Millard West running back Brody Belt, one of Class A's finest the past two seasons.
*(photo courtesy of Millard West high school)
*Brody Belt (RB) - Millard West - This simply amazing athlete headlines Part 3
Three of our Friday Night Lights Heroes blog. Last Friday afternoon on the sizzling Seacrest Field artificial turf, Brody Belt scorched previously unbeaten Lincoln SW with his 228 yards/4 TD barrage.
The 5-10, 170 pound senior blazer took it 61 yards to the house on the opening play from scrimmage and set the tone for the 42-23 Wildcat victory. Belt repeated the feat on Millard West’s first play from scrimmage to begin the second half, only this time from 64 yards away. Same exact play, same side.
Belt would add touchdown gallops of 13 and 11 yards to complete his four touchdown/15 carry day. The sensational Wildcat back gained 1,307 yards a year ago, but failed to make the All-State lists due to an overcrowded field of talent runners in Class A. I’ll guarantee Brody Belt will find a spot on mine in 2017 if he stays healthy for most of the 2017 season. The kid is phenomenal for his size and the fact he is working with an offensive line that is still learning, makes it even more incredible.
Learning or not, Brody’s offensive line of #60 Devin Hinrichs (6-2, 240, Sr), #65 Jaden Cover (6-0, 250, Sr), #50 Nate Ward (6-0, 235, Jr), #51 Andrew Wallenburg (5-10, 220, Jr) and #56 Connor Carroll (6-1, 235, Jr) still creates some nice openings for the fleet senior, who doesn’t need much of a crease or a seal-off block to go the distance.
*Tanner Tierney (RB), Dragon “D” - Gretna - Tierney ripped off TD runs of 38, 34 yards in the first quarter alone, on his way to a 133 yards on 9 carries for the Dragons. That raises Tanner’s 2017 rushing total to 466 yards with three TDs, 2 in each of the three games.
That ferocious Gretna defense held Blair to 80 rushing and 113 passing yards for the game. Thus far, the Dragon “D” is giving up only 116 yards of total offense per outing.
*Jevyon Ducker (RB), Joe Dolincheck (QB) - Bellevue West - Ducker ran for 183 yards on 19 carries and scored 3 TDs (48 run, 15 reception, 5 run) in the Thunderbirds 49-3 win over Lincoln North Star. Steady Joe Dolincheck pulled the trigger 26 times, hitting 14 of those for 194 for 3 TDs.
For the year, Smokin’ Joe has thrown for 294 yards and 17 TDs while Jevyon has accumulated 239 yards on 39 touches and 5 scores. Basketball on grass, baby.
*Will Huffman (RB) - Maxwell - How badly does this young man want to play football? After having his season end after 4 games a year ago, and still rushing for 814 yards, the 5-11, 165 senior is back at ‘em in 2017 with a vengeance. Huffman literally punished Hitchcock County with 331 yards on 17 carries and 8 total TDs in Maxwell’s 85-34 win. Huffman returned the opening kickoff 76 yards for a TD, had a 77 yard TD reception, and scored on runs of 26, 47, 12, 50, 55 and 46 yards. The 165 pound Huffman also made 9 stops on defense. And his rushing total after 3 games? Would you believe 814 yards?
*Bailey Scheierman (QB), Cade Reichardt (WR) - Aurora - Recovered from an early Waverly 67 TD connection between Rhett Jordan and Jay Adams, then put up 40 unanswered points to defeat the Vikings 40-27.
Scheierman hooked with wide receiver Cade Reichardt for 3 scoring passes covering 26, 43 and 32 yards. Scheierman also found junior Ryan Hunter for a 4th touchdown (65 yards).
*Jaden Kohls (RB), Dylan Plautz (QB) - Omaha Westside - Kohls followed his 6 touchdown explosion against with a calmer 82 yards on 7 totes and a couple of TD runs (4, 38) in the Warriors 55-6 win over Omaha South. Jaden also threw in a 95 yard kick return for fun. Plautz joined in the fun by completing 10 of 16 passes for 206 yards and 3 TDs. Caleb Schweigart (10 yds), Dylan Packett (83) and Nick Lamb (3 yds) were recipients of Plautz scoring tosses.
The big night elevated Dylan Plautz over the 1000 yard passing plateau (1,026 yards) just three games deep into the 2017 season.
*Joseph Krause (QB) - Seward - Junior marksman hit 22 of 41 throws for 256 yards and two scores in the Bluejays 34-14 win over highly touted Norris. Krause nailed Connor Ruth (45 yards) and Carson Core (21 yards) with TD strikes in the first quarter to jump start Seward. Krause has 870 yards and 8 TDs and only one pick for the year.
*Dalton Bohac (QB) - East Butler - Sizzled by connecting on 16 of 25 aerials for 217 yards (72%) and 4 touchdowns in the Tigers 42-6 victory over Nebraska City Lourdes. The dual threat Bohac also rushed 9 times for 50 yards, made 8 stops on defense and defended a pass in the win.
*Aquinas Backfield - 15 different players carried the football in the Monarchs 63-7 over GICC. Eight of those backs averaged at least 10 yards a carry for Class C-1’s No. 1 team. Going to be very difficult to stop the Ron Mimick juggernaut this time around, not with this many returning, experienced players. Mimick has won state FB championships with far less returning starters than he has in 2017.
*Lane Edis (RB) - Mullen - Wade’s boy exploded for 206 yards on 19 carries in the Broncos 58-12 win over a decent Anselmo-Merna team. Edis is now two yards short of 500 for season with 9 TDs. Lane’s Dad, Wade Edis still holds the single season rushing record up there, amassing an incredible 2,728 yards back in 1990. Not even the great Steven Dent could match that one.
