on the field.

Winnebago has to be "perfect," according to Friday Night Light's definition.
Emerson-Hubbard loses in shootout to Allen
2017-10-17T09:23









The Emerson-Hubbard Football Team lost 44-40 at home to Allen Friday night.

The Pirates led 14-6 at the end of one before the Eagles won the 2nd quarter 14-6 to tie the game at 20 at halftime.

Emerson-Hubbard doubled up Allen 12-6 in the 3rd quarter to lead 32-26 at the end of three.

The Eagles outscored the Pirates 18-8 in the 4th quarter.

Emerson-Hubbard gave up 502 yards of offense, including 455 rushing.

This one hurts for the Pirates. Emerson-Hubbard probably needs a win over Randolph in the regular season finale to make the playoffs.

The Pirates (2-5) battle the Cardinals (5-2) on the road Friday night.

Randolph lost 50-20 at Wynot this past Friday night.

The Cardinals are a very good team, and will be very difficult for Emerson-Hubbard to beat, in my opinion.

With that said, the season is on the line for the Pirates, and this is do or die for Emerson-Hubbard.

Win and you're in. Lose and the season is likely over.

The Pirates have to come out and play with a sense of urgency and like their season is on the line and there's no tomorrow because that is the case.

Emerson-Hubbard has to play with tremendous pride, fire, passion, desire, physical and mental toughness, tenacity, and grit.

The Pirates have to play out of their minds, and turn in their best performance of the season.

Beating Randolph in Randolph is no easy task, but Emerson-Hubbard really has no choice but to win.

The only option the Pirates have is to pick up a win. There is no other option for Emerson-Hubbard at this point. It's win or go home.

The Pirates have to play like this is it because it could be if Emerson-Hubbard doesn't win.

The Pirates have to throw the kitchen sink at and give an all out effort against the Cardinals. Emerson-Hubbard can't hold anything back whatsoever.

The Pirates have to turn in their best performance of the season, and play well.

It's make or break for Emerson-Hubbard. The Pirates are going to either be really happy campers Friday night or disappointed and down on the ride home.

Hopefully it's a jolly ride home for Emerson-Hubbard because I would really like to see the Pirates make the playoffs.

Emerson-Hubbard has to go into Randolph and play with reckless abandonment Friday night. The Pirates must have no regard for human life.

Emerson-Hubbard has to go into Randolph and play hard nosed, smashmouth, in your face, physical football.
Scribner-Snyder drops game to Osceola
2017-10-17T08:40









The Osceola Football team went into Scribner Friday night and left town with a 38-6 victory over Scribner-Snyder.

Brennan Bryan got the scoring started for the Bulldogs, plunging in from a yard out to make it an 8-0 game in favor of Osceola at the 8:07 mark of the 1st Quarter.

Caden Theis hit Carter Boden on a 72-yard TD pass with 3:45 left to go in the opening period, and the Bulldogs led 16-0.

Theis hit Boden on a 16-yard TD pass with just over 6 minutes left to go until halftime, and Osceola extended their lead to 24-0.

Theis ran one in from a yard out with 1:02 remaining in the 3rd quarter to give the Bulldogs a 32-0 advantage.

The Trojans' Austin Peters scored from 29 yards out with 6:30 left in the 4th quarter to make it a 32-6 game in favor of Osceola.

Bryan found the end zone for a second time, this time from 40 yards out to make up the final score.

Peters ran the ball 22 times for 131 yards, and scored a touchdown. Sebastian Arnold added 112 yards rushing on 27 carries.

The Bulldogs rolled up 326 yards of total offense, including 178 on the ground, while the Trojans totaled 242 yards of offense, all on the ground.



Head Coach Anthony Ruzicka says he liked the running game that gained more than 240 yards.  "Yeah the line did a great job, backs did a good job. Overall, I'm really, really happy with how they played. Played with some iron in their belly finally, and it was a good night."

Scribner-Snyder (0-7) hosts Cedar Bluffs (1-6) Friday night in the season finale.

The Wildcats lost 60-8 at home to Humphrey St. Francis this past Friday night.

Ruzicka is hoping to get a win. "We're hoping. I think we match up well against Cedar. And watch a little bit of film on them, and I think we match up well so it'll be a good game."

The Trojans are going to wear some alternate uniforms for the game, and are going to try and create a little excitement it appears.

Scribner-Snyder has to run the ball like there is no tomorrow, because there isn't for the Trojans.

This is it for Scribner-Snyder. The final game of the year for the Trojans.

Scribner-Snyder has to want to win this game for their seniors.

The Trojans have a chance to be perfect for just one night, and enjoy themselves.

Scribner-Snyder has to take care of the ball, and has to tackle and block well as well.

Limiting penalties will be crucial for the Trojans as well, in my opinion.

Scribner-Snyder is going to need to play a great game to come away with the win.

Anything is possible though, and the Trojans are certainly capable of coming away with the win.

Scribner-Snyder has to play physical, smashmouth, in your face Football, and pound the ball right at the Wildcats with their big offensive line.

The Trojans have to be like the mid 90's Huskers, and wear down Cedar Bluffs with the ground game.

Controlling clock and shortening the game and keeping the defense off the field as much as possible will be critical for Scribner-Snyder in my opinion.

The Trojans have to find ways to put the ball in the end zone more, and get more stops defensively.

Scribner-Snyder has to limit big plays, and force Cedar Bluffs to drive the length of the field.

Getting big returns in the kicking and punting games will be important for Scribner-Snyder as well, in my opinion.
Stanton loses to Hartington Cedar Catholic
2017-10-17T08:06









The Stanton Football Team competed well Friday night, but lost 21-0 at home to Hartington Cedar Catholic.

Neither team scored in the 1st quarter, but the Trojans blanked the Mustangs 14-0 in the 2nd quarter to lead by that score at halftime.

Hartington Cedar Catholic shutout Stanton 7-0 in the 3rd quarter to make up the final score as neither team scored in the 4th quarter.

