1000 Yard Guy by Bobby Mills http://www.mccookgazette.com/blogs/1466/ en-us Millard West, Brody Belt take down undefeated Lincoln High, 28-17 http://www.mccookgazette.com/blogs/1466/entry/70174 LINCOLN HIGH - There really was no loser in this windswept battle of Class A titans tonight at Beechner Field on the campus of Lincoln High. Millard West cranked up it’s passing game and Lincoln High found out they could play with the best in Nebraska’s big boy class. The 8-0 and No. 5 rated Links put together a dream season coming into the regular season finale with the the No. 2 rated Wildcats and dropped a 28-17 decision to Kurt Peterson’s high flying Millard West... Sat, 21 Oct 2017 02:47:46 -0500 Gretna defense capitalizes on Storm turnovers to halt long win streak. http://www.mccookgazette.com/blogs/1466/entry/70163 GRETNA - When two of the best defenses in the state meet head to head, something has to give. The “give” usually comes in form of turnovers, and it was that stingy Dragon defense that pounced not one, but two bobbled Elkhorn South punt snaps that gave Gretna’s offense the opportunity to cash in on the errors. The Dragons offense was up to the task, cashing in both opportunities to post a 24-14 over the two-time defending Class B champions in front of a packed house. ... Fri, 20 Oct 2017 02:55:38 -0500 Week Eight Friday Night Lights football Heroes - Part 3 http://www.mccookgazette.com/blogs/1466/entry/70148 Don’t forget to read my salute to GI Northwest, which appears at the bottom of this page. The Vikings have unofficially clinched a Class B playoff spot. *Alex Horky (#20) (RB/LB) - Twin Loup - All-State RB hasn’t missed a step in 2017. In a 54-12 win over Central Valley, Horky carried the ball 17 times for 161 yards and five touchdowns. He also had 10 tackles in the game. Horky finished the 8 game regular season with 1,582 yards with just 131 carries (12.1/carry) and 34... Wed, 18 Oct 2017 00:12:32 -0500 Week Eight Friday Night Lights football Heroes - Part 2 http://www.mccookgazette.com/blogs/1466/entry/70140 *Cedric Case (QB) - Lincoln High - This guy just doesn’t let up. In a 37-10 win over Lincoln Southwest, Case hit 19 of 29 passes for 372 yards and had a hand in all five Links touchdowns. Blazing Zion Perry was the recipient of three TD passes tossed by Cedric, while Morgan Perry III hauled in the other two. One of the touchdown tosses to Zion Perry was Houdini-like. Zion lined up outside the tight end on the right side, went in motion and I had to watch the film 4 times to see the... Tue, 17 Oct 2017 00:15:12 -0500 Week Eight Friday Night Lights football Heroes - Part 1 http://www.mccookgazette.com/blogs/1466/entry/70134 It is only fitting we open this installment of Friday Night Heroes with one of the most prolific Nebraska prep football players of our era, Moses Bryant of Elkhorn South. We now proceed with the salute. ***1000 Yard Rusher - 4th Time Around*** **5,000 Yard Career Rusher Club** **Most Career Touchdowns in Class B (101 and counting) **Most Points in a Season, Class B (264 in 2016) **Most Touchdowns in Season, Class B (43 in... Mon, 16 Oct 2017 01:02:38 -0500 Backup Quarterback, Kearney defense too much for Creighton Prep http://www.mccookgazette.com/blogs/1466/entry/70124 KEARNEY---Kearney head coach Brandon Cool had to be concerned when star quarterback Kanon Koster went down with a knee injury early in the game. Backup QB Brayden Miller erased that concern in a Bearcat hurry. It didn’t take long for Miller, a 5-10, 182 pound junior, to break the ice once he got a feel for the action. Coming in cold, after throwing only 3 passes in 5 games this season, Miller almost immediately lofted a perfect 33 yard scoring strike to speedy Isaiah... Sat, 14 Oct 2017 01:50:23 -0500 Nebraska Prep Football Leaders after Week 7 http://www.mccookgazette.com/blogs/1466/entry/70111 Here is an list of current Nebraska high school 1000 yard rushers, 1000 yard passing quarterbacks and receivers who have over 570 yards. This list has unofficial totals, although most are correct. Hey, I try. The main objective is to recognize the athletes. After all, the game is for them. 1000 Yard Rushers (Name, school, division, yards, carries, average, TDs) 1....Will Huffman-Maxwell...