Northeast Nebraska Football
BRLD uses goal line stand to hold off Fremont Bergan
The BRLD Football Team downed Fremont Bergan 42-36 in overtime on the road Friday night.
The Wolverines used a goal line stand on 4th down to win the game.
The Knights led 7-6 after one, and 21-12 at halftime.
BRLD outscored Bergan 16-7 in the 3rd quarter to tie the game at 28 at the end of three.
Both teams scored 8 points in the 4th quarter and the game went to OT tied at 36.
The Wolverines blanked the Knights 6-0 in the extra session.
Will Gatzemeyer was 14-29 passing for 236 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. Jaxon Johnson hauled in 6 passes for 67 yards and scored twice. Dylan Beutler made 3 catches for 66 yards while Caden Hansen had 2 receptions for 66 yards.
Gatzemeyer had 225 yards rushing on 32 carries, and scored twice. Kobe Lyons added 62 yards on 20 carries and had four touchdowns.
Gus Gomez made 12 tackles while Colten Briggs registered 8. Johnson and Gatzemeyer each had 7.
BRLD had 523 yards of total offense, including 287 rushing.
The defense gave up 405 yards of total offense, including 327 on the ground.
Head Coach Dan Maresh says his team has a flare for the dramatic. "Our kids really enjoy being in those big moments as they have shown in their success in other sports. They have been in those situations before and have come out on the right end of those more often than not. The defense stood tall we needed a stop because if they scored a TD they would be able to kick the extra point for the win. "
The Wolverines (8-0) host Oakland-Craig (8-0) Friday night for the District Title.
The Knights routed Yutan 66-7 on the road last week.
Maresh says O-C is the complete package. "Tough matchup for us on Friday going against a very physical well coached team. Their defense is very aggressive and will take advantage of any mistakes. Offensively they are very good at what they do. Tough ground game to stop and efficient through the air. They have done a nice job developing their players throughout the season. We will need to create some turnovers and and generate some big plays on offense outside of Will."
Perhaps Johnson, Beutler, and Hansen will step up in the passing game again, and Lyons in the running game.
If they do I feel their contributions will need to be increased for BRLD to win.
I think Gatzemeyer will need to have the game of his life. He has over 1700 yards passing and more than 1200 rushing this season.
Maresh says Gatzemeyer is the glue to the team. "Will makes us go on offense, he acts like the point guard and gets the ball where it needs to be. He has been grown into a bigger role as a ball carrier this year when we need some tough yardage. "
I feel like a close game would be an advantage for the Wolverines, but a double digit margin of victory would favor the Knights.
It will be really interesting to see what happens because BRLD owns close wins over Norfolk Catholic and Bergan and Oakland-Craig hasn't really been in any close games or dog fights this year.
This game figures to be absolutely bonkers and nuts.
Maresh says the playoffs are more important. "It is a huge game for us but will not define our season. We understand that the playoffs are ahead of us and that is where we really want to be playing our best football. I think last years playoff game against Centennial High School was a bigger game because it really showed our kids how good they could be and motivated them this offseason to see themselves as a top team."
This game figures to be big from the standpoint of playoff seeding and momentum.
The Wolverines lost last year's game 21-20 in Oakland as Gatzemeyer slipped on a two-point conversion that would have probably won the game for BRLD.
Maresh says the team hasn't really dwelled on that game. "We haven't really talked about it much, been a new season and have had a lot of new faces play vital roles for us that weren't out there last year."
We'll see if Will and the Wolverines can get revenge and payback this year.
Oakland-Craig blasts Yutan
The Oakland-Craig Football Team routed Yutan 66-7 on the road Friday night.
Jaron Meyer had 162 yards rushing on 7 carries, and scored two touchdowns. Coulter Thiele had a 60-yard rushing touchdown.
Colten Thomsen was 5-8 passing for 77 yards with 2 touchdowns and an interception.
Ian Lundquist had 7 tackles.
The Knights had 634 yards of total offense, including 517 on the ground.
Crazy and amazing numbers/stats/results for Oakland-Craig.
The Knights (8-0) take on BRLD (8-0) on the road Friday night for the District Title.
The Wolverines used a goal line stand on 4th and goal to defeat Fremont Bergan 42-36 in overtime on the road last week.
Head Coach Joe Anderson talks about the keys to beating a dynamic team like the Wolverines. "Our kids are looking forward to a very hard fought game. BRLD is a great football team, that has a ton of talent. They have a bunch of weapons, so they can attack you in so many different ways. We are going to have to be very sound in our assignments and techniques for us to get a win."
The Wolverines are led by star Quarterback Will Gatzemeyer, who has over 1700 yards passing and 1200 rushing for the season.
Anderson says Gatzemeyer is really difficult to defend. "Will is one of the top QB's in the state. He has always been a great athlete that is almost impossible to tackle in space, but now he is an elite passer as well. He runs their system very well, so we have to find a way to limit their big plays."
Anderson adds this game will serve as a great playoff prep game. "Winning a district title is one of the goals our group set this year. IF you win your district in this area, you know you have put yourself in a great position for the playoffs. However, it is not their ultimate goal for the season. This game comes at a great time. It is the kind of game that will get you ready for playoff football, win or lose. There will be a great crowd and a playoff type atmosphere."
You have to wonder if these two teams will meet in the playoffs as well.
The Knights are averaging 55 points a game offensively. Anderson says it's been more than one player who has contributed to Oakland-Craig's dynamic offense this season. "The best part of our offense is that we are very multiple. We have 4 or 5 guys that carry the football and can attack you in different ways. Jaron has really stepped up for us lately and has been our homerun threat. Coulter Thiele and Ian Lundquist have also had big games for us. Colten Thomsen has done a great job of running our offense. He has really been throwing the ball well."
Oakland-Craig has obliterated pretty much everyone they've played this year. Anderson says his team's preparation is to credit for that. "Our guys do a great job of preparing each week. They have done a good job of taking this season one game at a time, and have really come out and executed the game plan each week. We have gotten off to some very fast starts, which allowed us to put the game away early."
If the Knights get off to the same type of start they have since the Crofton game I think they will win.
However, if the game is close at the end then I feel the Wolverines could win.
It will be very interesting to follow this one and see how things turn out.
Tekamah-Herman picks up 3rd win of year over Louisville
The Tekamah-Herman Football Team defeated Louisville 32-22 at home Friday night.
The Tigers went up 14-6 at the end of one before leading 20-14 at halftime.
Tekamah-Herman shutout the Lions 6-0 in the 3rd quarter to go up 26-14 at the end of three.
Louisville won the 4th quarter 8-6.
Luke Wakehouse had 222 yards rushing on 21 carries, and scored four touchdowns.
Clay Beaumont completed 1-2 passes for a 65-yard touchdown to Chauncey Rogers.
Kody Bitter and Garrison Potadle each had 15 tackles while Connor Feiling notched 10.
The Tigers had 317 yards of total offense, including 252 on the ground.
Great win for Tekamah-Herman. To get to 3 wins is a big deal for the Tigers.
Tekamah-Herman (3-5) closes out the season at Fremont Bergan (6-2) Friday night.
The Knights lost 42-36 at home in overtime to BRLD last week.
Tough game for the Tigers, but I fully expect Tekamah-Herman to go in there and play well.
These seniors have had quite the ride for the Tigers over the last four years.
They've been hit and dealt with so much adversity, and should be very proud of themselves.
