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Omaha Skutt vs. York, B state football final, 11/20/17

Omaha Skutt's Jackson Gordon (18) and Jarod Epperson (4) tackle York's Garrett Snodgrass (34) during the Class B state final last November at Memorial Stadium.

Beatrice

Mascot: Orangemen

Class B, District 3

NSAA enrollment: 266

The coach

Todd Ekart

At present school: 1st year

Career record: NA

Season outlook

The Orangemen must find a new starter at quarterback, and replacing a Division I-caliber athlete in Cameron Jurgens will not be easy. But Beatrice has some nice pieces back, including its leading rusher (Colton Kelle) and leading receiver (Andrew Mahoney). Junior Dakota Adams started at linebacker last year, but he could be an option at quarterback. Kelle averaged 71.2 rushing yards per game last year. Adams led the Orangemen in tackles last season, racking up 62 stops. Zack Hoffman returns at center, but Beatrice must find new starters around him on both lines. Games against York, McCook and Northwest will test the Orangemen.

Returning starters

Offense: 3

Defense: 4

Andrew Mahoney, WR/CB, 5-9, 155, Jr.

Zack Hoffman, C, 5-11, 230, Sr.

Colton Kelle, RB/LB, 5-11, 190, Sr.

Adam Riekenburg, LB, 5-11, 170, Sr.

Dakota Adams, LB, 6-0, 190, Jr.

Spotlight player

Andrew Mahoney is a threat is the passing and running games. He rushed for 226 yards on 19 carries and caught a team-high 41 passes for 511 yards as a sophomore. He's also one of the top sprinters in the state.

Fast fact

Beatrice has made eight straight state playoff appearances, the longest streak in school history.

The trophy case

Playoff appearances: 19

Last appearance: 2017

State titles: 0

The schedule

Aug. 24, Norris, H

Aug. 31, Plattsmouth, A

Sept. 7, Ralston, H

Sept. 14, McCook, A

Sept. 21, York, H

Sept. 28, Northwest, A

Oct. 5, Crete, H

Oct. 12, Hastings, H

Oct. 19, Seward, A

District games in bold


Crete

Mascot: Cardinals

Class B, District 3

NSAA enrollment: 230

The coach

Reed Manstedt

At present school: 4th year

Career record: NA

Season outlook

With plenty of starters back from last year, many of them juniors, Crete will look to rebound from a one-win season. Having Zach Fye back under center should provide a boost. The junior threw for 1,343 yards and 12 touchdowns last year, doing so against some of the top teams in the state. He rushed for another 200 yards and two scores. Leroy Chao is expected to start at running back, but he can also play wide receiver, and Trevor Malone is a big-bodied receiver. Kolton Johnson anchors the offensive and defensive lines. The Cardinals also have a pair of key cogs at linebacker in Jaedon Lothrop and Owen Kuntz.

Returning starters

Offense: 6

Defense: 5

AJ Page, FB/LB, 6-0, 215, Sr.

Kolton Johnson, OL/DL, 5-11, 195, Sr.

Trevor Malone, WR/DB, 6-1, 175, Jr.

Leroy Chao, DB, 5-8, 150, Sr.

Zach Fye, QB, 6-0, 190, Jr.

Jaedon Lothrop, WR/LB, 6-3, 220, Jr.

Owen Kuntz, OL, 6-1, 210, Jr.

Spotlight player

Linebacker Jaedon Lothrop finished second on the team with 60 tackles last year despite missing two games due to injury.

Fast fact

The Cardinals lost four games by a combined 13 points last season.

The trophy case

Playoff appearances: 22

Last appearance: 2014

State titles: 4 (2000, 2006, 2007, 2010)

The schedule

Aug. 24, Lexington, H

Aug. 31, Norris, A

Sept. 7, Plattsmouth, H

Sept. 14, South Sioux City, A

Sept. 21, Hastings, A

Sept. 28, Seward, H

Oct. 5, Beatrice, A

Oct. 12, Northwest, H

Oct. 19, York, A

District games in bold


Norris

Mascot: Titans

Class B, District 2

NSAA enrollment: 267

The coach

Jim Jacobsen

At present school: 9th year

Career record: NA

Season outlook

With nearly the complete offensive lineup and much of the defense returning, Norris will look to continue building with experience at every position. The Titans have a stable of ball carriers, including Ashton Hausmann and Zach Serna. Aidan Oerter should continue to grow into his role as quarterback after throwing for 700 yards as a sophomore last year. Hausmann and Cade Argo provide Norris a strong one-two punch at linebacker. Serna also provides depth at linebacker.

