Wolves leap into state football's Top 10

Tuesday, September 10, 2019
Sophomore Jett Sjeklocha makes a sack for Maywood-Hayes Center during the Wolves’ 53-0 win over Silver Creek Friday night to reach 2-0 this season.
Daphne Tidyman/For The Gazette

LINCOLN, Neb. — The Maywood-Hayes Center Wolves are roaring loud enough for Lincoln to even notice this football season.

Following Friday’s 53-0 rout of Silver Lake, Lincoln Journal-Star Top 10 raters put MH-C at No. 8 among all six-man football teams in the state.

The Wolves (2-0) feature freshman quarterback Kyler Cox, who completed all seven of his passes against Silver Lake.

Senior Parker Johnston’s already scored seven rushing touchdowns while averaging 7.6 yards per carry.

Classmate Tyler Schleeman’s gaining 7.8 a rush with the pair teaming for 330 yards through these first two M-HC victories.

Defensively, senior Juan Baeza’s made 20 total tackles in two games with Johnston one behind at 19 and intercepting two passes.

Schleeman and senior Daniel Doyle have added 10 tackles apiece.

The Wolves will get an early “bye” week before taking on six-man No. 10 Creek Valley at Chappell on Sept. 20.

Their next home is Sept. 27 against defending six-man state champion Wilcox-Hildreth.

Harvard (2-0) holds the six-man No. 1 spot with McCool Junction, Humphrey-Lindsay Holy Family and Wilcox-Hildreth holding those next three spots.

While the Wolves have jumped into state rankings, Dundy County-Stratton remains No. 8 in Class D-1 after an 82-34 win at Wauneta-Palisade Friday evening.

Cambridge’s 74-40 rout of Ravenna has earned the Trojans D-1 state “contender” status.

Lutheran High Northeast is No. 1 in D-1 followed by Burwell, Creighton, Wakefield and Howells-Dodge.

The McCook Bison remain a Class B contender despite an 0-2 start. They’ll host No. 6 York Friday night (7 p.m.) at Weiland Field. A look at the Lincoln Journal-Star’s entire Class B Top 10 this week:

1. Omaha Skutt (2-0)

2. Scottsbluff (2-0)

3. Omaha Roncalli (2-0)

4. Waverly (2-0)

5. Norris (2-0)

6. York (2-0)

7. Hastings (1-1)

8. Northwest (2-0)

9. Seward (1-1)

10. Mount Michael (2-0) Blair, Bennington and Crete are other contenders besides McCook.

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