The way Tekamah-Herman has conducted themselves and gone about their business has been very impressive.
The Tigers have improved every season the last 5 years, and should be very proud of their efforts.
This is the best season Tekamah-Herman has had in recent years, and they should take great pride in that.
It all comes to an end on Friday though, and that's why the Tigers have to go out there and play the game of their lives.
Tekamah-Herman went into Yutan and won last year, and I think this game is similar in many ways.
The Tigers have to take care of the ball and can't turn it over.
Tekamah-Herman has to play a perfect and flawless game if they want to come out on top.
The Tigers can definitely win too, but they have to get very physical and hit hard.
Bergan has a lot to play for in terms of the playoffs and seeding, but Tekamah-Herman has a lot to play for in terms of pride.
The Tigers have to play with a lot of hard and run the ball well on the Knights.
Tekamah-Herman has to play with the heart of a champion, and take the fight to Bergan for four quarters.
This is it, this is the final game of the season, and the final high school football game of these seniors' careers.
It's most likely the last organized football game most if not all of these seniors will ever play in their lives.
Forever is about to happen on Friday, and the Tigers have to go out there and play like there is no tomorrow because there's not.
North Bend Central edges Shelby-Rising City
The North Bend Central Football Team defeated Shelby-Rising City 16-13 at home Friday night.
Here is Head Coach Ryan Stieren with the recap:
We scored all of our points in the first half which included a score on the first drive and a field goal by Jarrett Poessnecker right before halftime. Offensively, we were led by Ethan Mullally who had 185 yards on 34 carries and 2 Touchdowns. Austin Endorf was 12-24 passing for 135 yards. Cody Prohaska caught 4 passes for 89 yards. Defensively, Ian Virka had 8 tackles and a Sack. Cody Prohaska and Allan Orellana each had an interception. We held them to under 200 yards of total offense.
The Tigers had 338 yards of total offense, including 203 yards rushing.
Stieren says his defense was tough as nails once again. "It was an outstanding effort by our defense tonight. We are playing at an elite level defensively right now as we have held two outstanding offenses to under 200 yards of total offense each of the last two weeks. Next week we play a really tough David City team with an opportunity to win the district."
The Tigers are 7-1 on the year while the Scouts come in at 4-4.
David City lost 33-14 at Centennial last week.
North Bend Central has an opportunity to earn the 4 seed in the playoffs and win the District with a win.
A lot is at stake for the Tigers, and this is what you play and practice for if you are North Bend Central.
Sure, the loss to the Broncos a few weeks back was disappointing, but the Tigers have followed that loss up with two outstanding performances.
It's a huge game for North Bend Central, and this program has a chance to be in a place it hasn't been in quite some time.
The Tigers are having an incredible season, and need to finish things off.
David City is no slouch though.
North Bend Central can't take them lightly or think they have a win in the bag.
The Tigers need to play the same way they did against Aquinas and Shelby-Rising City.
The defense has to be spectacular once again, and Endorf and the offense has to be on point.
North Bend Central needs good offensive balance once again this week.
The Tigers have to run and throw the ball well to keep the Scouts on their heels and guessing.
This is arguably one of the biggest games in recent program history from the standpoint of a District Title and playoff seeding.
North Bend Central has knocked off a couple of absolute juggernauts in their last two games and now need to finish and seal the deal on Friday.
Hopefully a great and tremendous crowd turns out to support this team and program.
The Tigers are having a great and special season, and need to keep it rolling and on track Friday night.
North Bend Central has to jump out to a lead and keep adding to it while relying on their defense to slam the door shut on David City.
West Point-Beemer routed at Pierce
The West Point-Beemer Football Team lost 60-6 at Pierce Friday night.
The Bluejays led 14-0 at the end of one and 40-0 at halftime.
Pierce went up 53-0 at the end of three, and won the 4th quarter 7-6.
The defense gave up 430 yards of total offense, including 387 on the ground.
Not the way the Cadets wanted or hoped the game would go that's for sure.
West Point-Beemer (3-5) hosts Logan View/Scribner-Snyder (0-8) to round out the season Friday night.
This is pretty much the end of the season for the Cadets as it does not appear likely that they are going to qualify for the playoffs.
West Point-Beemer has to go out there and try and pick up win number four for pride purposes.
The Cadets figure to get a hungry, motivated, and angry Logan View/Scribner-Snyder team so they have to be ready.
The Raiders are going to give West Point-Beemer their best shot, that you can bet on.
The Cadets have to be ready to take Logan View/Scribner-Snyder's best shot, and must match their physicality and toughness.
West Point-Beemer has to come through in the clutch and find a way to win the close game.
The Raiders have struggled in close games all season so we'll see if Friday night's season finale is any different.
The Cadets have to be motivated and have to want to be there though.
I'm a bit concerned about West Point-Beemer's motivation and want to given the only thing they're playing for at this point is pride.
This game is important though as it goes a long ways in building for next season.
The Cadets are a very young team, and winning this game would create some positive momentum heading into the offseason I feel.
A loss would set West Point-Beemer back in a negative direction I feel.
I think 4-5 would feel better than 3-6.
I think the Cadets can definitely win, and if they do it figures to be a close win.
I could also see a scenario in which Logan View/Scribner-Snyder comes out and routs West Point-Beemer just because I feel the Raiders have underperformed and underachieved all season long.
And if the Cadets do get blown out I think that would be more of a testament to how good Logan View/Scribner-Snyder really is as opposed to West Point-Beemer struggling.
Logan View/Scribner-Snyder falls at home to Columbus Scotus
The Logan View/Scribner-Snyder Football Team lost 42-22 at home to Columbus Scotus Friday night in action aired on 107.9 the Bull.
The Raiders trailed 21-14 at one point in the game, but that was as close as they would get.
I thought LVSS did a nice job of competing and making the game close for a while.
The Raiders (0-8) take on West Point-Beemer (3-5) on the road Friday night to wrap up the season.
The Cadets lost 60-6 at Pierce last week.
I wouldn't be shocked if Logan View/Scribner-Snyder went in there and found a way to win.
The Raiders have to want it more though, and must play harder with more sense of urgency and purpose than the Cadets.
West Point-Beemer may not want it as much as Logan View/Scribner-Snyder, and may not care as much.
I look for the Raiders to fight for a big win, and try and pick up their first and only win of the season.
It has been a season of frustrating close calls for Logan View/Scribner-Snyder, and the Raiders have to take a full season's frustration out on the Cadets.
LVSS has to throw the kitchen sink at West Point-Beemer.
The Raiders have to be like a caged animal ready to burst and breakout.
Logan View/Scribner-Snyder has to hit hard and lay the smackdown on the Cadets.
Pancake blocks and big decleating blocks will be big and important I feel.
This is essentially like a playoff game for the Raiders as it is their season finale.
Logan View/Scribner-Snyder has absolutely nothing to lose in this one so they need to come out and play well.
The Raiders have to grind and pound the ball right at West Point-Beemer, and wear down the Cadets.
A victory would be very sweet for Logan View/Scribner-Snyder no doubt, but it won't come easy you wouldn't think.
Still though West Point-Beemer has really struggled the last couple of weeks so you have to wonder how much motivation they have right now.
I feel the Raiders could be more hungry and motivated than what the Cadets will be, but we will see.
I fully expect it to be a close game and for both teams to really get after one another and fight hard until the very end.
