Colors: Purple and Vegas Gold
Head Coach: Graig McElmuray (4th season) (2-25 record)
2017 record: 1-8
Returning Starters: 9 offense 10 defense
A lot of the freshmen who were pressed into action in 2015 due to injuries are now seniors, and Tekamah-Herman hopes their experience pays off in big ways this season.
Tekamah-Herman returns 4 senior linemen in Alex Skinner (6’1, 240), 4-year starter Alex Camp (6’2, 270), Derek Conety (5’11, 195), and Lucas Birdsong (6’1, 210). Cameron Douglas (6’1, 190) is added to the mix after missing last year.
Junior Clay Beaumont (6’0, 160) is back at QB for the Tigers, and junior Luke Wakehouse (5′ 11, 190) and sophomore Cody Reidel (5’11, 155) both return at running back. Wakehouse is coming off an injury in which he dislocated his shoulder.
Senior Brandon Schram (5’9, 150) returns after being sidelined with an injury following an ATV accident after the Ponca game last year. Tyler Petersen (5’10, 130) returns at wideout for the Tigers as well.
Senior Cody Arnold (5’11, 280) and junior Chauncey Rogers (6’0, 170) are expected to compete for playing time on the offensive and defensive lines with Gage Drummond (6’0, 200), Cody Elliot (5’8, 160) and sophomore Garrison Potadle (5’11, 150) returning as starting linebackers.
Seniors Tristan Metzger (6’0, 170) and Mark Stark (5’10, 140) as well as Junior Jordan Derra (5’9, 130) are expected to lead Tekamah-Herman’s secondary.
Head Coach Graig McElmuray says 13 seniors are on this year’s team, and there are 4-5 senior linemen who could make an impact.
Big losses from last year include Matt Hawkins, Kyle Quick, Max Hansen, and Mack Braniff.
McElmuray says 25-30 kids took part in the offseason weightlifting program.
He adds it will be a great season if the Tigers stay injury free.
McElmuray says it’s imperative Tekamah-Herman keeps kids healthy. “Last year there was a game where I have a Quarterback, and the kid that finished the game at Quarterback for us, he started out at offensive line. He played a little running back. We had to change jerseys midway through the game. And then he ends up being our quarterback at the end of the game because our quarterback ended up getting injured.”
McElmuray says a lot of kids have done a really good job in the weightroom.
Tekamah-Herman looks to be improved from a year ago, and is hoping all their experience leads to success.
The Tigers kickoff the season on Friday at home against Ponca. McElmuray says the Indians return some studs. “They’ve got #5 Evan Anderson back. And then they have their defensive ends and a couple linebackers back that will make things tough. They’ve played some really good football together over the last 3,4 years. And I expect them to be ready to go on Friday night.”
McElmuray says Ponca doesn’t make mistakes, and waits for their opponents to make a mistake, and then capitalizes on it.
The Tigers are in District C2-2 with Oakland-Craig, BRLD, Yutan, Fremont Bergan, and Louisville.
McElmuray says all the teams in the district are good and solid.
2018 Tekamah-Herman Tigers Football Schedule:
08/31/18 @ Stanton
09/07/18 Twin River
09/21/18 @ Oakland-Craig
10/05/18 @ Yutan
10/12/18 @ Louisville
10/19/18 Archbishop Bergan