Northeast Nebraska Football
The Winnebago Indians knocked off Homer 42-12 on the road Friday night to end the regular season.
Winnebago led 22-6 after one. The Indians blanked the Knights 6-0 in the second quarter to go up 28-6 at halftime.
Winnebago outscored Homer 14-6 in the third quarter to make up the final score. Neither team scored in the fourth quarter.
The Indians gave up 244 yards of offense, including 141 rushing.
Winnebago ended the season on a high note. This was definitely the way for the Indians to go out.
Winnebago ends the season at 3-5.
That record may not seem like it's that great, but given where this program has been in the past, I think it's respectable.
The Indians didn't really have any signature wins, but I think you could say Winnebago competed hard in all of their games, and had a good offense this year.
The Indians graduate a number of players, including Cedrick Blackdeer, Drake Gorrin, Josh Miles, Tristen Larush, Miguel Baker, Sage Primeaux, Jaylen Harden, Angelo Suarez, and Nick Saunsoci.
All these players will definitely missed and have meant a lot to Winnebago Football over the years I'm sure.
The Indians are set to return some talent next year in T.J. Frenchman, Tyrese Gorrin, Nicholas Painter, Gavin Farmer, Ezekiel Walker, Evander Bass, and others.
I look for Winnebago to have a season in 2017 at least as good as this year if not better.
The Indians are losing some key contributors, but returning some solid players as well.
The biggest thing Winnebago needs to do is get better on defense.
The Indians gave up too many points and yards this season.
With that said, Winnebago is definitely capable of making improvements on that side of the ball.
If the Indians can become a stronger defensive team, they might be able to become a power in time.
It's probably not going to happen right away or overnight, but if Winnebago can keep making strides as a program, perhaps they can get to the point where they feel they can be competitive in C-1 or whatever class they would be if they didn't opt down to D-1.
There's a long way for this program to go yet, but improvements are being made, and future success is definitely possible for these kids.
I know basketball is huge in Winnebago, but if the Indians can find some time to devote to football, they will be better off for it.
The Tekamah-Herman Tigers saw their season come to an end Friday night as they lost 72-26 at Wisner-Pilger.
The Gators led 22-0 at the end of one and outscored the Tigers 26-8 in the second quarter to take a 48-8 lead into the locker room.
Wisner-Pilger won the third quarter 18-12 to go up 66-20 after three.
Both teams scored 6 points in the fourth quarter.
The Tigers gave up 777 yards of total offense, a school record for the Gators, and unofficially a state record for 11-man. Tekamah-Herman also surrendered 531 yards of total offense.
It was another difficult season for the Tigers that started out with so much promise, but didn't end the way Tekamah-Herman would have liked.
That season opening win over Omaha Brownell-Talbot seems like a distant memory at this point, at least to me.
The Tigers wrap up the 2016 campaign with a 1-8 record.
Tekamah-Herman had a tough time competing in all of their losses this year.
This year was still better than last year though so that has to be encouraging for the Tigers.
Tekamah-Herman graduates Cody Hopkins, Dustin Pickell, Drew Schmidt, Dillan Beaumont, Luke Green, Ben Metzler, Trenton Elliot, Colton Morrow-Merrill, Mitchell Moniff, Cory Leonard, Sarah Stang, and Brayden Drummond.
The Tigers certainly lose some valuable members of this year's team, including Hopkins, but it will be time for others to step up once next season rolls around.
Tekamah-Herman brings back Jayden Kellogg, Luke Wakehouse, Matt Hawkins, Clay Beaumont, Max Hansen, Sage Penny, Luke Rogers, Cody Arnold, Gage Drummond, and Mack Braniff, among others.
So a lot of talent returns for the Tigers, but Tekamah-Herman needs to have a good offseason.
It's important for the Tigers to perform well in the weightroom and on the field during camps and things of that sort.
These players have to spend the proper amount of time honing their skills and game if they want to have a better season next year.
Tekamah-Herman has to enhance every aspect of their games in the offseason, and come back strong in 2017.
Next year will be a new year, and I look for the Tigers to be even better next year than they were this year.
Tekamah-Herman really needs to get after things in the offseason though. The way the Tigers ended this year definitely has to leave a sour taste in their mouths.
I look for Tekamah-Herman to use this year's struggles as motivation in the offseason and turn them into success next season and beyond.
The Bancroft-Rosalie-Lyons-Decatur Wolverines came up a little short Friday night, falling 49-48 in overtime at home to Logan View in the season finale.
The Raiders led 7-6 at the end of one. Logan View won the second quarter 12-8 to take a 19-14 lead into the locker room.
Both teams scored 7 third quarter points. The Wolverines outscored the Raiders 21-16 in the fourth quarter to force overtime.
Logan View put up a touchdown in the extra frame and stopped BRLD on a two-point conversion to win the game in thrilling fashion.
Montana Riecken was 18-25 passing for 320 yards with 4 touchdowns.
Jon Christiansen had 9 receptions for 211 yards and two scores. Tyler Kroger had 62 yards receiving on 3 receptions, including a score.
Riecken added 103 yards rushing on 20 carries, and scored twice. Jacob Zuhlke ran the ball 22 times for 77 yards, and scored once.
Riecken notched 14 tackles while Christiansen and Bren Shatto totaled 10 apiece. Kroger added 9 while Zuhlke registered 7.
The Wolverines amassed 500 yards of total offense, including 320 passing.
Offense wasn't the issue for BRLD, it was more the defense that let the Wolverines down than anything.
BRLD concludes the year at 3-6.
The Wolverines had some nice wins over Omaha Brownell-Talbot, Tekamah-Herman, and Wisner-Pilger.
I wouldn't say any of BRLD's wins really stood out, but the Wolverines competed with and lost to a number of good teams.
I think BRLD did alright for it being their first year as an 11-man team. I think the Wolverines will only be better in the future.
Riecken finished with 1,354 yards passing with 18 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.
He added 1,002 yards rushing on 136 carries, and scored 12 touchdowns.
That's quite the season to pass and run for over 1,000 yards, and account for 30 touchdowns running and passing. Zuhlke added 802 yards rushing.
Receiving wise, Christiansen was the leader with 539 yards and 9 touchdowns.
Riecken was also the leading tackler with 73 on the season. Shatto had 62 while Christiansen made 57.
BRLD loses Riecken, Jacob Whitaker, Tanner Bonneau, Christiansen, Benny Estrada, Tyler Hardeman, Shatto, Jacob Cole, Joey O'Connor, and Cole Christoffersen.
The Wolverines certainly graduate a lot of talent, but some talent returns for BRLD as well.
The Wolverines bring back Zuhlke, Trent Gatewood, Kenyan Lovejoy, Will Gatzemeyer, Tyler Kroger, and others.
It appears BRLD will have a nice mix of older and younger players in 2017, and I expect the Wolverines to be competitive once again next year.
BRLD needs some players to step up and fill the shoes of Riecken and Christiansen, among others, but I'm sure the Wolverines will figure things out by the start of next season.