Pender routs Emerson-Hubbard on road
The Pender Football Team won 43-16 at Emerson-Hubbard Friday night.
The Pendragons led 7-0 after one, and 14-8 at halftime.
Pender won the 3rd quarter 14-8 to go up 28-16 at the end of three.
The Pendragons blanked the Pirates 15-0 in the 4th quarter.
Dylan Vogt had 28 carries for 167 yards and two scores. Caleb Trimble ran the ball 16 times for 119 yards and scored three times. Jaxon Mrsny had 84 yards rushing on 15 carries.
Vogt had 12 tackles while Larry McManigal had 8.
Pender had 428 yards of total offense, including 378 on the ground.
Great win for the Pendragons over a rival.
Pender (3-4) takes on Omaha Christian Academy (0-7) on the road Thursday night in action that can be heard on 107.9 the Bull.
The Eagles fell 62-19 at home to Cedar Bluffs last week.
Honestly shouldn't be much of a game, but the Pendragons still have to go out there and play well.
Despite possibly finishing 4-4, it looks like Pender could very well miss the playoffs.
It's too bad too because there are a bunch of two win teams and a one win team from the West that could make the playoffs and teams like Pender and Wynot get left home.
It is what it is, but I'm willing to bet the Pendragons and Blue Devils are better than those teams.
It's frustrating, but all Pender can do is go out there and rout Omaha Christian Academy.
The Pendragons have to take their frustrations out on the Eagles, and make it a memorable potential last game.
Pender has to go out there and annihilate Omaha Christian Academy.
The Pendragons have to score early and often, and leave their mark in and on this game.
Pender has to go out there and play a great and amazing contest, and must take the fight to the Eagles.
The Pendragons have to look to score early and often and play shutdown defense.
If there's a silver lining to Pender possibly not making the playoffs it's their win over Emerson-Hubbard nearly knocked the Pirates out of the playoffs.
Emerson-Hubbard will need to beat Clarkson/Leigh in Friday night's regular season finale to hope to get in, and that is a very tall and daunting task for the Pirates for sure.
It will really be too bad if the Pendragons don't get into the playoffs because they are definitely worthy of making it in.
Pender hasn't played the toughest schedule though, and that's what it ultimately is going to come to if they don't get in.
It could ultimately be the demise for the Pendragons and cost them a trip to the postseason.
Thursday night's game is slated to kickoff at 7:00 p.m. with pregame beginning at 6:30 p.m. on the Bull.
Stanton blanked at Norfolk Catholic
The Stanton Football Team fell 42-0 at Norfolk Catholic Friday night.
Gage Tighe had 100 yards rushing on 20 carries to lead the Mustangs.
Parker Krusemark made 10 tackles while Tighe had 8. Mason Bruggeman made 7.
Stanton had 169 yards of total offense, including 142 on the ground.
Valiant effort by the Mustangs, but it just wasn't enough to beat a powerhouse and quality team like the Knights.
Stanton (2-6) concludes the year at home against Hartington Cedar Catholic (4-4) Thursday night.
The Trojans fell 21-18 at home to Battle Creek last week.
Cedar Catholic also won 34-7 at Norfolk Catholic the first Friday of the month.
So the Mustangs definitely have their work cut out for them once again, but it's the last game of the year so Stanton has to throw everything they have at the Trojans.
Stanton has to throw every play, every trick play in the playbook at Cedar Catholic, throw the kitchen sink at them if you may.
The Mustangs have absolutely nothing to lose in this game and should have no fear at all.
Stanton has to be the more physical team at the line of scrimmage and has to run the ball well and play good run defense.
Last week's loss was disappointing and disheartening from a final score standpoint I'm sure as the only real lone bright spot was Tighe's running.
It's something the Mustangs can build off of and improve on for sure though.
Stanton has to come out and be the aggressor Thursday night.
The Mustangs have to run the ball right at the Trojans and challenge Cedar Catholic in the trenches.
Stanton has to get low and have excellent technique and must continue to open up the running lanes for Tighe.
The Mustangs have to stuff the run in the backfield as well and get fired up when they do it.
Chest and fist bumping and butting shoulder pads should be something Stanton does often.
The Mustangs have to come out and play with a lot of pride Friday night.
Stanton has nothing to play for in terms of the playoffs, but this game still matters, especially to the seniors.
The seniors have worked their tails off the last four years to get to where they are, and now their High School Football careers are just about over.
The Mustang Seniors have one final game to go out there and do their thing.
And so Christian Flood, Ben Wilke, Jackson Benson, and Issiah Borgmann need to go out there and play their game and play as if there is no tomorrow because there's not.
Logan View/Scribner-Snyder drops home game to Pierce
The Logan View/Scribner-Snyder Football Team lost 45-13 at home to Pierce Friday night.
The Raiders gave up 431 yards of total offense, including 428 on the ground.
Head Coach Dustin Sealey was proud of the way his team ran and blocked. "I felt like we were able to run the ball pretty well against them. I thought our offensive line just continued to get better. We played probably our best game of the year up front, which was good to see. It was nice to be able to move the ball on the ground like we did against a real good team."
Logan View/Scribner-Snyder (0-7) plays host to Columbus Scotus (6-1) Friday night in action that will be aired on 107.9 the Bull.
The Shamrocks beat arch rival Columbus Lakeview 40-21 at home last week.
Scotus is a very good team, and it's going to take a big time effort from the Raiders to be able to win this one.
Sealey says the Shamrocks are very quick. "I know they're fast. They're fast all around on the perimeter. They're going to try and get the ball to the edge and get us thinking that way. And then try and get us up the middle. Up front offensive and defensive line they're really fast off the ball. That gave us issues a year ago."
As they say speed kills.
I think the Raiders have to counter that with their power though.
LVSS is a very physical, hard nosed, smashmouth football team.
The Raiders need to turn in a great performance to be able to spring the upset and win.
Anything can happen, and Logan View/Scribner-Snyder has to be optimistic and play well.
The Raiders have to get off to a fast start and build an early lead.
If Logan View/Scribner-Snyder can get an early lead and hang around they might have a chance.
The Raiders have to play the game of their lives, and do everything in their power to win their final home game for the seniors.
I'm sure it would mean so much for LVSS to win their final home game of the season.
The Raiders have to come out and play with a lot of pride Friday night.
Logan View/Scribner-Snyder has to fire off the ball and tackle well.
The Raiders also need to make some plays offensively and get things going that way.
Hopefully it will be a compelling and entertaining ball game because LVSS deserves a win and a great game given everything they've gone through this year.
Kickoff is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. with pregame at 6:30 on the Bull.
West Point-Beemer falls at home to Wayne
The West Point-Beemer Football Team lost 28-11 at home to Wayne Friday night.
I thought the game would be more in the Cadets' favor and thought West Point-Beemer would possibly win, but that wasn't the case.
The Cadets (3-4) take on Pierce (7-0) on the road Friday night.
The Bluejays won 45-13 at Logan View/Scribner-Snyder last week.
West Point-Beemer has to go into Pierce and play like they did against Boone Central/Newman Grove on the road a couple of weeks ago.
The Cadets can definitely go in there and play and compete well, but it's not going to be easy.
The Bluejays are a very good team, and it's going to take a very strong and good effort from West Point-Beemer for the Cadets to win.
West Point-Beemer is going to need to catch some breaks and hope Pierce has an off game.
The Bluejays could definitely struggle too, but Pierce is really tough at home.
