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Northeast vs. East, 9/21/17

Lincoln Northeast quarterback Shadon Shannon (1) is swarmed by Lincoln East's Braden Sellon (6), Ian Ehrenfried (52) and Christopher Karmazin during a second quarter run on Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017, at Seacrest Field.

Lincoln Christian

Mascot: Crusaders

Class C-1, District 1

NSAA enrollment: 77

The coach

Kurt Earl

At present school: 3rd year

Career record: 11-8

Season outlook

Led by Treyson Bigler, Alex Schreiner and Reid Houchin, Lincoln Christian's dynamic offense produced a lot of yards and points in 2017. The Crusaders must replace all three players, but there is plenty of athleticism returning. Joe Dworak and Hunter Hohlen can play at multiple spots, including quarterback, and wideout Trent Lockard is among the top track runners in the state. He caught 15 passes for 252 yards last year. Abram Stewart is expected to anchor the offensive and defense lines. Lockard had 62 tackles last year from his safety position. The schedule provides some challenges early, including back-to-back games against Kearney Catholic and Bishop Neumann. 

Returning starters

Offense: 4

Defense: 5

Joe Dworak, QB/LB, 5-8, 180, Sr.

Hunter Hohlen, RB/LB, 6-1, 160, Sr.

Trent Lockard, WR/FS, 6-1, 165, Sr.

Lincoln Loftus, TE/DL, 6-2, 175, Sr.

Abram Stewart, OL/DL, 5-11, 230, Sr.

Spotlight player

Lincoln Christian will aim to take advantage of Joe Dworak's athleticism. He's a three-year starter who can play at multiple positions.

Fast fact

The Crusaders' six wins in 2017 were their most in a season since 2013 (seven).

The trophy case

Playoff appearances: 9

Last appearance: 2017

State titles: 0

The schedule

Aug. 24, Platteview, A

Aug. 31, Omaha Concordia, H

Sept. 7, Kearney Catholic, A

Sept. 14, Bishop Neumann, H

Sept. 21, Falls City, A

Sept. 28, Lincoln Lutheran, H

Oct. 5, Ashland-Greenwood, H

Oct. 12, Auburn, A

Oct. 19, Nebraska City, H

District games in bold


Lincoln East

Mascot: Spartans

Class A, District 4

NSAA enrollment: 1,462

The coach

John Gingery

At present school: 22nd year as head coach

Career record: N/A

Season outlook

Injuries decimated the Spartans last season, but the fact they had to play a bunch of young players a year ago makes them one of the most experienced teams in Class A heading into the fall. Senior twin brothers Braden and Barrett Sellon gives East a physical presence at both linebacker and running back. Braden Sellon, who is being recruited by a number of FCS colleges, and Blake Ingamells (RB/DB) are both returning all-city players. Senior Devin Beckner was the starting quarterback last season, and the Spartans also add 6-foot-6 Lincoln Lutheran senior transfer Zach Clausen, who missed most of last season with a broken foot after passing for almost 3,000 yards and 20 touchdowns in his freshman and sophomore years combined.

Returning starters

Offense: 9

Defense: 7

Braden Sellon, RB/LB, 6-1, 218, Sr.

Blake Ingamells, RB/DB, 5-9, 170, Sr.

Barrett Sellon, RB/LB, 6-3, 215, Sr.

Sam Vernon, WR/DB, 6-3, 200, Sr.

Peyton Stoppel, WR/DB, 6-2, 172, Sr.

Connor Riekenberg, WR/DB, 6-1, 170, Sr.

Joey Adkisson, OL/DL, 6-1, 220, Jr.

Gage Wagaman, OL/DL, 5-11, 213, Sr.

Joel Brown, OL/DL, 6-2, 252, Sr.

Logan Walters, OL/DE, 6-3, 205, Sr.

Chris Karmazin, TE/DE, 6-1, 195, Sr.

Devin Beckner, QB/DB, 5-9, 150, Sr.