As long as BRLD has a strong offseason the Wolverines should be solid again next year.
North Bend Central won their final game of the 2016 season over David City Friday night, 25-22 at home.
The Tigers enjoyed a 13-7 lead after one. The Scouts blanked North Bend Central 7-0 in the second quarter to take a 14-13 lead into the locker room.
The Tigers shutout David City 6-0 in the third quarter to go up 19-14 after three.
The Scouts won the fourth quarter 8-6 to make up the final score.
Joel Hines carried the ball 15 times for 153 yards for the Tigers while going 4-6 passing for 89 yards. Dawson Poessnecker added 62 yards rushing on 16 carries for North Bend Central.
Poessnecker also made 3 catches for 56 yards.
Shadrick Westerman made a team-high 11 tackles while Brock Ray notched 9. Hines added 8 while Poessnecker made 7.
North Bend Central amassed 315 yards of total offense, 226 coming on the ground.
David City had 293 yards of total offense, including 187 rushing.
Head Coach Ryan Stieren says the win was a good way to finish the year. "It's definitely one of the craziest high school football games that I have been apart of. We just made a couple more plays then they did. Overall, I am pleased with the progress that we made this season and I believe that we can take another step next season."
Stieren says his team got better over the course of the season.
"We really don't talk about wins and losses and stuff like that. We just talk about getting better everyday. And I felt like we did that from beginning to end. Although here at the end I mean we were almost out of players. We've had so many injuries that we were starting to play really young kids that really haven't seen the field this year."
The Tigers end the year at 4-4.
North Bend Central's leaders on the ground this year include Hines and Poessnecker, who had 523 and 389 yards rushing, respectively.
Hines added 588 yards passing on the season.
The leading receiver was Poessnecker, who had 243 yards receiving. Colton Mitties totaled 104 yards receiving himself.
Ray was the team leader in tackles with 68 for the year. Poessnecker added 60 while Westerman made 53.
North Bend Central didn't really have any standout wins, but a 4-4 season is definitely respectable.
Stieren adds the future looks bright for the Tigers.
"We got a nice team coming back, but we got a long ways to go. We got to clean up a lot of stuff, but winning this game will hopefully catapult us into the offseason. And I think kids are starting to believe a little bit so this one helps a lot."
North Bend Central loses 8 players to graduation.
They include Poessnecker, Ray. Camden Stephenson, Jayton Frank, and Trenton Johnston.
These players are big losses, but the Tigers have to be excited by who they bring back.
Hines, Mitties, John Emanuel, Peter Emanuel, Cole Kluthe, Trevor Nelson, Jeremy Doeremann, Cody Pospisil, James Seymour, and other talented players are set to return for North Bend Central next season.
There's certainly a lot for the Tigers to work on in the offseason, but North Bend Central has to be encouraged and feeling good about themselves heading into the offseason given the type of season the Tigers had and who all returns.
North Bend Central needs to have a good offseason in the weightroom and on the field, and if they can do that, more success should come their way in 2017.
The Tigers must learn how to handle winning though. North Bend Central can't get cocky and be complacent and satisfied with what they did this year because that's when you regress.
The West Point-Beemer Cadets saw their season come to an end Thursday night as they lost 56-20 at Norfolk Catholic.
It was definitely a disappointing end to what was a respectable season for West Point-Beemer.
The Cadets end the year at 4-5.
West Point-Beemer's two biggest wins of the year came over North Bend Central and Fort Calhoun. Those two wins were program building wins, and wins the Cadets can build off of heading into next season.
I'm sure West Point-Beemer would have liked to have finished the season much stronger though. It appears the Cadets never recovered from their 4th quarter collapse against Wayne.
The end of the this season can serve as a learning point for next season though. If anything I'm sure it leaves West Point-Beemer hungry and wanting more. I look for the Cadets to do better next year because of it.
West Point-Beemer was a really young team this year. The Cadets say goodbye to seniors Jackson Hoffman, Dylan James, Riley Berg, Alex Landholm, Santiago Perez, Sean Siebrandt, and Thomas Eckmann.
These 7 seniors meant a lot to the program, and will be deeply missed.
With that said, the Cadets return a lot of talent next year.
Back will be Ben Vander Griend, Kade Hughes, Blake Anderson, Cole Hughes, Hunter Pilakowski, Chase and Austin Streeter, Gavin Case, and others.
I think the future looks good for West Point-Beemer Football. Going 4-5 with a chance to make the playoffs until the last game of the year is a pretty good accomplishment for a team as young as the Cadets were.
The biggest thing will be replacing Berg at running back, but I'm sure Head Coach Troy Schlueter will have a plan come August.
With the exception of the way the season ended, I thought it was a good year for West Point-Beemer. I think the Cadets won some games they would have lost in the past.
I look for West Point-Beemer to be very competitive again in 2017 and make another push for the playoffs.
The North Bend Central Tigers dropped their 3rd straight game Friday night, falling 56-0 at Bishop Neumann.
The Cavaliers led 14-0 at the end of one. Neumann blanked North Bend Central 28-0 in the second quarter to take a 42-0 lead into the locker room.
The Cavaliers won each the third and fourth quarters 7-0 to make up the final score. It was 49-0 after three in favor of Neumann.
Dawson Poessnecker made 10 tackles for the Tigers.
North Bend Central had just 89 yards of total offense, 56 coming on the ground.
The defense surrendered 409 yards of total offense, including 258 through the air.
Head Coach Ryan Stieren says there were some positives to take away from the loss.
"I feel that we brought some fight, they are just a superior team. We forced them into 8 and 9 play drives, so we did not give up the huge plays. We also had a couple big plays offensively but could not get things going consistently. I believe that Bishop Neumann will be the Class C1 state champion -- I think that they are a complete team. We must continue to improve so that we can have success against David City this Friday."
Stieren says his team has made drastic improvements this season.
"I think we've made good progress. Of course winning some more games on the outside has a look of progress. But I think from a day-to-day standpoint I think we've made a lot of progress. A lot more than even the scoreboard says."
3-4 North Bend Central hosts 1-7 David City Friday night in High School Football Action on 107.9 the Bull.
Stieren says the Scouts have his squad's attention.
"They came to our place last year and beat us. And so they have a couple nice players, and they're going to have a lot of confidence coming in Friday night. And they're going to believe that they can beat us. And if we don't play well they can beat us."
David City picked up their first win of the year over Conestoga last week, winning 40-35.
The Scouts haven't been very competitive in any of their other games this season, although they've played a pretty tough schedule.
Still though the Tigers have won more games this year than David City has.
I like North Bend Central to come away with the win Friday night. I think the Tigers are well suited to finish the season 4-4, which would be very respectable for this program given where it's been.
North Bend Central can't expect things to be a cakewalk against the Scouts though.
David City will no doubt play tough with it being their final game of the season as well.
The Tigers are going to have to earn this win. It's not just going to be handed to them on a silver platter.
