*Quinten Moles (RB) - Bloomfield - The remarkable senior RB must not have like the way the Bees played against Randolph the first time around this season, leading only 12-8 at the half.
Moles made sure there was no replay button in this meeting with Cardinals, bolting for 171 yards and 4 touchdowns…..in the first quarter. Less than a minute into the game, Moles went 30 yards for a TD, then proceeded to add scoring runs of 49, 18 and 59 yards, giving Bloomfield a 28-0 lead after one stanza. Quinten Moles tacked on a 12 yard score in the 3rd quarter to finish with 275 yards on 21 carries and 5 TDs.
That places Moles rushing mark at 2,519 yards with 45 TDs this season (10 games). In his 41 game career thus far, Moles has rushed for 5,771 yards and 92 touchdowns. That places Quinten Moles 13th on the All-Time Career Rushing list, 38 yards behind former Humphrey St. Francis star JJ Oltmer.
Now let’s give a little love to the men up front and the blocking back that enable Mr. Moles to do his thing. After all, Quinten Moles has 45 of Bloomfield 62 rushing touchdowns this season. TE-Jackson Eisenhauer (6-4, 180, Sr), TE-Trenton Holz (5-9, 140, Jr), OL-Michael Casenada (6-2, 220, Sr), OL-Jared Hornback (6-0, 215, Sr), OL-Mitch Mackeprang (5-9, 20, Jr), FB-Reece McFarland (5-7, 165, Sr.)
*James Burks (RB) - Omaha Burke - “How about that Burks kid from Burke?” Has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it? Sounds really sweet to the Bulldogs, especially since the 5-9, 170 pound junior picked the Class A quarterfinal matchup with Millard West to uncork the biggest rushing game of his career.
Burks cut loose for 304 yards on 34 carries and 5 touchdowns in Omaha Burke’s wild 43-37 win over Millard West. It was Burks 2nd half heroics that rallied the Bulldogs from a 34-14 deficit to take the win.
The incredibly strong junior, who won State Wrestling Championships in both his Freshman (145 lbs), and sophomore (132 lbs) seasons, scored his only TD during the first half on a 5 yard run. At the halftime break, Coach Paul Lamongi apparently told the World-Herald’s Mike Patterson, that James Burks announced he wanted the football in the second half.
Being the very wise football coach he is, Paul Lamongi obliged.
James Burks added a second 15 yard scoring run late in the 3rd quarter, but put on a clinic in the 4th and final stanza, hitting the end zone on runs of 3, 24 and the 5 yard clincher with just 26 seconds left in the game.
The explosion by Burks elevates his 11 game rushing total to 1,712 yards and 28 touchdowns. The Bulldog standout, who can bench 325 pounds, is also a feared kick return man, averaging 31 yards a return.
I can tell you right now this dude is nearly impossible to stop one-on-one. Astounding leg strength, low pad level and knees that just keep churning for yards after contact, make it a nightmare for defenders to bring this man down.
*Giovanni Guido (QB) - Senior QB and team leader knew he would have to pick up the slack when Omaha Burke shut down All-State candidate Brody Belt and his rushing game.
Guido, who accounted for all 5 Millard West touchdowns, completed 20 of his 32 passes for 349 yards and two scores.
The Wildcats Austin Harris caught both Guido TD tosses covering 22 and 75 yards. Harris ended his night with 8 receptions for 176 yards and ends the year with 586 yards and 6 TD receptions.
Giovanni also ran 9 times for 59 yards and scored 3 times on the ground, with runs covering 27, 1 and 14 yards.
The 5-10, 175 pound senior closes out his 2017 season with these awesome stats; 99 of 155 passing (64%) for 1,693 yards, 21 TDs with only 5 INTs. Guido also carried 93 times for 720 yards (7.7/carry) and added 14 TDs.
Millard West’s spectacular running back Brody Belt, despite being held to 28 yards by the Burke “D”, ended his senior year with 1,567 yards and 24 TDs.
It would be very difficult to find two better team leaders anywhere like Giovanni Guido and Brody Belt. Outstanding young men.
*Sam Bonebrake (QB), Junior Jay “D” - Creighton Prep - The 6-1, 155 pound junior stepped in for injured starter Reid Burke against Bellevue West, then stepped up for Coach Tim Johnk’s Junior Jays when it counted most.
Bonebrake, who had completed only 3 of 11 passes for 44 yards since September 1st, connected on 6 of 10 aerials for 56 yards against Bellevue West, but also added 77 yards on 16 touches and TD runs of 1 and 12 yards, lifting Creighton Prep to a 25-16 win over high flying Thunderbirds.
And that Creighton Prep defense! Coach Tim Johnk knew what his defense had to take away for Bellevue West. Not the aerial game, but the ground attack, and that would be Jeyvon Ducker in particular.
The Junior Jay defense limited Ducker to 125 yards on 23 carries and one touchdown run of 36 yards and I’m not sure anyone else had any positive ground yardage for the Thunderbirds.
Now Creighton Prep hops on the bus and heads back to Kearney for a return engagement with the Bearcats and a chance to avenge a 24-7 loss. A victory over the unbeaten Bearcats would earn a trip to the Class A finals at Memorial Stadium for the Junior Jays for the first time since 2014.
