Central Nebraska Football
For the second year in a row the Lexington Minutemen are playoff bound. It wasn't easy. After a deflating loss to Cozad two weeks ago, the Minutemen were faced with a long bus ride to Alliance and what appeared to be a game they had to win to make it back to back trips to the playoffs for the first time since 2008-2009. However, Lex was up to the task, jumping out to a 21-7 before finishing off the Bulldogs 28-21. The Minutemen are now tasked with taking on the fourth seeded Northwest Vikings on Friday in Grand Island.
COZAD - 5-4
After a physically demanding must-win over Lexington two weeks ago. the the Haymakers had to turn around the travel to No. 1 ranked Adams Central. Cozad's depleted ranks were over-matched by the potent Patriots who scored on their first seven possessions to coast to a 44-0 clock shortened game. Unfortunately for Cozad, they face more injuries as they prepare to take on the third-seeded Ashland-Greenwood Bluejays. Many are trying to figure out this undefeated AG team, most likely this will be a tough one for Cozad.
GOTHENBURG - 8-1
Wow! What a game! Gothenburg eked out a 17-14 overtime win to close out the best regular season in Coach Haake's 26 year career. It was a rugged game against the defending state-champion Ord Chanticleers. Both teams were on the way to the playoffs this game was about pride. Both teams played like it was a playoff game until the final moment when Mark Ackerman's field goal sailed through the east goalposts to win the game. Gothenburg moved to a No. 5 seed, Ord fell to a No. 12. You don't have to a bracketologist to know that that means they will do it all over again on Friday. Both coaches felt they left points on the field and could have done better. This one will be a lot of fun again, with the winner probably have to take on perennial power, Pierce.
ELM CREEK - 7-1
The Buffalo's dreams of a perfect regular season were dashed last week as Arcadia/Loup City took advantage of a "pick 6" on the first play of the game and then continued to punch Elm Creek in the mouth until the Buffaloes found themselves down 24-0. Elm Creek got up off the mat and outscored the Rebels the rest of the way, but still lost by eight, 38-30. EC draws Palmer in the first round of D1 playoffs. The 3-5 Tigers are no push-over. They could easily be 6-2 with a few breaks. They will be coming into the game a little beat up, but expect this game to be relatively close.
AXTELL - 6-2
The Wildcats qualified for the playoffs as a 6 seed and they will host Twin Loup first round. The match up is an interesting one, the Wolves come in at 4-4. For Axtell it will be all about stopping Quade Young from Twin Loup, he is averaging about 153 yards a game from his quarterback spot. Tyler Danburg is also a very good quarterback for the Wildcats averaging 126 yards per game. Both teams have similar numbers scoring and defending, looks like on paper, a pretty good match up.
The storybook season for the Pirates continues as they head into the playoffs and will face Maxwell in the first round. The Pirates earned the 4-seed. Maxwell comes into the game at 3-5. A big win last week over Overton have turned heads for this Elwood team. They look like a team that can go deep into the playoffs. They are also, according to Tyler Cavalli, one of the most fun teams to watch. Some of that has to do with, stud, Conner Schutz. The Pirates defense looks to have an advantage in this game against the Tigers.
OVERTON - 5-3
Overton backs into the playoffs as an 8-seed. They will play CWCE (Chambers-Wheeler Central-Ewing), on Thursday at 5. Wyatt Wagner averages 141 yards per game on the ground for CWCE. As you would expect in an 8-9 mention, it is expected to be a good game. The Eagles have scored more and allowed fewer points.
The Eagles were on a 5-game winning streak before losing to Elwood to end the season. We will see if they can rev that running game back up against the Renegades.
EUSTIS - FARNAM - 6-2
Much look the story of Elwood this year, the story of Eustis-Farnam's is made for a storybook. The Knights in their last year of existence, as they will join with Elwood to become Hi-Line next year, are bound and determined to make it a year to remember. So far, so good. They enter the six-man playoffs as the No. 5 seed and will host Red Cloud who is also 6-2. E-F is out scoring the Indians by over 100 points, but is also giving up 120 more points. Something has to give.
LEXINGTON - 3-5
The Minutemen are fighting for their playoff lives. They struggled to stop Cozad's ground game last week losing 34-14. They remained inside the playoff bubble, however, sitting at No. 15 is precarious. They will travel out to Alliance this week to take on a Bulldog team who is No. 13. A loss probably takes either team out. However, that is no guarantee in goofy Class B. Regardless, both teams feel like they should win this game, we will see who can muster some late season momentum.
COZAD - 5-3
The Haymakers were outstanding in the trenches last week versus Lexington. They pushed a good Minuteman defense around all night long. Even with starting running back Matthew Schuster getting injured on the first drive, they moved the ball pretty much at-will against Lexington. Nolan Wetovick was the leading rusher with 115 years, Jacob Weatherly had 101 and Conner Westcoat rushed for 77. Here is what is really impressive: Cozad ran 81 plays from scrimmage compared to only 33 for Lexington. That is dominance. The Haymakers will need great line play and great defense again this week as they travel to No.1 Adams Central. Cozad is No. 13 in the playoffs, regardless of the outcome of the game with the Patriots, they should make it to the post season. That game will be Friday, you can hear it on KAMI.
GOTHENBURG - 7-1
Wow. So, remember when I said last week's game with Ogallala was a "pick-em?" I hope you picked the Swedes because they curb-stomped the Indians 44-6. This game was 35-0 before a second-string touchdown allowed the Indians to be the first team to score on Gothenburg in 15 quarters. This defense!! Meanwhile, Maguire Bartlett has accounted for nearly 1200 yards of offense and 7 touchdowns. All of this sets up another great end of the year match up with 6-2, Ord. The defending state runners-up are in the playoffs right now, at No. 9 however, a win means they will host first round. A win for Gothenburg would give the Swedes the best regular season record ever for a Gothenburg team coached by 26 year coaching veteran Craig Haake. If you can't make it to the game you can listen on KAMI on Thursday night.
HOLDREGE - 1-7
The Dusters got off the schneid last week with a much-needed win over Minden 7-6. The Dusters scored their touchdown in the first half and their defense held on for the victory. Holdrege can play a spoiler role this week as they take on Kearney Catholic who is licking their wounds after getting torched by Adams Central last week.
ELM CREEK - 7-0
The Buffaloes continue to roll. Last week they knocked off Ansley-Litchfield 42-16 this week comes the biggest test of the year as they take on 6-1 Arcadia-Loup City. Last week, heady quarterback Karsten McCarter had a great game rushing for 119 yards on just 9 carries, including a 45 yarder and a touchdown. Xavier Perez had another good night proving he is one of the most explosive runners in D1 as he went for 96 yards on just 6 carries and two touchdowns. It seems like every week is a different guy on defense. This week, it was Bryton Walz who had 13 tackles on the night. Elm Creek is No. 5 in the power ratings and would host the first round of playoffs. Arcadia-Loup City is No. 14.
After getting their first win two weeks ago against Southwest, the Warriors dropped last weeks game to Hitchcock County 48-0. They will close out the year with a match up against Alma at home. Keegan Benson led the team in rushing last week with 47 yards. Jordan Smith and Cord Frink both finished with 11 tackles to lead the team in that category.
AXTELL - 5-2
Axtell got a nice win over Lawrence-Nelson last week to set them up nicely in the playoff race. With that win, they move No. 6 in power points. They would than host a playoff game . This week, they play against a good Blue Hill team, a win would possibly help their seeding even more. Last week, the Wildcats rushed for 240 yards with Aaron Skaggs leading the way with 90 and 1 touchdown. Tyler Danburg scored twice for Axtell.
BERTRAND - 2-5
Youth and injuries have made for a long season for Coach Steve Colfack and the Vikings. The Bertrand defense has been beaten up as of late giving up 230 points in the last three games. The Vikings will try to right the ship in their final game against Pleasanton on the road. The Bulldogs are 5-2.
