He’s a thrower on the track and field team in the spring, qualifying for the Class B state meet in the shot put. COLLEGE RECRUITMENT: Committed to Wisconsin in early July. 20 | Creighton Prep | ADistrict games in bold Lincoln Southeast | L | 48-21Lincoln North Star | L | 34-24Omaha Benson | W | 47-13Kearney | L | 44-14Lincoln East | L | 34-3Fremont | W | 55-33Millard North | L | 70-10Papillion-LV | L | 55-20Creighton Prep | L | 56-12Lincoln Northeast will have a very young team. 20 | Omaha North | HDistrict games in bold Lincoln North Star | W | 20-7Lincoln High | W | 31-13Millard South | W | 31-14Papillion-LV | W | 35-28 (OT)Bellevue East | W | 23-0Lincoln Southeast | L | 38-19Grand Island | L | 38-19Lincoln East | L | 14-6Omaha North | L | 34-7Omaha Burke | L | 42-14Playoff games in bold Pius X doesn't have very much returning full-time starter experience, but there are plenty of Thunderbolts who played significant snaps. Southeast's junior varsity and freshman teams had strong 2016 campaigns, so there is potential for younger players to step up at the varsity level in 2017. Jack Strong is an experienced and athletic quarterback. Linebackers Caden Mc Cormack and Anthony Banderas will man the middle of the defense, and the Hawks return three starters in the secondary. Elkhorn (7-3, 2016 state first round): Eight starters are back defensively, highlighting a strong senior class, led by DE Bret Lange (6-2, 185) and DT AJ Hagemann (6-1, 245). The 6-foot-4 senior plays both sides of the ball, and will work with a new quarterback in senior Trevor Schmale.
Strong performances at college combines last spring earned Power Five scholarship offers from Virginia Tech, Iowa, Kansas State, Iowa State and Duke. As many as seven sophomores could play on each side of the ball, and there's competition for 18 of 22 starting spots. "If they can learn and develop quickly, they will give themselves a chance to gel and be a good football team," coach Bump Christensen said. Team success will rest on commitment of individuals willing to sacrifice other distractions and be fully invested in personal growth within team core values. Chris Cassidy is a quintessential football player, one who never shies away from contact and physicality. Offense: 4 | Defense: 2Bryson Williams | DT/G | 6-3 | 285 | Sr. Strong completed more than 60 percent of his passes for 991 yards and 10 touchdowns in seven games. Calvin Kyker was an honorable-mention all-state player in 2016. Offense: 7 | Defense: 9Jakob Ahlschwede | QB | 6-4 | 180 | Sr. Coach Mark Wortman has been the Antler head coach for 38 years and owns 333 career victories. Beatrice has almost every offensive weapon back for Schmale to have success, but needs to build depth on offense, defense and special teams.
Their Super-State status and scholarships from Big Ten West powerhouse programs are proof of that. Offense: 9 | Defense: 7Connor Ruth | RB/LB | 6-0 | 205 | Sr. C/DE Kyle Ruth, Aquinas, 6-2, 220, sr.: Earned all-conference, all-district and all-state honors a year ago, returns as the top lineman in C-1.
Jurgens, Mapieu and Williams were big men on campus long before their upcoming senior seasons. Linebacker Broc Lavelle had 63 tackles last season, and Connor Ruth is another key piece to the middle of the defense. WR/DB Justin Appleby, O’Neill, 6-1, 175, sr.: An all-stater who is a factor on both sides of the ball with 46 catches for 770 yards, and 44 tackles and five interceptions in the secondary. We want to build off what the seniors accomplished last season and hopefully leave the younger players with even more for the coming years.”COACH’S CORNER: “Last year, Bryson was the only junior captain we’ve had since I’ve been coaching here. Ayden Koss-Marshall is the Rockets' top returning tackler. Josh Andreasen will start at inside linebacker after making 41 tackles last year, third on the team. He threw for 650 yards and five touchdowns last year. Another senior, Tyler Sullivan, leads the receivers and defensive secondary. The senior can play at either the cornerback and safety positions. He has a great personality and he’s earned the respect of his teammates because he’s a good teammate himself and he works so hard. He made 62 stops and is expected to be just as productive from his linebacking position. Offense: 3 | Defense: 4Thomas Robertson | QB | 6-4 | 195 | Sr. Mc Cook (10-2, 2016 state semifinals): The Bison lost 42-41 in two overtimes in last year’s state semifinals to champion Elkhorn South, so the returning starters definitely have incentive to finish the job this season. Offense: 5 | Defense: 4Cameron Jurgens | TE/LB | 6-4 | 240 | Sr. As seniors, all my friends are finally getting their chance (on varsity) and I’m looking forward to playing with them."COACH’S CORNER: "Cam gets along with all different types of kids, he likes being in high school, being with his teammates and having a good time. Center Gus Woeppel, at 6-foot-3 and 290 pounds, is the team's top lineman. But when it’s time to work, he’s out there pushing himself in practice. Offense: 4 | Defense: 5Bryce Stai | TE/DE | 6-3 | 230 | Sr.