Northeast Nebraska Football
Wisner-Pilger hammers Omaha Nation
The Wisner-Pilger Football Team walloped Omaha Nation 68-14 at home Friday night.
The Gators led 22-6 at the end of one and shutout the Chiefs 16-0 in the 2nd quarter to take a 38-6 lead into the locker room.
Wisner-Pilger doubled up Omaha Nation 16-8 in the 3rd quarter to go up 54-14 at the end of three.
The Gators shutout the Chiefs 14-0 in the 4th quarter.
Here is the scoring summary from the game:
Wisner-Pilger 1 08:48 #5 Jayden Raabe runs for 5 yards. Touchdown! (Two point
conversion run by #7 Trevor Styskal good)
Omaha Nation 1 03:51 #13 runs for 3 yards. Touchdown! (Two point conversion run by #2
Wisner-Pilger 1 03:38 #22 Gavin Lampman runs for 47 yards. Touchdown! (Two point
conversion run by #21 Justin Pieper no good)
Wisner-Pilger 1 01:44 #22 Gavin Lampman runs for 37 yards. Touchdown! (Two point
conversion run by #21 Justin Pieper good)
Wisner-Pilger 2 10:17 #7 Trevor Styskal runs for 23 yards. Touchdown! (Two point
conversion run by #30 Marqus Eddy good)
Wisner-Pilger 2 01:17 #30 Marqus Eddy runs for 4 yards. Touchdown! (Two point
conversion run by #30 Marqus Eddy good)
Wisner-Pilger 3 09:40 #7 Trevor Styskal runs for 4 yards. Touchdown! (Two point
conversion run by #7 Trevor Styskal good)
Omaha Nation 3 01:26 #93 runs for 1 yards. Touchdown! (Two point conversion run by
Wisner- Pilger 3 00:00 #8 Regan Bellar runs for 15 yards. Touchdown! (Two point
conversion run by #2 Anthony Palmer good)
Wisner-Pilger 4 07:02 #8 Regan Bellar runs for 11 yards. Touchdown! (Two point
conversion run by #24 Beau Ruskamp good)
Wisner-Pilger 4 01:36 #9 Cole Hawk runs for 5 yards. Touchdown! (Two point conversion
run by #9 Cole Hawk no good)
Lampman had 3 carries for 86 yards and two touchdowns while Justin Pieper carried the ball 9 times for 63 yards. Mason Dimon made 10 tackles.
Wisner-Pilger racked up 368 yards of total offense, 317 coming on the ground.
The defense gave up 182 yards of total offense, 179 coming through the air.
Dominating performance from the Gators. Wisner-Pilger played a complete game in this one it appears.
The Gators (6-1) take on Wakefield (5-2) on the road Friday night.
The Trojans won 74-14 at home over Winnebago last week.
Head Coach A.J. Burki doesn't want to make this game any bigger than it is. "I would like to say this is huge (which no doubt about it, this game is absolutely vital as we move toward the playoffs), but we are not going to let one game define us as a team either! If we win, great (total confidence builder), but we can't hang our hat on a single win during the regular season. If we lose, than we need to get back to the grind, work out the kinks, and move onto our next opponent. That's what's so great and exciting about the playoffs - everyone starts fresh and is 0-0."
Wisner-Pilger could play spoiler and earn a share of the District Title in the process by winning. Burki says a win would be a big deal. "I think more than anything a win against a top opponent like Wakefield, will provide validity to what we have been doing all season. It will be a great win, and honestly, we are excited to go out there, line em' up and play some football."
The Gators have certainly made their mark on 8-man football with all of their wins coming by double digits and the lone loss being to GACC. Burki says his squad has been building for this for quite a while. "I think more than anything, it's not that much about "adapting" to 8 man football, as it is about, the fact we took our lumps last year as an extremely young team in an overwhelmingly tough part of the state - with a difficult schedule. As a result we returned a number of starters that has provided us with much needed depth, a great deal of varsity experience, and a group of young men who worked hard in the off-season because they wanted to prove themselves to everyone. Furthermore, we have put a lot of focus on working to be a tough, hard nosed football team that plays great defense and controls the game and clock while we are on offense. So far, the boys have responded well to that mentality - but are still hungry - to become tougher yet. "
Wisner-Pilger's hard work is certainly paying off in a big way right now.
The Gators are one of the top teams in D-1 not just in this area but across the state, in my opinion.
Wisner-Pilger could really use a win to improve playoff seeding though as the Gators currently sit 15th overall in power points in D-1, which would be an 8 seed in the East right now most likely.
Wisner-Pilger just has to go out there and play their game and do what they do best, which is play Football.
The Gators don't have to do anything extraordinary or out of the ordinary...Wisner-Pilger just has to go out there and do what they've been doing all season.
The Gators are having a great season, and I think Wisner-Pilger is a very dangerous team that could create a lot of chaos before season's end, regardless of how Friday night's game turns out.
Howells-Dodge knocks off Laurel-Concord-Coleridge
The Howells-Dodge Football Team defeated Laurel-Concord-Coleridge 60-42 at home Friday night.
The game was tied at 6 at the end of one before the Jaguars outscored the Bears 32-14 in the 2nd quarter to take a 38-20 lead into the locker room.
Howells-Dodge outscored Laurel-Concord-Coleridge 22-6 in the 3rd quarter to go up 60-26 at the end of three.
The Bears shutout the Jaguars 16-0 in the 4th quarter.
Here is the scoring recap from the game:
Howells-Dodge 1 11:41 #28 Dylan Horejsi runs for 58 yards. Touchdown! (Two point conversion run by #28 Dylan Horejsi no good)
Laurel Public School Dist 54 1 10:54 #15 Izac Reifenrath pass complete to #2 Noah Schutte for 13 yards. Touchdown! (Two point conversion pass by #15 Izac Reifenrath to Team no good)
Howells-Dodge 2 11:07 #28 Dylan Horejsi runs for 4 yards. Touchdown! (Two point conversion pass by #10 Darrin Pokorny to #1 Luke Rocheford good)
Laurel Public School Dist 54 2 10:55 Kickoff by #2 Chad Young to the 32 yard line. #2 Noah Schutte return for 68 yards. Touchdown! (Two point conversion pass by #15 Izac Reifenrath to Team no good)
Howells-Dodge 2 08:13 #28 Dylan Horejsi runs for 13 yards. Touchdown! (Two point conversion run by #7 Charlie Dvorak good)
Howells-Dodge 2 00:35 #28 Dylan Horejsi runs for 11 yards. Touchdown! (Two point conversion pass by #10 Darrin Pokorny to #1 Luke Rocheford good)
Laurel Public School Dist 54 2 00:20 Kickoff by #2 Chad Young to the 35 yard line. #2 Noah Schutte return for 65 yards. Touchdown! (Two point conversion run by #15 Izac Reifenrath good)
Howells-Dodge 2 00:10 #10 Darrin Pokorny pass complete to #1 Luke Rocheford for 49 yards. Touchdown! (Two point conversion run by #10 Darrin Pokorny good)
Laurel Public School Dist 54 3 09:35 #15 Izac Reifenrath pass complete to #2 Noah Schutte for 19 yards. Touchdown! (Two point conversion pass by #15 Izac Reifenrath to Team no good)
Howells-Dodge 3 07:34 #28 Dylan Horejsi runs for 7 yards. Touchdown! (Two point conversion run by #28 Dylan Horejsi good)
Howells-Dodge 3 03:41 #10 Darrin Pokorny pass complete to #1 Luke Rocheford for 50 yards. Touchdown! (Two point conversion run by #28 Dylan Horejsi no good)
Laurel Public School Dist 54 3 00:00 #15 Izac Reifenrath pass intended for Team. Intercepted by #65 Carter Jensen. (Two point conversion run by #7 Charlie Dvorak good)
Laurel Public School Dist 54 4 10:13 #15 Izac Reifenrath pass complete to #2 Noah Schutte for 20 yards. Touchdown! (Two point conversion run by #15 Izac Reifenrath good)
Laurel Public School Dist 54 4 03:50 #15 Izac Reifenrath pass complete to #2 Noah Schutte for 54 yards. Touchdown! (Two point conversion run by #15 Izac Reifenrath good)
Horejsi had 246 yards rushing on 33 carries, including 5 touchdowns. Darrin Pokorny was 7-8 passing with 150 yards and two touchdowns. Luke Rocheford hauled in 3 passes for 113 yards and scored twice.
Josh Brester, Levi Belina, and Trevor Schumacher each had 9 tackles while Pokorny made 8.
The Jaguars racked up 460 yards of total offense, including 310 rushing.