Spotlight players

Braden and Barrett Sellon form one of the best linebacker duos in Class A, the foundation on which the Spartans will build their defense. They'll also be physical backs offensively to complement Blake Ingamells' breakaway threat.

Zach Clausen completed almost 65 percent of his passes for 1,533 yards as a sophomore at Lincoln Lutheran. At 6-6, he not only has good pocket presence, but he's also a threat to run. He may also find his way into a spot on defense as well.

Fast fact

Braden and Barrett Sellon are the sons of Nebraska volleyball great Janet Kruse, a former Blair Super-Stater who will be inducted into the Nebraska High School Sports Hall of Fame in September.

The trophy case

Playoff appearances: 16

Last appearance: 2016

State titles: 2 (1975, 1979)

The schedule

Aug. 23, Lincoln Pius X, H

Aug. 31, Lincoln Northeast, H

Sept. 7, Lincoln Southwest, A

Sept. 14, Lincoln Southeast, A

Sept. 20, Bellevue East, H

Sept. 27, Lincoln North Star, A

Oct. 5, Omaha Bryan, H

Oct. 12, Millard West, H

Oct. 19, Grand Island, A

District games in bold


Lincoln High

Mascot: Links

Class A, District 3

NSAA enrollment: 1,506

The coach

Mark Macke

At present school: 8th year

Career record: 25-40

Season outlook

Lincoln High looks to build on its breakout 2017 season, and with nine starters back offensively, the Links will once again be one of the highest-scoring teams in Class A. Senior quarterback Cedric Case, a North Dakota recruit, was a first-team Super-Stater last year after throwing for 3,249 yards and 35 touchdowns and completing almost 69 percent of his passes. He's being recruited by a number of NCAA Division I programs. Many of his receivers are also back, including senior all-stater CJ Jones (53 receptions, 799 yards, six TDs), senior Morgan Perry (40 catches, 700 yards, eight TDs) and senior Jaden Horton (15 catches, 213 yards, two TDs). Another North Dakota recruit and state champion hurdler Darius Luff, a senior returning all-city player at safety, could also figure in the receiving rotation. At 235 pounds, senior John Goodwin Jr. provides physical running inside for the Links, while four starting offensive linemen are also in the fold — Draven Long, Drake Krogh, Trey Austin and Reece Mentore. Nebraska wrestling recruit and state champion, senior Isaiah Alford, is back at running back. Defensively, Luff (41 total tackles, six for losses) is joined by lineman Garrett Hoagland (43 total tackles, 10 for losses) and linebacker Ethan Bruha (67 total tackles, five losses, two fumble recoveries). The Links face a tough schedule with Bellevue West in the opener, Creighton Prep in Week 3 and Kearney in Week 8.

Returning starters

Offense: 9

Defense: 5

Cedric Case, QB, 6-2, 195, Sr.

CJ Jones, WR/DB, 5-8, 175, Sr.

Morgan Perry, WR/DB, 5-9, 180, Sr.

John Goodwin Jr., RB/DE, 6-3, 235, Sr.

Jaden Horton, WR, 6-2, 180, Sr.

Draven Long, OL, 6-0, 245, Sr.

Drake Krogh, OL, 5-10, 235, Sr.

Trey Austin, OL, 5-11, 225, Sr.

Reece Mentore, OL, 6-3, 270, Sr.

Garrett Hoagland, DL, 5-9, 245, Sr.

Darius Luff, DB/WR, 6-1, 175, Sr.

Ethan Bruha, LB, 5-10, 195, Sr.

Isaiah Alford, RB/SS, 5-9, 185, Sr.

Spotlight players

Cedric Case threw for 3,249 yards and 35 TDs and completed almost 69 percent of his throws while only tossing four interceptions in earning first-team Super-State honors last season. One of the most accurate passers in the state in terms of throwing the medium and deep ball.

Receivers CJ Jones and Morgan Perry are a nightmare for opposing secondaries. They combined for 93 catches for 1,499 yards and 14 TDs in 2017.