The dream year for the Pirates continues. They knocked off arch-rival Loomis last week 64-13. Their last regular season match up before playoff will be a titanic tilt against surging Overton. The Eagles are on a serious roll, but so are the Pirates. This one should be fun. Elwood and Overton are neck-and-neck in the playoff race this game means a lot for seedings.
LOOMIS - 1-6
Ever since a one-point loss to Bertrand things have been tough for the Wolves. A lot of that can be blamed on a tough schedule as their last three opponents have a 16-5 combined record. Loomis will close out the seas on Friday with a road game at Anselmo-Merna. The Wolves have been led this year by the passing of Senior, Nolan Benjamin, who is 46-95 for 498 and 4 touchdowns. Junior, Joel Abramson has been their leading rusher with 407 yards and 5 touchdowns, and Carson Orcutt leads the team in tackles with 47.
OVERTON - 5-2
Five in a row for the Eagles. Each win gets a little more impressive. Last week, they blew out Bertrand 68-22. The Eagles scored 46 points in the first half and lead by 40 at halftime. Ryan Lauby had a 14.7 yard per carry average en route to 162 yards and 3 touchdowns. While Elijah Heusinkvelt also scored 3 times and added 106 yards on just 8 carries. Overton has an interesting game next as they take on a 6-1 Elwood team. Overton is looking like a team you don't want to draw in the playoffs, not a lot of team are playing better. Thursday's game should be fun. You can hear it on 880 KRVN.
EUSTIS - FARNAM - 5-2
The Knights are riding a two game winning streak and oh by the way, they scored 86 points two weeks ago against a pretty good Wilcox-Hildreth team, go figure. As has been well documented, the Knights are in their last year of existence and they are playing like there is no tomorrow right now. They will close out the regular season against SEM before playoffs start. The Knights will be looking to improve their playoff seeding as they are sitting No. 9 right now.
It's been an up and down year for the Mustangs. However, they control their own destiny. They are sitting No. 15 in points going into this week's game against Eustis-Farnam. If they can find a way to beat the Knights they are probably in the playoffs, a loss might end their season. They are coming off a 72 point game, beating Wil-Hil. This final regular season game Eustis will be a big one.
LEXINGTON - 3-4
Well, "momma said there'd be days like this." It's bad enough you have to get in a bus and ride all of the way to Scottsbluff, but you also go to play a football game after a snow storm against, arguably, the best team in Class B. "Thank you sir, may I have another." The Bearcats are good, and they punched the Minutemen early to put it away and win 64-14. For Lexington, happiness was Scottsbluff in the rear-view mirror and now they look forward to a key match-up against old rival, Cozad on Friday at home. Lexington is sitting in 16th place in points. 16 teams make it to the playoffs based on those points. Cozad is 15 in C1. Doesn't take a genius to know that this is a big game. There is a good chance the loser of this game, may miss the playoffs, oh by the way, we will have the game KAMI.
COZAD - 4-3
Kearney Catholic jumped out early against the Haymakers, as they led 24-0 at half. Cozad fought back and out-scored the Stars in the second half, however the whole was to deep for Cozad to overcome as Kearney Catholic got the victory 38-20. For the first time this year the Haymaker defense was beat up on as the Stars had 282 yards thru the air and 137 on the ground. However, Cozad's ground game was again very good, Matthew Schuster rushed for 189 yards on 35 carries. Nolan Wetovick had one of his better games at quarterback, going 5-8 for 81 yards. They now look forward to a road game against Lexington. Sitting 15th in power points, this become a huge game for Cozad. You can hear it on KAMI.
GOTHENBURG - 6-1
The regular season for the Swedes culminates in some HUGE games. After dispatching the Valentine Badgers, 35-0, Gothenburg looks forward to a couple titanic regular season games that will go along way in deciding their playoff future. Right now, the Swedes are 7th in wildcard points. C1 takes 16 teams into playoffs. Gothenburg is not exactly comfortable with their position. This week they face the 6-1 Ogallala Indians. The Indians only loss was to Kearney Catholic. Both the Swedes and Indians blew out Valentine and Broken Bow. That Swedes will travel to Keith County for the game. I would say this one is a pick 'em. Gothenburg's defense has been amazing. They have shut out their last three opponents. Seems like I've heard people say that defense wins championships. Stay tuned.
HOLDREGE - 0-7
One of the remnants of the Duster's Class B past is that they still play McCook, Now, this isn't the Bison Juggernaut of the last few years, but they aren't bad and they played well last week to beat Holdrege 28-6. Ethan Twohig scored the loan touchdown for the Dusters. It doesn't get easier for Holdrege as they take on undefeated Adams Central this week.
ELM CREEK - 6-0
In case you haven't noticed or where out of this country for the last couple months . . . the Buffaloes are special. They dispatched Amherst this week 47-0. The Buffaloes roamed for 316 across the prairie on Friday, including 136 on just 8 carriers and 3 touchdowns for Xavier Perez. Karsten McCarter continues his masterful leadership of the Elm Creek offense. As impressive as they were on offense, their defense was stifling. They do it was an ensemble cast that includes Hans Robbins who caused a fumble and spent most of the game in the Amherst backfield . The Buffaloes often have a different person lead them in tackles. Blake Egenberger was the leader last week with 9 and then three players were tied with tackles each. They will take on 1-5 Ansley-Litchfield this week, they should be 7-0 going into their last regular season game of the year.
The Warriors got off of the schneid with a convincing 50-16 win over Southwest on Friday. It was a very nice night for Triston Abraham he rushed the ball 18 teams for 135 yards. Will Keegan Benson scored 3 times. Jordan Smith had 11 tackles while Wyatt Jenkins had 10. The Warriors travels to Hitchcock County this week. The Falcons are 4-2.
AXTELL - 4-2
After a 42-6 over the winless Giltner Hornets Axtell is sitting pretty. They are in 3rd place for playoffs. Tyler Danburg was 4-4 passing with 79 yards and 2 touchdown and also had 2 touchdowns rushing. Aaron Skaggs run for 136 yards on 11 carries and had 2 touchdowns. Joe French led the team with 10 tackles. The Wildcats will take on Lawrence-Nelson, the Raiders are 3-3.
BERTRAND - 2-4
The Vikings dropped their second game in a row losing to Elwood 84-20. The defense has been beat around these last two week giving up 162 points. Conner Schutz had another good game with 168 yards on the ground and 4-6 through the air with 98 yards and 3 touchdowns. The Vikings have a tough one against the resurgent Overton Eagles.
The Pirates are starting to round into form. Which might be incredibly obvious considering they scored 84 points last week. It was their third win in a row and puts them in 5th place in the power points. The Pirates will take on Loomis before closing out the year with a big game against Overton.
LOOMIS - 1-5
It's been tough sledding for the Wolves as of late. They have dropped their last three games including last week's against Pleasanton 48-12.
OVERTON - 4-2
The Eagles are really playing well now and look to be set up pretty good for the post season. Overton has won 4 games in a row including a 20-0 win over an Anselmo-Merna team that had scored 78 points in their previous game. Ryan Lauby led the way against the Coyotes on the ground with 95 yards rushing. Lauby and Kien Martin were the leading tacklers with 12 a piece. Overton keeps driving toward the playoffs with a regular season game this week against Bertrand.
EUSTIS - FARNAM - 5-2
The Knights keep on rolling, they beat a good Wil-Hil team 86-34, that's right 86 POINTS. With one more game left on the regular season against SEM the Knight are in 5th in wildcard points. This being their last year for football at the school this team appears to be motivated. The Knights rolled up 435 yards on the ground. Involved in that was Colton Stubbs, the freshman accounted for 280 yards and 5 touchdowns. Tanner Fangmeyer was very efficient through the air going 6-7 with 175 yards.
SEM - 2-4
The Mustangs dropped their second in row losing to Maywood-Hayes Center 59-14. They have two games left on their regular season schedule traveling to Wilcox-Hildreth and Eustis-Farnam.