The defense gave up 344 yards of total offense, including 259 through the air.
Big time performance from Howells-Dodge, especially on offense. Having Horejsi back really made a difference it appears.
The Jaguars (5-2) round out the regular season at Madison (1-6) Friday night.
The Dragons lost 90-26 at Lutheran High Northeast last week.
This should be a big win to end the regular season for Howells-Dodge.
The Jaguars are sitting pretty in terms of playoff seeding right now, but Howells-Dodge needs Kade Hegemann back to solidify their defense.
Horejsi is so valuable on offense and Hegemann so valuable defensively.
And when Howells-Dodge has them both I feel they can knock off anyone.
When it's just Horejsi the Jaguars are still a very tough team, but without them both Howells-Dodge is very vulnerable.
The Jaguars have to come out and build a big early lead and rest starters against the Dragons.
Howells-Dodge has to get everyone ample and valuable playing time in this one.
The Jaguars need to come out and take care of business early so they can rest their players for the playoffs.
I don't know if Howells-Dodge wants to go as far as to rest starters the whole game like they do in the NFL, but I'd say playing them a half or 2 1/2 quarters should do it.
I think the Jaguars can make a playoff run, but Howells-Dodge has to have everyone and be at full strength.
The Jaguars have to pound the rock with Horejsi and let Pokorny chip in in the passing game.
I feel Pokorny has really come along nicely this season, and has really blossomed and developed in this offense.
Howells-Dodge can really score the ball we know that, but can the Jaguars be forceful on defense and limit Madison?
I think if Howells-Dodge can turn in a big defensive performance Friday night it will give them a lot of confidence heading into the playoffs.
Lutheran High Northeast has the District wrapped up, but the Jaguars are still playing for playoff positioning and a 6-2 regular season record.
All Howells-Dodge can do is finish the regular season strong with a victory.
Winnebago loses at Wakefield
The Winnebago Football Team lost 74-14 at Wakefield Friday night.
Definitely a disappointing loss for the Indians. I thought Winnebago would make things closer than they did.
The Indians (3-4) host GACC (6-1) in the season finale Friday night.
The Bluejays won 64-8 at home over Homer last week.
Keys to the game for me include getting T.J. Frenchman, Tyrese Gorrin, and Robbie Lovejoy going while Prosper Gilpin opens up big lanes in the running and passing games for them.
Winnebago has to come out and play like there's no tomorrow because there isn't.
This is the last game of the season for the Indians win or lose.
Winnebago has to play with reckless abandonment and like they have nothing to lose.
The Indians have to play like men possessed.
Most if not all of these seniors will ever play another down of organized Football after Friday night so they have to make it count.
All the blood, sweat, and tears these players have to put into their careers and this season comes down to one final game.
Winnebago has to do everything in their power to go out there and win, or least compete.
Slowing down Jared Minnick and Cody Steffen will be key, in my opinion.
The Indians have to clog up the backfield and make the Bluejays throw it to win it.
Winnebago has to take GACC out of their game, and play a complete four quarter game.
The Indians have to play up to their potential and ability, and take it to the Bluejays for four quarters.
Winnebago has to play above and beyond themselves, and play even better Friday night than they have at any point in the season.
The Indians have to take the fight to GACC for 48 minutes, and give the Bluejays all they can handle and then some.
Winnebago has to keep fighting and battling hard until the very end, and must never give up.
The Indians have to play with hearts of champions Friday night, regardless of the outcome.
Winnebago has to go out there and have fun, and rally around one another one final time.
GACC smacks Homer
The Guardian Angels Central Catholic Football Team won 64-8 at home over Homer Friday night.
Jared Minnick had 206 yards rushing on 14 carries, including three scores, while Cash Meier had 101 yards on 7 carries and three touchdowns. Cody Steffen had 8 carries for 65 yards and a touchdown while Nate Niewohner carried the ball 5 times for 57 yards. Steffen was 2-3 passing for 76 yards with a touchdown. Jaydn Smeal hauled in 2 passes for 76 yards and scored.
Damon Crawford made 12 tackles.
GACC had 511 yards of total offense, including 435 on the ground.
The defense held the Knights to 99 yards of total offense, 69 coming on the ground.
Great way for the Bluejays to respond following the loss to Wakefield last week.
GACC (6-1) wraps up the regular season at Winnebago (3-4) Friday night.
The Indians lost 74-14 at Wakefield last week.
The Bluejays should be able to win this one.
The game might be closer and more competitive than it has been in the past, but I still look for GACC to win big.
The Bluejays still have a shot at winning a District Championship, and have to come out and impress and leave no doubt Friday night.
The Trojans have gotten hot and shown they are a great team, but perhaps GACC will get some help from Wisner-Pilger.
All the Bluejays can do is go out and dominate and impress and put themselves in a good position to get a good playoff seed.
GACC has to keep letting the Wakefield loss fuel them and allow them to play better than they have all season.
The Bluejays figure to have something to say about things in the postseason, and I'm sure GACC would like to close out the regular season the right way.
The Bluejays have to go up there and take care of business.
The offense has to move the ball the way it's capable of and the defense has to be superb as well.
GACC has to block Prosper Gilpin, and has to try and slow down the likes of T.J. Frenchman, Tyrese Gorrin, and Robbie Lovejoy.
If the Bluejays can contain or handle those four then they should be in good shape.
GACC has to come out ready to go and smash from the get go.
The Bluejays have to build a big lead and never look back.
Minnick has to have a big game and Steffen has to step up in both the running and passing games like he did against Homer.
GACC has to get off to a strong start, and jump on Winnebago early, and never give the Indians a chance.
The last thing the Bluejays want is Winnebago hanging around and giving them a game.
Clarkson/Leigh routs Mead
The Clarkson/Leigh Football Team won 54-16 at home over Mead Friday night.
The Patriots held a 30-0 lead after one, and outscored the Raiders 24-0 in the 2nd quarter to take a 54-0 lead into the locker room.
Mead won the 3rd quarter 8-0 to make it a 54-8 game at the end of three.
The Raiders also won the 4th quarter 8-0.
Tommy McEvoy had 183 yards rushing on 8 carries, including two scores. Travis Stanley added 130 yards rushing on 12 carries, including four touchdowns. Lance Paprocki totaled 97 yards on the ground on 8 carries, and scored once.
McEvoy and Carter Hanel had 9 tackles each while Cort Pokorney added 7.
Clarkson/Leigh had 464 yards rushing.
The defense gave up 204 yards of total offense, 113 coming on the ground.
Great effort by the Patriots, especially in the first half, and an even better win.
Clarkson/Leigh (5-2) takes on Emerson-Hubbard (5-2) on the road Friday night for the D2-2 District Championship.
The Pirates won 58-26 at Pender last week.
Head Coach Jim Clarkson discusses the keys to beating a solid Emerson-Hubbard squad. "Emerson-Hubbard has a very nice looking team, they are big up front and talented on the back end. We will need to stop their run game, they have a athletic and elusive QB and some hard running backs as well. Hopefully we can go on some long drives and keep the ball out of their hands."
I feel McEvoy is going to be the X-Factor in this game. Clarkson says McEvoy is a great all around player. "Tommy is a special talent. We are lucky to have a kid with his work ethic and ability. His athletic ability is obvious on the offensive side of the ball, but he is equally if not more valuable on the defensive side. He brings it play after play."
I look for him to have another big game and perhaps lead this team to victory.
The District Championship is on the line as is hosting a first round playoff game. Clarkson says all that matters to his team right now is winning the District. "To be honest the playoffs are secondary to us at this point. We have had a rough couple of years and our guys are really excited to play for a District Championship. Don't get me wrong if we can get a home playoff game with a win that would be gravy. Our players and fans would really like to host a playoff game, but the opportunity to get a District title is priority number one."
The Patriots have won five in a row while Emerson-Hubbard has won their last four. Clarkson says his squad has really played well together as of late. "The biggest difference is the team chemistry we have developed. The team has really come together over the last few weeks."
This should be a great game, and I think Clarkson/Leigh has a great chance to win it.
This is a totally different team than what it was at the start of the season, but the same could be said for the Pirates.
Both teams are playing much better Football than they were to start the season, and both squads have really come a long ways.
It should be a great game, and you can bet McEvoy, Stanley, Paprocki, and others will do everything in their power to lead this team to victory.
Clarkson/Leigh had 464 yards rushing against Mead while Emerson-Hubbard only gave up 39 yards rushing to Pender so something has to give Friday night.
It should be a great game between two teams who have earned it and come a long ways.
Emerson-Hubbard defeats Pender on road
The Emerson-Hubbard Football Team won 58-26 at Pender Friday night.