Safety Darius Luff is a North Dakota recruit like Case who could also make an impact offensively for the Links as a receiver. Luff has the fastest electronic time in boys state track history in the 110 high hurdles and led the Links to the Class A state track title last spring.

Fast fact

Lincoln High's eight wins last season were the best since the Links went 10-2 and reached the Class A state finals in 1992. Lincoln High has not won a playoff game since that ’92 season.

The trophy case

Playoff appearances: 7

Last appearance: 2017

State titles: 0

The schedule

Aug. 24, Bellevue West, A

Aug. 31, Grand Island, H

Sept. 7, Creighton Prep, A

Sept. 14, Lincoln Pius X, A

Sept. 21, Omaha Central, H

Sept. 28, North Platte, H

Oct. 5, Omaha Benson, A

Oct. 12, Kearney, H

Oct. 19, Lincoln Southwest, A

District games in bold

Mascot: Warriors

Class C-1, District 1

NSAA enrollment: 70

The coach

Greg Nelson

At present school: Fifth year

Career record: 17-22

Season outlook

Lincoln Lutheran must replace a talented group, but coach Greg Nelson says a large group of juniors are ready to step into leadership roles. The Warriors will have a new quarterback, and junior James Admiraal is expected to compete for the starting spot. Lutheran also must replace the production of wideout Logan Kreizel (75 catches for 1,209 yards and 16 TDs), but wideout remains a strength on the team. Colby Bliss emerged last year, and Collin Morrison also was a contributor. Experience in the trenches also is a strength. Guard Noah Steuber and center Zac Streich are three-year starters and Tyler Scholz is a four-year starter at tackle. Bliss, Cayden Bergt and Dalton Paxton will anchor the defense. 

Returning starters

Offense: 6

Defense: 6

Noah Stueber, OL/DL, 6-0, 215, Sr.

Tyler Scholz, OL/DL, 6-1, 195, Sr.

Colby Bliss, WR/DB, 5-7, 150, Sr.

Trevor LeGrande, WR/DB, 6-0, 150, Sr.

Collin Morrison, WR, 6-0, 150, Sr.

Zac Streich, OL/DL, 5-10, 230, Sr.

Cayden Bergt, WR/LB, 5-10, 160, Sr.

Dalton Paxton, LB, 6-2, 200, Jr.

Spotlight player

Colby Bliss is among the top cornerbacks in the state. He picked off two passes last year, and brings a physical presence to the field. Bliss also is the Warriors' top returning wide receiver after hauling in 39 passes for 454 yards and five touchdowns last year.

Fast fact

Lincoln Lutheran's Class C-1 state semifinal appearance last year marked the Warriors' best finish in school history.

The trophy case

Playoff appearances: 9

Last appearance: 2017

State titles: 0

The schedule

Aug. 24, Omaha Concordia, A

Aug. 30, Bishop Neumann, H

Sept. 7, Adams Central, H

Sept. 14, Milford, A

Sept. 21, Nebraska City, H

Sept. 28, Lincoln Christian, A

Oct. 5, Auburn, A

Oct. 12, Falls City, H

Oct. 19, Ashland-Greenwood, A

District games in bold


Lincoln Pius X

Mascot: Thunderbolts

Class A, District 2

NSAA enrollment: 969

The coach

Ryan Kearney

At present school: 3rd year

Career record: 11-9

Season outlook

Pius X brings back three starters both offensively and defensively, and they provide a solid foundation for the Thunderbolts to build off of. Senior quarterback Austin Jablonski is effective both running and throwing the ball, passing for 773 yards and nine touchdowns and rushing for another 669 and seven scores while splitting time with Thomas Robertson, who graduated. Senior wide receiver Joe Dworak gives Pius X a big-play threat in the passing game as he hauled in 41 passes for 792 yards and 11 TDs. Dworak is also a starting cornerback who had 41 tackles and an interception as a junior. Another senior, outside linebacker Pete Blumenstock, had 33 tackles last season to go with an interception and a fumble recovery. Pius X should be strong upfront with five senior linemen -- starters Jake Kumke, Grant Gubbels and Michael Cisneros as well as Parker Swanson and Braiden Oliva -- returning.