LEXINGTON - 3-3
It was a windy, wet, altogether difficult night to play football, however the Minutemen found a way. They knocked off Gering (1-5) 21-0. Dakota Haines had a nice night for Lex, his highlight was a 71 yard run where he really showed off his speed outracing a couple of Bulldogs who appeared to have an angle on him. He finished with 118 yards on 8 carries while scoring 2 touchdowns. Dylan Richman again played quarterback as Kaleb Carpenter continues in the concussion protocol. Meanwhile, Richman went 5-6 passing for 32 yards and rushed for 49 additional yards. Haines also led the team in tackles with 8. Things get very tough this week as Lexington travels to Scottsbluff to take on the top-seeded Bearcats in the Panhandle. You will be able to hear that game on KAMI.
COZAD - 4-2
It wasn't pretty, but the Haymakers got an important district win on Friday as they knocked off Minden 29-6 in a game in which the Whippets were leading 6-0 at halftime. Matthew Schuster was back in a big way, he ended up with 245 yards on 27 carries as the Cozad run game was again in high gear. Halftime adjustments by Brian Cargill and his staff were key. Minden running back, Eddie Gonzalez, had 117 yards in his first 11 carries and only 42 yards in his next 16. Give credit to Jacob Weatherly who finished with 13 tackles while Nathan Breon had 10. Cozad has a huge game this week as they host the Kearney Catholic Stars who will come into the game with a 5-1 record. It will be a game of contrasts between the Stars passing and the Haymakers ground game. Considering the potential for bad weather, I like Cozad's chances here, not to mention the way that the Haymaker defense has been playing.
GOTHENBURG - 5-1
I had mentioned last week that this could be a "trap game" for the Swedes against Broken Bow. Head Coach Craig Haake reminded me that it was Bow, the Swedes will be motivated. Haake knows a few things, because he's seen a few things over his 26 years of coaching. The Swedes kept on rolling with a 34-0 win over the Indians. JJ Smith had 6 tackles including a forced fumble and 3 tackles for losses. The Swedes allowed -29 yards rushing. Maguire Bartlett led the way again offensively as he had 105 on the ground and 55 through the air. With the win, Gothenburg improves its record to 5-1 on the campaign. The Swedes host Valentine in a C1 District 7 test on Friday. The Badgers come into the game with a record of 4-2. Valentine won 46-8 in their recent non-league test against Gordon-Rushville.
HOLDREGE - 0-6
The Dusters dropped to 0-6 on the year. Last week they faced off against one of the best teams in C1 in the Adams Central Patriots and lost 49-0. This week Hodrege continues on their quest for their first win as they host the McCook Bison. The Bison are 3-3 and are coming off of a 41-0 win over Alliance were head coach Jeff Gross' got his 200th win.
ELM CREEK - 5-0
All the Buffaloes do is win, win, win no matter what. This one wasn't easy as the teams battled the conditions and each other to a 14-12 victory over South Loup. Xavier Perez had his best game rushing for 125 yards on 21 carries along with a couple of touchdowns. Koby Smith had 10 tackles to lead in that category as they held South Loup to only 114 yards of offense. Elm Creek is No. 3 in wild card points. Howell-Dodge leads D1 followed by BDS. Elm Creek needs to keep winning for a good seeding, they next take on Amherst on Friday in Elm Creek. A game you can hear on 880 KRVN. The Broncos lost last time out to Burwell 36-22. Elm Creek beat Burwell two weeks ago.
The Warriors continue on their injury-riddled campaign, looking for their first win. This week might give them that opportunity as they take on 0-5 Southwest in Bartley. Last week, Arapahoe took on 5-0 Dundy Country-Stratton and lost 44-8. Tristan Abraham leads the way with 213 yards on the ground, while Keegan Benson has 200. Abraham also leads with 30 tackles on the year.
AXTELL - 3-2
The Wildcats lost last week to a very good Kenesaw team 38-7. Tyler Danburg led the way with 75 yards and a touchdown. He also passed for 51 yards. Dustin Klingsporn lead the team with 21 total tackles in an amazing night for the senior. The Wildcats are looking to get back to their winning ways this week as they travel to winless Giltner on Friday.
BERTRAND - 2-3
The Vikings lost to an inspired Anselmo-Merna team last week 78-12. Bertrand will host Elwood this Friday. No stats were available.
In their last year as a football team the Pirates continue to work to go out with a bang. They knocked off a good Pleasanton team 14-13 on Friday. Elwood looks to jockey for playoff position as they play Bertrand next followed by Loomis and Overton. Right now, Elwood is seventh in power point in D2.
LOOMIS - 1-4
The Wolves have lost two-in-a-row as they dropped one to a resurgent Overton team last week 58-19. As we take a look at some of the season stats . . . Nolan Benjamin is 36-67 passing for 409 yards and 3 touchdowns. Joel Abramson is the leading rusher on the team with 291 yards Shay Swanson has 271. Carson Orcutt has 34 tackles to lead the team. Loomis takes on Pleasanton this Friday at home.
OVERTON - 3-2
In the immortal words of Dennis Green, "they are who we thought they were." After and 0-2 start the Eagles are starting to play to form and just in time for the post season in a few weeks. Right now Overton is 15th in power points. The Eagle ground game is coming around, both Ryan Lauby and Elijah Heusinkvelt have over 500 yards. Lauby is the top tackler on the team with 61 showing why he is one of the best players in D2. Overton will put their three-game winning streak on the line this week against Anselmo-Merna who put up 78 points last week. This one could be interesting.
EUSTIS - FARNAM - 4-2
The Knights got back on the plus side this week, beating Maywood-Hayes Center in a wild one 54-46. Tanner Fangmeyer had a nice game thru the air 10-15 for 174 years and 4 touchdowns. Colton Stubbs had 89 yards rushing for Eustis-Farnam. Stubbs accounted for 163 all-purpose yards. Kody Keller led the team with 16 tackles, but Cooper Ray, Zebulun Knackstedt and Grady Wright all were in double-figures. The Knights have a big game this week as they take on 4-1 Wilcox-Hildreth. Eustis-Farnam is 12th in Wildcard points.
The Mustings lost to McPerson County/Stapleton 53-28 last week. SEM has lost 3 of its last 4. SEM travels to Maywood this week to take to take on Maywood/Heyes Center. No stats were available.
LEXINGTON - 2-3
Talk about your big wins!! After a 20 year drought, the Minutemen beat McCook in double-overtime in a game that caught everyone's attention. Dylan Richman tried his hand at quarterbacking after an injury to Kaleb Carpenter, and I would say it worked out pretty well as he passed for 132 yards and 2 touchdowns and rushed the ball 15 times for 92 yards and another touchdown. The defense continued to play well. Eliazar Ochoa had 17 tackles on the night. Lexington has a decent change to move to even on the year as they take on Gering in Lexington a game you can catch on KAMI.
COZAD - 3-2
The Haymakers put up an impressive 46-7 win over Holdrege on Friday night at Haymaker Stadium. Conner Westcoat filled in for an injured Matthew Schuster and ran for 4 touchdowns and 225 yards on 27 carriers. The ground game was once again impressive for Cozad as they churned out 463 yards. A touchdown each from Nathen Engel and Camren Maaske. Cozad's defense continues to play well as they start heading down the home stretch. A very interesting game coming up next for the Haymakers as they travel to Minden to take on the Whippets who are 3-2 and playing well this year as they are coming off of a close loss to Kearney Catholic 31-22. You can hear it on KRVN.
GOTHENBURG - 4-1
The Swedes rebounded nicely after losing to Adams Central, who by the way blew out Ord last week, with a nice win over district foe O'Neill. Not surprisingly the Gothenburg defense was good again pitching a shut out 28-0. The Swedes only allowed 63 yards to the Eagles on the ground. Maguire Bartlett continues to lead the team in rushing and passing yards. The Swedes travel to 1-4 Broken Bow in a "classic trap" game for Gothenburg. Broken Bow is always a tough place to play.
HOLDREGE - 0-5
The Dusters came into the Cozad game hoping they could maybe steal a win on the road. The Haymakers ended those hopes early in a 46-7 win over Holdrege. One bright spot for the Dusters is the future of Jackson Hinrichs. The Freshman got the start and had moments of greatness. He threw the ball for 98 yards and ran for an additional 96 yards and a touchdown. He will be fun to watch. Holdrege has a tough one this week as they take on undefeated Adams Central.