Gauge Erickson led the way with 16 tackles while Ashton Flood totaled 11. Ben Hansen and Sutton Pohlman registered 10 apiece while Beau Wilke recorded 9.

The Mustangs racked up just 58 yards of total offense, 31 coming on the ground.

Very strong defensive performance from Stanton, and defense is always a good place to start, but the Mustangs couldn't get things going offensively.

Stanton (2-6) takes on Battle Creek (5-3) on the road in the season finale for the Mustangs Friday night.

The Braves shutout Crofton 38-0 on the road this past Friday night.

Stanton beat Battle Creek 13-7 at home last year to make the playoffs.

The Braves appear to be comfortably in the playoffs, but a Mustang win would give Battle Creek a pretty low seed more than likely.

This is the final game of the year for Stanton so the Mustangs really don't have anything to lose.

It's the final hoorah for these seniors, and a final chance at picking up a win.

It has been a very tough and trying year for Stanton, but a win over the Braves would no doubt make the Mustangs' season.

Stanton has to throw the kitchen sink at Battle Creek, and give the Braves every sort of look offensively, and blitzes and looks defensively.

The Mustangs have to go out there and play with reckless abandon because this is it for the year for Stanton, and for the seniors, this is it for High School Football.

Emotions tend to run high this time of year for everyone involved in High School Football, and I can only imagine what's going through these seniors' minds right now.

The Mustangs have to come out and be "perfect." I'm going to use a Friday Night Lights Reference here.

Being perfect is not what the score says on the scoreboard...being perfect is looking at your teammates in the eye and knowing there wasn't one more thing you could of done out there. That you gave your best effort on the field and there was nothing more thing you could of done.

That may not be the exact quote Billy Bob Thornton uses in the movie, but it's something of that nature.

This is it for Stanton. The final time the Mustangs will put on the Orange, Black, and White of Stanton this year. And for the seniors it's the last time in their lives they'll ever dawn the uniform of Stanton on a football field.
Wisner-Pilger falls to Logan View
2017-10-17T07:34










The Wisner-Pilger Football Team lost 56-20 at home to Logan View Friday night.

The 20-point output by the Gators was the most they've scored this season so that's a good sign for Wisner-Pilger.

The Gators (0-8) travel to Tekamah to take on Tekamah-Herman (1-7) Friday night in the season finale.

The Tigers lost 47-6 at Oakland-Craig this past Friday night.

Who can forget last year's game in Wisner when the Gators won 72-26 and racked up a school and 11-man state record 777 yards of total offense, including 531 on the ground.

That broke Wisner-Pilger's school record of 590 set in 2011.
Wisner-Pilger also broke Omaha South's 11 man all-class record of 760 yards set in 1991.

I'm sure that's an effort the Gators would like to duplicate or even exceed.

It will be very tough to do it again, but given Wisner-Pilger's offensive output against Logan View, one would have to say there is potential.

The Gators can definitely win this game, and a win would be a great way to head into next season.

I feel Tekamah-Herman has been a little bit better and stronger than Wisner-Pilger to this point in the season, but that doesn't mean the Gators can't win.

Players like Hunter Waterman, Keegan Ruskamp, and Jayden Raabe need to have huge games for Wisner-Pilger.

The Gators have to throw the kitchen sink at the Tigers, and give Tekamah-Herman everything they've got.

It has been another long and frustrating season for this young Wisner-Pilger squad, and so like last year, the Gators need to take out their season long frustrations out on the Tigers.

Wisner-Pilger did that and then some last year so I don't see why the Gators can't do that again Friday night.

Wisner-Pilger hasn't had a lot go right and good this season, and so it would be nice to see the Gators have some success in this game.

This is one of those games you hope to see both teams play well, and do some positive things that will hopefully springboard them into the offseason, and lead to better things next season.
Tekamah-Herman drops game to rival Oakland-Craig
2017-10-17T07:14










The Tekamah-Herman Football Team lost 47-6 at Oakland-Craig Friday night.

It was the Tigers' 8th straight loss to the Knights.

It was just another difficult night all the way around for Tekamah-Herman you could say.

The Tigers (1-7) host Wisner-Pilger (0-8) in the season finale Friday night.

The Gators lost 56-20 at home to Logan View this past Friday night.

Who can forget last year's game in Wisner when the Gators won 72-26 and racked up a school and 11-man state record 777 yards of total offense, including 531 on the ground.

That broke Wisner-Pilger's school record of 590 set in 2011.
Wisner-Pilger also broke Omaha South's 11 man all-class record of 760 yards set in 1991.

You can bet Tekamah-Herman hasn't forgotten about that game and will look to do something about it Friday night.

It has been a long, tough season for both teams yet again, and the Tigers will look to take out a year long's frustration of losing and disappointment out on the Gators.

Wisner-Pilger is a young team, but has to feel they have a good shot to win too.

It should be a good, close, entertaining, and compelling game, but I think Tekamah-Herman will find a way to pull this one out.

While 2-7 isn't an ideal record, it's improvement from last year, and a win would be a great way to end the season.

The Tigers have to come out fired up and motivated given how they were beat by this team last year.

Tekamah-Herman has to come out and put things all together, and play their best game of the season Friday night.

Forever is about to happen for these seniors, and the Tigers need to go out there and give it everything they've got, and must not hold anything back.

Tekamah-Herman has to go out there and leave it all out on the field for themselves, their teammates, coaches, parents, and fans.

The Tigers have to go out there and play for the glory of the game.

Tekamah-Herman has to seize the moment and opportunity Friday night.
North Bend Central falls to Wahoo Neumann
2017-10-16T09:47










The North Bend Central Football Team lost 43-12 at home to Wahoo Neumann Friday night.