*CWCE Defense - Held a Kenesaw running game, that had been averaging 330 yards an outing, to just 67 yards on 34 carries, enroute to a convincing 27-7 win over the Blue Devils.
Big 6-0, 235 pound lineman Trevor Klabenes was all over the Blue Devils with 17 tackles and 2 sacks. Linebackers Ross Gribble and Daniel Libolt each had 15 stops. Gribble also had an interception. Ethan Naughtin was also in double digit tackle figures with his 11 crunches.
Sophomore Joshua Klabenes and Logan Pelster also had sacks in the quarterfinal win for the Renegades.
On offense, All-State Daniel Libolt ran for 115 yards on 20 carries and 36 yard touchdown. Quarterback Carter Croxon completed half of his 10 passes for 115 yards and two TDs. Both touchdown catches were hauled in by Ethan Naughtin and covered 36 and 15 yards.
*Milton Sarbgah (RB), Zander Gray (RB) - Omaha North - Spurred by a week of intense practices, Coach Larry Martin turned to his dynamic backfield duo of Sargbah and Zander Gray to do the damage against Millard South. And do the damage they did.
Milton Sarbgah ripped through the Patriot defense for 237 yards on 22 totes and four touchdowns in Omaha North’s 49-0 blanking of Millard South. Sargbah, who averaged 11.7 yards a pop, scored on runs of 6, 1, 1 and 31 yards, lifting his 11 game rushing total to 1,824 yards (22 TDs) and upping his career rushing mark to 4,556 yards (53 TDs)
Big ole Zander Gray added 87 yards on 15 touches and TD jaunts of 23 and 6 yards, raising his season rushing total to 1,218 yards (20 TDs)
The harassing Viking defense limited the Millard South offense to 87 yards rushing and 44 passing yards for the game.
*John Christensen (QB), Thomas Mick (RB) - BDS - Junior QB John Christensen accounted for 5 touchdowns and Thomas Mick was involved in four more, as the Eagles defeated Fullerton, 50-16.
BDS scored on of 6 of their final 7 opening half possessions to put the game out of reach at the halftime break.
Christensen scored on runs of 1 and 2 yards and completed touchdown passes of 26 and 11 yards to Thomas Mick, plus another 11 yarder to Holden Stengel.
The fleet-footed Thomas Mick also rushed for touchdowns covering 10 and 2 yards to go with his two scoring receptions.
*Dylan Egr (ATH), Wahoo “D” - Wahoo - Egr once again proved he is one of the most versatile football players in all of Nebraska, as the Warriors downed Wayne 42-8 in a Class C-1 quarterfinal game.
The remarkable Egr scooted for 131 yards on 26 carries and scored 3 times in the big win. The do-it-all senior scored on runs of 7 and 5 yards, but it was Egr’s dazzling 50 yard punt return that ignited the Warriors, who led only 7-0 at the time.
Dylan Egr’s 11 game rushing total now stands at 1,498 yards with 27 TDs. He has also returned two kickoffs for scores to go with the Wayne punt return TD.
The Warrior defense was furious against the Blue Devils last Friday at Wayne State. Cade Belitz had 8 tackles, big Sam Kolterman added 7, Trevor McEvoy and Tucker Hancock each recorded a sack and Egr and Hancock each picked off a Beau Bowers pass in the win.
*Zach Schlager (ATH) - McCook - The McCook senior, who will play his football for Colorado State next year, did his level best to keep his Bison team in the game against York.
Despite losing to the Dukes 30-14, Schlager rushed 25 times for 147 yards and scored TDs on identical runs of 11 yards each. The All-State McCook senior had an injury-riddled senior campaign, but is still one of Class B’s finest football players.
*Dalton Bohac (QB), Trevor Havlovic (TE) - East Butler - Bohac completed 16 of 24 passes for 193 yards and 3 TDs, and rushed 12 times for 90 yards in East Butler’s 46-32 win over Nebraska Lutheran last Wednesday in Shelby.
Two of Bohac’s three touchdown throws were caught by two-time All-State player, Trevor Havlovic. Sophomore Jaden Rhynalds hauled in the remaining short scoring pass. Senior Camden Robley also had 5 pass receptions for 77 yards.
Trevor Havlovic led the defensive charge with 16 tackles, Camden Robley added 15 stops, senior Brandon Rezac chipped in 13 tackles with a fumble recovery, while Dalton Bohac also was in double-digit tackle figures with 10 stuffs and a recovered fumble to go with it.
It was the second time this season the Tigers have beaten Waco Lutheran, the first win of 50-28 coming on September 29th in Dwight.
*Logan Kreizel (WR), Cole Schaedel (QB), Zach Clausen (RB), Warrior “D” - Lincoln Lutheran - The Lincoln Lutheran defense limited the high powered Arcadia-Loup City rushing game to 77 yards in the Warriors huge 21-12 win over the previously undefeated Rebels.
The stingy Warrior defense also held All-State prospect Tige Calleroz to just 25 yards on 16 carries for the evening.
On offense, Cole Schaedel was 15 of 24 passing for 140 yards and a 15 yard TD pass to Logan Kreizel, who had a stellar receiving night with 10 catches for 91 yards.
The big news on offense was the return of RB Zach Clausen, who had been out since September 8th with a broken foot suffered in the loss to rival Lincoln Christian. Clausen enjoyed a successful return to the field with his 72 yards on 13 carries.