The Eagles had to forfeit their game against Gordon-Rushville because of lack of players.
ELM CREEK - 4-0
How 'bout them Buffaloes?! This year has been special so far for Elm Creek. With an opening game week over Overton and now this week's 38-28 over arch-nemesis Burwell you need to be a believer. Karsten McCarter went for double 100s this year with 8-12 for 107 passing and two touchdowns and 124 on the ground. Xavier Perez added 80 yards and two touchdowns. The Buffaloes will now prepare for an athletic 2-2 South Loup team in Arnold. South Loup lost last week 48-6 to Arcadia/Loup City. May be a situation were the most important thing for Elm Creek is that no one gets hurt.
Injuries continue to hamper the Warriors as they lost last week to Cambridge 58-8. Keegan Benson had a nice night for Arapahoe rushing 21 rushes for 96 yards. Wyatt Jenkins led the team with 8 total tackles. The Warriors host Dundy County-Stratton on Friday. The Tigers go into the test with a record of 4-0. Dundy County-Stratton won 48-0 in their recent league test against Alma.
AXTELL - 3-2
The Wildcats ran into a very good team last week in Kenesaw losing 38-7. The good news for the Wildcats is that the have the week off this week and then will take on Giltner on the 11th as the Hornets look for their first win. Stats not available.
BERTRAND - 2-2
The Vikings had an exciting one-point win over Loomis last week, 28-27. Bertrand scored 13 points in the fourth quarter to win the game. The Vikings will take on the 1-3 Anselmo-Merna Wolves on Friday at home. Stats not available.
What a huge game for Conner Shutz!! The Pirates got a nice win over Anselmo-Merna 52-28. Shutz was the x-factor, throwing for five touchdowns while he ran for two more. He finished with 296 yards through the air, one interception and rushed for 105 yards. Not to mention he recovered a fumble. Zacob Evans was just as good, hauling in three touchdowns and one interception. Hank Green rushed for 28 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Elwood has a tough match up this week as they take on one-loss Pleasanton.
LOOMIS - 1-3
The Wolves lost a heart breaker 27-26 to Bertrand. Shay Swanson rushed the ball 20 times for 104 yards and a touchdown. John Kenney and Nolan Benjamin accounted for the other touchdowns. Joel Abramson rushed for 95 yards on the night, he also played well on defense. The Wolves will now prepare for their bout against Overton. The Eagles enter the D2 District 7 battle with a 2-2 record. In their last game, Overton nudged Pleasanton 44-32 to knock the Bulldogs of the ranks of the unbeaten.
Don't look now but, the Eagles are on a bit of the road. After getting their first win two weeks ago, Overton took on undefeated heavy weight Pleasanton and beat them 44-32 to give them their first loss. Head Coach Paul Heusinkvelt made a change moving Ryan Johnson to quarterback where he went 4-5 for 81 yards. Former quarterback Elijah Heusinkvelt had 121 yards rushing and Ryan Lauby chipped in with 106 as the rushing game accounted for 343 yards. Addison Vance was an animal on the defensive end with 19 tackles. They put it on the line next when they host Loomis for a D2 District 7 battle on Friday.
EUSTIS - FARNAM - 3-2
The Knights lost to Sandhills Valley 50-34 on Friday. It was another great game for Tanner Fangmeyer, going 10-20 through the air going 10-20 with 243 yards and two touchdowns. Grady Wright had 82 yards rushing and a touchdowwn, Colby Fasse added one himself. Zebulun Knackstedt had a nice day defensively with 19 tackles. Eustis-Farnam has an away conference game against Maywood/Hayes Center on Thursday.
The Mustangs didn't play last week. They will be on the road this week to take on McPherson County on Thursday in Tryon.
LEXINGTON - 1-3
Lexington took on a very good Waverly Vikings team on Friday night and limped away with 57-7 loss. The Minutemen gave up 400 yards of offense and only manage 168 against the stingy Vikings defense. Alex Ramos ran the ball 11 times for 58 yards and Kaleb Carpenter was 8-12 for 130 yards and a touchdown. Dylan Richman had an nice night as he builds his all-district resume; 3 catches for 97 yards and a td. Unfortunately, four turnovers again doomed Lexington. The Minutemen take on a resurgent McCook Bison team that started the season 0-2, but have now won two-in-a-row. Lexington will host this game.
COZAD - 2-2
The Haymakers got out of the gate slowly, dropping their first two games, but have quietly put together back to back wins over Chase County and Sidney. The last game, was a nail-biter, 28-27 over the Red Raiders. The Cozad rushing game was on-point, grinding out 331 yards. Athletic quarterback Nolan Wetovick led the way on the ground with 136 yards on 20 carries including 3 touchdowns and a 49 yard long run. Jacob Weatherly hit the century mark with 101 yards on just 16 carries and season-leading rusher Matthew Schuster who had 93 yards. Cozad looks to make it three-in-a-row against 0-4 Holdrege this week. You can hear that game on Friday night on 880 KRVN.
GOTHENBURG - 3-1
A battle of unbeatens on Friday night against Adams Central made for a fun night. The Swedes led the Patriots with 10 minutes left in the game after a failed field goal attempt by Adams Central. However, two incomplete passes and a failed fake punt gave the Patriots a short field again and they capitalized to take the lead. The Swede defense held down all-state caliber quarterback, Evan Johnson and his wide open offense. This appears to be a special defense. Maguire Barlett was solid again for Gothenburg. They continue to look for that "hammer" at running back that they are known for having. The Swedes will host district opponent O'Neill on Friday night.
HOLDREGE - 0-4
The Dusters nearly got a win on Friday night losing to Chase County 14-7. Jackson Hinrichs got the start at quarterback going 5-21 for 43 yards. The offense struggled again for Coach Jason Hale. They only averaged 3.8 yards per rush on the night. The lone touchdown on the evening for Holdrege was scored by Sam Holt who was also the leading rusher for the team with 71 yards. The Dusters will travel to Cozad on Friday for a match-up of old Southwest Conference Foes. You can hear that game on 880 KRVN.
Southern Valley may have played it's best game of the year, unfortunately, it will have to be considered a moral victory. Wood River came away with a 32-30 win. The Eagles made a great comeback try scoring 14 points in the fourth quarter to make it uncomfortably close for Wood River. Southern Valley was forced to forfeit to Doniphan-Trumbull last week.
ELM CREEK - 3-0
Elm Creek had a bye week last week. This week is a huge game for the Buffaloes as they take on Burwell. The game takes place in Burwell, ought to be a good one!
The Warriors also had the week off last week, they will take on Cambridge this week. Cambridge is 3-0.
AXTELL - 3-1
The Wildcats got a huge win last week beating Brady 28-27, it was the Eagles first loss and Axtell's second win in a row. Tyler Danburg led the charge with 117 yards on the ground and 2 touchdowns. Brady out-yarded the Wildcats, but Axtell took advantage of 4 Eagle turnovers to get the win. How about Joe French? The Junior recorded 24 tackles! Axtell will have a great test this week as they travel to Kenesaw to take on the 2-1 Blue Devils.
BERTRAND - 1-2
The Vikings are 1-2 after a 26-21 loss to Wauneta-Palisade. Betrand hung in there most of the game and kept it close, but couldn't overcome Wa-Pa's lead. The Vikings take the field next when the host Loomis for a D2-7 district game. The Wolves are coming off a 37-28 win over Blue Hill.
The Pirates had the week off last week to get ready for the rest of the year and specifically for their next opponent Anselmo-Merna. The Wolves come into the contest 1-2. This will be a Thursday game in Anselmo. The Wolves are outscoring Elwood on the year, but the Elwood defense has been dominate only giving up only 56 points on the season. You can hear the game on 880 KRVN, pregame will start at 6:50.
LOOMIS - 1-2
Like many teams in our area, the Wolves had a bye week last week. They have a fun one coming up this week as they take on arch rival Bertrand. The numbers between these two teams are pretty close should be a fun rivalry game.