Here is the scoring recap from the game:

First Quarter
WN- Brandon Blum 5 yd. run. David Lilly kick failed. 9:48
WN-Zach Meduna 41 yd interception return. Eli Vedral run 8:53
Team Safety. Snap into endzone. 7:18

Second Quarter
WN- Vedral 33 yd. run. Lilly kick failed 9:48
Blum 1 yd. run. Patrick Kenney kick good
North Bend--Austin Endorf 15 yd. pass to James. Seymour. :23 kick failed

Third Quarter
WN-Vedral 3 yd. run. Kenney kick good 4:14

Fourth Quarter
WN-Taylen Pospisil 21 yd. run. Kenney kick good. 6:47
North Bend-- Endorf 58 pass to Seymour 3:14 Pass failed

Endorf was 17-30 passing for 198 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. Seymour made 4 catches for 100 yards, and scored twice.

Joel Hines made 11 tackles while Brock Ray totaled 10.

The Tigers racked up 208 yards of offense, including 198 passing, while giving up 422 yards of offense, including 276 on the ground.

Head Coach Ryan Stieren on the loss. "We got out to such a tough start that it was difficult to climb our way back in. I really felt that we were going to give them a four quarter game but the way it began, it did not allow us to do that. Once we settled down, we competed well with them but against the top teams you must start strong. I thought that for us to stay close we would have to win the turnover battle, we did get two of theirs but they ended up getting 3 of ours. We are excited for one more opportunity to play under the lights this week."

North Bend Central (2-5) takes on David City (1-7) on the road Friday night.

The Scouts won 48-13 at Conestoga this past Friday night.

This should be a close game, but the Tigers should win.

North Bend Central won a thriller to end last season, and I look for the same thing to happen Friday night.

Things are a little trickier with the game being in David City, but again, the Tigers should come away victorious.

This is the last ever game for these seniors. The last time they will ever put on the football uniform of the Orange and Black.

North Bend Central has a strong senior class, one that has been a part of an ongoing turnaround of Tiger Football the past couple of years.

I think the Tigers have grown and improved over last year, and are better this year than last.

A win would be a good way to end the season Not many players can say they ended their high school career with a win.

Well...North Bend Central's senior class has an opportunity to do just that.

The Tigers have to come out and want it more than David City.

The Scouts are going to want to win this one badly too as it's their seniors' last ever game too so North Bend Central has to come ready to play physically and mentally.

The Tigers have to give it their all, and make David City earn their points.

North Bend Central has to be physical and win the battle at the line of scrimmage, hit hard, limit penalties and turnovers, and win the special teams battle.

The Tigers have to find ways to create their own breaks.

Endorf needs to have a big game passing the ball. I have a feeling him and Seymour are going to have big games again for North Bend Central.

Those two made a great connection this past Friday night so it will be interesting to see what the duo does for an encore.

This is it for the Tigers. One more chance to play the game they love under the Friday night lights before High School Football is done forever, for the seniors anyways.
Pender up ends Omaha Nation
2017-10-16T06:46













The Pender Football Team snapped their two-game losing streak Friday night, winning 66-38 at Omaha Nation.

Brady Oliver had 4 carries for 122 yards and a touchdown for the Pendragons while Jared Tyrell had 5 carries for 94 yards, and two scores.

Pender totaled 343 yards of offense, including 313 rushing.

I thought the Pendragons did a great job running the ball. Pender needs to have rushing performances like that every week.

The Pendragons (3-4) host GACC (7-0) in the regular season finale Thursday night.

The Bluejays stomped Winnebago 66-28 at home Friday night.

The same Indians team that beat Pender 60-42.

Needless to say, the Pendragons are going to need to play much better than they did in that game to come away with the win.

Pender's season is on the line as they're on the outside looking in when it comes to the playoffs.

The Pendragons need to win this one or their season is likely over.

Pender has to play with a sense of urgency and purpose Thursday night, and take it to GACC for four quarters.

The Pendragons have to win the battle at the line of scrimmage and be physical, and do all they can to try and slow down Jared Minnick and others.

Not giving up big runs and kick and punt returns to Minnick will be critical to Pender's success, in my opinion.

The Pendragons need to prevent big plays, and force the Bluejays to drive the length of the field and earn their points.

Pender has to assert themselves offensively, and give GACC a taste of their own medicine, which is running the ball down the Bluejays' throats.

The Pendragons could earn at least a share of the District Title by winning this game despite all their struggles this year so there is certainly a lot on the line and at stake for Pender.

Upsets happen all the time, and the Pendragons are certainly capable of going out there and making it happen.

GACC is already comfortably in the playoffs, but you know the Bluejays will bring their "A" game knowing how much they need to win to improve their playoff seeding, and be impressive prior to the postseason.

GACC has bigger aspirations this year than just winning this game I'm sure, but this game is Pender's season.

This is the Pendragons' playoff game, and perhaps the final hoorah for the seniors.

There could be no tomorrow for Pender so the Pendragons have to come out and play a whale of a game Thursday night.
GACC handles Winnebago
2017-10-16T06:32











The GACC Football team routed Winnebago 66-28 at home Friday night.

With the win, the Bluejays earn at least a share of the District D1-2 crown.

GACC (7-0) can win the district title outright Thursday night when they take on Pender (3-4) on the road.

The Pendragons are coming off a 66-38 win at Omaha Nation Friday night.

You can bet Pender will come ready to play given the fact their season is on the line.

The Pendragons need to win this game or their season is likely done.

Pender can also earn at least a share of the district title by winning too, although the Bluejays would still probably win the tiebreaker should they lose, and should Winnebago beat Homer to end the season.

All that talk could be for nothing though as I fully expect GACC to come out and take care of business.

I think this game is a good tune up for the playoffs for the Bluejays.

I think this contest is just what GACC needs to get ready for the postseason.

I look for the Bluejays to come out and win big.

I think GACC's offense will assert themselves very nicely against the Pendragons, and I feel Pender's offense will put up some points on the Bluejays, but not nearly enough to win.

I think this contest will be similar to the Pendragons' games with CWCE and Wakefield.

GACC needs to win this one badly to improve their playoff seeding.

Right now, the Bluejays wouldn't be a real high seed for an undefeated team, but if Plainview and Clarkson/Leigh could win their last games, GACC could gain some more power points.