The Pirates led 16-12 after one and won the second quarter 6-0 to take a 22-12 lead into the locker room.
Emerson-Hubbard outscored the Pendragons 22-8 in the 3rd quarter to go up 44-20 at the end of three.
The Pirates won the 4th quarter 14-6.
Spencer Burcham had 110 yards rushing on 15 carries while Nolan Ostrand had 95 yards rushing on 14 carries, including two scores. Nolan Belt had 54 yards on the ground on 10 carries and was 5-12 passing for 64 yards with two touchdowns.
Ostrand and Burcham had 15 tackles apiece while Micah Lamprecht and Jacob Kniefl had 13 and 12, respectively. Belt added 7.
Emerson-Hubbard had 330 yards of total offense, including 266 on the ground, while giving up 245 yards of total offense, 206 coming through the air.
Big win for the Pirates. I think Emerson-Hubbard secured a playoff berth with a win.
Head Coach Joe Kvidera on the win. "Our win over Pender was a very big win. Pender is a pretty good football team so to be able to beat them is good in itself, but getting the W against an old traditional rival does make the victory a little sweeter. My hats off to Pender though as they played us very tough."
The Pirates (5-2) host Clarkson/Leigh (5-2) for the D2-2 District Title Friday night.
The Patriots won 54-16 at home over Mead last week.
Kvidera says Clarkson/Leigh is a complete football team. "C-L is a very good all-round football team. They are athletic and well coached so it's going to take an all out effort to win this game. I think the team that makes the fewest mistakes is probably going to be the winner of this game."
Emerson-Hubbard has won 4 in a row while the Patriots have won 5 straight.
Kvidera adds his team has been playing mistake free football as of late. "The elimination of costly mistakes has been the biggest factor. The two games that we lost we had some costly penalties and we were struggling with bad snaps out of the pistol formation. Those things were drive killers and really cost us in some games. We are also tackling better now then we did at the beginning of the season."
The biggest thing for the Pirates, in my opinion will be trying to slow down Tommy McEvoy, who has over 1200 yards rushing and 23 touchdowns so far this season.
Kvidera says controlling clock and wrapping him up will be critical. "That's a great question. I don't think anyone has been able to slow him down very much through the season. Probably the best way to slow him down is to keep him on the defensive side of the ball! Beyond that the best way to neutralize a player as dynamic as McEvoy is to take away his running lanes and make sure you have him wrapped up."
This figures to be a great game as Emerson-Hubbard has some solid backs in Burcham, Ostrand, and Belt.
Clarkson/Leigh also has Travis Stanley, who had 130 yards rushing and four touchdowns against the Raiders.
This is for the District Championship....the whole ball of wax!!!!
I look for the Pirates to be fired up and give the Patriots all they can handle.
Clarkson/Leigh will be tough, but Emerson-Hubbard has them at home and anything can happen in these types of games.
This is a big one and could come down to the final quarter or drive.
I expect both teams to bring their A game and play at a higher level than they have all season.
I'm sure both teams want this one badly so may the best team win.
Pender falls at home to Emerson-Hubbard
The Pender Football Team lost 58-26 at home to Emerson-Hubbard Friday night.
The Pirates led 16-12 after one and won the second quarter 6-0 to take a 22-12 lead into the locker room.
Emerson-Hubbard outscored the Pendragons 22-8 in the 3rd quarter to go up 44-20 at the end of three.
The Pirates won the 4th quarter 14-6.
Caleb Trimble was 6-12 passing for 133 yards with a touchdown while Austin Roth went 4-10 for 70 yards with two touchdowns. Dylan Vogt hauled in 5 passes for 80 yards and scored twice while Jaydon Jump had 2 catches for 74 yards and a score.
Jump made 11 tackles while Roth had 10. Lucas Timm notched 9 while Jaxon Maise added 7.
Pender had 245 yards of total offense, including 206 passing. The defense gave up 330 yards of total offense, 266 of them coming on the ground.
Good effort from the Pendragons, but their inability to run the ball was the biggest difference in the game, in my opinion.
Pender (3-4) hosts Omaha Christian Academy (1-6) in the regular season finale Thursday night.
The Eagles won 22-12 at Cedar Bluffs last week.
This game is no gimme or easy win for the the Pendragons by any stretch of the imagination.
Anyone is beatable on any given night, and Pender has to bring it from start to finish Thursday night.
Win and the Pendragons might be able to sneak into the playoffs....lose and the season is likely over.
So it's pretty much win or go home....do or die for Pender.
The Pendragons have to run the football and be able to stop the run to be able to win this one I would say.
I fully expect Pender to get the job done and find a way to win, but the Pendragons have to play as if the season is on the line.
Pender has to play with a sense of purpose, drive, and urgency.
The Pendragons have to go out all out in this one if they are to have any chance of making the playoffs.
Pender is playing Thursday so the Pendragons have the luxury of taking care of business Thursday night and sitting back and watching things unfold on Friday.
Pender doesn't have to worry about scoreboard watching while they're playing a game...the Pendragons can do that from the luxury of their home or somewhere else.
The bottomline is Pender just has to come out and take care of business Thursday night.
The Pendragons have gotten better as the season has gone on, but will it be enough for Pender to get into the playoffs?
Right now the Pendragons sit 30th in power points so we'll see if Pender does enough to get in.
I think at the end of the day the Pendragons will sneak into the playoffs, but you just never know.
Pender just has to do what they can, which is come out and take care of business Thursday night.
The Pendragons have to control what they can control, let the rest take care of itself, and hope for the best.
As long as Pender wins Thursday night they will have put themselves in a position to secure a playoff berth.
North Bend Central routed at David City Aquinas
The North Bend Central Football Team suffered another setback Friday night, falling 52-14 at David City Aquinas.
The Monarchs jumped out to a 42-7 halftime lead, leading 22-7 at the end of one and shutting out the Tigers 20-0 in the 2nd quarter.
The second half saw Aquinas kick a field goal in the 3rd quarter for their only points, a quarter they won 3-0 to lead 45-7 after three. Both teams scored 7 points in the 4th quarter.
Aquinas had 550 yards of offense -- 431 yards on the ground. North Bend Central finished the game with 202 yards total offense -- 112 rushing and 90 yards passing. Jacob Ray rushed 11 times for 54 yards, Austin Endorf was 11-24 for 90 yards passing and John Emanuel caught 5 passes for 42 yards. Joe Howser opened the game with a 95 yard kick return for a TD, and Ian Virka, who had 76 yards on 13 carries, scored on the very last play of the game.
Cole Johnson made 11 tackles while Emanuel and Ben Rolenc had 8 apiece.
Head Coach Ryan Stieren says this wasn't the same team that won their first 5 games. "We did not play very well tonight. I felt that we had a good plan and a lot of good reps this week in practice but then we came out and did not show much life. They are hard to prepare for and our injuries are mounting but we have to find a way to compete better against the best teams in the state. The challenge will be to bounce back and play with the confidence that we played with the first 5 games. If we can do that, then we can finish the season strong."
The Tigers (5-2) take on Shelby-Rising City (5-2) on the road Friday night in action that can be heard on 107.9 the Bull.
The Huskies lost 28-15 at Centennial last week.
Shelby-Rising City certainly played the Broncos tougher than North Bend Central did, but the Huskies lost to David City, who the Tigers play in the regular season finale next week.
This figures to be a very interesting and intriguing game.
Shelby-Rising City owns a win over Battle Creek, and I guess the question is can North Bend Central bounce back after getting blown out last week?
I think they can, but the Tigers have to play with the same fight, hunger, drive, and determination they played with the first 5 games of the season.
North Bend Central was smacked in the mouth by Centennial and Aquinas, but those are two great powers, and every team is going to take their lumps and have their off games.
How the Tigers bounce back and respond is going to dictate how they fare against the Huskies in my opinion.
North Bend Central has to try and slow down Mason Schleis at Quarterback as well as Grant Lindsley.
The Broncos held both of them in check so the Tigers have to do the same.
North Bend Central has to get off to a strong start like they did against Aquinas, and sustain a high level of play throughout the game.
The Tigers have to get back to their roots and do the things they did the first five games of the season.
North Bend Central can definitely get back on track with a win, and it needs to happen if the Tigers hope to host a first round playoff game.
North Bend Central might be able to make the playoffs even if they don't win another regular season game, but the Tigers want to win Friday night and solidify a playoff berth.
North Bend Central may have to rely on beating David City in the regular season finale to secure a playoff spot, but the Tigers hope that's not the case.
If the Tigers show the same fight and might they played with against and perform similar to how they did at GICC then I think North Bend Central can win.
Kickoff is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. on the Bull.