*Gabe Conant (RB) - Adams Central - 5-8, 140 pound sophomore toted the ball 27 times for 211 yards in the Patriots 24-8 and a TD win over Cozad. Conant has improved his rushing stats every week and is up to 413 for the season.
*Alex Goracke (QB) - Giltner - One of 8-Man football finest passing quarterbacks. In the Hornets 42-38 loss to Henderson Heartland, Goracke completed 18-32 passes for 255 yards and 3 scores. Alex also ran 11 times for 40 yards and 2 more TDs. For the year, Goracke has 726 passing yards, 9 TDs (1 INT), 180 rushing yards (5 TDs) and 13 tackles. Big, strapping dude at 6-2, 210 pounds and solid as a rock. Career stats: 281 of 505 passing for a huge 4,075 yards and 53 TDs (11 INTs). Impressed? Oh yeah.
*Korrell Koehlmoos (RB), Eagles “D” - Lutheran High Northeast - Once again, the opponents defense couldn’t corral Korrell Koehlmoos and their offense couldn’t get anything going against that stout Eagles defense. Lutheran High Northeast's latest victim was Shelby/Rising City, to the tune of 52-6. Koehlmoos rambled for 216 yards on 25 touches and 4 TDs, while the Eagle defense limited the home field Huskies to 100 aerial yards and just 17 yards on the ground.
*Jacob Frenzen (RB) - Columbus Lakeview - A coming out party for young Mr. Frenzen, who ran for 129 yards and 2 TDs (13, 52 yards) in Lakeview’s 42-6 win over Ft. Calhoun. Frenzen rushed for 16 and 9 yards respectively in his first two games for the Vikings before going off for 129 last Friday. Coach Frenzen, I believe this lad is ready to roll in that Lakeview backfield.
*Cameryn Berry (QB) - McCook - Sophomore QB was pressed into a starting role one quarter deep into the 2017 season after All-Stater Jake Slager left with a hip pointer. Berry has responded and kept the Bison machine undefeated through three games. In the 28-7 McCook victory over Sidney, young Berry accounted for 3 of the 4 touchdowns, passing for 2 and rushing for another. Cameryn completed 9-14 passes for 125 yards and ran 10 times for another 58 yards in that Sidney win. The kid is good.
*Quentin Moles (RB) - Bloomfield - Last year’s Class D-2 rushing king (2,511 yards) by a county mile, hasn’t slowed down a bit in 2017. Moles raced for 242 yards on 34 carries and 2 TDs as the Bees stung Randolph 48-12. Moles has 561 yards and 7 touchdowns for 3-0 Bloomfield, who owns a 14-6 win over salty Wynot. Powerful Humphrey St. Francis had to go overtime to beat the Blue Devils last week (22-20).
*Charles Johnson (QB/DB) - Perkins County - Good Time Charlie carried 10 times in the Plainsmen’s 56-15 win over Southwest on Saturday, gained 138 yards and scored 5 times. The 2016 All-State DB also made 8 stops on defense. Johnson had backfield help this time with junior Domonic Wendell, who ran for 143 yards on 16 totes and two TDs.
*Chris Busby (RB) - Scottsbluff - 23 carries, 136 yards and a TD in the Cats 43-14 win over Lexington. The 5-11, 170 pound junior rambled for 204 the week before versus Holdrege. Busby has amassed 463 yards on only 46 carries thus far.
*T J Mawhiney (QB) - Pawnee City - Was Mr. Big in the Indians thrilling 46-44 win over Exeter-Milligan. TJ hit 9 of 19 passes for 177 yards and 3 TDs and also ran the ball 12 times for 50 yards and 2 more scores, plus 9 stops on defense.
*Jory Bartu (RB) - Exeter-Milligan - Exeter-Milligan may have been of the short end of that 46-44 score in the Pawnee City game, but Bartu did his part with 162 yards on 30 carries and 3 TD runs covering 3, 15 and 11 yards.
*Dylan Rowe (RB) - Johnson-Brock - Big 6-0, 185 pound junior was not kind to Winnebago in Johnson-Brock’s 64-28 pounding of the Indians. Rowe rumbled for 236 yards on 15 carries and scored 4 times. He also made 7 tackles from his defensive end position. Rowe 390 yards rushing yards and 6 TDs this season.
*Ty Hahn (WR), Cole Fossenbarger (QB) - Johnson-Brock - In that 64-28 blitzing of Winnebago, the sophomore Hahn had 4 catches for 100 yards and 2 TDs. J/B’s quarterback, Cole Fossenbarger was good on 8 of his 14 throws for 152 yards and 3 TDs.
For the year, Fossenbarger has 727 yards and 7 TDs. Hahn has caught 11 passes for 291 yards and 11 scores. Johnson-Brock is at East Butler this Friday.
*Mitch McKibben (QB) - Bayard - Hey man, this dude can throw the football. Mitch completed 21 of 36 passes for 286 yards and a TD in Bayard’s 16-6 win over Centura. He also ran 11 times for 66 yards and a score, plus had 7 tackles for the Tigers. Thus far in 2017, McKibben is 53 of 90 for 752 yards/6 TDs and has 29 total tackles on defense for the Orange and Black.
*Jack Rush (QB) - South Loup - In the Bobcats 44-0 win over Bertrand, the multi-talented, 6-4, 180 pound Jack Rush hit 11 of 13 passes for 204 yards and 4 TDs. For the year, Rush has already completed 29 of 39 passes for 601 yards, 10 TDs with only 1 INT. Add 262 rushing yards on only 24 totes (5 TDs), 11 tackles and an INT on defense and you have a bonafide All-State candidate.