OVERTON - 1-2
After an unexpected 0-2 start the Eagles put one in the win column two weeks ago. They would like to build some momentum, but their schedule isn't helping. They take on an undefeated Pleasanton team on Friday in Pleasanton. If the Eagles can steal one on the road, it might be the momentum builder they need.
EUSTIS - FARNAM - 3-1
The Knights are playing some good 6-man football in the last year of the team's existence before the planned merger of the football team with Elwood next year. Eustis-Farnam knocked of Deshler last Friday night 49-26. Grady Wright thundered for 200 yards on the ground on just 20 carries, he also scored 3 touchdowns. Tanner Fangmeyer continues his great senior year with an 11-12 passing performance for 196 yards and 3 scores. He is completing nearly 70% of his passes. The Knights take on MacPherson County/Stapleton in Stapleton on Friday.
The Mustangs notched a game in the win column last week knocking off Spalding Academy in a wild one 55-53. SEM will next look to take on Macpherson County/Stapleton the week after Eustis-Farnam takes them on, maybe they can borrow some film.
LEXINGTON - 1-2
Turnovers!! In their two losses this season Lexington has turned the ball over 12 times. For coach Rowan and the Minutemen, it has been too much to overcome in those games. Friday night, five turnovers doomed them against Seward as they lost the game 35-14. Kaleb Carpenter was 16-31 passing the ball for 175 yards and 1 touchdown, however he was picked off 3 times. The Lexington rushing game was stymied, only picking up 15 yards on 20 rushes. Carpenter fumbled the ball three times on the night, two of which were recovered by the Bluejays. The Minutemen defense, good most of the year, struggled also against Seward giving up 254 yards on the ground and 130 thru the air. It won't get easier for Lexington this week as they take on 3-0 Waverly team on the road Friday night.
COZAD - 1-2
The Haymakers got a much needed win on Friday night as they shut out the Chase County Longhorns 13-0. It was a defense battle most of the night. In fact, CCHS had 25 more plays than Cozad, however the Haymakers took advantage of turnovers and penalties to win it. Jacob Engel had two interceptions on the night. Offensively, the star was Matthew Schuster, he finished with a touchdown and 125 yards on 19 carries averaging nearly 7 yards per carry. With the win Cozad moves to 1-2. They will host The Red Raiders from Sidney this Friday, Sidney is 2-1. Should be a good temperature game for Cozad. Sidney beat Bridgeport and and Gordon Rushville and lost to Minden.
GOTHENBURG - 3-0
The Swedes used their "ground and pound" offense, but sprinkled in some big place en route to dispatching Holdrege 34-6. A 50 yard run by Isaiah Young set up the second touchdown and a 25 yard touchdown strike from Maguire Bartlett to Brody Stienike gave the Swede a 21-0 lead. Mix in great defense for the Swedes and it made for a good night for Gothenburg. At one point, the Swede defense held Holdrege to 17 yards on 17 passes. The Dusters mounted a late drive to get on the board to spoil an otherwise dominate night for Gothenburg. Young finished with 100 yards rushing on 11 carriers, Owen Geiken had 80 yards on 15 carries. Bartlett was efficient through the air, 5-7 for 99 yards and a touchdown. The rubber will meet the road this week as Gothenburg hosts undefeated Adams Central in one of the biggest games in Class C1 on the night. We will have that game on 880 KRVN.
HOLDREGE - 0-3
The Dusters are in the rare position of being winless going into their fourth game of the year. They dropped their home game Friday to Gothenburg. 34-6. Holdrege faced one of the better defenses in the area. They did put together a nice drive in the fourth quarter to get on the board. Throughout the game, Holdrege's rushing game was stifled. Neither main rushers; Nathan Anderson (7 rushes for 8 yards) or Sam Holt could get on track. Zach Reed was the leading rusher with 54 yards. Reed went to the air a lot to get back into the game, going 14-37 for 93 yards and a touchdown from one yard out to Ethan Twohig. Holdrege will travel to Imperial to take on Chase County as they look for their first win of the year.
Southern Valley's comeback fell just short on Friday night losing to Wood River 32-30. Southern Valley scored 14 points in the fourth quarter to make it very close. No stats were available for Southern Valley from this game. Things will not get easier for the Eagles this week as the host 3-0, Doniphan-Trumbull.
ELM CREEK - 3-0
The Buffaloes continue to roll as they knocked off Morrill on Friday 31-0. Elm Creek's quick defense was again on display, Troy Brumels led the way with 11 tackles on the night. Han Robbins had three tackles for losses as well. Karsten McCarter went 5-8 passing for 78 yards and ran for 27 yards including 2 touchdowns. Koby Smith also found the end zone twice while rushing for 57 yards on 6 carries. The Buffaloes will have a big test this week as they travel to perennial power Burwell who is also 3-0.
Things didn't get better for the Warriors as they dropped this week's game to Amherst 51-0. Triston Abraham led the team with 10 tackles. The Arapahoe struggled offensively against Amherst only managing 41 yards. Injuries have been a major issue for the Warriors this year. They will hope to regroup this week as the take on undefeated Cambridge on the road this week.
AXTELL - 2-1
The Wildcats have been anything but mild this year as they are off to a good start. Friday, they did their damage on the ground as they dominated Elwood 42-18. Aaron Skaggs rushed the ball 22 times for 127 yards. Tyler Danburg added 107 yards on 15 carries and scored 3 touchdowns. Dylan Klingsporn accounted for 91 yards through the air and 82 on the ground accumulating 3 touchdowns as Axtell rolled. Defensively, Nic Pearson and Klingsporn each had 12 tackles. Great test this week as they travel to undefeated Brady on Friday.
BERTRAND - 1-1
The Vikings had the week off after last week's win over Amherst. Betrand takes on always tough Wauneta-Palisade. Wa-Pa is 1-2 on the year.
Elwood suffered their first loss of the year to Amherst 42-18. No stats were provided for this game. Elwood will take on 1-2 Anselmo-Merna.
LOOMIS - 1-2
Loomis got a nice win last Friday night as they knocked off the Blue Hill Bobcats 37-28. Joel Abramson rushed for 122 yards on 27 carries and a touchdown. Shay Swanson also scored a touchdown. Nolan Benjamin scored two tds while only rushing for 18 yards. He was also 4-10 for 56 yards passing. Carson Orcutt had 11 total tackles on the night for the Wolves. No game this week for Loomis.
OVERTON - 1-2
The Eagles finally got their offense revved up against Maxwell last Friday winning 56-37. Coach Heusinkvelt loves his running game, and they were reunited this week and it felt so good as they ran for 441 yards. Ryan Lauby carried the ball 19 times for 161 yards and Elijah Heusinkvelt had 139 yards on 16 rushes. Lauby, always a good defender also, not change this night as he had 11 total tackles against Maxwell, Max Kulhanek pulled 9 guys down. The Eagles are off this week.
EUSTIS - FARNAM - 2-1
The Knights got an official win last week as they point one point in the PF column as Elba had to forfeit. This week they will take on the 0-2 Deshler Dragons on Friday a game you can hear on KAMI.
The Mustangs fell to Heartland Lutheran 42-12. SEM was within 2 points at the end of the first quarter 14-12, but was not able to score the rest of the game. No stats were provided for this game.
Week Two Review
The Minutemen avenge a week one loss to Crete in a big way, as they blew out the Schuyler Warriors 46-10. Lexington jumped out to a 32-3 at half time and played the second team most of the second half. The ground game was working for Lexington as Alex Ramos and Dakota Haines combined for over 200 yards and three touchdowns. Defensively, Aaron Salcido had 13 tackles to lead the way in another impressive effort from the Minuteman D. Dylan Richman had a game to remember. Not only did he have 2 interceptions, he returned a kickoff AND and punt for a touchdown. Wow! Lexington returns home this week to take on Seward who is also 1-1 with a win over Gering last week 28-7.