Oakland-Craig edges Fremont Bergan
The Oakland-Craig Football Team won 26-20 at Fremont Bergan Friday night.
Oakland-Craig led 6-0 at the end of one before both teams scored 6 points in the 2nd quarter to make it a 12-6 game at halftime.
Oakland-Craig doubled up Bergan 14-7 in the 3rd quarter to lead 26-13 at the end of three.
Bergan notched 7 points in the 4th quarter and held Oakland-Craig scoreless.
Robby Mayberry had 109 yards rushing on 30 carries, including two touchdowns. Jefferson McNeill added 102 yards rushing on 9 attempts, including a score. Jared Mulder was 10-15 passing for 88 yards with a touchdown and an interception.
Oakland-Craig had 332 yards of total offense, including 244 rushing.
Bergan had 242 yards of total offense, including 158 on the ground.
Big, clutch win for Oakland-Craig. They came up with a big win again.
Oakland-Craig (7-0) hosts Yutan (2-5) Friday night.
The Chieftains lost 24-8 at home to Tekamah-Herman and 54-21 at home to Bergan the week before.
Yutan's offense has really struggled this year.
I look for the Knights to turn in a strong offensive and defensive performance.
The Chieftains gave up 330 yards on the ground to Tekamah-Herman last week so Oakland-Craig has to be licking its chops.
That and you know the Knights will want to get revenge and payback after Yutan beat them in the first round of the playoffs last year.
I look for Mayberry, McNeill, and Mulder to have big games for Oakland-Craig.
These three really led Oakland-Craig last week, and made the biggest impact for the Knights I feel.
Oakland-Craig has to be all business and can't look forward to BRLD next week.
The Knights control their own destiny though, and a win over Yutan guarantees at least a share of the District Title.
I'm sure Oakland-Craig wants the whole ball of wax though.
An undefeated regular season and district title would be quite the feat for the Knights, but Oakland-Craig still has a lot of work left to do.
The Knights have to turn in a strong performance Friday night and get ready for the Wolverines next week.
Everything is big from here on out, and the bigger the stakes, the better Oakland-Craig normally performs.
The Knights could really improve their playoff seeding by winning these last two games.
Right now Oakland-Craig would be the 5 seed, but a couple of more wins could perhaps give them the 4 seed, and perhaps home games in the first two games of the playoffs.
A long ways to go before any of that potentially takes place though.
The thing the Knights need to do this week is focus on Yutan and focus on playing a great, clean game, and coming away with the win.
BRLD routs Louisville
The BRLD Football Team won 56-20 at home over Louisville Friday night.
Will Gatzemeyer had 19 carries for 144 yards and four touchdowns while Jackson Beaudette had 84 yards rushing on 10 carries, including a score. Derek Petersen ran the ball 6 times for 65 yards. Gatzemeyer was 3-6 passing for 101 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. Dylan Beutler had a 57-yard TD catch.
Petersen made 7 tackles.
The Wolverines amassed 439 yards of total offense, including 338 on the ground.
Very big, dominant win for BRLD. The Wolverines appear to be a very legit threat to win the District Title.
BRLD (6-1) hosts Fremont Bergan (5-2) Friday night.
Bergan lost 26-20 at home to Oakland-Craig last week.
We are down to the very nitty gritty, crunch time, and when it all counts.
Gatzemeyer has to have a big game with his legs and arm, and the Wolverines have to run the ball well as a team and stop the run also.
This game figures to be very physical, and BRLD has to take the fight to the Knights for 4 quarters.
This is a huge game for the Wolverines, and if they can get it it would set up a huge District Title showdown with Oakland-Craig next week.
BRLD has to come out ready to smash from the start.
The Wolverines have to get themselves fired and geared up for this one.
BRLD can't hold anything back, and has to impose their will on Bergan.
Jake Ridder and Ethan Villwok appear to be the two players the Wolverines need to try and slow down.
Oakland-Craig held them both to 100 yards, Ridder passing and Villwok rushing, so BRLD has to take a page from Oakland-Craig's book.
I would say slowing those two down and a big game from Gatzemeyer is the key to a Wolverine win.
This game figures to be close, but if BRLD wins then a win over Oakland-Craig next week as well would give the Wolverines the District Championship outright.
A win this week would improve BRLD's playoff seeding as well.
Two wins would really shoot the Wolverines up in the standings I'm willing to bet.
One opponent and one game at a time though...BRLD has to be focused on beating Bergan.
I really think this game being at BRLD gives the Wolverines an edge.
I think it would be much tougher if BRLD had to go to Fremont to play this game.
It should be a great game, and I think the Wolverines stand a good chance to win, but it won't be easy by any means.
Tekamah-Herman picks up big win over defending C-2 Champs
The Tekamah-Herman Football Team picked up a gigantic 24-8 win at defending C-2 State champion Yutan Friday night.
Luke Wakehouse had 174 yards rushing on 13 carries and two touchdowns while Clay Beaumont had 81 yards rushing on 9 carries. Cole Friedel added 67 yards rushing on 3 carries, and scored once.
Gage Drummond made 17 tackles while Tristan Metzger and Chauncey Rogers had 12 and 11, respectively.
The Tigers had 334 yards of total offense, including 330 on the ground.
Head Coach Graig McElmuray says the win shows how far this program has come since 2015. "We have been getting better each week. Yutan has a great football team and good coaches. Getting a road win at Yutan means a lot to these seniors and leaving our jersey in a better place. When these kids were freshman we were losing 64-0 at halftime there at Yutan. A number of them played a lot that game and going back after the three/four year run Yutan has had, it's a big deal getting a win on the road. The fact that their kids won a state title last year was a bonus for our guys."
McElmuray adds it was a five headed monster in the backfield for his team last week. "We are doing everything we can to continue to establish a run game, we scored all of our touchdowns with the same basic play call. We have a lot of team speed, Clay Beaumont, Luke Wakehouse, Brandon Schram, Cole Freidel, and Dylan Chatt make a really nice rotation. Those kids along with Chauncey Rogers make a nice 4x100 team as well. It is very difficult for defenses to take away all of those players. All of those kids are capable of putting their toe in the ground and taking a long run to the end zone."
McElmuray says Beaumount and the O-line has really helped Wakehouse out a lot. "After Luke came back from his injury during Stanton. He has rushed for just shy of 400 yards in four games. During Conestoga week we moved him to fullback. He has only grown stronger and he takes coaching very well. He is averaging 7.84 Yards per carry. A major portion of his success is Clay Beaumont. He makes the reads, that gets the ball to Luke. With the other three being pitch options teams have a lot to cover. The Second biggest factor in his success is our offensive line which is vastly improved this year. That helps our team all the way around."
Tekamah-Herman (2-5) battles Louisville (1-6) at Plattsmouth High School Friday night.
The game was moved to Plattsmouth due to the field conditions at Louisville.
The Lions lost 56-20 at BRLD last week.
The Tigers lost 54-16 to the Wolverines so this should be a barn burner.
Tekamah-Herman has to do what they did last week to pick up another win, and shouldn't change a thing.
McElmuray says the team has performed well this year. "I really like the way Luke, Clay and the rest of the Juniors play football. Our Seniors have taught them well. Our Sophomores and Freshman have been coming along really well this year as well."
The future of Tekamah-Herman Football certainly looks bright, but the Tigers would love to win in a big way Friday night, there's no doubt about it.
You can bet Tekamah-Herman is very hungry and determined.
McElmuray says his team believes they can get the job done Friday night. "Wins are a product of playing well. We are confident in our ability to play well. Louisville is a good football team. I think it is going to be a great game, as they are looking to finish their season with two wins as we are looking to finish our season with three wins."
Three wins would be a great accomplishment for this team given where the program has been over the past few years.
The Tigers have really competed well and hard this year, and have been in just about every ball game.
Tekamah-Herman has to continue to finish drives and score when they have the opportunity.
It appears the Tigers did that last week, and that's something they'll need to do again this week if they want to win.
Running the ball is going to be the key for Tekamah-Herman. The Tigers need the same type of smashmouth performance they got last week.
The defense also has to play well like it did last week.
I'm really excited for Tekamah-Herman and anxious to see if they can pick up another big road win.
Back-to-back wins would be a big deal for the Tigers.
Kickoff is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. in Plattsmouth.
Stanton shutout at home by Ponca
The Stanton Football Team was shutout 34-0 at home by Ponca Friday night.
Marcus Spotanski was 7-19 passing for 129 yards with three interceptions. Sutton Pohlman made 5 catches for 69 yards.