North Bend Central can't take the Scouts lightly. The Tigers have to work hard just like they have all season long.
I'm sure the seniors really want this one badly. There's nothing better than beating a team that beat you at your place the year before.
And you can bet these players haven't forgotten about what took place last year. I'm sure North Bend Central will be out for revenge.
I think the Tigers can definitely get revenge if they put their minds to it. I think North Bend Central stands a good chance to win Friday night, but the Tigers have to be focused and ready to play.
North Bend Central has to play a complete four quarter game and put things together one final time.
Kickoff between the Tigers and Scouts is set for 7:00 p.m. in North Bend. Pregame begins at 6:40 on the Bull.
The Oakland-Craig Knights beat Tekamah-Herman 48-0 on the road Friday night.
The Knights led 28-0 after the first quarter and blanked the Tigers 20-0 in the second quarter to lead 48-0 at the break.
Neither team scored in the second half.
Jared Mulder was 8-12 passing for 211 yards with three touchdowns.
Kobe Benne caught 2 touchdown passes for 82 yards. Garrett Seagren hauled in 3 passes for 75 yards, including a score.
Hoss Smith had 152 yards rushing on 12 carries, including three scores.
Oakland-Craig accumulated 429 yards of total offense, including 245 passing.
I thought the Knights played a great game. Mulder and Smith had fantastic games. Oakland-Craig did what they needed to do, which was put away Tekamah-Herman in the first half.
Oakland-Craig (7-1) hosts Fremont Bergan (5-3) Friday night for the District Championship.
Bergan has won four in a row since starting the season 1-3.
This game is for all the marbles. A district championship and a guaranteed berth into the playoffs.
Oakland-Craig is likely in the playoffs win or lose, but Bergan needs to win to get in.
You can bet Bergan will be playing like there's no tomorrow, because if they lose, there's not.
I fully expect Oakland-Craig to get Bergan's best shot.
With that said, I think Oakland-Craig will win.
Oakland-Craig appears to have figured some things out in the passing game with Mulder, and if he starts for Oakland-Craig again, Bergan is going to have their hands full trying to slow him and Smith down.
It's championship football time, and I expect Oakland-Craig to be at their best.
Oakland-Craig is currently sitting 6th in power points, and would no doubt like to improve their playoff seed.
A win would do that, but a loss would definitely make for a more difficult first round playoff matchup.
With all this said, I look for Oakland-Craig to find a way to win.
Oakland-Craig is well coached, and has found ways to win big games time and time again in the past.
That's why I look for Oakland-Craig to answer the bell again and come through in the clutch.
This game will no doubt be a good playoff prep game for Oakland-Craig. OC will see teams just as good if not better than Bergan in the playoffs.
The Bancroft-Rosalie-Lyons-Decatur Wolverines lost 28-14 at Fremont Bergan Friday night.
Montana Riecken was 5-8 passing for 91 yards with a touchdown and an interception.
Jacob Zuhlke ran the ball 22 times for 86 yards while Riecken carried the ball 11 times for 59 yards, and scored once.
BRLD totaled 236 yards of offense, including 145 on the ground.
I thought the Wolverines might beat the Knights, but BRLD simply didn't have enough to pull out the win.
The Wolverines (3-5) host Logan View (3-5) in the season finale Friday night.
The Raiders are coming off a 33-30 home win over Wisner-Pilger last time out.
I think these two teams are pretty evenly matched.
I think BRLD's been tougher against the good teams on their schedule, and their wins have been more impressive.
This game is tough to call with both teams 3-5, but I give the Wolverines the edge with it being a home game for BRLD.
Riecken and Zuhlke need to have good games running the ball, and Riecken has to be effective with his arm as well.
The Wolverines have to be the more physical team, and take the fight to Logan View.
Both these teams are in transition with it being BRLD's first season as a team and the Raiders' first season with a new coach.
There has been a lot of learning and growing pains by both sides this year, but the winner of this game will no doubt feel a little bit better about things heading into the offseason than the loser will.
This is an important game for building for the future and winning that final game for the seniors.
Both teams have no doubt worked hard this season, and I look for Friday night's game to be good and close.
I do think the Wolverines stand a better chance to win, but Logan View cannot be counted out.
I feel both teams are good and coming along well, and I look for this game to be decided anywhere from 7-14 points.
I think the team that executes the best and makes the fewest mistakes will find themselves on the winning side of things.
The Logan View Raiders topped Wisner-Pilger 33-20 at home Friday night.
Brady Hull had 93 yards rushing on 20 carries, including three touchdowns. Jacob Polk ran the ball 12 times for 92 yards. Nolan Miller had 76 yards rushing on 13 attempts.
Nathan Taylor made a team-high 16 tackles.
The Raiders racked up 305 yards of total offense, 256 coming on the ground.
I thought Logan View ran the ball very well Friday night. The Gators have had trouble all year stopping the run, and the Raiders took advantage of that.
Logan View (3-5) takes on BRLD (3-5) on the road Friday night.
The Wolverines lost 28-14 at Fremont Bergan Friday night.
The Raiders competed better against Bergan than BRLD did, but the Wolverines played Oakland-Craig tougher so it's hard saying how this game is going to go for sure.
I think the game will be decided by anywhere from 7-14 points.
I think the contest will be close with both teams running the ball well.
There should be a lot of running in this game as both teams can pound the ball and play physical football.
Both teams have the ability to throw too though so don't count out either team's passing game as being a factor in this contest.
It's the last game of the season for both teams so I expect both squads to play their best game of the season.
This game is big for both teams in terms of building for the future and sending their seniors out winners.
Brighter days are ahead for both of these programs, and I think this game could be the start of many heated battles between the two squads in the future.
I look for both teams to get after one another, which should make for a good game.
I think Logan View might have to pull out some trick plays to pick up the win.
BRLD is a tough team, especially at home, and I think it's going to take something extra for the Raiders to win.
Special teams is big too. If Logan View can get a big return or block a kick, it could make a really big difference.
The Tekamah-Herman Tigers lost 48-0 at home to Oakland-Craig Friday night.
The Knights led 28-0 after the first quarter and blanked the Tigers 20-0 in the second quarter to lead 48-0 at the break.
Neither team scored in the second half.
The defense gave up 429 yards of total offense, including 245 through the air.
It was a really difficult game for Tekamah-Herman. One I'm sure the Tigers felt they should have and would have liked to done better in.
Tekamah-Herman (1-7) travels to Wisner Friday night to battle Wisner-Pilger (0-8).
The Gators lost 33-20 at Logan View this past Friday night.
Wisner-Pilger has had trouble stopping the run all season long so the Tigers should look to pound the rock on the Gators.
Tekamah-Herman's defense has had their own issues too though so this should make for an evenly matched game between two teams really needing a win.
Wisner-Pilger might need this one more than Tekamah-Herman, but the Tigers still have to want this one badly.
It's the final time these players will suit up this season, and for the seniors, it's the final game they will ever play for Tekamah-Herman High School.