Returning starters

Offense: 3

Defense: 3

Austin Jablonski, QB, 6-2, 195, Sr.

Joe Dworak, WR/CB, 5-10, 180, Sr.

Pete Blumenstock, RB/LB, 6-0, 190, Sr.

Jake Kumke, OG/ILB, 5-9, 220, Sr.

Grant Gubbels, OC/DT, 5-10, 240, Sr.

Michael Cisneros, OL/NG, 5-11, 210, Sr.

Parker Swanson, OL/DL, 6-0, 245, Sr.

Braiden Oliva, OL/DL, 5-11, 280, Sr.

Spotlight players

Austin Jablonski is a physical running quarterback with a strong arm as well. He accounted for 1,442 yards of total offense a year ago splitting snaps, a figure that should be much higher as the full-time signalcaller.

Joe Dworak will be a big-play threat on both sides of the ball as well as in the return game. He caught 41 passes for 792 yards and 11 TDs a year ago.

Pete Blumenstock played eight-man football at St. Mary's as a freshman and sophomore and successfully made the transition to Class A, 11-man ball last season with 33 tackles and two sacks last season.

Fast fact

The Thunderbolts had a strong finish last season, winning five of their last six regular season games, including a two-touchdown win over state champion Omaha North in the regular season finale.

The trophy case

Playoff appearances: 29

Last appearance: 2017

State titles: 6 (1975, 1978, 1995, 1997, 1998, 2004)

The schedule

Aug. 23, Lincoln East, A

Aug. 31, Millard South, H

Sept. 7, Gretna, A

Sept. 14, Lincoln High, H

Sept. 20, Bellevue West, A

Sept. 28, Omaha Central, H

Oct. 4, Lincoln Southeast, A

Oct. 11, Norfolk, A

Oct. 19, Omaha South, H

District games in bold


Lincoln Northeast

Mascot: Rockets

Class A, District 1

NSAA enrollment: 1,167

The coach

Shane Zimmerman

At present school: 1st year

Career record: 107-70

Season outlook

Under new coach Shane Zimmerman, the Rockets will look to spread the field and use their speed at the skill positions. Northeast brings back 11 players with starting experience on offense, a group led by junior quarterback Shadon Shannon (949 yards passing, seven TDs last season, 187 yards rushing, 2 TDs) and senior all-city wide receiver Jakobi Rose (44 catches, 478 yards, six TDs). Nine starters return on defense with senior linebacker Caleb Kyes (89 tackles, five for losses a year ago) and senior defensive back Quinn Keller (72 tackles) being the headliners. Even with 20 starters back, Northeast is still fairly young with seven of them being juniors.

Returning starters

Offense: 11

Defense: 9

Shadon Shannon, QB, 6-3, 185, Jr.

Hahler Groth, QB, 5-11, 165, Sr.

Nick Halleen, RB, 5-9, 175, Jr.

Kaleb Merrill, WR, 5-8, 160, Jr.

Jakobi Rose, WR, 6-0, 180, Sr.

Grant LeMay, WR, 6-0, 180, Sr.

Jacob Zimmerman, OL, 5-9, 285, Sr.

Orion Emanuel, OL, 5-11, 285, Sr.

Jayden Schrader, OL, 6-0, 235, Jr.

Nathan Karr, OL, 6-1, 265, Sr.

Ben Stewart, TE, 6-0, 195, Sr.

Jesston Howard, DB, 5-10, 150, Jr.

Tobin Vocasek, DB, 6-3, 180, Sr.

Caleb Kyes, LB, 6-1, 215, Sr.

Dominick Mendoza, DB, 5-9, 145, Jr.

Quinn Keller, DB, 6-1, 185, Sr.

Peyton Spencer, DL, 6-0, 245, Sr.

Anthony Gomez, DL, 5-9, 235, Jr.

Trevor Vanarsdall, DL, 6-4, 245, Sr.

Christian Schaub, DB, 6-0, 165, Sr.