The Bluejays dominated the Blue Devils 42-0 at home so I'm not all for sure what type of game the Cadets are in for on Friday.
West Point-Beemer has to go into this game expecting to compete and win though.
The Cadets have to have the same mentality they had heading into the game against the Cardinals.
West Point-Beemer laid an egg against Wayne, and that can't happen again for the Cadets Friday night.
West Point-Beemer needs big games from everyone, and needs fantastic effort on both sides of the ball.
The Cadets have to be very physical at the line of scrimmage, and whip the Bluejays up front if at all possible.
I could see West Point-Beemer really struggling too, but I'm hopeful the Cadets can play well and make this a great ball game.
The Bluejays are very tough and good though so it will be interesting to see how this young West Point-Beemer team handles things.
I look for the Cadets to go in there and give it their best shot, win or lose.
I think West Point-Beemer will try their hardest and give it their all, which is all you can really ask for in the end.
Give maximum effort on all plays and go hard for four quarters, that's what the Cadets need to do.
Stanton picks up 2nd win of year at Ponca
The Stanton Football Team won 26-14 at Ponca Friday night.
The Mustangs went up 6-0 at the end of one and led 12-8 at halftime.
Stanton outscored the Indians 14-6 in the 3rd quarter to make up the final score.
Gage Tighe had 23 carries for 157 yards and three touchdowns. Jason Claussen had 16 carries for 122 yards.
Mason Bruggeman made 16 tackles while Tighe totaled 14. Claussen, Devyn Farrier, and Parker Krusemark each notched 7.
Stanton had 316 yards of total offense, including 319 rushing.
Really nice win for the Mustangs. It had to feel really good for Stanton to win I am sure.
The Mustangs (2-5) take on Norfolk Catholic (1-6) on the road Friday night.
The Knights lost 30-0 at Battle Creek last week.
The Mustangs lost 54-7 at Battle Creek earlier in the season.
Stanton ought to feel like they've got a good shot in this one.
It's really strange talking about Norfolk Catholic as a 1-6 team, but that's exactly what they are.
The Knights are having a down year for sure, and the Mustangs have to take advantage.
Norfolk Catholic will still be tough despite their record though.
The Knights have played a really tough schedule and lost to some really good teams.
I would feel really good about Stanton's chances if the Mustangs were at home, but with Stanton on the road I tend to lean a little bit to Norfolk Catholic's side.
Still though the Mustangs have to come out and play with great and fantastic effort.
Stanton can definitely win, they just have to come out and play their game and put their minds to it.
The Mustangs must have a good game plan, and must execute it to perfection.
Stanton has to come out and play well like they did last week against Ponca.
The win over the Indians had to be a confidence booster for the Mustangs for sure.
I think Stanton will play better this week given the win as opposed to if they had lost to Ponca last week.
The Mustangs have to come into this game feeling really optimistic and like they can win.
Stanton is definitely capable of going into Norfolk and knocking off the Knights, but it won't be easy.
The Mustangs just have to play a great game, and take it to Norfolk Catholic for four quarters.
Stanton has to be physical, and must blow the Knights off the ball and win the battle at the line of scrimmage and up front.
The Mustangs have to give it all they got on Friday, and let everything all hang out and in the balance.
North Bend Central upsets David City Aquinas
The North Bend Central Football Team upset David City Aquinas 13-0 at home Friday night.
Here is Head Coach Ryan Stieren:
We held them to 130 total yards of offense and we had 348 yards of total offense. Offensively, we were led by Breckin Peters who had 10 catches for 156 yards, including a 72 yard TD reception. Austin Endorf was 19-27 for 228 yards and a TD. Ethan Mullally rushed for 120 yards and a TD on 26 carries.
Austin Taylor made 9 tackles while Peters and Owen each had 7.
Stieren says his team made their presence known in this one. "An absolute monster effort by our kids tonight. The previous 3 years we have been playing these guys, they have absolutely dominated us in every phase. Our goal was to make sure they knew that when they left our field, we were for real and our kids answered the bell in a big way."
The Tigers (6-1) host Shelby/Rising City (6-1) Friday night.
The Huskies lost 21-18 at home to Centennial last week.
NBC lost by 15 to the Broncos two weeks ago, but after the win over Aquinas I think the Tigers are back on track.
Still though North Bend Central has to show that the upset over the Monarchs wasn't a one time thing.
The Tigers have to show that the loss to Centennial wasn't their best effort, which is what I feel is the case.
NBC also can't be hungover from the win over Aquinas.
It's a new week, and the Tigers have to refocus themselves on beating the Huskies.
North Bend Central has to come out and take the fight to to Shelby/Rising City for four quarters.
The Tigers are at home too so that should help.
This is a big and huge game for North Bend Central with huge District Implications.
Win and you can probably still win the District or at least earn a share of it. Lose and finish 3rd or so.
The Tigers also need this game for playoff seeding.
North Bend Central is likely headed to the playoffs, but win out and the Tigers should earn a really high seed.
Right now NBC is sitting 6th, but a win over the Huskies, who sit 2nd, could shake things up a little in the top 6 perhaps.
The Tigers have to come out and show Shelby/Rising City what they're made of and what North Bend Central Football is all about.
The Tigers have to come out and play a great and amazing game on Friday, and take it to the Huskies for four quarters.
It should be a great game with a thrilling finish perhaps, and North Bend Central has to get the job done.
Endorf has to make big plays with his cannon arm, and the defense has to have the same type of effort they had against Aquinas.
BRLD shuts out Louisville
The BRLD Football Team routed Louisville 58-0 at Platteview Friday night.
The Wolverines led 44-0 at halftime and scored 14 more points in the second half to make up the final score.
Will Gatzemeyer had 166 yards rushing on 11 carries, and scored four touchdowns. Kobe Lyons had 59 yards on 5 carries, scoring twice.
Gatzemeyer was 5-9 passing for 161 yards and two touchdowns. Braxton Bargmann hauled in 5 passes for 123 yards.
Gus Gomez made 11 tackles while Colten Briggs made 10.
BRLD totaled 413 yards of total offense, including 252 rushing.
Great performance by the Wolverines. Total team effort and performance for sure.
BRLD (7-0) takes on Fremont Bergan (6-1) on the road Friday night.
Bergan lost 52-0 at Oakland-Craig Friday night.
The Wolverines have to come out and be super impressive this week.
Oakland-Craig took Bergan to the woodshed, and BRLD has to do the same.
I still say Oakland-Craig and BRLD are the two best teams in C-2.
That should be a great matchup, but both of these teams have to get through this week's games first.
There's a lot of work to do for both this teams this week before having an undefeated showdown at BRLD next Friday.
Both teams should win though setting up a monster game of gigantic proportions.
The Wolverines can't overlook Bergan though.
BRLD has to come out and smack Bergan in the mouth early, and dominate from the onset.
The Wolverines need to play a great game Friday night in order to come out on top.
BRLD has to be incredibly impressive and take it to the Knights for four quarters.
The Wolverines need to not only win, but win big as well.
BRLD has to get fired, pumped, jacked, and psyched up for this one.
The Wolverines need to hit hard in this game and play very physical.
Gatzemeyer has to do his thing and BRLD has to go out there and shine.
The Wolverines need to make big plays in the passing game as well as the running game.
The defense has to force turnovers and come up with a lot of stops as well.
BRLD has to play their best game of the year, and play even better than they did against Oakland-Craig last week.