The Tigers have to take some pride in that, and show up and play a good game Friday night.
Both teams have to throw everything they've got at one another, and tough, grit, and gut it out the best they can.
With the exception of the Omaha Brownell-Talbot game, it has been a season of frustration for Tekamah-Herman. The same thing could be said for Wisner-Pilger.
That's why I look for both the Tigers and Gators to give it everything they've got, and not hold anything back.
This should be a good battle between Tekamah-Herman and Wisner-Pilger.
I'm sure the Tigers would like to get this one after losing 31-6 to the Gators last year.
I would say Tekamah-Herman is better than they were last year, and Wisner-Pilger isn't as strong as they were last year, so that should make for a pretty even game between the two squads Friday night.
The Wisner-Pilger Gators remained winless on the season with a 33-20 loss at Logan View Friday night.
Wisner-Pilger gave up 305 yards of total offense, including 256 on the ground.
Stopping the run has been the achilles' heel of the Gators all season long. Wisner-Pilger has really struggled to stop the run for whatever reason.
The Gators (0-8) host Tekamah-Herman (1-7) Friday night in the regular season finale for both teams.
The Tigers lost 48-0 at home to Oakland-Craig Friday night.
Both teams have certainly had tough seasons, and I look for both to take a season's worth of frustrations out on one another.
It's the last game of the season for both teams so might as well throw the gauntlet at one another.
There is no tomorrow for both of these teams so both might as well empty the playbook as well.
It has been a really tough and unfortunate season for Wisner-Pilger, yet the Gators have a chance to send their seniors out winners and finish the season on a high note.
It would be a big deal for Wisner-Pilger to win this game. It would be a positive for the program and a good confidence builder heading into the offseason.
The biggest thing for the Gators though is slowing down the run. Wisner-Pilger has to be physical at the line of scrimmage, and limit Tekamah-Herman's big plays.
The Gators have to keep everything in front of them, yet be opportunistic on defense.
Wisner-Pilger has to take some chances with blitzes and things of that sort.
The Gators shouldn't have anything to hold back Friday night. Wisner-Pilger should be able to let er rip in an effort to pick up their first, only, and last win of the season.
It's final chance time for the Gators, and Wisner-Pilger doesn't want to finish the season winless.
The opportunity is out there in front of the Gators. Wisner-Pilger has to go out there and seize the moment.
So many emotions will be running through these players' heads I'm sure. The biggest thing is to not get caught up in the moment and continue to play good, tough football.
The Howells-Dodge Jaguars won 38-8 at Homer Friday night.
Howells-Dodge led 24-0 after the first quarter and shutout the Knights 14-0 in the second quarter to lead 38-0 at halftime.
Neither team scored in the third quarter. Homer added their only points of the game in the fourth quarter.
Dylan Horejsi had 104 yards rushing on 15 carries, including a score. Jordan Brichacek totaled 61 yards rushing on 5 carries, and scored once.
Dax VanLengen was 4-6 passing for 98 yards with two touchdowns.
Brichacek hauled in the two touchdown passes, which totaled 69 yards.
Ryan Macholan made 13 tackles while Marcus Love and Jon Yosten totaled 11 and 10, respectively. Zach Bayer added 8 while Tanner Coufal and Kade Hegemann notched 7 apiece.
The Jaguars racked up 263 yards of total offense, 169 coming on the ground.
The defense gave up 205 yards of total offense, including 174 rushing.
Here is the scoring summary:
Howells-Dodge 09:24 #4 Dax VanLengen pass complete to #23 Jordon Brichacek for 43 yards. Touchdown! (Two point conversion run by #4 Dax VanLengen good)
Howells-Dodge 07:29 #28 Dylan Horejsi runs for 5 yards. Touchdown! (Two point conversion run by #23 Jordon Brichacek good)
Howells-Dodge 06:05 #4 Dax VanLengen pass complete to #23 Jordon Brichacek for 26 yards. Touchdown! (Two point conversion run by #28 Dylan Horejsi good)
Howells-Dodge 10:38 #4 Dax VanLengen runs for 1 yards. Touchdown! (Two point conversion run by #4 Dax VanLengen good)
Howells-Dodge 05:42 #23 Jordon Brichacek runs for 17 yards. Touchdown! (Two point conversion run by #28 Dylan Horejsi no good)
Homer Community 01:31 #7 Austin Pies runs for 5 yards. Touchdown! (Two point conversion pass by #9 Wyatt Tighe to #2 Tim Chamberlain good)
I thought Howells-Dodge played pretty well. The Jaguars did what they had to do, which was put the Knights away early.
Howells-Dodge (5-2) host Clarkson/Leigh (3-4) in the regular season finale Friday night.
The Patriots lost 58-14 at home to Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family last time out.
Clarkson/Leigh has really struggled lately as Bradley Bunner has been banged up so I think how close this game is depends on his health.
If Bunner is 100% then I think the Patriots can challenge the Jaguars, but if he's not out there or is limited, then the Jaguars should be able to win rather handily.
Horejsi and VanLengen need to have performances similar to what they had against Homer, and Brichacek needs to continue to step up as well.
Howells-Dodge has played really good football down the stretch, and proven to be a really good team.
A 6-2 regular season would be pretty respectable for this team, and it would pretty much guarantee the Jaguars a first round playoff game at home.
If Howells-Dodge loses to Clarkson/Leigh then their seeding won't be quite as good so the Jaguars really don't want to slip up against the Patriots.
This is a rivalry game, and I expect Clarkson/Leigh to bring it, but Bunner's being banged up recently makes for a real interesting game from the Patriots' standpoint.
Both of these teams are fairly young and will likely have more battles against one another in the future so getting this one is big for whoever wins.
Both teams are already pretty much in the playoffs, and I don't know if it's fair to say Howells-Dodge has more to lose than Clarkson/Leigh has to gain, but that could be the case.
Either way it's a rivalry game and I expect both teams to come out and put forth their best effort.
I'm sure the Jaguars would love to win big to gain a large amount of confidence and momentum heading into the postseason.
Howells-Dodge is on a three-game winning streak, and ending the regular season on a four-game winning streak would be a real positive for the Jaguars.
Howells-Dodge has been consistent all year long while the Patriots have been up and down so I would say the Jaguars have the better chance to win, but again anything can happen with it being a rivalry game.
The Clarkson/Leigh Patriots fell 58-14 at home to Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family Friday night.
Isaak Wiese had 74 yards rushing on 7 carries while Jacob Gall carried the ball 13 times for 66 yards.
Clarkson/Leigh racked up 241 yards of total offense, including 203 rushing.
The defense surrendered 370 yards of total offense, 260 coming on the ground.
The good news is Bradley Bunner played for the Patriots. He had 7 rushes for 45 yards and a touchdown so hopefully he will be back at full strength for the regular season finale against Howells-Dodge.
Clarkson/Leigh (3-4) takes on the Jaguars (5-2) on the road Friday night.
Howells-Dodge won 38-8 at Homer this past Friday night.