Spotlight players

Jakobi Rose is a big-play threat for the Rockets, hauling in 44 passes for 478 yards and six TDs a year ago. His teammate, Kaleb merrill, had 31 catches for 311 yards and three scores.

Shadon Shannon is a quarterback that can hurt opponents running or passing. As a sophomore, he had 1,136 yards of total offense. 

Caleb Kyes is an active linebacker and the cornerstone of the defense. He registered 89 tackles last season, including five behind the line of scrimmage.

Fast fact

New football coach Shane Zimmerman comes to Northeast with college coaching experience after being the defensive back coach at Western State in Gunnison, Colorado, last season. He was a high school coach in Colorado for 19 years before that with two seasons at Gunnison High School, 15 years at Simla and two years at Deer Trail High School. The former Chadron State player has had 10 teams reach the playoffs.

The trophy case

Playoff appearances: 17

Last appearance: 2015

State titles: 0

The schedule

Aug. 24, Fremont, H

Aug. 31, Lincoln East, A

Sept. 6, Omaha Bryan, H

Sept. 13, Norfolk, A

Sept. 21, Papillion-LV South, H

Sept. 28, Omaha South, A

Oct. 5, Omaha North, A

Oct. 11, Bellevue East, H

Oct. 19, Lincoln Southeast, A

District games in bold


Lincoln North Star

Mascot: Navigators

Class A, District 4

NSAA enrollment: 1,604

The coach

Tony Kobza

At present school: 1st year

Career record: 6-48

Season outlook

New coach Tony Kobza inherits a Navigators team that brings back both experience and quality talent from a year ago. Luke Reimer, a South Dakota State commit and all-city last season, had a big impact for the Navigators last season after transferring from Ashland, Kansas, after his sophomore year. Reimer, one of 13 starters North Star has back on both sides of the ball, will influence the game both as a running back and strong safety. Senior quarterback Gavin Leitschuck started as a sophomore, but suffered through an injury-plagued junior season. Leitschuck and fellow senior Tristan Stroup both started a year ago. Expect senior Tyrric Scott to emerge as a force on both sides of the ball.

Returning starters

Offense: 6

Defense: 7

Noah Nevitt, OL/DT, 5-9, 200, Sr.

Blaine Houlden, OL/DL, 6-0, 255, Sr.

Tyrric Scott, TE/DE, 6-4, 225, Sr.

Jake Seip, TE/DE, 6-1, 180, So.

Miles Farr, FB/LB, 5-9, 160, Sr.

Easton Waller, FB/LB, 5-11, 205, Sr.

Matthew Kopplin, RB/LB, NA, NA, So.

Luke Reimer, RB/SS, 6-2, 180, Sr.

Tariq Goode, WR/CB, 5-11, 175, Sr.

Denis Francis, WR/DB, 5-9, 165, Sr.

Peyton Meier, WR/DB, 6-1, 160, Jr.

Jerhett Meyers, OL/DL, 6-2, 250, Jr.

Derek Webb, OL/DL, 6-3, 290, Sr.

Gavin Leitschuck, QB/DB, 5-10, 160, Sr.

Wiech Nuot, RB/DB, 5-9, 170, Sr.

Tristan Stroup, QB/DE, 6-6, 220, Sr.

Spotlight players

Gavyn Leitschuck's ability to both run and throw makes him a good fit in the spread offense. An outstanding athlete who is also a smart football player.

Luke Reimer introduced himself to the rest of Class A last season with games of 220 yards rushing and three touchdowns against Norfolk and 158 yards and five TDs against Omaha Northwest. Expect more performances this fall from Reimer, who is just as much of a force defensively as a safety or linebacker.

Tyrric Scott has a high ceiling according to Coach Tony Kobza. At 6-4, 220, the combination tight end/defensive end has the frame and athleticism to dominate the edge on both sides of the ball.

Fast fact

Tony Kobza comes to North Star after six seasons as head coach at Omaha Benson. Prior to that he was an assistant football and boys basketball coach at Lincoln Southwest. The David City native played on state championship teams in both football and basketball as a high school athlete at Aquinas.