The Wolverines really impressed me last week, and I look for and expect big things from BRLD once again this week.
Tekamah-Herman outlasted by Yutan
In high school football aired on 107.9 The Bull Friday night, Tekamah-Herman hosted Yutan in a rematch from a year ago that saw the Tigers knock off the then defending state champion Chieftains.
Yutan was able to exact revenge this year, outgunning Tekamah-Herman in a Friday night shootout, 41-36.
The Tigers started the game with the ball and scored first when Luke Wakehouse broke loose for a 71-yard touchdown run, the PAT made it 7-0.
Yutan answered back on their first possession, with QB Brady Timm plunging in on a one-yard sneak, tying the game 7-7.
Tekamah-Herman was forced to punt on their next drive, giving Yutan the ball on their own 42. The Chieftains would score again when Timm dashed into the end zone on a 23-yard bootleg. The PAT made it 14-7 Yutan.
The Tigers would end the first quarter with the football, driving into Chieftain territory, before losing a fumble on the Yutan 47.
Yutan capitalized on the Tiger turnover, when Timm connected with Dillon Marht for a 37-yard touchdown pass. The PAT made it 21-7 Yutan.
Tekamah-Herman was able to answer back on the next drive with another big scoring play, as Luke Rogers got away for a 53-yard scoring run. The PAT cut the Tigers’ deficit to 21-14.
Yutan was able to drive down inside the Tekamah-Herman 10-yard line, when the Tiger defense was able to hold on fourth down, forcing the turnover on downs, giving them the ball on their own 10.
A couple of plays later Wakehouse reached paydirt again when he scampered free for an 81-yard touchdown run. The Tigers missed the PAT however, and trailed 21-20 with 30 seconds left before halftime.
The Tigers went with an onside kick and recovered, trying to take a lead right before the intermission. The Tigers drove down to the Yutan 20 before time expired, sending the game into halftime with Yutan leading 21-20.
Yutan started the third quarter with the football, and they drove to the T-H 27, when they were again turned away on fourth down.
The Tigers regained the lead when Wakehouse scored on his third big run of the night, this time from 59 yards. The Tigers converted the two-point attempt, and now led 28-21.
After the kickoff, Yutan scored on the very next play, a 68-yard touchdown pass from Timm to Sam Petersen. The Chieftains missed the PAT, keeping the lead in Tekamah-Herman’s favor, 28-27.
Then craziness ensued on the following kickoff. Wakehouse received the kick for the Tigers, and on the return, he ran into a pile. While resisting to be tackled, the ball was knocked out of his hands and into the air. Yutan’s Isaiah Daniell caught the ball out of the air and returned it 40+ yards into the end zone for a touchdown. The Chieftains made the two-point conversion, and the score was now Yutan 35, T-H 28, with 6:42 left in the third.
The Tigers again drove into Yutan territory, before losing their third fumble of the night.
The Chieftains once again took advantage of the turnover, this time on a nine-yard run by Caden Egr. Yutan converted the two-point try again, and the score was now 41-28 in favor of Yutan.
Tekamah-Herman took over at their own 45 with 10:03 left in the game. The Tigers drove the field and scored again on Wakehouse’s fourth rushing touchdown of the night, this one from four yards out. The Tigers made the two-point conversion, and were back in the game, trailing now 41-36 with 6:40 left.
The Tigers were unable to get a stop on defense, however, and Yutan was able to move the ball and run out the clock, preserving the final score of Yutan 41, Tekamah-Herman 36.
Kody Bitter made 16 tackles while Garrison Potadle had 14. Connor Feiling made 13 while Chauncey Rogers and Cole Bottger each notched 11. Eldridge Jensen recorded 9 while Clay Beaumont made 7.
Tekamah-Herman had 465 yards of total offense, 438 coming on the ground.
The defense gave up 445 yards of total offense, including 303 rushing.
The Tigers fall to 2-5 on the year with the loss and will host Louisville (1-6) on Friday.
The Lions fell 58-0 at home to BRLD Friday night.
I look for Tekamah-Herman to find a way to win this one.
Louisville got the better of the Tigers last year, but I think roles will be reversed this year.
Tekamah-Herman has worked their tails off and had a better season this year.
Turnovers have hampered, haunted, and killed the Tigers if anything, but I look for Tekamah-Herman to put things all together Friday night and beat Louisville.
It's the last home game of the season for these seniors too so it would be a fitting way for them to go out.
I look for the Tigers to come out and play a great game Friday night and take it to the Lions.
Tekamah-Herman has to play their best game of the year if at all possible.
The Tigers need to perform and play at a high level Friday night in order to come away with the desired result.
I'm sure Tekamah-Herman would take a win any way they can get it, but it would be cool to see the Tigers win impressively.
Both of the Tigers' wins this season have been blowout wins so let's see if Friday night's game is the same.
Tekamah-Herman has to play their tails off and be very physical.
The Tigers have to run and pound the rock right at Louisville.
Tekamah-Herman has to also win the line of scrimmage and control things up front.
The Tigers have to win the battle in the trenches on offense and defense.
Tekamah-Herman has to expect a lot out of themselves and hold each other accountable.
The Tigers have to give it their all and play with maximum effort.
Tekamah-Herman has to leave it all out on the field and have nothing left in the tank after the game is over.
Oakland-Craig steamrolls Fremont Bergan
The Oakland-Craig Football Team routed Fremont Bergan 52-0 at home Friday night.
O-C led 30-0 at the end of one and 38-0 at halftime.
Oakland-Craig scored their final 14 points in the 3rd quarter.
Jaron Meyer had 144 yards rushing on 14 carries, including three touchdowns. Ian Lundquist had 88 yards rushing on 12 carries and a touchdown.
Caden Nelson and Mike Brands each made 7 tackles.
O-C had 354 yards of total offense, including 333 rushing.
The defense gave up just 132 yards of total offense, including 101 through the air.
Amazing win for Oakland-Craig. Can O-C be more impressive?
The Knights (7-0) travel to Yutan to take on the Chieftains (4-3) Friday night.
Yutan outlasted Tekamah-Herman 41-36 on the road last week.
Oakland-Craig should win this one you would think.
The Knights just can't get caught looking ahead to a juggernaut matchup with BRLD next Friday.
As big as that game is and will be, Oakland-Craig has to take care of business against Yutan first.
The Knights can't afford to overlook anyone.
With that said, I'm sure Coach Anderson will have these boys ready to rock and roll.
Oakland-Craig has been incredibly dynamic on offense and defense all season long, and I look for that to continue Friday night.
The way O-C took Bergan to the woodshed was incredible and amazing.
I don't think anyone saw that coming.
The Chieftains are a scrappy solid team so the Knights have to come ready to play a great game again.
Oakland-Craig can't be hungover or hung up from the win over Bergan.
O-C has to refocus themselves and get ready to have a great game against Yutan.
The Knights need to be amazing and play outstanding football Friday night.
Oakland-Craig has done that all season long, and I look for the Knights to play incredible football once again.
Oakland-Craig has proven to be a major force to be reckoned with all season long, and I think they will continue their dominant ways on Friday.
The Knights have to start fast and put the Chieftains away early.
Oakland-Craig has to come out and take care of business, and not give Yutan any hope or anything like that.
The Knights have to take the Chieftains out of the game early, and stake claim to another big victory.
Winnebago picks up first win of year over Omaha Nation
The Winnebago Football Team walloped Omaha Nation 57-14 on the road Friday night.