The Jaguars figure to be the favorite to win this game, but if Bunner is 100% then I think the Patriots have a chance to make this game interesting.
Clarkson/Leigh's defense has to be up to the task of slowing down Dylan Horejsi and Dax VanLengen.
Those two are two of Howells-Dodge's bigger weapons, and the Patriots must step up and slow them down if they hope to win.
Bunner needs to have a huge game and his supporting cast has to step up as well.
I'm surprised the Patriots didn't play the Bulldogs closer than they did. I think Clarkson/Leigh is a much better team than what they showed Friday night.
The Patriots are pretty much safely in the playoffs win or lose, but a victory over the Jaguars would give Clarkson/Leigh a low seed.
If the Patriots lose to Howells-Dodge they will most likely be a really low seed and draw a really difficult first round opponent.
This is a rivalry game, and anything can happen.
Clarkson/Leigh has to get up for this game and put last week's performance behind them.
Last week was last week, and this is a new week, so the Patriots are certainly capable of turning things around this time around.
Clarkson/Leigh has really struggled down the stretch, losing three out of their last four, but there's no doubt the Patriots are capable of competing with and perhaps beating the Jaguars.
Howells-Dodge is a real solid team, and Clarkson/Leigh is going to have to play exceptionally better on both offense and defense to win, in my opinion.
If the Patriots play the way they did last week it's going to be awfully difficult for them to beat the Jaguars.
The Pender Pendragons won their final home game of the regular season Friday night, downing Omaha Nation 70-24.
James Bensen had 154 yards rushing on 20 carries, including three touchdowns. Jared Tyrell rushed for 63 yards on 5 carries, and scored once. Dylan Roth had 59 yards on 4 rushing attempts, and put it into the end zone 3 times. Braden Peters amassed 57 yards on the ground on 7 carries, scoring once.
Jesse Thompson made 12 tackles while Leland Bowder had 11. Roth notched 9 while Bensen made 8.
Pender racked up 419 yards of total offense, including 380 rushing.
I thought the Pendragons really ran the ball well against the Chiefs. Pender was so effective running the ball that Roth didn't really need to throw it all that much.
The Pendragons (4-3) travel to Beemer Friday night to battle GACC (7-0) for the District Championship.
The Bluejays knocked off Winnebago 67-34 on the road Friday night.
I think Pender is going to have to be able to both run and pass the ball if they hope to beat GACC.
Roth is going to have to make plays with his arm and legs, and Bensen is going to need to be a beast in the run game as well.
The Pendragons also need to be tough on defense and try and slow down the Bluejays' run game.
Pender has to try and slow down Nolan Plagge and Jared Minnick in particular.
Those two combined for over 315 yards rushing against Winnebago.
This game is like a heavyweight bout, in my opinion. I think it's going to be a game of two quality teams slugging and gutting it out for four quarters.
This is championship football, and the Pendragons' play has to reflect that they know that.
Pender has to play with a sense of pride and purpose, and lay everything out and leave everything on the field Friday night.
The Pendragons have struggled in their big games this year, but there's still time for Pender to win that big game.
Despite the Pendragons' inconsistencies and struggles this year, all can be forgotten and forgiven with a win Friday night.
Pender should be safely in the playoffs win or lose, but the Pendragons could drastically improve their seeding with a win.
I don't know if a win over the Bluejays would give Pender a first round home playoff game, but it would be close.
The Guardian Angels Central Catholic Bluejays beat Winnebago 67-34 on the road Friday night.
The Bluejays led 13-8 after one and outscored the Indians 32-6 in the second quarter to take a 45-14 lead into the locker room.
GACC shutout Winnebago 6-0 in the third quarter to lead 51-14 after three.
The Indians won the fourth quarter 20-16.
Nolan Plagge carried the ball 14 times for 162 yards, and scored six times. Jared Minnick added 154 yards rushing on 19 carries, and scored twice.
Plagge went 5-8 passing and had 63 yards.
Connor Klitz notched 10 tackles while Michael Baumert had 9.
The Bluejays totaled 416 yards of offense, including 353 on the ground.
The defense gave up 424 yards of offense, 353 coming through the air.
The Bluejays played a great second quarter. GACC really got their offense going in that second frame.
The Bluejays (7-0) host Pender (4-3) for the district championship Friday night.
The Pendragons knocked off Omaha Nation 70-24 at home last time out.
GACC defeated the Chiefs 50-6 back on September 23rd.
This is a toss up game between Pender and GACC if you ask me.
The difference is the Bluejays have stepped up in their big games this season while the Pendragons have not.
GACC hasn't had the most difficult schedule, but here the Bluejays are, 7-0 with a chance to win another district title and finish another regular season undefeated.
This is what GACC wants to be playing for. A district title and a high playoff seed.
All of the Bluejays' goals are out in front of them. GACC has to go out there and get it done.
Plagge and Minnick must have the same type of success against Pender that they had against Winnebago.
The Bluejays must also do a better job of slowing down Pendragons' Quarterback Dylan Roth than they did Indians' Quarterback Cedrick Blackdeer.
James Bensen is another player GACC has to watch out for.
This is a scary game for GACC in a way, but I think the Bluejays can definitely come through and win.
GACC has to play four quarters of football, and keep playing hard regardless of what the score is.
One quarter could make the difference in this game so the Bluejays have to keep their heads up and continue to battle regardless of if they are winning or losing.
The Winnebago Indians fell 67-34 at home to Guardian Angels Central Catholic Friday night.
The Bluejays led 13-8 after one and outscored the Indians 32-6 in the second quarter to take a 45-14 lead into the locker room.
GACC shutout Winnebago 6-0 in the third quarter to lead 51-14 after three.
The Indians won the fourth quarter 20-16.
Cedrick Blackdeer was 13-26 passing for 353 yards with three touchdowns and four interceptions.
Drake Gorrin hauled in 7 passes for 216 yards, and scored once. Angelo Suarez made 4 catches for 79 yards, including a score. And Miguel Baker brought in 2 passes for 59 yards, and scored once.
Gorrin racked up 14 tackles to lead all players.
Winnebago amassed 424 yards of total offense, including 353 through the air.
The defense gave up 416 yards of total offense, including 353 rushing.
I thought the Indians competed well and held their own with the exception of the second quarter. Take away that quarter and Winnebago is right in it.
The Indians (2-5) round out the season at Homer (0-7) Friday night.
The Knights lost 38-8 at home to Howells-Dodge last time out.
This is the season for Winnebago. There is no postseason for the Indians.
This is Winnebago's playoff game. The final game these seniors will ever play in their high school careers.
The Indians should be able to make the quick trip up Highway 75 and come away with the win.
The Knights have had a tough season, and Winnebago has only gotten better as the year has gone along, in my opinion.
Homer did have 174 yards rushing against the Jaguars though so the Indians have to be wary of the Knights' run game.
Gorrin has to have the same big game receiving he had against GACC, and Blackdeer needs to be on his game again as well.
