Week 5 is in the books, signaling the halfway point in this 2009 high school football season. We have our first 1000 Yard Rusher and a lot more, so let's jet to it..........
*Boy, don't make Scottie Jorgensen's Hayes Center bunch mad. After having the score doubled on them 2 weeks ago, the Cardinals laid the wood to Wallace 70-14. Keifer Messersmith had only 6 carries in the game, but ran for 154 yards, tossed a TD strike to Brady Rosno, and made good on 8 of 9 extra points. HC blitzed the Wildcats for 381 total yds. The Cardinals will travel to Chappell Friday to take on a Creek Valley team that rolled over their first three opponents before running into Garden County's running machine last week. The result.....a 52-8 thumping.
*Justin Malleck-Southwest - Helped his team to a 33-0 win over Dundy Co. by rushing for 193 yards on only 13 carries. Also caught 3 passes for 106 yards in the shutout. Nice night.
*How about that dynamic rushing duo from Cambridge? In the Trojans 31-6 "W" over Kearney Catholic, FB Delvin Jackson ran for 97 yds on 15 totes and Tim Peterson's boy Gus hit the century mark with 103 yards on 20 touches. Man, do I like that hard running pair. Cambridge has a HUGE rivalry game with North Platte St. Pats day after tomorrow.
*How about Blair's Ryan Randall! Going into last Friday's game with Ralston, he had 968 yards. He now has burst into the 1000 Yard Rushing category by gaining 1,258 for the season. TWO 300+ games to his credit, Randall is the kind of patient runner who has the power and vision to get yards on every carry. Can't imagine how good that line in front of him is. 1,258 isn't bad for a one month total, huh?
*Seth Behrens-David City Public - Speaking of 300 plus rushers, this kid ran for 356 yards on 20 carries against Twin River. He scored from long range on runs of 68, 59, 58, 27 and added a 3 yarder for good measure. Behrens now has 813 for the year.
*Sean Campbell-Pleasanton - Last season's 2000 yarder blitzed unbeaten Hampton for 233 yards on 21 carries and 4 scores in the 36-6 romp. Sean now has 820.
*Nick Mizaur-Creighton Prep - One of my favorite backs gained 187 yds on only 13 carries and scored Prep's last 5 Tds on runs of 58, 41, 5, 6 and 21 yards in their 46-0 win over Omaha NW.
*Sean Erwin-Ft. Calhoun - Almost matched his season rushing total by scampering for 260 yards in a 34-6 win over Omaha Roncalli.
*Joe Marshall- Malcolm - Had 237 of his team's 273 rushing yards in the 21-0 win over East Butler. Joe M. now is at 709 for the unbeaten Clippers.
*How efficient is Aurora Jr. quarterback Tyson Broekmeier? Holy Cow, the kid has thrown 44 passes this season, completing 33 of them for 532 yards and 6 scores and the Huskies don't throw that often. Talk about an arsenal of weapons!
*Jacob Bowhay-Beatrice - Rushed for 181 yds on 42 touches and scored on 5 short runs in the Orangeman's 41-40 OT loss to Gretna. The Beatrice back is currently at 752.
*Kyle Erickson-Millard North - QB exploded for 294 yards on 24 carries as the Mustangs beat Papio South 42-14. Erickson scored on runs of 13, 10, 66 and 1 yard.
*Adam Neels-Elmwood-Murdock - Had a 162 on only 11 totes in the Knights 71-6 route of Louisville.
*Kyle Emmanuel-Schuyler - Typing this guy's name is sounding like a broken record, but he is simply that good. Punished Columbus Lakeview's "D" for a 163 yards and a 21-7 win for the Green and White. Emmanuel now has 733.
*Dalton Sealey-Hastings St. Cecilia - Outstanding athlete ran for 169-13 in the 'Hawks 49-0 win over Fillmore Central. I have Sealey at 527, but that is a definite "unofficial".
*Jordan Pella-Freeman - Pounded Deshler for 250 yards on 32 carries in a battle of top teams last Friday. Freeman won 46-26 and Pella scored from 10, 50, 25, 44 and 2 yds out. The Dragons slick Sophomore QB Luke Dlouhy ran for 126. Pella is at 670 and Dlouhy 597 for '09.
*Nate Roh-Aquinas - Rushed for 140-24 in the Monarch's 26-20 overtime win over Wilber-Clatonia.
*Jake Wirthele-Sterling - Big Fullback notched his third straight 200 yard rushing game in the Jets 52-28 win over Diller-Odell. He really got cranked up after getting two games under his belt and has run for 839 yards thus far this season. In the last three alone, this guy has had games of 200, 244, and 293 yards.
*Cole Bidrowski-Platteview - Ran for 145-22 in a 46-0 win over Mount Michael. It was Platteview's first win of the season.
*Josh Crowell-Ravenna - Definitely back on track with his 283 yards against Cross County. Long runs were the norm for the Ravenna QB ace as he increased his season total to 863 yards.
*Ramone Brown-St. Edward - Speaking of getting back on track, after being spanked 83-21 by Arthur Co., the Beavers bounced back to defeat South Platte 55-38 last Friday. It was the second straight long jaunt to the western part of the State and Brown dazzled the Knights with 332 yards on 26 carries swelling his season total to 991. We'll take a peak at Brown and his St. Ed team Friday afternoon when they tackle Arcadia at 3:00.
*Bits and Pieces.............
Bravo to Stu Pospisil of the World-Herald for comments in his Monday ratings article. A fellow WH writer, Kevin White had suggested a 35 point rule in the FIRST HALF to put a stop to these "horrible blow-outs". I couldn't believe that one. For crying out loud, as Stu put it, the high school football season is short as it is and some volleyball softball teams play as many games in a week as football teams to in a regular season. What are we thinking of here. Give the reserves a chance to get in the game and trust the coaches on the teams that are well ahead in these games to insert these players in the game and give everybody an opportunity to play. I am growing tired of suggestions on how to shorten high school football games. Yes, I understand the injury possibilities, but it's FOOTBALL. All the precautions that are available seem to be in place. Let 'em play the games.
*Nobody is invincible. Ask Mike Speirs and the Howells Bobcats. Hats off to Bancroft-Rosalie for the huge win. Still like Howells to go all the way, though. Saying a loss is good for some teams is not in my vocabulary, however. NO loss is good unless you can learn from it........no, scratch that one, no loss is good.
*What happened to Omaha Burke's offense? 10 points in the last 6 quarters. Hope they find a way to get that baby straightened out.
*Will Millard South and Millard North still be 1-2 when they meet in the regular season finale? I know how I'm going on that one!
*Speaking of looking invincible, how tough is Boys Town? 8-0 is a strong possibility, no wait....a probability. Cowboys have had only a touchdown scored on them and nill since game one. Who challenges them in the playoffs? Boy, would I like to see St Cecilia and that bunch tangle.
*How sweet was it to see Neumann's Dylan McGill suited up last week against Raymond Central? It's the biggie with rival Wahoo in 3 days. Better get there early for those fireworks. Gotta like Dylan McGill and respect his determination.
*Never did get Giltner's Nate Most's passing total in Hornets 73-32 win over Franklin, but there were quite a few rushing scores for Giltner. Anybody know? I think the boys from Giltner are going to be forced to use Most in the running game if they expect to advance deep into the playoffs.