Good for the Indians to get the monkey off their back.
Winnebago (1-5) faces Wakefield (5-1) at home Friday night.
The Trojans won 50-36 at home over GACC last week.
Wakefield is a very good team, and this is going to be an extremely hard and difficult game for the Indians.
Neither team is eligible for the postseason so this is like a playoff game for both teams.
It's also the last time these 7 seniors will ever play a game on their home field.
The Indians have to come out and play with lots of pride and passion Friday night.
Winnebago has to leave it all out on the field, and do everything in their power to win for their brothers.
The Indians have to play with a lot of pride, heart, toughness, grit, tenacity, fire, and passion.
Winnebago has to go out there and play the most physical football game they've ever played and smack the Trojans in the mouth.
The Indians have to be physical up front and try and stop the run.
Winnebago has to put their guts into this one and try and gain glory by pulling the upset.
This is the last game of the year on Winnebago's home field, win or lose.
The seniors have to do some major reflecting between now and Friday, and come out and play inspired Football.
The seniors have to think about the last four years and all the practices and bus trips and games and growing up playing Pee Wee or Pop Warner Football.
All of that is about to come full circle Friday night.
The Indians have to go out there and try and be perfect.
And I'll quote Billy Bob Thornton from Friday Night Lights on this. "Being perfect is not about that scoreboard out there. It's not about winning. It's about you and your relationship to yourself and your family and your friends. Being perfect is about being able to look your friends in the eye and know that you didn't let them down. And that truth is that you did everything that you could, there wasn't one more thing you could of done."
That's almost the exact quote from the movie so go out there and get em Winnebago!!!!!
Wisner-Pilger smacks Homer
The Wisner-Pilger Football Team put it on Homer at home Friday night, winning 62-28.
The Gators led 36-0 at the end of one and 50-7 at halftime.
The Knights won the 3rd quarter 14-12 to make it a 62-21 game at the end of three.
Homer blanked Wisner-Pilger 7-0 in the 4th quarter.
The defense gave up 150 yards of total offense, including 122 yards on the ground.
The Gators played great Football Friday night, it was very impressive to see.
Wisner-Pilger (6-0) takes on Omaha Nation (0-6) on the road Friday night.
The Chiefs lost 57-14 at home to Winnebago last week.
This should be another big win for the Gators.
Wisner-Pilger has to come out and dominate early and get a big lead and get backups in and rest starters for the Wakefield game next week.
Speaking of the Trojans, the Gators can't be looking ahead to them.
Wisner-Pilger has to be focused on beating Omaha Nation, and Omaha Nation only.
I look for the Gators to roll to a big and easy win.
It would be something if Wisner-Pilger could finish the regular season unbeaten, and they very well could.
I think it's important for the Gators to win big on Friday to set the stage for the Wakefield game next Friday.
I feel Wisner-Pilger is playing their best Football right now, but Friday's game is a chance and an opportunity to shore things up if there's anything that needs to be shored up.
Honestly I don't know if there is, but I'm sure the coaches will find something and point out things for the kids to work on and get better at.
Playing the Chiefs and beating them soundly should it happen should do a lot for the Gators' confidence if anything.
It also figures to be a chance for some kids to play who might not otherwise see the field a whole lot.
It also figures to be a chance for those kids to gain experience for the future, at least for those who are underclassmen this year.
Wisner-Pilger has been very dominant this year, and has to continue that domination on Friday.
The Gators have to go out and play a great game, and execute in all phases at a very high level.
Wisner-Pilger has to take care of business early and put Omaha Nation away.
The Gators can't allow the Chiefs to hang around and feel like they've got a shot.
Wisner-Pilger has to deliver the knock out blow early.
Howells-Dodge routs Elkhorn Valley
The Howells-Dodge Football Team blew out Elkhorn Valley 50-8 at home Friday night.
Here is the scoring summary and recap:
HD - 9:04 Luke Rocheford 7 Yd Run (Luke Rocheford Run For Two-Point Conversion)
HD - 6:45 Luke Rocheford 36 Yd Run (Luke Rocheford Run For Two-Point Conversion)
HD - 11:48 Luke Rocheford 62 Yd Run (Failed Two-Point Conversion)
HD - 10:18 Luke Rocheford 31 Yd Run (Failed Two-Point Conversion)
HD - 5:27 RJ Bayer 40 Yd Pass From Luke Rocheford (Failed Two-Point Conversion)
HD - 3:05 Luke Rocheford 32 Yd Run (Jacob Tomcak Run For Two-Point Conversion)
HD - 8:48 Blake Sindelar 3 Yd Run (Failed Two-Point Conversion)
HD - 2:30 Safety
EV - Zach Hartl - 7 Yd Run (Carter Rautenberg Run For Two-Point Conversion)
Rocheford had 9 carries for 219 yards and five touchdowns.
Trevor Schumacher made 11 tackles while Levi Belina and Wyatt Hegemann each recorded 9. Caleb Perrin made 8 while R.J. Bayer and Aandy Dominguez totaled 7 apiece.
The Jaguars had 344 yards of total offense, including 294 on the ground.
The defense gave up just 88 yards of total offense, 51 coming through the air.
Absolutely great and dominant performance by Howells-Dodge Friday night. The Jaguars couldn't be playing better football than they are right now.
Here is a comment from the Howells-Dodge Coaching Staff. "Overall effort from our kids was outstanding."
The Jaguars (6-0) look to keep the ball rolling this Friday night when they take on Laurel-Concord-Coleridge (4-2) on the road.
The Bears lost 42-16 at Lutheran High Northeast last week.
Last regular season test for Howells-Dodge.
The Jaguars have passed all six tests so far, can they pass a 7th?
I think so, but Laurel-Concord-Coleridge figures to be tough.
Howells-Dodge is playing at a whole nother level right now though.
I really feel like the Jaguars are starting to reclaim the glory that the Howells teams of the past had with all those state championships.
The Jaguars are beating great teams, foes, and opponents, and it has been very impressive.
Howells-Dodge has played some absolute powers and juggernauts and a gauntlet of a schedule, and for the Jaguars to win the way they have has been super impressive.
The work is not done yet though as Howells-Dodge has the Bears this week and then Madison before the playoffs so the Jaguars have a lot out in front of them yet.
There's a lot yet to accomplish and a lot that has been accomplished so far this season for Howells-Dodge.
So the Jaguars should be happy with what they've done and where they're at, but realize that the job is not done yet.
There's still lots of football to be played yet and lots of games to be won.
Howells-Dodge has to keep going and keep playing great Football.
The Jaguars have to keep doing what they've been doing and not change a thing.
Howells-Dodge has to finish what they started Friday night, and wrap up the District Championship.
The Jaguars lead Class D-1 in Power Points right now, and could very well earn the No. 1 seed in the East.
And while that would be a huge deal and accomplishment for Howells-Dodge, the Jaguars have to be ready for and focused on Laurel-Concord-Coleridge at the moment.
GACC loses at Wakefield
The Guardian Angels Central Catholic Football Team lost 50-36 at Wakefield on Friday.
Cody Steffen ran the ball 23 times for 98 yards and scored once while Cash Meier had 67 yards rushing on 13 carries, including two scores.
Blake Pojar had 13 tackles while Noah Kreikemeier and Meier each made 12. Casey Doernemann added 9 while Mitchell Peatrowsky totaled 7.