Both those teams have very tough games to end the regular season, but anything is certainly possible.

The Bluejays just have to come out and play well and control what they can control, which is their effort and performance on the field.

GACC has to come out and dominate, and prepare themselves for another deep playoff run.

The pieces and horses are in place for the Bluejays to make another run at the State Championship, and much like last week, GACC has to be in championship form Thursday night.

I look for the Bluejays to stake claim to an early lead, and dominate for four quarters.

I think this could be GACC's best performance of the year.
Scribner-Snyder drops game to Humphrey St. Francis
2017-10-12T08:16









The Scribner-Snyder Football Team lost 74-6 at Humphrey St. Francis last Friday night.

The Flyers led 22-0 at the end of one, and blanked the Trojans 32-0 in the 2nd quarter to take a 54-0 lead into the locker room.

Humphrey St. Francis blanked Scribner-Snyder 6-0 in the 3rd quarter to make it a 60-0 game at the end of three.

The Flyers won the fourth quarter 14-6.

Austin Peters had 54 yards rushing on 15 carries.

Josh McMillen made 16 tackles while Peters racked up 15. Harrison Riggle added 8.

The Trojans amassed 116 yards of offense, all on the ground.

Scribner-Snyder (0-6) hosts Osceola (3-4) Friday night in a game that will be aired on 107.9 the Bull.

The Bulldogs lost 48-6 at home to Humphrey St. Francis this past Friday night.

I think having an off week and seeing Osceola against the Flyers really helps the Trojans.

The Bulldogs have lost to some good teams, but in Scribner-Snyder's case, I think having a week off can make a difference.

I don't know if Scribner-Snyder will win, but I think the Trojans will be more competitive in this game than they were in their last two games.

Scribner-Snyder has these last two home games and then the season is done. The Trojans have to put their all into these last two contests, and must fight as hard as possible to win them both.

Scribner-Snyder has to continue to fight and play hard no matter what.

I'm sure it would be easy to just quit and throw in the towel given what has transpired this season, but I don't see that happening with this team.

I think the Trojans will continue to give a great effort and play their hearts out, and represent Scribner-Snyder High School to the best of their ability.

These losses are all learning experiences for the players, and will only benefit them further in their football careers and/or in life.

The Trojans have to throw the kitchen sink at Osceola, and give the Bulldogs all they got.

I know Scribner-Snyder has Cedar Bluffs next week, but the Trojans have to give Osceola all they can handle and then some.

Scribner-Snyder has to pour their blood, sweat, and tears into this game, and play with the hearts of champions.

The Trojans have to get fired up, and run behind that big offensive line.

Peters has to have another solid outing in the run game, and the defense has to try and slow down the Bulldog attack.

Kickoff is set for 7:00 p.m. with pregame at 6:40 on the Bull.
Stanton falls at Ponca
2017-10-12T07:56










The Stanton Football Team lost 48-6 at Ponca on Saturday.

The Indians led 20-0 after one, and won the 2nd quarter 14-6 to take a 34-6 lead into the locker room.

Ponca shutout the Mustangs 14-0 in the 3rd quarter to make up the final score as neither team scored in the 4th quarter.

Marcus Spotanski was 4-15 passing for 70 yards and two interceptions. Beau Wilke made 2 receptions for 73 yards.

Gauge Erickson made a team-high 9 tackles while Wilke totaled 8.

Stanton racked up 286 yards of offense, including 171 rushing.

I thought the Mustangs made some nice strides offensively. Stanton just has to work on slowing down teams' offenses, and putting more points up on the board.

The Mustangs (2-5) host Hartington Cedar Catholic (7-0) Friday night.

The Trojans won 12-0 at home over Crofton this past Friday night.

I know the weather was bad last week, but Stanton only lost 15-8 to the Warriors so perhaps this game will be closer than some think.

Cedar Catholic has a huge showdown with Ponca next week, but the Trojans have to worry about and focus on the Mustangs first.

This is Stanton's last home game. The last time the seniors will ever play on their home field.

The Mustangs are out of playoff contention so it's all about playing for school pride at this point.

Stanton has to come out and play inspired and motivated. I really think the Mustangs will do just that.

These kids are battling hard I'm sure, Stanton just hasn't seen the same results that they're used to.

It has been an unStanton like year you could say, but that doesn't mean this game doesn't matter and that the kids don't care.

There's still a lot for the Mustangs to play for.

A chance to knock off Cedar Catholic from the ranks of the unbeaten and win your last home game of the season should be motivating enough.

Stanton has to get jacked and fired up for this one. The Mustangs have to be ready to bring the lunch pail and hit hard and play smasmouth light you up football.

Stanton has to try their best to give the Trojans a taste of their own medicine.

The Mustangs need to be physical and must take the fight to Cedar Catholic.

The defense has to try and slow down the Trojans' running game and create turnovers.

Cedar Catholic is a lot like Ponca so Stanton could lose in a landslide, but I could also see the Mustangs competing and keeping things close with the Trojans.

I think it depends on if Stanton's offense can score points and if the defense can bog down Cedar Catholic at all.
BRLD shuts out Wisner-Pilger
2017-10-12T07:36












The BRLD Football Team shutout Wisner-Pilger 32-0 on the road Friday night.

Jacob Zuhlke had 114 yards rushing on 23 carries, and two touchdowns. Will Gatzemeyer added 59 yards on the ground on 23 attempts, and scored once.

Gatzemeyer was 9-11 passing for 112 yards with a TD.

Tyler Kroger and Seth Totten made 7 tackles apiece.

The Wolverines amassed 326 yards of total offense, including 214 rushing.

Good solid performance from BRLD. The Wolverines' offense probably would of put up more yards and points had the weather been better.

BRLD (3-4) hosts Fremont Bergan (5-2) Friday night.

The Knights won 48-0 at Tekamah-Herman last time out.

The Wolverines knocked off the Tigers 50-14, and I think BRLD can compete with and give Bergan a run for their money.