COZAD - 0-2
The Haymakers offense showed signs of life late in their 21-6 loss to Gothenburg on Friday. They will need to continue to improve. Nolan Wetovick was 7-11 passing for 86 yards. However, they gained only 56 yards on the ground against a good Swede defense. Matthew Schuster, who had such a good game against Ord, only rushed for 24 yards on 10 carries. The Cozad defense held Gothenburg to only 4 yards per rush. Nathan Breon again played well for the Haymaker defense. Cozad looks for win number one next Friday at home against Chase County. The Longhorns are 1-1 after beating St. Pat's last week.
GOTHENBURG - 2-0
Power football and aggressive defense has been the mantra for many seasons in Gothenburg. The script has not changed in 2019. Gothenburg rushed the ball 48 times against Cozad in their 21-6 win on Friday. They also spread it around; Owen Geiken, 15 carries; Maguire Bartlett, 15 carries and JJ Smith, 13 carriers. Bartlett had his second consecutive 100 yard passing day also. Meanwhile, the Swede defense was valdigt bra (Swedish for very good) as they allowed only 142 yards to Cozad. Gothenburg takes on Holdrege on the road Friday. The Dusters . . . well read about them below.
HOLDREGE - 0-2
Tough start for the Dusters as they dropped their second game on Friday losing to Filmore Central 28-21. Holdrege struggled to get anything going on the ground rushing for only 84 yards on 28 carries. In their first game they only rushed for 80. Zack Reed passed for 197 yards, but only completed 32% of his passes and threw two interceptions along with one touchdown. Trevon Melroy continues to be a weapon as he had 107 yards receiving. Samuel Holt had a great day defensively with 15 tackles. It doesn't get easier this week as Holdrege hosts an old SWC foe in undefeated Gothenburg.
Southern Valley dropped game two 38-0 to a good St. Paul team. The Eagles struggled to get anything going against a tough Wildcat defense. They also dug an early hole for themselves going down 35-0 at half. Southern Valley will host this week as they take on non-conference foe Wood River on Friday night. No stats were available for the game.
ELM CREEK - 2-0
The Buffaloes looked good again as they notched their second convincing victory, beating Arapahoe 59-6. Xavier Perez had 69 yards on the ground to lead the way. While Trey Minor pulled in two Karsten McCarter passes for touchdowns. He was efficient two catches, two touchdowns. Blake Egenberger had 12 tackles and Koby Smith had 11 to lead the way for EC. The Buffaloes will host Morrill on Friday. The Lions are coming off a win over Leyton/Banner County 52-6. The Lions can score they have 86 points so far this season in two games. As can Elm Creek, might be a wild one in Buffalo County.
The Warriors are still looking for their first win. Unfortunately, for Arapahoe their two losses have been lopsided ones. Last week it was Elm Creek who beat them 59-6. Triston Abraham leads the way so far this year with 174 yards. However, they have found the skating difficult, especially on the ground last week as Elm Creek's defense never allowed holes for the Warriors. They will play Amherst this week. Both teams will be looking for win number one on the season. Bertrand beat Amherst 44-36 last week.
AXTELL - 1-1
The Wildcats ran into a good Pleasanton team on Friday. The went down with a 19 point explosion by the Bulldogs in the second quarter and couldn't recover, losing 38-6. Axtell tried to establish a running game, however Pleasanton only allowed 63 yards on 38 carries (less than two yards per game). Tyler Danburg was 5-10 for 51 yards through the air and scored the lone touchdown. Dustin Klingsporn had a very good game on the other side of the ball accounting for 16 tackles. Aaron Skaggs picked off a pass on Friday night also. Axtell is on the road Friday as they take on Elwood who is 2-0.
BERTRAND - 1-1
After opening the year with a loss to Alma the Vikings righted the ship with a 44-36 win over Amherst on Friday night. No stats were available for this game. Bertrand will look to move above .500 as they host 1-1 Wauneta-Palisade on Thursday night.
How 'bout those Pirates! Patrick Ropers team is rolling after a blow out win in week one they ground out a 14-6 win last week over Med Valley. They expect to be tested this week as they take on Axtell who is 1-1 on the season. That game is on Friday in Elwood. No stats were available for this game.
LOOMIS - 0-2
The Wolves got bitten in Dunning on Friday as Sandhills Thedford rolled 72-22. A big second quarter (42 points) spelled doom for Loomis. John Kenney had a good night on the ground for the Wolves as he ran the ball 11 times for 96 yards and a touchdown. Nolan Benjamin was productive also through the air going 8-13 for 67 yards a touchdown and a pick. Loomis has a tough task this week as it travels to Blue Hill to take on the undefeated Bobcats on Friday.
OVERTON - 0-2
It's been a rough start for the Eagles. A preseason favorite to make it back to the playoff Paul Heusinkvelt's team finds itself in need of a win this Friday as they take on Maxwell. After an open game loss to Elm Creek, the Eagles fell to Kenesaw last Friday 18-6. Overton was shut out in the second half and gave up the winning score in the fourth quarter. No stats were available for this game.
EUSTIS - FARNAM - 1-1
The Knights can score some points. They put up 65 in a win over South Platte on Friday night. Tyson Fangmeyer was on target against the Blue Knights, going 11-19 for 227 yards and 4 touchdowns. Sounds good right? How about 249 yards on 10 carries for Colton Stubbs. The Freshman was en fuego. he is averaging 23.2 yards per carry this year. Zeb Knackstedt had 19 tackles on the night including 10 solo tackles. The Knights are scheduled to have a road game against Elba this week. However, Elba had to forfeit their first game so, this game may also be in jeopardy.
The Mustangs got a real game in this week as the took on Harvard and lost 67-13. SEM hits the road this week as they take on heartland Lutheran. The Hornets are undefeated. No stats were available.
Week One Review
Week One is in the books. Let's get going with the
Central Nebraska Football Blog.
LEXINGTON - 0-1
It was an odd start to the season and to a game. Crete had a 13-0 lead before their offense had even touched the ball. A pick 6 and fumble recovery in the end zone doomed the Minutemen. In the end, seven turnovers didn't help either. Kaleb Carpenter battled valiantly, throwing for 283 yards, but succumbed to an injury late in the game. Kudos to Lex's defense who held Zach Fye the vaunted Crete quarterback, to only 2-10 passing for 43 yards. However, the Minutemen lost 33-14. Next up, Schuyler, who beat Neb. City 35-12.
COZAD - 0-1
This one was a bit of a surprise, however maybe shouldn't be. The Haymakers traveled to Ord to open the year. Ord is the defending C1 runner-up and were returning a lot of players. Cozad had some good skills players and linemen back, but were breaking in a new quarterback. Add to that, the Haymakers turned the ball over four times and it was a long opener. Chanticleer running back, Tommy Stevens ran for 211 yards and quarterback, Zach Smith, had 113 to the air. Ord looks to be tough again. Cozad won't be lacking motivation as their arch rival Swedes come to town this week.
GOTHENBURG - 1-0
The Swedes opened the season in the top-ten in many publications. There were some question marks early on, so their opener might shed some light on the latest version of Gothenburg football. Towards that end, the Swedes dismantled Chase County 27-6. They did that without the services of Owen Geiken, Conner Baker and Isaiah Young. The Swede defense again looks to be tough as they pitched a shut out until the final quarter against the Longhorns. Maguire Bartlett ran and threw for a touchdown. The Swedes hope to be at full strength next as they take on Cozad. This game will answer a lot of questions for both of these teams.
HOLDREGE - 0-1
The Dusters were swept up on opening night 48-7 by, what figures to be, a good Ogallala team. Holdrege will try to get it on track this week as the take on Fillmore Central who lost to Lakeview 55-6 on opening night. It looks like a "somethings got to give" sort of game on Friday.
SVHS had a call out for more football player prior to the first game. At the beginning only 13 showed up for fall camp. However, reports are, that those numbers have grown, which may help the season from being in jeopardy. After all of the drama, the Eagles played pretty good on Friday, coming up short 22-15 to Sandy Creek. The game was tied at halftime. Russel Norton's team will take on St. Paul this week. The Wildcats are 1-0 after beating Central City 34-13.