(8-Man)................2,137-176..(12.1)..33 TDs 2....Trent Reed-Hay... Thu, 12 Oct 2017 23:50:41 -0500 Week Seven Friday Night Lights football Heroes - Part 3 http://www.mccookgazette.com/blogs/1466/entry/70096 ***State Single Game Rushing Record - 8-Man*** *Will Huffman (RB) - Maxwell - Senior running back broke a record that has stood for 18 years in Maxwell’s 72-42 win over Brady. Huffman exploded for 540 yards on 38 carries, eclipsing the old record by three yards. The 6-0, 165 pound sensation scored 8 touchdowns in the contest covering 61, 63, 74, 7, 49, 60, 13 and 71 yards. You’ve heard the phrase many times before, but this couldn’t have happened to a nicer young man.... Wed, 11 Oct 2017 01:08:19 -0500 Week Seven Friday Night Lights football Heroes - Part 2 http://www.mccookgazette.com/blogs/1466/entry/70084 *Simon Otte (ATH) - York - My question? How talented is Simon Otte? The guy missed two full games, comes back to break the Dukes single game tackles record, then goes off for 338 yards on 36 carries against a very good Aurora team in a driving rainstorm. Otte scored on a couple of 3 yard runs in the 3rd quarter that gave York a 35-20 cushion at the time. The amazing Duke senior had only 70 yards at the half, but gashed the Huskie defense for a mind-boggling 217 yards in that third stanza... Tue, 10 Oct 2017 00:12:12 -0500 Week Seven Friday Night Lights football Heroes - Part 1 http://www.mccookgazette.com/blogs/1466/entry/70074 Last weekend was a true test of how well a football team was able to handle their ground game when the weather is not conducive to putting the ball in the air . Numerous areas throughout Nebraska experienced rain, many had to play through torrential, driving rains. Some tilts were postponed until Saturday, most of which were in the Eastern part of the state. But the bottom line was this. You’d better have you running shoes on and be able to grind (slosh) it out when conditions like this... Mon, 09 Oct 2017 01:11:12 -0500 York's heavy dose of Simon Otte too much for Aurora http://www.mccookgazette.com/blogs/1466/entry/70070 And then the rains came…….by the bucket fulls. Then came Simon Otte, and more Simon Otte….and then some. The torrential, drenching rains never did stop and neither did Otte, who punished Aurora with 256 second half rushing yards, and a mind boggling 217 yards coming in the 3rd quarter alone. Otte’s incredible performance, coupled with the Huskies rain hampered passing game, lifted York to a 51-20 victory over their bitter District rivals. The opening half... Sat, 07 Oct 2017 01:49:02 -0500 Fullerton overpowers Cedar Bluffs 58-8 http://www.mccookgazette.com/blogs/1466/entry/70056 FULLERTON - The skies that were forecast to open up and rain on this Thursday night football parade never materialized, but instead, the visiting Cedar Bluffs Wildcats experienced the Fullerton offense open up and rain touchdowns, early and often. The short-handed Wildcats, who suited up only 12 players for the trip, were simply unable to stop Fullerton’s early scoring onslaught. After being held on their first possession of the game, the Warriors proceeded to put 44 points on the... Fri, 06 Oct 2017 01:12:58 -0500 Week Six Friday Night Lights football Heroes - Part 3 http://www.mccookgazette.com/blogs/1466/entry/70048 This season is flying by too quickly but I love the time of the year because 1000 yard rushers start emerging. Speaking of which. ***1000 Yard Rusher Alert*** *Jacob Keiser (RB) - Hartington Cedar Catholic - No beating around the bush here man, this youngster is good, really good, and only a sophomore. In the Trojans 40-19 win over a good Lutheran High NE team, Keiser carried the ball 24 times for 167 yards and a touchdown. But then came the real crippler. With Cedar clinging to a 19-9... Wed, 04 Oct 2017 00:11:50 -0500 Week Six Friday Night Lights football Heroes - Part 2 http://www.mccookgazette.com/blogs/1466/entry/70033 ***State Record*** *Andrew Wendland (WR) - Crawford Rams - Set a State 8-Man Single Game Receiving Yards