Returning starters

Offense: 9

Defense: 7

Cade Argo, B/LB, 5-10, 180, Sr.

Carter Burenheide, OL/DL, 5-10, 200, Sr.

Dawson Dorn, OL/DL, Sr.

Wyatt Faz, TE/LB, 6-3, 178, Sr.

Simon Johnson, R/DB, 5-7, 135, Sr.

Jon Kroese, R/Q/LB, 6-1, 180, Sr.

Zach Serna, B/LB, 5-9, 160, Sr.

Cade Baker, B/LB, 5-10, 180, Jr.

Logan Emry, OL/TE-R/DE, Jr.

Adam Hanau, OL/DL, Jr.

Ashton Hausmann, B/LB-DB, 6-0, 200, Jr.

Zane Leyden, R/DB, 5-10, 155, Jr.

Aidan Oerter, Q/DB, 6-1, 170, Jr.

Connor Price, B/LB, Jr.

Ethan Schmidt, R/DB, 5-10, 154, Jr.

Spotlight player

Ashton Hausmann broke his ankle at midseason a year ago, but was averaging 5.4 yards per carry before that. He also puts his speed to use as a sprinter in track.

Fast fact

Norris averaged 41 points per game during its three-game win streak in the middle of last season.

The trophy case

Playoff appearances: 9

Last appearance: 2016

State titles: 1 (1979)

The schedule

Aug. 24, Beatrice, A

Aug. 31, Crete, H

Sept. 7, Bennington, H

Sept. 14, Blair, A

Sept. 21, Waverly, A

Sept. 28, Plattsmouth, H

Oct. 5, Omaha Gross, A

Oct. 12, Ralston, A

Oct. 19, Omaha Skutt, H

District games in bold


Seward

Mascot: Bluejays

Class B, District 3

NSAA enrollment: 182

The coach

Jamie Opfer

At present school: 5th year

Career record: 18-29

Season outlook

Seward returns 15 starters, including eight on offense, so expectations are higher. Quarterback Joseph Krause, a two-year starter, will lead an experienced offense again this year. Among his favorite targets is Ben Myers, a 6-foot-3 wide receiver who had 419 receiving yards. Myers, Carson Core and Brett Meyer combined for 1,609 receiving yards and are all back. Defensively, the Jays return all four starters in the defensive backfield, including Core. There is experience in the trenches, too, led by returning starters P.J. Schaben and Jordan Kavulak.

Returning starters

Offense: 8

Defense: 7

Joseph Krause, QB, 6-1, 180, Sr.

Carson Core, WR/DB, 5-10, 170, Sr.

Brett Meyer, WR/DB, 6-3, 175, Sr.

P.J. Schaben, OL/DL, 6-1, 260, Sr.

Max Perry, OL/LB, 6-0, 235, Sr.

Dalton Abbott, DL, 5-10, 250, Sr.

Josh Sagehorn, S, 6-2, 175, Jr.

Davon Brees, RB/LB, 5-10, 190, Jr.

Ben Myers, WR, 6-3, 180, Jr.

Gabe Knisley, WR, 5-9, 165, Jr.

Adam Garton, DE, 6-2, 180, Jr.

Tyson Franklin, OLB, 5-10, 175, Jr.

Jordan Kavulak, OL/DL, 6-2, 250, Jr.

Tyler Lenz, OL/DL, 6-3, 240, Jr.

Trevor Reevs, OL/DL, 6-0, 240, Jr.

Spotlight player

Joseph Krause threw for more than 2,200 yards and ran for 350 last season. With all of his weapons back, he could be in for a monster season.

Fast fact

Seward was one of the top offensive teams in the state last year, scoring no fewer than 34 points in five games.