ELM CREEK - 1-0
Wow! Elm Creek was expected to have their hands full against a bigger Overton team. It was quite to the contrary. The Buffaloes dominated the Eagles 21-0. Elm Creek only allowed 81 yards of offense to Overton. Now, the Buffaloes didn't put up huge offensive numbers against a good Eagle team, only 136 yards. However, the team was opportunistic. Jayce Duland's game plan was solid last week. This week they take on Arapahoe. Who is right below.
The Warriors got punched in the mouth on opening night against Elwood. The Pirates only allowed 24 yards passing and 51 yards rushing as Arapahoe's offense never could find any traction. Triston Abraham rushed for 65 yards and was a bright spot for the Warriors in the opener. Arapahoe's passing game will need to improve to keep opponents honest. The cliche is that teams improve the most from their first to second game. The Warriors will need to with a tough one ahead against Elm Creek.
AXTELL - 1-0
The Wildcats got a win on opening night as they knocked off Loomis, 28-20. A character win as well because the team was down by two touchdowns at half. They dominated the fourth quarter to get the win. Next up for Axtell, they host Pleasanton. The Bulldogs come in with a 1-0 record off of a 45-28 win over ALHS.
BERTRAND - 0-1
The Vikings lost on opening night 38-24 to Alma. They will travel to Alma who lost to Ravenna 54-10.
Patrick Roper's team was impressive on opening night, blistering the Arapahoe Warriors 48-8. The Pirates only allowed Arapahoe 75 yards of offense the whole game. Elwood will host Medicine Valley on Friday. The Raiders have yet to play a game this year.
LOOMIS - 0-1
Loomis dropped a heart-breaker on opening night losing 28-20 to Axtell. Coach Denis Reese has some things to build on. Nolan Benjamin was 12-22 passing for 124 yards. Shay Swanson ran the ball 20 times for 101 yards and 2 tds. Joel Abramson also contributed with 1 score. Carson Orcutt had 3 catches for 36 yards. The Wolves will travel to Sandhills-Thedford to take on the 1-0 Knights, who won their opening 53-30 over Ainsworth.
OVERTON - 0-1
Not the start the Paul Heusinkvelt was hoping for for his team. The highly touted Eagles hosted Elm Creek on Friday and got shutout 21-0. The Eagles talented running back Ryan Lauby was limited to just 36 yards on 13 carries. Overton had 0 passing yards on the evening. This one was a bit of a punch to the stomach, but the Eagles need to recover quickly, they take on a good Kenesaw team on Friday on the road.
EUSTIS - FARNAM - 0-1
The Knights lost a wild one on Friday 58-40 to Creek Valley in Chappel. Offense didn't appear to be issue for E-F. Grady Wright rolled for 158 yards on the ground on just 16 carries (10 yard average). Colby Fasse was also effective with 98 yards on 11 carries. Tanner Fangmeyer was efficient through the air going 6-10 for 96 yards and 1 td. The Knights will need to pick up their defense for their home-opener on Thursday against South Platte (0-1).
The Mustangs got an extra practice day as they won officially by forfeit as Elba couldn't field a team on opening night. They expect to get to play a game at home on Friday against Harvard. The Cardinals should be tough and they have a game under their belt when they beat Spalding Academy 62-26.
Central Nebraska High School Football Preview
Richman and Carpenter figure to be two of the bigger playmakers on defense as well, combining for nearly 70 tackles. Also, look for Christian Dominguez and Javier Magana to contribute. Rowan has been pleased with the work of Senior Brady Fago so far this preseason; look for him to play a big role from his linebacker spot.
Numbers are always an issue for Lexington, however Rowan's eighth team has 68 players out which is similar to last year. The Minutemen open up against Crete, another team hungry to return to former glory. The game gives Central Nebraska an opportunity to see all-state caliber QB Zach Fye.
COZAD - Look out for the Haymakers in 2019. Coach Brian Cargill may have his most talented team since the 2013 state champions. The first piece of business is to replace three-year starter Adam Cole at quarterback. Enter rising sophomore Nolan Wetovick. Wetovick made a quick impact on defense last year in the back field and we saw glimpses of his ability on offense. A good chance they will be brightly shown under the lights on Fridays this year wherever he plays, because he can play everywhere. Junior Jacob Engel will also get a look at QB.
Whoever the quarterback ends up being, he will have talent behind him with Senior Conner Westcoat; Junior Matthew Schuster (770 yards rushing) and Sophomore speedster Jacob Weatherly. If that wasn't enough, Cozad will have four of five offensive lineman returning. Cargill said he likes what the Haymakers have coming back on defense. With all of that offense some of the pressure may be taken off the defense. However, a Cargill defense always plays hard. They were 5-4 last year, don't be surprised if that record is eclipsed this year.
The 'Makers open up with last year's surprise C1 runner-up Ord on the road, a measuring stick game in the difficult chase for the C1 playoffs.
GOTHENBURG - One word that describes Gothenburg Football over the past 26 years is "consistency." Not ironically, that is the same amount of time Craig Haake has been the coach of the Swedes. Last year, Gothenburg finished 8-3 and took a deep run into the C1 quarter-finals before losing to eventual state champ, Aurora.
Haake returns five starters on offense including seniors, Quarterback Maguire Bartlett and Tackle Tucker Wyatt (the anchor of both lines). On defense, four starters return including "tackling machine" Junior Owen Geiken who has been one of, if not the, leading tackler in C1 the past two years. Gothenburg has hung their hat on tough defense and hard-nosed offense for well . . . about 26 years.
The Swedes open up at home on the 30th against Chase County. The early story line for that game may center around who will be the next great back for the vaunted rushing game known as "Haake Ball." Many publications have the Swedes ranked in the top ten in their preseason polls.
HOLDREGE - When you look at a preview for any team, typically the key is the number of returning starters. For the Dusters the cupboard is full. Jason Hale's 21st team has nine starters back on offense and defense from a team that went 2-7 last year. What's more, Holdrege has a major advantage over most teams as they return their ENTIRE offensive line. That will be helpful in a tough C1-6 district that includes Adams Central, Cozad, Kearney Catholic and Minden. Look for senior, Zach Reed to become the team's starting quarterback. He will be helped out not only by that experienced offensive line, but also by last year's leading receiver, senior Treven Melroy.
Melroy was also one of the leading tacklers last year on the other side of the ball (74 tackles). Reed led the way with 84 tackles and senior Jordan Wilbur added 76 tackles.
Holdrege opens up with a good "barometer" game against Ogallala out in Keith County.
The Eagles don't lack for experience as they return seven starters on offense and six on defense. Second year head coach, Russell Norton is hoping for a fast start from his players in order to improve on last year's 2-7 record. Junior Carter Bose is the returning starter at quarterback. Senior Cody Lambert will join Bose in the backfield as the returning starting running back.
Lambert and senior Beau Bailey are expected to anchor the defense from their linebacker spots. If the Eagles can find some depth, they could be a pretty salty group. They open up at home against Sandy Creek.
ELM CREEK - Like several teams in the area, the Buffaloes have some experience coming back, as they return six starters on offense and seven on defense from last year's playoff team. Head Coach Jayce Duland's eighth team has some athletic skill players with senior quarterback Karsten McCarter, who accounted for 16 touchdowns in last year's campaign. Senior Chase Swartwood is the team's lone returning linemen, so developing some "hog mollies" up front will be key for Elm Creek. Xavier Perez rushed for over 1,000 yards last year, so he is looking forward to development of that line too.
On defense it is McCarter once again leading the way for the Buffaloes (84 tackles). Not only did he knock the opposing players down, but he also had 4 takeaways including 2 interceptions and 2 forced fumbles. Junior Koby Smith had 79 tackles, and according to Duland, he is the teams best tackler.
Elm Creek opens against arch-rival Overton on the road. It should be a good game. This team has the talent to make a deep run into the playoffs.
On defense look for junior Triston Abraham to be a playmaker. Meyers had 48 tackles last year from his defensive end spot. Kronhofman hopes to get his defense to play tougher this year.
Arapahoe opens up the year at home against rival, Elwood.
