Colors: Purple and Gold
Head Coach: Joe Kvidera (2nd season)
2018 record: 6-3 (lost to Allen in 1st round of Playoffs)
Returning Starters: N/A
The Emerson-Hubbard Football Team returns a few key players on offense from last year’s 6-3 team that won a District Championship and made the playoffs. Head Coach Joe Kvidera says that includes Nolan Belt.
“We’ve got Nolan Belt, who’s back at Quarterback and Defensive Back. Last year he was an All-District Selection, he was an All-State Honorable Mention. At Quarterback he broke several of our 8-man passing records. He finished the season with almost 2,000 combined yards from scrimmage so he’s definitely going to play a big, big role for us this season.”
Kvidera says the Pirates also return 3-year starting offensive linemen Tyler Stark and Junior Zach Shanks as well as tight end and linebacker Hunter Schock.
He adds Anthony Lawrence and Cameron Ahlers will play a much more significant role for the team at running back and fullback, respectively.
Others expected to contribute include Sophomore lineman Garrett Blanke and Sophomore Brock Mackling.
Last year’s seniors include Dylan Kneifl, Spencer Burcham, Micah Lamprecht, and Nolan Ostrand.
Bob Jensen of the Huskerland Prep Report adds Emerson-Hubbard is a very underrated Football team.
Emerson-Hubbard opens up the season at Homer on Friday. Kvidera says that doesn’t figure to be an easy game.
“I know their quarterback is back. They have some skill guys that are back. And that will be a real test for us. Guys that we’re replacing are stepping up are in our skill positions so that’s going to be a great first test for us.”
The Pirates won last year’s game in Emerson, 57-26.
Kvidera says the goal is to win a playoff game this year.
2019 Emerson-Hubbard Pirates Football Schedule:
08/30/19 @ Homer
09/27/19 @ Cedar Bluffs
10/04/19 @ Mead
10/11/19 Omaha Christian Academy
10/25/19 @ Clarkson/Leigh