Zak Hansen had 17 tackles while Pohlman made 16. Alek Reese notched 12 while Gage Tighe and Trey Elbert totaled 11 each. Parker Krusemark and Cade Goger made 8 apiece.
The Mustangs had 175 yards of total offense, including 129 through the air.
I think one difference in the game was Stanton's inability to run the football.
The Mustangs (2-5) host Norfolk Catholic (6-1) Friday night.
The Knights won 21-7 at home over Battle Creek last week.
This figures to be an extremely tough game for Stanton, probably the toughest of the season so far, but the Braves gave Norfolk Catholic a game, and the Mustangs have to think they can too.
I don't think the Ponca game was Stanton's best effort and performance.
I look for the Mustangs to put up a fight and play hard this week.
I think you will see Stanton play with a lot of pride and fight.
This is the last home game of the season for the Mustangs...the last time these seniors will ever dawn the Black, Orange, and White on their home field.
Stanton has to go out there and play with tremendous fight and pride, and show the Knights what they are made of.
The Mustangs can't give up, quit, or throw in the towel...Stanton has to keep fighting and battling until the very end.
Pohlman needs to have a big game for the Mustangs, and Spotanski has to throw the ball well and limit turnovers.
Spotanski has been around a long time and he needs to go out a high note in his final home game in a Stanton uniform.
The Mustangs have a chance to upset perhaps the best dynasty ever in the state of Nebraska for High School Football.
Stanton is hosting a great team, program, and coach Friday night.
Norfolk Catholic is among the best of the best when it comes to championships and Football Royalty.
I'm sure both teams will really respect one another.
Displaying good Sportsmanship is going to be important for the Mustangs too.
High School Football is so much more than just about the score on the scoreboard and the wins and losses, it's about life lessons and leading young men.
So hopefully Stanton will play well Friday night, but also learn a lot from this game that will help them in their lives after High School.
West Point-Beemer wins nail biter at Wayne
The West Point-Beemer Football Team won 23-22 at Wayne Friday night on a late scoring drive.
Head Coach Troy Schlueter says the team did a nice job hanging in there and pulling out the win. "It was really cool to see the kids respond after an interesting game with so many twists and turns. I'm proud of the way they kept their composure, and showed the type of character it takes to pull off a last minute comeback on the final drive."
Schlueter adds a number of kids played well in the game. "Offensive line had maybe their best and most physical game, Jesus Barragan ran the option and the offense well, Blake Anderson was huge on both sides of the ball like usual, Edgar Rodriguez had a pick-six that was huge and Gustav Grimelius had a field goal early, and kicked the winning extra point with less than a minute left."
The Cadets (6-1) host Pierce (7-0) Friday night.
The Bluejays walloped Logan View/Scribner-Snyder 56-7 at home last week.
Pierce is a great team, and has beat every opponent by double digits so far this season.
These two teams are familiar with one another as West Point-Beemer upset the Bluejays in the regular season at home last year before Pierce got the Cadets in the playoffs.
Schlueter discusses the keys to the game. "I think it will take a clean game with small numbers of penalties and turnovers coupled with a commitment to raising our level of play to compete with a really good Pierce team."
Weather could definitely be a factor in this game so you never know what might happen.
Schlueter says his squad is confident they can win again this year. "I think our kids are confident going into every game because they expect to be competitive. We know that every game is a unique opportunity to raise our level of play, and last year was a good example of accomplishing that game goal."
Anyone can be beat on any given night, and the Cadets have to go out there and give it all they got.
West Point-Beemer is a really good team, and if the Cadets can play better than they did against Wahoo then they should have a chance.
West Point-Beemer can't be scared of or intimidated by Pierce.
The Bluejays are a great team, but so are the Cadets, and West Point-Beemer is definitely capable of hanging with the Bluejays and handing them their first loss.
The Cadets have to bring the lunch pail to the field Friday night and get ready to hit.
This figures to be a very physical football game so the line has to play well for West Point-Beemer.
Anderson and Barragan need to make big plays as well for the Cadets to be able to win.
West Point-Beemer has to get themselves psyched and jacked up for this one in a big way.
It's going to take something extra to knock off mighty Pierce, and the Cadets have to come out and play the best game they've ever played.
West Point-Beemer did it once, and so certainly the Cadets can do it again.
The crowd has to be electric loud and proud and really get into it and get behind this team.
Logan View/Scribner-Snyder blitzed by Pierce
The Logan View/Scribner-Snyder Football Team lost 56-7 at Pierce Friday night in action heard on 107.9 the Bull.
The Bluejays led 21-0 at the end of, and outscored the Raiders 28-0 in the 2nd quarter to take a 49-0 lead into the locker room.
Both teams traded touchdowns in the 3rd quarter. Neither scored in the 4th.
Disappointing game for LVSS no doubt.
The Raiders (1-6) take on Columbus Scotus (3-4) on the road Friday night.
The Shamrocks are coming off a 24-14 loss at Columbus Lakeview last week.
This should be a competitive game...closer than last week's game was anyways.
Logan View/Scribner-Snyder has to be ready to play, and must give the Shamrocks all they can handle.
This figures to be the Raiders' best chance at a win of their remaining two games.
Logan View/Scribner-Snyder has to show signs of life and pride in this one.
It hasn't been the type of season the Raiders wanted or envisioned or hoped for I'm sure, but that doesn't mean LVSS can't go down without a fight.
The Raiders have to go out there and play well for 4 quarters, and take it to Columbus Scotus.
LVSS has really only put things together one time this year, but perhaps the Raiders can do it at least one more time this year.
Getting blown out and losing games is not fun, but Logan View/Scribner-Snyder has to keep fighting hard and battling....they can't throw in the towel.
I'm sure the Raiders want to be remembered as a team that fought hard until the very end and never gave up.
LVSS has to play with pride and show some fight and moxie.
The Raiders have to get out there and hit hard, and take all their frustration out on the Shamrocks.
Logan View/Scribner-Snyder has to give Columbus Scotus all they can handle and want and then some.
The Raiders have to fight hard until the bitter end, and make life difficult on the Shamrocks.
Logan View/Scribner-Snyder has to put the Pierce loss behind them, and go out there and play a good game Friday night.
The Raiders have to care and play things out the right way.
I know playing Pierce on the road is never easy, but LVSS should of made the game closer than they did.
Perhaps the Raiders will bounce back this week.
Winnebago rolls Omaha Nation
The Winnebago Football Team won 80-26 at home against Omaha Nation on Friday.
Nice win for the Indians.
Winnebago (3-3) takes on Wakefield (4-2) on the road Friday night.
The Trojans upset GACC 38-22 on the road last week.
Perhaps Wakefield will have upset hangover, but either way the Indians have to be ready to go.
The Trojans have won 4 in a row, and have knocked off arguably two of the top teams in D-1, both on the road.
Wakefield has to be viewed as a legit threat to win the District.
Winnebago would love to spoil the party though, and pick up a win.
The Indians really have nothing to lose quite honestly.
All the pressure should be squarely on the Trojans' shoulders.
Winnebago should play pressure free and loose, and should just be able to play their brand of Football.
Prosper Gilpin, T.J. Frenchman, Tyrese Gorrin, and Robbie Lovejoy all need to have gigantic games for the Indians.
Winnebago is definitely capable of upsetting Wakefield, they just have to go out there and play a great and big game.
The Indians have to play with reckless abandonment.
Winnebago only has two games left in their season and then it is over.
There is no postseason for the Indians so these next two games to end the season are their playoff games.
Winnebago has to make the most of this week's game against Wakefield and next week's game against GACC.
The Indians just have to go out there and play their game and see what happens.
Winnebago played Wisner-Pilger tough and close so I think the Indians can definitely be competitive in their final two games of the season.
Winnebago has to go out there and compete at a high level and do everything in their power to end the season a high note.
Howells-Dodge nips Elkhorn Valley
The Howells-Dodge Football Team won 20-16 at Elkhorn Valley Friday afternoon.
The Jaguars led 6-0 at halftime before the Falcons outscored Howells-Dodge 16-14 in the 4th quarter.
Here is the scoring recap from the game:
Howells-Dodge 2 03:04 #10 Darrin Pokorny runs for 32 yards. Touchdown! (Two point conversion run by #10 Darrin Pokorny no good)
Elkhorn Valley 4 11:58 #5 Braedyn Ollendick runs for 2 yards. Touchdown! (Two point conversion pass by #5 Braedyn Ollendick to #28 Brock Schaecher good)
Howells-Dodge 4 07:59 #10 Darrin Pokorny runs for 27 yards. Touchdown! (Two point conversion run by #26 Trevor Jedlicka no good)
Elkhorn Valley 4 05:30 #7 Josh Mcfarland runs for 13 yards. Touchdown! (Two point conversion run by #5 Braedyn Ollendick good)
Howells-Dodge 4 01:46 #10 Darrin Pokorny pass complete to #7 Charlie Dvorak for 39 yards. Touchdown! (Two point conversion run by #26 Trevor Jedlicka good)
Pokorny had 168 yards rushing on 28 carries, including two touchdowns. He was 3-5 passing for 61 yards with a touchdown. Charlie Dvorak had 2 catches for 50 yards, including a score.