The trophy case

Playoff appearances: 6

Last appearance: 2015

State titles: 0

The schedule

Aug. 24, Lincoln Southwest, H

Aug. 31, Kearney, A

Sept. 7, Elkhorn South, H

Sept. 14, Omaha South, H

Sept. 21, Grand Island, A

Sept. 27, Lincoln East, H

Oct. 5, North Platte, A

Oct. 12, Omaha Bryan, H

Oct. 19, Millard West, A

District games in bold


Lincoln Southeast

Mascot: Knights

Class A, District 1

NSAA enrollment: 1,495

The coach

Ryan Gottula

At present school: 8th year

Career record: 43-28

Season outlook

Lincoln Southeast graduated Super-State defensive tackle Bryson Williams (now a freshman at Wisconsin), but the Knights still have plenty of size and experience upfront. Senior Luis Trujillo joins junior Xavier Trevino and senior Logan Herman as returning starters on the offensive front. Senior Jampe' Gergen has thrown for more than 1,000 yards the past two seasons combined as a part-time starter at quarterback. The trio of junior wide receiver Isaac Appleget, senior tight end Grant Detlefsen and senior wide receiver Brehan Lambert combined for 724 receiving yards a ago. Junior free safety Isaac Gifford leads four returning starters on defense after registering 69 tackles and picking off two passes as a sophomore.

Returning starters

Offense: 7

Defense: 4

Isaac Gifford, FS, 6-1, 180, Jr.

Jampe' Gergen, QB, 6-0, 190, Sr.

Luis Trujillo, OG, 6-3, 260, Sr.

Xavier Trevino, OT, 6-4, 275, Jr.

Logan Herman, OG, 6-7, 320, Sr.

Isaac Appleget, WR, 6-2, 185, Jr.

Grant Detlefsen, TE, 6-3, 215, Sr.

Brehan Lambert, WR, 5-9, 160, Sr.

Tramar Byron, NG, 6-2, 285, Sr.

Collin Summers, DE, 6-2, 230, Sr.

Jaden Davis, CB/RB, 5-10, 190, Sr.

Spotlight players

Isaac Gifford had a breakout season as a sophomore with 69 tackles and two interceptions from his free safety position. He's already been offered a scholarship by Oregon State.

Jampe Gergen has made the most of his limited time at quarterback, competing over 60 percent of his passes for more than 1,000 yards the past two seasons. Also registered 70 tackles as a full-time defensive starter in the secondary last season.

Grant Detlefsen is not only a quality tight end (23 catches for 266 yards), but is also one of the best punters of the state and is getting some Division I college recruiting attention. He averaged 42.9 yards per punt last season.

Fast fact

Luis Trujillo is entering his third season as a starting offensive guard. He's being recruited by a number of FCS and Division II college programs.

The trophy case

Playoff appearances: 29

Last appearance: 2016

State titles: 9 (1976, 1977, 1991, 1992, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2011)

The schedule

Aug. 24, Omaha Burke, A

Aug. 31, Lincoln Southwest, H

Sept. 7, Omaha Westside, A

Sept. 14, Lincoln East, H

Sept. 21, Omaha North, A

Sept. 28, Bellevue East, H

Oct. 4, Lincoln Pius X, H

Oct. 12, Papillion-LV South, A

Oct. 19, Lincoln Northeast, H

District games in bold


Lincoln Southwest

Mascot: Silver Hawks

Class A, District 3

NSAA enrollment: 1,403

The coach

Andrew Sherman

At present school: 3rd season

Career record: 10-10

Season outlook

Lincoln Southwest's strength is in its six returning defensive starters led by senior linebackers Caden McCormack, Easton Boyd and Taylor Boutmahavong. McCormack has sprinter speed at 6-foot-2, 215 pounds, the reason why a number of FCS and FBS college programs are taking a serious look at him. McCormack rushed for 231 yards, registered 43 tackles and had an interception return for a touchdown last season. Boyd is back after making 61 stops last season. Boutmahavong had a pair of interceptions last season to go with 63 tackles, the most from a returning player. Nick Leader and Brett Lenners give the Silver Hawks experience and talent at the defensive end spots. Leader also was a starting tight end last season. Senior TaeVyn Grixby, another athletic college prospect, had 25 tackles and four interceptions from his free safety spot.