The Wolverines have a chance to play the role of major spoiler the last two games of the season.

BRLD has to be thinking "if we're not going to the playoffs you aren't either."

The Wolverines have a chance to finish the season 5-4 and take the next steps in their program.

BRLD has played such a tough schedule, and will fight hard against these last two teams, you can bet on that.

I look for the Wolverines to give both all they can handle, and perhaps upset one or both of them.

BRLD has to get pumped and be physical.

The good news for the Wolverines going up against these physical teams is they're a physical team themselves.

BRLD should matchup well against both squads, and both contests should be very close and compelling.

Both games should be slugfests between teams that like to play power, smashmouth football.

The Wolverines have to try and slow down Bergan's Logan Brandt, Ethan Villwok, and Jacob Johnson.

Those three combined for over 300 yards in the Knights' win over Tekamah-Herman.

BRLD has to limit Bergan in the run game to have a shot I would say. The Knights racked up 407 yards rushing against the Tigers.

If the Wolverines can hold Bergan to under 200 yards on the ground, that might be enough to win.

Anything more than that it could be pretty difficult.
Wisner-Pilger shutout by BRLD
2017-10-12T07:09









The Wisner-Pilger Football Team lost 32-0 at home to BRLD Friday night.

The Gators gave up 326 yards of total offense, including 214 rushing.

Not sure if it was the weather or what, but I thought Wisner-Pilger improved and made progress defensively. Now the Gators just need the offense to come around.

Wisner-Pilger (0-7) hosts Logan View (4-3) Friday night.

The Raiders lost 18-14 at home to Oakland-Craig this past Friday night.

This game is all about pride and playing the roll of spoiler if you are the Gators.

Wisner-Pilger is way out of playoff contention, but Logan View can still make the playoffs by winning their last two games.

I'm sure the Gators would like to see some progress by the results on the scoreboard.

Putting up a good amount of points and limiting Logan View to fewer points than what they've been giving up would be a good start, and a moral victory for Wisner-Pilger I feel.

The Gators need to play as well as possible Friday night to give themselves a chance in the season finale at Tekamah-Herman.

It has been a long, tough season for Wisner-Pilger, but the Gators need to try their best to improve and turn in better performances these next two weeks to build for next season.

Wisner-Pilger needs something to build off of going into next season, and needs something positive to happen these next two weeks, whatever it is.

The bottomline is the Gators have to be better on offense.

Wisner-Pilger has to find a way to score more points, whether that's sustaining drives or making big plays.

Big returns on kickoffs and punts would help, as would creating turnovers on defense.

Whatever the defense and special teams can do to help out the offense, the better for Wisner-Pilger.

This is the last home game of the season for the Gators. The last time these seniors will ever play on their home field.

Wisner-Pilger has to play inspired and for each other, and must have fun and do their best to turn in their best performance of the season.

Time is running out on these seniors' High School Football careers.
Tekamah-Herman loses big to Fremont Bergan
2017-10-12T06:54









The Tekamah-Herman Football Team lost 48-0 at home to Fremont Bergan Friday night.

The Knights led 14-0 at the end of one, and blanked the Tigers 6-0 in the 2nd quarter to take a 20-0 lead into the locker room.

Bergan shutout Tekamah-Herman 22-0 in the 3rd quarter to go up 42-0 at the end of three.

The Knights put up 6 points in the final quarter, and held the Tigers scoreless.

Tekamah-Herman gave up 411 yards of total offense, including 407 on the ground.

Really difficult night for the Tigers. You won't win any games not scoring, and not many when you give up over 400 yards rushing.

Tekamah-Herman (1-6) travels to Oakland to take on Oakland-Craig (6-1) Friday night.

The Knights edged Logan View 18-14 on the road this past Friday night.

The good news for the Tigers is Oakland-Craig is more of passing team than a running ball club.

I say that's good news due to how many rushing yards Tekamah-Herman surrendered to Bergan.

The Tigers have to key on and try and slow down Evan Reinert, Garrett Seagren, and Kobe Benne.

Stopping those three, and Reinert and Seagren in particular, has to be a goal.

Tekamah-Herman also has to watch out for Ben Smith though. The Tigers can't fall asleep on him given his running ability.

If I'm Tekamah-Herman though, I play the pass and try and make the Knights beat me with the run.

Playing pass coverage and bringing timely blitzes will be critical to the Tigers' success, in my opinion.

Tekamah-Herman also need to get things going offensively. The Tigers have to establish a run game, and must find a way to hit some big pass plays.

Getting good returns in the kicking and punting game will be important too I feel.

The special teams and field position battle could factor into this contest.

Ultimately it comes down to the two teams lining up and going at one another and seeing who is better though.

Oakland-Craig has won the last 7 meetings between the two teams, and hasn't lost to Tekamah-Herman since 2005.

I don't know if that's going to change this year, but anything is possible if the Tigers turn in their best performance of the season.

Tekamah-Herman has to play better than they did last week if they hope to compete in and win this game.

The Tigers' performance against Bergan wasn't their best you could say.
Oakland-Craig wins rain soaked game over Logan View
2017-10-12T09:37









In a soggy, rained soaked game Friday night, the Oakland-Craig Football Team pulled out an 18-14 win at Logan View.

Knights' signal caller Evan Reinert got Oakland-Craig on the board first, scoring from a yard out to put the Knights up 6-0 with 6:35 left to go in the first quarter.

The Raiders' Brady Hull scored on a 2-yard TD plunge with 3:48 remaining in the first quarter, and Logan View captured a 7-6 lead.

Reinert scored another touchdown on an 8-yard run with 48 seconds left to go until halftime, and Oakland-Craig held a 12-7 halftime advantage.

Hull scored from 4 yards out with 6:52 left to go in the 3rd Quarter, and the Raiders went up 14-12.

Reinert connected with Garrett Seagren on a 10-yard TD pass with 10:35 left to go in the fourth quarter to seal the win.