Levi Belina registered 17 tackles while Carter Throener and Trevor Schumacher notched 14 apiece. Pokorny had 12 while Dvorak recorded 11. Carter Jensen added 9 while Lane Hegemann and Gaute Gunleiksrud made 8 each.
The Jaguars had 353 yards of total offense, 292 of them on the ground.
The defense gave up 280 yards of total offense, including 154 passing.
I think not having Dylan Horejsi and Kade Hegemann really hampered and hurt Howells-Dodge in this one, and was why this game was as close as it was.
The Jaguars (4-2) host Laurel-Concord-Coleridge (3-3) Friday night.
The Bears lost 62-42 at home to Lutheran High Northeast last week.
That's not a bad loss for Laurel-Concord-Coleridge, and if Howells-Dodge doesn't have everyone back they could lose.
Hopefully the Jaguars will be at full strength, but if not they may not win.
I guess it's wait and see with Howells-Dodge.
All the Jaguars can do is go out there and play their best and give it their best shot with who they've got.
Imagine what Howells-Dodge would be like if Kade Hegemann and Horejsi were both back and healthy.
I think the Jaguars would only have one loss right now if Hegemann had been there against LHNE.
Injuries are a part of the game though, and teams have to deal with them.
Howells-Dodge really needs everyone for this game although they're sitting pretty in the Wildcard Point Standings.
The Jaguars definitely want to win out though as this is a big game for Howells-Dodge.
The Jaguars don't want to lose their final home game of the regular season.
Howells-Dodge wants to go out a winner in their final home regular season game and finish the regular season strong.
Injuries may prevent that from happening, but either way the Jaguars have to do their best to make that happen.
Howells-Dodge has to go out there and play a good game and give it all they got Friday night.
The Jaguars have to play with hearts of champions like they have all season.
Pokorny has to shoulder the load offensively if called upon to do so again.
I thought he did a nice job of stepping up last week and leading this team.
He may need to do that again this week for Howells-Dodge to be victorious.
Wisner-Pilger hammers Homer
The Wisner-Pilger Football Team went into Homer and left town with a 54-12 win Friday night.
The Gators doubled up the Knights 24-12 in the 1st quarter, and led 40-12 at halftime after shutting out Homer 16-0 in the 2nd quarter.
Wisner-Pilger added 14 points in the 3rd quarter to make up the final score. Neither team scored in the 4th.
Here is a scoring recap from the game:
Wisner- Pilger 1 10:51 #7 Trevor Styskal runs for 9 yards. Touchdown! (Two point
conversion run by #5 Jayden Raabe good)
Wisner-Pilger 1 06:58 #7 Trevor Styskal runs for 14 yards. Touchdown! (Two point
conversion run by #7 Trevor Styskal good)
Homer Community1 04:57 #8 runs for 11 yards. Touchdown! (Point after kick by #10 no
Wisner-Pilger 1 04:45 #22 Gavin Lampman runs for 65 yards. Touchdown! (Two point
conversion run by #21 Justin Pieper good)
Homer Community 1 03:53 #10 pass complete to #8 for 55 yards. Touchdown! (Point after
kick by #10 no good)
Wisner-Pilger 2 09:30 #7 Trevor Styskal pass complete to #30 Marqus Eddy for 45
yards. Touchdown! (Two point conversion run by #7 Trevor
Wisner-Pilger 2 04:35 #7 Trevor Styskal runs for 1 yards. Touchdown! (Two point
conversion run by #22 Gavin Lampman good)
Wisner-Pilger 3 07:24 #7 Trevor Styskal pass complete to #30 Marqus Eddy for 17
yards. Touchdown! (Two point conversion run by #5 Jayden
Wisner- Pilger 3 04:29 #7 Trevor Styskal runs for 36 yards. Touchdown! (Two point
conversion run by #5 Jayden Raabe no good)
Lampman had 139 yards rushing on 11 carries and the one touchdown while Styskal had 95 yards on the ground on 11 carries, including four touchdowns. Justin Pieper added 78 yards rushing on 7 attempts. Styskal was 3-6 passing for 62 yards, and caught two of those passes for all the yards and both touchdowns.
Mason Dimon had 7.5 tackles while Jayden Raabe notched 7.
The Gators had 382 yards of total offense, including 320 on the ground.
The defense gave up 221 yards of total offense, 126 coming on the ground.
Solid performance from Wisner-Pilger. The Gators played well on offense throughout the game, and well defensively the final three quarters.
Wisner-Pilger (5-1) hosts Omaha Nation (0-6) Friday night.
The Chiefs lost 80-26 at Winnebago last week.
The Gators beat the Indians 34-14 so Wisner-Pilger shouldn't have much trouble beating Omaha Nation.
It's the final home game of the regular season for Wisner-Pilger, and I'm sure the Gators want to go out there and dominate.
There's a lot at stake for Wisner-Pilger beyond this game though.
The Gators are in good position to host a first round playoff game, and are still thinking District Title given Wakefield's win at GACC last week.
The game between Wisner-Pilger and Wakefield is going to be big, and the Gators have to play well this week to gear up for it.
Wisner-Pilger is doing a lot of nice things this year, and has to get everyone some playing time Friday night.
The Gators would just assume put the Chiefs away early, and rest starters and get everyone some playing time.
It might be the last time this season the backups see a lot of action so they have to make the most of it assuming they get in.
Wisner-Pilger has to continue to do what they have done all season and pick up a big win.
This game figures to be a good game to get the seniors ample playing time and the younger players valuable experience.
The Gators are really building something special in the 8-man ranks, and have established themselves nicely as a threat in D-1.
Wisner-Pilger has to play well Friday night, but more importantly take away things from the game they can apply to the Wakefield game next week.
Another thing is the Gators can't get caught looking ahead to the Trojans.
The focus has to be on Omaha Nation.
With that said, Wisner-Pilger should roll to a big win and win relatively easily.
GACC upset by Wakefield
The Guardian Angels Central Catholic Football Team was upset by Wakefield at home Friday night, falling 38-22.
Cody Steffen was 5-11 passing for 141 yards while Jared Minnick had 107 yards rushing on 25 carries with a touchdown. Jadyn Smeal notched 132 yards receiving on 4 receptions.
Casey Doernemann totaled 16 tackles while Minnick and Cash Meier made 15 apiece. Noah Hass had 12 while Steffen posted 7.
The Bluejays had 256 yards of total offense, including 141 through the air.
I must say I'm surprised GACC lost, but then again I'm not.
Reason being the Bluejays were almost beat by Wisner-Pilger and narrowly edged Howells-Dodge, two good teams. But I'm surprised GACC actually lost.
The Bluejays (5-1) host Homer (0-6) Friday night.
The Knights lost 54-12 at home to Wisner-Pilger last week.
GACC should be able to win and dominate pretty easily, but the Bluejays have to get back to their ways offensively.
The Trojans actually slowed down Minnick, but I look for him to have another big game for GACC Friday night.
I bet he will run hard and be upset given what happened and transpired Friday night.
I think that goes for the whole team.
I look for the Bluejays to come out upset and angry given what happened and took place last week.
GACC isn't used to losing, and quite honestly I don't know what good comes out of losing to Wakefield.
All the Bluejays can do now though is win out and hope Wisner-Pilger knocks off the Trojans in the regular season finale.
If the Gators beat Wakefield then there would likely be a three way tie for the district.
So GACC can still win a District Title, but they need some help.
The Bluejays have to play with drive, heart, determination, toughness, and tenacity Friday night.
GACC has to get physical and nasty.
Doernemann and others have to blow Homer defenders off the ball and create big running lanes for Minnick, Steffen, and others.
I have a feeling the Bluejays will play like men possessed Friday night, and go out there and dominate.
Facing GACC after a loss is usually not a good thing given how upset they figure to be for sure.
The Bluejays have to come out with passion and fire and take it to the Knights for four quarters.
GACC should win out the rest of the regular season, but I think the Wakefield game was a real eye opener for the Bluejays, if anything.
Emerson-Hubbard trounces Omaha Christian Academy
The Emerson-Hubbard Football Team won 60-8 at Omaha Christian Academy Friday night.