Blackdeer's completion percentage and taking care of the football can be better, and will be against Homer I think.
Winnebago certainly hasn't had an easy time stopping people this season, but the Indians should be able to outscore the Knights.
I look for Winnebago to play four quarters of football like they did against Omaha Nation, and put it all together one final time.
This game is important for the future of this program.
This program has gotten better over the last couple of seasons, and it would be a big deal for the Indians to get to three wins.
I really think Winnebago football is on the rise, and believe the players will prove it Friday night.
The Emerson-Hubbard Pirates pretty much locked up a playoff berth with a 16-14 win at Allen Friday night.
The Eagles led 6-0 at the end of one. That was also the halftime score as no one scored in the second quarter.
The Pirates scored in the third quarter to lead 8-6 heading into the fourth quarter.
Both teams scored 8 points in the final stanza.
Emerson-Hubbard gave up 225 yards of total offense, including 153 on the ground.
I was impressed with the Pirates' win. I wasn't sure if Emerson-Hubbard would be able to pull it off, but they did. Hats off to the Pirates.
Emerson-Hubbard (4-3) hosts Randolph (4-3) Friday night in the regular season finale for both teams.
The Cardinals lost 36-12 at home to Wynot last time out.
I think the Pirates have a shot to make this game interesting and competitive.
Randolph beat Allen 54-14 so I don't know if Emerson-Hubbard will win, but you never know.
The Pirates have to come out and play their game, and see what happens.
Either way it appears Emerson-Hubbard is headed to the playoffs so their work in terms of earning a postseason berth appears to be finished.
With that said, the Pirates wouldn't be a very high seed if they lose to the Cardinals so Emerson-Hubbard no doubt wants to do everything they can to improve their playoff seeding.
A win for the Pirates would probably give them a more favorable matchup in the playoffs, and a loss would probably create a difficult first round matchup.
So the good news for Emerson-Hubbard is they're pretty much in the playoffs already, but the Pirates have to want more.
Emerson-Hubbard can't be satisfied and complacent with where they're at.
The Pirates have to give Randolph everything they've got and then some.
The Cardinals are a good team to help Emerson-Hubbard prepare for the playoffs so if anything this is a good test for the Pirates.
Emerson-Hubbard has to be pleased with the way things have turned out this season, and must continue to get better and ride the wave of momentum they've created.
The Pirates must play their tails off against Randolph, and treat the game as if their season is on the line.
Emerson-Hubbard will probably face a team just as good if not better than the Cardinals in the playoffs regardless of if they win or lose Friday night so the Pirates have to use this game as a measuring stick to see where they're at and where they stand.
Osceola-The Scribner-Snyder Trojans came up short Friday night, falling 71-30 at Osceola.
The Bulldogs shutout the Trojans 16-0 in the first quarter and outscored Scribner-Snyder 30-8 in the second quarter to take a 46-8 lead into the locker room.
The Trojans won the third quarter 14-10 to make it a 56-22 game at the end of three.
Osceola put up 15 fourth quarter points compared to 8 for Scribner-Snyder.
Jadyn Smeal led the Trojans offensively with 152 yards rushing on 13 carries, including a touchdown. Sebastian Arnold added 68 yards rushing on 16 attempts for Scribner-Snyder (1-6).
Scribner-Snyder amassed 307 yards of offense, all on the ground, while the Bulldogs had 378 yards of total offense, including 343 rushing.
Head Coach Anthony Ruzicka says his team is improving.
"We missed a few tackles yet, but overall it's getting better. We got some different people playing on the line. Blocking was so so at times, but yeah I mean we're coming along and seeing a lot of improvement week-to-week, so that's what we're looking for."
The Trojans finish up their season at Cedar Bluffs (2-5) on Friday.
The Wildcats lost 82-14 at Humphrey St. Francis this past Friday night.
Ruzicka says the Wildcats will present a challenge.
"They are really big up front. Quarterback that throws the ball. I think two weeks ago when they played Osceola they threw the ball around a lot. They beat us last year. We did see them at camp. And they're going to load up the box, they're going to come bent for stopping the run, so we're going to have our hands full."
I think Scribner-Snyder has a good shot to win this game.
The Trojans appear to keep getting better every week and are coming along nicely.
I think the off week really benefited Scribner-Snyder, and allowed them to play Osceola tougher than they would have if the game had been a week earlier.
I know the Trojans got blown out, but I think there were many positives for Scribner-Snyder to take away from the Osceola game.
I think the Trojans have what it takes to knock off Cedar Bluffs on Friday. I think it could very well happen.
Smeal, Arnold, and Gunner Palmer need to have big games for Scribner-Snyder though.
The Trojans really need to get all three of them going to be able to win, in my opinion.
Scribner-Snyder must also try and find some semblance of a passing game.
I know throwing the ball isn't the Trojans' forte, but I think Scribner-Snyder is going to need to be able to toss the pigskin around a little bit to find success against Cedar Bluffs.
It's the final game of the season for both teams, and I look for both to empty the playbook and throw the kitchen sink at one another.
It has been a long and difficult season for both teams in many ways, but whoever wins will have a good feeling going into next season, and for the seniors, they will be able to say they won their last ever high school football game.
This game matters, and is important to the players, coaches, parents, and fans involved.
The Stanton Mustangs lost 28-21 at Hartington Cedar Catholic Friday night.
The Trojans went up 6-0 at the end of the first quarter before the Mustangs doubled up Hartington Cedar Catholic 14-7 in the second quarter to make it a 14-13 game at halftime.
The Mustangs scored 7 third quarter points to extend their lead to 21-13 heading into the fourth quarter.
The Trojans blanked Stanton 15-0 in the final stanza.
The Mustangs definitely let one get away. I felt Stanton had their chances to win this game.
The Mustangs (5-3) face a do or die situation on Thursday when they host Battle Creek (7-1).
Stanton has to beat the Braves or their season is over.
Battle Creek blanked Crofton 14-0 last time out, and the Braves are currently No. 1 in Power Points in Class C-2 so don't expect Battle Creek to just go through the motions.
Often times when a team is already in the playoffs they have a tendency to relax and in some cases even rest players, but I don't expect the Braves to do that.
Battle Creek knows what's on the line, and just assumes end the Mustangs' season.
Stanton has had their chances, but it's looking like 3 close district losses could end up costing the Mustangs a trip to the playoffs.
At the beginning of the season I thought this game could decide the district, and it still will factor into who wins the district, it just won't be Stanton even if they win.
Stanton has let some games get away from them, but all would be forgotten with a win over Battle Creek.
The Mustangs still have a shot at the playoffs, but they have to believe they can upset the Braves.
This is the Mustangs' season. This is Stanton's playoff game.
It's win or go home for the Mustangs, and Stanton has to play like they know it.
This could be the last game of high school football these seniors ever play, although the Mustangs hope that's not the case.
Stanton has to come out and leave everything they've got on the field.
The Mustangs have to exert every ounce of energy in their bodies possible to win, and must have nothing left to give after this one is over.