AXTELL - Senior Tyler Danburg will lead the way for the Wildcats as they enter this season off of a 5-3 campaign last year that saw them just missing the playoffs. Danburg accounted for more than 1,200 yards and 25 touchdowns. Senior Dustin Klingsporn will join him in the backfield. Look for coach Dean Marsh to figure a way to get sophomore Brennan Runge into the mix on the offensive side of the ball.
There will be five starters returning on the defensive side of the ball just like on offense. Klingsporn will contribute there also as he accounted for 75 tackles and 2 interceptions a year ago. Aaron Skaggs will be a terror from his linebacker spot where he picked off 3 passes and recovered 3 fumbles last year.
Axtell opens up on the road at Loomis.
BERTRAND - The Vikings will not be getting many senior discounts this year as the team has only one twelfth grader on the roster. The lone senior is Jose Murillo, and he is a good one, an outstanding receiver and defensive player. He is, I guess you could say, in a class by himself....
Veteran coach Steve Colfack, who comes into the season with 133 victories under his belt, likes the speed and skill of this team. Arik Ackerman figures to become the quarterback and Ethan Kingenberg will move to the running back spot. Junior Wilson Kuck and sophomore Jarrett Beiker are returning starters on the offensive line.
On defense look out for Beiker who had 53 tackles as a freshman.
The Vikings where 6-3 last year losing to Sandhills/Thedford in the first round of the playoffs. They will open up their year at home against Alma.
On defense, Ropers would like to see his team get tougher. Expect to see Schutz (80 tackles) and Rios prosper on that side of the ball too. Also, senior Zacob Evans figures to be a force on both sides of the ball.
Elwood opens up against rival Arapahoe.
LOOMIS - Denis Reese's 185 wins and 37 years as a coach make him the dean of coaches in Central Nebraska. After a disappointing 2-6 season last year the Wolves begin this season with 4 returning starters on offense and 5 on defense. Reese says that his team will lack size and depth, but may very well make up for it with skill and athleticism. Josh Darcy is a stud player for the Wolves. The reigning state champ in the discus will be back again to make plays from his tight end spot. One of the interesting stories for Loomis may just be Shay Swanson. The sophomore only appeared in two games last year, but managed to rush for 263 yards and 5 TDs and even threw for 136 yards. Joel Abramson and Josh Kenney are expected to contribute in the backfield.
Abramson, Marcy and Carter are expected to lead the way defensively for the Wolves this year. Expect a bit of a rebound for Loomis in 2019.
Loomis opens at home against Axtell.
OVERTON - Look out for the Eagles this season. Coach Paul Heusinkvelt, in his ninth year at the helm in Overton, returns 5 starters on offense and defense from a team that went 9-2 last year and made it to the D2 quarterfinals. It helps a coach sleep a little better when he returns a two-time all-district selection at running back. Ryan Lauby rushed for 1,135 yards and 21 touchdowns. Junior Elijah Heusinkvelt will take over the duties at quarterback. On the line, Kien Martin may be one of the best lineman in all of D2.
Not only is Lauby a stud running back, he will get you on defense as well. He accumulated nearly 100 tackles and even a couple picks from his linebacker position. Addison Vance is a missile from his safety position (89 tackles, 3 int).
Overton looks pretty loaded! The open up at home against nemesis Elm Creek.
EUSTIS - FARNAM - The Knights return four starters on offense and defense, which is really good in six-man. After a 6-3 season that saw E-F go to the playoffs, coach Bryan Fangmeyer likes his fifth Knight team. Fangmeyer likes the nucleus of what he has coming back with several of the returnees being two- or three-year starters. Case in point, Tanner Fangmeyer is in his third year as the starting quarterback for the Knights. Colby Fasse and Grady Wright return in the backfield. Oh, by the way, Fasse is a 230 pound fullback in six-man!
Look for Zeb Knackstedt to be one of the leaders on defense. He had 76 tackles a year ago. Also Nate Hodges pulled down 62 opponents during the year.
The Knights open up against Creek Valley in Chappell.
On defense, expect to see a lot of Sock who accumulated 55 tackles along with snagging 3 interceptions. Stieb also will chip in as he had 45 take-downs last year.
SEM opens up the season at home this year as they host Elba.
Gothenburg Falls to Aurora
Warriors Fall in First Round
Knights Fall in Shootout
Eustis-Farnam faced Spalding Academy in the first round of the D6 playoffs and the Shamrocks won 70-60. Spalding-Academy started with a one-score lead at the end of the first quarter, 20-14. The Knights claimed the lead in the second quarter as at intermission it was 36-28 for the Knights.
In the second half, Spalding Academy outscored the Knights 42-24 en route to there victory. The Shamrocks move to 7-2 and will face Hay Springs this week. The Knights end their season at 6-3.
SEM Falls to Hyannis
SEM battled Hyannis in the first round of the D6 playoffs. It was all Hyannis as they won by a final score of 70-30. The Longhorns jumped out to a 20-0 lead in the first quarter. SEM outscored Hyannis in the second quarter, but it was by a narrow margin of 14-12 and the halftime score was 32-14.
In the third quarter, Hyannis made their lead larger and entering the fourth quarter it was 50-22. In the final period, Hyannis outscored SEM 20-8. Hyannis is now 8-1 and will face Minatare this week. SEM finishes the year at 4-5.
Swedes Power Through First Round
Elm Creek Falls in First Round of Playoffs
Elm Creek battled Arcadia-Loup City in the first round of the D1 playoffs on Thursday. These two teams had played in the previous week and it was the Rebels winning 40-12. This game was much closer but Arcadia-Loup City won by a final score of 26-18. Elm Creek was behind right away 14-0 in the first quarter.
Elm Creek made a comeback bid in the third quarter by outscoring the Rebels 12-6 in the third quarter. Elm Creek made the score 20-18 in the fourth quarter, but the Rebels countered with a score of their own to seal the game. Karsten McCarter had 70 yards passing and 85 yards rushing along with two total touchdowns. Arcadia-Loup City is now 5-4 and will face Hemingford this week. Elm Creek ends the season at 3-6.
Loomis Falls to Anselmo-Merna
Loomis battled Anselmo-Merna Thursday night in the season finale. The Coyotes won 88-44. The scoring started fast and furious as Anselmo-Merna led 28-18 in the first quarter. In the second period, the Coyotes extended that lead making it 54-24 at halftime.
In the second half, Anselmo-Merna held onto that lead by outscoring Loomis 34-20 to win the game. Loomis was led by Issac Wahls as he had 156 yards and a touchdown passing and 122 yards and two scores on the ground. Anselmo-Merna finishes the season at 3-5. Loomis ends the season at 2-6.
Arapahoe Beats Alma in Shootout
Arapahoe and Alma battled on Thursday night and it was the Warriors who won 52-50. The teams were tied up at the end of the first quarter at 14-14. The second quarter was pivotal as Arapahoe was able to outscore the Cardinals 16-14 to make it 30-28 at halftime.
In the second half, the quarters were identical as each team scored 22 points. Arapahoe was led by Gentry Anderson's 277 yards and four touchdowns for the Warriors. Arapahoe is 5-3 and will face Hemingford this week. Alma finishes the season at 2-6.
Minden Takes Down Southern Valley
Minden and Southern Valley battled in the season finale for each of these teams and it was Minden who won 41-0. The Whippets jumped out to an 8-0 lead in the first quarter. In the second period, Minden took over by scoring 33 points in the quarter.
Minden was led by Elijah Lovin as he had 84 yards passing and two touchdowns. Jay Maska had 84 yards receiving and two touchdowns as well for the Whippets. Minden ends the year at 4-5. Southern Valley finishes the season at 2-17.
Axtell Ends Season on High Note
Axtell played Blue Hill on Friday night and won 62-30. Axtell jumped to a 30-6 lead in the first quarter. In the second period, Axtell boosted that lead and at halftime, they led 50-6.
In the second half, Blue Hill outscored Axtell 24-12 but they were unable to complete the comeback. Axtell ends the year at 5-3. Blue Hill finishes 1-7.