The Pirates led 31-0 after one, and blanked the Eagles 22-0 in the 2nd quarter to take a 53-0 lead into the locker room.
Emerson-Hubbard won the 3rd quarter 7-0 to go up 60-0 at the end of three.
OCA put up their only points of the game in the 4th quarter.
Spencer Burcham had 116 yards rushing on 8 carries, including three scores. Nolan Belt added 102 yards on 9 carries, and four touchdowns. Nolan Ostrand also had 102 yards rushing on 9 carries.
Jacob Kneifl made 16 tackles while Ostrand totaled 11.
The Pirates racked up 379 yards of total offense, including 330 rushing.
Dominate performance by Emerson-Hubbard Friday night. The Pirates took care of business early and put the Eagles away.
Emerson-Hubbard (4-2) takes on Pender (3-3) on the road Friday night.
The Pendragons won 48-42 at Mead in Double Overtime last week.
This should be a good game, a good clash between two rivals.
Emerson-Hubbard beat Mead by more points than Pender did, but the Pendragons beat Cedar Bluffs by a little more than the Pirates did.
With that said, I look for Emerson-Hubbard to find a way to win this game.
I feel the Pirates have been better and shown more up to this point.
Both teams have really improved over the course of the season, but I really like what Emerson-Hubbard has done the past couple of weeks.
The Pirates have put themselves in position to win a District Championship, and could do so with two wins to close out the regular season.
As good as Emerson-Hubbard has been, they need some help to get into the playoffs.
5-3 might be good enough, but right now the Pirates are a couple of spots from the final playoff spot in D-2 surprisingly.
So it could be a situation where Emerson-Hubbard has to win out just to make the playoffs.
I really hope the Pirates get in because they're certainly worthy of a berth.
This is a must win for Emerson-Hubbard though. The Pirates can't rely on beating Clarkson/Leigh the last game of the regular season.
Emerson-Hubbard has to come out and play as if their season is on the line because it is.
The Pirates have to treat this game like a playoff game in that if they lose their season is over.
Lose the final two games of the regular season and the playoffs are likely out the window for Emerson-Hubbard.
Again, I hope the Pirates don't get left out as they're a good team, in my opinion, but Emerson-Hubbard knows what they have to do to get in.
It's pretty much do or die for the Pirates Friday night so they have to go into Pender and do their job and win.
Pender outlasts Mead in Double Overtime
The Pender Football Team outlasted Mead 48-42 in Double Overtime on the road Friday night.
The game was tied at 6 at the end of one before the Raiders outscored the Pendragons 16-6 in the 2nd quarter to take a 22-12 lead into the locker room.
Pender won the 3rd quarter 8-6 to make it a 28-20 game at the end of three.
The Pendragons outscored Mead 14-6 in the 4th quarter to tie the game at 34 and send it into OT.
Both teams scored 8 points in the first OT before Pender won the second OT 6-0.
Dylan Vogt had 178 yards rushing on 24 carries, including two touchdowns. Jaydon Jump had 16 carries for 140 yards and two scores. Sam Mailoux hauled in 4 passes for 58 yards, and scored twice.
Mailoux made 8 tackles while Jump and Jaxon Mrsny made 7 apiece.
The Pendragons had 409 yards of total offense, including 334 rushing. The defense gave up 161 yards of total offense, 132 coming on the ground.
Great win for Pender. The Pendragons hung in there Friday night and found a way to win. This team has really started to come alive and persevere.
Pender (3-3) hosts Emerson-Hubbard (4-2) Friday night.
The Pirates routed Omaha Christian Academy 60-8 on the road last week.
Emerson-Hubbard has won 3 in a row.
The Pirates beat Cedar Bluffs by less, but Mead by much more than the Pendragons did.
With that said, this game is in Pender and it's a rivalry game, and anything can happen.
The Pendragons have to get up for this one and step up big.
Pender's defense has to rise to the occasion like it did in the second half last week.
The Pendragons have a chance to put themselves in a position to earn a 3 way tie in the district if they win.
Both Clarkson/Leigh and Emerson-Hubbard are undefeated in District Play with Pender only having one loss.
The Pendragons are right there, and if they can win out and get some help then they could find themselves co-district champs.
If Pender can at least win one of their next two games they should make the playoffs.
The Pendragons have come a long ways in their last couple of games, and should be proud of what they've done.
There's still work left to be done though, and Pender has to remain hungry.
The Pendragons need to go out there and play physical Friday night.
Getting the ball to Vogt, Jump, and Mailoux has to be the priority.
Pender did a great job of utilizing their weapons last week, and has to continue that this week.
The Pendragons are in great position to do something here at the end of the regular season, a continuation of what they've already doing really.
Pender has to stay humble, remain hungry, and eye that playoff berth.
Given the way this season started for the Pendragons it would be quite the accomplishment to get into the postseason.
Clarkson/Leigh shuts out Cedar Bluffs at home
The Clarkson/Leigh Football Team shutout Cedar Bluffs 66-0 at home Friday night.
The Patriots led 16-0 after one and blanked the Wildcats 28-0 in the 2nd quarter to take a 44-0 lead into the locker room.
Clarkson/Leigh shutout Cedar Bluffs 16-0 in the 3rd quarter to go up 60-0 at the end of three.
The Patriots won the 4th quarter 6-0.
Tommy McEvoy had 214 yards rushing on 13 carries, including four touchdowns. Lance Paprocki had 80 yards rushing on 9 carries, including a touchdown. Paprocki was 2-2 passing for 59 yards with a touchdown.
John Langhorst had 10 tackles while McEvoy notched 9.
Clarkson/Leigh had 475 yards of total offense, including 416 rushing.
Big time performance from the Patriots. Clarkson/Leigh looks like a team destined to make a playoff run.
The Patriots (4-2) host Mead (2-4) Friday night.
The Raiders lost 48-42 at home to Pender in Double Overtime Friday night.
The same Pendragon squad that Clarkson/Leigh beat 68-14 in Pender.
I look for the Patriots to crush Mead Friday night, just like they did Cedar Bluffs last week.
Clarkson/Leigh got it done not only offensively last week, but also defensively.
That was probably the Patriots' best overall performance of the season.
I feel Mead is a little better than Cedar Bluffs, but I still look for Clarkson/Leigh to win big.
The Patriots have to go out there and dominate and assert themselves, much like they have during this current 4-game winning streak.
Clarkson/Leigh can't let up in any way, and must continue to go out there and put in on Mead for 4 quarters.
This is a game where the Patriots need to be sharp, and must go out there and dominate in every facet of the game.
It's looking like the District could come down to Emerson-Hubbard and Clarkson/Leigh in the regular season finale.
The Patriots should be able to win their district barring any key injuries or things of that nature.
I feel Clarkson/Leigh is at an entirely different level than everyone else in the District right now.
The Patriots have to keep improving and getting better every week like they have been.
A couple more wins to close out the regular season would improve Clarkson/Leigh's playoff seeding without a doubt.
Right now the Patriots would be something like a 9 seed if the playoffs started today, but that figures to change based on how Clarkson/Leigh does in their final two regular season contests.
I really think the Patriots are a threat to do something in the postseason, and a win over Mead on Friday would be another positive step in the right direction.
Clarkson/Leigh has to keep on keepin on, and must continue to play at a high level on both sides of the ball.
Logan View/Scribner-Snyder drops home game to Wayne
The Logan View/Scribner-Snyder Football Team lost 26-16 at home to Wayne Friday night.
Another frustrating and difficult loss for the Raiders I'm sure.
Logan View/Scribner-Snyder (1-5) takes on Pierce (6-0) on the road in High School Football that can be heard on 107.9 the Bull Friday night.
The Bluejays won 44-22 at Columbus Lakeview last week.
Pierce might be the best team in C-1 outside of Aurora.
The Bluejays appear to be the real deal, having beaten the likes of Norfolk Catholic, Ord, Columbus Scotus pretty handily.
Pierce won 42-14 at Wayne if that says anything.
So the Bluejays are a great team, but I feel the Raiders are a better team than their record shows.
I don't think a 1-5 mark reflects how good this LVSS team actually is.
I just think the Raiders have been dealt some tough breaks over the course of the season.
Perhaps LVSS will come out and play well and inspired.
I look for the Raiders to be on top of their game and give Pierce their best shot.
All of Logan View/Scribner-Snyder's remaining games are tough so the Raiders have to use each contest as an opportunity to win and send out the seniors winners, and also to build for next year.
There will be a lot of teachable moments in these next few games without a doubt I'm sure, and LVSS has to remain positive and willing to learn.
The teaching and learning part of the game never stops, and the Raiders have to keep hard at it for 4 quarters.