The Bluejays had 227 yards of total offense, including 207 rushing.
Great effort from GACC, but the Bluejays came up a little short.
GACC (2-4) takes on Homer (3-3) on the road Friday night.
The Knights lost 62-28 at Wisner-Pilger last week.
Homer has lost three out of their last four and struggled against the good teams on their schedule.
The Bluejays may be having a down year, but I fully expect GACC to go into Homer and find a way to win.
This is a do or die game for the playoffs though.
The Bluejays need to win both of their remaining regular season games to have a shot at the postseason.
I'm sure GACC knows that, and I expect the Bluejays to come out and play a good game.
GACC needs the same kind of effort they got against the Trojans.
If the Bluejays play the way they did against Wakefield they should be able to knock off the Knights.
Homer is an improved team though, and they'll be tough.
GACC knows what's on the line though, and I look for the Bluejays to be at their best with their backs against the wall.
I look for GACC to beat the Knights and then down Winnebago next week to slip into the playoffs.
The Bluejays would probably get a very low seed in the postseason, but who knows what can happen if GACC gets there.
The Bluejays have to try and defend Homer Quarterback Caleb Kearnes and his throwing.
Wisner-Pilger picked him off four times so we'll see what GACC can do against him.
I think the Bluejays have gotten better as the season has gone along as difficult as the year has been so far.
The good news is GACC still has a chance to make the playoffs.
The bad news is if they lose one of these next two games they'll miss the playoffs for the first time in years.
There won't be any District Title this year, but still a lot to play for if you are the Bluejays.
Clarkson/Leigh hangs 96 on Cedar Bluffs
The Clarkson/Leigh Football Team put up big numbers offensively Friday night, defeating Cedar Bluffs 96-30 on the road.
The Patriots led 48-0 at the end of one and doubled up the Wildcats 24-12 in the 2nd quarter to take a 72-12 lead into the locker room.
Clarkson/Leigh won the 3rd quarter 8-6 to go up 80-18 at the end of three.
The Patriots outscored Cedar Bluffs 16-12 in the 4th quarter to make up the final score.
Drew Beeson had 15 carries for 123 yards and three touchdowns while Lance Paprocki had 107 yards on the ground on 6 carries, including three scores. Mason Whitmore added 57 yards on 7 carries, including a score. Eli Hays added 55 yards on 4 carries, including a touchdown.
Beeson had 11 tackles while Whitmore notched 7.
The Patriots had 396 yards of total offense, including 392 yards on the ground.
Incredible and amazing win for Clarkson/Leigh. It's really nice to see so many kids get in on the act and run the ball well.
The Patriots (4-2) take on Mead (4-2) on the road Friday night.
The Raiders won 34-30 at Pender last week.
Clarkson/Leigh defeated the Pendragons 60-6 when the two teams played.
Based on that score, the Patriots should be able to roll Mead one would think.
Clarkson/Leigh has a lot of offensive weapons in the backfield, and that's all despite the fact the Patriots are down two running backs.
What the Patriots are doing is simply incredible and amazing given all the adversity they have been hit and had to deal with.
Clarkson/Leigh is in prime position to win the District Championship and finish the regular season 6-2.
I kind of feel like the Patriots are a few steps above everyone else in the District.
We'll find out for sure in the next couple of weeks, but I really like Clarkson/Leigh's chances to be District Champs given the way they've been playing lately.
The Patriots have to remain hungry and need to keep playing good Football though.
Clarkson/Leigh can't afford to slip up or get cocky or arrogant by any stretch of the imagination.
The Patriots have to continue to respect all opponents, and quite honestly this game and the game next week are probably Clarkson/Leigh's toughest tests since their two losses to open up the season.
Wins over Mead and Emerson-Hubbard would be impressive and add and pad to the resume there's no doubt about that.
I think it's simply a matter of the Patriots coming out and doing what they've done the last month or so.
Clarkson/Leigh has played great football, and that has to continue Friday night.
The Patriots have to keep the foot on the pedal, the pedal to the metal, and can't let up.
Clarkson/Leigh has to keep things in full gear and driving mode, and must remain hungry and driven to be successful.
The Patriots control their own destiny right now so we'll see what happens Friday night.
Pender drops close game to Mead
The Pender Football Team fell 34-30 at home to Mead Friday night.
The Raiders led 8-7 after one before winning the 2nd quarter 20-17 to take a 28-24 lead into the locker room.
Both teams scored 6 points in the 3rd quarter, and no one scored in the 4th.
Caleb Trimble had 102 yards on 17 carries, including two touchdowns. Dylan Vogt had 102 yards on 25 carries, and one score.
Larry McManigal had 8 tackles while Jaxon Maise and Jaxon Mrsny each totaled 7.
The Pendragons totaled 295 yards of total offense while Mead had 322 yards of total offense, including 266 through the air.
Heartbreaking and crushing defeat for Pender no doubt.
The Pendragons (2-4) take on Emerson-Hubbard (2-4) on the road Friday night.
The Pirates won 78-24 at Omaha Christian Academy last week.
This is a win or go home type deal and situation for Pender.
The Pendragons must win or their playoff chances are doomed.
Pender still may not even make it at 4-4, but the Pendragons have to find a way to win out and hope for the best.
Now is not the time to feel sorry for yourself if you are Pender.
The Pendragons have to be tough minded and have to be ready to take on a rival Friday night.
Pender has to get ready to hit hard, and must make plays on both sides of the ball.
The Pendragons need to break some big runs and create some turnovers as well.
Tackling and field position will be big too I feel.
Tackling in open space more specifically could be big with as much talent as both teams have in the offensive backfield.
Pender also needs to win the battle up front.
I feel this game will be a shootout and has a chance to come down to the final minutes or even seconds.
Huge game with playoff implications for both teams for sure so we'll see who can win and who can come out in front and on top.
Should be a great game, and I'm excited to see who wins.
I think the Pendragons have a shot to go up to Emerson and come home happy campers, but I could see the Pirates breaking Pender's hearts as well.
It's do or die time as if the Pendragons lose there will be no tomorrow after next Thursday's regular season finale.
Pender has to play with extreme confidence and urgency Friday night.
Everything is on the line, and the Pendragons have to step up and play well.
Emerson-Hubbard beats Omaha Christian Academy
The Emerson-Hubbard Football Team defeated Omaha Christian Academy 78-24 at home Friday night.
Good and much needed win for the Pirates.
Emerson-Hubbard (2-4) hosts Pender (2-4) Friday night.
The Pendragons fell 34-30 at home to Mead last week.
This is a big game for the Pirates if they hope to make the playoffs and have any shot at still winning the District Championship.
You know Pender will really want it bad too as they need two wins to have any short of chance at making the playoffs.
Even then it might not be enough for the Pendragons.
Emerson-Hubbard sits in better position to make the playoffs than Pender does right now, and a win for the Pirates would likely solidify a playoff berth.
Emerson-Hubbard has to be ready to take the Pendragons' best shot and then some Friday night.
The Pirates have to get ready for and expect a hard hitting and physical football game.
Emerson-Hubbard has to be ready to make big plays and create turnovers as well as take care of the ball.
The Pirates have to be physically and mentally tough, and get ready to go full tilt with Pender.
This is a rivalry game too so it should be an exciting one.
It's a game that I could honestly see going either way as I feel it is a complete toss up.
I think things will be high scoring and potentially decided on the last possession of the game.