record in a loss to Mullen last Thursday. The Rams ended up on the losing side of that 86-46 score, but man did Crawford quarterback Blaine Flack and Wendland put on a pass/catch clinic in the 4 hour marathon. Wendland, the 5-9, 155 junior, caught 17 passes for an 8-Man state record 365 yards and 3 TDs. That eclipses a record that stood the test of time since 1977 when Jim Smeal of... Tue, 03 Oct 2017 00:26:15 -0500 Week Six Friday Night Lights football Heroes - Part 1 http://www.mccookgazette.com/blogs/1466/entry/70026 ***1000 Yard Rusher Alert - Second Time Around*** *Lane Edis (RB/CB) - Mullen - The Bronco flash ran for 356 yards on 22 carries and 8 TDs in a wild and wooly 86-56 win over Crawford last Thursday. Edis scored on TD jaunts of 26, 4, 30, 59, 74, 53 and 23 yards. Lane also caught a 25 yard touchdown pass from Brady Gracey. Edis said the offensive explosion (1,151 combined yards by both teams) took 4 hours to complete. The big night elevates Lane’s rushing 2017... Mon, 02 Oct 2017 01:45:32 -0500 Elkhorn South extends win streak with 45-7 victory over Seward http://www.mccookgazette.com/blogs/1466/entry/70008 Coach Guy Rosenberg’s Elkhorn South offense machine was in high gear, Storm defensive coordinator Sam Stanley’s troops were everywhere and the result was a 45-7 win over a very good 4-1 Seward team. Big senior quarterback Cole Hanafan drilled two first quarter touchdown passes, three time 1000 yard rusher Moses Bryant was as good as ever, and the Elkhorn South defense pitched another shutout to stretch the two-time Class B champions winning streak to 32 games. The Storm,... Fri, 29 Sep 2017 01:54:37 -0500 Week Five Friday Night Lights football Heroes - Part 2 http://www.mccookgazette.com/blogs/1466/entry/69977 Just a couple of items before we introduce you to our 2nd group of Friday night Heroes. I wish to correct an error that appeared in my salute to Tige Calleroz of Arcadia/Loup City. I stated he had NO touchdowns against St. Paul. I swore that when I looked at MaxPreps late Sunday night, it read that he 300+ yards but no TDs. That would be a rare occurrence, but I rolled with it because I like to get these Friday Night blogs out early and I’ll tell you why. I like to get this... Mon, 25 Sep 2017 23:35:19 -0500 Week Five Friday Night Lights football Heroes - Part 1 http://www.mccookgazette.com/blogs/1466/entry/69963 Tige Calleroz (RB) - Arcadia/Loup City - Now here is a football player. Punished St. Paul with 328 yards on 35 carries in the the Rebels 30-8 win last Friday. Calleroz hit the end zone from 1 and 12 yards out in the big win. Thus far in 2017, Tige has 886 yards on just 106 touches for an 8.4 per carry average with 9 touchdowns. The only team to hold him under a 100 yards this season is a very good Valentine squad that has a stingy defense. Last season Calleroz... Mon, 25 Sep 2017 00:44:43 -0500 Scottsbluff defense comes up big in 34-27 win over GI Northwest http://www.mccookgazette.com/blogs/1466/entry/69952 GRAND ISLAND NORTHWEST - A relentless Scottsbluff pass rush, two first half scoring passes from Noah Bruner to Keegan Reifschneider, and some nifty running by Chris Busby, lifted the visiting Bearcats to a hard fought 34-27 victory over GI Northwest. On an unusually warm and windy late September evening, the Bearcat defense picked of 1000 yard passing quarterback Carter Terry a total of four times while limiting the rifle-armed junior to a 9 of 25 passing night. On offense, the surging... Sat, 23 Sep 2017 02:28:48 -0500 Week Four Friday Night Lights football Heroes - Part 3 http://www.mccookgazette.com/blogs/1466/entry/69933 *Tanner Tierney (RB) - Gretna - Man, was this guy ready to step into a starting role in 2017. In Gretna’s 59-14 win over Omaha Roncalli, the 5-8, 175 pound Tierney ran for a career high 280 yards on 27 carries with 4 TDs. What makes this special is the fact the Dragons were only up on then undefeated Roncalli 24-14 at the half. Tanner had touchdown runs of 3 and 12 yards during that first half, but that Gretna offensive line fired it up in the third quarter and Tierney took off. The... Wed, 20 Sep 2017 12:25:37 -0500