Logan View/Scribner-Snyder has to do everything they can to get their seniors a win Friday night, and has to play as well as they can.
The Raiders have to be better on both sides of the ball than they have been, and must get physical with a very good Pierce team.
Logan View/Scribner-Snyder has to go into Pierce with the attitude that they have nothing to lose.
The Raiders have to play error and mistake free football, and play calm and unnerved.
Again, LVSS has absolutely nothing to lose so there shouldn't be a ton of nerves, at least after early on.
Kickoff is set for 7:00 p.m. in Pierce with pregame at 6:30 on the Bull.
West Point-Beemer shuts out Boone Central/Newman Grove
The West Point-Beemer Football Team shutout Boone Central/Newman Grove 14-0 at home Friday night.
The Cadets scored touchdowns in both the 1st and 2nd quarters in what was a scoreless second half.
The defense gave up just 109 yards of total offense, including 49 passing.
Very nice win for West Point-Beemer. Outstanding defensive performance from the Cadets as well.
West Point-Beemer (5-1) takes on Wayne (3-3) on the road Friday night.
The Blue Devils won 26-16 at Logan View/Scribner-Snyder last week.
Of course who can forget last year's game when Hunter Pilakowksi hit Ben Vander Griend on a halfback pass to win the games for the Cadets.
West Point-Beemer is having another special season, and I look for the Cadets to go up there and leave town with a win.
The Blue Devils only lost to Wahoo 16-0 though, although the Cadets beat Arlington by a bigger margin than Wayne did.
Things could be tight again this year, but I think West Point-Beemer will find a way to win and pull things out.
The Cadets really did a nice job bouncing back from the Wahoo loss.
I was concerned with how West Point-Beemer would respond following the loss to the Warriors, but the Cadets answered the bell in a big way.
West Point-Beemer faces a new challenge this week, but I look for the Cadets to pass it just like they did last week.
West Point-Beemer has to try and make things less dramatic this time though if they can.
I don't know if the Blue Devils are a strong a team as they were last year though so perhaps the Cadets won't have such a difficult time this time around.
Either way all that matters is that you win, and that's certainly something West Point-Beemer has done a lot of the last couple of years, and is something I look for them to continue to do the rest of this season and beyond.
The Cadets are right where they want to be in terms of winning the District so West Point-Beemer has to come out and take it to Wayne Friday night and get ready for Pierce next week.
The Cadets have to get Blake Anderson and Jesus Barragan out in space and let them do their thing, and the offensive line has to do a good job of blocking as well.
West Point-Beemer has to go out there and play Cadet Football, and if they do that then they should be just fine.
Stanton loses at Crofton
The Stanton Football Team lost 20-19 at Crofton Friday night.
The Mustangs led 7-0 after one before the Warriors won the 2nd quarter 7-6 to make it a 13-7 game at halftime in favor of Stanton.
After neither team scored in the 3rd quarter, Crofton outscored Stanton 13-6 in the 4th quarter to pick up the win.
Sutton Polhman had 159 yards rushing on 24 carries, and scored twice. Marcus Spotanski was 3-11 passing for 91 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions. Polhman hauled in all 3 passes for 91 yard with the touchdown.
Polhman made 10 tackles while Ben Wilke and Cade Goger made 9 and 8, respectively.
The Mustangs had 279 yards of total offense, including 177 rushing.
This had to be a very tough pill to swallow for Stanton. Heartbreaking and devastating loss without a doubt.
The Mustangs (2-4) host Ponca (1-5) Friday night.
The Indians lost 35-20 at Battle Creek last week.
Ponca may be 1-5, but don't let their record fool you.
Their losses are to BRLD, Oakland-Craig, David City Aquinas, Hartington Cedar Catholic, and the aforementioned Braves.
It's tough, but Stanton has to do their best to bounce back from last week's loss.
The sting and pain of that loss still might be felt by the Mustang players, but Stanton has to be tough and resilient and bounce back.
The Mustangs have to use the devastation and pain and frustration of that loss and turn it into success Friday night.
Polhman had a great game for Stanton, and if he can have a repeat performance then the Mustangs should have a shot.
Anybody can beat anybody in this district for the most part so Stanton has to come out and deliver big blows and a message to Ponca early and often.
The Mustangs have to be thinking if the Warriors can beat us then we can beat the Indians.
Ponca is a tough team, but Stanton is definitely capable of coming out on top.
It will still be tough to bounce back from last week's loss, but the Mustangs have to do their best to put last week behind them and move on.
Stanton has to play with and show some fight Friday night.
The Mustangs are a quality team, they just simply let one get away last week.
Stanton has to reverse their fortunes this week, and turn the tables on Ponca.
Anyone is beatable on any given night, and the Mustangs have to go out there and make it happen.
This very well could be Stanton's last realistic chance at one final home win with Norfolk Catholic coming in next week so it could be now or never from that aspect of things for the Mustangs.
Stanton is all but out of the District and Playoff race, but has to keep playing hard and for pride at this point.
North Bend Central drops first game of year to Centennial
The North Bend Central Football Team lost their first game of the year Friday night, falling 47-14 at home to Centennial.
Here is a scoring recap of the game:
CENTENNIAL: CALEB HORNE 2 YD RUN @ 6:20 CALEB CAST KICK
CENTENNIAL: HORNE 20 YD. RUN @ 4:59 CAST KICK
CENTENNIAL: WYATT EHLERS 1 YD. RUN @ 10:49 CAST KICK
NORTH BEND: AUSTIN ENDORF 3 YD. RUN @ 9:38 JOE HOWSER KICK
NORTH BEND: ETHAN MULLALY 7 YD. RUN @ 7:13 HOWSER KICK
CENTENNIAL: MAX TOMES 89 YD. KICK OFF RETURN @ 7:01 KICK FAILED
EHLERS 14 YD. PASS TO JOEL BARGEN @ 0:26 KICK FAILED
CENTENNIAL: EHLERS 1 YD. RUN @ 6:06 CAST KICK
CENTENNIAL: HORNE 6 YD. RUN @ 0:30 CAST KICK
Centennial got out to a 21-0 lead before the Tigers cut it to 27-14. At that point, NBC had the ball inside the 5 but was intercepted on 4th down. The Broncos went down and scored, making it 33-14 at half.
The Broncos scored the final 14 points of the game in the 3rd quarter.
Centennial had 392 yards of total offense, 280 on the ground and the Tigers had 198 yards of offense -- passing for 131 and rushing for 67 yards. Statistically, John Emanuel caught 9 passes for 50 yards, Endorf was 15-28 for 131 yards 3 int, and Ethan Mullally rushed for 67 yards and a touchdown.
Defensively, the Tigers were led by Emanuel with 11 tackles and Gavin Peterson with 9 tackles. Sam Buckingham added 9 while Jacob Ray notched 7.
Head Coach Ryan Stieren tips his hat to the Broncos. "Centennial is an outstanding team and you can't get down 21-0 and expect to be successful. We made things interesting in the 2nd quarter but we couldn't convert near the goal line, gave up a kick return for a TD and then couldn't get anything going in the 2nd half. Hopefully, we can bounce back and compete hard against Aquinas this Friday."
The Tigers (5-1) take on the Monarchs (3-3) in David City.
Aquinas won 46-7 at David City last week.
The Monarchs lost 28-21 at Centennial the week before so you know North Bend Central has another challenge on their hands.
Aquinas is fighting for their playoff lives and may very well have to win out to make it so you can bet the Tigers are going to get the Monarchs' best shot.
North Bend Central has to bounce back and forget about what happened last week.
The Tigers have to toughen and sharpen up, and get ready for a tough Aquinas team.
North Bend Central is a good team, quite a bit better than they have been in a long time, and I look for the Tigers to compete well and play hard Friday night.
North Bend Central has to go into Aquinas expecting to win, and has to forget about what happened last week.
The Tigers can't afford to be hung up about the loss to the Broncos, they have to move on and man up Friday night.
North Bend Central is still in very good position to make the playoffs and could help themselves out a lot with a pair of wins the next couple of weeks over the Monarchs and Shelby/Rising City.
These next two games figure to be very tough road tests for the Tigers, and I think we will really find out what North Bend Central is made of.
The Tigers have to run the ball this week to be successful.
North Bend Central didn't run the ball as well as they would of liked against Centennial, and I felt that was one of the differences in the game.
The Tigers need to be balanced offensively against the Monarchs to be able to win.
North Bend Central also has to stop Aquinas' run game as well.
The Tigers have to get physical and be ready to take the Monarchs' punches and best shot.
You know you're going to get a great effort from Aquinas so North Bend Central has to be up for the challenge.