Hastings QB Ty Ripperger prepares to "part the Red Sea".
Week 2 High School Football Heroes
*Lane Yates-Omaha Westside - 180 pound junior running back shredded Grand Island's defense for 249 yards on 31 carries last Friday. Yates scored on runs of 80, 11 and 1 yard in the Warriors 42-7 route. He now has 607 yards to lead Class A runners.
*Eli Van Matre-Gibbon - Scooted for 234 yards on 28 carries in a 13-7 win at Ogallala. The multi-talented back now has 533 yards in just TWO games for coach Mark McLaughlin's Buffaloes. Van Matre is only 140 pounds, but one tough, shifty dude.
*Brandon Wallman-Lincoln NE - Ran for 157-10 carries and caught 2 passes for 91 yards in a 35-14 win over Lincoln High. Wallman scored on runs of 22 and 57 yards and caught 22 and 69 yard scoring passes from quarterback Dalton Hegeholz. Lincoln High countered with the fine running of Yohanna Shokai, who rushed for 154 yards on 19 carries. Shokai scored on a 61 yard dash and now has 424 yards in the Links 1st 3 games. Lincoln High has not had a 1000 yard rusher since 1989 and only 4 in history...Shawn Smith, who ran for 1,212 in 1989 and 1,092 in '88, Cordell Sims (1,039-1984) and the late, great Bobby Williams, who hold the school record of 1,395 (1960).
*Austin Rose and Bryan Johnson-Lincoln North Star - The junior runners ripped Belleveue East "D" for 325 yards between the two of them. Rose continued his torrid 2012 pace by blasting for 196 yards on 31 carries. Johnson added 129-23 carries. Rose, who came on in game one replacing the dismissed Mike Minter, has run for a whopping 521 yards in three contests. The gators survived 7 fumbles and 7 penalties to best the Chieftains 30-13.
*Ty Ripperger-Hastings High - The Tiger quarterback rushed for 178-17 carries and scored both touchdowns in a 21-12 loss to Alliance. One of the TD jaunts was 66 yards. Ripperger has 435 yards rushing to date (3 games).
*Nick Grable-Johnson-Brock - 180 pound senior ran wild in JB's 52-13 win over Henderson Heartland. Grable ran for 197-22 carries and scored on runs of 42, 5, 7 and 15 yards. He also broke loose for a 74 punt return to total five touchdowns for the evening.
*Tyler Theye-Fairbury - 5-10, 180 junior had a big part in the Jeffs' 31-30 nailbiter win against Auburn. Theye rushed for 205 yards on 30 touches and scored 5 touchdowns on runs of 7, 6, 5, 19 and 8 yards.
*Cord Huettner-Falls City - Well, Huettner's team lost to Raymond Central 34-14, but the 6-2, 215 pound 4-year starter did all he could by bolting for 212 yards on 26 carries. He also broke loose on a 69 yard run giving a few folks piggy back rides in the process.
*Josh Bordman-Ravenna - Did the unthinkable by penetrating Hastings St. Cecilia's defense for 130 yards on 17 carries. Bordman, who was slated to start the season at Center, scored the Bluejay's only TD on a 61 yard run. Ravenna almost got the Bluehawks in a 7-6 loss. Not bad for a center, huh?
*Ryan Chramosta-Minden - Ran for 173 yards and scored on runs of 48, 56 and 7 yards in the Whippets' 33-7 "W" over Fillmore Central. .......and for all you curious folks out there.....a whippet is a small greyhound dog...or similar. You're welcome.
*Luke Worden-Scottsbluff - Had interception returns of 36 and 70 yards for touchdowns in the 1st quarter against Holdrege in the Bearcat's 44-6 win Friday. Worden also scored on a 7 yard run later. Teammate Matt Klein ran for 112-13 carries and has 414 for the year. For those interested, Scottsbluff visits central Nebraska the next 2 weeks (thanks NSAA). They travel to Hastings Friday and visit Aurora the next week......pack a lunch and a pillow fellas.
* Bennie Olson-Millard South - Olson spearheaded a mild upset against Lincoln SE by running for 128 yards on 24 carries in the Patriot's 28-20 win. Olson scored on runs of 10 and 3 yards. Hey friends, this kid is very good.
*Dakota Van Landingham-Beatrice - Seems like a different hero every week for Class B's number 1 Orangeman. Van landingham run for 163-24 carries in a 38-24 come from behind victory over a vastly improved York team. The Dukes' Evan Neville countered with 131-22 carries and scored on runs of 10 and 46 yards for York. Glen Snodgrass is doing a marvelous job with this York bunch.
*Ely Hroch-Diller-Odell - How does 216 yards on 20 carries grab ya? How does 6 touchdowns grab you? That's what the 6-0, 170 pound Sophomore did in the Griffens' 52-13 win against Dorchester. Hroch scored on runs of 9, 13, 22, 1, 16, and 3 yards in romp. Scary thing is this kid will be around for two more seasons......well, not for Diller-Odell.
*Jaret Polinka-Lincoln Parkview Christian - Rushed for 148 yards and completed 7 of 9 passes for 72 yards in an exiting 28-24 victory vs. Lewiston.
*Landon Frenchman-Winnebago - The senior ran for 152-21 carries in the opening 44-34 win against Omaha Nation (Macy), then followed that with 185-21 carries and 4 scores in a 42-8 win over Cedar Bluffs. The 155 pounder runs hard for 'Bago.
*Jake Findley-Giltner - Slick 6-2, 160 quarterback completed 20 of 30 passes for 268 yards in the opening win over BDS, then hit 5-10 for 191 yards in the 70-14 pasting of undermanned Hampton. This Friday The #1 Hornets meet #2 Kenesaw in a much anticipated match-up in Giltner. Get there early folks. The margin of victory in this one might surprise you.
*Jalen Hurd-Hendersville Beech High School (Tennessee) - Has run for 1,230 yards on only 83 carries in FOUR games for the Class 5A school (largest class in Tennessee) The 6-3, 205 pound junior has games of 238-11 carries, 245-22, 296-12 and blasted for 451 yards on 38 carries a couple of weeks back....3rd all time single game rushing performance in Tennssee history. Hurd has offers from Alabama, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Ohio State, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, North Carolina, Cincinnati and.....Nebraska. And now, brothers and sisters, let us fold out hands and pray!