Reinert was 12-24 passing with 161 yards and a touchdown, and ran the ball 15 times for 51 yards with two touchdowns for the Knights (6-1).

Seagren hauled in 4 passes for 84 yards for Oakland-Craig.


The Knights amassed 304 yards of total offense, including 161 passing, while the Raiders had 187 yards of total offense, 125 coming on the ground.

Head Coach Joe Anderson. "Those balls were just drenched by the end of the game. And we couldn't get outside cause everybody was slipping and falling. And we couldn't run any of our quick game with Garrett, Kobe, and Garrison. So we were really limited in what we could do."

Anderson says they tried to prepare for the wet weather. "We did some wet ball drills in practice, we soaked the ball really good. So we had the snap, and our center's got really, really small hands. And so even on under center snaps he's using two hands to get it up there. So we did that to reassure that the ball gets up there. Even our running game, our hand offs, everything kind of slowed down just a little bit. But ball security is the number one thing. And I'm not sure how many turnovers we had, but I've seen a lot worse put it that way. In a rainy condition where the balls are everywhere."

Oakland-Craig (6-1) hosts Tekamah-Herman (1-6) Friday night.

The Tigers lost 48-0 at home to Fremont Bergan this past Friday night.

The Knights have won the last 7 matchups between the two schools, and haven't lost to Tekamah-Herman since 2005.

I would say Oakland-Craig has a good chance to make that 8 wins in a row over the Tigers.

I look for Tekamah-Herman to put up somewhat of a fight being a rival, but the Knights should be able to win big.

Oakland-Craig has a big showdown at Fremont Bergan next week, but Oakland-Craig can't overlook the Tigers.

The Knights have to be focused on the Tekamah-Herman game.

The matchup with Fremont Bergan can wait.

The only team that Oakland-Craig should be worried about right now is Tekamah-Herman.

The Tigers deserve the Knights' full attention.

Oakland-Craig can worry about Bergan after the Tekamah-Herman game.

This is a Burt County rivalry, and you can bet the Knights will come to play.

I look for Reinert, Seagren, Kobe Benne, Ben Smith, and others to have big games for Oakland-Craig.

I look for some explosive plays from the Knights early and often.

I really think Reinert and Seagren are going to light it up.

Those two are the two most valuable players to Oakland-Craig I would say, and the Knights really rely on their production.

This is a game Oakland-Craig needs to build a big lead in and rest starters.

The Knights have bigger fish to fry down the line, and a lopsided win is important., in my opinion.
Logan View loses rain soaked game to Oakland-Craig
2017-10-12T09:13









In a soggy, rained soaked game Friday night, the Logan View Football Team came up short against Oakland-Craig, losing 18-14 at home.

Knights' signal caller Evan Reinert got Oakland-Craig on the board first, scoring from a yard out to put the Knights up 6-0 with 6:35 left to go in the first quarter.

The Raiders' Brady Hull scored on a 2-yard TD plunge with 3:48 remaining in the first quarter, and Logan View captured a 7-6 lead.

Reinert scored another touchdown on an 8-yard run with 48 seconds left to go until halftime, and Oakland-Craig held a 12-7 halftime advantage.

Hull scored from 4 yards out with 6:52 left to go in the 3rd Quarter, and the Raiders went up 14-12.

Reinert connected with Garrett Seagren on a 10-yard TD pass with 10:35 left to go in the fourth quarter to seal the win.

For Logan View, Polk went 3-9 passing for 62 yards while Hull rushed the ball 19 times for 59 yards and scored two touchdowns.

The Knights amassed 304 yards of total offense, including 161 passing, while the Raiders had 187 yards of total offense, 125 coming on the ground.




Not an easy defeat to accept if you're Logan View. The Raiders had their chances.

Logan View (4-3) travels to Wisner to take on Wisner-Pilger (0-7) Friday night.

The Gators lost 32-0 at home to BRLD this past Friday night.

The Raiders need to win this game if they have any hope of making the playoffs.

Right now, Logan View is 18th in power points, and two wins might be enough to sneak into the postseason.

The Raiders shouldn't change anything from what they've been doing all season. Logan View has simply come up short the last two weeks.

The Raiders have to use this game with the Gators as a tune up and a get ready game for the BRLD contest at the end of the regular season.

Logan View has to get out to a big lead and never look back.

The Raiders have to score early and often against Wisner-Pilger, and play the type of defense teams have played against the Gators all season long.

Wisner-Pilger is young, and Logan View has to take advantage of that.

The Raiders need to be aggressive on offense and defense, and dial up some blitzes and big pass plays.

Polk needs to get things going with his arm, and Hull needs to get things going in the ground game.

Both need to increase and amp up their production from the Oakland-Craig game.

The Gators' defense isn't nearly as tough as the Knights' so Polk and Hull should have their way with Wisner-Pilger.

It should be a big win for Logan View, setting the stage for what could be a playoff clinching game against BRLD.

One game at a time though. The Raiders must be focused on beating Wisner-Pilger. Logan View can't be looking beyond this week.

There's obviously a lot on the line for the Raiders the rest of this season, but any playoff hopes Logan View has will be dashed if the Raiders don't get past this week.
West Point-Beemer wins at Wayne on halfback pass
2017-10-11T09:24










Facing 3rd and 20 from the Wayne 25, West Point-Beemer Head Coach Troy Schlueter went into his bag of tricks and called a halfback pass, which was executed to perfection by Hunter Pilakowski, who found Ben Vander Griend for the game winning touchdown with about a minute left in the game to give the Cadets a 32-28 win over the Blue Devils at Bob Cunningham Field in Wayne Friday night.

Schlueter says it's a play the Cadets had worked on a lot. "We've been practicing that play for awhile, and honestly Hunter has been on the money in practice so it probably shouldn't have been surprising that he threw a strike. Nice catch Ben!"

Gage Vance finished with 136 yards rushing on 10 carries, and scored once. Pilakowski had 62 yards rushing on 15 attempts, including two touchdowns.