If Stanton has energy left in the tank after this one is over then they probably didn't play hard enough.
The Mustangs have to play like their there's no tomorrow because if Stanton loses then there's not.
Lose and the season is over....win and there's still hope and a shot at the postseason.
The West Point-Beemer Cadets really struggled Friday night, losing 39-6 at Pierce.
The Bluejays led 7-6 after one and at halftime after no one scored in the second quarter.
Things really got away from West Point-Beemer in the second half as Pierce scored 18 points in the third quarter to go up 25-6 after three, and added 14 points in the fourth quarter to make up the final score.
Cole Hughes was 5-16 passing for 78 yards with two interceptions.
Kade Hughes hauled in two passes for 65 yards.
Kade Hughes added 7 tackles.
The Cadets had just 158 yards of total offense, 80 coming on the ground.
It was a really tough second half for West Point-Beemer. The Cadets played well for a half, but appeared to run out of gas in the final 24 minutes of play.
West Point-Beemer (4-4) battles Norfolk Catholic (5-3) on the road Thursday night.
The Knights beat Wayne 56-35 at home Friday night.
The Cadets have to come ready to play Thursday night.
Yes West Point-Beemer is all but out of the playoff hunt, but the Cadets need to have good game playing habits heading into next season.
West Point-Beemer didn't play their best game against the Bluejays, and are a lot better than what they showed without a doubt.
I don't want to say the Cadets quit in the second half against Pierce, but they certainly could have.
West Point-Beemer has to suck it up and play better Thursday night.
Norfolk Catholic is a really good team once again this year with their losses coming to teams with a combined record of 23-1.
The Knights are the measuring stick for success in the state of Nebraska.
Year in and year out Norfolk Catholic is really good, and to be the best, you normally have to beat them.
The Cadets have to look at what O'Neill has done. The Eagles haven't always been this good, but they've built their program.
There's no reason West Point-Beemer can't do the same.
The Cadets have to go out there Thursday night and lay it all out on the line.
West Point-Beemer has to give it all they got, and do their best to beat the Knights.
The Cadets may not win, but West Point-Beemer has to give their best effort possible.
We will find out how much resolve this team has and how tough they are. It wouldn't be good for the Cadets to get blown out.
West Point-Beemer has to do everything in their power not to have a repeat of the second half of the Pierce game and the final 5+ minutes of the Wayne game.
The Scribner-Snyder Trojans lost 80-16 at home to defending Class D-2 State Champion Humphrey St. Francis on Friday, September 30th.
The Flyers led 38-0 at the end of the first quarter, and outscored the Trojans 28-8 in the second quarter to make it a 66-8 game at the break.
Humphrey St. Francis won the third quarter 14-8 to make up the final score as neither team scored in the fourth quarter.
Gunner Palmer had 76 yards rushing on 16 carries, including a score.
Alex Nuno made a team-high 10 tackles.
Scribner-Snyder totaled 181 yards of offense, all on the ground.
Head Coach Anthony Ruzicka says his team never gave up against the Flyers.
"St. Francis, they're a really good team, and the one thing that I was happy to see is didn't matter late in the game, we didn't quit playing, didn't hang our heads, didn't pout, didn't make excuses. It was what it was, and we kept playing, and we went out there, we competed."
1-5 Scribner-Snyder and 6-1 Osceola meet on the gridiron in Osceola Friday night. Ruzicka says the Bulldogs are a complete team.
"They are very very fast. They don't have a lot of kids either, but the ones they have, they're really good athletes. They play hard, they're well coached. Coach Nielsen, we played Osceola a few years ago, and he always gets them ready to go, and we're going down to their field. It's going to be tough."
Osceola beat Humphrey St. Francis 26-24 last week.
As coach Ruzicka said, this is going to be a really difficult game for the Trojans.
Scribner-Snyder has to keep doing what they have been doing though, which is fighting and never giving up.
This team's resolve appears like it has been good so far this year, and I look for it to be good again Friday night.
I don't know if the Trojans will win this week, but I think Scribner-Snyder has a shot to knock off Cedar Bluffs next week.
The Trojans are pretty much out of it as far as the playoffs are concerned, but there's still a lot for Scribner-Snyder to play for.
For the seniors, it's about trying to play your best to finish off your high school career, and for the juniors, sophomores, and freshmen it's about building for the future and laying a foundation.
I fully expect the Trojans to play their tails off Friday night and give it their best shot.
Scribner-Snyder may not win, but I think there will be some positive things the Trojans can take away from the game and use for next week's game against the Wildcats.
It appears the bye week allowed Scribner-Snyder to heal up some so hopefully the Trojans don't lose anybody to injury Friday night.
The Trojans have to do their best to win, and play hard and fight for four quarters like they have all season long.
If Scribner-Snyder can do that, I think the game can be closer than some people think it might be.
The Trojans and Bulldogs are set to kickoff at 7:00 p.m.. The game can be heard on 107.9 the Bull with pregame starting at 6:40.
The Emerson-Hubbard Pirates fell 58-6 at home to Wynot Friday night.
The Blue Devils led 38-0 at the end of one and blanked the Pirates 12-0 in the second quarter to go up 50-0 at halftime.
Wynot shutout Emerson-Hubbard 8-0 in the third quarter to make it a 58-0 game at the end of three.
The Pirates scored their only points of the game in the fourth quarter to make up the final score.
The defense gave up 383 yards of offense, 212 coming through the air.
I'm not surprised that Emerson-Hubbard got beat, I just figured the game would be closer than it was, especially in the first half.
The Pirates (3-3) take on Allen (3-3) on the road Friday night.
The Eagles downed Winside 37-6 on the road this past Friday night.
Allen appears to be a pretty tough team, and I think Emerson-Hubbard could have some trouble with them.
The Eagles lost to Wynot 40-14, a much closer score than the Emerson-Hubbard/Wynot game.
That's not to say the Pirates can't win, because I think they can as scores don't mean everything, but Emerson-Hubbard has to play a much better game against Allen than they did against the Blue Devils.
Emerson-Hubbard's offense and defense has to be a lot better than it was against Wynot.
I think the forfeit win over Winside hurt this team in a way. I think the Pirates would have been better off being able to play that game.
Perhaps that's a reason Emerson-Hubbard gave up 38 points in the first quarter to the Blue Devils because the Pirates played respectable defense after the first quarter.
Emerson-Hubbard has to be better on offense though. The Pirates can't expect to win many games when they get shutout for three quarters and score only 6 points.
I look for Emerson-Hubbard to play a respectable game against the Eagles, I just don't know if it will be enough to win.
I think the Pirates can win, but when it comes down to it, I just don't know if it will happen.
Emerson-Hubbard has to have a good game plan, and perhaps throw in a trick play or two to gain some sort of edge and advantage on the road.
The Pirates have to be physical at the line of scrimmage, and be able to run the ball.
The defense has to do a better job of defending the run and pass as well.
Emerson-Hubbard has to tackle well, and stay in their lanes defensively.