Returning starters

Offense: 4

Defense: 6

Nick Leader, TE/DE, 6-2, 195, Sr.

Taylor Boutmahavong, FB/LB, 6-0, 200, Sr.

Drake Sherman, OL, 6-1, 260, Jr.

Noah Buss, OL, 6-0, 200, Jr.

Caden McCormack, LB, 6-2, 215, Sr.

Brett Lenners, DE, 6-3, 200, Sr.

TaeVyn Grixby, FS, 6-2, 180, Sr.

Easton Boyd, LB, 6-1, 185, Sr.

Alex McIntire, OLB, 5-11, 180, Sr.

Dylan Jorgensen, K/P, 5-9, 165, Sr.

Spotlight players

Linebacker Caden McCormack has impressed college coaches with his size, strength speed and agility during the offseason. He's ready to put all of those resources to work for a big senior season.

Senior free safety TaeVyn Grixby possesses the length and speed to intimidate opposing quarterbacks and receivers. Grixby has a nose for the ball with four interceptions last season.

Senior Dylan Jorgensen is one of the state's top place kickers and a recruiting target of a number of colleges. He connected on all 36 of his extra points last season and hit 7 of 10 field goals, the longest being 44 yards.

Fast fact

The Silver Hawks are replacing nine players who graduated and are now playing college football. Four are walk-on freshmen at Nebraska -- wide receiver Justin Holm, linebacker Anthony Banderas, long snapper Cameron Pieper and offensive lineman Collin Shefke.

The trophy case

Playoff appearances: 14

Last appearance: 2017

State titles: 0

The schedule

Aug. 24, Lincoln North Star, A

Aug. 31, Lincoln Southeast, A

Sept. 7, Lincoln East, H

Sept. 13, Elkhorn, H

Sept. 21, North Platte, A

Sept. 27, Omaha Benson, A

Oct. 5, Kearney, H

Oct. 12, Grand Island, A

Oct. 19, Lincoln High, H

District games in bold


Parkview Christian

Mascot: Patriots

Class D-2, District 1

NSAA enrollment: 22

The coach

August Peña

At present school: Second year

Career record: 4-5

Season outlook

The Patriots will spread the field with a senior-laden skill group possessing plenty of athleticism. Running backs Matthew Case and Rashad Woods and wide receiver Logan Page bring experience. There is work to do on the offensive and defensive lines, where young players will have to step up to replace graduated players. Defensive linemen Daniel Davenport and Zach Stoll return, giving the Patriots a strong anchor on defense.

Returning starters

Offense: 5

Defense: 5

Matthew Case, RB/LB, 5-7, 170, Sr.

Rashad Woods, RB, 5-7, 180, Sr.

Logan Page, WR/LB, 6-1, 170, Sr.

Daniel Davenport, OL, 5-6, 190, Sr.

Zach Stoll, OL/LB, 6-0, 180, Sr.

Josh Platter, WR/S, 6-0, 170, So.

Alex Morey, QB, 6-0, 170, Sr.

Spotlight player

Alex Morey (6-foot, 170 pounds) will take the reins at quarterback for his senior season.

Fast fact

Parkview plays its first three home games at 4 p.m. and its fourth at 3 p.m.

The trophy case

Playoff appearances: 10

Last appearance: 2017

State titles: 0 

The schedule

Aug. 24, Mead, A

Aug. 31, Omaha Christian, H

Sept. 14, Clarkson/Leigh ,A

Sept. 21, Johnson-Brock, H

Sept. 28, Falls City SH, A

Oct. 5, Meridian, H

Oct. 12, Diller-Odell, H

Oct. 18, Pawnee City, A

District games in bold

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