Blake Anderson racked up a team-high 10 tackles.

West Point-Beemer amassed 337 yards of total offense, 265 coming on the ground.

Schlueter says the win was nice, but the Cadets still have room to improve. "Every win is big, but we were looking to reach a level of play that satisfied us, and we were at the level at times, but still are looking to improve."

The Cadets (7-0) host Pierce (4-3) Friday night.

The Bluejays won 40-13 at home over O'Neill this past Friday night, and won 50-34 at home over Wayne the week before.

Schlueter says his squad is going to need to play well to come away with the win. "Pierce is a quality team and program with good athletes at every position, so I think it's going to take a clean game where we reach a high level of play for a full four quarters to get it done."

I feel this game is a toss up and can go either way, but truly believe West Point-Beemer can win.

Schlueter says it's exciting to be playing a meaningful game like this at this point in the season. "High school football is just fun regardless, but it's fun to be in a good position with a quality opponent coming to town for sure."

These next two games are no doubt two of the biggest games in school history, especially next week's game against Norfolk Catholic.

Schlueter says his squad just wants to play as well as they can this week, win or lose. "Wins are nice, but we really want to strive for a high level of play that is close to our potential this week, and if we do that we'll be happy with the results. It should be a competitive game that is lots of fun to watch for sure!"

With that said, you know the Cadets would really like this one.

Sure West Point-Beemer is having a great season and has already pretty much locked up a playoff berth, but wins over two of the most dominant programs in the state would do wonders for this program.

An undefeated regular season and a District Title has to be the goal now that 7-0 has happened.

You can bet there will be huge crowds and a lot of coverage at these games.

107.9 the Bull will broadcast the Norfolk Catholic game, and what a contest that will be.

First things first though, the Cadets have to focus on and do their best to take care of business against Pierce.

As well as West Point-Beemer has played this season, I feel the Bluejays are the best team the Cadets will have faced up to this point in the season.

So West Point-Beemer has to stay focused and must keep their eye on the prize. The Cadets can focus on and worry about the matchup with the Knights next week.

This week is Pierce week, and a chance for West Point-Beemer to continue their magical run and hopes of an undefeated regular season.

The Cadets have to make the most of their opportunity.
North Bend Central blanked at David City Aquinas
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The North Bend Central Football team lost 30-0 at David City Aquinas Friday night.

The game was scoreless in the 1st quarter, and the Tigers were playing them toe to toe until a high snap went go through their punter's hands and then fumbles twice in a row after that. The Monarchs scored 22 points in the 2nd quarter to take a 22-0 lead into the locker room.

Neither teams scored in the 3rd quarter. David City Aquinas scored their final points in the 4th quarter to make up the final score.

Brock Ray made 11 tackles while Joel Hines totaled 10.

The Tigers were held to just 49 yards of total offense, including 47 passing. The defense gave up 231 yards of total offense, including 206 rushing.

The game ended with 6 minutes left on the clock due to the weather.

Head Coach Ryan Stieren says his team played well defensively, they just need to get things going offensively. "Just like last week, I am pleased with our fight. When you play the number 1 team in the state, you hope that the ball will bounce your way but, unfortunately, it seemed that they got a lot of the breaks that may have kept the game closer. Defensively, we did a ton of good things and forced them into doing a couple different things that they don't normally do. Offensively, we need to get things going if we want to have success the rest of the season. Weather conditions made it tough but we must still secure the ball and execute. We are excited to get another opportunity versus a good team when we host Wahoo Neumann this coming Friday."

North Bend Central (2-4) hosts the Cavaliers (4-3) Friday night.

Neumann beat David City 44-0 on the road this past Friday night.

All the Cavaliers' losses have come to undefeated teams.

You know Neumann will be on top of their game given the fact they need to win to keep their playoff hopes alive.

A loss to the Tigers would probably knock the Cavaliers out of the playoffs.

If you're North Bend Central though, you can't ask for a better opportunity at this point.

Yeah the Tigers aren't going to the playoffs, but North Bend Central still has the chance to play the role of spoiler.

This is basically the Tigers' playoff game.

This is North Bend Central's last home game of the season.

The last time these seniors will ever play an organized game of Football on their home turf.

The Tigers have to come out and play inspired, and do their best to win.

Neumann is still a really tough team despite their record, but I think North Bend Central can compete against the Cavaliers.

I would say the Tigers have a better chance to make things closer with and upset Neumann than they did against Wahoo and Aquinas.

If I had to say which team is the weakest of the three, I would say the Cavaliers.

Neumann will still be tough, but I fully expect North Bend Central to close the gap with the Cavaliers, and play a good game.

The Tigers just need to get their offense going.

Scoring 6 points and not scoring at all is not going to win you many or any games, unfortunately.

So North Bend Central just has to find a way to be better on offense and put more points on the board.

Whether that's through passing or running the ball, or getting a good kick return to set up good field position, the Tigers have to find a way to score more points and get more production on offense and even on special teams probably.
Clarkson/Leigh uses big 4th quarter to pull away from Elgin Public/Pope John
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The Clarkson/Leigh Football team only led Elgin Public/Pope John 38-30 at the end of three at home Friday night, but put up 30 points in the fourth quarter and held the Wolfpack scoreless to pull away for the win.

The Patriots doubled up Elgin Public/Pope John 16-8 in the 1st quarter. The Wolfpack won the 2nd quarter 22-16 to make it a 32-30 game at halftime.

Clarkson/Leigh shutout Elgin Public/Pope John 6-0 in the third quarter to go up 38-30, then blanked the Wolfpack 30-0 in the 4th quarter.

Anthony Bruhn had 196 yards rushing on 20 carries, including four touchdowns, while Jacob Gall totaled 68 yards on 11 carries, and scored one touchdown.

Gall added 14 tackles while Hector Mendoza compiled 12. Haden Held and Tim Zimmerman totaled 10 apiece while Isaak Wiese made 8.

The Patriots amassed 393 yards of total offense, including 370 rushing, while giving up 245 yards of total offense, 144 coming on the ground.