As much as Emerson-Hubbard struggled at the beginning of the season I feel they're starting to play better Football.
The Pirates are in prime position to make the playoffs just as long as they can win one of their next two games.
A loss to the Pendragons would mean Emerson-Hubbard would likely have to beat Clarkson/Leigh in the regular season finale to get in so the Pirates have to try and seal their and Pender's fate this week if at all possible.
It should be a good game, and I think Emerson-Hubbard's experience and the fact they're at home could make the difference.
Tekamah-Herman loses at BRLD
The Tekamah-Herman Football Team lost 65-20 at BRLD Friday night.
The Tigers trailed just 21-20 at halftime, but were outscored 44-0 in the 2nd half.
Clay Beaumont rushed for 162 yards on 14 carries while Luke Wakehouse had 81 yards on 22 carries, including two touchdowns. Beaumont was 3-14 passing for 80 yards with a touchdown and an interception. Chauncey Rogers hauled in all of those passes.
Kody Bitter and Garrison Potadle each had 11 tackles while Rogers made 7.
Tekamah-Herman had 335 yards of total offense, including 255 rushing.
The defense surrendered 484 yards of total offense, 320 coming on the ground.
Things simply got away from the Tigers in the 2nd half.
Tekamah-Herman (2-4) hosts Yutan (3-3) Friday night in action that can be heard on 107.9 the Bull.
The Chieftains lost 20-7 at Fremont Bergan last week and have dropped three in a row.
The Tigers dominated Yutan 24-8 on the road last year, and there's no reason to think Tekamah-Herman can't do it again this year.
The Tigers hung right with the Wolverines for a half, and if Tekamah-Herman can play like that for a whole game against the Chieftains then they could very well be in business.
The Tigers will and should be confident that they can beat Yutan again, that I truly believe.
I think the Chieftains are better this year than they were last year, but I feel Tekamah-Herman is improved as well.
This should be a good, physical, hard hitting, grind it out type football game Friday night.
I think the Tigers can definitely win, but will they?
That's tough to say, but I think they will if they play the way they did in the first half against BRLD.
If Tekamah-Herman plays the way they did in the second half against the Wolverines though then I don't see them winning this one.
It should be an interesting game for sure, and the Tigers have to come out full of energy, and must be jacked, psyched, and fired up for this game.
Tekamah-Herman has to be excited for the opportunity to play and must be chomping at the bit to beat Yutan once again this season.
The Tigers did it last year so I don't see why they can't do it again.
I think the run game will be huge in this one.
If Tekamah-Herman has success running the ball on the Chieftains like they did the Wolverines then this one could really turn out in their favor.
If Yutan stops the run and forces turnovers though then it could be another long and disappointing night for the Tigers.
I feel this game will go one of two days....either Tekamah-Herman will repeat last year's efforts and play the way they did in the first half of BRLD, or the Tigers will come out flat and just not have it.
Kickoff is set for 7:00 p.m. with pregame at 6:30 on the Bull.
BRLD uses big second half to beat Tekamah-Herman
Up 21-20 at halftime, BRLD outscored Tekamah-Herman 44-0 in the 2nd half to win 65-20 at home over the Tigers.
Will Gatzemeyer had 188 yards rushing on 16 carries, and scored twice, while throwing for 164 yards and 4 touchdowns on 7-15 passing. Kobe Lyons added 114 yards on the ground on 17 carries, and scored twice. Dylan Beutler hauled in two touchdown passes totaling 82 yards.
Gus Gomez made 7 tackles for the Wolverines.
BRLD had 484 yards of total offense, including 320 on the ground.
The defense gave up 335 yards of total offense, including 255 rushing.
Great second half performance by the Wolverines. I understand it was the Will Gatzemeyer show.
BRLD (6-0) travels to Springfield to take on Louisville (1-5) at Platteview High School Friday night.
Louisville lost 54-0 at Oakland-Craig last week.
Another game that is a good measuring stick for the Wolverines when it comes to Oakland-Craig.
That game is going to be gigantic, but the Wolverines have Fremont Bergan next week and Louisville this week before they can worry about O-C.
BRLD has to go in and dominate the Lions from start to finish Friday night.
The Wolverines have to play a complete four quarter dominant game Friday night, and must control all facets of the game.
BRLD has to come out and score early and often, and not allow the Lions to be in the game at all.
The Wolverines have to leave no doubt and win big Friday night.
BRLD has to go out there and have a great and fantastic showing, and turn in an outstanding performance.
The Wolverines need big performances from Gatzemeyer, Lyons, Beutler, and others.
I was very impressed with BRLD's second half defense against Tekamah-Herman, holding the Tigers scoreless.
That's the kind of defense the Wolverines need to keep playing to be successful.
I look for BRLD to curb stomp Louisville Friday night, and win big.
I think the Wolverines will be dominant in all facets of the game, and come out and do and perform well.
I look for Gatzemeyer to have another huge game and turn in another outstanding performance.
BRLD has to be physical at the line of scrimmage and run the ball well.
The Wolverines also need to throw the ball effectively as well, and be well balanced.
I feel Oakland-Craig may be more balanced and better on defense up to this point, but BRLD could very well be more dynamic and explosive offensively.
This game against Louisville will be another gauger and test to see how those two teams stack and match up.
Oakland-Craig shuts out Louisville
The Oakland-Craig Football Team blanked Louisville 54-0 at home Friday night in action aired on 107.9 the Bull.
Colton Thomsen was 11-14 passing for 207 yards with two touchdowns.
Wyatt Seagren hauled in 3 passes for 75 yards while Coulter Thiele had 4 catches for 61 yards and a touchdown. Caden Nelson made 3 receptions for 55 yards and also scored once.
Ian Lundquist had 13 carries for 84 yards, and scored three touchdowns.
The Knights had 452 yards of total offense, including 228 on the ground.
What an impressive game and performance from Oakland-Craig as the Knights scored on every offensive possession except the last one.
Oakland-Craig (6-0) plays host to Fremont Bergan (6-0) Friday night.
Bergan beat Yutan 20-7 at home last week.
I feel like Bergan has been good, but Oakland-Craig has been great.
This game being in Oakland and it being homecoming for Oakland-Craig as well tells me the advantage lies with O-C.
I look for Oakland-Craig to win although I feel the game will be decided by a couple of touchdowns or less.
These last three regular season games will tell the tale for Oakland-Craig.
The Knights have been great so far this year, but these next three games are arguably their toughest of the season.
We will find out just how good and great Oakland-Craig is in their next three games.
I think the Knights are legit and the real deal and will do very well, but we will see.
Can Oakland-Craig finish the regular season undefeated? Man it would be a huge and tremendous accomplishment if they did.
That game with BRLD in the regular season finale figures to be a dandy, but all Oakland-Craig should worry about right now is beating Fremont Bergan.
Bergan is a very good and respectable team, and beating them is never an easy or small task.
If Oakland-Craig keeps playing the way they have though then I don't see any reason why they won't win.
O-C has to keep playing great and amazing football like they have all season.
You honestly can't or couldn't be playing as good of football as Oakland-Craig has been all season.
O-C is doing great and extraordinary things and simply has to keep it up.
I look for this team to do well Friday night, and improve to 7-0 on the season.
I think a deep playoff run is likely for Oakland-Craig as well, but there's a lot of season and a lot of football left to be played, and as I mentioned, O-C should only be focused on and worried about beating Bergan right now.