The trophy case

Playoff appearances: 13

Last appearance: 2014

State titles: 1 (2001)

The schedule

Aug. 24, Waverly, H

Aug. 31, Gering, A

Sept. 7, Lexington, H

Sept. 14, Bennington, A

Sept. 21, Northwest, H

Sept. 28, Crete, A

Oct. 5, Hastings, A

Oct. 12, York, H

District games in bold


Waverly

Mascot: Vikings

Class B, District 2

NSAA enrollment: 237

The coach

Tim Williams

At present school: 5th season

Career record: 17-21

Season outlook

With 16 starters returning, head coach Tim Williams expects the chemistry and leadership to be a strong point for his team. Quarterback Rhett Jordon heads into his senior year with starting experience, and most of his weapons and offensive line are returning, as well. A defense that had two shutouts a year ago is bringing most of its parts back, too. Logan Schuelke is a key piece on defense after finishing with a team-high 80 tackles last year.

Returning starters

Offense: 9

Defense: 7

Rhett Jordon, QB, 5-10, 180, Sr.

Logan Schuelke, OL/LB, 6-2, 230, Sr.

Jay Adams, WR, 5-10, 200, Sr.

Cade McKibben, OL, 5-10, 225, Sr.

Sam Schneider, OL, 6-2, 205, Sr.

Nolan Brown, WR/OLB, 6-0, 190, Sr.

Trent Weatherwax, WR, 6-2, 180, Sr.

Alex Murray, TE, 6-3, 190, Sr.

Thatcher Kozal, OLB, 6-0, 185, Sr.

Mason Neiman, S, 6-0, 185, Sr.

Ben Carter, S, 6-0, 185, Sr.

Kaleb Canoyer, RB, 5-8, 165, Sr.

Spotlight player

Rhett Jordon will lead the Vikings from the quarterback position again in his senior year. He threw for 735 yards and 10 touchdowns last year while rushing for 778 more yards.

Fast fact

Waverly had 60 receptions last year. Underclassmen combined for 57 of those catches, including Jay Adams, who caught 34 passes.

The trophy case

Playoff appearances: 18

Last appearance: 2017

State titles: 1 (1980)

The schedule

Aug. 24, Seward, A

Aug. 31, Bennington, H

Sept. 7, Omaha Roncalli, A

Sept. 14, Lexington, A

Sept. 21, Norris, H

Sept 28, Omaha Gross, H

Oct. 5, Omaha Skutt, A

Oct. 12, Plattsmouth, H

Oct. 19, Ralston, A

District games in bold


York

Mascot: Dukes

Class B, District 3

NSAA enrollment: 173

The coach

Glen Snodgrass

At present school: 8th year

Career record: 149-58

Season outlook

Things are looking good for the defending state champions, who return three first-team all-staters. Nebraska recruit Garrett Snodgrass will switch to full-time quarterback this year, and will be a mainstay at linebacker. Nine seniors with starting experience are returning, but the underclassmen will need to work to develop depth. Brady Danielson is one of the top wide receivers in the state, and he's also among the top corners. The Dukes lose a defensive force in Masry Mapieu, but Noah Stafursky, at 315 pounds, is likely to create just as many headaches for foes. Doug Lazo, a three-year starter, provides York a strong presence at defensive end and at guard.

Returning starters

Offense: 7

Defense: 6

Jeb Lucas, WR/S, 5-10, 180, Sr.

Brady Danielson, WR/CB, 6-3, 205, Sr.

Max Troester, RB/S, 6-0, 175, Sr.

Sam Kohmetscher, FB/LB, 6-0, 180, Sr.

Ben Kowalski, FB/LB, 5-9, 180, Sr.

Garrett Snodgrass, QB/LB, 6-3, 225, Sr.

Max Kohmetscher, C/DL, 6-0, 215, Sr.

Doug Lazo, G/DE, 5-9, 230, Sr.

Noah Starfursky, T/DT, 6-4, 315, Sr.

Wyatt Cast, TE/LB, 6-5, 200, Sr.

Spotlight player

Garrett Snodgrass completed 80 percent of his passes last year and averaged 8 yards per carry. He makes the switch to full-time quarterback this year.

Fast fact

The Dukes didn't allow a point in their final two games last year.

The trophy case

Playoff appearances: 13

Last appearance: 2017

State titles: 1 (2017)

The schedule

Aug. 24, Alliance, A

Aug. 31, Blair, H

Sept. 7, McCook, H

Sept 14, Omaha Skutt, A

Sept. 21, Beatrice, A

Sept. 28, Hastings, H

Oct. 5, Northwest, A

Oct. 12, Seward, A

Oct. 19, Crete, H

District games in bold

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