Great 4th quarter from Clarkson/Leigh. It appears the Patriots wore the Wolfpack down, a sign of a well conditioned team.

Clarkson/Leigh (3-3) takes on Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family (2-4) on the road Friday night.

The Bulldogs lost 70-14 at home to Howells-Dodge this past Friday night.

Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family beat Elgin Public/Pope John 46-14 on the road so this won't be an easy game for the Patriots by any means.

Clarkson/Leigh definitely needs a win in this game to make the playoffs, and even then it might not be enough.

The Patriots might need to win their last two games to get into the postseason.

Either way, Clarkson/Leigh is 2-0 in District Play, and could set up a District Championship Showdown with Howells-Dodge next Friday night by beating the Bulldogs.

That would be quite the game and quite the deal if it was for the District Title, but first things first, the Patriots have to take care of business against the Bulldogs.

Clarkson/Leigh has to try and slow down Ashton Dohmen in particular.

He has the ability to hurt people with his running ability.

The Patriots should take a page out of Howells-Dodge's book as the Jaguars held him to just 56 yards rushing.

Bruhn and Gall and Tommy McEvoy need to have big games for Clarkson/Leigh, and lead this team to victory.

I really think the Patriots will find a way to get the job done and win.

I think the game will be close, but I feel Clarkson/Leigh will find a way to pull one out.

It might come down to a big last second play or a big defensive stand, but one way or another, I've got the Patriots in this one.

It would be a real shame if Clarkson/Leigh didn't make the playoffs as I feel the Patriots are good enough to make the postseason.

Perhaps a win over Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family will be enough, but we shall see.

Regardless, this is a must win for Clarkson/Leigh.
Howells-Dodge whoops Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family
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The Howells-Dodge Football team clobbered Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family 70-14 on the road Friday night.

Here is the scoring recap from the game:

First Quarter

Howells-Dodge 09:41 #28 Dylan Horejsi runs for 3 yards. Touchdown! (Two point conversion run by #28 Dylan Horejsi good)
Howells-Dodge 05:14 #28 Dylan Horejsi runs for 1 yards. Touchdown! (Two point conversion run by #28 Dylan Horejsi good)
Second Quarter

Howells-Dodge 10:27 #4 Dax VanLengen pass complete to #25 Kade Hegemann for 9 yards. Touchdown! (Two point conversion run by #28 Dylan Horejsi good)
Howells-Dodge 07:38 #4 Dax VanLengen pass complete to #23 Jordon Brichacek for 28 yards. Touchdown! (Two point conversion run by #28 Dylan Horejsi good)
Howells-Dodge 05:24 #4 Dax VanLengen runs for 3 yards. Touchdown! (Two point conversion run by #28 Dylan Horejsi no good)
Howells-Dodge 01:19 #23 Jordon Brichacek runs for 18 yards. Touchdown! (Two point conversion run by #3 Josh Brester good)
Third Quarter

Humphrey-Lindsey Holy Family 04:57 #12 Dylan Hanzel runs for 4 yards. Touchdown! (Two point conversion run by #8 Ashton Dohmen good)
Humphrey-Lindsey Holy Family 03:36 #8 Ashton Dohmen runs for 8 yards. Touchdown! (Two point conversion pass by #12 Dylan Hanzel to Team no good)
Fourth Quarter

Howells-Dodge 11:47 #1 Luke Rocheford runs for 27 yards. Touchdown! (Two point conversion run by #3 Josh Brester no good)
Howells-Dodge 07:55 #3 Josh Brester runs for 13 yards. Touchdown! (Two point conversion run by #26 Trevor Jedlicka no good)
Humphrey-Lindsey Holy Family 06:57 #5 Bryce Classen pass intended for Team. Intercepted by #55 Carter Throener. (Two point conversion run by #26 Trevor Jedlicka no good)
Howells-Dodge 01:30 #26 Trevor Jedlicka runs for 37 yards. Touchdown! (Two point conversion run by #88 Micheal Balsley no good)

Horejsi had 156 yards rushing on 16 carries, including two touchdowns. Jordon Brichacek carried the ball 8 times for 87 yards, and scored once.

Kade Hegemann made 17 tackles while Jon Yosten totaled 8.

The Jaguars racked up 407 yards of total offense, including 370 on the ground. The defense gave up 135 yards of total offense, 113 of them rushing.

Great performance by Howells-Dodge. I thought this was the Jaguars' most complete game of the season so far.

Howells-Dodge (6-0) hosts Homer (2-4) Friday night.

The Knights lost 44-0 at home to GACC this past Friday night.

This game will be a good measuring stick for the Jaguars in terms of how they match up with the Bluejays.

I really think Howells-Dodge and GACC are two of the better teams that will be on the East Side of the D-1 playoff bracket, along with Creighton, should the Bulldogs be put in the East.

The Jaguars need to keep the foot on the petal, and play impressive Football again Friday night.

Howells-Dodge has to come out and dominate, and get out to a big lead and never look back.

The Jaguars have to be sharp, and get the first team some good reps as well as some good rest.

I think it's important for Howells-Dodge to get every player on the field in this game.

The Jaguars have to play smashmouth, physical football, and tackle well and hit hard.

Howells-Dodge has to play a flawless game on offense with limited penalties and no turnovers.

The Jaguars also need to create turnovers defensively, and give themselves short fields.

The field position battle and special teams play will be also important, in my opinion.

Howells-Dodge could probably use a touchdown return or two on special teams, and would no doubt benefit from blocking a kick.

The most important thing for the Jaguars, in my opinion, is playing a complete four quarter game, and winning the battle in every aspect of the game.

The battle in the trenches will be big, and by judging the way Howells-Dodge ran the ball against the Bulldogs, they should be able to win the battle at the line of scrimmage again this week.

The Jaguars are a well oiled machine, and need to keep things going.

Howells-Dodge is in a very good position to win a District Title and finish the regular season undefeated, the Jaguars just need to keep their eye on the prize.