At the same time, the Pirates have to cheat and overplay some things to try and create turnovers.
Emerson-Hubbard has to take some chances on defense and see if they can come up big.
The Pender Pendragons suffered a tough loss Friday night, losing 59-8 at Neligh-Oakdale.
The Warriors led 6-0 at the end of the first quarter before erupting for 40 second quarter points to lead 46-0 at halftime.
Neligh-Oakdale won the third quarter 6-0 to go up 52-0 at the end of three.
Pender put up 8 fourth quarter points compared to 7 for the Warriors.
Dylan Roth was 12-28 passing for 85 yards with two interceptions.
The Pendragons racked up 133 yards of total offense, 95 coming through the air.
The defense gave up 398 yards of total offense, including 299 passing.
This was no doubt a difficult loss for Pender. I thought the game would be closer.
The Pendragons (3-3) host Omaha Nation (2-5) Friday night.
The Chiefs lost 78-36 at Winnebago this past Friday night.
Omaha Nation gave up 475 yards of total offense to the Indians, and I think Pender's offense can certainly get back on track against the Chiefs.
I look for the Pendragons to have a big night on offense and a solid night on defense.
Omaha Nation's offense has been inconsistent to say the least, although they are capable of putting up a lot of points.
I don't see Pender having much trouble in this game. The Pendragons should be able to win fairly easily.
Pender can't have a letdown though. The Pendragons have to be over the loss to the Warriors, and can't be looking ahead to next week's showdown against Guardian Angels Central Catholic.
Pender has to be focused on the Chiefs solely. The Pendragons can't be thinking about any other opponent at this point.
It's the last home game of the season for Pender, and I'm sure it would mean a lot to these seniors to win their final home game.
The Pendragons appear to be safely in the playoffs as long as they take care of business against Omaha Nation so Pender has to seal a playoff spot with a win Friday night.
Roth has to have a good game throwing the ball, and James Bensen has to be effective in the run game for the Pendragons.
Pender has to be physical at the line of scrimmage, and create holes in the run game as well as protect Roth.
Roth's ability to scramble and make plays with his arm and legs is going to be a big factor too, in my opinion.
The Pendragons really need to have a good game heading into the GACC game. A loss heading into that game would not be good for momentum purposes for Pender.
The good news for the Pendragons is that they are still in the district race. Pender controls their own destiny in these last two games.
The Winnebago Indians won 78-36 at home over rival Omaha Nation Friday night.
Tyrese Gorrin had 158 yards rushing on 14 carries, including two touchdowns. Drake Gorrin carried the ball 5 times for 79 yards, and scored twice.
Cedrick Blackdeer was 9-11 passing for 123 yards with three touchdowns. T.J. Frenchman was 1-1 with a 58-yard TD pass.
Drake Gorrin hauled in 6 passes for 157 yards and three touchdowns.
Josh Miles made 13 tackles while Drake Gorrin totaled 9.
Winnebago totaled 475 yards of offense, including 278 on the ground.
This was a very impressive win for the Indians. Winnebago really came to play.
The Indians (2-4) host Guardian Angels Central Catholic (6-0) Friday night.
The Bluejays downed Homer 63-14 last time out.
GACC had a really good rushing attack against the Knights, running for 386 yards.
Winnebago has to do a good job slowing down the Bluejays' run game.
I think the Indians have a shot in this game. GACC beat Omaha Nation 50-6 so from a scoring margin standpoint things appear to be pretty even.
The big question for me though will be can Winnebago slow down the Bluejays' offense?
We know the Indians can score, but they have yet to really slow anybody down so far this season.
Winnebago's best defensive game came against the Chiefs so I certainly think the Indians are capable of doing enough defensively against GACC to make a game of things.
A win over the Bluejays would make Winnebago's season.
The Indians are ineligible for the playoffs, but a 4-4 finish would be respectable for this program considering how recent years have gone.
I think Winnebago is a team that's improving and on the rise.
The Indians are getting better every week, in my opinion, and that's a really good sign.
Drake Gorrin had a great game against Omaha Nation, and I look for him to do really well against GACC.
Winnebago was well balanced against the Chiefs, and I look for that to be the case again this coming Friday night.
A win for the Indians Friday night and a win next week gives Winnebago at least a share of the district championship.
The Indians have to win this week and hope the Bluejays beat Pender next week to win the district championship.
The Guardian Angels Central Catholic Bluejays rolled Homer Friday night, winning 63-14 at home.
The Bluejays led 13-0 at the end of one and blanked the Knights 22-0 in the second quarter to lead 35-0 at halftime.
GACC won the third quarter 13-8 to make it a 48-8 game at the end of three.
The Bluejays outscored Homer 15-6 in the fourth quarter.
Jared Minnick had 144 yards rushing on 11 carries, including two scores. Nolan Plagge added 1-2 yards on the ground on 4 carries, scoring twice. Derek Petz totaled 72 yards on the ground on 5 carries, and put one in the end zone.
Plagge was 5-6 passing for 86 yards with three touchdowns.
Kobe Slaughter hauled in 4 passes for 66 yards, and scored twice.
Casey Doernemann racked up 11 tackles while Andrew Guenther and Connor Klitz made 9 each. Minnick notched 7.
GACC amassed 472 yards of offense, including 386 on the ground.
The defense allowed 214 yards of offense, including 174 rushing.
I thought the Bluejays played a really good game. GACC did what you want to do, and that's have the running clock rule in effect to start the second half.
The Bluejays (6-0) travel to Winnebago on Friday to take on the Indians (2-4).
Winnebago blew out Omaha Nation 78-36 in their last game.
GACC downed the Chiefs 50-6 when the two teams played so this game could certainly be close based on that score.
The thing is though the Indians have trouble stopping people.
Winnebago can score a lot of points, but their defense is suspect at best.
I think the Bluejays will have a good game plan and have a huge game offensively, while doing enough defensively to win the game.
I don't know if GACC will totally shutdown Winnebago's offense, but I think the Bluejays can tame the Indians' offense.
Winnebago will no doubt be playing with some confidence following last week's win over Omaha Nation.
This is the Indians' final home game of the season, and with no playoffs in store for Winnebago, it would no doubt make the Indians' season to upset the Bluejays.
Winnebago would no doubt like to win their final three regular season games and finish the season 4-4.
GACC needs to keep winning though to stay towards the top of the Wildcard Point Standings.
Right now the Bluejays would be a 1 or a 2 seed in the playoffs, and if GACC can win their last two games, they should be a high seed for the postseason.
The Bluejays have found ways to win this season whether the games have been close or lopsided.
I think this game could be closer than some might think, but I look for GACC to find a way to win.
The Bluejays must be focused and can't overlook the Indians though. A big game looms for GACC next week when they take on Pender, but the Bluejays have to be worried about beating Winnebago first.
GACC needs to win this game if they want to win the district. The Indians only have one district loss, and if the Bluejays slip up this week, Winnebago could end up being the district champion.
That's the last thing GACC wants to see.